KEBABS were once the 3 am soul food of the drunken night out.
While there’s still no better cure for a boozy night, humble Middle Eastern food has slowly become a staple of our diets.
If you live in Melbourne, you probably have a favourite kebab stop.
Kebabs, how can a combo of meat, bread and salad be so simple yet so satisfying? Drizzle it with garlic sauce, and you’ve got yourself a match made in heaven.
There are many vehicles to get this delicious grilled meat in your belly, from lahmacuns, pita rolls, Turkish bread, Halal snack packs, souvlaki and more.
While everyone may have their favourite spot for kebab in Melbourne, there’s no reason not to try every place on the list the next time you’re out and about.
After all, a night out on the town isn’t complete without that 3 am urge to eat a kebab like nobody’s watching.
20 Best Kebab Shops in Melbourne
Kebabs. They do it all—best 3 am decision ever, a carb overload to get you through the working day or (in our opinion) the food that travels *best* with UberEats.
No chance of things sliding around and getting cold here, thank you. The thing with kebabs, though, is that having a bad one is like a betrayal from a close friend. We’ve put together the list of the best kebabs in Melbourne purely to save you from kebab disappointment.
Lambs On Malvern
There’s a couple of these ‘Lambs on’ venues kicking around (Richmond, Chapel, Brunswick, etc.) but Lambs on Malvern takes the cake. Their decor is a bit much—bright red walls plastered over with photos of countless happy customers.
It gets you in the kebab-y mood. Just focus on the giant lamb spit behind the counter. Pillowy soft bred, smoky, juicy meat (go on, get the double meat) and generous amounts of garlic sauce. Always a winner.
For that something extra special, Lambs on Malvern offers up some of the best kebabs in Melbourne. It looks like your typical kebab joint, but the bread is soft, and the charcoal meat is to die for. If you want real lamb that’s marinated and cooked perfectly and not that processed stuff, then this is the place for you.
- Known for: open souvlaki, charcoal-grilled lamb
- Address: 245 Malvern Road, South Yarra VIC 3141
- Trading Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 am-10.30 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-4 am
If you’re driving past the Caltex on Springvale Rd and happen to see a crowd of cars and people, it’s not some fancy, invite-only event. It’s just the weekly crowd at Glenny Kebabs. A humble kebab station that pulls massive crowds for its HSP and glorious, glorious kebabs.
You can pick up nearly all these for a sweet tenner, which means you might as well get two (we won’t tell). They’ve got veganised mock meat too, so those trying to stay away from the real thing can still get their meaty, glutinous fix.
Since 2016 Glenny Kebabs has been a popular destination for kebab lovers and has gained recognition as one of the best kebab shops Melbourne has to offer. They also have a few non-traditional items on the menu, such as sweet potato fries, mock meat for vegetarians and wedges. For dessert, try the Nutella kebab or ice cream doughnuts.
Zeus Street Greek
Heading into solve territory now, but these guys are so good that we just had to. They’ve got a pita menu with something for everyone, but we like the Tzimmy Lamb classic: lamb, tomato, tzatziki, onion, paprika & chips. The ingredients here are fresh, crisp and the pitas are packed full.
(veeeery non-regular kebab) picks would have to be the soft shell crab with rocket, mint, caper dill aioli and fennel slaw. For veggies, you’re going to have a crackin’ great time with the halloumi, olive tapenade and caramelised onions.
Collingwood & Windsor
Let’s the preface: this is the Melburnian *cool* kebab. It’s like, a kebab x1000. Don’t eat all day, so you’re ready to tackle and devour one of these babies properly. We’re obsessed with pretty much the entire menu: the Dirty South with fried chicken, pickled onion, lettuce and aioli, or the coconut-fried beef brisket with rendang curry mayo and carrot slaw.
Veggies, the (sometimes) bland falafel you can face at regular kebab places is no more. Try their flaxseed falafel with cucumber, hummus, garlic yoghurt, mint and pickled onion. Add cheese.
