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Top 20 Restaurants in Melbourne CBD to take a client


Curry Vault Indian Restaurant and Bar

$$ - $$$, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Address18-20 Bank Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9600 0144


Great food and friendly service.

I booked for a family gathering and had to add an extra person at short notice. There was no problem. The restaurant was spacious enough and we could have a conversation without being drowned out by background noise. The food was tasty and reasonably priced. The whole group agreed that we should meet up here again.

Unassuming but good

A quiet catchup dinner with friends and all were impressed with the service which was attentive without being overbearing. The menu and the servings were ample, as was the wine list which was also reasonably priced, We chose the banquet which had a good selection of variety and left us full. Overall a good solid venue and one we would recommend and return to.

A comfortable relaxing ambience and very good food

The prices are somewhat higher than typical of Indian restaurants. Given the quality of the dishes and the restaurant’s location in the heart of the city’s financial district the prices are not surprising.

The restaurant is in a basement and has upholstered dining chairs at tables with white table cloths. We took a table in the middle of the restaurant against the side wall. We were happy with that.

We decided to have beer despite the unusually good wine list. For food we tried a korma chicken and beef rogan josh accompanied by a vegetable biryani. Delicious and ample. The poppadoms were very light with cumin seeds. Our only niggle was that the raita was a bit watery.

Great curry

We visited curry vault while staying in Melbourne and was delighted with the food and the service. We had chicken madras, tandoori chicken, rice and sag aloo. Our only surprise was the sag aloo was more expensive than the main meal, but overall really good value for money. We would visit again


Flora Indian Restaurant

$, Indian, Fast food, Asian

Address238 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9663 1212

Good cheap accessible cafeteria style Indian Restraunt

This Cafeteria style Indian restaurant serves good (not great) Indian food. For around $10 => $16 you get small or big combination serves of one or more curries with either rice or bread. I had small two curries + dahl with bread for $11.50. It was a great meal for that price. 
Aslo, there is "help yourself" tap water is in SS jugs along from servery, together with cutlery which is also "help yourself". The whole place is a bit dated but friendly.
It is my restaurant of preference in Melb for a quick "on my own" meal.

Larger variety to cater all taste buds

The best part about Flora is its location, great space, and on top of that they have so many variety to cover most of the india's cousines from all over india. Taste may vary between different items, but still i didn't resist to go there whenever in that area to try something different. Hats off to the guys managing that place with great menu

Fantastic Indian food

If you are looking for cheap and fairly Indian food Flora is a good start. It is just a stone’s throw from Flinder’s Street station in Melbourne and is quite the hub of activity. The restaurant has both snacks and meals for around and under $16. The tricky part is the ordering process. You must line up- take a buzzer and wait- simple sounding but when it is as busy as it is lines blur and you don’t always know who has ordered and who is waiting.

Chili Fritter and Kingfisher Beer

My Indian friend and I visited this restaurant which is located across the road from the Flinders Street Train Station after having a few beers in the area.

We enjoyed a Chili Fritter which came with a Tamarind Sauce and a Mint Sauce.The sauces complimented the fritters which could have been spicier. This was enjoyed with a nice Kingfisher Beer.


Kenzan Japanese Restaurant

$$ - $$$, Japanese, Sushi, Asian

AddressCollins Place, 45 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9654 8933


Always amazing

Have been visiting Kenzan for quite a few years and have loved it every time - it is our favourite go-to restaurant especially for special occasions. Food is very fresh and so delicious and the service is exceptional. Best Japanese in town!

Very special

Visited Kenzan for a special anniversary dinner & it was the highlight of our weekend. My Japanese wife has educated me over 20 years in the fine art of identifying quality ingredients & presentation & we were both so happy we chose Kenzan for our special occasion.

Real Japanese

Fresh Sushi and Sashimi, I must say. I came here alone, wanted a light meal, what I got, not bad, but many Japanese specialities I wanted were just not available in this restaurant. Seems such things I can easily get in Hongkong, Shanghai, Taipei, and so on, but not here in Australia.
A bit a pity, but I understand: The customers determine finally, what is offered.

Excellent food and service!

We went to Kenzan on a recommendation from our concierge at the Sofitel. It was very authentic Japanese. We shared a delicious salad and then had the beef and the eel. It was my first time eating eel and I loved the taste and presentation. Before the meal we each got a complimentary small bowl of cold buckwheat with noodles. Also very good. We had lots of questions and they were answered graciously. Loved it!


