Best new restaurants and bars in Melbourne in August

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Best new restaurants and bars in Melbourne in August

Best new restaurants, bars, cafes and takeaways
Smith Street Bistrot
Words by Ben Lamb

The best new restaurants, bars and cafes opening in Melbourne: all the farm restaurants, eateries, must-try dining hotspots, and the coolest new watering holes.

We all know Melbourne is a great melting pot for different cultures, people and backgrounds – our nightlife scene is acclaimed for its dedication to multiculturalism. That is the bedrock of our hospo culture, so in every monthly guide to the best new restaurants and bars opening in Melbourne, expect to embark on a little sojourn around the world (from Brunswick to St Kilda).

Today we’re looking around Melbourne’s streets at some of the best new spots for all things food and drinks that you must try this August. Here’s our August edition of the greatest new eateries, the must-try dining and drinking hotspots, plus your monthly guide to all the best new bars and watering holes. If you’re keen to journey somewhere a little bit secret and ‘underground’ instead, check out our list of the best hidden bars.

You can check out Melbourne’s most comprehensive guides to the best bars and pubs in each suburb and street here.

Best new restaurants in Melbourne

Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters

This new Melbourne restaurant boasts an entirely Victorian menu

A first of its kind collaboration between Fed Square and the team behind Farmer’s Daughters, it will see respected Melbourne chef Alejandro Saravia bring his vision of championing Victoria and its diverse regions to this highly anticipated venue. Located in Melbourne’s Fed Square, overlooking the Yarra River, the 250-seat restaurant will transport diners to the heart and soul of Victoria, paying tribute to and celebrating the produce, people and places that make up this awe-inspiring state.

Enter Via Laundry


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This new eatery is the brainchild of popular chef Holly Raichura, who has brought this dining concept to a few pop-up spots in the past. For $210, you’ll get to enjoy a great Indian inspired degustation menu, featuring around 20 different items of all different types. Check out the menu and book in your visit to Enter Via Laundry here.

Smith St Bistrot


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This new restaurant gives a bit of a French flair to Collingwood’s Smith St. They’ve focused on bringing some of France’s most delicious wines to Melbourne. Their menu reads like something out of Paris too, it’d be the perfect spot to head if you’re not keen to fly over to France just yet.



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One of the newest spots on this list, Loti can be found in the heart of the St Kilda region. The menu is focused on great stuff that really represents the coastal suburb. There’s things like scampi, yellowfin tuna, and even a venison fillet. They also have some great options for functions, ready for you to hold all those parties you missed out on during lockdown. Check out more info on LOTI here.

Leonardo’s Pizza Palace

It’s been around for a bit, but they’ve had their doors shut for a few months, and are coming back in full swing. They’ve got all the favourites, Margheritas, Pepperonis, Jalapeno pizzas, and a whole lot more you can check out here.



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Another great Indian restaurant comes in the form of Elchi, a stunning spot that feels like you’re stepping into the future. Some great menu items include chicken tikka with chilli caramel, lamb chops, korma, and plenty more, check out the full menu here.

Untitled Restaurant


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This new Richmond establishment has all the makings of becoming a staple of Melbourne’s nightlife. With popular chef Timothy Martin at the helm, Untitled’s food is perfect for any type of catch-up. There are three sections to this restaurant, giving some great separate vibes, perfect for a big party to a laid-back meeting.

More info and a menu can be found here.

Big Esso


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Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Fed Square, Big Esso is a spot with some menu items unlike anything else out there. The team behind the scenes source all their produce from some great places – “First Nations, queer led, women-led and environmentally conscious producers.” So, when you eat here, you’ll know you’re eating right.

Check out more info on Big Esso here.



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Located on Level 3 of the HER Bar, BKK is another spot that will be slinging food for years to come. You can grab some tasty Asian-inspired classics, like wok-fried pork, sweet and crispy beef, Thai fish cakes, and lots more. If your mouth is watering too, check out more info here.



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Aru is a new restaurant that’s named after the islands found within Indonesia, and they are focused on bringing the best of old-school cooking techniques into their establishment. Some of their menu highlights include barramundi, dry-aged duck, chow mein, crab rice, and plenty more. More information on Aru can be found here.



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If you’re looking for something on the fancier side, Nomad may be the spot for you. Their a la carte menu has some tasty items like oysters, Yarra Valley salmon, fennel jam, and much more. They’re also set to be involved with the Melbourne International Film Festival, you can check out some more info on that here.

