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Where to dine out when the restrictions are lifted in Melbourne

A rolling list of the Melbourne venues that you can dine in after the government restrictions ease

By Jess Ho
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The doors of Melbourne's hospitality venues were shuttered for dine-in services when the federal government announced a nationwide shutdown. Now, dining establishments around Melbourne have been given the green light to start operations again – though within strict physical distancing parameters. As of June 1, venues will be allowed to have a maximum of 20 patrons at one time

We've collated a rolling list of Melbourne's venues that will be offering dine-in services. It's by no means an exhaustive list of the venues taking action right now; rules and restrictions are changing quickly, and everyone is doing their best to keep up. We recommend checking the social media accounts of your favourite venues for the most up-to-date information. 

Note that with the number of patrons capped at 20 people, bookings are essential for all venues on this list unless otherwise stated. Don't be a jerk and do a no-show; people's livelihoods are at stake. 

Where you can eat

CBD

Embla
Book your seat online at one of Melbourne's most-loved wine bars serving food cooked over woodfire from June 1.

Daughter In Law
Modern Indian food served with high spirits, smart cocktails and a punchy wine list can be enjoyed in-house from June 1. Book online.

Mrs Singh
Book your table online to be in one of three seatings at Jessi Singh's 'Champagne disco' where you can pair Champagne (obviously), classic wines and modern cocktails with bar snacks injected with an Indian flair. Don't go past the butter chicken paté.

Marameo
Great news! Marameo will be trading under its usual (and full) hours from June 3, so call your closest friends and plan your lunch and dinners. Bookings are essential via its website and takeaway will run until restrictions are lifted.

Cumulus Inc
Melbourne's original all-day diner is back, with a few changes. Bookings can be made via the website, and for parties six and larger, an email will be required to see if the restaurant can accommodate. Seating times will be in place for each service, check the website for more details. 

Supernormal
Lunch ramen and dinner banquets featuring Supernormal's greatest hits will be back from June 6. Bookings are possible for both services and available on its website. Email through if you have a party of eight or more.

Ruyi
Want a venue all to yourself for a private function? Modern Chinese restaurant, Ruyi is offering this from Mondays to Wednesdays from June 4, with regular dining from Thursdays to Saturdays. Book online.

Mjolner
For some escapist dining and drinking, Mjolner is reopening on Fridays and Saturdays from June 5. Walk-ins are welcome, but bookings via the website are strongly recommended due to dine-in restrictions. 

Eau de Vie
For speakeasy-style drinking and dining, from June 5, you can book a table or even an event at Eau de Vie. It will be open on Fridays and Saturdays only until restrictions ease.

Boilermaker House
If your whisky collection is looking a bit sad and you're hanging out for some beer from tap, you'll only have to hold out until June 5 for some variety. Boilermaker will be open for walk-ins and functions on Fridays and Saturdays, but bookings are strongly encouraged.

Fancy Hanks
Rip into some smoked meats and southern classics from June 1 by booking a table via Fancy Hanks' website. Capacity is reduced due to government restrictions, so risking a walk-in would not be recommended. 

Tian38
From June 1, chilli crab jaffles, bottomless yum cha brunch, short rib Vegemite rendang and taro-misu will be back in action at the modern Chinese diner, Tian38. Walk-ins welcome.

Rosa's Canteen
If you're craving traditional, Italian comfort food cooked by the master of Sicilian cooking, Rosa Mitchell, you'll be glad to hear Rosa's is reopening on June 1 for Monday to Friday services. Book via the website.

Palermo
Did you fail to perfect the art of cooking a really good steak while in iso? Well, Palermo is serving dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays from June 2. Book online.

Asado
For more grilled meat action, you can also score yourself a table at Palermo's sister restaurant in Southbank. On top of the Tuesday to Saturday dinner service from June 2, Asado will also be serving lunch on the weekends. Book online.

San Telmo
If you have missed out on a table at either Palermo or Asado, never fear. San Telmo is open from June 1, running dinners seven-nights and lunches from Friday to Saturday. Yes, book online.

Pinchy's
Lobster rolls and Champagne at home is not the same as lobster rolls and Champagne at Pinchy's. From June 2, Pinchy's is back from Tuesdays to Sundays but will be running take away if you miss out on a seat. Book online. 

Bomba
For tapas and Spanish booze, Bomba is back from June 3. Book via the website, or call 03 9650 5778.

Rooftop at QT
Enjoy your drink with a meal at QT Hotel's glitzy rooftop. For the first time ever, you'll be able to book a table (and it is mandatory) which will secure you a seat for two hours. The maximum number allowed per table is four and you can book via the website. 

Loop Roof
For more rooftop action, Loop Roof is opening itself up for bookings with two-hour seatings from June 4. Bookings are essential and can be made via the website.

The Crafty Squire
Open from June 1. Once seated, guests can view the menus, order and pay for their food using their smartphones to minimise contact.

Imperial Hotel Bourke St
Open from June 1. Once seated, guests can view the menus, order and pay for their food using their smartphones to minimise contact.

State of Grace
Open from June 1. Once seated, guests can view the menus, order and pay for their food using their smartphones to minimise contact.

The Duke of Wellington
Open from June 1. Once seated, guests can view the menus, order and pay for their food using their smartphones to minimise contact.

