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The best wheelchair accessible restaurants in Melbourne

Which venues tick all the boxes for every visitor?

By Kaitlyn Plyley |
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Bang Bang at the Rifle Club
Photograph: Andrew Hobbs

Melbourne’s restaurant scene does a lot of things right, but wheelchair accessibility isn’t always one of them. With our fêted laneway culture comes uneven cobbled lanes, narrow or nonexistent footpaths, tiny holes-in-the-wall, and venues hidden up flights of stairs… It’s not great if you’ve got wheels or limited mobility. We’ve compiled a list of the ten best accessible restaurants in Melbourne, with a side-order of five accessible bars we think you’ll enjoy. Every venue listed here includes an accessible toilet, naturally.

Wheelchair accessible restaurants in Melbourne

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Fried balls at Bang Bang at the Rifle Club
Restaurants, Fusion

Bang Bang at the Rifle Club

icon-location-pin Elsternwick

This leafy canteen holds a special place on the list because not only do they serve up great Thai fusion, but go the extra mile with accessibility built into the restaurant’s $2 million renovation. Bang Bang’s online functions kit even includes a useful map for pre-visit research, detailing the locations of ramp access, accessible toilet, types of seating, and weather protection for this indoor/outdoor crowd-pleaser.

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Lounge at DInner by Heston
Photograph: Supplied
Restaurants

Dinner by Heston

icon-location-pin Southbank

It’s appropriate that an ultra-modern restaurant should be accessible to modern diners of any mobility. Located on the third floor of Crown Towers, Dinner by Heston benefits from the complex’s lift access throughout. Inside, the restaurant is completely step-free. Only the Chef’s Table, a semi-circle booth with a view of the kitchen, is inaccessible to powerchair users to take in the view with their companions.

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Food at Park st
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Restaurants, Italian

Park St Dining

icon-location-pin Brunswick East

Bordered by a broad cycling path and abutting a playground, Park Street delivers on its commitment to community-friendly practice. It’s step-free and has comfortable aisles between the rows of tables, plus this friendly inner north establishment has lots of options for indoor and outdoor seating. They’ve ensured their ethical standards extend beyond the food and into the community.

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People sitting inside restaurant at Supernormal
Restaurants, Asian

Supernormal

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This buzzing, Asian-inspired diner features a spiral staircase down into their private dining room for exclusive functions, but there is also lift access to the lower level. The main area at street level has a step-free entrance from Flinders Lane, where you can join the perennial queue for a table at this popular spot. Consider an early bird special to take advantage of the fact that they take bookings until 5.30pm.

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Cutler and Co
Restaurants

Cutler and Co

icon-location-pin Fitzroy

Located inside a renovated factory, Cutler and Co gives you ample floor space to socialise. A small dining section up the back is elevated by a single step, but everywhere else is smoothly level with Gertrude Street. Low lighting soothes the eyes, while the music is turned up just loud enough to remind you it’s after work hours and you can do whatever you like.

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Marion Wine Bar
Photograph: Sean Dwyer
Bars, Wine bars

Marion

icon-location-pin Fitzroy

Rolling up Gertrude Street’s quaint, cobbled kerb ramp and into Marion’s narrow rooms feels as natural as ordering that second glass of red. With low, two-seater tables lined up against exposed brick, you can expect to get intimate with the people sitting next to you. The dining space wraps around into two front rooms, split by a thick wall, with the benefit that the other patrons’ spirited conversations don’t overwhelm yours.

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Inside at Annam
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Restaurants, Vietnamese

Annam

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Enter Little Bourke Street where it meets Punch Lane for the nearest kerb ramp, and two doors down you’ll find this casually cool Vietnamese joint. There is a slight lip from the footpath to the narrow front door, but once inside it’s a spacious dining room with tables to tuck your knees under while you tuck into some squid ink cuttlefish with Szechuan chilli salt.

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Person cooking at Sunda
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Restaurants

Sunda

icon-location-pin Melbourne

Punch Lane’s finest dining experience offers step-free access at street level, but unfortunately no lift access to their mezzanine for functions and events. When booking it’s best to request the lower level so you aren’t seated upstairs.

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Pork in broth with egg at Long Chim
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Restaurants, Thai

Long Chim

icon-location-pin Southbank

Enter via the Crown complex (the restaurant entrance from Yarra Promenade involves steps) and heat up your night with Thai street food served in a prime riverside location. Long Chim has an upstairs section that is only accessible by stairs, so when making a reservation make sure to advise of your accessibility needs.

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People eating inside at Maha
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Restaurants

Maha

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Maha is a sensory experience, beginning with the automatic door you touch to open and the gleaming golden tactiles at the top of the stairs. A sub-basement location means yeah, you’ll have to ask staff to come upstairs and operate the service lift for you. Downstairs, though, effort has gone into creating an atmosphere where you can relax and hear yourself think while you inhale the rich Middle Eastern aromas.

Just want a drink?

People enjoying drinks at Fitzroy rooftop bar Naked in the Sky
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars

Wheelchair accessible bars in Melbourne

Melbourne’s bar scene is legendary, but wheelchair accessibility isn’t always top of the list of design features for venues situated in cobbled lanes, down narrow or nonexistent footpaths, inside tiny holes-in-the-wall, and hidden up flights of stairs. But when you're after a drink in this city of great booze, these venues are easy to access.

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