The Top 10 Restaurants In Eltham, Melbourne

Courtesy of Second Home
Courtesy of Second Home
Photo of Isabell Greigeritsch
9 February 2017

Eltham presents some of the best options for eating out, with a variety to please everyone’s tastes. With a mixture of cultural cuisine, including Thai, Italian, Chinese and even Lebanese, you will find something to your taste. Whether you are looking for fine dining or cheap casual, Eltham has plenty of options to choose from, with something to suit every palate.


Volumes is a modern yet rustic-styled café, which offers a spacious area for customers. The café’s warm and inviting atmosphere is created by the bookstore and gift shop available at the front, accompanied by old furniture and homely décor. Volumes is always busy, so you can expect it to be noisy at most times of the day. However, with its large-sized portions, plentiful menu and moderately cheap and reasonable prices, it is a great place to enjoy a meal.

Volumes, 70 Commercial Pl, Eltham, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9431 5000

Image courtesy of Volume

Courtesy of Volume

The Main

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Australian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
The Main, a modern and contemporary restaurant influenced by Scandinavian cuisine, provides excellent quality service and is famous for its delectable sweets. It has a range of sweets to suit everyone’s tastes, and if you are just passing by, you can get a takeaway order. Aside from this, they also have a hefty number of items on their menu including breakfast options, pasta, pizza, mains and snacks. If you are interested in top quality food or like a wide variety of options, this is the place for you.


Restaurant, Lebanese, $$$
Maroush Lebanese Restaurant, Eltham
Maroush Lebanese Restaurant, Eltham | © stu_spivack/Flickr
Maroush is the perfect place for those who love Lebanese cuisine. Although pretty loud, this restaurant is always busy due to the exceptional food, so booking in advanced would be best. However, if you love a warm atmosphere, flavourful dishes, and polite staff, this is the place to go to. Their traditional banquet is a favourite among locals, with a good range of items to pick off the menu as well as being reasonably priced.


Restaurant, European, Australian, $$$
This cottage-like restaurant, situated in Eltham, provides a warm and elegant interior with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere among staff. Mercers offers a stylish dining experience reflecting the love that goes into the food. If you like modern, intelligent, and creative food selections, then Mercers is sure to please. Although on the expensive side, Mercers also offers an extensive wine selection.

Nongkhai Thai

Restaurant, Thai, Asian, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Australian, $$$
Image courtesy of Nongkhai Thai
Image courtesy of Nongkhai Thai
With consistently quality food, Nongkhai Thai is known as one of the best Thai restaurants in Eltham and arguably throughout most northern suburbs. If you like curry, the Panang chicken curry is one of the highest rated items on the menu. With nothing over $25, its reasonable prices are just another reason customers find this restaurant a delight. Many find that its quiet and friendly customer service is also a bonus to the already highly rated restaurant.


Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Wine, Beer, Australian, Vegetarian
This friendly, relaxed restaurant edged with a modern twist is a favourite in Eltham. Located amongst the other shops, its easy access and relatively cheap pricing brings many customers to this local hub. While it is popular for its all-day breakfast option, its tapas section and alternative menu are often sought out by customers. The coffee is exceptionally well made, and if you like options, while still having the Aussie classics available, such as parmigiana, then Eira is definitely a good choice.

Second Home

Cafe, Australian, Coffee, Tea , $$$
The Second Home’s bright and open-spaced restaurant brings a modern vibe. Its rustic-styled space is located in an old art gallery, displaying local artworks throughout the area. Although the meals are a bit expensive, portions are very generous, allowing customers to feel well fed and happy to pay a bit more for the food. If you like modern-styled meals and great coffee, this is the place to go. As well as very attentive staff, Second Home always provides great hospitality to customers. If you like breakfast and brunch, you’re in luck as the restaurant specialises in these areas. It even provides a healthy organic section, made up with super foods, for those who want to eat fresh and local organic produce.

Noble House

A family-owned restaurant, Noble House is renowned for their elegant and friendly atmosphere, thanks to the lovely customer service. This place is highly recommended for people who love Chinese cuisine. On Sundays, they offer yum cha, which is just one of their many standouts. This restaurant offers a variety of choices. Particular favourites among the customers are the prawn omelette and wonton soup. However, if you like the original Chinese classics such as fried rice, then you are still in luck. Noble House is usually busy, so a booking in advance would be best.


Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
Gennaro's Pizza Restaurant, Eltham
Gennaro's Pizza Restaurant, Eltham | Image courtesy of Gennaros
If you are looking for a perfect family restaurant, which will have something for everyone, Gennaros is your best bet. Specialising in Italian cuisine, it is, of course, famous for its pizzas. However, it is also loved by locals for the seafood and pasta dishes, which are full of flavour and texture. The arancini balls are also highly recommended. With kind and bubbly waiters and waitresses, the restaurant has an inviting atmosphere.

Lilies on Brougham

Cafe, Australian, Coffee, Tea , Vegetarian
If you like simplicity, then Lilies on Brougham is the place for you. This French-inspired restaurant has a calm, relaxing atmosphere, which includes a lovely outside area separated into two parts: undercover and an open backyard area set up with old-fashioned furniture. With a gift store in the main room of the café, there is plenty to browse while waiting for food. Its tasty breakfast options are popular among locals, especially the pancakes and eggs benedict, along with their coffee. However, their lunch menu is quite limited and has only up to five options, changing only every three months or so. If you enjoy a small menu and a relaxing, elegant aura, then be sure to visit Lilies on Brougham.

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