Thirdwave Cafe

American BBQ Lunch in Melbourne

Platter for 6

Third Wave is a great location for an American BBQ lunch in Melbourne. It has a HUGE selection of slow-smoked meat options that set it apart from the other American BBQ places in Melbourne. Third Wave is not only pushing the envelope in what can be created with American BBQ with their monthly crazy specials, but also, holds strong foundations in various traditional methods of cooking and preparing low-and-slow smoked meats.

American BBQ Lunch at Third Wave
A HUGE selection of American BBQ meats at Third Wave

What makes Third Wave so good for an American BBQ Lunch?

Take a look at Third Wave’s menu. You’ll see loads of tasty things like smoked brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, lamb shoulder and chicken. Depending on the meat, most of these core menu items are smoked for up to 12 hours with different woods which pair well with each meat. This being the core of what Third Wave does in the kitchen means that the meats you really get a traditional experience. Looking around Melbourne for American BBQ, you will often find that many places try to do these core menu items with a twist that can actually distract from the meaty experience. Different spice rubs that can draw you out of the flavours of the meats can get in the way. With Third Wave, the spice rubs the spice rubs really match the meats well. The perfect American BBQ lunch is served!

Now, look at the other menu items for lunch at Third Wave. The smoked meats when combined in burgers result in some seriously tasty burgers. Smoked brisket or short rib in a burger… delicious! Each burger is an extremely special flavour experience.

Lastly, for an amazing American BBQ lunch, Third Wave also has GIGANTIC BBQ platters for 2, 4 and 6. These platters are a GREAT way to try different kinds of tasty meats so you don’t have to pick and turn your lunch experience into a party!

We recommend you book in advance. Please book here: CLICK HERE
See some of our videos showing off the meats here: CLICK HERE


Third Wave has become a religious experience on the Melbourne restaurant scene. Since opening in 2010, we have cemented a reputation as a great neighborhood cafe with a loyal breakfast and lunch crowd. People come from far and wide to enjoy our exceptional coffees and vast breakfast & lunch menu. Then by night, we transform into a bustling BBQ joint, inspired by the classic American smoke houses of the deep south. Today we are proud to be recognised as one of the best American BBQ experiences you’ll have outside of the US.


Third Wave Cafe started as a trendy inner Melbourne café with an aim to grow and so we did. After 9 years, we are one of Melbourne’s favourite American BBQ restaurants with a huge emphasis on slow-smoked meats and burgers.