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Dining experiences for every budget

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by OpenTable Team
Updated May 16, 2023

Dining out doesn’t need to break the bank - if you know where to look! Discover our top picks of special dining offers and set menus available to book right now.

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A photo of Ichi Ni Izakaya - St Kilda restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1281)
$A41 to $A100
Japanese
St Kilda
About the restaurant
Melbourne’s premier Izakaya experience. Ichi Ni has taken it’s place alongside neighbouring St. Kilda institutions with it’s unique design and central location. Providing a casual and lively dining atmosphere, Ichi Ni offers an extensive menu complimented with unmatched views overlooking Port Phillip Bay.

The Izakaya style restaurant is a visual feast that has combined modern dining with a traditional twist. Multi level seating, private booths and year round heated decking ensure each visit is as original as the first.

Ichi Ni accommodates a full and traditional Japanese menu that caters to all tastes – yakitori, sushi, sashimi and Japanese tapas. You won’t have difficulty finding the perfect drop to go with your “Tabemono” either… an extensive beverage menu offers sake, cocktails, fine wines and a range of Japanese beers to compliment each meal.

Top review
CherrieP
Dined on Feb 18, 2024
Curtis is always a delight to see! He is always prompt with service. Food is amazing and I have too many favourites! it's a shame St kilda is closed, however I'm sure Fitzroy will be just as good! Thank you for the good times
A photo of The Budgie Bar restaurant
4.1
4.1 (192)
$A41 to $A100
Mexican
Ringwood
About the restaurant
The Budgie Cocktail Bar is a unique converted warehouse bar located in Ringwood. The expansive space caters for the finest of cocktails, curated wine selections, beers on tap and of course; delicious food currently offered by our friends at Hecho En Mexico! An open floor plan that features a sun-filled beer garden, concrete bar and a Palm Springs inspired cacti corner, The Budgie is the perfect place for your Friday after-work drinks or for a Saturday catch-up with friends. Although tucked away, The Budgie is easily accessible being only a brief walk from Ringwood Station and Eastland Shopping Center as well as a number of hotels and accommodation.


Top review
JenniferR
Dined on Mar 9, 2024
Great venue and good music and food. Could have used some fans as it was a hot day and cooling wasnt great.
A photo of Bang Bang RC restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1242)
$A41 to $A100
Southeast Asian
Elsternwick
About the restaurant
Sitting proudly in the heart of Elsternwick is this unique venue with an Indochine inspired menu of delicious food and drinks.

The exotic greenery and styling seen throughout Bang Bang’s gorgeous indoor spaces flows out to a relaxed outdoor courtyard sitting adjacent to the local park.

Despite the venue’s bustling city vibe, Bang Bang is a laid-back social hotspot for locals in the South East.

Please note any patrons that book in for “outdoor” or “counter” seating will be sat outdoors & will be exposed to the elements. All outdoor tables use Me&u, an order at the table QR code ordering system. All bookings made on either “standard” or “high top” seating are completely undercover or inside the venue.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 7, 2024
Great food and service for a family gathering and birthday celebration that included 9 adults and 4 toddlers. Great job Bang Bang!
A photo of Kiss & Tell restaurant
4.6
4.6 (347)
$A41 to $A100
Asian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Melbourne’s best kept secrets live inside the walls of Kiss and Tell. The newest addition to Little Bourke Street, Kiss and Tell, is offering a mysterious yet freeing space to spill all of your secrets while sipping on one of our handcrafted cocktails. Inspired by old Hollywood glamor, we bring low light, vibrant tunes and drops of the finest wine from near and far - it’s the perfect place to bring a date.

Come by and sip on an elixir of your choice and dine on our Asian fusion tapas menu. Hochi Mama herself has curated and designed an elevated and refined selection of tapas dishes or a divine banquet experience.

When the clock strikes 10pm, we invite you to mingle amongst the booths, have a dance along to the live music, or even kiss and never tell. We promise we won’t.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing food - an explosion of modern Asian flavors. Lovely ambience for after work drinks, a quiet dinner or a quick pre-theatre meal.
A photo of Eazy Peazy restaurant
4.5
4.5 (282)
$A41 to $A100
Japanese
Richmond
About the restaurant
Eazy Peazy brings the best of modern Japanese cuisine to the heart of Melbourne. With a focus on informal izakaya style dining, the menu is centred on the hibachi and has at its heart traditional Japanese fare of yakitori, karaage, and other share-plate style dishes.
Top review
GraceY
Dined 7 days ago
Excellent food and service. I would def go back.
A photo of Club Officer restaurant
4.3
4.3 (546)
$A40 and under
Australian
Pakenham
About the restaurant
Club Officer’s Lakeview Bistro is well appointed and professionally presented, providing quality meals 7 days a week Monday to Sunday. Lunch service commences at 12pm and concludes at 2pm, while dinner service commences at 5pm and concludes at 8.30pm.

