Father's Day offerings in Melbourne

Melbourne is celebrating Father's Day in style, with plenty of dining offers

Father's Day is almost here. Here are some of Melbourne's best offerings to spoil Dad on his special day.

L'Hôtel Gitan

L’Hôtel Gitan
32 Commercial Rd, Prahran VIC 3181
This Father’s Day, guests can treat dad to a cosy lunch or dinner at French gastropub L’Hôtel Gitan. With small bites such as glazed saltgrass lamb ribs or bluefin tuna tartare to start and for the main affair, Dad can enjoy a hearty steak from L’Hôtel Gitan’s premium beef selection or the deep sea rockling Colbert for something on the lighter side. 
Bookings: Via this link or call 03 9999 0990


Bistro Gitan

Bistro Gitan
52 Toorak Rd West, South Yarra VIC 3141
A stunning dining room on leafy Toorak Road West, Bistro Gitan will open its doors especially for Father’s Day to offer families a leisurely European lunch from its à la carte menu. Offering a menu that marries classical with contemporary, guests can indulge in classic French small entrees including escargot and steak tartare, with spatchcock and premium beef steaks for the main affair.
Time: 12pm with the last booking taken at 2:30pm
Bookings: Call 03 9867 5853 or email info@bistrogitan.com.au

Ishizuka bento boxes (Image credit: Kristoffer Paulsen)

Exclusive Ishizuka bento boxes for Father’s Day
Basement Level b01/139 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
In celebration of Father's Day, award-winning Melbourne kaiseki restaurant Ishizuka will be increasing the number of its exclusive bento boxes available daily beyond a single box. Bentos are limited, so early orders are encouraged to secure an Ishizuka bento box for Father's Day.  Composed of the highest-grade Japanese produce and sourced from the fish markets of Tokyo, each element and layer of the bento will take consumers on a journey through the refined tastes of Japan. Designed to accommodate two to three, fathers and families can unpack a luxurious Japanese dining experience within the comfort of home in celebration of the special day. For those preferring to dine out, the restaurant will be serving its exquisite 11-course kaiseki menu, with a list of perfectly paired pours on offer to accompany.
Pre-orders via: reservation@ishizuka.com.au or (03) 8594 0895
Price: $255
Serves: 2–3 diners
Pick up location: Ishizuka, Basement Level b01/139 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Pick up time: Sunday, 1 September from 3pm–7pm

Matilda 159 Domain (Image credit: Gareth Sobey)

Matilda 159 Domain 
159 Domain Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141 
South Yarra's woodfire-fuelled Matilda invites fathers and families to celebrate Father's Day with a special set menu championing native ingredients and seasonal produce. The menu will begin with Matilda signatures, such as kangaroo tartare and dressed Fraser Island spanner crab, with guests to select their mains from a choice of wild garlic and truffle gnocchi, dry-aged black whitely scotch or Murray cod. A rich, chocolate dessert will seduce all palates and round off the perfect dining experience.
Offering: Snacks and three-courses with a choice of main, $85 per adult, $50 per child 
Bookings: Are essential, please call the restaurant on 03 9089 6668 or email info@matilda159.com


Lupo (Image credit: Peter Dillon)

300 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066 
Scott Pickett's non-traditional Italian restaurant Lupo is celebrating Father's Day with a special set menu. The three-course experience will feature spaghetti and wagyu meatballs in a rich Napoli sauce, along with other Italian favourites including arancini, gnocco fritto and peperonata, before finishing on a sweet note with apple and rhubarb torte.
Offering: Three-courses to share, $55 per adult, $35 per child 
Bookings: Are essential, please call the restaurant on 03 9419 2202 or email info@luporestaurant.com.au


Estelle (Image credit: Simon Shiff)

243–245 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

In celebration of Father’s Day, Northcote neighbourhood icon Estelle is offering a special Sunday roast. The three-course set menu will include pea and mint velouté, lamb shoulder with roasted potatoes and wilted greens for the main affair and finally a dessert of pear frangipane with burnt honey ice-cream.
Offering: Three-course roast lunch, $50 per adult, $25 per child
Bookings: Are essential, please call the restaurant on 03 9489 4609 or email info@theestelle.com.au


Tipico's Lamb Rack

242 High St, Windsor VIC 3181
Windsor's modern Italian eatery Tipico is celebrating Father's Day with two additional items on the menu.  Guests will be offered pistachio-crusted lamb rack with oven-roasted potato and rosemary, a hearty dish that is the perfect winter warmer this Father's Day.  There will also be oxtail ravioli in a brown sauce with fresh thyme for the pasta-loving Dads, as well as Tipico’s current winter menu full of Italian favourites and wood-fired pizza. 
Bookings: Call or book online via Open Table

