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

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.

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.

Read more | Show on map

Maha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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.

Read more | Show on map

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.

Read more | Show on map

Huxtable, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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.

Read more | Show on map

Albert St Food & Wine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Albert St Food & Wine

Feast on local, organic produce and a range of Mediterranean and 'romantically seasonal' dishes at this inner-city eatery.

Read more | Show on map

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.

Read more | Show on map

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.

Read more | Show on map

Stokehouse City, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Stokehouse City

The iconic Stokehouse has relocated its beach shack glamour to an elegant abode in the CBD's Alfred Place while its beachside digs are being rebuilt.

Read more | Show on map

Epocha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Take in views of Carlton Gardens and sample an elegant menu of shared, seasonal European favourites. Hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

Read more | Show on map

Best restaurants

Visit wineries

Pub grub