Some of Melbourne’s favourite restaurants are turning their back on food delivery services due to crippling costs and health risks.

The once vibrant Chapel Street is now littered with ‘For Lease’ signs as pedestrian traffic slows down.

Stonnington Mayor Steve Stefanopoulos said consumers aren’t always aware of the high margins that Uber Eats and other delivery apps charge small businesses.

“That’s the real killer,” Mr Stefanopoulos told the Herald Sun.

“The margin can be up to 35 per cent, which is just extraordinary.”

Stefanopoulos said the council wanted to show leadership by pushing restaurants to forget about the delivery apps and to start encouraging people to eat out.

“Support local business,” Mr Stefanopoulos said.