Melbourne's best restaurants of 2022, as decided by Aussie diners

Dished Up: Top 10 Melbourne Restaurants of 2022

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Melbourne’s best restaurants of 2022, as decided by Aussie diners.

Dished Up is TheFork's annual wrap-up of Australian diners’ favourite restaurants. The list celebrates Australia’s most booked and top-rated restaurants, according to thousands of trusted diners across TheFork network.

As part of Dished Up, we're excited to share a run-down of the best Melbourne restaurants of 2022. From foodie favourites to hidden gems and exciting up-and-comers, check out our Top 100 Restaurants of 2022 to discover where to book next!

1. Tulum Restaurant, Balaclava (VIC)

Famed for its contemporary approach to traditional Turkish flavours, awarded Turkish eatery Tulum has established its place amongst Melbourne’s most iconic restaurants. Head Chef Cosjun Uysal delivers artfully modern plates without compromising on authentic Anatolian taste, with a focus on exceptional service. BOOK NOW >

What our diners are saying: Fabulous restaurant! Excellent staff! Food is so delicious, full of flavour and unique! You can’t replicate any of these dishes in your home! This makes the whole dining experience even more enjoyable.

2. Bouzy Rouge, Richmond (VIC)

This quirky and eclectic Bridge Road institution is a delight to the senses – from the bright interiors and electric atmosphere to the curated menu which takes you on a serious taste journey. Experience powerful flavours in the Euro tapas style plates and the signature roasted ‘share fare' platters that steal the show. BOOK NOW >

What our diners are saying: Arrived with high expectations as the restaurant was highly recommended. Rich food, rich ambience, magnificent service. Not a single order disappointed. Do yourself a favour and book it.

3. Lezzet, Elwood (VIC)

Step inside this charming Melbourne eatery for an authentic taste of Anatolia. Lezzet merges the old traditions of Turkish cuisine with contemporary gastronomy for a journey of the taste buds. A stunning back-lit bar, sandstone arches and dappled lighting set the scene while the wood fire oven is the star - producing mouth-watering meats and claypots. BOOK NOW >

What our diners are saying: This is my favourite restaurant! Delicious and authentic food! Great service and the atmosphere is excellent! Been here many times and looking forward to the next one.

4. Tsindos Greek Restaurant, Melbourne (VIC)

There's plenty of good food to be found on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne, and Tsindos Greek Restaurant tops the list. Tsindos serves traditional Greek food, just like they've been doing for decades. With an atmosphere that begs for a friendly catch-up over a bottle of Greek wine, there's a reason that Tsindos is an iconic name on the Melbourne dining scene. BOOK NOW >

What our diners are saying: Such a wonderful place. Awesome food, wonderful staff who love to make you feel at home. Please get in and try this place!

5. Edwin Wine Bar & Cellar, Southbank (VIC)

This charming Southbank wine bar oozes sophistication. Edwin's carefully curated list of wines features the best of local growers, while their ever-evolving selection of food stars the freshest seasonal ingredients for an unforgettable dining experience. The venue’s beautiful, dark and moody interior creates the perfect atmosphere for an intimate catch-up. BOOK NOW > 

What our diners are saying: Such a wonderful place. Awesome food, wonderful staff who love to make you feel at home. Please get in and try this place!

6. Din Tai Fung, Melbourne (VIC)

Globally known to serve the world’s tastiest dumplings, Din Tai Fung pairs the freshest ingredients with skill, precision and care. More than just dumplings, tuck into appetisers, noodles, fried rice, soup and wok dishes that are sure to please your taste buds. Din Tai Fung's Melbourne restaurant is one of their best, with robot waiters to add to the experienc! BOOK NOW >

What our diners are saying: Amazing experience! The staff was super amazing and helpful. The robots were very entertaining and I loved that the dumplings were made fresh and was displayed for everyone to watch!

7. The Meat & Wine Co, Southbank (VIC)

The Meat & Wine Co offers the ultimate steakhouse experience and, with views overlooking Queensbridge Square, the Yarra River and the City skyline, The Meat & Wine Co at Southbank is second to none. With the best selection of locally sourced, premium meats and an incredible wine list to match, this one’s a favourite for anyone who appreciates a premium cut of meat. BOOK NOW >

What our diners are saying:  Wonderful service, ambience and delish dishes as always. Whether solo or large groups they cater for everyone and provide 5 star service.

8. MS.SUE, Footscray (VIC)

Colourful cocktails, buzzy crowds and vibrant Asian fusion dishes - with MS.SUE you get the trifecta. This Footscray establishment is a must-visit when heading to Melbourne's western suburbs and will delight every sense. From the Crispy Nori Japanese Tacos to the Golden Gaytime Bao, it's a BIG YES from us. BOOK NOW >

What our diners are saying: We love this place. The food is so yummy, we've been back many times and have so much trouble deciding what to order as everything is so delicious!

9. Bellota Wine Bar, South Melbourne (VIC)

Taking full advantage of the impressive wine selection on offer at its neighbouring sister business, the Prince Wine Store, Bellota showcases the great wines of the world in a warm and friendly environment alongside beautifully executed food. Head Chef Nicky Riemer champions the kitchen with her European cuisine which lends itself perfectly to the enjoyment of wine. BOOK NOW >

What our diners are saying: To get things right you need great service, lovely ambience and then good food, Bellota had all 3 in abundance. Fantastic experience at the end of our holiday from the UK.

10. Escagrill, Moonee Ponds

Escagrill is a classy modern Italian steak, seafood and oyster bar, where fresh produce is combined with elegant dining and superior service. The dining space is home to intimate booths, an oyster bar overlooking the busy open kitchen, and there is also a private function room ready for your next event. Escagrill and its eclectic menu really does have something for everyone! BOOK NOW >

What our diners are saying: The service from the start was amazing. Very friendly and accommodating staff. As they were, the staff attended to all our requests very quickly. A special mention to Bill & Scott for their amazing hospitality and also the chefs who produced some amazing food.

Want to see more of our Dished Up selection for 2022? Check out our Top 100 Restaurants of 2022.

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