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Published November 7th 2012
Nothing shall come between you, me, and the Yarra
Come to think of it, life is full of events that call for celebrations. As soon as you're done with Christmas, there's New Year. When you've put New Year to bed, up pops Valentine's, and then there are the birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, and the personal events that call for something special in the place of the been there and done that. Dining out at a waterfront restaurant is something that rises elegantly to such an occasion.
Here's a list of fabulous waterfront restaurants in Melbourne for those occasions when a bistro in a laneway simply won't do. Choose from among various cuisines such as Australian, African, Asian, French, and more at these elegant waterfront restaurants. Restaurants with great views such as these are usually hard to get in without a booking. So it would be a good idea to call and book a table well in advance.
Byblos Bar and Restaurant serves Lebanese and other Middle Eastern cuisine with a modern flair. The decor borders on the decadent and the multi-level interior makes for ample space. The service is excellent while the menu hosts tasty stand outs like the lamb skewers and the dolmades. Byblos is a hidden gem located at the WTC with great views of the Yarra River flowing by. For more details and to make a booking, go to Byblos Bar & Restaurant or call 03 9614 6400. Byblos is located at WTC Wharf
Kobe Jones Kobe Jones offers fusion cuisine incorporating Asian fare with an Aussie twist and letting the magic happen where it may. This waterfront restaurant is another zealously guarded secret in the North Wharf area. They claim to offer "Japanese like you've never had before" and are known for their fabulous riverside teppanyaki with a teppan table. You'll find them at the World Trade Centre. To make a booking or for more information, go to Kobe Jones or contact them by phone at 03 9329 9173.
WTC Wharf World Trade Centre Riverside Melbourne
Feddish is located in a surprisingly cool oasis amid the barren landscape of Federation Square on the banks of the Yarra. Their terrace overlooks the placid waters of the Yarra and the lighted up Arts Spire rising gracefully in the distance. For bookings go to Feddish Cafe Bar & Restaurant or call 03 9654 5855. You'll find them at
River Terrace Yarra Building
The Wharf Hotel
Another discreet waterfront dining location in the Melbourne CBD area that manages to mix the premium with a pub atmosphere as impeccably as a vodka martini. You might be interested to learn that wood from the old wharf has gone into the design of the bar here. For booking a table or for more information, go to Wharf Hotel, or give them a call at 03 8680 6000.
The hotel is located at
WTC Wharf Riverside
World Trade Centre
Breezes is an extremely well-kept secret that is tucked away in the mysterious confines of the Crown Complex. But once you get there and see the stunning views of the cityscape and the Yarra, you'll forgive anyone anything. The French and Mediterranean cuisine, the elegant decor, and the impeccable service will soon be vying with the Yarra for your appreciation. Go to Breezes for more information and to make your bookings or call them at 03 9292 6896 for more information. You'll find them at
Level 3 Crown Towers
Modern Australian fare at its quirkiest best served amid Jazz and Latin American rhythms with splendid views of the city across the expanse of the Yarra. And if that's not enough, they have a wine list of 888 wines. Did I say quirky? To get a booking, go to Number 8 or call 03 9292 7899. Number 8 is located at
Riverside at Crown
8 Whiteman St.
If you feel your celebration calls for authentic Asian, Silks is the place to be. They serve Northern Chinese, as well as Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine in a sophisticated ambience that will delight the senses. The highlight of the decor would be the Mongolian tent into which you can disappear with your cocktail or after dinner drink. For booking call 03 9292 6888 or visit Silks. You can find them at
8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC 3006
The Meat & Wine Co.
This is a steakhouse with an African connotation that will teach new lessons to your palate. From the chakalaka sauce to the dark chocolate fondant, be prepared to be delightfully surprised by new flavours you probably didn't know existed. The decor is equally stunning with a towering staircase and lush interiors that contrast just so with the splendid views of the Yarra outside. To make a booking, call 03 9696 5333 or visit Meat & Wine Co. They are located at
3 Freshwater Place