10 of the best restaurants in Melbourne for Father's Day on any budget

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Father’s Day is just around the corner.

What better way to celebrate your Dad than by taking him to a fantastic restaurant and treating him to a delicious meal?

Here are 10 of the best restaurants in Melbourne to take Dad for Father’s Day, whether you’re saving or are ready to splurge.

If you’re on a tight budget

The Builders Arms Hotel, Fitzroy


The courtyard rotisserie will be pumping out a classic British roast for dad on Father’s Day.

The lunch special includes a beef rump roast for $34, with ale glazed carrots, beef fat potatoes and Yorkshire puddings.

Other menu additions for Father’s Day will be a truffle mac and cheese special for $15, and a two-course kids menu for $25.

The regular menu will be available too.

The best part — dad’s first pot of beer is on the house.

211 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
03 9417 7700

400 Gradi, Various locations

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While the classic margherita verace pizza comes with San Marzano tomato, fior di latte, basil and extra virgin olive oil is great, don’t go past the salumi plate or a bowl of spaghettini pasta with spanner crab, garlic, chilli, zucchini, cherry tomato, white wine and lobster bisque.

Dad will also be treated to a complimentary 4 Pines beer upon arrival.

Make sure you and dad save room for dessert though, as there’s a salted caramel peanut semifreddo, chocolate ganache and peanut brittle, and a honey panna cotta in a dark chocolate sphere served with a mixed berry coulis, honeycomb, fresh berries and white chocolate soil, as well as a hearty cheese platter.

Brunswick, Essendon, Crown Casino, Eastland
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Up In Smoke, Footscray

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Come for the American-style, charred, smoky meats like the barbecue sauce-glazed pork ribs, free range chicken or beef brisket, stay for the decadent desserts like the spiced pumpkin and burnt meringue tart, the doughnut ice cream sandwich, or the chocolate waffle with white chocolate sauce and chocolate ripple ice cream.

They only take bookings for groups of 5 or more, so book for the whole family, or get in early to grab a table if you have less in your party than that.

28 Hopkins St
Footscray VIC 3011
03 9689 8188

Munich Brauhaus, South Wharf

Serving up a range of hearty Bavarian fare like pork belly and knuckle, schnitzels and sausages, this massive 900-seat restaurant is the perfect place to take dad for a no-frills feed.

Dad will get a free 300ml beer too.

What’s more, kids eat free all day on Sundays, and there’s a kids games room including pool, table tennis, arcade games, and face painting, and the Munich Farm Haus where kids can feed and play with lambs, rabbits, goats, and chickens.

If you’re lucky, you’ll be serenaded while you eat by the traditional Oompah band, and happy hour is from 4 – 7pm, with $5 beer, house wine, basic spirits and $1 chicken wings.

45 South Wharf Promenade
South Wharf VIC 3006
1300 686 424

If you can’t splurge too much, but still want to show Dad a great time

Feast of Merit, Richmond

This joint is perfect for Dads who love their Middle Eastern cuisine.

The menu is mainly tapas-driven, with a bunch of small share plates like bibbeh which are mozarella croquettes with pinenuts, raisins, and garlic aioli, ahtapot which is octopus, sucuk, parsley, and lemon, and peynir — a squeaky, sweet, and savoury dish of grilled haloumi, fig, honey, and pistachio.

Order a few main plates to share like the inek baharat spice-rubbed beef cheek with artichoke, pickled onion and radish, the market fish or the tavuk fried chicken, carrot & mint salad, and shatta (Middle Eastern hot sauce).

Don’t go past the lokma doughnuts with honey, or the muhalabieh, which is milk pudding, apple cake, caramel, and rose waffle.

There’s a rooftop bar too if you feel like heading up there for a digestif to help wash it all down after your meal.

117 Swan St
Richmond VIC 3121
03 9428 8480

Etta, Brunswick East


As part of Etta’s “slow-cooked Sundays” series, head chef Hayden McMillan (a new father himself) will be barbecuing in the back courtyard to serve up some stellar slow-cooked meats, with heaps of vegetarian options available.

The set menu is $65 per person and will feature a beef short rib, Western Plains Suckling pork skewers off the hibachi grill, a seasonally-focused dessert and various sides.

60 Lygon Street
Brunswick East VICv 3057
03 9448 8233

Gingerboy, CBD


This moodily-lit, buzzing space is hidden down a tiny laneway in quintessentially Melbourne fashion.

Asian hawker fusion food is the go here, by Teage Ezard of Ezard fame (which also features further down this list).

The seasonal menu consists of snacks and street food, 6 different types of dumplings and buns like the masala spiced lamb potstickers which comes with green chilli and coriander relish, larger mains like the wagyu beef striploin that comes with charred onions, mushrooms, and bulgogi glaze, and sides.

If you’re stumped as to what to order and it’s just all too hard, tell the waiter “feed me”, and they will bring you the banquet menu for $85 per person.

Vegans and vegetarians are catered for well here, too.

27-29 Crossley St
Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9639 6811

If you’re willing to go all out

Rockpool Bar & Grill, Southbank

Neil Perry’s famous grill menu was designed for different cuts of steaks to be shared between several people to really taste the difference between each cut.

Order a bunch of sides to round out the meal.

There are two different cuts of David Blackmore’s famous dry-aged grass-fed 5-year-old wagyu, and eight cuts of Cape Grim dry-aged grass-fed beef.

This is seriously some of the best meat you’ll ever have.

There are lighter options on the menu too, with the cold bar serving up some great seafood and a salumi plate, and mains like the Great Ocean Road free range duck with with caramelised pear and apple balsamic, or the king prawns with goats cheese tortellini, burnt butter, raisins, and pine nuts.

Crown Entertainment Complex
8 Whiteman St
Southbank VIC 3006
03 8648 1900

Matilda, South Yarra

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Named after head chef Scott Pickett’s daughter, this restaurant serves food cooked exclusively over open fire and hot coals.

Standouts include the 21 day dry aged grass fed 1kg Hopkins River rib eye, the Northern Territory baby barramundi with native grenobloise sauce, and the pink lady apple tarte tatin with smoked vanilla bean.

159 Domain Rd
South Yarra VIC 3141
03 9089 6668

Ezard, CBD


The eight-course tasting menu for $185 per person eliminates any potential food envy, or quabbles over what to order.

Seafood features heavily, with the steamed scallop dumpling with aged hon mirin dressing and smoked enoki, the Ora salmon with braised daikon, shiitake, citrus kosho dashi, ink cracker, and purslane, and pork belly with caramelised pineapple, bulldog sauce, five spice, and acidic leaves.

Go a little bit extra and order beverage pairing for $130 more, and the eight score Sher wagyu beef course which comes with a smoked potato croquette, ox tongue, brussel sprout, and pepper jus for an extra $25.

There are also vegetarian and vegan tasting menus too.

187 Flinders Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9639 6811

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