Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in Australia for 2016

Like death and taxes, the “what should we eat” argument is one of life’s great inevitabilities. Millions of Aussies come to Yelp every month to settle this exact debate because Yelp has heaps of reviews, photos, and tips to help the hungry decide where to tuck in for tea.

We didn’t want to be selfish with all this data, so we thought we’d do the dining-out public a solid with our annual list of Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in Australia for 2016.

Bet you’re wondering “How did they put together this delectable directory?” Glad you asked.

Yelp’s data science brainiacs analysed which places were most popular and well reviewed since Yelp launched in Australia in 2011. They compared businesses from across the country using a ranking that considered ratings and number of reviews, while also accounting for quality, popularity, and statistical fluctuations.

The result of all this fancy statistical sleuthing is a list that combines classic favourites with hot, new eateries. Melbourne hot spot Chin Chin has taken out the Number 1 spot in 2016 and last year’s top eatery Mamak still remains a winning choice, coming in at Number 5. The list also shows that Western Australia is one of Australia’s top foodie destinations with four of the top ten eateries and 38 of the top 100 places to eat for 2016 – more than any other state.

Whether you’re looking for a place you and your mates can stuff your faces with dumplings or seeking a suitable cafe to satisfy your smashed avo and caffeine craving, there’s something for every taste and budget on the list.

Does this year’s list have you daydreaming about your next meal opportunity? Or do you disagree with our data? Let us know on Twitter with #YelpAUTop100 or on Facebook. If you’re ready to add these spots to your Yelp bookmarks and get eating, download the Yelp app. Here’s to the most delicious year yet!

Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in Australia for 2016

  1. Chin Chin, Melbourne, VIC
  2. Din Tai Fung, Sydney, NSW
  3. Toastface Grillah, Perth, WA
  4. Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills, NSW
  5. Mamak, Haymarket, NSW*
  6. Tuck Shop, Perth, WA
  7. Little Creatures Brewery, Fremantle, WA
  8. The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria, NSW
  9. The Hardware Societe, Melbourne, VIC
  10. The Old Crow, Perth, WA
  11. Mary Street Bakery, Highgate, WA
  12. E for Ethel, North Adelaide, SA
  13. The Vegie Bar, Fitzroy, VIC
  14. MoVida Bar de Tapas, Melbourne, VIC
  15. Lot Twenty, Perth, WA
  16. Circa Espresso, Parramatta, NSW
  17. The Standard, Northbridge, WA
  18. Mrs. S, Maylands, WA
  19. Bivouac, Northbridge, WA
  20. Bowery to Williamsburg, Melbourne, VIC
  21. St Ali, South Melbourne, VIC
  22. Cumulus, Melbourne, VIC
  23. Proud Mary, Collingwood, VIC
  24. Cantina 663, Mt Lawley, WA
  25. Mr Wong, Sydney, NSW
  26. Mary’s, Newtown, NSW
  27. Manchester Press, Melbourne, VIC
  28. Izakaya Den, Melbourne, VIC
  29. Single Origin Roasters, Surry Hills, NSW
  30. Seven Seeds, Carlton, VIC
  31. Top Paddock, Richmond, VIC
  32. Argo On The Parade, Norwood, SA
  33. Home Thai Restaurant, Sydney, NSW
  34. The Raw Kitchen, Fremantle, WA
  35. Nobu, Burswood, WA
  36. El Jannah, Granville, NSW
  37. Mamasita, Melbourne, VIC
  38. Etica Ethical Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar, Adelaide, SA
  39. Burger Project, Sydney, NSW
  40. Harvest Espresso, Victoria Park, WA
  41. Le Bon Ton, Collingwood, VIC
  42. Varsity Bar, Crawley, WA
  43. Chez Dré, South Melbourne, VIC
  44. Verve Restaurant & Cider House, Brisbane, QLD
  45. Chat Thai, Sydney, NSW
  46. Via Napoli, Lane Cove, NSW
  47. Run Amuk Hotdogs Unleashed, South Fremantle, WA
  48. Piccolo’s Corner, West Leederville, WA
  49. Kitsch Bar, Leederville, WA
  50. Aisuru Sushi, Perth, WA
  51. Auction Rooms, North Melbourne, VIC
  52. Three Bags Full, Abbotsford, VIC
  53. Huxtaburger, Collingwood, VIC**
  54. Five Bar, Mt Lawley, WA
  55. Workshop Espresso, Sydney, NSW
  56. Low Key Chow House, Leederville, WA
  57. Bread In Common, Perth, WA
  58. The Meatball & Wine Bar, Melbourne, VIC
  59. Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket, NSW
  60. La Cholita, Northbridge, WA
  61. Chu Bakery, Highgate, WA
  62. Trunk, Melbourne, VIC
  63. Rockpool Bar And Grill, Burswood, WA
  64. Chur Burger, Surry Hills, NSW
  65. Chefs Gallery Townhall, Sydney, NSW
  66. Two Birds One Stone, South Yarra, VIC
  67. Saké, Brisbane, QLD
  68. Clarences, Mt Lawley, WA
  69. El Público, Highgate, WA
  70. Enrique’s School For To Bullfighting, Perth, WA
  71. Brewtown Newtown, Newtown, NSW
  72. BREW, Brisbane, QLD
  73. Captain Melville, Melbourne, VIC
  74. Hutong Dumpling Bar, Melbourne, VIC
  75. Chinta, Doubleview, WA
  76. Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney, NSW
  77. The Pantry on Egmont, Hawthorn, SA
  78. West End Deli, West Perth, WA
  79. Pleased to Meet You, Northbridge, WA
  80. Dead Man Espresso, South Melbourne, VIC
  81. Nordburger, Norwood, SA
  82. Tetsuya’s Restaurant, Sydney, NSW
  83. Gordon St. Garage, West Perth, WA
  84. Ribs and Burgers, Perth, WA
  85. Sayers Sister, Northbridge, WA
  86. The Moon, Northbridge, WA
  87. Sherbet, Maylands, WA
  88. Bodhi Bar, Sydney, NSW
  89. Mr Crackles, Darlinghurst, NSW
  90. Monk Bodhi Dharma, Balaclava, VIC
  91. La Veen Coffee & Kitchen, Perth, WA
  92. Sayers, Leederville, WA
  93. 8bit, Footscray, VIC
  94. The Coffee Barun, Sefton Park, SA
  95. Gumshara Ramen, Sydney, NSW
  96. 400 Gradi, Brunswick, VIC
  97. Bread And Bone Wood Grill, Adelaide, SA
  98. Typika Cafe, Claremont, WA
  99. Borsch, Vodka & Tears, Windsor, VIC
  100. Grind It, Glenelg, SA

*One other Mamak location ranked in the Top 100: Mamak, Melbourne VIC
**One other Huxtaburger location ranked in the Top 100: Huxtaburger II, Melbourne VIC


Let’s review the nuts and bolts of how this thing got made by Yelp’s data science team, who combed through millions of data points to make it possible for us to share this list with you.

To determine Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in Australia for 2016, we analysed which places were the all-time most popular and well reviewed since Yelp launched in Australia in 2011. Businesses from across the country were compared using a ranking that looks at both the ratings and the number of reviews while accounting for quality, popularity, and statistical fluctuations.

To make sure the list is truly local, only reviews written by Yelpers with their home location in Australia were factored into the ranking. To be included, businesses must primarily be a restaurant or place to eat a meal and abide by Yelp’s Terms of Service and Content Guidelines. Where a business with multiple locations appears more than once on the list, we keep the highest ranked location and mention the others in a footnote.