Melbourne, it’s been a while. As the city finally reopens after a rough 2020, so too do our favourite lunch spots – be they tiny hole-in-the-wall takeaway joints or grand fine-diners.

To celebrate the kitchen burners firing up again, we’ve partnered with the City of Melbourne to curate a limited-edition series of lunch specials.

Topping out at $30, the lunches are available for a limited time only, from April 12–May 9. Here’s what you need to know.

Hemingway’s Wine Room

Sample its “Elements of Coq au Vin” – seared free-range chicken breast, pancetta, wild mushroom, red wine sauce and crushed potatoes – paired with a glass of beaujolais.
Available 12pm–3pm, Tue–Fri

150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne

Cumulus Inc.

The iconic venue is dishing up black cabbage and feta fataya (a samosa-like pastry), served with a pumpkin and fennel salad and a fresh, light glass of 2019 Tombacco pecorino (an Italian white grape variety).
Available 12pm–3pm, Mon–Fri

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Butchers Diner

Offering the Butcher's lunch order: you get a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Bad Shepherd lager.
Available 11.30am–3.30pm, Mon–Sun

10 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Magic Mountain Saloon

Chicken and potato massaman curry, green papaya salad and jasmine rice with a pot of Pirate Life Throwback IPA, or a house red or white wine.
Available 12pm–3pm, Wed–Sat

62 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Farmer’s Daughters

The takeaway grazing plate celebrates some of the best seasonal produce and ingredients from the Gippsland region, served with a coffee or juice, and a pastry.
Available 11.30am–2.30pm, Mon–Fri

80 Collins Street, Melbourne

Greta

The beef cheek baguette with pesto and mozzarella is served alongside a bowl of Napoli sauce (for dipping) and comes with your choice of red, white or sparkling wine.
Available 7am–4pm, Mon–Fri

450 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Daughter In Law

Sample a showcase of its most iconic dishes with its lunch thali, served with a complimentary glass of cava.
Available 12pm–2.30pm, Fri–Sat

37 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

The George on Collins

The George is serving a classic lunch roll filled with barbequed chicken, carrot, daikon, cucumber and pickles. And you'll get a mini gin sour on the side.
Available 12pm–3pm, Tue–Fri

162-168 Collins Street, Melbourne

Fancy Hank’s

Choose between the brisket sandwich with pickles, slaw and barbeque sauce, the Cubano sandwich with smoked pork shoulder, mortadella and Swiss cheese or the pulled mushroom sandwich with mushroom, Swiss cheese and chilli-lime mayo. All served with slaw and your choice of beer, wine or cider
Available 12–3pm, Wed–Fri

Level 1 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Supernormal

Try the Supernormal ramen - made with organic bone-broth, grilled chicken, house-made dumplings, wakame, soy egg and togarashi and an Asahi Dry Black. It's lighter in style than a traditional ramen, so it's perfect for a power lunch.
Available 12pm–3pm, Mon–Fri

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Akaiito

Choose from 3 Akaiito express sets including a house beer or wine.
Available 11.30am–3.30pm, Tue–Fri

349-351 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Asado Bar and Grill

200g steak of the day served with patatas bravas and butter lettuce, red oak and radish salad served with a glass of house wine or beer
Available 12pm–3pm, Tue–Fri

6 Riverside Quay, Southbank

+39 Pizzeria and Antipasteria

Enjoy any meal with a pinot grigio, shiraz or a Peroni
Available 12pm–3pm, Mon-Fri

362 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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BangPop

Enjoy BangPop's bestselling pad thai with your choice of chicken, pork or as is. To drink, choose from a pot of Fat Boy lager, a glass of house wine or a soft drink.
Available 12pm–3pm, Mon-Fri.

35 South Wharf Promenande, South Wharf

Bar Carlo

Settle into a couple of arancini to start, followed by a panino and glass of wine of your choice, and cap it off with a regular coffee.
Available 12pm–3pm, Mon–Fri

20 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Auction Rooms

Try their pork belly banh mi with pickled papaya and mushroom pate, paired with a Moon Dog tropical lager.
Available 11am-3.30pm, Mon-Thu

103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne

Gradi Crown

$30 gets you a pizza or a pasta with a house vino, beer or soft drink.
Available 12pm–3pm, Mon–Fri

Shop 25 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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Din Tai Fung

Pop in to try xiao long bao, spicy shrimp and pork wonton noodles served with a drink.
Available 11.30am–2pm, Mon-Thu

M002/4 Emporium Melbourne 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Dohtonbori

Try the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (which uses fillings rather than toppings). Choose from pork, seafood or vegetable flavour. And you get a Virgin Apple Mojito to go with your meal.
Available 12pm–3pm, Mon–Fri

Level 1 14B Star Circus, Docklands

The Moat

Choose from roasted artichokes and fresh king prawns with a daily house-made pappardelle pasta or pesto lasagne (paired with a glass of wine).
Available 12pm–3pm, Tue–Fri

176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Hawker Chan

The deal here gets you two servings of roast duck with rice plus two drinks.
Available 12–3pm, Mon–Fri

157 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Palermo

You get an entree and a main, plus a dulce de leche alfajor (a South American biscuit) for dessert.
Available 12pm–3pm, Tue–Fri

401 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Pepe's Italian & Liquor

You'll get a refreshing Aperol Spritz, your choice of a pasta main dish and a scoop of Boca Gelato.
Available 12pm–2pm, Mon–Fri

275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

San Telmo

San Telmo's deal nabs you a tasty lomito (Argentinian steak sandwich) or choripan (Argentinian chorizo roll) sanga, a delicious empanada and a beer.
Available 12–3pm, Mon–Thu

14 Meyers Place, Melbourne

The French Brasserie

At this French classic, you'll get a hearty helping of coq au vin and a glass of red.
Available 12pm–3pm, Mon–Fri

2 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne

Rooftop Bar

Try the fried green tomato sandwich served with a Garden Paloma (mezcal, grapefruit, rhubarb, lemon, celery bitters and soda)
Available 12pm–3pm, Mon–Fri

Level 7, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Ippudo

Choose from a selection of delicious ramen, with a side dish and a drink included.
Available 12–3pm, Mon–Fri

Shop 18 Artemis Lane, QV Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

ShanDong MaMa

Get the dumpling combo, with an aged vinegar black fungus salad on the side and a beer.
Available 11.30am–2.30pm, Mon–Fri

Shop 7 200 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Taxi Kitchen

Try the chef's selection of 15 dumplings and a handle of Kirin.
Available 12pm–3pm, Wed-Sun

Level 1 / Transport Hotel Federation Square Swanston & Flinders Street, Melbourne