The Best Bottomless Brunches in Melbourne

Updated 1 month ago


Weekend mornings are sacred. They should often (if not always) be spent with great company and excellent food. And, if you’re that way inclined, with the option to enjoy a few buzzy drinks. Luckily, plenty of cafes and restaurants across Melbourne offer excellent bottomless brunches. And, if you’re just after one drink, plenty more are licensed.

Here are just a few of our favourite places where you can elevate your eggs Benedict, or soup up your sweet waffles, with bottomless Bloody Marys, free-flowing champagne, or a solo Mimosa or beer. Bookings come strongly recommended.

  • If you’re lucky to snag a table (especially on weekends), sit back and enjoy all-day cocktails (including four different Mimosas and Bloody Marys) on the bustling Gertrude Street strip. Plus a food menu that covers all bases and moods. Winner.

  • The sibling to South Melbourne’s Half Acre is big and ritzy. Come on weekends for its bottomless brunches with woodfired chicken, sourdough focaccia and unlimited drinks. Plus, cocktails shaken in an elaborate hand-cranked machine with a connection to Singapore’s most iconic hotel.

  • Fire-focused French-Vietnamese food from the team behind Tokyo Tina. Book a weekend table for the renowned set menu, which might include woodfired seafood, a smoked vegetable curry or special fried rice. Plus, the option for bottomless wine and local beers from Bodriggy and Stomping Ground. Bookings are essential.

  • This queer-friendly, vegan-leaning American diner is true to its name with a nightclub sound system and mezzanine DJ booth. Plus, a bottomless brunch that’s more colourful than most. Book in around 1pm for extra fun with drag queens and bingo.

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  • Meet Mamasita’s more casual sibling, set in a kitschy pastel 1970s-style Mexican-inspired taqueria. At its weekend-only bottomless brunch, expect traditional tostadas made from scratch, elote (grilled Mexican street corn) and more. Order a frosty grapefruit margarita and feast on as many tacos as you can handle.

  • Behind the mysterious facade of this fine establishment you'll find an exceptional and generous bottomless brunch offering. The Feast might be the fanciest buffet you’ll see in your life, featuring coal roasted meats, woodfired vege, a smorgasbord of sweets and bottomless booze if you choose.

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  • This all-day diner serves up flavours of Southern Italy with Mediterranean influences. Highlights have included panko-encrusted eggs accompanied by sourdough, salad, ham hock and candied walnuts. Also, fried eggs in a spicy Arrabiata sauce that’s given a lift with ‘nduja, garlic and peppers.

  • Friday to Sunday, this moody Mexican diner serves tacos, chilaquiles and 90 minutes-worth of bottomless cocktails – including Palomas and Micheladas. There’s a special vegan menu on offer, and everything is gluten-free. More info here.

  • From the team behind Toff and Cookie comes a Thai-inspired, neon-lit bottomless brunch. The tight share-plate menu might include dumplings, fried chicken ribs, bao or fat rice noodles. Plus, enjoy bottomless cocktails, beer and wine on the long marble tables.

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  • Gilbert's is a bright all-day diner serving up classic Aussie brunches with a Mediterranean twist. Expect yia yia-approved spanakopita, golden slabs of fried halloumi and $5 mimosas all day, everyday.

  • The building alone –a heritage-listed former powerhouse – is worth travelling cross-city for. It’s no surprise the third cafe from the Top Paddock and Kettle Black crew is also good for boozing. Long lunches roll into dinner all too easily here.

  • Come for the decadent brunch and cocktail jugs. Stay for the drag queens on the decks. Bottomless brunch might include a lobster and prawn mornay roll or sweet waffles, while the fabulous view is free.

  • You wouldn’t know that this former rifle club sat empty for 20 years. Every weekend it brims with locals who enjoy the fun French-Indochinese snack menu with bottomless Mimosas, cocktails, bubbles and beer. There’s an upgrade for free-flowing bubbles and rosé, too.

  • This ski lodge-inspired rooftop lays claim to the title of Melbourne’s original bottomless brunch. We can’t verify that, but we can confirm two hours’ worth of bottomless drinks, a chocolate fondue fountain and creative brunches inside your own faux chalet.

  • This plant-filled corner store is not your average wine bar. Along with exceptional brunches and delicious pastries, you’ll also find accessible wines and bar snacks. So you can enjoy breakfast right through to aperitivo hour.

  • Make the pilgrimage to this breezy riverside bar for a high tea like no other. You get three tea-infused gin cocktails, plus bottomless bubbles and snacks. And yes, scones with jam and cream are involved. From midday Friday to Sunday.

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  • This inventive cafe breaks the mould in many ways. Not only does it serve thoughtful modern takes on Asian cuisine; it also serves bottomless brunch every day.

  • Set in and around the spectacular Ormond Hall, this eclectic suite of photogenic garden bars and luxe spaces is primed for a bottomless brunch. Enjoy a weekend session in the Conservatory, complete with drinks and crowd-pleasing dishes. This one’s also pooch-friendly.

  • A 1920s-inspired French brasserie with a boozy brunch twist. The menu might include steak frites, grilled octopus, or an add-on cheese course. Plus free-flowing European wines to match.