Club Officer caters to our wide community, with kids meals, lunch menu items, and seniors meals which are available Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner.

Seating up to 200 people, the bistro has state of the art facilities, exceptional ambience and incredible views.

The Lakeview Bistro is central to all the clubs facilities including the Boardwalk Cafe, TAB/Sport bar, bistro bar, Keno and outdoor terrace for alfresco dining.

Ideal for small intimate settings right up to large family celebrations. The bistro offers a family theme with spacious and modern furnishing.

Our kid’s playroom is fully enclosed to keep kids cool in summer and warm in winter.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 14, 2024
Our first visit for a special lunch. Chosen by birthday girl 100 yrs old. We all had a lovely time. Staff were helpful and friendly Food was perfect. Last to leave.
A photo of Tesoro Gastronomia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (266)
$A40 and under
Italian
Balwyn North
About the restaurant
Deli-cafe by day, elegant-restaurant by night. Tesoro Gastronomia is a testament to the belief that a dining experience need not be fussy to be fantastic.

In the evening, the ever-changing chef’s menu pays homage to our Italian roots, presented in a modern context, we explore Italian cuisine's greatest hits whilst taking advantage of the beauty and bounty of seasonal local ingredients.

Tesoro exists to share our passion for the beauty and simplicity of Italian cuisine, and 100% of profits are either donated to local charities or used to sponsor the arts & events in the local community. As a collective, we recognise that our parents & grandparents sacrificed to give our generation the gifts of opportunity & prosperity; so Tesoro was created in their honour to pay their legacy forward.

Top review
StephenJvip
Dined 2 days ago
Celebrated my birthday --- Great night Franka was wonderful and food was spectacular
A photo of Lobby Lounge - The Westin Melbourne restaurant
4.5
4.5 (465)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Soak up the polished atmosphere of the Lobby Lounge complete with open fireplace and comfortable club chairs. Known for its crafted cocktails and all-day (and night) bar bites, take your seat amongst the showpiece spiral staircase and gallery-esque art collection.

Indulge in High Tea as you savour three tiers of sweet and savoury treats, paired with the finest tea and coffee blends or glass of bubbles. Look out for popular seasonal promotions such as High Seas and High Cheese. During the day relax with a special brew from Jing Tea and order your favourite from the lunch menu offering an enticing array of options with thoughtfully considered dishes committed to seasonality and locality.

A glamourous drinking space in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, the Lobby Lounge comes alive in the evening for aperitifs and nightcaps, with extensive beverage options such as the signature Espresso Martini.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We loved the Wicked High Tea, it was all beautiful and amazing - thank you
A photo of The Albion Rooftop and Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (36)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
South Melbourne
About the restaurant
The Albion is a premium lifestyle destination dedicated to dining, drinking, nightlife, functions and events. Located opposite South Melbourne Market and a stone’s throw away from Docklands, Southbank and Melbourne’s city centre, the venue sprawls three floors with complete function level, decadent club and an incredible rooftop offering unprecedented views of the Melbourne CBD skyline, including weather provisions to outsmart Melbourne’s temperamental skies cementing this as a go-to hot spot all year round.
Top review
Nicole
Dined on Oct 27, 2023
Was very happy with our overall experience. Will certainly return in the future.
A photo of Laurus Melbourne restaurant
4.2
4.2 (51)
$A41 to $A100
Contemporary Asian
Carlton
About the restaurant
A new Melbourne dining destination.

Laurus Melbourne is the embodiment of modern Chinese dining through an Australian lens brought to you by a team with decades of hospitality experience. With a focus on progressive Southern Chinese cuisine, the menu evokes a blending of two cultures, showcasing experimental and bold flavour combinations.

The Laurus experience pays respect to tradition and promotes a harmony with both nostalgia and the new, akin to the ancient Chinese philosophy of ying and yang. This notion of duality is reimagined as complementary rather than in opposition. Laurus is a destination that appeals those seeking a sense of nostalgia and those looking to venture where they have not been before.

