5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Melbourne

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Now don't get us wrong, we love a cheap 'n' cheerful feed. Late night kebabs, burgers from our (slightly dodgy) local, a deliciously greasy seafood pack - it's all good! But every now and then, we all deserve to treat ourselves to something special... even, dare we say, a little fancy. So we've scoured every street and laneway in this fair city to track down the five best spots for fine dining in Melbourne.

Don your most glamorous dress or classiest suit and prepare that bank account - it's time to hit the town.

1. Vue de monde

Honestly, could we have begun our list with anything else? Shannon Bennett's iconic Vue de monde (located on the 55th floor of the Rialto Towers) is frequently named as one of Australia's best restaurants, and it's not hard to see why.

With sweeping views out across the city and beyond, dishes that are as appealing to the eyes as they are to the palate, plus an award-winning wine list, you know you're in for an unforgettable experience.

Yes, with prices starting at $275 per person, it's not the cheapest meal you'll ever have, but trust us, it's well worth it.

2. Attica

Not only is Ben Shewry's Attica one of the best spots for fine dining in Melbourne, but it's also ranked as one of the best in the world, famed for its innovative, seasonal menu.

Rather than your usual fine dining fare of caviar, lobster and foie gras, Attica's delicacies tend towards unique, rare Australian ingredients like bunya nuts, murnong and marron.

Attica has won countless awards and boasts a whopping 19 AGFG Chef Hats, but if you want to know what it's really like, ask around and read reviews from fellow diners. Chances are you're going to love it as much as they did.

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3. Lûmé

With its humble terrace exterior, you'd be forgiven for walking right past South Melbourne's Lûmé - but you'd be missing out if you did. Once a burlesque club, the space has been transformed into a warm, earthy dining space that perfectly matches its sophisticated, contemporary menu.

For the first time since opening in 2015, Lûmé is in the hands of a new head chef, San Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 winner, John Rivera. The resulting changes have only served to prove that you can, in fact, improve on perfection.

It's also one of the more affordable places for fine dining in Melbourne, with a three-course meal (complete with matching snacks) from $100 per person, with vegan options available, too. Sign us up!

4. Iki-Jime

It would be remiss of us to have just one of Shannon Bennett's restaurants on our list. After all, he is the king of Australian fine dining! So allow us to introduce you to the newest kid on the Vue Group block, Iki-Jime.

Named for the humane Japanese method of harvesting fish, Collins Street's Iki-Jime is all about fresh, sustainably-sourced seafood, paired with the highest quality seasonal Australian ingredients.

Throw in a moody, intimate space and that renowned Vue hospitality and it's easy to see why Iki-Jime has been awarded 13 AGFG Chef Hats.

The best part? Your fine dining feast doesn't have to cost the earth. With Scoopon, you can enjoy a multi-course seafood feast at Iki-Jime complete with wine from just $99 per person. But be quick - this offer will sell out fast!

5. Maha

Thought Middle Eastern cuisine was all falafel, hummus and kebabs? Think again! Maha, Shane Delia's acclaimed Bond Street restaurant, presents playful, modern and flavoursome Middle Eastern food with Mediterranean influences.

Expect colourful dishes of perfectly-spiced lamb and fish and sommelier-curated wine pairings in a luxurious, warm and intimate basement space in the heart of the CBD.

With lunch starting at $40 per person for two courses and dinner from $85 for four courses, Maha also happens to be one of the most affordable spots for fine dining in Melbourne, so you can feel a little less guilty about decimating that bank account.