Lona Misa


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Sometimes restaurants with set menus can feel a bit inaccessible and pricey, but Lona Misa has a great inexpensive tasting / set menu. Starting from $95, you can grab a great tasting menu featuring everything from smoked beetroot to a Brazilian seafood stew. Check out the rest of the menu here.

1800 Lasagne


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As the name suggests, Thornbury’s 1800 Lasagne focuses on all things Lasagne. On top of other pasta options, they focus on two types of Lasagne – the Di Carne, (beef and pork) and the Di Melanzane (eggplant). To pair up with their pasta, you can grab some garlic bread, salads, or even some marinated olives.

Connie’s Italian Diner


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Connie’s Italian Diner actually started back in 2017 as a hole-in-the-wall that found a bunch of fans across the state. Now they’ve just opened up a full-sized spot, providing customers with some high-quality pizza. They make pizzas the proper way too – not with a bunch of ingredients stacked on, but a few high-quality toppings, check out the options here.

New farm restaurants in Melbourne

Archie’s Farm Restaurant and Bar

If you’re keen for a little bit of a venture outside of Melbourne’s inner circle, Scoresby has a great new Farm restaurant ready for you to check out. Opened in the beautiful Hyatt Place, Archie’s Farm Restaurant and Bar brings customers some great classic grub.

Dive into more info on this spot here.

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Caretaker’s Cottage

If you’re looking for a place to keep warm this winter, the new Caretaker Cottage bar is a nice cosy spot ready for you to check out. You can find the Caretaker’s Cottage on Little Lonsdale St, Check out some more info on it here.

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V Wine Salon


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The V Wine Salon has a skilled team behind the scenes, making sure all visitors have a great experience. They are dedicated to all things wine, with regular masterclasses and wine events. Check out some more info on the V Wine Salon here.

Jamsheed Urban Winery


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It’s not too often you find a great winery within Melbourne. But Preston is turning that on its head with their Jamsheed Winery. Jamsheed also allows you to experience the wine making experience, check out more info on that here.


A new speakeasy has just hit Melbourne’s scene, Otōto is the ‘younger brother’ of the popular Akaiito restaurant. This underground establishment is great for a chilled catch-up with some mates, where you can enjoy their great Asian-inspired food and drinks. More information on Otōto is available here.

Lane’s Edge Wine Bar

Yet another great wine bar has made its way into Melbourne, Lane’s Edge is sure to be a staple as we move into the warmer seasons. Nestled away in one of Melbourne’s beautiful alleys, you can enjoy some of Australia’s nicest wines at this spot. Check out the full menu here.

Auterra Wine Bar

It’s the season for wine bar openings, Auterra being one making its way to the Armadale region. To pair up with their many great wines, you can grab some great small plates at Auterra, there’s things like smoked kangaroo tartare, octopus, or even a doughnut. Check out the full menu here.

Pearl Chablis & Oyster Bar

With so many people back out after time at home, it’s great to see the nightlife getting back to normal. But you wouldn’t be blamed for wanting a bit of privacy back, that’s where the new Pearl Chablis and Oyster bar can come back in, they offer a great intimate dining space so you can really focus on their high-quality offerings.

Check out some more info on this spot here.

New cafes in Melbourne

Moon Cruller


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They might be a bit more popular in the US, but there’s a massive gap in the market for these decadent sweet treats on home soil. For an easy $5.50, you can grab one of their great flavours, to name a few, passionfruit, raspberry, vanilla, or even a cappuccino flavour. Check out more info on Moon Cruller here.

Warkop Coffee + Sandwiches


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Richmond’s Warkop has a pretty limited menu, but that’s always a great sign, you know that they are experts in it. Some of the highlights are eggplant sandwiches and black coffees, among some other stuff you can check out here.

Jerry’s Milk Bar


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Jerry’s Milk Bar comes into an already packed café industry, but with some pretty cool and interesting things. This spot has been around for decades, but after some difficulties during COVID, they shut their doors. Some mates took over the space in the last little bit and have made it a key café in Melbourne’s scene. Check out more info on Jerry’s Milk Bar here.

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Stan’s Deli and Sandwiches

If you’re looking for a bit of a New York vibe down the road, look no further than Malvern’s Stan’s Deli. They aren’t your ordinary sandwich shop, a quick glance on their Instagram shows their great selection of gourmet delicacies. Of course, to pair up with your sandwich, there’s a great range of beers and chips that match up great.

Check out some more info on Stan’s Deli and Sandwiches here.