Ten great places to eat in St Kilda
As one of Melbourne’s most laid back suburbs, St Kilda has become a hot spot for innovative restaurateurs dishing up quality food in a relaxed dining environment. Here are ten of St Kilda’s best.
Big, flavoursome, luxe comfort food inspired by provincial Italian and British cuisine. Serving pork and veal meatballs, char grilled steaks, and homemade gnocchi, this menu won’t just comfort it’ll cheer you up no end. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Pizza e Birra
A St Kilda favourite where family and friends can come together to eat, drink and enjoy some of the best Neapolitan pizzas in Melbourne. Over order, overeat and enjoy every moment of it.
Luxembourg Bar & Bistro
Named after the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, Luxembourg is a one of Melbourne’s best European bar and bistros. French classics like steak frites, oysters and salad Lyonnaise feature on a menu designed to cater for all guests from those wishing to enjoy a small bite with a drink, to those harbouring the grandest of appetites.
Lau’s Family Kitchen
Sitting on prime St Kilda real estate Lau’s Family Kitchen matches it with prime Cantonese food. Think succulent pork loin, sautéed eye-fillets and salt and pepper squid bursting with flavour. Empty tables are few and far between, so make sure you book ahead.
Café Di Stasio
Classic rustic Italian fair such as suckling pig, whole roast duck and veal saltimbocca served in a joyful, intimate environment. Over twenty-five years old, Café Di Stasio boasts a fair cast of regulars but all newcomers are welcomed with typical Italian warmth generosity. Bookend your meal with a drink at Bar Di Stasio, for a sumptuous Italian-flavoured night out.
St Kilda’s premier Vietnamese restaurant, even if there is an overt French and Chinese influence on the menu. Much thought has been put into the design to make this a really enjoyable culinary centre. And what’s even better is that the food won’t make much of a dent in your wallet.
Acland St Cantina Restaurant and Bar
Authentic Mexican cuisine at its most robust and passionate. Feast on bite sized bocaditos, tacos, queso fundidos and sticky finger street food. It’s to-go options are fantastic and great when you’re on the hop.
Opened in 1993, Cicciolina has become a St Kilda institution, a Grande Dame of St Kilda. Its much praised menu – which famously resists change – incorporates modern, seasonal produce in favourites such as yellowfin tuna carpaccio, risotto with mushrooms, spinach and truffle oil, and soft-centred chocolate pudding. Supported by an extensive wine list, this is one of Melbourne’s great restaurants, truly standing the test of time.
The freshest ingredients are sourced to celebrate La Cocina Mexicana. Quite simply this means Radio Mexico specialises in simply cooked, flavoursome food served in a very homely style. It’s casual dining and good hospitality done very, very well.
Delicious seafood including mussels, prawns, oysters and crab are all served up with a plethora of spices and in a fabulously rustic setting – no linen napkins here. Claypots truly comes to life on a warm night when the beer flows in the courtyard and the smell of South East Asia radiates throughout the air.
Image: Cicciolina – A St Kilda institution