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Diners' Choice: Modern Australian restaurants in Melbourne

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Modern Australian cuisine in Melbourne? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Love Letter restaurant
4.9
4.9 (21)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Richmond
About the restaurant
At Love Letter we are a semi-fine diner restaurant with a seasonal chaos menu, modern-Australian, French influence and a nostalgic lean towards the food that we grew up eating in Aussie, Jewish and Italian households.
Think old school French bistro classics with modern Australian flair, rotating snacks and specials.


Set in the heart of bridge road, we are a short walk to the MCG and Melbourne's entertainment precinct.
We have a thoughtful wine list, full cocktail menu, and frosty beers on tap.

Intimate enough for date night, big enough for a function.

From love letter, with love.

Top review
AlexP
Dined on May 4, 2024
Fantastic cocktails with amazing service. The small plates that we shared were super tasty! Will definitely be back to try more of the menu
A photo of JAMES restaurant
4.8
4.8 (338)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
South Melbourne
About the restaurant
JAMES

Chef, Kim Sangsoo and owner and front of house manager, Kirbie Tate have designed a sharing menu and chefs tasting menu that is a cultural embrace. Taking Kim's South Korean heritage and sourcing Australian native produce - the JAMES menu blends traditional technique, a play with the freedom of contemporary fusion and both their instinctive understanding of balance and restraint.


Sharing menu and Chefs tasting menu available for dinner from 5pm TUES to SATURDAY //
Snacks menu, sharing set lunch and express ramen bowls are on offer between midday _ 3pm WED to SATURDAY //

Hidden in plain sight on Clarendon St - Book in to experience fine dining, casually.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Very good food & ambience, excellent service too!!
A photo of Vue de monde restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1697)
$101 and over
Modern Australian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Vue de monde is a testament to the belief that dining can be a wondrous and unforgettable experience. The ever-changing chef’s menu pays homage to classical fine dining in a modern context by exploring the beauty of native Australian ingredients. While in the past the menu looked to Europe for inspiration, Executive Chef Hugh Allen continues to celebrate the unparalleled quality of home-grown produce with thoughtfully considered dishes committed to seasonality and locality.

Vue de monde has been synonymous with Melbourne dining for almost 20 years, continuing to present an exciting and dynamic experience with a progression of flavours and sense of curiosity. The whimsical spirit at the heart of the Vue de monde menu has not been lost throughout the years, with the lighter-handed and more natural approach to cooking being no less infused with theatre.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We celebrated 50 years since our first date and couldn’t have chosen a better venue. The staff were friendly, relaxed, knowledgeable and professional. The food was exquisite. Thanks to all at Vue de monde. Kerrie and Greg Smith Hampton Vic
A photo of Lamaro's Hotel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (825)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
South Melbourne
About the restaurant
"Truly a wonderful pub is Lamaro’s, run by experts that embrace hospitality."
Tony Leonard, 3AW
https://bit.ly/36XkQbd

Broadsheet's Top 5 Gastropubs in Melbourne 2019 & 2020
3AW's Pub Of The Year 2019

Lamaro's Hotel is an iconic Gastro-pub located in leafy Cecil Street in South Melbourne.

Let one of Melbourne's favourite chefs, Geoff Lindsay (Dandelion/Pearl) take you on a gourmet journey with his creative modern Australian menu. Either dine in the opulent surrounds of our restaurant or relax in our old world bar.

With a boutique extensive wine list and 12 craft beers on tap there is something to please every taste and palate.

Private dining rooms available and functions welcome.

A must visit venue for any food, wine and beer lovers.

We're close to Albert Park Lake and just 100m stroll from Bridport Street light rail (Tram no. 96) and South Melbourne's bus

Top review
IanS
Dined on May 13, 2024
We had a most enjoyable lunch. Food and wine were exceptional. Thank you
A photo of Edithvale General Store restaurant
4.7
4.7 (349)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Edithvale
About the restaurant
Edithvale's Meeting Place. Tucked away in the heart of Edithvale and serving up fresh and wholesome food every day of the year!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 25, 2024
Edithvale General Store is the go to cafe for my running group after our morning midweek sessions. It is easy to grab a table indoors or outdoors. The atmosphere is relaxed and seating is comfortable. Food and coffee and always great. The service is second to none- the staff remember our regulars orders and always have a friendly smile and chat.
A photo of The Graham Hotel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (739)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Port Melbourne
About the restaurant
The Graham Hotel is an iconic gastropub in the heart of Port Melbourne.
Serving over 2 levels featuring an opulent dining room with a stunning Atrium attached, Outdoor Dining Area, casual front bar and multiple Private Function Spaces available.
Serving Modern Australian fare and Pub Favourites, Cocktails, Extensive Wine List, Boutique & Tap Beer.

