How to get a cheap meal in Melbourne every night of the week

How to get a cheap meal in Melbourne every night of the week

Melbourne is a town that will let you eat like a king on a meagre budget – if you know where to look.

In Melbourne, food FOMO is real. Why cook when you could choose from endless delicious restaurants every night of the week? Unfortunately, we don’t all have the cash to back up that lifestyle – which is where Melbourne’s cheap eats heroes come into play. These eateries are doing the sweetest deals around, from $2 tacos to tasty tapas. For more great meals on a budget, check out our cheap eats under $20 list, and find out which restaurant won Best Cheap Eat at the 2016 Time Out Food Awards.


Beer DeLuxe, Hawthorn
$2 tacos

Cherry Tree Hotel, Cremorne
2-for-1 wood-fired pizzas from 6pm

Forester’s Pub and Dining, Collingwood
Local’s Night: $15 pub classics

The Maori Chief Hotel, South Melbourne
$15 chilli con carne

The Wesley Anne, Northcote
Roo and wine for $14.99 from 5pm



Bobbie Peels, North Melbourne
300g steak for $15

The Great Britain Hotel, Richmond
$10 parma

Retreat Hotel, Brunswick
Thali Curry with a pot for $15

The Reverence Hotel, Footscray
$3 tacos, $5 spicy fries, $3 Tecate tinnies

The Rochester Hotel, Fitzroy
$10 burgers



Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy
$4 pizzas from 7-11pm

Great Britain Hotel, Richmond
$5 steak, chips and salad

The Panama, Fitzroy
$1 oysters 6-7pm

Trippy Taco, Fitzroy
$10.50 bean and cheese burrito

29th Apartment, St Kilda
$1 whole pizza after 8pm



Beer DeLuxe, CBD
$15 burger and beer

Bowl Bowl Dumplings, Collingwood
$9.50 steamed dumpling platter

Gami Chicken, CBD
$12 chicken spare rib with cabbage salad and pickled radish

The Last Jar, Melbourne
$12 Irish Late Night Snack (chips, melted cheese, curry sauce)

Mukka Indian, Fitzroy
$12.50 classic dosa



Juanita Peaches, Brunswick
$14 fish burrito with masa fried fish and jalapeños

Laksa King, Flemington
$10.80 combination curry laksa

The Lucky Coq, Windsor
$4 pizza 7-9pm

The National Hotel, Richmond
$7 for two crispy chicken baos and $7 pints 5-7pm

Oasis Bakery, Murrumbeena
$9.90 for kafta wrap with tabouli and hummus



Heartattack and Vine, Carlton
$3.50 for one cicchetti (snack) or $10 for three

Lentil as Anything, St Kilda
Pay what you want for Sri Lankan Uttapam

Poké Me, South Yarra
$15 salmon poké bowl

ShanDong MaMa, CBD
$14.80 for 12 prawn, mushroom and chive dumplings

Shujinko, Melbourne
$12.80 ramen



Biggie Smalls, Collingwood
$9.50 flaxseed falafel kebab

Naked for Satan, Fitzroy
$9 tapas from 5pm

The Palace Hotel, South Melbourne
$15 roast

Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick East
$4 pizzas and toasties from 5.30pm onwards

The Wolf and I, Windsor
$20 Sunday roast from 5pm

By Aobh O’Brien-Moody