The Top 10 Restaurants In Melbourne's Northern Suburbs

Image courtesy of Philhellene
Image courtesy of Philhellene
Photo of Isabell Greigeritsch
9 February 2017

The Northern Suburbs may not be at the forefront of your mind when it’s time to make lunch or dinner plans in Melbourne, but its time that changed. Covering a wide spectrum of cuisines and dining experiences, the Northern Suburbs offer a mouth-watering selection of restaurants. For visitors, the detour will pay off, and locals may yet discover a new gem.


Bar, Restaurant, European, Italian, Fast Food, $$$
4 Doors offers European cuisine with an Australian twist. This classic yet contemporary restaurant radiates casual elegance with a marble bar, low hanging lights, and smoky tones. The large patio is perfect for eating outside. The menu includes sautéed scallops or marinated figs, pork or fennel sausages, house-made agnolotti with duck, and much more. Spoil yourself with a number of desserts, including hot or cold items from the display cabinet.

The Empress Hotel

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Australian, $$$
Image | courtesy of the Empress Hotel
This 141-year-old pub was once the hub of Fitzroy’s music scene. Recently re-opened, the hotel has been given an overhaul, the front bar and dining room have a new, charcoal grey finish, and retro artwork is everywhere. The Empress Hotel offers modern dining and a twist on classic pub meals. Quality food, with a friendly and comforting atmosphere, you will feel relaxed in no time.


Restaurant, Thai, Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian, 0
One of the best Thai restaurants in the Northern Suburbs is Paladarr. Utilising the freshest ingredients and serving authentic Thai cuisine, this restaurant is hard not to love. Paladarr specialises in stir fry, soups, curries, and salads, and there are plenty of vegetarian dishes to choose from. The contemporary décor, complete with dark furnishings and a warm fireplace, creates a relaxed ambience.

Kumo Izakaya

Restaurant, Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food, $$$
Kumo Izakaya & Sake Bar, Brunswick East
Kumo Izakaya & Sake Bar, Brunswick East | © Daniel Nitsikopoulos/Flickr
Kumo Izakaya serves ‘Izakaya’-style Japanese cuisine. Instead of getting stuck into the traditional western style of entrées, mains, and desserts, Kumo Izakaya offers a vast range of smaller dishes, which is great for those who want a taste of everything. Rustic décor also brings a homey atmosphere, adding to the list of reasons to visit. Kumo Izakaya won the 2015 Excellence Award for best Japanese restaurant in Australia.

Roquette Bar and Grill

Bar, Pub Grub, Seafood, Australian
Steaks are the highlight of Roquette. With its trendy-industrial feel, the warm touches of lights, and brown leather booths, this place is for those who love a comforting atmosphere with a hint of class. Roquette Bar & Grill is city dining in Melbourne’s suburbia. Roquette also offers a range of Australian seafood, pasta, and a number of other delectable meals. It offers an endless wine list, for those who love a drink with their meal.

L'Artigiano Ristorante Italiano

Bar, Restaurant, Italian, Pub Grub, $$$
L'Artigiano Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe
L'Artigiano Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe | Courtesy of L'Artigiano Ristorante Italiano
L’Artigiano Ristorante Italiano offers a wide range of freshly cooked meals. A favourite among customers is the wine and pizza bar, which displays the range of Italian food and drinks on offer. The friendly and prompt customer service creates a welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant is set up with classic dining tables, a fireplace, and Italian artwork.

Laksa King

Restaurant, Malaysian, Chinese, Fast Food, $$$
This Malaysian-Chinese restaurant offers the very best Malaysian meals in the Northern Suburbs. Famous for a range of items, such as chicken and roasted duck curry laksa, vegetarian laksa, and curry puffs, Laksa King offers an exciting menu to suit anyone’s taste. The food is rich in flavor and spices. Laksa King is usually busy, so call ahead.

The Woodlands Hotel

The cosy Woodlands Hotel offers meals with a difference, along with a vast range of Victorian craft beer. The beer garden is a favourite among those who want to wind down or have a nice afternoon drink. Rustic dining rooms are filled with a warm atmosphere. The combination of meats cooked to your liking, especially the wagyu burger, and interesting contemporary sides makes the hotel a favourite.


Image Courtesy of The Woodlands Hotel


Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Philhellene provides Greek food, culture, music, and history, with a strong Cretan influence. With authentic food and drinks, made with high quality produce and traditional methods, this restaurant is popular. Philhellene appears continually in the Good Food Guide. With a range of diverse food choices and new experiences, it is definitely for those who are looking for something different.

The Abyssinian

The Abyssinian offers a range of flavoursome Eritrean and Ethiopian delights. If you enjoy trying something new, this is the place for you. The menu offers a range of vegetarian food, lactose intolerant food, and options for people with small or big appetites. There are hearty curries, salads, and stews, but if you are indecisive, your best option is the Chef’s combination, a range of curries and dishes all served on a huge amount of injera bread.

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