Don Don Japanese

$, Quick Bites, Japanese, Fast food

Address: 198 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: 9670 9670

Nothing to complain for this price and portion !

Omg come on it’s so difficult to get a good meal under AUD10 In the Melbourne CBD, but look at this bento ! Rice 2 types of meat (beef/ pork/ chicken) salad and fruits for <Aud10! If you are a small eater you can share with your friends ! Love it

Cheap but delicious eats

The cheapest lunch in town I reckon. Fabulous Japanese with a glass of wine around $10. Delicious. Good choice of dishes. Very large servings - one don is almost enough for two. Service is friendly and very fast. Seating crowded but perfect really. You might have to stand for a minute or two but it’s worth the wait.

Chicken/Beef Curry Don - Must Try

I have been visiting Don Don regularly for the last couple of months. Every day, after the gym, I walk up to this restaurant and get my Donburi. This is easily one of my favorite restaurants in town. Since I regularly have my lunch from here I got acquainted with the staff. If there is a long queue I will just whisper "Chicken" or "Beef" from the doorstep and my take away box will be ready by the time I pay the bill. 
The reasons why I gave this place 5-star rating are;
1. The food here is delicious. I have tried some other rice bowl meals in the China town and was not up to the mark
2. For a student like me, it is very affordable
3. High value for money - the quantity is good that it can easily fill up your tummy
4. The staff are friendly and courteous
5. The restaurant is well maintained even though it may get very crowded at times

I have once tried the Niku Udon Beef soup, the guy gave me curry and masala in a container separately. Personally, I didn't like the seaweed that they put in and I am no expert in this cuisine. I see that many people love it and therefore, can't complain.

The only problem I found this place is they only accept cash payments. This was a huge inconvenience for me. I talked with the manager and he said they will roll out the EFTPOS payment soon. The food is delicious and I must say, I get my protein portion for the day from here. Keep up the good work guys. Cheers.

Incredibly Fast Service

Went here for a quick lunch on Christmas Eve and was expecting it to be crowded and it is. Surprisingly though, the queue is really fast and the food is served in an instant! Food is really tasty and satisfying. Would definitely come back!



$$$$, Japanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Address175 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9671 4888


Modern International Japanese

My second visit to this busy, trendy restaurant. Our hostess suggested a predinner drink at the upstairs bar and then kindly escorted us to a table. The bar staff, I found, were a little ho hum about us and their efforts to serve us were... ho hum. Not impressive. After a reasonable time, another staff member took us to our table. It was a busy Saturday night and we had a very good table. My husband loved his oysters to begin. I had Toro sushi, very nice, not sure if it is worth $17.40 for the one piece. We then had my favorite, Kakiage, which is a clever Tempura tower of Hapuka, mushroom, asparagus, eggplant and corn served with 3 different salts. Stunning to look at and to eat. Our Beef Teriyaki was melt in the mouth delicious and memorable too, was the charred baby Cos lettuce with macadamia, basil miso and walnut oil. 
Overall we had a great evening, although I did notice the service was not as polished as it was about 6 months ago.

Very impressive food but expensive.

From the street, Kisume is very understated with a small sign telling you have arrived.If you weren't looking for it, you would probably walk straight on by.

The restaurant is cosy and very compact without being squishy. In fact, it is quiet enough that you could actually hold a conversation at the table without having to yell to be heard.Such a nice change!

We enjoyed excellent service by the staff; efficient, friendly and very professional. The menu was very interesting with lots of choices so it took some time to decide on our share plates to keep everyone at the table happy. 

The char-grilled, salted edamame were the perfect starter. They were served warm and were greatly enjoyed. 
We moved onto a range of share dishes from pork gyoza and sashimi to wagya truffles, no nori rolls and char-grilled broccolini. Each dish was beautifully prepared with the freshest produce and plated with care; kudos to the Kisume chefs!

While a meal at Kisume is not cheap, it is a true dining experience that shines well above the standard of many other Melbourne restaurants. Highly recommended particularly for a special occasion! We will return again, for sure.

Best meal 2019 so far.

Unbelievably fresh seafood. Magnificent presentation. Great staff. Excellent drinks. Fantastic bento box. We had the set menu with sashimi addition for $113 / head. Fantastic delicious dessert too. The most morish endamame beans char coal and coated in salt. Yummy Highly recommended

Lovely food, hefty bill

Great service, really nice spot. Food is really nice, just not mind blowing as the price would suggest. Glad I went but I wouldn’t go again. Beautiful cocktails and presentation.


Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar

$$ - $$$, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly

Address23 Oliver Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9639 5777


Visit Lucy now

From the moment you walk in, the establishment has a cool vibe, dimmed lighting with neon lights, music up like a bar feel and waiters greeting you at each corner. The place is pumping and packed but it doesn’t prevent the service as the waiters are their for you whenever required, outstanding staff. 

The food is delicious, Asian with subtle influences of various cultures makes the food daring but simple if that makes sense. The tempura prawn and eggplant bites are incredible, not something I would order but glad my partner chose. All the meals were outstanding, couldn’t fault as our main meal was the barramundi while fish cooked Lucy Liu style. The chilli jam baked crust on the fish I just couldn’t get enough of. We’ll be back, well done Lucy!

Amazing dinner

My fiancé and I had an incredible dinner at Lucy Liu. The waiters were so friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic with so many different options and I will definitely be coming back!

Fantastic and fun!

Recently enjoyed an excellent group dinner at Lucy Liu, which was completely full on a Thursday evening. We opted to "Let Lucy Choose" our courses, all of which were excellent. We enjoyed yellow fin tuna, pork salad, chicken curry, salmon, and a supplemental whole barramundi (since we loved everything and wanted more), all of which were outstanding, especially when acccompanied by a Tasmanian pinot noir. Upbeat, energetic, and somewhat loud/crowded added to the overall experience. Definitely recommended.

Spicy fusion with reliable favourites

I love Lucy Liu and always visit when I'm down from Sydney. It's spicy Asian fusion. My "go too dishes" - kingfish sashimi, crab pancake roll and korean chicken bun.

Avoid the sparkling water as the minute they pour it into the glasses it looses it's fizz (due to the dishwashing detergent they use which nullifies the bubbles). And staff can be amazing (Lorenzo) or a little arrogant - but the food makes up for it. 

Otherwise, enjoy both the food and cocktails. YUMMO !


Bergerac French Restaurant

$$ - $$$, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly

Address: 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9642 3646


Classic French fine dining

This is a traditional French restaurant right down to its staff who were attentive and friendly. The menu is excellent and served with finesse particular the Goat Cheese Tart was delicious and not at all heavy. The tables are well spaced and while service was timely in no way were we rushed - fine dining at its best!

Awesome experience!

Thank you Bergerac staff for having us (we had a group booking for 40 people) during lunch time. Fast, professional & friendly service! Food was incredibly delicious and filling. Atmosphere was wonderful for a relaxing lunch. All of us left the restaurant feeling full, happy and definitely wanting to return! I would recommend Bergerac to my closest friends and also to my family. Thank you Loic! 🙂

New excellent taste for me

This restaurant, located in the business sector and quiet on the Sunday we went, has a long, spacious and comfortable dining area. It has a big menu and also chalked up specials. Our dinners were delicious French classics and I chose crab ravioli as my starter to try the French version of this dish. It was served in blue swimmer crab broth, not the tomato sauce it often comes in. It was a new and very enjoyable taste for me. The staff were busy, quick and friendly and the costs were reasonable.

Wonderful traditional experience

Great traditional French restaurant. We had magnificent confit de canard and steak frites with a magnificent béarnaise sauce. The wine list is very good with a wide range by the glass. The bombe alaska was amazing. Staff very knowledgeable and friendly and French!!


Melbourne Hwaro Korean Barbecue

$$ - $$$, Barbecue, Asian, Korean

Address562 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9642 5696


Attractive and vibrant Korean BBQ restaurant

We couldn't find our intended restaurant and having passed Hwaro several times during our search we decided it looked good enough to give it a try. We were seated quickly without a reservation and service generally was quick and efficient - we soon had drinks and a pot of hot coals on our table.
None of us were familiar with this style of eating but we soon got the hang of it. The staff got our food cooking and we took over part way through once we knew what to do. The table mounted call button ensured rapid attention whenever we had a question or got thirsty! There is a variety of seating, we opted for a 'well' type arrangement which meant shoes off and walking across a platform before dropping our feet into the well below the table, more conventional seating is also available.
Good points:
+ Really tasty food, freshly cooked at your table!
+ They serve Kirin beer which is always a bonus
+ Helpful staff for newbies to Korean bbq
Not so good points:
- The tables around us were quite lively, we struggled to hear each other above some of the noisier guests on one table

First Time

This was our first time visiting a Korean BBQ and the staff were very helpful offering suggestions when ordering and assisted with the cooking. The food was excellent. Sensational flavours. Good wine too. Highly recommend.

