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The Best Restaurants for Your Next Long Lunch in Melbourne

Round up a crew and settle in for an afternoon of leisurely lunching at one of these glamorous long lunch in Melbourne venues.

Botanical Hotel

Time is not of the essence. So clear your schedule, because we’re going to lunch.

We’re talking luxurious, languorous and long, with service and a lengthy wine list to match. Melbourne is rife with restaurants that are open from noon til late, allowing you to properly catch up and converse as waves of great food and drinks keep rolling across the table in front of you. From glitzy European bistros to cosy wine bars serving small plates with big flavours, these are the best places in Melbourne to book a long lunch with the gang.

Botanical Hotel

Botanical Hotel

Botanical Hotel may be one of the most underrated places to have a long lunch in Melbourne - and one of the best. This spot in South Yarra is perfect all year round; sit out the front and soak up the sun while you sip on cocktails and share a meal with your friends, or cosy up next to the fireplace in the winter with your hot date. The food here is also phenomenal, with oysters shucked to order and fresh produce galore. You need to try the angel hair pasta with spanner crab and the dry aged duck breast - trust us, you won't regret it. And with an impressive wine wall spanning across one side of the restaurant, you'll be sitting and sipping all afternoon long.

169 Domain Road, South Yarra

Pier Farm

Pier Farm 

A new Amalfi-inspired summer menu combined with Pier Farm's breathtaking harbour views? Yes, please and thank you!

Pier Farm makes for one truly special waterfront dining setting; a perfect fit for special occasion and weekend long lunching, with family and friends alike. 

Expect a stylish line up of seafood delights on its newly revamped a-la-carte menu, just in time for sun-soaked summer sessions spent bayside. 

Williamstown's waterfront hero is leaning into the iconic flavours of the Mediterranean coast, powered, as always, by the freshest local produce. Think droolworthy seafood pastas like prawn spaghetti (plus, a crab ravioli special worth begging for), woodfired pizzas blistered to perfection, and a stellar entrée line up of kingfish crudo, calamari fritti and antipasto. There's always an excellent catch of the day, too - and a rather fetching Bombe Alaska for dessert. 

Tuesday to Sunday, lunch service 12.00pm to 3.00pm, dinner service 5.30 to 9.00pm

34 The Strand, Williamstown

Hazel Melbourne


Aleksis Kalnins has hopped aboard as new Head Chef at Hazel in the city, having previously spent four years at Head Chef at Matilda 159 in South Yarra. His thoughtful take on Hazel's vision is a must-try long lunch in Melbourne's CBD. 

Gather the girls and fall in love with their oysters with nasturtium, housemade charcuterie, beef tartare, and the aged cheddar with brioche, which is melt-in-your-mouth perfection. The wood roasted pork belly, with charred leek and wild garlic is vibrant and comforting, best paired with the lemony kipfler potatoes and simple farm leaf and radish salad.

Tuesday, 5.30pm to 10.00pm

Wednesday to Saturday, 12.00pm to 3.00pm, 5.30pm to 10.00pm

164 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Farmer's Daughters

Respected Melbourne chef Alejandro Saravia has brought his vision to establish an embassy for Gippsland in the heart of the CBD. All areas of the striking three-level Farmer's Daughters champion the true essence of Gippsland, celebrating the diversity and richness of produce from the region. You'll find the restaurant on the middle floor, where the food is more formal; best suited to long business lunches, formal dinners, and special occasions. The open kitchen is fuelled by charcoal and wood, bringing a sense of theatre to the rustic yet elegant dining room.

Open daily, 11.30am until late

6/80 Collins Street, Melbourne

Pepe's Italian and Liquor

Pepe’s Italian and Liquor

An Italian restaurant with a New York soul. Pepe’s Italian and Liquor pays homage to the great restaurants of the mid-20th century in New York and Melbourne, with its moody, luxe interiors, high ceilings and an extensive cocktail list from yesteryear. Sit down, settle in and prepare to swill and slurp to your heart’s content. Start with plates of mortadella, casino clams or polpette al sugo and slowly work your way across to their selection of classic Italian American dishes like the hard-to-beat spicy rigatoni alla vodka. 

Open daily, 12.00pm until late

275-285 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 

Builders Arms Hotel

Builders Arms Hotel

This landmark watering hole is a staple on Fitzroy’s iconic Gertrude Street. If you want top notch food in a sophisticated dining environment with local pub charm, Builders Arms is the spot. It's the perfect place for a relaxed long lunch in Melbourne with friends or family that will make you feel like you’re sitting around a kitchen dining table with a few bottles of great wine.

Feast on seasonal share plates such as whipped cod roe and flat bread, Spencer Gulf king prawns, curry leaf and curry butter or whole flounder and finish up with an affogato with your choice of Whisky, Nocello or Baileys.