A tiny, tucked-away kebab shop that can rock a party to rival the best bars in the CBD, especially once everyone starts shuffling in after their night out. You can get a regular or a jumbo—come on, we both know you’re getting the jumbo—with lamb, chicken or a mix of the two, or a falafel kebab. It’s the perfect midnight fix. Piping hot, garlicky, and has enough meat to make you bloated in the morning.
Think you can handle two in one night? Yeah, you can. We believe in you. CBD Kebabs has one of the best kebab reputations in the game. The prices are pretty good too, just $8.00 for a kebab. Their HSP gets a lot of hype, but you really can’t go wrong with the kebabs.
Customisable, lots of add-ons to choose from, and the core kebab stealing the show (as it should be). Thinly sliced tender meat, copious amounts of sauce, crisp onions, all wrapped tightly in a hot bread blanket.
Meat In The Middle
This one’s a wee bit fancier than some others on the list. Not so fancy you’d make a client lunch here, but it closes reasonably early for a kebab shop, and we’d say coming in sloppy shopping drunk is probably not heavily recommended.
You can count on the food here, though: Greek-style souvas, crammed full of juicy meat and veggies. We’d recommend the Asian-inspired Kingsway—chargrilled pork, apple slaw, barbeque sauce and chilli. De-lish.
Melbourne Kebab Station
Unassuming, simple and straight to the point, as all great kebab places should be. You want a great kebab, and you get one, no extra bells and whistles. The meat is fresh, the bread is chewy and warm, and the dips (espesh the hummus!!!) are out of this world good.
Even if you’re a South-sider, we’d say a kebab like this is worth the drive. One more thing: these guys don't skimp. The average kebab weight seems to be in the region of 1kg.
Get your kebab fix at Melbourne Kebab Station. The perfect lunch picks me up or late night fixer up. It’s all about a solid kebab here. Juicy meat, fluffy warm bread and crispy fresh salad. It’s often the simplest things in life that are the best. For a little bit of everything, get the popular mixed grill with chicken and lamb shish, Adana kebab, dips, bread and more.
- Known for: mixed grill, Turkish bread
- Address: 451 Sydney Road, Coburg VIC 3058
- Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am-9 pm
Hawthorn Grill & Kebab House
Slightly spruced compared to most kebab joints (you could sit down and have a nice meal here), Hawthorn Grill & Kebab House is a perfect late-night spot for a kebab that hits the spot.
They’ve got the holy trio: lamb, chicken and mixed, plus a couple more that are a tiny bit fancier. But nothing that strays too far from the Turkish classic. You can get grilled shish, or else an Adana or kofte kebab, all wrapped in warm, pillowy pita bread. Yom.
This Melbourne kebab shop offers juicy charcoal-grilled lamb, and that’s just one of Hawthorn Grill and Kebab Houses’ enticements. Not only do they have quality ingredients, but the prices aren’t too bad either, and the shop’s atmosphere is a step up from your average kebab shop. Grab a lamb kebab with delicious garlic sauce or try one of their HSPs with chips and any choice of sauce.
- Known for: Charcoal lamb, HSP
- Address: 347-349 Burwood Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122
- Trading Hours: Mon 10am-4pm, Tues 10.30am-12am, Wed 10.30am-4am, Thurs 11am-4am, Fri 11am-12am, Sat 12am-12am, Sun 10.30am-12am
If you want some degustation-level gourmet experience, this isn’t the place for you. This is the place for after a hard day at work or a sweat sesh on the town. They’re open to ridiculous (ridiculously convenient, that is) hours—5am Thursday to Saturday.
They have the classics, and the classics only: lamb, chicken and mixed. But boy, they do them well. Choose between pide or Turkish bread, meat straight off the spit, and hummus that goes down a treat.
Located in Fitzroy, Istanbul Kebab is the perfect kebab shop in Melbourne for a tasty treat on the way home. Choose from lamb, chicken or a mix for your kebab and pick your extras like cheese, olives, chilli sauce and more. Also, try their highly praised gozleme, which includes savoury fillings like spinach, cheese, mushroom and pumpkin.
