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.
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Sassy.x, West Melbourne
Treat your dad to an indulgent brunch or an Italian feast at one of West Melbourne's newest restaurants, Sassy X. Some of the restaurant's stand-out dishes include the blue swimmer crab sliders and pan-friend sweet potato gnocchi.
Is your mouth watering yet?
Choose from the Father's Day lunch, where there's a full brunch menu on offer plus a free juice, coffee or beer and gift pack for Dad, or a four-course set menu dinner. Don't worry - the dinner also includes a gift pack plus free wine or beer for Dad.
Address: 9 Dryburgh Street, West Melbourne
Book your Father's Day meal at Sassy.x
Looking for something a bit different than a steak and chips for Dad? Treat him to an indulgent four-course fine, Indian dining meal at Atta.
With a solid 4.8/5 rating on Zomato, you know both you and dad are in for a treat.
While the menu is still being crafted, some of the tantalising dishes the restaurant is known for include samosas, lamb chennai and a the popular sikandari ran - 16-hour sous vide leg of lamb.
Address: 159-161 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park
Book your meal at Atta Restaurant now
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
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
Brunswick, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Abbotsford
Ciao Mamma!, Brunswick
For any carb-loving dad, this is an Italian feast not to miss: four courses for lunch or dinner complete with a free glass of wine or beer for Dad.
Choose from dishes like an antipasto plate arancini balls to start, followed by a pasta choice like lamb ragu, mamma's meatballs. The star of the show is the slow-roasted pork to share (with a vegetarian option also available).
If you have room leftover after all of that, there's panna cotta, tiramisu or nutella mousse to finish things off.
Address: 3 Union Street, Brunswick
Book your Father's Day meal at Ciao Mamma!
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
Melbourne Suburbs and Surrounds
Brunch at Aunt Billies Cafe, Blackburn
This Eastern Mediterranean-inspired brunch menu features shakshuka, a Mediterranean plate (complete with haloumi, labne and sujuk sausage) and a 12-hour lamb shoulder.
There's only four time slots available for brunch at this joint, so book in quick to get your preferred time. Choose from 7:30am-9am, 9:15am-10:45am, 11am-12:30pm or 12:45pm-2:10pm.
Address: 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn
Book your Father's Day meal at Aunt Billies
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