There’s no ideal restaurant to celebrate Father’s Day. Your dad could be a stereotypical steak-loving bloke, or a vegetarian. He could be a wine connoisseur or a guy who likes nothing better than to put away six pots at lunch. Whatever kind of dad you have, Father's Day is uncomfortably close (Sunday September 1), which means it's time to get booking.

We've assembled a diverse list of bookable restaurants, with an emphasis on quieter, more classic spots where the family won't have to yell to make conversation. Stick to the top dozen entries if you're keen to splash out and make your dad feel special. Look further down if you're after a more relaxed, communal environment, such as a pizzeria, neighbourhood bistro or pub.

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Seafood and stunning ocean views – it's no surprise this is such an institution.

Upstairs 30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
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Cutler & Co.

The flagship of Andrew McConnell's restaurant empire.

55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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A two-storey restaurant that’s refreshingly old school, from former St. Crispin chef Joe Grbac.

211 Queen Street, Melbourne
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A bold, contemporary diner dedicated to cooking with fire and smoke, from the owner-chef of Estelle and Saint Crispin.

159 Domain Road, South Yarra
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Flower Drum

A serene Cantonese fine-diner that's been cooking since 1975.

17 Market Lane, Melbourne
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A bastion of old-world sensibility.

23 Bank Place, Melbourne
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An energetic bar and restaurant serving modern Euro-Vietnamese fusion dishes.

Basement 141 Flinders Lane (corner Oliver Lane), Melbourne
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If your dad is a wine-lover, the upstairs Chablis bar is a winner.

175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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The European

Top notch European food and wine.

161 Spring Street, Melbourne


This personable institution has been around since 1995 and retains a huge base of regular customers who love its classic, consistent menu.

40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
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L'Hôtel Gitan

A gastro pub with fine-dining flair by the family Reymond.

32 Commercial Road, Prahran
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Hotel Lincoln

Pub fare that's a cut above the usual.

91 Cardigan street, Carlton


A southern-Spanish neighbourhood staple with tapas, tasting plates and house-made paella-pan bread.

197 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

Sean Donovan has taken the historical hotel back to its roots.

166 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
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Bistro Gitan

Experience a variety of (mostly French) tastes and textures at Bistro Gitan, the Reymond family restaurant.

52 Toorak Road West, South Yarra
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A local Richmond favourite.

175 Swan Street, Richmond


Sophisticated, contemporary-Indian dishes in a spectacular space.

159-161 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park
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Copper Pot

A Euro-trip to take again and again.

105 Victoria Street, Seddon
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Classic-but-contemporary dishes from Melbourne’s French-cuisine master.

115-117 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Pure South

The Southgate fine diner is built on its relationships with suppliers in Tasmania.

Southgate GR 2/3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
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La Luna Bistro

La Luna bistro is a meaty affair and much-loved local favourite.

320 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
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Caffe e Cucina

An authentic Italian stalwart on Chapel Street.

581 Chapel Street, South Yarra
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Asian fusion from morning through to night.

5 Gamon Street , Seddon

Punch Lane

A Melbourne institution, positioned at the top of Little Bourke Street for more than two decades.

43 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Bar Carolina

From the restaurateur behind Sarti and Il Bacaro.

44 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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Northern Git

British classics lighting up Thornbury.

757 High Street, Thornbury
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The Plough Hotel

A historic pub with a serious makeover.

333 Barkly Street, Footscray
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Mister Bianco

An authentic southern- Italian and Sicilian restaurant with pastas, braised beef cheek and plenty of cheese.

285 High Street, Kew
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From the team behind Fratellino Pizza in South Yarra.

416 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Fancy Hank’s

One of Melbourne's original American barbeque joints.

Level 1 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Hanoi Hannah New Quarter

It’s the biggest and boldest of all the Hanoi Hannah venues.

79 Swan Street, Richmond


Polished South East Asian cuisine on Swan Street, Richmond.

65 Swan Street, Richmond