  • Stroll through the petrol station car park and past the dilapidated terrace for one of the city’s best reveals. Inside you’ll find a rich and creative brunch menu, plus cocktails that showcase Vertue’s various blends and single origins. Try the signature Turbo G&T, made with cold-brew coffee.

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  • Make a beeline here for the bottomless cocktails (Tom Collins, Negronis), tap beer and Australian wines selected by Hey Tomorrow, which partners with social enterprises, to go with your hearty brunch. Spread out in the sunny rear courtyard or go al fresco on the footpath out front.

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  • Artful modern Australian cafe fare set in a spacious modernised 1880s-era terrace house. Brunch might include fluffy ricotta hotcakes or a brisket Benedict, alongside brunch-friendly cocktails (including Espresso Martinis and Mimosas).

  • Like its sister venue, The Kettle Black, this brunch institution dishes up breakfast cocktails, beer and wine in a chic all-day setting. Sit up at the long, communal benches or nestle into a booth as the morning fades into the afternoon.

  • Come hungry, dusty or (best of all) both to this southside institution. Wash down hangover-busting breakfast staples like the Death Benedict with beer, wine or a Bloody Mary.

  • An all-day breakfast and lunch menu that might feature hotcakes, truffle mushrooms and a Wagyu beef burger is bolstered by Proud Mary coffee. Ring in the weekend by taking yours shaken, not stirred, in an Espresso Martini.

  • A languorous long brunch at this Argentinian restaurant (from the team behind San Telmo, Pastuso and Palermo) might see you eating empanadas, morcilla and cochinillo (Western Plains pork cooked over the pit). Enjoy them alongside as many beers and wines as you can muster.

  • Modernised pub fare in this lush, indoor-outdoor venue might include a smashed avo fried chicken burger or breakfast salad. Enjoy the flowing cocktails, seltzers and bubbles, plus a ‘90s and noughties DJ set to complete the vibe.

  • Book a long table in the sun and enjoy the roaming gospel choir. Soak up non-stop spritzes, wine or beer alongside menu staples like a steak sanga, lobster and prawn roll, smashed avo or breakfast salad.

  • A bright and inviting cafe that has a bit of everything. Go for exceptional creative brunches; Commonfolk’s own coffee blends enjoyed by mug or flight; and lo-fi wines with brekkie, if you’re so inclined. Also in Mornington and Frankston.

  • An ingenious rotating sign signals the swap from bright coffee and brunch spot Pantry Glen Iris to moody Asian-inspired diner and cocktail bar Too Good Talker – by one of Melbourne’s most prolific cafe operators.

  • At this beachy brunch and lunch spot – from the duo that brought us Moby – you'll find a range of creative but approachable dishes. It's all set within a light-washed, coral-accented space with room for plenty of people.

  • An all-day brunch spot with a breakfast option for everyone, from hulking burgers to okonomiyaki to syrupy waffles. Plus, a tight list of wine and beer.

  • Sustainability, simplicity and even transportability are the guiding principles of this singular community cafe. It's set within a recycled shipping container, and surrounded by an abundant kitchen garden. Kimchi toastie? Cantabrian anchovies on toast? Back it up with an Aperol Spritz.

  • Settle in for all-day breakfast and lunch staples in this buzzing semi-industrial diner. Standouts include a souped-up eggs Benny, loaded chocolate and berry waffles, and mushrooms with poached eggs and dukkah on sourdough. Plus, a tight list of Mimosas, Bloody Marys, prosecco and beers.

  • Hit this Euro-inspired daytime diner for its marmalade-slathered carrot-cake toast, hotcakes two ways and killer chicken-caesar sangas. Sit at a snazzy stool inside, or in the shaded outdoor area, and sip on Industry Beans coffee, or boozy-brunch-friendly cocktails and pét-nat.

  • Order a punchy chilli scramble in the morning or a loaded chicken sandwich around lunch, which you might pair with a brunch-friendly Bloody Mary or wine. And on your way out, be sure to grab a loaf of Ned’s crusty seeded sourdough – or local’s favourite olive grissini.

  • This family cafe and wine bar will take you right through your day – from all-day brunches and house-roasted coffee in the morning, to Corsican-inspired dishes and a 400-strong wine list at night.

  • A spot from the team behind some of the city’s biggest cafe hits. They’re making brunches with damper, Vegemite, Kakadu plums, wattle-seed bacon and Milo mascarpone.

  • Located across from Queens Park, this expansive cafe goes beyond the rudimentary with its brekkie offering. And with 75 seats, it’s ideal for big groups.

  • In a heritage-listed south-side building, this alluring bistro does Chinese favourites in new ways. And on Sundays, it serves $59pp yum cha all afternoon. Enjoy a feast with 12 dishes on repeat, like char siu bao (pork buns), prawn dumplings and roast duck pancake. There’s an alternative vegan menu, too.

  • Enter the cyberpunk facade to find Chris Lucas’s two-level Japanese diner. The flames are turned up every weekend for its $89pp bottomless brunch. Expect a feast of roasted chicken with miso gravy, prawn yuzu gyoza and more. Plus, free-flowing cocktails.

  • Once a month, this combination cafe, restaurant, roastery and retail space puts on a fun bottomless brunch. To eat? You might order souped-up chilli scramble or pandan bubble waffle. And house espresso, cocktails and wine to drink.