Good Korean Barbeque

We love Korean cuisine, especially the side salads and kim chee. This restaurant emphasizes grilling of meats. We were OK with this and had a good meal. We would have preferred more vegies. Nice interior, upscale, not a cheap student hand out. Great wine list.

Great service and food

We wanted to have this as a more fun dinner with kids. The barbecue definitely uses coal, the service is very fast and attentive. Since we were. It experts in grilling and talked a lot, we did not pay much attention to the grill itself. The staff was very helpful here. Often different people came up turn our meats, sort them out, cut with scissors etc. It was a treat. Kimchi and zucchini pancakes were great, so was wagyu beef, rib fillet, chicken etc. I would definitely recommend the place.


Shiraaz Fine Indian Cuizine

$$ - $$$, International, Indian, Vegan Options

Address22 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9629 6484


Great Indian Meal

There is plenty of choice and some less common options for a vegetarian, such as a okra curry and a fried cauliflower curry when I visited. The flavours were intense and you can choose the heat of your curry mild, medium or hot.

The decor is comfortable with cloth napkins and tablecloths and the service was attentive and well timed. The restrooms are down quite a few stairs, so this maybe less suitable for someone who finds steps difficult

Awesome food

Had visited the Restaurant on 5th March 2019 with family and ordered Veg Food. The food is awesome and Service was excellent. The Paneer Tikka and Dal Tadka was very tasty. Recommend to visit if you are in Melbourne and looking for Amazing Indian Food.


Enjoyed an absolutely delicious dinner tonight at this elegantly appointed restaurant in the Melbourne CBD, nearby to the Immigration Museum (entry is actually in Flinders Lane though the actual address is 22 William Street).

Next to Italian, Indian is my favourite cuisine, and this was a top find during this visit south.

Complimentary pappadums x 2 were placed on the table soon after we ordered, and our delicious Chicken Tikka shared entree followed and set the scene for the food to follow which was Chennai Beef, Lamb Badam Korma, Basmati Rice, Naan Bread - plain and garlic - and Gulaab Jamun, a “Sweet Ending” as the menu aptly described dessert.

We were seated by a window, and enjoyed watching the passing parade of the No 58 tram and pedestrians go by on Flinders Lane on a beautiful Summer evening. It’s a brave restauranteur who opens their CBD restaurant on a Public Holiday Monday Night, and it was only towards the end of our dinner that another couple arrived. We dined very early though and were really hoping it would get busier as the evening went on as the food, professional service, reasonable pricing, and lovely surrounds deserves more diners.

Highly recommend, and I would definitely return.

Great place for authentic indian food

Shiraz had authentic indian flavours away from home. We tried Paneer Tikka Achari, Tandoori Mushroom to start with and the taste was perfect. Also Dal Maharaja is a must have there.


+39 Pizzeria

$$ - $$$, Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean

Address: 362 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9642 0440


Experience true Italian food and hospitality

We have been visiting +39 for some years now - every time we visit Melbourne it is a must. Always impressed. (Sorry it has taken me this long to tell you how great this place is.) Quality food, good wine, quality service makes a fantastic experience. 
Never disppointed, book to make sure you get to experience this.

Great tasting pizza. A little piece of Italy in Melbourne

I went to get a pizza while visiting Melbourne and this place didn't dissapoint. The pizzas were great and the place was nice and cosy. The staff were also very nice and served us right away. Would definitely recommend

Great food and Staff

This place is amazing, if you are in the mood for fantastic Italian food than this is the place to go to! The Pizzas and Pastas are phenomenal, you can tell it is all made from scratch! Such a cute and cosy place - make sure you book ahead as this place is always packed (for good reason).

Excellent dinner at 39

Dined here on Anzac Day eve. 
Walked off the street and was promptly given a table by the window along with menus and table water.
Chose the American meatballs for entree and the lobster linguini and crudaiola pizza for mains.
For desert we had Tartufo.
39 certainly excelled tonight. All meals were excellent. The pizza had generous toppings and truly replicated those found in the home country. Unlike the plastic versions obtained at Dominos.
The lobster and pasta was very tasty and fresh. Meatballs excellent!!!
Then finally the chocolate coated tartufo was a great way to finish.
Have to come back here next time to try other delights on the menu


