10 Diners' Choice Melbourne Restaurants To Enjoy
Looking for somewhere special to take your partner on a date?
Living in Melbourne we are spoilt for choice restaurants, which can be overwhelming when you want to take your partner on an extraordinary night out. Each month Open Table analyses more than 400,000 new Melbourne diner reviews, sorting the results into categories to help you discover your new favorite restaurants.
They delivered the top 10 Diners’ choice winners today, so we thought we would share the results with you. There is somewhere for everyone to enjoy on this list.
1. Dinner By Heston Blumethal – Crown Melbourne $$$$
Special Occasions - Inspired by 15th century manuscripts, to the fanciful dramatic dishes of the Royal courts of King Henry the VII, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal offers diners a very modern interpretation of historic British gastronomy.
2. Conservatory – Southbank $$$$
Special Occasions or Group Bookings - Diners can choose from seafood, sushi and salads. There will be Asian dim sum and noodles, a Western hot food station and a tandoor oven for authentic flavors of Indian specialties, as well as a dessert station. The new Conservatory features two amazing new chocolate fountains, which the young and young at heart are sure to love.
3. Kisumé - Melbourne CBD $$$
Creative Cuisine - Kisumé, a pure obsession with beauty - is a contemporary experience that’s built on duality. It’s where the traditionalist and the modern artist meet. Our cuisine draws on the purity of Japanese food culture and injects it with a uniquely Australian sensibility. Here, each visit will be different from the last: Kisumé is a journey that constantly evolves.
4. Lucy Liu Restaurant – Melbourne CBD $$$
Fit For Foodies - Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar is an exciting Pan-Asian restaurant located in Melbourne’s CBD’s heart of dining, off Flinders Lane down the cobblestone Oliver Lane. Bustling and busy since 2014, Lucy Liu restaurant has cemented itself as one of the best places in Melbourne to find great Asian share plates in a buzzy street food environment.
5. Gazi – Melbourne CBD $$
Casual Dining - From the ink-splattered walls to industrial steel benches, GAZI is a no-frills, no-fuss bar-slash-Greek-restaurant where you can drink, eat and let loose – without the rules.
Get stuck into our impressive range of sensational cocktails and get your hands dirty with our tasty Greek street food designed to soak up the alcohol while you soak up the fun.
Join us and get lost in the cool and carefree atmosphere of the most eccentric neighborhood in Greece, without leaving Melbourne’s CBD.
6. Maha – Melbourne CBD $$$
Tasting Platter/Special Occasions - Shane Delia's signature restaurant in Melbourne, celebrates vibrant and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine with its delectable cuisine, served in its relaxed and atmospheric restaurant. The saffron crispy rice cakes with pomegranate-cured beef and spicy ginger and the stewed onions with chickpeas and celery make delectable starter options. Some of Maha's specialty main courses include the 12-hour roasted lamb shoulder with spicy harissa and pickled radish, the orange blossom-glazed pork cutlet with fennel, sorrel and pine nuts and the market fish catch-of-the-day with a roast lemon yogurt sauce, all of which pair perfectly with a house cocktail, like the Persian margarita with pomegranate liqueur. Maha also has a full vegetarian and vegan menu, with delicious dishes like the chargrilled broccolini with pumpkin hummus and macadamias and the Turkish red lentil dumplings.
7. Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya - Fitzroy $$
Casual Dining - Offering traditional Izakaya experience, filled with Japanese kobachi. They also offer an extensive beverage menu, inspired by Japanese cocktails, sakes and whiskies, and an extensive wine list.
8. Hellenic Republic - Brighton $$$
Casual Dining - Hellenic Republic offers authentic Greek cuisine in Melbourne, across four distinct venues. From the rustic and classic tavern in Brunswick; Kew’s modern-menu-meets-the-classic tavern, Williamstown’s Hellenic Hotel reinventing the classic pub experience, to Brighton’s fresh take on the classic tavern. We source fresh, quality produce from Greece and Melbourne to create authentic Hellenic Republic (Greece) recipes, straight from Yia Yia’s recipe box. No one leaves hungry at Hellenic, whether it’s kids, parents, grandparents or vegans we make sure you get enough of what you came for—melt-in-your mouth Greek food.
9. Nobu – Crown Melbourne $$$
Casual Dining - Nobu restaurants continue with unprecedented praise and rave reviews from such notable publications as the New York Times, the Zagat Surveys, and the Michelin Guide. The restaurants’ perennial popularity and devoted following are a tribute to Nobu putting his own personal spin on traditional Japanese cooking.
10. Stokehouse Restaurant – St Kilda $$$$
Special Occasions - Beautiful views, excellent food and an elegant environment embody what you'll find at Stokehouse Restaurant. The restaurant's position on the sea makes it a wonderful haven for fresh seafood. Enjoy sand crab, squid, oysters and a variety of fish dishes with flavorful sauces.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.