Attica (Award-Winning)

74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea

Ben Shewry’s legendary culinary establishment was recently ranked no 32 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the highest ranking of any in Australia. Attica’s 8-course vegetarian degustation includes his trademark “A Simple Dish of Potato Cooked in the Earth It Was Grown” and his high-brow reworking of the Aussie classic, “Smashed Avo on Toast”.  The ultimate special occasion vegetarian dining experience.

Maha (Modern Middle Eastern)

21 Bond St, Melbourne

Located in a lush subterranean parlour, Shane Delia’s esteemed Maha is not just for the carnivorous (albeit famed for its 12-hour lamb shoulder).  Using a fresh, innovative and unrestricted approach with Mediterranean influences, he skillfully redefines the ancient Middle Eastern cuisine through modern dining. Maha’s vegetarian offerings include menus of two, four, five or six courses served as shared banquets or degustation dining. And to cap off the perfect meal, savour Delia’s renowned turkish delight filled doughnuts, with maple syrup and walnuts.

Saravanaa Bhavan (Casual South Indian Vegetarian)

131 King St, Melbourne

The recent arrival in Melbourne of Saravanaa Bhavan, one of the largest vegetarian restaurant chains in the world, was a godsend for many of Melbourne’s Indian community, especially considering the dominance of North Indian and Nepalese dishes in Indian restaurants in Australia. The restaurant is simple, inexpensive, but renowned for extremely delicious and authentic South Indian food.  The masala dosa and sambar are especially popular.

Nirankar (Indian/Nepalese)

174 Queen St, Melbourne

While not exclusively vegetarian, Nirankar has an extensive vegetarian menu and delivers excellent North Indian and Nepalese flavours in an elegant CBD location.

Transformer (Modern Vegan)

99 Rose St, Fitzroy

Melbourne’s premier modern vegan restaurant is aptly located in a sophisticated warehouse just off hipster-friendly Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. The inventive menu is out and proud vegetarian devoid of mock meat dishes designed to appease carnivores. Signature dishes include steamed bao made from spelt and seeds, wrapped around crisp tofu with gochujang-spiced mayo and king oyster mushrooms with confit garlic & pine nut purée.

Smith & Daughters (Modern Vegan)

175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Challenging the perception that vegan food is bland, chef Shannon Martinez’s Latin roots feature in this welcome addition to Melbourne’s burgeoning vegetarian dining scene. Signature dishes include the summer salad of melons with pickled pineapple, jalapeno and fresh mint and the paella fritters. And it’s not just the food that stars at Smith & Daughters, it also has a cracker cocktail list that should not be overlooked.

Vegie Bar (Casual Vegetarian)

380 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

From humble beginnings over 20 years ago, Vegie Bar has grown to become one of Melbourne’s most popular haunts for both the health conscious and the hungry. Serving a vast array of dishes inspired by the world over, Vegie Bar continues to treat the masses to delicious and accessible contemporary vegetarian cooking. This perpetually buzzing and casual restaurant does not take bookings.

Matcha Mylkbar (New Age Vegan Café)

72A Acland St, St Kilda

So hot right now, Matcha Mylkbar has recently come to the attention of New York Times readers following Thor actor Chris Hemsworth proclamation that he has fallen in love with the new age vegan café.  The menu’s inspiration is formed around the plant-based diets of the long-lived populations of the world’s so-called blue zones – Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; and Ikaria in Greece.