- Known for: gozleme, homemade chilli sauce
- Address: 143 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
- Trading Hours: Mon-Tues 9.30am-12am, Thurs-Sat 9.30am-5am, Sun 9.30am-3am
Dubbed ‘Best in the West, ’ these kebabs come from a humble yet bustling food truck front. Swing by on your way home and dig into one of their masterpieces—hot, toasted bread with moist and juicy meat. Pro tip: if you want something a bit adventurous, add in the pickled jalapenos and the hot sauce. This one isn't for amateurs.
Lipo’s Kebabs are no-frills which is exactly what you want when it’s late at night, and you’re in the mood for something to fill your belly. Get a lamb, chicken, mixed or vegetarian kebab plus a drink for just $10 or a large HSP for just $15 including chilli, hummus and cheese. It’s a no brainer.
- Known for: jalapeno, garlic sauce, price
- Address: 551 Geelong Road, Brooklyn VIC 3012
- Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 5 pm-2.30 am
‘Ere we go, Melbourne foodies. If you think you’re a bit too high class for a dirty 2 am kebab run, try out one of these souvlakis for size. You can’t go wrong with Gazi’s menu—we’re talking beetroot falafel with horseradish yoghurt, a teriyaki pork belly (DROOL) with white miso mayo crispy prawn with cocktail sauce.
It’s like if you sent a kebab into a beauty salon. Our fave is still the soft-shelled crab kebab. It comes with Japanese mint, coriander and honey.
If you’re after a bit of oomph with your kebab (or souvlaki in this case) and a little more pizzazz than your average kebab shop, then Gazi has you covered. It’s Greek street food with a punch, including their famous and delicious soft shell crab souvlaki served with Japanese mayo, mint, coriander and honey plus dips and pita with beetroot whipped feta and horseradish. Yum!
- Known for: soft shell crab souvlaki, pork belly
- Address: 2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
- Trading Hours: Tues-Fri 12pm-3pm, 5pm-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm
Footscray Kebab House
Another contender for Melbourne's best in the West. You're not a 'Scary local if you haven't ended up here after a night on the sauce. And speaking of sauce, the cacik (tzatziki) is one of the best we've tried anywhere, and the housemade chilli is also nothing to sniff at.
Go to the Shish Kebab, bump it up to a large size, and never look back. The team usually whacks on an extra helping of Turkish bread ('if you need more carbs).
For the best kebabs in Melbourne, you really can’t go wrong with Katik. Serving up traditional Adana kebab and Turkish pide, at Katik, everything is made from scratch, and it makes a noticeable difference. Being one of the best kebab shops in Melbourne means you’ll often find a line outside waiting to get in the place, but it is worth the wait.
Katik Kebabs is one of Melbourne’s yummiest and secret Kebab places located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. This place is super popular for its traditional, authentic Adani kebabs and dips that taste awesome.
They also serve other traditional Afghan and Turkish specialties. If you’ve been here, do share your experience. This is quite a small space and modest cafe but offers great food!
- Known for: traditional Adana kebab
- Address: 349 Barry Road, Campbellfield VIC 3061
- Trading Hours: Mon-Sat 9 am-9 pm
Flemington Kebab House
Flemington Kebab House is the place to be for charcoal grill kebabs, Turkish pide, Gozleme, plus all the other side extras that make a 3 am snack turn into a feast!
If you’ve got the munchies, we highly recommend the HSP or Halal Snack Pack, which comes with lamb or chicken, chips, cheese, drizzled with garlic, chilli and barbeque sauce.
- Known for: Falafel kebab with chilli dip
- Address: 301 Racecourse Road, Kensington VIC 3031
- Trading Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 am-10.30 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-3 am
Traditional Turkish cooking is what Kebab Thyme is all about. They have multiple variations of kebabs that you’ll probably have a hard time picking just one.
