C & G’s GUIDE – New Restaurants and Bars to explore in Bayside Melbourne to celebrate the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival!

May welcomes back the 2024 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, where flavors collide, glasses clink, and epicurean delights take center stage. This year’s festival promises an array of experiences that will tantalize your taste buds, ignite your senses, and leave you craving more.

From May 15th to May 30th, the festival sprawls across Melbourne’s vibrant neighborhoods, transforming parks, historic buildings, and waterfront spaces into culinary wonderlands. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or a curious newcomer, there’s something for everyone.

But if you’d like to keep it local, why not tempt your taste buds at these new restaurants and bars in the City of Port Phillip? These vibrant spots are perfect for foodies and wine enthusiasts alike, without needing to travel too far from our bayside home...


Location: 14-16 The Esplanade, St Kilda

Cuisine: Authentic Italian

Highlights: Known for its wood-fired pizzas, fresh pasta, and cozy ambiance, D.O.C. is a slice of Italy by the sea. Pair your meal with a robust red or a crisp white from their extensive wine selection.



Location: 11 Eastern Road, South Melbourne

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Highlights: The team behind suburban gems Riserva, Baia Di Vino and San Lorenzo, has just opened Lucia, a new Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar in South Melbourne. Offering coastal European flavors with a touch of elegance. Picture yourself savoring grilled seafood, mezze platters, and a glass of chilled rosé.



Location: 44-50 Tope Street, South Melbourne

Cuisine: Craft beer and pub fare

Highlights: Brewmanity combines great brews with a social cause. Try their “Social Beast” Pale Ale, Brewmanity’s original hero in helping them fight THE BEAST that is MND, this is a damn good beer that comes from the heart. Cheers to good beer and a better world!


Rosie’s Bar

Location: 159 Ormond Road, Elwood

Vibe: Cozy neighborhood bar

Highlights: Rosie’s Bar is where locals gather for creative cocktails and friendly banter. Sip on a signature drink, while enjoying the laid-back atmosphere and iconic artworks. Open Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm



Location: 49 Beach Street, Port Melbourne

Cuisine: Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fusion

Highlights: Bayroute takes you on a flavor journey with mezze platters, aromatic spices, and grilled meats. Pair your meal with one of their top drops, and transport your senses with delicious Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with a modern Australian flair.


Remember to check out the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s official website for event details, wine tastings, and more. And whether you’re a local bayside food explorer or a wine aficionado, Port Phillip has something delightful waiting for you too! Bon appétit!