Archie's All Day
One of Gertrude Street's favourite cafes is back from June 1 from 7.30am, so prepare yourself for a proper caffeine hit. All bookings will be made for one-hour seatings. Secure your spot by calling 03 9417 0066.
Capacity is severely capped, but word is, Liberty will be open for bookings from June 1 via its website. In the meantime, it will continue its ready-made meal service and takeaway bottle shop.
Builders Arms Hotel
Do you miss the whipped cod roe, cheeseburger and meat from the rotisserie? Well, Builders is back from June 1 for meals in the public bar and dining room. Bookings are essential via the website. Email for parties larger than 8.
This red sauce restaurant will reopen the week of June 1 with bookings available online. Takeaway and delivery will still run until a full restaurant dine-in is available.
Carlton Wine Room
The benefit of having so many rooms and private areas is that Carlton Wine Room will be able to serve its anchovy on fried bread, boozy rum baba and excellent wine list to more people than most venues. Doors are set to open from June 1 with seatings being limited to 1.5hrs. Bookings are available via its website and it will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the restrictions change.
Do you miss receiving your pasta in a bowl rather than a takeaway container? Ciao Mama is reopening for sit-down dining from June 2. Book via the website.
Cutler and Co
From June 4, McConnell's fine-diner will open Thursdays-Sundays and will be running a more relaxed service for all-day dining on Sundays. As always, bookings are essential.
If you've been a fan of chef and co-owner Scott Pickett's Digger Goes Rogue series on Instagram, you can thank him for the laughs in person from June 2. Bookings are available via the website. Please note that credit cards details are required for all bookings.
Reservoir's brewhouse will reopen from June 4 with capped numbers for dining and drinking in. Roadhouse BBQ will be providing smoked meats to go with those beers, but if you're unable to be seated, one-litre howlers are still being delivered within a five-kilometre radius.
Green Man's Arms
For vegetarian pub dining, Green Man's Arms is open for dinner seven nights a week from June 1 with two seatings available each evening. Lunches will be served Thursdays and Fridays and weekends will include breakfast and coffee from 8am. Bookings are essential via the website.
Ichi Ni Nana
The benefit of having many private rooms is being able to serve more people. Book a spot for you and your friends via the website to enjoy modern Japanese izakaya food and drinks. Just be aware that each seating is one hour and 45 minutes long, so don't be late.
If playful Indian is your thing, North Fitzroy's Horn Please will surely, well, please. Open from June 1, seven days a week, bookings are essential via its website. Credit card details must be provided upon booking.
The dining room will reopen from June 4 so you can smash (quite literally) that Black Box dessert for yourself. Book via the website.
From June 4, Lagoon is opening its doors from Thursdays to Sundays to serve up its modern Chinese menu. Bookings are essential and available via the website. If there is the demand for dining in, the team will extend its days of trade.
Mary Eats Cake
Book your next high-tea experience at this Brunswick cafe. Enjoy scones, finger sandwiches, desserts and artisan teas from June 4 by booking your seat on its website.
Moon Dog World
Book in for a two-hour food and beverage package Friday through Sunday, or order a la carte the rest of the time. It's open from June 1.
If iso-life has robbed you of the communal, sliced-at-the-table, Peking duck experience with a side of sass, cheap BYO and guaranteed good times, then call 03 9417 2438 to book the number of ducks you'd like to push down your face hole from June 1.
Old Palm Liquor
One of our favourite 'pubs' serving an extensive selection of low intervention wines and South African flavoured dishes is back from June 2 for dinners Mondays to Fridays, with lunches on weekends. Bookings are available online and will require pre-payment for a $55 per head, two-course set menu. Takeaways will still run until restrictions are fully lifted.
Old Raffles Place
This family-owned and operated Singaporean restaurant in Collingwood is reopening from June 2. Enjoy its signature laksa, Assam dishes and street food classics by calling 03 9417 4450 to make a booking.
Red Sparrow Pizza
From June 1, you'll be able to order your vegan pizza and eat it in-store as well. Bookings are essential and can be made via its website.
Brunswick neighbourhood favourite, Rin Sura, is back from June 2, dishing up modern Thai food. Call 03 9942 7047 for more information and how to book.
The Rochester Hotel
Pub meals, pints and good banter will return to the Rochey from June 5. The pub will open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until restrictions are lifted. Booking can be made via email.
If you've got a hankering for some vegan-friendly Lebanese soul food, make a booking at Teta Mona for June 1 now by calling 03 9380 6680. It's not that the entire menu is vegan, but if you bring your vegan mate, they won't miss out.
Umberto Espresso Bar
Thornbury's favourite espresso and pasta bar is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, six days a week. Book online for some old-school neighbourhood Italian.
Umberto's sibling wine bar just up the road is open from Wednesdays to Sundays from 5pm. Bookings are essential via its website for parties no larger than four.
Gertrude Street's modern Indian restaurant is back from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Due to space restrictions, there are only 14 seats available for booking so it will still be running its excellent value takeaway.
There is no cocktail like an Everleigh cocktail, and now you can book your table online (in fact, you must). A $65 per hour set menu applies for each reservation, and full 20-person Elk Room buy-outs are available Thursdays to Saturdays.
This fine-diner with a focus on indigenous cuisine is reopening for dinner services from June 2. Bookings must be made via its website.
We've all missed the pub, but you can't just go in for a frothie under the new guidelines. Thankfully, this Abbotsford brew-pub is serving up its Latin American food under two different set menus, with a maximum seating time of two hours. Bookings are essential via its website.
Across the street, Dr Morse will be running breakfast, lunch and dinner services in 90-minute seatings. Bookings for any service is essential and must be made online. Don't worry if you miss out, the takeaway window is still up and running.
You can still grab a takeaway from Industry Beans, but you'll also be able to enjoy your coffee and breakfast roll seated in the venue. No bookings are required.
The gates at Grub have reopened so you can dine in its greenhouse or still grab takeaway items like n'duja Scotch eggs, black rice congee or kangaroo stew. Bookings not required.
This Clifton Hill pizzeria is reopening for dine-in from Thursdays to Saturdays, with takeaway only on all other days. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 03 9482 5988.