Daily, 12.00pm to 11.00pm

211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Carlton Wine Room

Carlton Wine Room

Carlton Wine Room’s mission is simple: to serve food that works with wine. And this is something they do exceptionally well. Head to the beautiful, light filled dining room with a group of friends for one of the best long lunches in Melbourne and prepare to watch the afternoon sun turn to dusk in front of your very eyes, as you clink glasses and pick at shared plates that change with the seasons.

Tuesday to Thursday, 3.00pm to 11.00pm

Friday to Monday, 12..00pm to 11.00pm 

172-174 Faraday Street, Carlton

Gimlet at Cavendish House

Gimlet at Cavendish House

Fêted restaurateur Andrew McConnell’s (Supernormal, Marion, Cumulus Inc) Gimlet is a study in elegant excess. Located in the art deco Cavendish House, this isn’t the kind of place to dine quickly and dip, because you’ll want to take time to enjoy the excellent food, décor and service. Be transported to another era via soaring ceilings, French marble bars, shiny chandeliers and deep burgundy booths, and settle in for the long haul as you order top notch seafood and steaks cooked on their woodfire grill. Keep the drinks coming from the cocktail bar and before you know it, hours will have flown by.

Open daily, 12.00pm until late

33 Russell Street, Melbourne

Di Stasio Citta

Di Stasio Citta

If there’s anyone that knows how to properly do a long lunch in Melbourne, it’s the Italians. Di Stasio’s no-expense-spared CBD outpost offers not only impeccable food but a big hitting wine list, personality-driven service and high art meets brutalist décor. Twirl your fork around slippery prawn linguine and pillowy four cheese gnocchi, and before you know it you’ll be saying “why not, let’s go for a whole bottle”. Sitting on a prime stretch Spring Street, Citta’s is a favourite for long, boozy business lunches and some light after work mischief.

Open: 11.30am until late daily

45 Spring Street, Melbourne



This restaurant is a household name when it comes to long lunching in Melbourne. A proper Parisian brasserie transplanted in the heart of South Yarra, France-Soir is the darling of the Melbourne dining scene and one the best French restaurants in town. Close-set, linen draped tables are filled from noon to midnight with long business lunches, romantic dates and rockstar regulars. Native French waiters weave around the round pouring from their cellar of over 3,000 fine wines, engaging in charming chit chat and serving bistro classics like steak frites, escargot in garlic butter and confit duck. 

Open daily, 12.00pm until late

11 Toorak Road, South Yarra



This aesthetically pleasing French bistro is made for all day dining, be it in their provincial garden-inspired courtyard, relaxed brasserie or lavish main dining room. Kick off proceedings in style with an ice cold martini or champagne and caviar bumps, before moving onto their menu of fine French classics. There’s cheesy gougères and garlicky escargot to snack on, but they’re best known for their signature steak frites – a hefty portion of grass-fed Black Angus steak lathered in buttery tarragon sauce and served with zingy salad and fries.

Open daily, 12.00pm until late

142-144 Greville Street, Prahran 



An iconic restaurant for Melburnians and visitors alike. The sunlit dining room at Stokehouse is the perfect setting for modern Australian cuisine. With exceptional views of the sea and relaxed fine dining charm, it’s no surprise diners like to linger longer at Stokehouse. With dishes that explore the freshest regional produce and of course, stunning seafood, you and your crew will have no trouble whiling away the hours in the dining room. Enjoy unparalleled ocean views and soak up the restaurant’s beachy-luxe interior as you pass around oysters and toast to all that is good in life.

Open daily, 12.00pm until late

30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

Chancery Lane

Chancery Lane Bistro 

Catering to the midweek inner city crowd and business power lunchers, the eminently fancy Chancery Lane is open from noon on Tuesdays to Fridays. With an opulent yet moody interior – think lots of marble, brass and gold detailing– this is your setting for gorgeously reimagined European classics. Start in style with caviar and buckwheat blini (plus all the classic condiments), before moving onto fresh seafood or a charcuterie platter. From there, it’s a choose your own adventure between premium grilled meat, modernised French favourites and dainty desserts.

Tuesday to Friday, 12.00pm until 10.00pm

Saturday, 6.00pm until 10.00pm

430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Cumulus Inc (Image Credit: Roberto Pettinau)

Cumulus Inc.

A light-filled contemporary eatery serving up award-winning fare, Cumulus Inc. is well-loved within the Melbourne foodie scene. Acclaimed chef Andrew McConnell is a jack-of-all-trades, plating up deceptively simple breakfasts and a completely sophisticated yet wholesome lunch. Make sure you wander upstairs to sister bar Cumulus Up for one of its signature cocktails afterwards. 

Open daily, 12.00pm to 11.00pm

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 

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