The wait is almost over. These iconic restaurants, hidden bars and epic foodie experiences are taking bookings for October, November and beyond. Remember - things are a little different right now. Contact individual venues for more information on their post-lockdown offers.

When are restaurant restrictions easing in Melbourne?

According to the updated roadmap, indoor and outdoor dining will begin to reopen from Friday 22 October with some restrictions and vaccine requirements in place. Capacity limits are estimated to increase from 5 November.

Opening dates vary and are subject to change at late notice, contact individual venues more information.

Melbourne restaurants taking bookings or walk ins from 22 October onwards

Farmer's Daughters

A three-storey farm-to-table venue from Alejandro Saravia, celebrating the Gippsland region.

Mabu Mabu - Big Esso

An all-day bar and kitchen showcasing Indigenous food by Torres Strait chef Nornie Bero.


Marameo is a fun, easy-going Italian eatery offering a range of pasta and mains.


Casual Italian food with an excellent wine list.

Chin Chin

A fast-paced hawker-style dining sensation serving Thai-inspired food.

Dom's Pizzeria and Social Club

Three level bar, restaurant and rooftop in the heart of the city


Authentic, excellent and premium Naples-style pizza and loads of Italian classics.


Exquisite sushi and one of the city's finest wine cellars.


Melbourne's Thai-inspired stalwart restaurant serving modern Thai dishes and cocktails.


Open flames, hot coals and incredible local produce from Melbourne chef Scott Pickett.


Aru is one of the newest restaurants in Melbourne, by the acclaimed team behind Sunda.


An Italian wine bar, bottle shop and cellar attached to King and Godfree on Lygon Street, Carlton.


This opulent, award-winning restaurant brings Middle Eastern flavours to modern fine dining.


Award-winning modern Southeast Asian restaurant.


An Argentinian barbecue restaurant in the heart of Southbank.


Delicious Thai food from a bright and colourful restaurant on the banks of the Yarra.

Pepe's Italian & Liquor

An Italian-American restaurant located in a leafy enclave of Melbourne's central business area.

Daughter in Law

Colourful bar and restaurant serving 'unauthentic' Indian food.


A steakhouse with a traditional Argentinian 'asado' grill.

Mjølner Melbourne

Eat a feast fit for Thor himself in this sophisticated tribute to the vikings.

Chancery Lane

Reimagining timeless charm this European style bistro is suited for any occasion.

San Telmo Restaurant

Premium Argentine food and wine in a warm and inviting environment.

Tipo 00

High quality, artisan pasta with a great wine list.

Osteria Ilaria

A contemporary dining room focusing on modern Italian food.

Common Man

The vibe is laid back and their staff friendly and welcoming.

Cumulus Inc

This all-day restaurant and bar is a modern icon of Melbourne's food scene.

Fancy Hank's

Slow cooked American-style barbecue, house-made sauces and craft beer.

Botanical Hotel

The Botanical Hotel is known for its welcoming atmosphere, fine food and wine store.

Henry and the Fox

Modern Australian cuisine inspired by European flavours in a beautiful venue.


Asian-inspired dishes alongside delicious wines, sake, whisky and cocktails.

Gimlet at Cavendish House

An elegant cocktail bar and dining room from renowned chef Andrew McConnell.

Taxi Kitchen

Accessible and affordable meals in a light-filled room with great views.

Left Bank Melbourne

A versatile venue catering to both large and small groups for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Lincoln

A historic Carlton pub that stands out for its high quality gourmet food.

Melbourne bars taking bookings or walk ins from 22 October onwards

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A serious cocktail bar with an extensive menu and full table service.

Riverland Bar

Outdoor waterfront beer garden by the banks of the Yarra River.

Farmer's Daughters

A three-storey farm-to-table venue from Alejandro Saravia, celebrating the Gippsland region.

Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop

Serving great Spanish tapas and wines like the worker's bars of the Iberian peninsula.

Boilermaker House

A sophisticated bar devoted to the worship of whisky and craft beer.

Nick & Nora's Melbourne

A cocktail and champagne bar with a decadent menu that includes oysters and caviar.

Eau de Vie

A bar with liquid nitrogen cocktails, tasting menus, plus a secret lounge hidden behind a bookcase.

Good Heavens

Rooftop bar on Bourke Street with '80s-inspired cocktails, craft beer and Australian wine.

Chuckle Park Bar

Open-air bar with a cosy vibe in a tiny laneway off Little Collins Street.

Tres a Cinco

Cantina and bar serving authentic Mexican food and cocktails.


A dimly lit dive bar with an exceptional collection of spirits.

Transport Public Bar

Bustling pub in Federation Square with tasty pub meals and an impressive range of drinks.

Father's Office

Speakeasy-themed bar and restaurant with a large balcony overlooking the State Library.


Multilevel karaoke venue with private rooms, open mic karaoke bar and rooftop bar.

Waterslide Bar

A stylish cocktail and whisky bar looking out to the Yarra River.

Cabinet Bar

Cabinet Bar is a softly lit, Parisian-style gem, with European furnishings and retro chic decor.

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