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The 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Melbourne

Where to eat in Australia’s second-largest city

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Today, Eater heads to Melbourne, Australia, the nation's second-largest city, to focus on 10 new restaurants and bars that have been heating up the dining scene. And once again, restaurant expert and Fully Booked founder Sharlee Gibb shares her picks for the buzziest drinking and dining destinations of the past year.

Among her selections, a three-story Japanese behemoth (Kisumé), a restaurant whose cuisine traverses the globe (Atlas Dining), and the first Australia location of an Israeli fast-casual favorite (Miznon). Plus, a Vietnamese diner with ethically sourced meats (Annam) and a destination cafe along the Great Ocean Road (Captain Moonlite).

Looking for the essentials? Head to the the 38. Want to focus on cheap eats? There’s a guide for that too. But here now, and in geographic order, the Eater Heatmap to Melbourne.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Captain Moonlite

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100 Great Ocean Rd
Anglesea VIC 3230, Australia
(03) 5263 2454
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Magic happened when Gemma Gange and Matt Germanchis took over the dining room of their local Surf Life Saving Club in Anglesea late last year. Last summer, it was a well-kept secret, but this summer, prepare to join the pilgrimage outside of Melbourne and tick the Great Ocean Road off your bucket list, as that’s where you’ll be. Plus, unfussy but polished service and chef Germanchis’s clever take on coastal food, including the biggest prawn cracker you’ve ever tasted.

Octopus, potato, and red pepper at Captain Moonlite
Photo: Captain Moonlite / Facebook

2. Miznon Australia

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59 Hardware Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
(03) 9670 2861
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Tel Aviv, Vienna, Paris, and now Melbourne have an outpost of Eyal Shani’s Israeli street-food diner. Each incarnation celebrates the diverse nature of the city in which it lives. Here, it’s buzzing, vibrant, and fun. As with other locations, house-made pita, tahini, and cauliflower dominate the menu, and everything comes served in a paper bag. But meat lovers won’t miss out: beef, lamb, and fish dishes all make a good showing as well.

A pita at Miznon
Photo: Miznon / Instagram

3. Osteria Ilaria

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367 Little Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
(03) 9642 2287
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Anyone who has been to Tipo 00, Little Bourke Street’s smallest and busiest Italian restaurant, will love the team’s new sister restaurant, located next door and double the size. The menu leans toward Mediterranean flavors, and it’s not strictly pasta — the octopus and ’nduja is an Instagram-worthy knockout. There’s a solid drinks focus that extends past the borders of Italy. Tables up front are for walk-ins, but just make sure you get there early.

Baby octopus at Osteria Ilaria
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4. Kisumé

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175 Flinders Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
(03) 9671 4888
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Catering to just about any hankering for Japanese cuisine, this three-level behemoth comes from the team behind modern Asian restaurants, Chin Chin and Hawker Hall, led by restaurateur Chris Lucas. Head to the basement for hot dishes and slurpy ramen, the ground floor for sushi and sashimi served by an army of knife-wielding chefs, and upstairs, get fancy with a plush Chablis bar and kaiseki table hosted by executive chef K.S. Moon.

A scallop at Kisumé
Photo: Kisumé / Facebook

5. Annam

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56 Little Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
(03) 9654 6627
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Jerry Mai opened her new Vietnamese diner just a stone’s throw from the Chinatown arches of Little Bourke Street. It’s a nice transition from the street food of Mai’s Pho Nom eateries. There’s still an emphasis on ethically sourced meats, but at Annam, there’s extra finesse on the plate. A charcoal grill gives everything a lick of smokiness, the sharing vibe is playful, and the cocktails are knock-out.

Chicken, prawn, and pork siu mai at Annam
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6. Arlechin

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Mornane Pl
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Tucked down a shady alleyway, Arlechin’s doorway would be easy to miss if it weren’t for the spaghetti mural directing you to the Grossi family’s latest offering (Grossi Florentino, Ombra Bar). It’s a sweet combo of classic cocktails, food to make you drink (think smoked-eel parfait and chile-fried quail), and late-night mischief — and it’s open until 3 a.m.

