Every mum is different, so there's no ideal restaurant to celebrate Mother’s Day. That said, there are a few traits worth seeking out when it comes time to reserve a table. And given this year's falls on Sunday May 13, that time is fast approaching.

Where possible, the restaurant should be on the quieter end of the spectrum. And service should be attentive and considerate – because no one's ever felt special waiting for their next drink. A classic cuisine such as French is often a safe bet and a touch of sophistication goes a long way.

We've assembled our list with all this in mind. Stick to the top dozen restaurants if you're keen to splash out and really make your mum's day. Look further down if your family is more relaxed when it comes to celebrating Mother's Day.

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Best Special Occasion Restaurants in Melbourne
Best Restaurants in Melbourne

Cutler & Co.

Mother's Day is always on a Sunday – just like Cutler & Co's $85 set menu lunch.

55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy


Stuck for conversation? Just look out of the windows, and let the sweeping ocean views do the talking.

Upstairs 30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

Flower Drum

Ideal for large groups: Cantonese Mother's Day is an extended family affair.

17 Market Lane, Melbourne

The European

A sure-fire winner for special occasions.

161 Spring Street, Melbourne


The Lucas Group's most ambitious venue is also its quietest, making it the ideal space for an extended lunch or dinner with mum.

175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne


The legendary hospitality here will make the whole family feel looked after.

49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

Cafe Di Stasio

Ronnie Di Stasio's patented brand of theatrical yet intimate hospitality lends itself well to a Mother's Day meal.

31 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda


Grossi Florentino is still the standard-bearer for special occasion dining in Melbourne. Ask for a table in the mural room.

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne

The Mayfair

This opulent, French-leaning brasserie is the perfect choice for a late meal.

The Sofitel 45 Collins Street, Melbourne

Estelle Bistro

A laid-back neighbourhood bistro, for a more low-key Mother's Day.

243 High Street, Northcote


Set menu or a la carte, this two-storey restaurant in the legal district will have something for mum.

211 Queen Street, Melbourne


Is your mum an adventurous eater? Take her here for vegemite tempura and other clever Vietnamese-Australian fusion dishes.

338 Bridge Road, Richmond

The Atlantic Restaurant and Oyster Bar

This temple to seafood can seat up to 300 people, but never feels too busy – even at capacity.

8 Whiteman Street, Crown Complex, Southbank


You can't go wrong with this Flinders Lane staple.

Basement 141 Flinders Lane (corner Oliver Lane), Melbourne


Epocha's sister-venue is an ode to Cretan cuisine.

871 Burke Road, Camberwell

L'Hôtel Gitan

Book a table in the bistro area for a French perspective on Aussie pub dining.

32 Commercial Road, Prahran


If mum loves her greens, the veg-heavy menu at Etta won't disappoint.

60 Lygon Street, Brunswick East


A solid Italian dining-experience that stands out, even in Carlton.

191 Nicholson Street, Carlton


If you get a warm day, chance the front-porch seating for an alfresco Mother's Day.

155 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

Park Street Pasta & Wine

A charming all-day diner at an unassuming intersection.

268 Park Street, South Melbourne

Bistro Guillaume

Crown's marquee French restaurant is a safe bet for a good Mother's Day.

Shop 7 Crown Complex 8 Whiteman, Southbank


A good option for a more casual (but exciting) meal.

133 Ormond Road, Elwood

French Saloon Bar & Bistro

Although it's hot property, mum will be impressed if you can wrangle a table with a view.

Level 1 46 Hardware Lane, Melbourne


Degustations are the main offering at Shane Delia's Maha, so come with a big appetite.

21 Bond St, Melbourne


This will be Añada's eleventh Mother's Day service. The Gertrude Street tapas classic has the day down pat.

197 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Cumulus Inc.

If mum loves a share-plate, this is the Andrew McConnell restaurant to book.

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Cumulus Up Wine Bar

For a more casual alternative, head to the wine bar above.

Level 1 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne


Cutler & Co's sibling and neighbour, wine bar Marion, is a veritable dining destination in its own right.

53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Copper Pot

The relaxed decor belies Copper Pot's serious fine-dining chops.

105 Victoria Street, Seddon

La Luna Bistro

The steak here is house-aged.

320 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North


A quiet refuge from the Bourke Street bustle.

74 Bourke Street, Melbourne


David's is a confident, comfortable proponent of Shanghainese cuisine.

4 Cecil Place, Prahran


This lively Vietnamese restaurant is perfect for a large Mother's Day group.

56 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne


Come here after a Mother's Day walk through the Botanic Gardens.

171 Domain Road, South Yarra

Carlton Wine Room

The newly reopened Carlton Wine Room has more than five levels of dining space.

172-174 Faraday Street, Carlton


Taking mum to a show at the Arts Centre? Eat at Fatto before (or afterwards).

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Thirty Eight Chairs South Yarra

The staff are very enthusiastic about special occasions here.

4a Bond Street, South Yarra

Bon Ap'

A relaxed Brunswick Street bistro.

193 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

This historic pub has three different dining rooms to choose from.

166 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Las Tapas

Some of the most sought after tapas south of the river.

100 Chapel Street, St Kilda

Hellenic Republic Kew

George Calombaris's Greek taverna fare is perfect for a family meal.

26 Cotham Road, Kew

Hellenic Hotel

Tastes like the best family meals do – only without the cooking and cleaning up.

28 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

Hellenic Republic Brighton

The newest Hellenic Republic has a heavier focus on vegetables than previous entries.

25/27 Church Street, Brighton

Hellenic Republic Brunswick East

Or try Brunswick East for the original and the best.

434 Lygon Street, Brunswick East