The World's Longest Lunch, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Ben King
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Long lunches

Linger over long lunches in Melbourne. You know the lunches we're talking about: the kind that start with good intentions and end with sundowners.

Lunch is a great time to check out the latest oh-so-hot-can't-get-a-table eateries. Many of Melbourne's best restaurants open offer fixed-price and Sunday lunch specials. It's often a great deal: it's easier to book, there's no queuing, and no having to vacate the table for a second shift of diners.

Pubs too are a perfect choice for the long lunch that leads into the Sunday session or at least the decision to not return to the office. And pubs with a view – well, there's no good reason to leave before the sun goes down.  

Out of town, wineries were made for long lunches. Designate someone else as driver and spend quality time at Victoria's many winery eateries.

Check out the list below of some of our favourite restaurants and pubs for languorous lunches in Melbourne. Remember, the hallmark of a great long lunch is leaving as the staff set up for dinner.

Hellenic Republic Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hellenic Republic Kew

Like the Brunswick original, this Colombaris taverna serves up simple, fresh, authentic Greek dishes along with a range of Hellenic wines and ouzos.

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Maha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Maha

Get your fill of top-shelf Middle Eastern cuisine at Shane Delia's Maha in the city, winner of a chef's hat from The Age Good Food Guide.

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The Grace Darling, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

The Grace Darling Hotel

Make yourself cosy at your local away from home, where the staff are pleasing, the claypot chicken parma is reliably comforting, and the music is as loud as you like it.

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Saint Crispin, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saint Crispin

Make an ordinary night a special occasion at Smith Street's Saint Crispin, much-lauded winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide.

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The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Courthouse Hotel

Try the lunch specials or the monthly BYO at the acclaimed Courthouse Hotel, which looks deceptively pub-like despite serving fine French-style fare.

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Mirka at Tolarno Hotel, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Mirka at Tolarno Hotel

Bite into Melbourne cultural history at Mirka at Tolarno Hotel, the landmark St Kilda building boasting Mirka Mora's mural and fine European fare.

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The Local Taphouse, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

The Local Taphouse

Find beer lovers' nirvana with a wide range of rare brews to be supped from armchairs and Chesterfields, and gastro pub style fare in the dining room.

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Cafe Di Stasio, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Café Di Stasio

Discover the magic of Café di Stasio, winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide and in Australian Gourmet Traveller's top 30.

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Huxtable, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Huxtable

A happy recipient of a chef's hat from The Age Good Food Guide, Huxtable is an inspired mix of retro, Asian, European and Mod-Oz flavours.

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Cutler & Co, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cutler & Co.

Winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide and ranked number seven by Australian Gourmet Traveller, McConnell knows his game.

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The Commoner, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

The Commoner

Visit The Commoner for uplifting, seasonal, produce-driven fare, and the famous Sunday roast made by the common folk heading the rustic food trend.

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Albert St Food & Wine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Albert St Food & Wine

Choose from Mediterranean and 'romantically seasonal' dishes at this inner city eatery recommended by Australian Gourmet Traveller.

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