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The best long lunches in Melbourne

The long lunch is an institution, a luxury, and just about as good as eating out can get

Photograph: Daniel Boud

Revel in the long lunch. It's the kind of occasion where deals are made, life milestones are celebrated, and champagne is called for. The best spots in Melbourne hit all the right notes when it comes to lavishness (just enough) and quality of the lunch menu. Continue the celebration elsewhere at Melbourne's best wine bars and cap the night off at a whisky bar

Long lunch spots in Melbourne


Cutler and Co

4 out of 5 stars

The tasting menu can be a many-hour affair of delicate textures and flavours, but such is the potential for good times within the powerhouse wine list and a menu offering a 1.1-kilo rib-eye steak.

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Café Di Stasio

4 out of 5 stars

Legendary 108-year-old Galatoire’s Restaurant in New Orleans has an expression: ‘doing the turn’, aka, accepting that lunch will become dinner. And we’d turn on a dime at Ronnie Di Stasio’s little Italian art-house.

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St Kilda


4 out of 5 stars

Start on the front terrace with a dry Spanish white wine or a Campari and soda. Then move to the antique-filled dining room for venison carpaccio, salads, whole fish and everything from the dessert trolley.

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Chris's Beacon Point Restaurant

It’s the sandstone and wood treehouse restaurant pitched up a hill overlooking Apollo Bay, with a menu that nods towards Greece. Get out of town, eat lunch till it’s dark and then sleep over in one of the cabins.

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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