With its wonderful views of the bay, superb upstairs deck and an ongoing reputation for consistently pumping out some of the best food in Melbourne, Stokehouse should be on the must-do list for visitors and locals alike. Downstairs is a more casual bar and cafe that does a great line in wood-fired pizza and people-watching, but the true Stokehouse experience happens upstairs in the wooden-floored, stylishly casual dining room that makes the most of the seaside vista through banks of windows. The modern Mediterranean flavours are big and sometimes complicated but never lack for balance and finesse, and a superb, far-reaching wine list ensures there is something for everybody. A Melbourne classic.
Level 1, 30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda; (03) 9525 5555; open daily for lunch and dinnercomments powered by Disqus