Top review
NayanaP
Dined on Aug 12, 2023
Food was good. Staff were really good. Happy with the service.
A photo of Rosana Bistro & Bar - Holiday Inn Werribee restaurant
4.4
4.4 (259)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
Werribee
About the restaurant
Rosana Bistro + Bar is located on the 8th floor of the Hunter Building, the ultimate place to kick back and relax after a long day of sightseeing and exploring. Dig into delicious and flavourful modern Australian cuisine while soaking up spectacular views of Werribee.


Top review
Lovemylocalvip
Dined 7 days ago
Delicious meals with a great view in all directions. Barramundi beautifully cooked. Recommend!
A photo of Oh Loretta Wine Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (214)
$A41 to $A100
Wine Bar
Northcote
About the restaurant
A bar run by real people for real people without the arrogance.

Serving wine we love, food we love to eat & cocktails made with love. A place for us to play and let our hair down.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
Fantastic wine list, food and exceptional service!
A photo of Blacksmith Bar and Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (190)
$A41 to $A100
Steakhouse
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Contemporary Australian grill with a great view.

Join us, overlooking Melbourne's city skyline at our relaxed and modern Australian bar and grill. The perfect spot for a memorable dinner date, a delicious wine or a small, lively gathering with a group of friends. Experience impressive views and a feast of fire-cooked, locally sourced food where our steak is the main event.

Top review
SaraGvip
Dined on May 16, 2024
Came to blacksmith bar and grill to celebrate my birthday, they gave me a complimentary glass of champagne which was a lovely surprise. The selection of food was great and the service was wonderful.
A photo of Luci restaurant
4.3
4.3 (195)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Luci is a contemporary Australian restaurant set in the grand hall of Melbourne’s historic Equity Chambers building.
Its art deco styled dining room – designed by Bates Smart – provides a sophisticated backdrop to a contemporary Australian menu with Italian accents.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
What a lovely dinner everything tasted so good, the service as on point and the ambience was amazing!
A photo of Oster restaurant
4.5
4.5 (355)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
Richmond
About the restaurant
Inspired by our Northern Italian roots, we bring the traditionally casual, regional osteria into an urban setting. And shake it up a bit.
Unfussy local food & wine hosted in a warm neighbourhood eatery. Strictly seasonal produce, championing regional growers & artisans.

Top review
PaulP
Dined on May 14, 2024
Great customer service and the food was delicious.
A photo of Good Love restaurant
4.8
4.8 (95)
$A41 to $A100
Vegetarian / Vegan
St Kilda
About the restaurant
We have been serving crafty and creative Vegan food and cocktails to the masses for 5 years now and cant wait share it with our loving community!
We have a a new team led by Harper, our new VM and Charlotte our new head chef and the new offering is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Its a bit fancier than the past menus and its a perfect match for the new feel of the space, spread over 3 large proteins, 3 tapas items, and 3 easy mains. Your date nights, functions, parties and family dinners just got a whole lot better at Good Love.
Not to worry though as we have still kept a few classic GL menu faves like the KFC bowl and the house made all vegan Bacon & Egg Brioche.
Open 7 nights and weekend lunches you'll def need a booking with our new reduced capacity (from the fancy new furniture) and reduced trading hours - good bye breakfasts : )

- Please note that all card payments incur a 1.9% service charge and we have a 2.5% Saturday and 5% Sunday Surcharge on weekends.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Amazing experience! Excellent food service and vibe! Will definitely return.
A photo of The Dick Whittington Tavern restaurant
4.4
4.4 (76)
$A41 to $A100
Pub
St Kilda
About the restaurant
The Dick Whittington Tavern is an iconic pub in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda. Trading since 1861, this traditional corner hotel continues to entertain locals and their loved ones, creating a colourful history as it does. Throughout the 150 years of trade, the building has been restored and its look changed, however it’s essence and love of a great time definitely hasn’t. The team at The Dick pride themselves on their familiar and down-to-earth pub approach, complimenting our promise to provide traditional pub meals and a wide variety of beverages to suit all tastes. Whether you’re looking for a night out with friends and family, to catch a live sporting game on our screens or just a well stocked bottle shop, The Dick Whittington has you covered. The Dick Whittington is committed to conducting all aspects of alcohol & gaming service in a professional and responsible manner.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great staff Good value food with a good vibe. Collingwood was on the television, so a happy Mother’s Day
A photo of Porters restaurant
4.5
4.5 (299)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Williamstown
About the restaurant
Modern Australian dining.
Porters owners, Zoey and John of Williamstown opened their doors in September 2018. Wanting a challenge, they built a diverse but delicate menu to coordinate with their glamourous, but expansive restaurant footprint.
Evening dinners are available Wednesday - Saturday from 5.30pm and lunch on a Sunday 12pm or enjoy drinks in The Lounge from our award wining wine list.
We hope to see you soon at Porters. Call for your reservation: 03 9397 1251 or book your reservation online.
You can also find us on Instagram & Facebook

