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Planning lunch or dinner out with friends? Melbourne has some of the best dining options including restaurants that offer everything from fine dining to cheap casual lunches with a glass of wine. Choose from some of the best venues in Melbourne via location, cuisine or features.
The Collection Bar
Nestled into the heart of Richmond′s enchanting Bridge Road precinct, alive with old Melbourne charm, lies the Collection Bar, an institution held close to the hearts of those who know of it and a memorable detour for passers–by. Lose yourself in our menu, a selection American food, our classically inspired cocktail list using fresh and homemade ingredients and our amazing local and imported beers & wines. The Collection is a perfect place to hold your special occasion. Whether its your next Birthday, enjoying a Hen′s party or celebrating an Engagement, groups are just the thing at The Collection Bar. Beverage Options Starting your night with one of Collection Bar′s classic or contemporary cocktails is the perfect way to kick off your event! We also have on offer a wide range of local and imported beers and an extensive range of Australian and New Zealand wines. The Collection Bar has three beverage options to choose from; cash bar, bar tabs as well as the beverage packages, ensuring there is something to suit every budget and event type.
The Point is an award winning restaurant located on the waters of Albert Park Lake which boasts stunning panoramic views of the lake and Melbourne city skyline. With floor to ceiling glass windows and a spacious balcony to enjoy the view you are treated to a water front dining experience like no other. The Point showcases Modern Australian cuisine by Executive Chef Andrew Harmer. Awarded an Age Good Food Guide hat again for 2015, and our latest achievement winner of The Age Good Food guide 2015 Wine List of the Year. With degustation and a la carte menus carefully crafted with contemporary Australian flare, the high quality of food is matched with unrivalled service. There’s nothing more indulgent than a meal consisting of confit king salmon, saffron hollandaise and wild garlic, following with Western Plains suckling pig, piccalilli, apple vinegar, sage potato finishing it off with blackcurrant mosaic, coconut & almond cream with Blackberry sorbet. Accompanied by an encyclopaedic collection of some of the world’s most classic and famed wines, we have more than 1,700 different examples boasting one of Australia’s most extensive wine lists. The Point is conveniently located 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD; with ample parking directly outside of the venue and lift access, our unrivalled dining experience awaits you. Bookings are highly recommended.
The Lincoln is a grand old Carlton hotel built in 1854. Since the end of 2014, she has seen a new lease of life under the direction of Iain Ling (ex MoVida) on the floor and Howard Stamp (ex MoVida, Green Park Dining) in the kitchen. The menu is available throughout the venue 7 days a week lunch and dinner, with the kitchen closing at 10pm every night and all day dining available on weekends. The kitchen works closely with small regional suppliers and is focused on using sustainable and seasonal produce, with as much as possible made in-house, from their bread, mustard and pickles to curing their own free-range bacon. The public bar has retained its art-deco features, with 12 taps featuring craft beer, showcasing speciality brewing at its best, and trusty Carlton Draught for when the footy is on the big screen. The space lends itself to a variety of areas suitable for groups of any size, whether a sit-down meal in the semi-private dining room, or standing canapés in the front bar. With generous group menus and a wine list focused on small interesting producers, there are plenty of pleasant surprises to be found if you are keen to try something a little different. There is a bottleshop available over the bar so if you find something in the list you like, you can always take an extra one home with you. If it’s a celebration you’re planning, they have you covered, be it for birthday engagement, anniversary or family get-togethers, the warm and professional team will work with you closely to make sure every last detail of your celebration is right for you. For a more intimate night, why not treat your loved one to a ‘Full Lincoln’ where you put your trust in the chef’s hands as they feed you eight of their favourite dishes over the course of the meal. Lunch specials for $18 are available from noon to 3pm and happy hour specials are on everyday until 6pm.
The Smith is one of Melbourne’s best gastropubs. Located on one of Prahran’s best known streets, The Smith is focused on quality, offering a contemporary, produce driven menu where simplicity equates to casual sophistication. The team in the kitchen and front of house, led by chef and owner Michael Lambie with business partner Scott Borg, is made up of some of the most respected hospitality professionals, each committed to providing a fun, memorable and entertaining experience in an unpretentious environment, with modern design, a stunning fit out, and a thought leading approach to quality cuisine. Affordable enough to enjoy every day and memorable enough for every special occasion, The Smith is consistent, unwavering and focused on offering the complete hospitality experience.
