Back for their 5th year, the Time Out Melbourne Food Awards took over Pontoon Stokehouse last night to celebrate the people and places who ensure our city is well-fed.

Melbourne’s best restaurants and chefs competed to nab one of nine awards up for grabs. A few changes were made including Best Late Night Snack Vendor being dropped in favour of Mastercard presents People’s Choice: Best Fast Food and Mastercard presents People’s Choice: Best Bakery. The People’s Choice: Best Restaurant has also been renamed as Beer the Beautiful Truth presents People’s Choice: Best Restaurant.

Embla, the winner of last year’s Restaurant of the Year, returned to defend their title of Restaurant of the Year. There were Melbourne favourites who made it on the list again this year including Attica,
Cutler & Co, Grossi Florentino and more! 

Sadly we couldn’t enjoy the full hospitality of Pontoon Stokehouse because it was windy enough to blow us all the way to Port Melbourne but inside the beats, brews and feasts kept us buzzing during the ceremony.

We were introduced to Lanson Champagne, light and perfect to sip on with the gals on a spring day. Beer the Beautiful Truth ensured we had ales matched with delicious bites like sea bream tacos, hickory smoked brisket pastrami brioche and some of the zingiest fish and chips we’ve ever tasted.

Here are the restaurants and venues that need to make it onto your list!



Restaurant of the Year
Cutler & Co
Osteria Ilaria
Ricky & Pinky

Best Café
Kelso’s Sandwich Shoppe
Terror Twilight

Drinks Service Award
Bar Liberty
Bar Lourinha
Dinner by Heston
The Recreation Bistro

Best Cheap Eat
Just Falafs
Kalimera Souvlaki Art
Moroccan Deli-cacy
Red Sparrow Pizza
Sunshine Social

Best New Restaurant
Long Chim
Ricky & Pinky
Wilson & Market

Best Casual Dining Restaurant
Bang Bang at the Rifle Club
Osteria Ilaria

Best Fine Dining Restaurant
Cutler & Co
Vue de Monde

Hot Talent Award
Joel Baylon, Grossi Florentino
Zack Furst, Ides
Kylie Millar, Attica
Charley Snaddon-Wilson, Embla
Mario Tambajong, Coda

Chef of the Year
Charlie Carrington, Atlas
Guy Grossi, Grossi Florentino
Andrew McConnell, Cutler & Co
Andreas Papadakis, Osteria Ilaria
Coskun Uysal, Tulum

Beer the Beautiful Truth presents People’s Choice: Best Restaurant
San Telmo (our fav restaurant in Melb FYI!)

Mastercard presents People’s Choice: Best Fast Food
8bit Melbourne 

Mastercard presents People’s Choice: Best Bakery
Candied Bakery

Legend Award
Supper Inn Chinese Restaurant 





Looking for something else to do in Melbourne this weekend? Here’s everything that made it On The List.