Most Anticipated Restaurants Melbourne | Melbourne urban list


Having been the most closed town in the world, it’s fair to say that the Melburnians missed their fair share of dining out. We are excited to see this new era for Melbourne’s culinary community and look forward to returning to our favorite haunts and discovering new ones.

In honor of Melbourne restaurants finally opening their doors to the public from November, we’ve highlighted some brand new places that will be opening in the not too distant future.

Smith Street Bistro


Melbourne chef and restaurateur Scott Pickett has just announced the opening of a new French bistro in Collingwood, the Smith Street Bistrot. This time, associated with chef Daniel Southern of Bar Margaux and director of restaurant Tash Sorensen at Embla, the collective’s team of stars will open this Parisian-style restaurant with a northern edge. Expect a menu of clever reinterpretations of French classics as well as cocktails and a fine wine selection.



Chris Lucas, aka the mind behind Chin chin, Kisumé, Hall of hawkers and other Melbourne favorites, opens its latest restaurant—Yakimono. Inspiration comes from the team’s love for Japanese cuisine and cooking with charcoal. Hence the name “Yakimono” and Yaki is the Japanese term for grill. Scheduled to open in a few months, the menu takes a modern take on Japanese cuisine. The two-story high-energy catering house references Lucas’ favorite Japanese hangouts from his time in the island nation.



You may already know Manze and Chef Nagesh Seethiah, his pop-up dinners have been spotted all over town including Hope Street Radio. Nagesh noticed a lack of Mauritian cuisine in Melbourne, so, together with co-owners, Osman Faruqi and Jason Phu, decided to create a permanent home for Manze in the north of Melbourne. The menu will feature Mauritian-style cuisine based on Nagesh’s heritage using fresh, locally sourced produce. The venue will also include a wine bar with a selection of local and French wines.

The new Arbory ​​website


The team behind Arbory ​​has locked up a five story heritage listed building, so you have to expect big things to come. While still unnamed, each level (including a rooftop) of the compound will feature five unique locations that showcase a variety of Melbourne’s hotel scene. The location will be in the heart of the city at 270 Lonsdale Street.

Arbory ​​Afloat 2021


Melbourne’s favorite floating bar with panoramic city views is back for its second summer. Located directly on the Yarra River, it’s no wonder Melburnians have fallen in love with an array of pizzas, beach snacks and seafood. Let’s face it, the highlight of Arbory ​​afloat is their drinks, especially their cocktails and gins. Back in time for a sunny summer, hopefully the iconic waterfront bar and restaurant will be back in late spring with its annual theme that has yet to be announced.

Ready to dine out? Find out which restaurants accept reservations here.

Image credit: provided (Smith Street Bistrot)

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