Got a special occasion coming up? Looking for a private dining room? Here’s our pick of Melbourne’s most glamorous and elegant private dining rooms.
About: Positioned at St Kilda’s sea end, Sapore restaurant offers a stunning view, fine Italian food at fair prices, and boasts an elegant and warm interior created by impressive light installations.
About: Located 35 floors above the Paris end of Collins Street in the Sofitel Melbourne, No 35 is an elegant restaurant where rich timbers, vibrant tones, contemporary artworks and a world-class contemporary European menu preside over commanding views of Melbourne.
About: A destination restaurant with a swag of culinary awards to boot, Taxi Dining Room offers the complete culinary experience in the heart of Melbourne’s arts district with Modern Australian cuisine that takes all the best cues from Asian and European flavours.
About: Comme Kitchen is a fine example of what Melbourne does so well: a wonderful laneway building housing a fine contemporary restaurant. Its elegant 19th century frame remains intact with high ceilings, a grand staircase and the smell of history lingering in the air.
Holds: Up to 50 people
About: Housed within a historic woolshed, in the centre of the city, Bluestone Restaurant Bar is one of Melbourne’s most established venues. A favourite for corporate entertaining and special events, Bluestone boasts a gorgeous dining room upstairs and a chic lounge downstairs that has become a coveted locale for tapas, wood-fired pizza’s and after work designer cocktails in a relaxed eclectic environment.
Holds: Up to 33
Located in the heart of Melbourne, The Italian offers a sophisticated and suave dining experience. Complete with dark wooden floorboards, red leather booths and a sophisticated marble bar, The Italian is ideal for an intimate dinner party.
About: Cho Gao’s interior is rich and modern, decorated with worn recycled Asian furniture and inspired by nature’s elements – earth, air, water and fire. Here you can discover the robust flavours of East Asian cuisine from Vietnam to Indonesia, and experience the best ofAsian streetculture. The dynamic, raw setting is perfect for dinner with friends or simply call in for a casual beer after work.
Holds: Up to 55
About: Dining on a grand scale is accomplished with ease at the Park Hyatt Melbourne’s Radii restaurant which spreads art deco-inspired decor and modern Australian cuisine over several spectacular levels.
About: At the base of the Adelphi Hotel, Ezard is one of Melbourne’s best restaurants – refined and understated, with exciting Asian-influenced food.
About: Melbourne hotspot Red Spice Road is unimpeachably stunning, and offers a unique communal sharing dining experience with a twist of Asian cuisine. This restaurant offers an open courtyard and a fabulous, large dining room.
About: The Willows boast spectacular façade and timeless interior coupling modern minimalism & elegance in a distinctive, yet refreshing way. With restaurant, conservatory, courtyard, dance floor, grand architecture, high ceilings & granite topped bar The Willows can accommodate an intimate groups or large scale celebrations.
Holds: Up to 150
About: Circa, the Prince has been one of Melbourne’s leading drinking and dining destinations for decades. Under Head Chef Jake Nicolson, the menu is a salute to Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Holds: up to 120
About: After the huge success of Rockpool Sydney we are treated to Rockpool Bar and Grill, a slightly more relaxed take on its sibling, which fuses the Rockpool ethos with a classic North American steakhouse. This Southbank restaurant elevates the steakhouse concept.
Holds: Up to 50
About: Experience the fine art of authentic Cantonese cuisine at Silks amid a striking interior located in the Crown Entertainment Complex. With world-class chefs, this Southbank restaurant takes fine dining to a new, luxurious level.
Holds: Up to 20
About: An old Fitzroy building turned into a restaurant with a contemporary approach, Cutler and Co is the latest venture by chef Andrew McConnell. The dining room features stripped-brick walls, timber floors and high ceilings with clever flounced lights that add a touch of whimsy to the space.
About: Melbourne’s very own Spice Temple is a celebration of fiery Chinese cuisine and Chinese culture that Australians embrace so excitedly. Living up to its name, Spice Temple serves traditional seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes with the added kick of vibrant chilli flavours. Rich gold, red and black hues engulf diners to create an unparalleled sensory experience.
About: “Quaff” is to eat and drink something heartily, which is just what this Toorak restaurant is encouraging with their European inspired menu and extensive wine list. A favourite with the locals who sit street side taking in the village ambience or opt to sit indoors in the elegantly renovated dining room with dark wood panelling, soft plush chairs and crisp linen.
Holds: Up to 60