The Best South Yarra Restaurants In 2024

By Jack Colquhoun

While in 2023 South Yarra might have a polished reputation, you might be surprised by the multitude of cuisines, dining styles and settings—from intimate to hawker-style eateries—in and around the divisive strip that is Chapel Street. 

Just a stone's throw from the CBD, South Yarra provides a starting point for many to kick off an evening (that might finish at K-Fry or Maccas hours later) while you duck in and out of the suburb's many watering holes. So take a stroll in, out and around this top selection of South Yarra restaurants in 2023: 

Lona Misa

234 Toorak Road, South YarraA busy dining room with picture frames, a South Yarra restaurant.

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You can’t say that South Yarra doesn’t have it all—you’re completely covered with nearly every type of cuisine at your fingertips. The long walk down Chapel Street is filled with gems of all kinds, both hidden and established, and don’t forget to duck into the little side streets too. From fine dining to humble bistros, South Yarra dining has it all under the sun, so keep reading for the best restaurants in South Yarra for 2024.


150 Toorak Road, South Yarra

A person cutting a steak at a South Yarra restaurantImage credit: Yakikami | supplied

Yakikami is the pinnacle of Japanese restaurants in South Yarra. This 70-seat diner, focusing on Japanese BBQ, is spread out across 350sqm of sleek marble flooring and features a dedicated Yakitori bar with charcoal Josper (Hibachi) grills that churn out skewers of chicken, seafood and vegetables. 


720 Chapel Street, South Yarra

A person pouring a beer next to a beer at one a Italian restaurant South Yarra.

If you’re looking for the top-tier Italian restaurant South Yarra has to offer, you can’t go wrong with A25. Verona-born chef Bryan Spijkers uses old-school techniques to create a dough that’s rested for 48 hours before being stretched out, topped with fresh ingredients and fired — making a pizza that’s light and fluffy with a crispy crust.

They also serve delicious pasta, including handmade gnocchi in a pesto sauce and pappardelle with a slow-cooked beef wagyu ragu. If you can’t make it to Italy in 2024, this is the next best thing.


276 Toorak Road, South Yarra

A busy dining hall of a popular South Yarra restaurant
South Yarra staple Misschu in true hawker form is always bursting at the seams of patrons patiently waiting to enjoy the delicious Vietnamese.

With its relaxed style of food, funky interiors and approachable attitude towards dining, Misschu is without a doubt one of the best restaurants South Yarra has to offer.

Leonard’s House of Love

3 Wilson Street, South Yarra

A person picking up a burger at a South Yarra restaurant.

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Leonard’s celebrates all things simple and tasty—bourbon, charcoal chicken and open fires—all set within a 70s lounge-style log cabin venue. It's seriously a vibe.

Whether you’re in for a laid-back beer with friends or ready to chow down on some delicious no-frills food (burgers, fried chicken and loaded fries, as well as salad and mash combos) it’s the spot for you. It also serves hands-down the best cheeseburger in Melbourne.

Thirty-Eight Chairs

4 Bond Street, South Yarra

No South Yarra restaurants list would be complete without Thirty-Eight Chairs, Building on recipes passed down from his nonna, owner Gino Forlano has beautifully curated a menu that is elegantly classic Italian.

A beautifully intimate setting boasts a sophisticated interior with tables spaced just as they are in Italy, who knows who might go home with a full belly and some new friends? 


171 Domain Rd, South Yarra

Domain Road may be home to The Tan track but it’s also home to Gilson, an all-day dining hotspot that transforms into a beautiful dinner haven.

With Jason McBride at the helm (Mammoth, Touchwood and Barry) you know this place is good. A sophisticated and delicious cocktail menu adds to the wonderfully somewhat Italian food on offer.


level 24/627 Chapel St, South Yarra

A sky-high rooftop bar, one of the best south yarra restaurants
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Perched atop the Goldfields building, this brand-new venue is bringing a refreshing breezy vibe back to the southside metropolis. The menu at Beverly is contemporary, centred around the more playful sharing-style ideal for long boozy catch-ups from prawn ceviche with a jalapeno cream to spanner crab pasta, pulled pork belly ragu and more.

Atlas Dining

133 Commercial Rd, South Yarra

Now talking about a culinary cruise, this place is unreal. Atlas’ cuisine changes with the seasons and the menu is changing weekly. A pillar of South Yarra restaurant, it's hard to make recommendations for dining at Atlas because they'd be irrelevant the next week; however, to say the least, the food is amazing. Whether it’s a date night or a catch-up with old friends, Atlas is perfect for any dining occasion.

Abacus Bar & Kitchen

383 Chapel Street, South Yarra

If you're looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, look no further than Abacus Bar & Kitchen in 2023. It's pretty hard to go past the speck croquettes, featuring speck, gruyere, chorizo, and spiced plum on the small shares section of the menu, or for something bigger try the slipper lobster, with home-made crumpets, finger-lime caviar, and dill creme fraiche.


