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Melbourne’s Best Winter Dining Destinations

From traditional Italian cuisine to sushi omakase, Melbourne’s fine dining scene is diverse and rich. Whether you consider yourself a fine dining foodie or you simply enjoy the occasional degustation, we’ve found six fine dining restaurants that every Melburnian and visitor alike should indulge in.


Identifying themselves as a ‘foraging restaurant’, Lûmé’s menu aims to showcase and explore wild foods and endemic ingredients from the Victorian region. Housed in an old Victorian townhouse in South Melbourne, be sure not to miss the unique dining experience that is Lûmé. Prices are set from $195 to $390 a head.

Vue de monde

Located on the 55th floor of the iconic Rialto building, Vue de monde offers sweeping views of Melbourne as well as a contemporary and ever-changing Chef’s Menu that surprises and delights. With a Chef’s Tasting Menu priced at $310 per person, Vue de monde is a must for special occasions and celebratory dinners in Melbourne.


Considered an iconic restaurant in Melbourne’s fine dining scene, Florentino has been dishing up top tier Italian dishes since 1928. Dishing up traditional Italian with a contemporary twist, Florentino is a must.


Offering a culinary journey between the oceans of Japan and Australia, Minamishima is an authentic fine dining Japanese restaurant in Richmond. Serving diners a sushi ‘omakase’ experience in which the chef chooses the dishes, Minamishima is a must for those who appreciate real Japanese cuisine.


Led by former Attica sous chef, Peter Gunn, IDES is a small contemporary Australian fine dining restaurant hidden amongst Collingwood’s cafes and restaurants on Smith Street. With an ever changing menu, IDES is the perfect choice for those who enjoy inventive and surprising dishes.

La Madonna Restaurant and Bar

Housed within the sophisticated Next Hotel, La Madonna Restaurant and Bar focuses on artisan produce to create dishes like smoky ox-tongue skewers with salsa verde. Finish off your meal with a drink or two in the intimate Barrel Room.

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