Lunch to Impress: Melbourne’s Best Business Lunches

office workers at lunch in restaurant

When it comes to business travel, every moment in a new city is an opportunity to connect and collaborate. Leave a lasting impression on your clients and colleagues on your next trip to Melbourne with our guide to the best restaurants for business lunches in the CBD.


MoVida Aqui

If you've been stuck inside all morning, the outdoor terrace at MoVida Aqui is the perfect breakout space for a midday meeting. Grab a table in the sun and enjoy generous plates of fresh seafood and cured meats, then soak up some much-needed vitamin D while you get down to business. Looking to celebrate? Pop the top on a bottle of Barcelonan Cava, or say cheers with a round of cervezas from the finest breweries in Spain.


Lee Ho Fook

Planning a brainstorming session? Find inspiration from the creative menu at Lee Ho Fook. Known for serving up some of Melbourne’s most contemporary Chinese dishes, you and your guests can dig into everything from Shandong-style fried chicken to special fried rice while you plan your next project.



pasta and crayfish on white plate

To get to know each other better, book a table for two at Ezard, where you can enjoy a set-menu lunch away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. And if you’re planning on making return trips to Melbourne, this fine dining restaurant is an ideal business setting to keep up your sleeve. Whether it’s an impromptu meeting or dinner with a new client, the ever-changing seasonal menu means you can sample a new dish every time you’re in town.



If you're entertaining a larger group, the share-style feasting at Sezar is proof that food can bring people closer together. Win over the team with a group banquet, which includes a wide selection of traditional Armenian dishes, then sweeten the deal with generous serves of homemade baklava all round.


The Exchange Hotel

man with beard eating from cast iron pan

For a more casual catch up, book a table at The Exchange Hotel and dig into traditional pub grub at one of Melbourne's most iconic venues. As well as serving up hearty pub classics, this modern bistro’s seasonal menu uses local produce to create contemporary Australian and international dishes. Best of all, if your lunch pours over into the afternoon, you can top off your meeting with a wide selection of craft beers or a cocktail from their signature menu.

Have a business trip on the horizon? Make a lasting impression when you book flights to Melbourne with Virgin Australia.

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