Explore Morocco in the heart of Melbourne


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Sahara is a city venue like no other.  The Sahara Restaurant from over 40 years ago has been rejuvenated, creating a fantastic 3 level dining experience, reflecting Melbourne’s diverse restaurant and bar culture.

Sahara impresses a Moroccan and Northern African infused dining experience, in the heart of Melbourne.

Overlooking bustling Swanston Street and the State Library, combining an aesthetic flair for the region and a modern and slightly multicultural twist, creates a vibrant and exotic setting. Perfect for any occasion, be it for that special someone, group or corporate lunch, dinner or function.

The Rooftop

Simply put, the best kind of bar is a rooftop bar. Drinks with a view is what Instagram was made for (not pictures of brunch, which is a common misconception). For a city not particularly renowned for its skyscrapers, Melbourne still knows how to make the most of alcohol at an altitude.

Rise above the burning concrete and stuffy interiors this summer and tone those thighs with some good old-fashioned stair climbing. Escape to the echelons of summer delight where a cool breeze and a chilled cocktail provide the ultimate refreshment high above the steamy streets below.

Indulge in hot and cold Mezze dishes with a wine or cocktail to match.

Souk’s Hideout

Overlooking bustling Swanston Street and State Library, combining an aesthetic flair for the region and a modern and slightly multicultural twist, creates a vibrant and exotic setting.

Souk’s Hideout’ offers a wide range of tantalising Mediterranean canapés, a nice selection of cocktails, spirits, beer and wine when the sun goes down.

As the light begins to fade and Melbourne begins to glow, the skyscrapers gleaming all around you, there’s no other place you’d rather be.

Bar Snacks


Intricately rooted traditions and a variety of different cultures are evident in the rich and deep flavours of the Moroccan cuisine. The organic ingredients and mixed spices envelopes the rather generous and robust assortment of salads, meat, grains, desserts and beverages.

Moroccan cuisine is considered one of the most important cuisines in the world. One of the reasons for its importance is its remarkable diversity of influences. Over time, Moroccan cooks have developed and perfected the dishes that blend each of these distinct tastes. Every Moroccan dish has its place in society and varies with the market, the season, and the region.

Dinner Menu
Lunch Menu


‘Mez-ay’ is popular to many cuisines surrounding the Mediterranean, Arabic & North African regions, with differing traditional ways of serving the dishes. Mezze can be eaten as a way to start your meal, or form the whole meal in itself. We offer dishes from these regions in a contemporary manner, and serve them as they are ready, allowing you to graze through the menu.

Take a journey to the heart of Northern Africa and the Middle East as our unique chefs pay homage to the intriguing mixture of flavours and aromatic spices that are a feature of that region’s cuisine.
With sweet, rich tagines, tangy salads and spicy, flavoursome curries, we have created a menu revealing the best of what Northern Africa has to offer.

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Cocktail Lounge

Let our bar tenders stimulate your taste buds with our exotic collection of classic and contemporary cocktails, premium spirits and a selection of local and imported beers, both on tap and bottled. Peruse our wine list featuring local and international wines.

Whether you’re after a soothing nightcap or a lavish drinking and dining extravaganza, Sahara has you covered. With pisco sours, clover clubs and brambles on offer, the cocktail list champions a well-rounded approach, cleverly followed by a top-notch sharing menu.

Drinks Menu


Events & Functions

Sahara is the ideal function venue to ensure your guests are provided with something outside the box, offering Moroccan/Mediterranean inspired food and decor.

A unique venue in Melbourne, the ambiance and décor is unlike any other and is an ideal for birthday celebrations, engagement parties, Christmas events and any other event to celebrate any occasion.

Function Pack


Our mission is to individualise each and every function so you will be guaranteed of a one off event for your guests, catered to both the organisers and guests needs and expectations in an extraordinary manner.

Our function pack is a guide to our services. However we are happy to redevelop upon request. We provide both cocktail and sit down menu’s and often find combining both can showcase your function further.

Drinks can be purchased in packages or we can cater for pre-purchased, bar tabs or perhaps cocktails on arrival always a pleasant surprise for guests and a great opening highlight.


301 Swanston St, Melbourne

(03) 9663 8477

Email: sahara.restaurant@bigpond.com 

Opening hours

From 12pm to late Tuesday to Sunday (open most public holidays)
Closed Mondays