Desi Dhaba

$$ - $$$, Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly

Address: 134 Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9650 9908

Great vegetarian options

I had a really good lunchtime special here. It was a dhal meal with rice and naan. They brought me water without my having to ask and were doing a good job of keeping tables wiped and floors swept. The only thing they missed was my menu had food smeared on it. Anyway, the meal was great value, tasty and just the right size

Go to Place for Indian Food in Melbourne CBD

Great Homely Taste, Nice Service and Open till Late Night - Very Strategically located as well - Must Visit if you are in CBD and looking for Indian food

Home food away from home

We were a group of 10 people and after being on the Great Ocean Drive for 14 hours in the cold and wet weather, we were looking for spicy Bhajiya and Samosas to start with. With Makke ki roti and saag, jira rice and yellow daal, we were just at home.

A story of Panjab in Melbourne

An Punjabi kitchen address in Melbourne is one of the popular addresses to many Indians Chinese and Aussies..Mr. Akash the owner of the property take special care supported by his group of people from Punjab.. ladies finger rechristened Bendy masala , cottage cheese with capsicum and yellow dal curry go well with whole wheat roti ...Food is delicious apart from personalised customer care ...though the prices are a Little higher side nothing wrong to give a try... when placing order please mention your choices of salt , the spice to ensure you are comfortable with the foot zone..


Dragon Boat Restaurant

$$ - $$$, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly

Address: 203 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9662 2733


Dainty Dinner

Our first night in Melbourne, expecting nothing to be open we were surprised with how accessible Dragon Boat was, with Honey Prawns were the highlight of the evening with additional Sichuan Beef which was traditional and not softened down in flavour. The Dim Sum were also extremely delicious, and the combination fried rice as good even though we had to remind the staff that we had ordered it. Over all a good meal and a reasonable price

Food was excellent!!

We were in Melb for a theatre show and decided to have Chinese for lunch. Chose the D.B & were glad we did. Had Cantonese Beef and it was sooooo tasty! Complimented it with combination fried rice and it was just right. Plenty of prawns for my wife!! Will definitely be back again.

After theatre dinner

We decided to choose this restaurant after we had been to the theatre as it was nearby where we were staying.also we had been to it years ago and were happy with it then. We had the banquet for 2. It was delicious.

Excellent food

We called for dinner and a variety of food and found it all excellent.. service was good except for the old lady owner who could do with a smile and a bit of customer service.. other than that would like to come back again to try some other items on the menu


Nirankar Restaurant

$$ - $$$, Asian, Nepalese, Vegetarian Friendly

Address174 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9642 1995


Amazing place for our wedding anniversary

Went here for dinner for our wedding anniversary after having it recommended to us by friends. Food was amazing. The butter chicken sauce mixed with the coconut rice was phenomenal. The veritable semosas are delicious especially with the mint sauce. Highly recommend it.

Great food and fantastic service - perfect for anyone with dietary restrictions

My partner and I often come here for dinner because it never disappoints! The staff are always attentive and friendly. We generally go for early dinner as it is quieter and the food comes out super quick and fresh. They are very helpful with any dietary restrictions and have gluten-free naan, which any coeliac will tell you is rare to find especially one that is soft and tasty. We brought a large group of friends once and even though they were busy the food still came quickly and it was a hit!

Most enjoyable and amazing food

We were all visiting from Hobart and SA, we found this place not for where we were staying. Was greeted by a pleasant girl, and was seated. Our waitress Suraksha greeted us with a lovely smile and was very friendly. A credit to her. She gave us excellent service through out the night & the impression she loved working here and told us she did. 
We only had a certain amount of time to eat, placed our order and was blown away how quick the meals come out with the house being very busy. The quality of the food was very nice and the overall experience was awesome. Can recommend to all and we will return again.

Great meal to end our trip to Melbourne

The service was really great and quite fast. The food was very good. and the venue was good too. Staff were friendly. The only negative from our meal at this restaurant was that the people at the table next to ours were really noisy. But that was no fault of the restaurant. We had the Napalese banquet and every dish was great.