TarraWarra Estate

TarraWarra Estate
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Yarra Glen, VIC 3775
Escape from Melbourne to internationally renowned winery, TarraWarra Estate in the Yarra Valley and treat Dad to an afternoon of delicious food and wine. Discover its 65-seat restaurant, nestled within the 400-hectare property amongst peppercorn trees and the rolling vineyard hills, where Head Chef Mark Ebbels is championing seasonal and local produce inspired by its quarter-acre on-site garden. Located approximately an hour from Melbourne, TarraWarra Estate is the perfect day trip to spoil Dad.
Bookings: To book, please visit www.tarrawarra.com.au or call 03 5957 3510

The Shed, Terindah Estate

Terindah Estate
90 McAdams Lane, Bellarine, VIC 3223
Celebrate Dad on Sunday, 1 September with a Father's Day Feast at Terindah Estate and take in breathtaking views across Port Phillip Bay over a two-course lunch to share with the family. Hosted in the estate’s signature restaurant The Shed, the menu will feature house-baked bread with local olive oil upon arrival before moving on to a shared main course of jamón-wrapped chicken and roasted pork belly. Dessert will be a chef's selection of petit fours for everyone to indulge in.  A two-course children's menu is also available and includes favourites such as crumbed chicken, fries and salad and a delicious chocolate brownie with ice cream for dessert. Local musician Rach Brennan will also be performing live to make the day extra special for Dad.
Time: First seating at 12:00pm, second seating at 12:30pm (for Port Phillip Ferry arrival guests only)
Price: Adults $65.00, Children $20.00 (3–12 years)
Bookings: To book, please call 03 5251 5535 (ext 2) or email events@terindahestate.com. Bookings are essential.


BBQ spare ribs, Daughter in Law (Image credit: Peter Tarasiuk)

Daughter In Law
37 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Melbourne's newest venue Daughter In Law welcomes families to experience an ‘unauthentic’ Father's Day meal with its rule-breaking, modern Indian menu. Treat Dad to a spread of meats straight from the tandoor including tandoori chicken, lamb chops, BBQ spare ribs and an Indian-style sausage with Kingfisher for $65 per person. The à la carte menu will also be available for those that wish to indulge in Jessi Singh's famous Colonel Tso's cauliflower, naan pizzas or ‘unauthentic’ butter chicken, and let Dad pick out some brews from the self-serve beer fridge.
Offering: Tandoori meat platter $65 per person; à la carte menu available
Bookings for large groups: Call 03 9242 0814 or email goodtimes@daughterinlaw.com.au

Stokehouse St Kilda (Image credit: Simon Shiff)

30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda, VIC 3128
Delight Dad this Father's Day by treating him to an afternoon of indulgence at Stokehouse St Kilda. Seated in the iconic dining room, gaze across the bay and begin the three-course meal with a glass of beer or bubbles and a gift for dad.
Offering: $145 per person for a three-course menu, $60 for children.
Bookings: Via Stokehouse online here or by emailing info@stokehouseq.com.au

Fatto Bar & Cantina

River Terrace, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3000
Melbourne’s relaxed Italian eatery Fatto will be celebrating Father’s Day in style with its annual Barber-Q! Head Chef James Kummrow will fire up the coals for an Italian-inspired BBQ on the terrace while Rockit Barber Shop will be on hand to give all Dads a fresh cut.
Price: $60 per person, three-course feasting menu and a glass of wine or beer on arrival.
Bookings: email reservations@fatto.com.au or call 8698 8800.

Pontoon's El Pollo Asado

30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182
Spend Father's Day at Melbourne’s favourite beachside hangout Pontoon and spoil Dad with a Spanish feast. Alongside the à la carte menu, Dad and the family can enjoy a special ‘El Pollo Asado’ – a delicious rotisserie-style chicken prepared with smoked paprika, garlic–lemon rub served with smoked pork cheek and chorizo-braised white beans. Available in whole or half-portion. 
Offering: $38 for whole chicken or $20 for half-portion chicken. À la carte menu available.
Bookings: Bookings are essential and are available via the Pontoon website or by calling 03 9525 5445

Hanoi Hannah Vol.II

Hanoi Hannah
Vol.ll – 306 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick VIC 3185
New Quarter – 79 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
Hanoi Hannah is introducing two finger-licking specials for Father’s Day alongside its à la carte menu, ideal for feasting with the whole family. New Quarter in Richmond will showcase hearty BBQ ribs for $45 and Vol.II in Elsternwick will feature whole roast duck for $65. Tuck in cutlery-free for a wholesome feed with Dad! 
Bookings: guests can book online via https://hanoihannah.com.au/



212 High St, Prahran VIC 3181
Guests are invited to cosy up in front of the fireplace at Neptune and treat Dad to a wholesome end to the weekend, with newly arrived Head Chef Hayden McMillan showcasing a Mediterranean take on the classic Sunday roast. It will be a comforting, family-style feed, spread across two courses for just $45 per head.
Price: $45 per person, inclusive of two courses 
Bookings: guests can book via Neptune’s website or phone 03 9533  2827


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Main image: Kristoffer Paulsen