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CBD lunch guide: Long lunches

For Fridays, or the days where your wallet feels a little too heavy

Christine Francis

Grab that company credit card and a bunch of your co-workers, 'cause these lunch venues call for a big blowout. If you're not in the CBD, check out our guide to Melbourne's best lunches, or make it easy with our round-up of Melbourne's best burgers.

Best long lunches in Melbourne


The European

You’d be forgiven in mistaking the European for actually being in Europe, as the set-up could be a page straight out of France. Find classic bistro dishes next to a Euro-leaning wine list. And be prepared to peel back some hundreds between the food and the wine. 

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Cumulus Inc

Cumulus Inc. is open for breakfast, so if you want to start your boozy lunch before midday, head right on in. Cocktails here are no afterthought so start with a martini to accompany your oyster line-up and save the bottles for the main event. 

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Pei Modern

It may be intended to be like a bistro, but Pei Modern has dishes with quite a few tricks up their sleeves to deliver you the most satisfying of long lunches. Ainslie Lubbock’s wine list features the quirky and the classics in one small book.

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Il Bacaro

This long-standing tribute to Italy is the ultimate venue for the long, boozy lunch, especially when it has to be a power lunch. The wine list demands careful attention, and if you’re nice enough, they let you stay to finish that last bottle between services.

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More of Melbourne's best meals

The best lunches in Melbourne

Here's to sandwiches, champagne and Sunday roasts. Lunch, we salute you and all of your delicious possibilities.

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By: Time Out editors