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Restaurant deals in Melbourne: things to know before you go

Before you book one of Melbourne's restaurant deals, read our answers to the most frequently asked questions and find out everything you need to know. From birthdays to date nights and special treats, we've got the lowdown on where to eat in Melbourne covered.

Where are the best Melbourne restaurants?

Melbourne is overflowing with diverse cultural influences. So, whether you're looking for a pizza to satisfy the family or a romantic meal with your partner, the city's restaurants offer something for every occasion. With so much to choose from, we've picked out the best restaurants and their deals for you:

  • The city centre: There's no shortage of restaurants in the CBD. If you're looking for fine dining, Jasper Kitchen is the place to go. Highly rated by our trusted customers, grab a deal for a two-course dinner and mark that special occasion. Or, satisfy your hunger with an all you can eat Australian breakfast buffer at Essence Restaurant at Melbourne Marriott.

What food is Melbourne known for?

Melbourne restaurants are known for their international menus. In this cosmopolitan, multicultural coastal capital, you can find pretty much any cuisine.

Among the wide variety of restaurants, however, there are some signature dishes that you must try in Melbourne, including:

  • Ricotta hotcakes
  • Lamington Jaffles
  • Pizza from authentic Italian restaurants
  • Burgers with all the trimmings
  • Dumplings in Chinatown

How many restaurants are there in Melbourne?

Melbourne has over 1,600 cafes and restaurants located within the city. Most restaurants are concentrated in the city centre and CBD area - the laneways make for a unique culinary experience with Italian restaurants and Thai cuisine tucked away in hidden pockets.

Take your taste buds on an international tour of the world with Mexican, British, Mediterranean, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and American cuisine all to sample. Whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan, Groupon's Melbourne restaurant deals give you affordable options alongside traditional fine-dining experiences.

What parts of Melbourne have the best restaurants?

Whether you're hungry for a Thai, or you have a big family that only a huge pizza can satisfy, Melbourne's restaurants span across all precincts. Here's a quick lowdown on the places to head to for the pick of the best restaurants in the city:

  • City Centre: Within the city centre and down the lanes you can find eateries and up-market restaurants to suit families, couples and groups of friends.
    If you're after Asian cuisine then Lilong by Taste of Shanghai in CBD's Chinatown is the place to be. Chin Chin Melbourne is also incredible, offering an array of dishes, served in a super trendy restaurant close to Hozier Lane.
  • Laneways: Eating down the laneways in the city centre also opens up the opportunity to try smaller restaurants, such as Spudbar, with deals on the most ingenious potato dishes.
  • Riverside: Down by the river, the taste of creamy pastas, spicy curries and juicy burgers await. Enjoy a three-course Indian meal with wine for up to six people at Shiraaz Fine Indian Cuisine.
  • South Melbourne: Try something new with deals on Vietnamese cuisine at Sai Gon Pho House located on Bay Street.