Australia's cultural capital has more grazing holes than you can poke a stick at. Make one of them the destination to take your 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 and give him a right royal meal at one of these top Melbourne restaurants or cafés.
Father's Day lunch in Melbourne CBD
Lucy Liu, Melbourne CBD
Family and friends come together over searing share plates and Asian flavours at Lucy Liu.
First orders are taken at 11am and don't stop until late. It's a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!
Think freshly shucked oysters and Thai fish cakes for nibbles; Crispy pork buns and Peking duck dumplings before midday; and Korean style crispy pork hock and fried barramundi to fill whatever space he has left in his stomach.
Address: 23 Oliver Lane, Melbourne
Mjolner, Melbourne CBD
Dropping with Scandinavian sophistication from its crisp wooden tables and charcoal dinner sets, Mjolner is for the "cool" dad who prides quality as well as quantity in his meals.
There will be little shortage of room in the upstairs restaurant, which can seat 80, though if you find yourself waiting for a seat you're more than welcome to head into the basement speakeasy bar for a drink or two before tucking into the cuisine.
Address: Ground Floor, 106 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
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 à la carte menu in the dining room is open from noon until 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 but 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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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
Supernormal Canteen, St Kilda
Transport him to the busy streets of Tokyo where there's a constant buzz in the air and seafood is heroed in every other dish.
Make yours a snack of typhoon shelter school prawns or skip ahead to warming wonders like sweet corn congee with smoked butter and nori and twice cooked duck leg.
Can't decide? Treat him to the banquet meal for an eight-course selection of Supernormal's most popular offerings. Pair it all with an Asahi beer or umeshu spritz and you can leave confident that Father's Day was a complete success.
Address: 2/157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
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 and sashimi with pristine views of Port Phillip Bay.
Website: Ichi Ni
Address: 12 The Esplanade 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
Yarra, Southbank and Prahran
Wilson & Market, South Yarra
Casual meets classy at this modern Australian outlet where the ingredients are fresh and the plating is masterful.
The market's finest fish meets pasture-fed fillets on the menu and cocktails that won't cost you the earth, though dad doesn't have to know that.
Treat him to lunch then stick around until 4pm for happy hour. It's what we'd do, too.
Address: 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Park Street Pasta, Southbank
If fancy is not Dad's style, this neighbourhood gem doesn't disappoint. The fare is Italian, the atmosphere is warm and the service is friendly.
Dishes are humble but flavoursome, reminiscent of "mama's home cooked meal" and you have the option for your own pasta dish or a meatier meal to share.
But only if you want.
Address: 268 Park Street, South Melbourne
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 à 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 to 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
Cutler & Co., Fitzroy
Housed within an old metalworks factory, Cutler & Co. is a topnotch fine dining venue with a personality.
Its menu options are opulent, ranging from chefs and sommeliers' selections where you put the experts behind the wheel, to an à la carte menu of no more than four options per meal (ie, entree, main, salad, dessert).
If dad's a believer that it's better to be great at one thing than good at many, he has to pay a visit to Cutler & Co.
Address: 55–57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
No Father’s Day lunch list would be complete without Huxtaburger. The burger joint has 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. 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 fit for a king.
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 your dad 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
High tea at Westin Melbourne, CBD
Seat him in one of the Westin's plush club chairs and prep him for an afternoon where he can unwind over potfuls of tea and stacks upon stacks of sweets and savoury delights.
All packages come with bottomless coffees or teas and servings are available from 11am to 4pm daily.
Address: 205 Collins Street, Melbourne
Alluvial Restaurant at the InterContinental, CBD
Set within an undercover laneway (how very Melbourne), Alluvial belongs to one of the most distinctive buildings in the city: The Rialto.
Its high teas are an intimate experience, comprising of 5 sessions per day, seating a maximum of 10 people each.
Not your standard three-tier snack, there's a full-blown three-course meal with bubbles, sandwiches for starters, heavier mains and scones to polish it all off.
That is, before you start going to town at the dessert cart. Yes, CART.
Address: 470 Flinders Lane, 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 from the city, but it'll feel worlds away at this luxury country hotel. Sunday 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.
The weekends are where high teas take centre stage. Available from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, they include a selection of sandwiches, scones and jam, desserts and bottomless tea and coffee.
High tea is priced at $45 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 $60 per person.
Website: Yering Meadows Golf Club
Address: 178–180 Victoria Road, Yering, Victoria
Father's Day buffet in Melbourne
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 and starts 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 to 6:30pm and dinner starts at 6pm.
Address: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne
Mesh Crown Melbourne, Southbank
Dad a bottomless pit? He'll appreciate Mesh.
Housed within Crown Melbourne, it's a family-friendly environment with a buffet selection that is impressive to say the least. Expect freshly carved meats, fresh seafood and more than a handful of desserts destined to be scoffed down by all.
The Sunday seafood buffet runs from midday to 3pm, costs $69.50 per adult and comes with 4 hours of parking and free flowing sparkling.
Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, 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 steaks, roast meats and seafood platters you'll find chilled lobster, sticky bourbon barbeque pork ribs and tequila and lime rotisserie chicken.
Hungry? He won't be once he's devoured all these delicious morsels.
Website: Melba Restaurant
Address: 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
Lazy Sundays deserved to be spent over long brunches and if you agree then 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 all 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
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