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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Melbourne

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Melbourne? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Sidebar Wine restaurant
4.8 (165)
$41 to $100
Wine Bar
About the restaurant
Established in 2018, Sidebar is a wine bar and store located in the heart of Sandringham Village. Our ever-changing wine list highlights small local and international producers curated by our very own sommelier. We have won wine list awards in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Our seasonal cocktail list can take you on a journey from start to finish, whether it be the humble Negroni or something a little more unusual.

Whether you choose to sit inside our intimate bar setting or in our outdoor space, we have music to suit but not so loud that you cannot initiate a “Sidebar”.

Top review
Dined on Mar 27, 2024
Great to always visit the "sidebar" where Adults can have a nice drink . Sad that Aiden is heading back to the UK for family reasons big shoes to fill. I love how we can extra drink and catch the bus home ! So drink the Taxi Fare great outcome. We just asked Aidan to bring us wine by the glass within parameters. Six different wines by the glass none of which we were aware but really enjoyed all of them.
A photo of Bo Gurks restaurant
4.8 (300)
$40 and under
Pizza Bar
About the restaurant
Now stocking over 500 Independent Craft Australian beers from around Australia. New beers arriving weekly. Our traditional Italian style pizza is a hybrid between the Naples and Rome style pizzas. We use only the best ingredients and our dough made onsite is something trully exceptional. We have weekly specials to go with our core range of pizzas.

Top review
Dined on May 17, 2024
Came here for the first time with a friend and very disappointed that we have not come to this place sooner!! The service, food and atmosphere was just perfect! Gamberi Pizza was amazing, the best I’ve had! Will definitely be back soon!! Thanks!!
A photo of Mama Nuoi restaurant
4.8 (159)
$41 to $100
About the restaurant
A sophisticated interpretation of traditional Vietnamese cuisine, Mama Nuoi is the creation of chef Jessie Le. Bringing the enticing and distinct flavours of her native Vietnam to Melbourne, Jessie expertly presents an exciting fusion of modern dishes.
Located close to Aspendale Beach in Melbourne’s beautiful bayside suburbs, Mama Nuoi serves food, harmony and laughter in our Cafe with a modern casual atmosphere.
At Mama Nuoi, our passion is making delicious food and providing a wonderful eating experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Superb high quality food Lovely decor Great service
A photo of Ichiro Izakaya Bar restaurant
4.7 (217)
$40 and under
About the restaurant
Seeking to combine the best of both worlds, we have combined the familiar flavours of Australian dining with traditional Japanese Izakaya dishes, in order to create the tastiest food we can for you. We also have a lovely range of Japanese sake and beer for you to compliment your food, if you're keen to experience Izakaya like they do in Japan.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
The food was delicious, and the vibe was very low-key/no-fuss. Looking forward to coming back.
A photo of Grandview Hotel restaurant
4.7 (281)
$40 and under
About the restaurant
Please return soon for more information on Grandview Hotel.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We live in Hunter street so it's only a quick 45 second walk to the Hotel. Booking was dead easy online, very quick and efficient service, food also came quickly. We went on a Wednesday which had the chicken parmigiana special, fantastic, every bit as good as any other good food hotel. Drink list also very good. We are lucky to have this place within walking distance, we will certainly be back.
A photo of Lion and Wombat restaurant
4.7 (117)
$40 and under
St Kilda
About the restaurant
Locally owned and styled like the comfy pubs of the UK, here you can sip unique cocktails, wines and beers and enjoy tasty seasonal fare.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Scrumptious food and choice of drinks, venue was great but for our group of 4 it was the staff that made the experience, fun and energetic. Would highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.
A photo of The Standard Hotel restaurant
4.6 (378)
$40 and under
About the restaurant
Located in the backstreets of Fitzroy, Melbourne. The Standard Hotel brings you the best pub food, wines & cold beers that Fitzroy has to offer.


-The maximum booking size is 20 people. If you would like a larger booking, please give us a call or e-mail to discuss. (03) 9419 4793 or bookings@thestandardhotel.com.au

-If you wish to make a booking on the same day, please give us a call and we will see if we can fit you in. We don’t accept same-day online bookings.

-Please note, we don’t take bookings outside after 5 pm Monday-Friday and after 3 pm Saturday, Sunday.

-We will not accommodate Bucks/Hens parties or Pub Crawls.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
The family had great time, we really enjoyed the food. It has a great atmosphere, it's a true gem of a Melbourne Pub.
A photo of LaBurrata restaurant
4.6 (118)
$40 and under
Moonee Ponds
About the restaurant
The desire to serve good food to the people with our passion in the cooking led us to open La Burrata.

La Burrata is an Italian cuisine which serves its customers with different variety of food. As we believe best Italian restaurants always serve the best Italian food and unrivaled quality. La Burrata is proud to serve fresh food prepared from freshly brought ingredients. Enjoying freshly home made pasta and quality hand stretched pizza when you dine in with us along with choices of seafoods, stake and main dishes. The customers can reserve the table, walk-in and enjoy the fresh dining with us.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 15, 2024
This charming eatery, nestled in the heart of Moonee Ponds, is a true testament to the passion and dedication that goes into every dish served. The service at LaBurrata’s is as impeccable as the food. Attentive and knowledgeable staff ensure that your dining experience is seamless from start to finish. Whether it’s a casual dinner or a special occasion, LaBurrata’s is the neighborhood gem that consistently delivers an exceptional meal.
A photo of Grosvenor Hotel restaurant
4.4 (412)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
St Kilda East
About the restaurant

The Grosvenor Hotel in St Kilda has been welcoming guests since the 1800s, but it is thoroughly modern in its fit out and its attitude. Today, it is a multi-faceted venue perfect for casual drinks, family dinners, sports watching as well as larger functions. There’s entertainment – including trivia night. The menu features traditional pub favourites, from wood-fired pizza to classic parmas, as well as succulent grass-fed Angus beef. St Kilda’s Best Pub!

Enjoy you favourite classic pub meals, ice cold beer and warm hospitality here at the Grosvenor Hotel.

Top review
Dined on Apr 30, 2024
Service was very good from arrival at the pub to ordering and delivery
A photo of Fordham’s Milk Bar restaurant
4.4 (56)
$40 and under
About the restaurant
Fordham's Milk Bar is a cafe and restaurant, open 7 days a week, 365 days a year! We pride ourselves on our delicious food, homemade cake and ice-cream, and great coffee. We aim to deliver a friendly and personal service.
Top review
Dined on May 12, 2024
Good prices. Food is really good. The staff is friendly and the food is hearty. I especially love the apparelle ragu.
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