Pho Bo Ga Mekong

$, Asian, Vietnamese, Soups

Address241 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9663 3288

Great pho

Oh the choices in Swanston Street, Melbourne. Tonight it was Pho Bo Ga which I chose because it looked the most authentic of all the restaurants plus it was busy. Perhaps those diners knew something already. I ordered the chicken and vegetable broth. You can order in different sizes which I could barely tell the difference between when I was shown what other diners were eating. Really for the extra $1 or two, it's worth going the bigger bowl. It comes with a plate of mint and beansprouts which I dropped into my warm bowl of pho. You also get a thermos of tea at no cost. I found it a little bland so kept adding some ketchup manis to give it some flavour. Hard to eat the noodles with either a spoon, fork or chopsticks as they are so slippery. So tended to eat them Italian style with a fork and a spoon. Price was $19 for the meal and a cold lemon tea which came about halfway through my meal. Price was probably a little more than I would normally pay and will head up towards RMIT where food can be a little cheaper.
Staff were fast and very helpful. Wheelchair friendly. Kid friendly. Pram and stroller accessible although a little tight.

One of the Best Pho

This is one of the best Pho outside Vietnam. The meat is tender, and the taste is excellent. They come with big portion, you can share for two persons if you don't eat a lot. very recommended

Tasty Vietnamese food

After so many days in Melbourne, we were craving for Asian food - and we pinpointed Pho Bo Ga Mekong as our destination for lunch after finishing our itinerary for the day. They were still doing brisk business despite non-peak hours & we managed to get a table after a while. Service was quite fast although smile was almost non-existent - probably due to the never ending stream of crowds to enjoy a bowl of pho or the Vietnamese food. 

Pho is of good quality and I especially love the pork chop which was marinated in lemongrass, spring rolls provided a good snack while waiting for the main dishes to be served!

Second time in a month

If you want authentic Vietnamese food that’s always fresh and tasty check this place out.

Friendly staff and clean you will need to be comfortable with the culture of sharing tables.

The place is always busy and locals love it. With so many Asian food chooses so close this is not flash but it is great. Prices are very reasonable and service is good.

Great for lunch or quick dinner before a show.


Hochi Mama

$$ - $$$, Asian, Thai, Fusion

Address11 Liverpool St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9078 2285


Tasty, loud, would go back

Generous portions, good variety on the menu, plenty of options for Vegetarian and Meat Lovers. 
The Banana Flower imitation of crumbed fried fish is good. A little denser than the real thing but otherwise quite convincing. 
Yummy small plates like Satay, Bai, Rice Paper Rolls. Larger plates of curry, stir fry and other options.

Impressive Vietnamese food

I work close to Hochi Mama and I go there almost every week. At every visit it feels like the first, always impress me. 
The dishes are superb, they have that Vietnamese “punch” by using their traditional spices and sauces. 

It is one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne, highly recommended if you like a chef Asian / Vietnamese restaurant.

Amazing food!

We were in Melbourne for 3 days and came to this place for 2 of them because the food was so good. Lots of vegan options and Edie our waitress was super helpful and friendly. Both curries we ordered were delicious and complex flavors, all beautifully presented. The drinks were great and we highly recommend this place!

Highly Recommend!!

Food was absolutely delicious! We paid $65 for the “Me Hungry Now” Banquet and it was so worth it.. Could only just squeeze in the Golden Gaytime Bao 
Excellent customer service. Reservations allocate an hour and half eating time, which was plenty of time for us. We didn’t feel rushed in anyway, even though it was very busy. Highly recommend!


Box Seafood Restaurant

$$$$, Seafood, Australian, Contemporary
Address189 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone+61 3 9663 0411


Seafood fest

We had the hot platter with a large variety of seafood and it was good. Each type of seafood had a different sauce. The service was fairly quick and attentive. The slight disappointment was the unavailability of crayfish at the time we were there. Had wanted to eat lobster and didn't go to Lobster Cave and came to Box instead. Anyway the Moreton bugs was the substitute but it was rather small.

Fast, fresh and delicious

We had a meal here before a show and couldn’t fault it. The service was fast, but not rushed and the staff were friendly and helpful. To top it off, the food was good too! The whole snapper was wonderful - a great hit of chilli - but the seafood linguini was a bit lukewarm and lacking in prawns! All in all, a lovely experience and we would be back!

