There’s nothing like a long and luxurious lunch to make you feel like you’re living your best life. No other meal has quite the same feel to it; there’s something about lingering through the middle of the day, over a meal that’s usually pretty utilitarian, to give you a sense of time and life slowing down for a bit.
While the Perth dining scene boasts a pretty laid-back vibe all round, there are some places more conducive of all-afternoon-lunch-affairs than others. So grab your friends, park up for a bite and wind up accidentally-on-purpose staying all day at one of these best spots for a long lunch in Perth!
The perfect combination of fine and casual dining, Il Lido’s food is a hug on a plate—a long, lingering hug. Lovingly crafted, produce driven Italian fare in a warm and welcoming beachfront canteen makes for the perfect long lunch, and that’s before even cracking into the award-winning wine list. Caution: this may turn into dinner.
So much more than somewhere to stop in for a quick coffee and newspaper after a swim, Odyssea offers sweeping ocean views and streaming sunlight throughout, not to mention some excellent long lunch options. Classy, yet definitively laid-back, you’ll head in wearing thongs for a smoothie and a salad, and wind up slurping oysters and cracking the champagne three hours later.
Lunch at The Camfield is such a great way to spend an afternoon that we think even footy-goers have trouble pulling themselves away when the siren sounds. Park up outside in the sun for a few pizzas and beers on tap, or dine on succulent fish and steak in the spacious and beautifully fitted out restaurant.
Hampton & Maley
The brainchild of the fine dining heavyweights behind Restaurant Amuse, Hampton & Maley's all day menu is a thing of beauty. Soft but abundant natural light and a distinctly casual atmosphere spell long lunch like no other. The blue swimmer crab omelette should do the trick.
Little Creatures Brewing
Never has there been a more obvious spot for a long and silly lunch. Little Creatures is always bustling, but the laid-back atmosphere, chatty and accommodating staff, and delicious food and drinks is a divine combination. When that fresh Freo breeze and the lapping water of the dock come into the equation, your long lunch might just be at risk of turning into dinner.
Bistro Des Artistes
This gorgeous restaurant sitting pretty on Hay Street is what lunching dreams are made of. Delightful midday sun streams through the large front windows, lighting up the cute little glass vases, florals and mirrored walls. The place is quiet without being static, service is friendly and the food is dee-lish! Get a couple of courses and draw things out over a bottle of vino.
The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. Linger over their seasonal menu and enjoy shared dishes that are one-part rustic refinement, one-part quirk. Throw in a few glasses of wine and perhaps a short black for the ultimate late long lunch in the beautiful State Buildings.
Come for the iconic Insta-pic underneath the striped yellow umbrellas, stay for the thick cut bacon and downright delicious Bloody Mary menu. Shorehouse lends itself to a long lunch of any form: relax and celebrate on the deck in the midday sun, enjoy a fine, lingering meal in the restaurant, or have a casual catch up in one of the booths by the entrance.
There’s nothing like whiling away an afternoon in our beautiful Cultural Centre. And now, you can do it in style and over delicious food at Frank! A bottle of wine and a hearty, rustic Italian meal later, you’ll walk out feeling like you’re in a parallel universe. Best hit the exhibitions first, lest the afternoon escape you!
The Guildford Hotel
There’s something about the historic grandeur of this gorgeous old local pub. Enjoy a casual long lunch with a bunch of mates out in the beer garden or grab a share plate and park up on a lounge under the beautiful arches inside. Either way, you won’t be leaving anytime soon!
A bonafide neighbourhood joint with a distinctly slow yet vibrant feel, Island Market's ‘thing’ is their filled pitas with lamb or chicken shawarma, pork belly and falafel as filler options. Or, grab a cocktail and just try to narrow down your order from the shared plates menu—deciding what to order takes long enough to constitute a long lunch alone.
Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by latest owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch with a sense of refinement or an extended midday escape from the CBD grind.
Perfect for a long and elegant lunch, The Reveley offers insanely good views of Elizabeth Quay, the cityscape and our beautiful Swan River. Fingers crossed for one of those cute tables for two pressed right up against the floor to ceiling windows!
Bib & Tucker
With oceanic views as good as that offered from the Bib & Tucker deck, any meal here is bound to become a long one. The vibe is pitched somewhere between luxurious and laid-back, which is basically exactly what you want for a long lunch.
This is casual dining at its finest! One of the original Beaufort Street dining spots, Cantina is still holding strong as a beautiful spot to while away the day. With a glass of wine in hand and a plate of their duck liver parfait, good luck pulling yourself away. Or, linger over a serve of their gnocchi as Mount Lawley buzzes around you.
If it’s not the luscious greenery dripping from the ceiling that lulls you into a long and lazy lunch at Tiisch, it might be the pale pastel colour palette or the delicious food that does it. Between deciding what to order from their exquisite lunch menu and then never wanting to leave the beautiful space they’ve created, you could be there all day.
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Bib & Tucker | Image credit: Nancy Hanna at Bib & Tucker, The Reveley and Odyssea, Louise Coghill at The Shorehouse and Little Creatures