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The Best Restaurants with views in Melbourne

There's no shortage of restaurants with a view in Melbourne. With so much of the beautiful city fronting Port Phillip Bay or the Yarra River, dining on breezy terraces while watching beach-goers or boats go by is an experience readily available across Melbourne. Furthermore, some of the best dining spots in the city boast sweeping skyline panoramas. But where do the savviest foodies eat in Melbourne when they're looking for an incredible view? We discovered the top restaurants with a view in Melbourne using data covering thousands of restaurants from OpenTable's smartest, most seasoned diners. Book a table at one of them today, and you'll soon be dining on world-class cuisine while admiring the beauty of the cultural capital of Australia.

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3 Restaurants
Updated December 18, 2019
Restaurants:The Espy Kitchen, Vue de monde, Donovans
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Modern Australian
Neighborhoods:St Kilda, Melbourne CBD
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The Espy Kitchen

$$$$
Modern Australian
St Kilda
4.2
545 reviews
The Espy Kitchen is one of more than a dozen eating and drinking spots inside Melbourne’s iconic Esplanade Hotel. The pub and music venue, which reopened in 2018 after an extensive remodelling job, dates back to 1878. Before taking a seat inside The Espy Kitchen’s dining room, head up to the rooftop beer garden under a retractable glass roof. It’s the best spot within the sprawling property to take in views encompassing St. Kilda Pier and the gleaming expanse of Port Philip Bay. The street-level terrace comes a close second with the bonus of great people-watching. Back to the bistro. Highlights of the seasonal, produce-forward, everything-from-scratch menu include spiced lamb kofta and a crispy Moreton Bay bug roll. Also look for the daily whole fish cooked in the wood-fired oven.

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Vue de monde

$$$$
Modern Australian
Melbourne CBD
4.9
1322 reviews
Among all the restaurants with a view in Melbourne, Vue De Monde claims the most expansive panorama across the city. The restaurant occupies what was previously the observation deck of the Rialto Building, 55 floors up and accessed via private lift. Here, diners get 360-degree views across Melbourne “from Docklands to the Dandenongs” through walls of windows. The cuisine – from celebrity chef Shannon Bennett – is high on drama too. Bennett’s four- to 10-course menus feature touches of molecular gastronomy whilst showcasing native Australian ingredients like salt bush and wallaby. Almost as striking as the food and views is Vue De Monde’s sleek, modern space with kangaroo-leather tabletops and fuzzy ‘roo-hide-upholstered chairs.

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Donovans

$$$$
Modern Australian
St Kilda
4.7
891 reviews
Dining at Donovans is an experience akin to a dinner party at a friend’s beach house. The homey spot on St. Kilda beach offers a terrace with ocean views, and inside cozy sofas and fireplaces along with dining-room nooks. All these spaces are decorated with Donovan family photos, coffee-table books and personal mementos. Donovans is one of the oldest restaurants with a view in Melbourne, having first opened in 1995. Several signature dishes remain on the menu from the early days, among them cold-smoked salmon, chicken pie, grilled chili prawns and a duck for two. Also consider the whole fish of the day cooked on the charcoal grill, especially if it’s a baby barramundi. Mostly Australian labels feature on the thoughtful wine list.

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