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Top10 Top10 Best Casual Dining Restaurants Melbourne

Melbourne, home to not only some of the nation's best restaurants but those in the world. Cosmopolitan and lively, the city is a foodies paradise just full of laneways and rooftops waiting to be explored. For those that are after something a little bit more ribs, beer and a bench than bistro style fine dining a la French, check out our Top10 Best Casual dining restaurants in Melbourne.
Chloe Grabham - April 2017

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Sydney usually takes out the crown for best beachside dining, but Republica on St Kilda beach sure gives them a run for their money. Established stones throw from the sandy shoreline, Republica is everything you want in a relaxed seaside diner, with a great open bar and a menu that ranges from light share ing boards to serious feeds. You can often catch live music in the courtyard surrounded by a chilled yet trendy crowd.
Carnivorous diners will be impressed with the meaty range of offerings at Melbourne's much-adored steakhouse, Meat and Wine Co in Southbank. The interior is designed with elements of a rustic steakhouse meets African tribal with artefacts featured throughout the dining space. The beef is of the highest quality, sourced locally and are best enjoyed with the many hearty side dishes to complete the meal.
One of the cities most visited and enjoyed casual Japanese restaurants is Kobe Jones. Enjoy a tranquil view of the Yarra River along with a modern and exciting twist on traditional Japanese cuisine. The experience is ideal for those looking to share dishes, and graze their way through the menu. Their set menu offers a little bit of everything from the extensive range of dishes from sashimi to flaming grilled skewers of meat.
There is so much to love about this casual and vibrant Italian style eatery, from the moment you step inside the decor greets with a retro diner vibe of black and white checked floors and cherry red furnishings. Pizza bases spin through the air, and fresh pasta is rolled and cut into perfect pieces right in front of your eyes, solidifying the 'Fresh' namesake. Diverse in menu options, inviting and family friendly, ideal for those who might be a slightly fussy eater.
Feast on designer pizzas straight from the wood-oven at Ladro in Fitzroy. Relaxed but still oozing with smart-casual Italian style, Ladro has something for all appetites from the signature pizza and pasta dishes to gourmet salads that could make even the biggest meat lover into a vegetarian! The drinks list is concise and features all the usual suspects. Great for families and groups of friends.
It is impossible to miss the bright screams of decor and flavour that make Chin Chin one of the most sought after casual dining tables in the city. The food is fun pan-Asian fusion, with clever flavour combinations that aren't shy to use a splash of spice and wake up the taste buds. It is popular, you will have to wait for a table, but if you want to put a firecracker into your next casual dining adventure, Chin Chin is the place to go go.
Half the fun of The French Saloon is finding it, and in typical Melbourne fashion, this involves a laneway and a staircase. Capturing everything wonderful about the late 1800's Parisian bar scene, the decor is refined French meets trendy chic. Just like the decor the menu takes usual French style classics and gives them a bit of a make-over for the modern day. Sophisticated yet casual, The French Saloon is full of charm.
Walking past on the street, it looks like your everyday suburban pub, but inside awaits a culinary surprise. Ricky & Pinky inside Fitzroy's The Builders Arms Hotel is anything but your steaks and chips pub-grub, this is an authentic Hong Kong, banquet style experience that is decked with a high-end interior design. Complete with fish tanks and fortune cookies, book your taste buds a trip to Hong Kong at Ricky & Pinky without a plane in sight!
Part of Melbourne's culinary landscape is Frank Camorra's spin-off from the original MoVida, MoVida Aqui. It's a spacious set up that offers diners several spaces to nestled in and enjoy some traditional and rustic Spanish cuisine. The elevated terrace space is great during the warmer months, and the bar is a hot spot on the weekends. Relax with plates of tapas and a jug of sangria, Spanish style.
Those who have ever walked along Lonsdale St in Melbourne would have noticed the iconic Greek dining institute that is Stalactites with its dramatic concrete replica of stalactites caving through from the ceiling. Stalactites have been serving up traditional souvlaki since 1978, and is one of Melbourne's only 24/7 restaurants! Be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Stalactites home to Melbourne's best comfort food anytime of the day.
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