The cultural capital of Australia has more grazing holes than you can poke a stick at. Make one of them your destination to take dad on Father’s Day.
It’s no big secret that Melbourne is a dining destination -- and with Father’s Day coming up, he’ll be expecting something special from you to celebrate.
Shout him more than a beer today and give him a right royal meal at one of these top Melbourne restaurants and cafes.
Top Father's Day activities in Melbourne
Father's Day lunch in Melbourne CBD
Campari House, Melbourne CBD
Decked in rich brown hues and located on trendy Hardware Lane, Campari House is a youthful bar by night and a beautiful respite by day.
The a la carte menu in the dining room is open from noon ‘til late and is of Italian fare. Think antipasto, pizzas and cheese platters and you’re right on the money.
Sundays are Slider Cider days where you can grab a trio of sliders with fries and a cider for $30.
Address: 23-25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Website: Campari House
Hardware Societe, Melbourne CBD
Open from 8:30am to 2pm on Sundays, Hardware Societe is for the early bird dad who likes a good cup of java and a quality brekky to start his day.
Guaranteed there will be a line, but it moves quickly and the seasonally-driven menu will bowl him over. Try the eggs. You won’t regret it.
Address: 120 Hardware Street, Melbourne
Website: Hardware Societe
Manchester Press, Melbourne CBD
Bagels for breakfast or bagels for lunch. Whichever dad prefers, make sure he couples it with a strong cup of coffee from the institution that is Manchester Press.
Tucked away in a lane off Little Bourke Street, it has topped more than its fair share of “best” brunch/late breakfast/food lists for a good reason.
Address: 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne
Website: Manchester Press
Punch Lane, Melbourne CBD
This laneway restaurant is the kind of place you’d venture into for a pre-theatre meal and then promise to return to when there’s time to explore. Here’s your chance.
The food is seasonal, the atmosphere is cosy and the wine is classic and aged-well – just like dad.
Punch Lane is not open for lunch on Father’s Day, dinner commences at 5pm. Start early and go long. That’s an order.
Address: 43 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Website: Punch Lane
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Amigos, St Kilda
Ola, amigo! Amigos might be a chain (there are three locations in Melbourne and counting), but it knows its food, so we’re willing to excuse it.
Stocking a tequila bar that was named one of the top 5 tequila bars in Melbourne by The Age, if dad loves his mezcal put your best sombreros on and hightail it to amigos, amigo.
Address: 92B Acland Street, St Kilda
Claypots Seafood and Wine
A St Kilda stalwart, Claypots is the destination to make a beeline for when the call for succulent seafood near the beach is made.
Claypots, naturally, are available, as are seasonal meze, mussels, oysters and flathead.
Address: 213-215 Barkly Street, St Kilda
Garage Espresso, St Kilda
Hearty burgers and breakfasts await you and your dad at Garage Espresso. The menu is fresh and local and the coffee has been hailed as “a standout”.
Do your coffee-loving father a service and drive him into this garage on Father’s Day.
Address: 126A Chapel Street, St Kilda
Website: Garage Espresso
Ichi Ni Izakaya, St Kilda
You’ve taken dad to the pub every Father’s Day but this year, you want to put a little twist on the old fave.
Try Ichi Ni out. It’s a bar of the Japanese kind and couples yakitori, sushi, sashimi with pristine views of Port Phillip Bay.
Website: Ichi Ni
Address: 12 The Esplanade Street, St Kilda
Yarra and Prahran
Tokyo Teppanyaki, Yarra
Food and entertainment in one, Japanese teppanyaki is a theatrical food experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Choose between the teppanyaki experience with set menus by day or a la carte for dinner.
There are two dinner sessions available on Father's Day. One at 5:30pm for the early eaters and the other at 7:00pm for the late drinkers.
Address: 536 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Website: Tokyo Teppanyaki
Wharf Hotel, Yarra River
Modern Australian fare on the banks of the Yarra River with the footy playing in the background. Sounds like the perfect Father’s Day to you?
That’s what’s in store when you book a table at the Wharf.
Address: WTC Wharf, World Trade Centre, 18-38 Siddeley St, Melbourne
Website: Wharf Hotel
You can never go wrong with pizza… and these are award-winning pizzas to boot! Allergy sufferers will also rejoice as the menu includes gluten free pizzas and pastas.
It’s not open for lunch, but is open daily from 5pm.
Address: 129 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Say goodbye to fancy schmancy lunches and hello to something he’ll just plain enjoy. We’re talking burgers, gourmet style, and coffee by Toby’s Estate.
If dad’s really into his meat order him one of the Big Sam burgers. Each comes with your choice of up to three patties.
Website: Hello Sam
Address: 760 Chapel Street, South Yarra
At Urban Provedore, breakfast is served from 8am ‘til 3pm, which means dad can sleep in without having to miss out on delicious breakfast morsels like Turkish eggs and truffled mushrooms.
Lunch specials change daily and are just as delicious.
Website: Urban Provedore
Address: 231 Toorak Rd, South Yarra
Fitzroy and Collingwood
No Father’s Day lunch list would be complete without Huxtaburger. The burger joint as a cult following that stretches into Sydney and has a small but mighty list of greasy and addictive burgers.
Don’t forget the chipotle fries now. Oh, and napkins. Lots and lots of napkins.