Top review
LizT
Dined on May 10, 2024
Quality and presentation of food was beautiful. The room itself is lovely presented , clean and inviting
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4.7
4.7 (197)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
Armadale
About the restaurant
Modern trattoria in the heart of Armadale serving modern home style Italian with unique and playful touches of personal heritage.
All produce is sourced from the market and local farms.
We cook with soul and integrity and instinct, menus are created on a whim with whatever we feel is the best produce of the season.
$75pp Set Menu only
Please specify dietaries upon booking
BYO available at $25 per bottle

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Possibly the best restaurant in Melbourne, will be revisiting very soon!
A photo of Pretty Little restaurant
4.9
4.9 (91)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Balaclava
About the restaurant

Google Review
*****
This place is an absolute gem. A very intimate experience, the owner Mike and Chefs Mikey and Laurent are gifted people who make you feel at home. Food is absolutely incredible, so much flavour with seasonal ingredients. Amazing local wine pairings. Cannot speak highly enough of this place!


features include:
Open plan kitchen with food prepared directly in front of our guests.
Warm and cozy lounge with fireplace for winter.
Secluded, rear private courtyard.
Engaging and vibrant dinner party setting.
Seasonal set menu.
Wine and beverage pairings.
Private dinners available.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Absolutely fabulous. Intimate place with amazing food. We loved it and already planning on going back
A photo of Bird Bang´n Chicken restaurant
4.7
4.7 (113)
$A40 and under
American
Brunswick
About the restaurant
Bird is a big-hearted Chicken Bistro & Bar.

Check in for a session with friends and soak up the chilled vibe at the new brunswick local.

Chicken is our thing paired with Brunswick’s largest Australian craft beers, wines, spirits and cocktails list.

For Bang’n Chicken and Booze, follow your beak into Bird.


Top review
JoshL
Dined 2 days ago
Absolutely unbelievable experience. Food was perfect and the service was even better. Highly recommend!
A photo of Meatmaiden restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1241)
$A101 and over
Steakhouse
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Meatmaiden is one hell of a steakhouse. Bringing you the best barbecue and grill in Melbourne, our large and energetic basement restaurant and bar and down-to-earth staff make us the perfect CBD venue for intimate dinners, work lunches, special occasions or functions.

We're part steakhouse, part smokehouse - with a unique and eclectic mix of premium steaks and smoked meats. We've been fine-tuning that approach for the last ten years to bring you the best meat around - dry-ageing select local cuts like O'Connor rib eye, tending the fire to smoke grass-fed short ribs over ironbark and pairing with signature dishes like our lobster mac cheese.

Our carefully-curated wine list focuses on some great Australian winemakers, with six taps of craft beer and quirky cocktails completing the line up.

You will find Meatmaiden on Little Collins St - walking distance from Flinders St Station and Parliament Station, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena and entertainment venues s

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
A restaurant that offers superb food and outstanding service making every customer feel welcome. The heating was perfect for a freezing Melbourne evening and the subdued lighting adds to the sense of coziness. A perfect dining experience and so good to have early opening for dinner if you are going on to see a show in the city.
A photo of LOVER restaurant
4.7
4.7 (291)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Windsor
About the restaurant
Late night kitchen and bar. ''Lover is one of those bars that hits the right note and then holds it perfectly. The corner site is gorgeous, the cocktails are on point, and there’s a surprisingly robust food menu. It’s a sort of restaurant-bar hybrid really. The classic double threat.'' Urban List 2018. Kitchen open late on Friday and Saturday nights!
Top review
BryanL
Dined on Jun 17, 2023
Great dining for dates and fancy friends catch up dinners.
A photo of Cotham Dining restaurant
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Kew
About the restaurant
Cotham Dining is set to showcase the beauty of fresh, simplistic, quality food with a cultural twist.
Cotham Dining is excited to welcome families, wine-lovers and adventurous foodies alike to their newly opened Kew restaurant.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 24, 2023
An excellent place with a great location. The host was friendly and helpful. The food was exquisite Get the feed me option!
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