Indulge On A Budget, These Are Melbourne’s Best Cheap Lobster Dishes

By Rick Stephens
21st Dec 2020

Three lobster rolls on a plate.

It’s heating up down here in Melbourne, the festive season is upon us and that means seafood is on the menu. But not just any seafood, we’re talking all kinds of lobster goodness. We’ve done the hard work for you, so you can get your pincers on Melbourne’s best cheap lobster dishes across the city this summer.

Mr Brownie

South Melbourne

Set over four levels, this ‘curry pub’ is the latest installment from culinary giant Jessi Singh. The boozy labyrinth is home to his Indian-British fusion menu and massive beer list. Mr Brownie has lobster rolls on the menu for just $15, so you can tuck in without hesitation. 

Lake Club

Albert Park

Bottomless Spritz with Red Coral Lobster and Prawn rolls are what you’ll find each happy hour at The Lake Club. For just $35 a head, you can throw back the Spritz and enjoy the tasty lobster treats while soaking up the views across the lake. Albert Park was already a Melbourne summer destination, but this new establishment from The Smith Prahran and Power House takes it up a notch.

Exchange Beach Club

Port Melbourne

What better way to enjoy some seafood than with your feet in the sand? The Exchange Hotel’s Beach Club is back for another year on the shores of Port Melbourne Beach, with Red Coral lobster rolls served with Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin Caviar and bottomless spritz on the menu. Enjoy your lobster in ultimate comfort in one of the beachside cabanas, deckchairs or lounges. Well-trained dogs are welcome because that lobster is not allowed to go anywhere but your gob. 



Lobster rolls and champagne anyone? That’s the iconic combo Pinchy’s is known for. For just $16, you can dig into their famous Lobster rolls served with decadent truffle fries and truffle aioli. There’s plenty of other bite-sized offerings to tempt you—how about a Snapper Croquette or King Crab Taco? You’ll want to get your pincers on a bit of everything at this San Sebastian inspired hangout. 

Hardware Société


France meets Australia in this city cafe, with two Melbourne locations and one over in Paris, this is the place to be for a boujee brunch. Order like a pro and jump straight to the famous Hardware Société Lobster Benedict, served up on a black bun (or ‘bun noir’ if you want to be fancy) with citrus hollandaise and two eggs poached to perfection. Weekend sorted, voila.



Everyone knows and loves Supernormal, so it’s only right that we include their delectable New England Lobster Rolls on our guide. These bad boys are just $18 a pop at the jewel in Andrew McConnell’s culinary crown. Order up at the venue or have them delivered to your door through Providoor, then simply tuck in and wash them down with a signature Supernormal martini.

Rice Paper Scissors

CBD and Fitzroy

Rice Paper Scissors is another fan favourite calling Hardware Lane home, in addition to their Fitzroy venue. Their lobster rolls give others a run for their money. For just $17 you get not one, but two of these lobster babies. The rolls are served with pickled mustard greens, their secret sauce and a krisantemo leaf. Can’t go wrong with that. 

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