Nice Seafood Dinner


We chose “ Box “ primarily for its menu but additionally because of its proximity to our hotel, The Westin and because of two word-of-mouth recommendations. 
Restaurant has a “New York” feel, ie. Long, narrow interior with bar (service bar only) along one side. Several tables outside but, at 65 degrees and no heaters, they didn’t seem all that appealing. Never-the-less, they were all occupied.
We made 8:45 reservations at 8:15 on this Saturday night and were given the only unoccupied table when we arrived. We were the last to leave at about 10:40 or so.
Service was fine although it was sometimes difficult to understand waitstaff for whom English was not the original language. Being American probably didn’t help us.....
Spouse had Sole. I had Scallops Mornay. We were both happy, but, as Americans, we had trouble with paying extra for a salad or vegetable and, Good Lord, there wasn’t a starch in site. What, no potato? Oh, we’re so picky.
Interestingly, I have never seen scallops served this way. Each scallop was served in an individual scallop shell with a dab of Mornay and I’ve never seen scallops served with what appeared to be a little red appendage attached. They must detach it at home before serving or it was a different species. At any rate, I cut it off before eating. Probably silly.
Deserts were excellent. I had a “sticky date pudding” with sauce and ice cream, never seen in America and just wonderful. Spouse has Creme Bruilette ( can’t get a spell check on that one) with strawberries dipped in white chocolate. Coffee was good. Guess I’ve finally figured out how to order it in .Australia.
Restaurant had been suggested by two different acquaintances and, after tonight, we would recommend it too.

As good as ever

We dine here once or twice a year depending on the shows at the Regent Theatre next-door. Its is wonderful to have such an excellent seafood restaurant so handy. I wrote a review a couple of years ago giving high praise for the food and service and the only thing that has changed since then is the name (it was The Box on Collins). My wife and I always enjoy a pre theatre dinner at Box Seafood Restaurant (this time it was Jersey Boys again) and we recommend it to anyone who appreciates good seafood irrespective of whether the theatre is part of your evening


Lane Restaurant

$$ - $$$, Healthy, Australian, International

Address: Level 3, 270 Collins Street Novotel Hotels & Resorts, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9667 5800


Great central city restaurant for breakfasts

Good selection of fruits, pastries, traditional breakfast food, breads and dairies, as well a coffees and teas being included according to your taste, Eggs cooked to your liking including omletes. Great buffet breakfast for $ 36. Good friendly service - window tables look out over leafy Collins Street. Situated on level 3 in the building - the same as the main reception front desk

Nice food Good Service

Went to Lane for a quick Friday night dinner. Arrived at 6pm and was seated in a lovely window seat. The restaurant was not crowded and felt spacious. The normal menu was offered as well as a special three course meal for Chinese New Year. The special was beautiful for $75 and they offered the Accor 50% discount. The waitress was a traveller who was very friendly and helpful. We were asked if we wanted to sit. between courses. We were happy to not wait and we were in and out in just over an hour. A very pleasant experience.

Relaxed dining with good food

This the restaurant for the Novotel on Collins, an Accor Hotel. We dined late at 8pm after being at the Australian Open Tennis all day. The restaurant was not crowded at that time but there is plenty of room between tables so you would always feel comfortable. Décor is a bit tired and needs a refurb but this did not affect our experience. They have an A Carte menu or a fixed course offering. The food was well prepared a nd presented well but there was a bit of a wait for our meal even though it was not busy. Staff were very attentive.
If you are going there over a weekend do not book on the online booking service as they do not check it on weekends - we did not have a problem as they were not busy at that time but would recommend booking with the Hotel direct.

Fantastic location and great customer service!

For the price that we paid, we couldn't ask for more! Although a little dated in the hallways, the rooms are well appointed. They provide all necessities you need for a comfortable stay. The only thing missing are USB outlets for charging. Location on Collins street is very convenient which ever way you want to travel and the hub of the city is within walking distance. The staff there was absolute 5 star and was friendly and helpful with every whim or request. The only thing I would complain about was the pool which didn't look too clean or hygienic when we visited at night. Apart from that, this accommodation will be revisited by us again. Thank you Novotel for making our stay memorable.


Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar

$$$$, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly

Address168-170 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9654 6778


Intimate Dining

il Bacaro is a great little restaurant for intimate Italian dining. The go-to dish is the Moreton Bay Bug Spaghettini with plenty of garlic and olive oil. It is one of the Melbourne dishes you have to try once (an many times after that most likely!). The perfect way to follow it is with the Agave Nectar Cheescake with blueberry sorbet and fairy floss...delicious. They have great chardonnays that go with the pasta and some very nice dessert wines to finish out the meal. The service is great and pricing is very reasonable. It is a small space, so I do recommend it for 'date night' etc.

Numero uno

You know when you walk through the door that you are in for a treat. The decor is dark wood, smokey glass, white paper table clothes. The menu is wonderfully simple ... there is a selection of pasta dishes (of course) and then five or six meat dishes, and a handful of interesting sides. The fish is always the special as it is sourced daily from the market. 