Their HSP is a popular dish that includes lamb or chicken, chips, cheese, plus toppings of your choice. Try their Godzilla for dessert, delicious Turkish pastry filled with Nutella and served with maple syrup.
- Address: 371 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley VIC 3150
- Trading Hours: Tues-Thurs 5pm-9:30pm, Fri 5pm-11:59pm, Sat-Sun 5pm-12:30am
Adani Kebabs Brunswick
If you are after the best Adana and kebabs, this is the place! This Brunswick joint is popular for its yummy kebabs and great customer service! This warm and friendly local place is popular for awesome authentic Turkish kebabs and mouth-watering dips that come along with top-rated places with regulars from several years ago! If you want to taste one of the BEST kebabs Melbourne has to offer – go here!
Roxy Kebab Deer Park
Great Kebab, fresh ingredients, generous portion sizes, and awesome customer service! Roxy Kebabs has always stayed on top of our list and is never disappointed every time we’ve tried them! Great value for money. They offer nice quantifiers with generous portion sizes compared to the standard kebab you may expect.
They are also popular for their warm, soft, and tasty Turkish bread and dips served here. We’ve tried and enjoyed both the chicken and lamb kebabs to be flavourful and fresh in taste. They’ve been in business for several years and have great quality ingredients, slow charcoal cooked meat, and amazing customer service! We recommend you try their kebabs next time you are around.
Spencer Pizza Kebab Rebecca Walk Melbourne
Yet another awesome pizza and kebab place in Melbourne CBD that’s pretty good! The kebab is located very close to the Crown Casino on the Rebecca walk well in the Melbourne CBD.
Even though the place has one or two tables just outside the food counter, they are often popular for takeaways, and the pizzas and kebab ranges are quite impressive. Next time you walk this way or visit the Southbank, check out these guys for a quick Kebab takeaway.
Persian Grill Kebabs Melbourne CBD
One of the best places in Melbourne to find authentic Persian kebabs! Persian Grill is located right in the heart of Melbourne city on Elizabeth Street and offers a variety of Kebabs. If you have been here, do share your experience and how you loved the kebabs! This is one of the easiest accessible Kebab places in the Melbourne CBD.
FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants
While the kebab concept has been around Middle Eastern cultures for centuries, what we know as a kebab originated in Germany. A Turkish-born German restaurateur, widely credited with having in 1972, in West Berlin, introduced or invented the fast-food sandwich commonly known as the kebab.
Kebab (also kebap, kabob, kebob, or kabab) is an Iranian, Afghan, Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean, and South Asian dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer or spit originating either in the Eastern Mediterranean, or the Middle East, before spreading worldwide.
The Secret Ingredient! The secret ingredient to making these kebabs is always delicious. Nearly foolproof is sweet onion. Specifically, grated sweet onion. Grating a small sweet onion gives the kebabs so much wonderful flavour and keeps the meat very moist.
Be sure that all the sides of every kabob touch the grill - not only does this ensure doneness, but it also gives the meat (if you're using any) a crisp all-over exterior. As a general rule, most kebabs will require approximately 10-15 minutes to cook, which is 2.5-3.75 minutes for each of the four sides.
Kebab (kebap in Turkish, kabab in Iran, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, also spelled kebob, kabob; Urdu: کباب) means "grilled (or broiled) meat" in Persian and Turkish. Kebab is usually made of lamb and beef. Sometimes chicken and fish are used for some styles.
Kebab, also referred to as Kebap, Kabob, Kebab, or Kabab in different parts of the world, is a popular Middle Eastern dish also popular in the easter the Mediterranean and South Asian countries where you can find different but authentic variants of Kebabs.
It’s a super yummy dish made from meat, fish, or even roasted vegetables when grilled on a skewer giving it a different taste and flavour. It goes well when served with a relish or a dip and ensures to mention your spice tolerance when you taste it for the first time and customise it accordingly.