Grabbing dinner on Chapel Street is filled with possibilities.
Need some help narrowing down the mouthwatering options? Try something off this list!
We’ve broken it down into two categories – casual dining and fine dining – enjoy.
A 40 seat restaurant situated downstairs at The Osborne Rooftop & Bar offers Modern Australian cuisine at a standard well above what you may expect. The refined, produce-driven menu includes a selection of sharing plates, mains, and daily specials, determined by the best ingredients on offer. Must-try dishes are the Kingfish Crudo, topped with wasabi mayo, jalapenos, and a crispy potato topping for added texture. Also highly recommended is the Cape Grim Carpaccio, coupled with capers, horseradish cream, rocket, and topped with freshly shredded pecorino, they’ve updated this Italian classic with the best in Aussie produce.
The vibe of the place resembles that of an authentic South East Asian food hall, and there’s a good reason for that. Chris, the owner, spent three years trekking through Asia ‘researching’ to capture the vibe and bring it back to Melbourne, and he’s nailed it. Amazing shareable meals, great beer and wine along with a casual but cool vibe makes it the perfect first date dinner.
The fit out, with art covered walls and a retracting glass roof is what makes The Smith the perfect spot to be sipping on rose all year round. Try their pop-up bar snack menu, with a Japanese flair, from yakitori skewers to gyoza, they’re bringing a taste of Tokyo to Prahran – no passport required.
Not only is the Speakeasy courtyard a terrrrrrific place for a rosé on a sunny arvo, they’re under new management serving up a Mediterranean inspired menu on an open wood smoke fired grill. If that hasn’t already sold you, Speakeasy will even let you bring your doggo with you on your vino date. Enter through the street art covered walkway off Commercial Road and you’re sorted.
Pizza, wine, beer and a seat at one of the best spots on Greville Street. Sound like the perfect drinking spot? It’s exactly what you’ll get from Ladro TAP Prahran. Stop by with a big group, or a cute date, either way you’re sure to have a great time before you head off for your evening adventures on Chaps.
What makes Fonda one of the hottest spots on Chapel to enjoy a drink, is the rooftop. The sunshine pours in, the pretty colourful decor sets the perfect tone, and if there’s still a bit of chill in the air, the covers keep it nice and warm. The tacos and tequila are divine but you can’t go past the margaritas.
If you’re the type to rock Air Max 90s, Yellow Bird is the place for you. There’s great music, an affordable menu and an outdoor area that’s great for people watching on a warmer night. Most importantly there’s an all day breakfast menu for you late comers. A medley of the usual suspects, as well as the not-so-usual: billion $$$ strawberry pancakes, Scandanavian and ave amarilla corn fritters being a few to command attention.
You can get a food and drink deal every night of the week at Temperance. Our fave is Taco Times Thursday to Saturday 6pm to 8pm, where you can fill up on Mexican share plates on arrival and two hours of included coronas, margaritas, and wine for $59. They also do nightly drink specials, like $10 Espresso Saturdays, Sunday Sesh $7 drinks all day and $10 cocktail Thursdays. They also do 4pm happy hour with $4 drinks. Goes up a $1 each hour and ends at 8pm.
A Chapel Street classic that exudes charm. Caffe e Cucina has withstood the test of time with classic attentive service, old school appeal and waiters with that Italian flare we all love so much. Yes, the food is a knockout, but it’s the charm that’ll win you over. This place has seen celebrities like Natalie Imbruglia, Eric Bana, Kylie Minogue, David Beckham, Novac Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Beyoncé walk through it’s doors!
Atlas knows no boundaries. Chef and owner 27-year-old Charlie Carrington changes the menu to this fine establishment every four months to explore the cuisine of a new country. Starting in Vietnam, then through to The Middle East. Now, given recent border closures, Atlas has been forced to come full circle and land back in Australia, where it all began. Enjoy menu items like snags and potato cakes, done the Atlas way. It won’t be there for long, on June 24, they’ll be mixing it all up again.
The beautiful heritage Prahran Post Office building now houses a 1940’s New York style steakhouse. Enjoy red carpet treatment while you sip on craft beers or pair their extensive range of whisky and wine with a fillet that just melts in your mouth. Graze from shared dishes with premium cold meats, or nibble on pork croquettes or confit lamb ribs. Sweet tooth? Indulge in their dark chocolate mousse with caramelized hazelnuts, truly the best ending to the best steak. There’s also various menu items vegetarian and pescatarian friendly and a cocktail list to boot.
A fresh take on traditional Japanese food – with an inspired menu featuring gems like the famous Nori Taco – Mr Miyagi will leave you wanting more. Waiting for a table has never been more fun, with a vibrant atmosphere and impressive bar setting at the back of the restaurant. Certainly what #MRMSAYS goes…
Once a furniture store, Morris Jones still holds its 1887 heritage appeal, encapsulated by its wood and brick interior. Sophistication is added through its wine list, fantastic cocktails and a beer garden plus outdoor roadside dining. If that doesn’t excite you, the unique Californian Japanese cuisine will!
Maha East is the sister venue to Shane Delia’s award-winning Maha Restaurant. Head to Windsor for an easy-going restaurant and bar, where you can experience everything you love about Shane’s food but with a more relaxed and carefree attitude. Enjoy a delicious set menu for $75 per person or take your pick from the extensive à la carte menu.
Steak, wine and mood lighting? Heelllllooooo romance. Steer Dining Room is an elegant dining house that’s perfect for date night, group catch-ups and even business dinners. Plus, the slightly hidden away location will make you look like a person in the know! Their autumn menu has landed with so many delicious dishes to try, either side of your perfectly cooked steak of course. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Located at the base of the luxurious Capitol Grand building, Omnia is a comfortable and elegant neighbourhood bistro and bar with interiors that will take you breath away. Award-winning chef Stephen Nairn has created a European inspired menu which changes seasonally, supporting Australian growers, producers and farmers. From legacy giants to rockstar growers and producers, their wine list is not one to walk past. Not to mention, their cocktails are crafted by 2018 World Class Global Bartender of the Year, Orlando Marzo.