I had the fish, pan fried in butter ... absolutely perfection ... couple of sides and a glass of chardonnay. You eat with your eyes (in the first instance) and the presentation was faultless. The texture,incredible flavour and magnificent taste did not disappoint.

Service from the friendly and knowledgeable waiting staff was impeccable ... and at the end you are warmly farewelled by the owner (or manager).

This is fine dining Italian at it's very best ... you would be hard pressed to find a better exponent in Rome.

This was my first visit to II Bacaro ... it will not be my last.

A special night out

What can I say about this fantastic restaurant, everything was perfect. We were a little early, which was not a problem, we were shown to our table. The staff were so friendly, very helpful with selections of wine etc. A little bread with very good Olive oil on arrival. I had oysters, then we shared a Ravioli dish, followed by Lamb backstrap for my wife and the duck for me. The food was so very very good, presentation excellent, you knew from looking at the plate you were going to enjoy everything. No room but we shared the Agave nectar cheesecake, well I had a couple of spoonsfull, and great coffee. Would recommend to everyone

Fine Dining Italian Style

Great Italian food but done in a more refined way than your average Italian cafe - is how I would describe this restaurant. This is a quaint little Resturant where you don’t have to scream at each other over the table to be heard! We had main meals followed by desert which we don’t normally do but the mains serving size was not ridiculously huge so we felt we could therefore handle some dessert. All the meals were just amazing & definitely make sure you try a dessert.. the best I’ve had anywhere. We would not hesitate to go back next time we are in Melbourne & the service of our waiter was great too.


Terra Rossa Restaurant & Bar

$$ - $$$, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly

Address: 87 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9650 0900

People keep walking through the door

Like Dr Who's Phone-box the people keeping walking through the door and once in there seems to be space. Which is great as this great Italian restaurant, that specialises in pizza and pasta, (no surprises) has service which is just as good as the food; excellent! This place is a meeting place which is vibrant and busy. Whilst closer to China Town than Lygon Street it certainly is a place you need to meet, with friends and family, to enjoy your favourite pizza (p.s., the bases are light and the topping so good!)

Great first night meal

First night in Melbourne, found this place tucked away and just in time to feed our jet lagged kids. Lovely pizza, lasagne was delicious and service was excellent. Would recommend going earlier for families as we were quite late having slept during the day. It seemed like a great place for couples and groups later.

Excellent food and service

We had an early meal before going to the theatre. The service was friendly and efficient. We both had pizza and both were excellent, very tasty and plenty of topping. All washed down with a prosecco and a very nice Seppelts Shiraz. The restaurant had a very nice interior and the tables were not too close. A great place for a quick meal or for an evening with friends.

Arancini ‘amaze’ balls

Visiting form interstate, amazing food, especially the arancini balls. All had great pasta dishes. Very accommodating


Zio's Ristorante

$$$$, Italian, Contemporary, Seafood

Address14 Lansdowne St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia

Phone+61 3 9419 0252


Excellent food and service

Dined mid week as a couple. On a quiet night, the place still exuded a warm and classy ambience. The seafood degustation menu was a delight with the swordfish wrapped in prosciutto the highlight. Service excellent !

Hidden gem

My husband and I had an amazing dinner at Zio’s this evening. It was our second visit and we were not disappointed!

We had a set menu which was an absolute delight. Every dish was delicious. My husband is a hungry man, so he also ordered a pork main which was impeccable. One of the best pork dishes we’ve ever enjoyed, and the chef’s house made mustard was a stand out (I loved it so much he gave me some to bring home). 

The chef is gregarious and highly skilled. We enjoyed his company almost as much as his cooking. His dishes are testament to his extensive and impressive experience here and overseas. 

We will be back and would recommend Zio’s to anyone. Truly a hidden gem amongst Melbourne cluttered and hype-driven restaurant scene.

Great Food and Wonderful Host

We have dined here twice in the last month and will return before too long. Food is sophisticated and varied with complex favours and sometimes includes unusual combinations but always enjoyable. I guess the food is modern Australian/Mediterranean.

Good local wine list, perhaps slightly on the expensive side.

Marc Antoine is a wonderful host and does all he can to make guests welcome in his restaurant.

Highly recommended.

From strength to strength

Since the change of management Zios has gone from strength to strength. I went with a friend last night and we had a sharing platter for starters, it was delicious. My favourite Penne Gratinate is back to it's great taste. Many thanks to the staff who never fail to provide excellent service..

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