Melbourne's poster-boy chef, Andrew McConnell, knew what he was doing when he opened Marion. The wine list is one of the area's most impressive and the space – catering to both stop-ins and long romantic chats – is a pleasure to be in. Food changes regularly, but might range from such delights as confit duck leg to mussels and salsa roja, and European-influenced specials.
If you drink a little too much on a Friday or Saturday night, revisit in the morning for a nourishing breakfast. Tip: you can get a Lune croissant with smoked leg ham and comte for $12 here, without queuing at the croissanterie.