Pasta at Arlechin
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7. Longsong

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Upstairs, 44 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
(03) 9653 1611
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This new bar and eatery from chef David Moyle (Franklin) and restaurateurs Lisa and John van Haandel is breathtaking, with sky-high ceilings, floating white lanterns, and full-length windows. In the dining room, located one story above street level in an old horse stable, diners sit on hitching posts covered in emerald leather at tables slicked in surfboard resin. The food is globally inspired, and most items are cooked over the three-meter grill. Snacks, like sesame chicken bits on skewers and potato noodles with bone marrow, are designed to whet the appetite for drinks from craft producers.

Long Song
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8. Juliet

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37-41 Little Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Tucked inside the neon pink-tinged basement lair of sibling restaurant Punch Lane, Juliet is a welcome addition to the late-night scene. Food, like the show-stopping raclette, is the main draw: It’s warmed and shaved gooey in front of you. A tight and constantly changing wine list puts the focus on female winemakers. If wine isn’t your thing, the cocktail list hits the right notes, as do the jazz musicians who play live every Thursday night.

Raclette at Juliet
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9. Atlas Dining

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133 Commercial Rd
South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia

Every couple of months this restaurant takes its direction from a different country in its culinary passport. Past themes have included Vietnam, Israel, and Korea. Currently, Atlas is in Mexico, serving habaneros, green tomatoes, and a 37-ingredient mole. Plus, almost everything is cooked on the the fire pit located in the internal courtyard. The prix fixe menu is a great value and, although it opened just over a year ago, it won the recent honor of Time Out’s Best New Restaurant. It’s the perfect spot for an early dinner after a long afternoon shopping in the boutiques of nearby Chapel Street.

Kingfish, avocado and serrano chile tostada at Atlas Dining
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10. Mayfair

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45 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Step off the bustling CBD sidewalk and into a warm and opulent room full of old-world charm. Restaurateur David Mackintosh (Lee Ho Fook) and bar maestro Joe Jones (Romeo Lane) have captured a decadent time and place reminiscent of 1930s supper clubs. The dining room is plush and elegant, the bar highlighted by a stunning wall of antique decanted spirit bottles. The food plays on a French bistro theme, a stand-out dish the house-made crumpet with a tangle of crab, mayonnaise, and trout roe on top. A shorter supper menu is available from later in the evening until 1 a.m.

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1. Captain Moonlite

100 Great Ocean Rd, Anglesea VIC 3230, Australia
Octopus, potato, and red pepper at Captain Moonlite
Photo: Captain Moonlite / Facebook

Magic happened when Gemma Gange and Matt Germanchis took over the dining room of their local Surf Life Saving Club in Anglesea late last year. Last summer, it was a well-kept secret, but this summer, prepare to join the pilgrimage outside of Melbourne and tick the Great Ocean Road off your bucket list, as that’s where you’ll be. Plus, unfussy but polished service and chef Germanchis’s clever take on coastal food, including the biggest prawn cracker you’ve ever tasted.

100 Great Ocean Rd
Anglesea VIC 3230, Australia

2. Miznon Australia

59 Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
A pita at Miznon
Photo: Miznon / Instagram

Tel Aviv, Vienna, Paris, and now Melbourne have an outpost of Eyal Shani’s Israeli street-food diner. Each incarnation celebrates the diverse nature of the city in which it lives. Here, it’s buzzing, vibrant, and fun. As with other locations, house-made pita, tahini, and cauliflower dominate the menu, and everything comes served in a paper bag. But meat lovers won’t miss out: beef, lamb, and fish dishes all make a good showing as well.

59 Hardware Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

3. Osteria Ilaria

367 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Baby octopus at Osteria Ilaria
Photo: Osteria Ilaria / Facebook

Anyone who has been to Tipo 00, Little Bourke Street’s smallest and busiest Italian restaurant, will love the team’s new sister restaurant, located next door and double the size. The menu leans toward Mediterranean flavors, and it’s not strictly pasta — the octopus and ’nduja is an Instagram-worthy knockout. There’s a solid drinks focus that extends past the borders of Italy. Tables up front are for walk-ins, but just make sure you get there early.

