Even the most successful operators tend to refresh their business every now and then. From superficial renovations to completely new concepts, it’s a rare restaurateur who doesn’t feel the need to change things up.

That’s what makes the venues on this list so impressive. Many have sailed past their 50th anniversary on the same foundations they started with. Some have never changed what they do, and the oldest has been running since 1891.

As a group, they’ve weathered recessions, gentrification, rising rents and fluctuating tastes. We think that’s worth celebrating.

Flower Drum

Fine Chinese since 1975.

17 Market Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000


Lebanese classics since 1979.

109 Elgin Street
Carlton VIC


Italian comfort food since 1954.

66 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC

Enoteca Sileno

An Italian grocer established in 1953.

920 Lygon Street
Carlton North VIC 3054

France Soir

Steak frites since 1986.

11 Toorak Road
South Yarra VIC 3141