Top review
MareeS
Dined on May 13, 2024
Wow. Another dining experience at The Graham! I like that they change their menu every now and then and have never been disappointed. Last night, shared the whitebait and beetroot hummus. My friend had the herb and citrus crumbed pork rib eye and rated it delicious. I opted for the entree octopus - beautifully grilled. The octopus melted in my mouth and the accompanying ajo Blanco and chimichurri were simple a taste party on my palette. Thanks for a delightful dining experience
A photo of Shadowboxer restaurant
4.6
4.6 (317)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
South Yarra
About the restaurant
Shadowboxer is a wine bar and modern Australian restaurant in South Yarra.

We are proud to offer you an exclusively Australian wine list showcasing local winemakers and growers. Our seasonal food menu is flexible for traditional 2/3 course dining or sharing amongst friends. When it comes to cocktails, hell, we like making them almost as much as drinking them. Our cocktails incorporate Australian boutique distillers and we keep it simple. We strive to support sustainable companies that produce quality flavours.

Set within an original terrace house built in 1895, Shadowboxer is a relaxed yet refined space with a sunny two tiered terrace out front, and two dining spaces inside with banquette seating.

Top review
Jacinta
Dined 6 days ago
Complements to Chef Chris and his team. Amazing food and service! Recommending to everyone to check out Shadowboxer.
A photo of The Peacock Den restaurant
4.8
4.8 (606)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
The Basin
About the restaurant
THE PEACOCK SYMBOLISES POWER, ROYALTY, INSIGHT & WISDOM.

The concept behind The Peacock Den is simply to offer a more unique wine and dining experience in the outer east. Brought to life from a vision and passion for the Hospitality industry, we have created this stunning establishment.

With a strong focus on fine wines, the mission at The Peacock Den is simply to share excellent and expertly selected wines matched with simple yet delicious food in a relaxed sharing environment.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food was incredibly delicious and wait staff attentive. One of my favourite restaurants.
A photo of The Acorn Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (215)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
The Basin
About the restaurant
We welcome you to join us in our beautifully renovated restaurant and bar for a great meal, a catch up with friends and family or even just a drink after work or on a beautiful and sunny afternoon on a Sunday.

We are open for Dinner Wednesday to Sunday from 5.30pm and open for lunch on Friday and Sunday from 12pm to 2pm (bookings for dinner or lunch are essential)

Large booking or special occasion?? Contact Sue on 0425 811 777 or functions@theacorn.com.au for more information

If you are unable to book online, please call us on 03 9762 8668 as we may have had a cancelation or can put you on a wait list.

There is no need to make a booking for Drinks and welcome you to come in.

**Please note a 15% surcharge will apply on all public holidays - we thank you for your understanding**

Top review
SusanB
Dined on May 12, 2024
Staff exceptional, very attentive and helpful. Food was good and the ambiance of the pub was warm and welcoming. Would highly recommend.
A photo of Marquis of Lorne restaurant
4.8
4.8 (283)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Fitzroy
About the restaurant
Perfect for intimate dinners to impress, boozy birthday celebrations and
“just the one” after work, Marquis of Lorne is a pub for all occasions.

Whether you’re after your new local haunt or looking to host a special
event, expect a cosy atmosphere with friendly staff and a menu that will
keep you coming back time and time again.

All bookings are for our 2nd level dining room. The Public Bar and Rooftop are available for walk-ins only. To make a function enquiry on our rooftop (30+ people), or for our set menu (15+ people) please call 9417 5001, or email hello@marquisoflorne.com.au

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Awesome pub and restaurant, elevated classic dishes and more. Super knowledgeable and accommodating staff.
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