11 Toorak Rd, South Yarra

A waiter clearing tables in a South Yarra restaurant
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A true Melbourne institution, France Soir has been packing Melburnians in every night for more than 30 years. It’s no wonder it’s one of the top South Yarra restaurants.

You'll find traditional French fare on the menu, including the likes of escargot (snails), Andouilette (house-made pork sausage), Moules mariniére (mussels in white wine), and much more. As you'd expect in a French restaurant there is also a great selection of steak, chicken, and lamb dishes.

Yūgen Dining

605 Chapel St, South YarraPeople dining inside one of the best south yarra restaurants.

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Resting right above speciality tea destination Yugen Tea Bar, Yugen Dining is a two-level eatery with three unique spaces, each one evoking a sense of intimacy mixed with innovation and newness. The menu features modern interpretations of Asian dishes, be it Jamon and snapper sashimi to a Wagyu beef hotpot with mushroom and spicy Sichuan butter.


159 Domain Rd, South YarraA sleek wooden dining room, a top south yarra restaurant

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Matilda's big draw is the cooking method, there’s no gas here: the team are using big hunks of Ironbark, Cherry, Applewood and even Pinot grapevines to smoke the hell out of pretty much everything.

The menu is built around meaty mains like whole John Dory topped with finger limes, saltbush and native Grenobloise, ‘Salt & pepper’ Blackmore Wagyu bavette, and fired-up Macedon duck, with leatherwood honey and figs. Kangaroo tartare with fermented red peppers is so smooth you’d like it was A-Grade Tasmanian beef.


302 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Shadowboxer is a bar and bistro from foodie triumvirate Michael Thom, Luke Thompson and Nick Aitken, a team that honed their skills at Naked For Satan, Borsch Vodka & Tears and Lucky Coq, before opening their place.

This place is set up for long lunches, but it’d make one hell of a date night venue. The cuisine is modern Australian, and some of the highlights include the Lakes Entrance Dory, as well as the Wattle Grove organic flat iron steak. 

Omnia Bistro

625 Chapel Street, South Yarra

People laughing and eating inside a South Yarra restaurant.
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If you’re looking for a European-style bistro bar, you won’t be disappointed with Omnia. Their menu changes seasonally, led by award-winning chef, Stephen Nairn, they’re all about supporting Aussie farmers and producers.

The brasserie-style menu features plenty of the favourites from whole flounder with beurre noisette (brown butter sauce) to a variety of cuts served as steak frites with bearnaise sauce. 


 Unit 4/3 Murphy St, South Yarra

Cucinetta translates to “little kitchen”, and that’s exactly what this local favourite is. This is Italian the way Nonna used to make it: fresh, simple and cooked with love. The menu is seasonal and the restaurant also has an award-winning wine list.

Bar Carolina

44 Toorak Rd, South Yarra

People dining inside a best south yarra restaurant.
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Tucked away alongside the French bistros of Toorak Road is Venetian bistro, Bar Carolina. It serves contemporary Italian dishes in a chic atmosphere - perfect for that area of South Yarra. While you’re there you can check out their swanky rooftop terrace bar, Tetto di Carolina, for a hand-crafted cocktail.  

The Botanical

169 Domain Road, South Yarra

With an impressive list of weeknight specials, The Botanical has a steady stream of regulars in 2023. The main bar is one of the big draw cards for The Botanical: With an exceptional bar selection, ample seating, a fire in winter, and courtyard space, it’s not hard to see why this South Yarra stunner is one of the best restaurants South Yarra has.


427 Chapel St, South Yarra 

A rooftop of one of the best south yarra restaurants.
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It's a hot contender for the best view on Chapel, nestled right on the corner of a sleepier stretch of the busy strip in South Yarra, Stella's fourth-storey rooftop is the cherry on top of the Italian bar and diner. Boasting a cocktail list littered with prime aperitivo hour classics, a rotating selection of live musical acts and colourful sunsets over the city.


637/641 Chapel St, South Yarra

Located inside South Yarra’s Art Series Hotel, The Olsen, Spoonbill is all about celebrating Australia’s finest produce. It offers paddock-to-plate dining, so you can expect fresh, high-quality ingredients cooked with meticulous attention. If anyone ever asks you what “Australian food” is, this is the place to take them.

48h Pizza e Gnocchi Bar

373 Malvern Rd, South Yarra

A woodfired pizza from one of the best south yarra restaurants

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There is a lot to love about this place - not only were they the first official gnocchi bar in Australia, but these guys also have a solid appreciation for quality ingredients. Exactly like how it's done in Italy, 48h Pizza e Gnocchi Bar let their dough rise for a minimum of 48 hours, which makes for a crust that's light, fragrant and aromatic. 

Oriental Teahouse 

455 Chapel Street, South Yarra

A table with dumplings and chopsticks at a South Yarra restaurant

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Oriental Teahouse has been a South Yarra staple for well over a decade. As much a part of the furniture as The Jam Factory’s familiar red brick facade or a late-night Lamb On Chapel garlic kebab. The corner-resting diner has styled itself as a premier Shanghai-style dumpling and teahouse, an old dog with a few new tricks—including a banquet menu that quite honestly never misses. 

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