The Best Restaurants in Prahran

Updated 4 weeks ago


Prahran moves at a few different speeds. By day, residents take their time over coffee or grocery shopping at Prahran Market and office workers bump up the pace. By night, pubs such as the Mount Erica Hotel, College Lawn and Flying Duck Hotel draw civilised crowds for dinner. While Entrecote, Osteria Renata and Uminono offer sophisticated dining across multiple cuisines. These are the best places to dine in the area, curated by Broadsheet’s expert food and drink editors.

  • After seven years in South Yarra, this well-loved brasserie found a new home in Prahran. Alongside the restaurant’s signature dishes, you’ll find a roving caviar trolley, a raw seafood bar, a late-night supper menu and French-inspired cocktails from the brain behind Romeo Lane.

  • Look for the lush olive-green facade on Prahan’s High Street to find this handsome restaurant and bar. Inside, a dedicated “pasta lab” produces all shapes and sizes, with a big emphasis on egg-based pastas specific to northern Italy. The wine list includes a handful of Italian varietals produced here in Victoria.

  • Run by a passionate French Australian, this 12-seat omakase restaurant is open for just two sittings a day. Book in for a simple chirashi bowl, or an 11-course lunch featuring dishes like dry-aged kingfish sashimi with roasted spring onion oil and Hokkaido scallops with burnt orange gel.

  • Enjoy elevated Shanghainese fare and sharp cocktails at this intimate, buzzing restaurant right off Chapel Street. Go for the memorable set menu, which might include Peking duck pancakes, chicken ribs with spicy mayo and white chocolate dumplings to finish it all off.

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

  • The longstanding pub is now in the hands of Rustica owner Brenton Lang. Have a seafood feast in the greenery-surrounded glasshouse or wrap your hands around a big burger in the charmingly refurbed dining room.

  • This spacious gastropub serves honest and elevated pub food alongside sharp cocktails. Go for its excellent oysters, gooey burrata, hulking burgers and juicy steaks.

  • A Thai restaurant from the chef behind Cookie and The Toff in Town. Bring a group and go for Bangkok bolognaise, fat duck noodles and souped-up curries. Play on the Nintendo 64s while you wait.

  • A rock‘n’roll steakhouse serving dry-aged Wagyu and bottomless Bloody Marys.

  • A classic corner hotel revamped by the Marquis of Lorne team. The interior has a little Wes Anderson energy, with brooding timber panels and a roaring period fireplace. But if you look past the lofty menu and exceptional wine list, Mount Erica is a rowdy Melbourne footy pub at heart.

  • An American-themed bar serving craft beer, ribs, hot dogs and cocktails.

  • There's an extensive ramen menu at this bar and diner from the man behind Wabi Sabi Salon and Neko Neko, alongside a range of other classic Japanese dishes. Plus, there are plenty of sake-based cocktails and a tight line-up of rare whiskies.

  • This intimate wine bar pays homage to the excellent wine regions that encircle the European Alps – but you'll also find honest drops from Australia and New Zealand on its 400-strong wine list. The food menu is small but considered, and might include exceptional cheese, charcuterie and anchovy toast.

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  • A touch of the Deep South on Greville Street.

  • A classic name attached to a deceptively large space that's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Cubano sandwiches are the hero at this Cuban-inspired diner, from the owner of Atlas Dining. Stop by the neon-coloured shop for five takes on the sanga, plus salads and sides.