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.
Melbourne CBD + Southbank and Docklands
The Terrace Restaurant, Melbourne CBD
The name of today’s game is Americana and share plates. Terrace Restaurant is located inside The Mantra Hotel on Exhibition St and boasts platters of tapas and Americana fodder on top of burgers, wraps and his beloved pub grub. On a budget? No worries. The restaurant offers $10 lunch specials. Bless.
Address: Ground Floor, Mantra on the Park, 333 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Website: The Terrace Restaurant
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.
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
Table Lamp, Melbourne CBD
Excite his tastebuds and his adventurous stomach at Table Lamp. The menu features Asian classics like five spice Wagyu beef and twice cooked pork belly with new surprises like basil corn fritters and green tea creme brulee.
Address: Level 1, 280 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Website: Table Lamp
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 open for express lunches ($49) on weekdays and while it’s not open for lunch on Father’s Day, dinner commences at 5:30pm. Start early and go long. That’s an order.
Address: 43 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Website: Punch Lane
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Olive Garden Cafe and Grill, St Kilda
For families who can’t quite agree on the cuisine they’d like to sump on, Olive Garden Cafe is the answer. Its cuisine of choice? International. From Asian to Italian, Olive Garden caters for all and does it exceptionally, if we do say so ourselves.
Address: B101/21 Inkerman St, St Kilda
Website: Olive Garden Cafe and Grill
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.
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. That, and a free beer for dad. True story.
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 he’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
On the fancier side of Father’s Day is Huxtable. This restaurant is a breakfast/lunch/dinner joint that blends fun with food and dabbles in the cuisines of Asia, Europe and the Americas. Sit by the bar to witness the chefs at work and have a little chat with them while you’re at it.
Address: 131 Smith Street, Fitzroy
The Commoner is all about seasonally-driven modern British dishes. The produce used is as local as it can be and the dishes are designed to be shared, so you won’t have to worry about getting #foodenvy. Wood-roasted (lamb/pork/beef/chicken) Sundays happen most weeks so we’ve an inkling dad will be in for a treat on his special Sunday.
Website: The Commoner
Address: 122 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
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.
Website: Lee Ho Fook
Address: 92 Smith Street, Collingwood
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.