(Collingwood) 106 Smith Street, Collingwood
(CBD) Rear 357 Collins Street, Melbourne
(Prahran) 203 High Street, Prahran
(Hawthorn) 681 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Meatball and Wine Bar
Another chain that’s worthy of dad is Meatball and Wine Bar. Its menu screams carnivore with Wagyu beef jerky, meat and cheese boards, customisable meat balls (choose your meat, sauce and sotto palle) and sliders to name a few options.
Enter with a hungry stomach.
Website: Meatball and Wine Bar
(Flinders Lane) 135 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
(Richmond) 105 Swan Street, Richmond
(Smith Street) 98 Smith Street, Collingwood
(Chapel Street) 150 Chapel Street, Windsor
Lee Ho Fook
A top rated Dimmi fave, Lee Ho Fook sounds fancy but is designed to be a neighbourhood eatery.
Not surprisingly, the cuisine is Chinese with classics and modern takes both making an appearance on the menu.
Bar lunch starts at midday and we suggest you make the most of your day with dad by getting there right on the minute.
Website: Lee Ho Fook
Address: 92 Smith Street, Collingwood
Father's Day high tea in Melbourne
Treat your dad to a luxurious and relaxing afternoon of sweet and savoury delights with a high tea for fit two.
Afternoon Tea at The Windsor, CBD
The Windsor offers one of the most iconic high teas in the city. Since its establishment in 1883, the hotel has served over two million guests and you can add to that count on Father's Day by treating him to an afternoon delight.
Sunday high teas include traditional and sultana scones, ribbon sandwiches and a dessert buffet because he shouldn't go hungry after his meal.
Website: The Windsor Melbourne
Address: 111 Spring Street, Melbourne
Parisian Afternoon High Tea at Sheraton Melbourne, CBD
Whisk him away to Paris for a day in the Paris end of Little Collins Street.
The Sheraton Melbourne's Little Collin Street Kitchen features a Parisian high tea filled with French fare including macarons and eclairs in a wide variety of flavours.
Dessert buffets are available over the weekend with seatings from 3-5pm, each day.
Website: Sheraton Melbourne
Address: Little Collins Street Kitchen, Level 1, 27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
High Tea at Woodman Estate, Mornington Peninsula
Go the extra mile and take dad on a road trip to Mornington Peninsula for a relaxing afternoon break.
It might just be an hour fom the city, but it'll feel world's away at this luxury country hotel. Sundays is the day to indulge in its signature afternoon high tea. It's three tiers of finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and decadent beverages.
Website: Woodman Estate
Address: 136 Graydens Rd, Moorooduc, Victoria
Deal: Book high tea for two with French champagne at Woodman Estate for $250. This deal is unavailable on Father's Day, but is available all other weekends, which might be a blessing as it's bound to be a quieter day out.
High Tea at Yering Meadows Golf Club, Yering
If you're searching for a decadent high tea with decadent views but not the price tag, Yering Meadows Golf Club has it all.
This Father's Day its hosting a special high tea for him complete with smoked salmon, cucumber and lemon cream cheese sandwiches, beef and red wine pie, walnut brownies and scones and jam.
High tea is priced at $35 per person, though if it sounds like dad might want something a little more filling on the day, Yering Meadows is also hosting buffet and carvery lunch for $55 per lunch.
Website: Yering Meadows Golf Club
Address: 178 - 180 Victoria Road, Yering, Victoria
Father's Day buffet in Melbourne
Melba Restaurant, CBD
Housed within the luxury Langham hotel in Melbourne is where you'll find one of the most opulent buffet options for dad on his big day.
Among the succulent roasts, grilled meats and seafood platters you'll find Queensland Champagne lobster, Jack Daniels barbecue ribs, sticky date pudding with butterscotch.
Hungry? He won't be once he's devoured all these delicious morsels.
Website: Melba Restaurant
Address: 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
Collins Kitchen in the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne CBD
Whether you're spoiling him with an all-you-can eat breakfast, an exquisite high tea or a fulfilling dinner, Collins Kitchen has it all.
Brekky here is ideal for early risers. Starting at 6am it's been awarded the Best Breakfast award by Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide three years running and is destined to impress.
For later risers, afternoon tea runs from 3:30pm-6:30pm and dinner starts at 6pm.
Website: Collins Kitchen
Address: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne
Lazy Sundays deserved to be spent with over long brunches and if you agree than no35 has you sorted.
Located within the Sofitel hotel in Melbourne's CBD, fill up on views of the cityscape as well as a buffet of fresh seafood and premium roasted meats.
Don't forget to remind him to leave room for dessert, because there will be heaps of that available, too.
Address: Level 35, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
Sky High, Mount Dandenong
Feel the need to get out of the city? Spend a day with dad in the Dandenong Ranges and treat him to pristine views of the natural landscape and buffet meals day long.
That's right. Day. Long.
For this day and occasion specially, Sky High is offering buffet breakfasts and buffet lunches across its upper and lower floors. Think full English breakfasts to start your day off and a smorgasbord of hot and cold dishes, carveries and desserts to keep his energy levels up.
Website: Sky High
Address: 26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria
Father's Day lunch deals
Father’s Day gift ideas
While lunch might seem like it’s a present enough, it comes as standard that you should never arrive to the party empty handed. Here are a few Father’s Day gift ideas to bring with you.