The Train Yard
The Train Yard Café offers up a modern breakfast & lunch menu 7 days a week, as well as house smoked BBQ meats from the Radar Hill smoker accompanied by live music on Friday nights. With all your current Breakfast favourites from an Acai Bowl to your obligatory Avo Breakfast and serving up the highest quality coffee from Axil Coffee Roasters, The Train Yard is a buzzing breakfast/brunch spot amongst locals. On the lunch menu, you will find all the smoked meats offered up from the in house smoker accompanied by a large selection of burgers which includes a 5 hour smoked pulled pork burger. The Platform complete with it’s beer garden feel & festoon lighting is the ideal outdoor fully licensed bar, for those with a thirst. With communal seating The Platform is quickly becoming a favourite with Heidelberg locals for private parties for small and large groups celebrating into the evening. Tables can be booked daily for any size group. With the addition of a large screen TV & Foxtel The Platform is now the ideal place to watch all of your favourite live sports. Al fresco and traditional dining is also available and the venue is set up complete with wifi and is perfect for business lunches & corporate meetings for those situated in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs
The Empress Hotel
The Empress Hotel is a renewed and revamped take on an icon. This classic inner Melbourne pub situated in the north of Fitzroy, has been serving thirsty locals since 1873. At its soul, the Empress Hotel provides everything you’d wish for from your local pub, a relaxed public bar to share a beer with your friends, dining hall, pool room, beer garden, bottle shop and several functions spaces. While the spirit of the refurbished Empress Hotel remains very much intact, the addition of an alfresco outdoor dining area and modern Australian, Italian contemporary menu, with some old classics, complete the pubs reincarnation. Tables may be reserved for groups of two, four, six or 12 people. Doing away with the dingy and dank of corner pubs of the past, Publican Guy David has torn the roof off what was once a band room to reveal a sun filled beer garden perfect for long summer days and alfresco all-day dining. Now featuring a retractable roof, the beer garden can be enjoyed all year round, rain, hail or shine. Offering live sports, craft beer and concise yet exciting wine list the Empress Hotel really sets itself apart from other local pubs.
Modern Chapel Street Hotel & Cocktail Bar Located in the heart of bustling Chapel Street, Temperance Hotel is a casual, relaxed local perfect for lunch, dinner or a night out. Kick back and relax with a cold beer or glass of wine, enjoy a pizza or a meal from their modern menu. Open everyday from noon till late.
Brighton Receptions is located in Brighton, just 8 km from Melbourne’s city centre and minutes from the beautiful Brighton beach. This is a striking venue that has been completely renovated by leading Interior designers Hecker Guthrie. Contemporary chic, Brighton Receptions has been transformed into a world of theatre and drama with mirrored walls, romantic linen drapery, diffused lighting and bold wall panelling. This rebirth together with its manicured gardens and romantic private courtyard, make this one of Melbourne’s leading boutique venues. BALLROOM Dramatic yet neutral, a beautiful canvas for any event. Spice it up with festoon lights & striking centrepieces or take a classic path with white linen & green foliage. The Ballroom features a grand marble entrance, starry night lighting over the endless dance floor and sheer curtains. GEORGIAN ROOM A romantic & intimate boutique space. Beautiful fireplace, dance floor and dramatic atrium entrance. A secluded garden with canopy of twinkling lights welcomes guests to enjoy canapes before the reveal into the stunning dining room.
Eureka 89 Events & Dining
At a staggering 300 metres above sea level, situated at the top of the striking Eureka Tower, Eureka 89 is Melbourne's most spectacular boutique event & dining space. Combining sleek design with glorious views spanning 360 degrees across the city, this state-of- the-art venue boasts a stylish food and beverage offering, with professional yet friendly service. Catering for a breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktail party, wedding, business presentation, product launch and media event, Eureka 89 executes a special occasion of the highest standard. Ideally located adjacent to the Yarra River on Southbank, Eureka 89 is a short walk from all of Melbourne's facilities. Whether you are planning a glamorous cocktail event for 400 or an intimate dinner for 20, Eureka 89's experienced Managers are happy to tailor make food and beverage packages to suit your individual needs and ensure your event is an unforgettable success. Eureka 89 degustation dining Eureka 89 is also available for dining selected Tuesday to Saturday evenings offering a five or seven course degustation menu. Seating is available for tables of two through to larger groups of up to 24, perfect for a business dinner or special occasion. Bookings are open from four weeks in advance, reservation and prepayment essential.
Blue Tongue Wine Bar
Blue Tongue Wine Bar is the newest addition to the Elwood dining and bar landscape. The Menu is meat-driven thanks to a custom-built charcoal grill. Steaks, from eye fillet to chateaubriand, are the star of the show, and there's a short selection of house-made pasta – think ravioli filled with snapper and prawns in tomato and chilli oil. The smart-casual space that leans towards the dinner-date crowd earlier in the week and a party crowd at weekends.
