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Izakaya Restaurants in Melbourne

 Izakayas in Melbourne: discover Japanese tapas

Multicultural Melbourne is renowned for its Asian eateries and its izakayas are huge draws for fun-loving locals and Japanese expats. These friendly and laid-back taverns are ideal places to unwind and enjoy a glass or two, accompanied by some tasty Japanese-style tapas. Perennial small plate favourites range from crabmeat croquettes and soy-marinated squid, to grilled meat skewers such as those done in the yakitori style. Melbourne’s izakayas fill up fast so don’t spoil your evening by queuing. All you need is a few taps on the Quandoo app and you can confidently show up and have a table waiting for you.

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Wagyu Ya

Wagyu Ya

South Yarra
Japanese$$$$
4.9/6193
Wagyu Ya
Ginza Teppanyaki

Ginza Teppanyaki

Melbourne CBD
Japanese$$$$
5.0/6275
Ginza Teppanyaki
Okami - Frankston

Okami - Frankston

Frankston
Japanese$$$$
5.1/6174
Okami - Frankston
OKAMI - Brunswick

OKAMI - Brunswick

Brunswick
Japanese$$$$
5.1/6154
OKAMI - Brunswick
OKAMI - Hampton

OKAMI - Hampton

Hampton
Japanese$$$$
5.1/6147
OKAMI - Hampton
OKAMI - Caulfield

OKAMI - Caulfield

Caulfield
Japanese$$$$
5.0/698
OKAMI - Caulfield
OKAMI - Greensborough

OKAMI - Greensborough

Greensborough
Japanese$$$$
5.3/689
OKAMI - Greensborough
Maedaya

Maedaya

Richmond
Japanese$$$$
5.0/6117
Maedaya
OKAMI - Footscray

OKAMI - Footscray

Footscray
Japanese$$$$
5.2/697
OKAMI - Footscray
OKAMI - Wantirna

OKAMI - Wantirna

Wantirna South
Japanese$$$$
5.0/6104
OKAMI - Wantirna
Machi Restaurant & Bar

Machi Restaurant & Bar

St Kilda
Japanese$$$$
4.8/667
Machi Restaurant & Bar
Kobe Teppanyaki

Kobe Teppanyaki

Doncaster
Japanese$$$$
5.2/6110
Kobe Teppanyaki
Yuzu at Church Lane

Yuzu at Church Lane

Melbourne CBD
Japanese$$$$
4.9/659
Yuzu at Church Lane
Izakaya Hachibeh

Izakaya Hachibeh

Melbourne CBD
Japanese
4.9/669
Izakaya Hachibeh
OKAMI - Camberwell

OKAMI - Camberwell

Camberwell
Japanese$$$$
5.0/651
OKAMI - Camberwell
Okami - Fairfield

Okami - Fairfield

Fairfield
Japanese$$$$
5.4/655
Okami - Fairfield
Fujiyama

Fujiyama

Brighton
Japanese$$$$
4.9/684
Fujiyama
Shinwa Izakaya

Shinwa Izakaya

Brunswick
Japanese$$$$
5.1/651
Shinwa Izakaya
The Wasabi Place

The Wasabi Place

Kew
Japanese$$$$
5.2/661
The Wasabi Place
Tokyo Kitchen Sakae

Tokyo Kitchen Sakae

Brighton
Japanese$$$$
5.1/671
Tokyo Kitchen Sakae
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    Melbourne’s many izakaya choices

    Though traditionally no-frills joints where men congregated for a drink after work, modern izakayas in Melbourne are often stylish establishments that welcome everyone. They're popular with female office workers, students, and families – basically, anyone seeking fine grub in a relaxed atmosphere. As a result, their drinks lists are diverse, offering everything from Aussie stubbies, wines and cocktails, to traditional sake, shochu and Japanese beers. If you like dining with an authentic Japanese vibe, head to Shinwa Izakaya in the trendy Brunswick area for some authentic low table dining,
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    Enjoy izakayas in the Melbourne CBD

    Melbourne’s thriving CBD is certainly not lacking in dining choices, so why not try one of its izakayas? Known for its selection of tasty dishes and beverages in a convivial atmosphere, they’re just what busy executives in the area crave after a hard day at the office. One of the best of the bunch, Izakaya Hachibeh on Bourke Street, has been wowing diners with its skewers, sushi and sake lineup for many a year. Its reputation keeps packing them in, so join savvy Melburnians in reaping the benefits of using Quandoo to book their tables.
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    Izakayas in Melbourne for all occasions

    The great thing about izakayas in Melbourne is in their casual, easy-going atmosphere. Drop in for a drink and snack then move on to somewhere else, or linger for the rest of the evening if the mood tempts you to. Many of Melbourne’s izakayas also function as full blown Japanese restaurants, so you can enjoy some snacks with an aperitif before tucking into a grand dinner. They’re great places to recharge after a long day or simply to wind down a night on the tiles with a cup of sake and a handful of small bites. While your time away at Melbourne’s izakayas however you prefer; the choice is all yours.