Do yourself a favor and jump on a tram (free from Crown or anywhere in the CBD for that matter) and head up towards Spring Street end. Crowns best restaurants are good but SO overpriced due to location. Only exception is The Merrywell with does a pretty good burger. But Crown gets a big middle finger from me....$8 beers while playing on the tables??? GTFO.
Pellegrini's - Pasta. 66 Bourke Street
HuTong Dumpling Bar - 14 Market Lane
Mamak - Malaysian. 366 Lonsdale Street
I Love Pho 264 - Out of town in Richmond but if you like your phos then this is one. 264 Victoria Street Richmond
Stalactities - Greek (lets be honest, souvas) 183 Lonsdale Street
Rare Steakhouse - There are 3 in the city so pick your closest location. Do yourself a favour and order a serve of the pork ribs. Melt in your mouth.
Supernormal - Asian fusion. Must have the lobster rolls. 180 Flinders Lane
Tea House At China town - Chinese. Lobster omelettes a must. Also try the garfish in mushroom sauce. 11 Cohen Place
MoVida Next Door - Tapas bar. Very laid back, don't go to Movida by accident. 164 Flinders Street
Izakayaden - Modern Japanese - Den Fried Chicken.....'nuf said. 114 Russell Street
Kenzan - Traditional Japanese. Best sushi in Melbourne bar none. Collins Place, 35-55 Collins Street
Mamasita - Mexican. Can't book so rock up early. Best Mexican I have ever eaten and not that TexMex shit, real Mexican food. 11 Collins Street.