The wait is over. These top new venues are open for drinking, dining and all-round good times.

A restaurant in an historic building with arches, tiled floors and stained glass windows.

Reine & La Rue

A stunning 132-year-old building has been transformed into Melbourne's most luxe new dining experience. Head to Reine & La Rue in the former stock exchange and dine under the grand gothic arches. The French-inspired menu is brimming with fine-dining favourites. Think caviar service, freshly shucked oysters and Wagyu by the kilo.

Inside a dimly lit restaurant and bar

Torino Aperitivo

Tucked away on Driver Lane is a joint honing in on Italy's aperitivo culture. The menu focuses on tasty morsels like grilled artichokes, burrata with anchovies and house made arancini. As for drinks, you can't go wrong with $12 mini cocktails. Think classic martinis, spritzes and negronis. Speaking of negronis, there's a free flowing fountain of the good stuff right at the bar.

Inside a retro Italian-style restaurant

Johnny, Vince & Sam’s Ristorante

Is it a restaurant or is it Nonna’s house? Comedy trio Sooshi Mango has opened its own version of an old-school Italian diner – Johnny, Vince and Sam's Ristorante. And it comes complete with a generous serving of nostalgia. Step inside and be transported to a retro-style home packed with vintage decor. The food’s pretty great too. Enjoy parmesan-crusted schnitzel, slow-cooked beef meatballs, arancini and more.

Two friends are drinking cocktails on a rooftop bar

Morris House

Melbourne has just earned itself a new multi-level venue featuring a restaurant, rooftop bar and basement comedy club. Get the crew together for catch-up drinks at Morris House and head to the top level for signature cocktails like the frozen vovo margarita or the pavlova daquiri. The food is top-notch too and is available on every floor. Think wagyu beef burgers, spanner crab spaghetti, king salmon salad and eye fillet with chimichurri and fries. In the basement you’ll find a NYC-inspired comedy venue hosting stand-up gigs from some of Australia’s best talent. On Thursdays sip on $16 negronis and kick back to the sounds of live jazz.

A restaurant table set with dishes including corn, beans and toast.

Amphlett House

Craft beers on tap, elevated pub grub and an ‘80s inspired fit-out. Amphlett House at Ovolo Laneways is a welcome addition to the Paris End. Try a bev from local brewers while you dine on caviar, steak and frites. This restaurant isn’t just for beer lovers though. You’ll also find an impressive wine list. Or try Aussie-inspired cocktails like the smoky eucalyptus margarita.

The outside of a restaurant in a brick building

Myrtle

Enjoy Australian wines paired with native produce in a warm and inviting space at Myrtle Wine Bar. A newcomer to Warburton Lane, the two-storey space is beautifully rustic. To eat there’s wattleseed lamb with foraged salad, zucchini flowers with buffalo ricotta and pan fried Greek cheese with myrtle caramel. And oh-so nostalgic house-made sausage rolls elevated with fancy tomato sauce

Plates of pasta and cocktails on a table

Alt Pasta Bar

Silky strands of handmade pasta and creamy risottos take centre stage at this moody late-night pasta bar. Tucked down tiny Niagara Lane, Alt Pasta Bar's chefs create art with simple dishes in an open kitchen. Order a plate of gnocchi with wagyu ragu or perhaps squid ink fettuccine with spanner crab. Everything is made in-house, from the pasta down to the seasonal gelato, and carefully paired with a curated wine list.

Two canapes with pineapple and caviar

Serai

Find a fiery new spot for traditional Filipino food, hidden in a laneway. Grab a seat at the chef’s omakase table to watch your meal cooked over the open fire in front of your eyes. Pair colourful cocktails with dishes like wild barramundi, lamb ribs with sticky 'adobo' sauce and smoked pineapple with spiced coconut and caviar.

The inside of a restaurant with light beams and a curved ceiling

Archer's Restaurant

Located in an intimate, futuristic space, Archer's needs to go right to the top of your special occasion dining list. Beautiful beams of light glow warmly against the unique, vault-like interiors. And the menu is an ever-changing celebration of seasonal, local flavours. Don't miss a trip up to the 15th floor for drinks at neighbouring Sunset House.

A burrata dish being cut open.

Nomad

Nomad's food is inspired by travels through Spain, Morocco and the Middle East, but grounded in Australia's fine local produce. Dishes are cooked with fire and smoke, think zucchini flowers with truffle honey and wood-roasted market fish with asparagus. Add a side (or three) of burrata and fennel jam and mop it up with za'atar flatbread.

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Italian wood-fired pizzas and cocktails in an art-filled space.

Otōto

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Akaiito's underground casual cocktail bar serving Asian-inspired tapas and sharing plates.

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Grill Americano

Offering Italian classics with signature Chris Lucas spin in sophisticated surrounds.

Elchi

Elchi

Elchi re-imagines the wonders of Indian fare in a sleek and alluring space.

Bobbie Peels

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Cosy corner pub featuring a beer garden and rotating craft beers on tap.

Dolly

Dolly

Old-world glamour awaits at this elevated European restaurant with a cinematic backdrop.

Tippy-Tay

Tippy-Tay

A colourful Italian restaurant at the Garden State Hotel.

Miss Mi

Miss Mi

Asia’s diverse flavours and traditional techniques are reinterpreted for modern-day adventurers.

Crossley St Cantina

Crossley St Cantina

Late night Spanish food and booze, located in the CBD's theatre district.

Chancery Lane

Chancery Lane

Reimagining timeless charm this European style bistro is suited for any occasion.

Aru

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This Restaurant of the Year brings together the woodfire hearth and flavours of Asia and Australia.

Robata

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Features Japanese grilled dishes, sashimi, pork katsu and select cuts of premium beef.

Kata Kita

Kata Kita

Bringing a new layer of fresh, flavourful Indonesian dining, with delicious cocktails to match.

Ronnie's

Ronnie's

Inspired by family dinners, where friends and family meet to dine, wine and have good times.

Tres a Cinco

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Cantina and bar serving authentic Mexican food and cocktails.

La Madonna Restaurant and Bar

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A chic day-to-night restaurant and bar inside Next Hotel Melbourne.

Gimlet at Cavendish House

Gimlet at Cavendish House

An elegant cocktail bar and dining room from renowned chef Andrew McConnell.

Society

Society

A glamourous restaurant and bar with contemporary dining and bespoke cocktails.

Lulu's Char Koay Teow

Lulu's Char Koay Teow

The true taste of authentic Penang flavours from a family of passionate cooks.

Lollo

Lollo

Experience a menu of remixed classics sitting alongside bold innovations.

Chef David

Chef David

Chef David fire up the barbecue with their Sichuan BBQ grill menu.

Hemingway's Wine Room

Hemingway's Wine Room

Brasserie and Wine Bar that is inspired by seasonality, with dishes based on European fundamentals

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