Thirdwave Cafe

Best Place for American BBQ Melbourne

Looking for the best American BBQ place in Melbourne? Look no further than the religious experience of Third Wave Cafe. Third Wave is known GLOBALLY for its smoked meats and is known to set new standards in meat menu items all around the world. Since Third Wave Cafe did their famous dish (the BBQ Thor’s Hammer), butchers around the world have reported customers coming in and asking for a Thor’s Hamer.

What makes Third Wave the best American BBQ Place in Melbourne?

Best American BBQ In Melbourne, Thor's Hammer
Are you worthy enough to lift Thor’s Hammer?

Deciding the best American BBQ place in Melbourne to dine at doesn’t always come down to how insane the meals are but there are a few key factors you want to look for, not just with Third Wave Cafe.

The first is you want to look at the value, that is, how much meat you get for your money. The restaurant Third Wave Cafe is known for their gigantic platters that give you far much more return on your dollar spend. Filled with smoked brisket, chicken, ribs and even Candy Bacon, Third Wave’s BBQ platters are legendary! Setting a new standard in meats but also allow you to sample the sheer quantity of meats available from their smokers. Most of these BBQ Platters are so big you’ll have left overs, and that is a great way to keep the joy of food going!

Best American BBQ place in Melbourne
BBQ meat Platter for 6 from Third Wave Cafe

The next thing you should look at is CARE in the meats and smoking process. American BBQ comes from the process of cooking the meat low-and-slow for several hours. Third Wave Cafe cooks most of their meats for 12 hours minimum, which transforms the meats into an intensely soft experience with intensely meaty and smoky flavours. The best American BBQ in Melbourne should take great pride in their smoking process and the results they create.

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Looking for the best American BBQ place in Melbourne can often be hard, which is why as a result often when people find a place they like they stick with it. In interviews with customers from Third Wave Cafe it is always exciting to find out how far they came from. For many people outside Melbourne, or even Australia, quite often will set Third Wave Cafe as one of their tourist destinations for their trip to Melbourne, which is absolutely insane!

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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.


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