A fresh bar in the Sydney Road landscape, Joey Smalls is a perfectly crafted concoction of impeccable design aesthetic, drinks and soundtrack selectors. Cut from a truly unique cloth, Joey Smalls welcomes punters into its cozy confines from the early afternoon and into the night, boasting one of the areas latest licenses. Slip into a booth or enjoy the north side air in our cozy courtyard with a Chilli Coconut Margarita or mouth-melting Smoke ‘n’ Salt numbers in hand while Melbourne’s most notorious jocks showcase their secret stash of backyard belters. Joey Smalls Kitchen offers a diner style menu with a range of burgers including vegan and vegetarian options and some of the best fried chicken you will ever put in your mouth. If it's fries you are after Joey Smalls has 3 different options to choose from their loaded fries menu. If is value you are after Joey Smalls has "Classic Thursdays" where you can get either The Classic #1 Burger, Vegie Burger and House Beer Jugs at the great value price of $10 each!
The Woodlands Hotel
The city of Moreland’s oldest hotel has been transformed into a hidden wonderland, specialising in all things Victorian with 100% local craft beer and wine. Our chef seamlessly mixes the classics with dishes designed to tantalise your tastebuds, focusing on locally grown produce wherever possible. Comprising three distinct and inviting areas, the downstairs bar and beer garden create a casual and relaxed setting with concrete eagles, dragons heads and 1920s film projectors. If you can tear yourself away from the eclectic décor and venture upstairs to the dining room you will discover the jewel in The Woodlands’ crown. Take a seat in one of our grand thrones, or get cosy in one of the booths under the watchful eye of our giant toy soldiers and lose yourself in the Sailor Jerry tattoo themed artwork that adorns the walls. Whatever the occasion The Woodlands Hotel is the true hidden gem you’ve been looking for.
Have you been to ISIT yet? If you haven't, then put it on your To Do list. If you have, then you'll know it's all about the cosy atmosphere, service and the food - it's delicious, different, full of fabulous flavours and textures - a unique celebration of eating. From breakfast to lunch, from the first beer of summer to the hearty soups of winter, ISIT picks and cooks our way through the seasons. Choosing favourites and bringing colour and energy to even the simpliest dishes, ISIT will welcome you and inspire you to eat, drink and smile through the year. Just off Chapel Street near Greville St, you will discover ISIT. If you are planning a function, why not have it at Is It café. Whether it is a cocktail party requiring canapés and finger food, or a sit down dinner with 4 courses, we have a menu to suit your needs. There is just a $250 venue hire and you have the whole place to yourselves.We also have great drinks packages to go with your function. Call us and we can discuss your requirements for the perfect function. What better way to celebrate your special event in this beautifully converted terrace house, being treated to exceptional service, and yet still being able to achieve that intimate and personal touch you want for your very own function.
Bonfire Station Farm Stay & Microbrewery
Bonfire Station Farmstay & Microbrewery is located 90 minutes drive North East of Melbourne situated amongst hundreds of acres of rolling hills and vast farmlands. with picturesque views of the stunning Cathedral ranges, it truly is a country lovers paradise. Offering exclusive accommodation for up to 48 guests, as well as a microbrewery that serves up fresh craft beer. Facilities include commercial kitchen, out door fire pits and hammock garden. this is the perfect venue for any special occasion including bucks parties, birthdays and family getaways. So Come relax, unwind and party with us at bonfire station
Pure South Dining
Pure South Dining is a modern, special occasion restaurant in Southbank with iconic views down on the Yarra river with a stunning Melbourne CBD backdrop. The cuisine draws inspiration from farmers, fishermen and artisan producers of King Island, Flinders Island & Tasmania. We visit the pristine Tasmanian ‘pure south’ regularly to continue to improve the dining that we offer you. The solid relationships that we have built with farmers and fishermen over 13 years ensure the quality of the produce that we deliver to the table for our guests. King Island Beef, St Helens oysters, Bass Strait scallops, seafood and quality dairy products are delivered weekly by small planes from Tasmania and the islands. Our much loved restaurant has been re-launched in 2017 over two levels: Upstairs is the awarded Dining Room; reborn with a modern twist. The glamorous room almost hangs over the Yarra River, with stunning views out through floor to ceiling glass walls that open. Your choices include bar seats and generous private or semi-private dining areas for special occasions. We offer you a restaurant dining experience for groups at Pure South Dining for your special occasion. We have earned a reputation for impressing groups over the past 13 years and we have spaces designed to accommodate large tables comfortably in private or semi-private areas with stunning views. We have flexible menus and pricing to offer and we are keen to ensure that your whole dining experience suits your occasion. Our reservations team will create the right menu and drink list with you. We can accommodate groups nicely for 12, 20, 30, 40, 50 or more. We also offer exclusive use of one whole level for cocktail events up to 300 guests or even the whole restaurant for 400+ Chef David Hall and his team will offer our best seasonal produce from Farmers, Fishermen and Artisan Producers of Tasmania including King Island & Flinders Island. We are in the Southgate building over two levels. Our more casual all-day eatery and bar opens on to the Boardwalk at River Level, and our more sophisticated Dining Room is Upstairs at Mid-level with lift and escalator access. The dining room hangs over the boardwalk and guests enjoy magical views down on the river and the city skyline. The space is newly renovated and simply stunning.