367 Little Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

4. Kisumé

175 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
A scallop at Kisumé
Photo: Kisumé / Facebook

Catering to just about any hankering for Japanese cuisine, this three-level behemoth comes from the team behind modern Asian restaurants, Chin Chin and Hawker Hall, led by restaurateur Chris Lucas. Head to the basement for hot dishes and slurpy ramen, the ground floor for sushi and sashimi served by an army of knife-wielding chefs, and upstairs, get fancy with a plush Chablis bar and kaiseki table hosted by executive chef K.S. Moon.

175 Flinders Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

5. Annam

56 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Chicken, prawn, and pork siu mai at Annam
Photo: Annam / Facebook

Jerry Mai opened her new Vietnamese diner just a stone’s throw from the Chinatown arches of Little Bourke Street. It’s a nice transition from the street food of Mai’s Pho Nom eateries. There’s still an emphasis on ethically sourced meats, but at Annam, there’s extra finesse on the plate. A charcoal grill gives everything a lick of smokiness, the sharing vibe is playful, and the cocktails are knock-out.

56 Little Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

6. Arlechin

Mornane Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Pasta at Arlechin
Photo: Arlechin / Instagram

Tucked down a shady alleyway, Arlechin’s doorway would be easy to miss if it weren’t for the spaghetti mural directing you to the Grossi family’s latest offering (Grossi Florentino, Ombra Bar). It’s a sweet combo of classic cocktails, food to make you drink (think smoked-eel parfait and chile-fried quail), and late-night mischief — and it’s open until 3 a.m.

Mornane Pl
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

7. Longsong

Upstairs, 44 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Long Song
Photo: Long Song / Facebook

This new bar and eatery from chef David Moyle (Franklin) and restaurateurs Lisa and John van Haandel is breathtaking, with sky-high ceilings, floating white lanterns, and full-length windows. In the dining room, located one story above street level in an old horse stable, diners sit on hitching posts covered in emerald leather at tables slicked in surfboard resin. The food is globally inspired, and most items are cooked over the three-meter grill. Snacks, like sesame chicken bits on skewers and potato noodles with bone marrow, are designed to whet the appetite for drinks from craft producers.

Upstairs, 44 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

8. Juliet

37-41 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Raclette at Juliet
Photo: Juliet / Facebook

Tucked inside the neon pink-tinged basement lair of sibling restaurant Punch Lane, Juliet is a welcome addition to the late-night scene. Food, like the show-stopping raclette, is the main draw: It’s warmed and shaved gooey in front of you. A tight and constantly changing wine list puts the focus on female winemakers. If wine isn’t your thing, the cocktail list hits the right notes, as do the jazz musicians who play live every Thursday night.

37-41 Little Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

9. Atlas Dining

133 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Kingfish, avocado and serrano chile tostada at Atlas Dining
Photo: Atlas Dining / Facebook

Every couple of months this restaurant takes its direction from a different country in its culinary passport. Past themes have included Vietnam, Israel, and Korea. Currently, Atlas is in Mexico, serving habaneros, green tomatoes, and a 37-ingredient mole. Plus, almost everything is cooked on the the fire pit located in the internal courtyard. The prix fixe menu is a great value and, although it opened just over a year ago, it won the recent honor of Time Out’s Best New Restaurant. It’s the perfect spot for an early dinner after a long afternoon shopping in the boutiques of nearby Chapel Street.

133 Commercial Rd
South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia

10. Mayfair

45 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Photo: The Mayfair

Step off the bustling CBD sidewalk and into a warm and opulent room full of old-world charm. Restaurateur David Mackintosh (Lee Ho Fook) and bar maestro Joe Jones (Romeo Lane) have captured a decadent time and place reminiscent of 1930s supper clubs. The dining room is plush and elegant, the bar highlighted by a stunning wall of antique decanted spirit bottles. The food plays on a French bistro theme, a stand-out dish the house-made crumpet with a tangle of crab, mayonnaise, and trout roe on top. A shorter supper menu is available from later in the evening until 1 a.m.

45 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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