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Table of food at The Mayfair
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Power lunches in Melbourne

Here are all the best places for schmoozing, scheming, wheelin' and dealin'

By Time Out editors
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The long lunch seems to have fallen by the wayside when it comes to appropriate business conduct. But that doesn't mean that there aren't still plenty of places for a high-rollin' lunchtime outing and pretending to be in the film Wall Street

If business isn't done, why don't you check out one of Melbourne's best bars or head to one of our favourite pubs?

Melbourne power lunch spots

Table of food at The Mayfair
Photograph: Graham Denholm

The Mayfair

Restaurants European Melbourne

This New York-style supper club is now open for lunch. Start on cocktails made by our 2017 Bartender of the Year, Joe Jones, and graduate to a spanner crab crumpet, share the coq au vin and mop it up with a side of pommes frites. It’s called classic for a reason. Migrate back to the bar if business isn’t done yet. You won’t be sorry.

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Restaurants Southbank

This steakhouse was designed for power lunching. Between the sharp service, the impressive wine list, the most diligently sourced and aged meats in Australia and generous room between the tables, Rockpool is the ideal venue for wheeling and dealing. Chances are you'll brush shoulders with celebrities visiting Melbourne, as this is a favourite for all those famous types. Take advantage of the private rooms for sensitive business.

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Grossi Florentino

Restaurants Melbourne

For high-flying classic Italian with all the trimmings, head to this Paris-end favourite that is as good to eat at as it is to be seen at. You might be among old society folk who make a business out of lunch, but that’s how you know you’re in the right place. Pasta is the natural order of the day, but don’t overlook the suckling pig. If you need to head back to the office after your spot of business, two courses and bottomless sparkling water is $65 a head. Winning.

Natural History

Restaurants American Melbourne

It might not seem the most natural venue to host a high-roller, but when business needs to get done, the three-martini lunches paired with oysters are a sure way to break the ice. Food may read like classic Americana, but dishes been updated and finessed by the fine hand of Morgan McGlone. The fit-out is a little quirky, so choose this venue if you’d like to present with some edge.

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Saxe

Restaurants Melbourne

If you’re mixing business with pleasure on a time crunch, Saxe is your jam. It offers two- or three-course set lunches and can get you fed, signed and delivered in the space of an hour. You’re in the legal end of the city, so everyone’s too caught up in their own business to listen in on yours. Don’t go past the pork skin crackers affectionately named ‘snap, crackle and pop'.

Supernormal

Restaurants Asian Melbourne

It used to be the hottest restaurant you couldn’t get into, but luckily it now takes bookings. The décor and menu read like a casual affair, but the reality is anything but. Coupled with a smart beverage offering, it’s the ideal venue to host creatives. Bring someone who is prepared to eat with their hands as much as they are with cutlery. Snacks, buns and flatbreads are best enjoyed with abandon.

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Tonka

Restaurants Melbourne

The sea of suits in Tonka means business. Its close proximity to 101 Collins might have something to do with it, but it’s not just the financial district that likes to entertain here. The bold flavours and interesting textures keep formal meetings engaging, but it’s the bright, light open space and discreet service style that makes it a go-to for anyone with a corporate credit card.

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