Taxi Kitchen
Taxi will reopen on June 24, serving dinner in two seatings from Wednesdays to Saturdays. Walk-ins are welcome, but due to space restrictions, bookings are preferred. 

Transport Public Bar
From June 3, you'll be able to dine in Federation Square's largest bar from midday until late, seven days a week. Book online to secure your table.  

Mamak
Have you missed tissue-thin, fluffy and crispy roti accompanied by curries and sambals that you can't seem to replicate with your time in iso? Mamak is back to dine in (no bookings required) and is also still offering takeaway in case you miss out on a seat due to dining restrictions.

Lekker
This Dutch neo-bistro pop-up is actually with us a little longer due to the shut-downs. To experience its brilliant five- and three-course dinners, book your table online. Due to reduced numbers dining it, it will also make room for its well-loved cheese trolley that last graced the dining room of Merricote. 

Bodega Underground
From June 5, Bodega Underground will be running its bottomless brunches again, and you can even book your table. This offer will be available Fridays to Sundays at $65 per person, is completely gluten-free and can be made vegan. 

Chin Chin
Book a table (gasp!) at Chin Chin, where you can dine in relative peace (what will service be like without spilling into the table next to yours?) until restrictions ease. Takeaway (gasp, again!) will still be running until the restaurant can run at full capacity.

Kisume
Further along the street, you'll find Chin Chin's Japanese sibling back with limited bookings and still offering takeaway. Bookings are essential and can be made online. 

North

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.

Bar Liberty
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.

Capitano
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.

Ciao Mamma
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. 

Estelle
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. 

Future Mountain
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.

Horn Please
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. 

Ides
The dining room will reopen from June 4 so you can smash (quite literally) that Black Box dessert for yourself. Book via the website. 

Lagoon Dining
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.

Old Kingdom
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. 

Rin Sura
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.

Teta Mona
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. 

Joanie's Baretto
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.

Ish
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. 

The Everleigh
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.

Charcoal Lane
This fine-diner with a focus on indigenous cuisine is reopening for dinner services from June 2. Bookings must be made via its website.

Bodriggy
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. 

Dr Morse
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. 

Industry Beans
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. 

Grub Fitzroy
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.

Queen Margaret
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.

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West

Bia Hoi
Jerry Mai's Vietnamese beer hall and grill restaurant will reopen June 3. Book via the website.

Dukkah
You can enjoy Middle Eastern fusion that is vegan, vegetarian and coeliac friendly in South Kingsville's Dukkah by calling 03 9399 3737 to book your table from June 2. 

Cafe Terroni
For uncomplicated, seasonal, southern Italian cuisine, Cafe Terroni is back from June 1 serving dinners only. Bookings are essential for this Yarraville favourite and can be made online. 

Hello Jose
This West Melbourne local will reopen on June 2 with Taco Tuesday. The old menu will be back with the addition of a DIY taco feast which was an absolute hit during lockdown, with dinner service from Tuesdays to Sundays. Bookings can be made through email.

Mr McCracken
At the moment, Mod-Oz restaurant Mr McCracken is only open Fridays to Sundays, but you'll be able to order a la carte as well as choose from two set menus when you dine. Bookings are essential via the website and will require a credit card number at the time of booking. 

South

Yagiz
Toorak Road's Turkish fine diner will open its doors on June 2 with a 6pm and 8pm seating, with the ability to accommodate for 20 people. Bookings are essential and can be made via the website.  

Omnia
Bookings will be available from June 1 at South Yarra's swanky fine diner. 

Bang Bang at the Rifle Club
Bang Bang will reopen with a new menu, serving up the same Asian-fusion flavours it's known for. With limited seats available at any time, bookings are essential and can be made through emailing the restaurant directly with your enquiry.

Bar Carolina
Miss being seen while eating stellar Italian fare? Bar Carolina is opening from June 1 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bookings must be made via the website, but don't despair if you miss out, takeaway will still be running until the restrictions are fully lifted.

Tetto di Carolina 
Dining in Tetto will resume under varied hours from June 3, with up-to-date hours and bookings available through the website. We hear whispers of a whole new menu, so keep an eye out.

Ichi Ni
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.

Point Leo Estate and Laura
If you like your meals with a side of sculpture park, you'll be glad to hear that Mornington Peninsula's Point Leo Estate and its fine-diner counterpart Laura is reopening from June 1 for lunch, 7 days, and dinner from Thursdays to Sunday. Bookings are essential via its website.

Miyako
This 20-year-old Japanese diner and teppanyaki house in Southbank is taking bookings for June 1 and beyond. With private dinings rooms and different zones, there will be capacity for more than 20 diners, but bookings are still essential via the website. 

Oro Bianco
If you plan on going to Dandenong from June 1 and suspect you'll be craving Italian food cooked in a woodfire oven, Oro Bianco is taking bookings via its website. The full menu will be on offer and Oro Bianco will be open seven days. 

Ripponlea Food and Wine
From June 3, you'll be able to book into one of three seatings, which run for 1.5 hours each, including a cocktail hour beginning at 4.30pm. The full a la carte menu will be available alongside specials like pasta Wednesdays and Negroni Thursdays. Bookings are available via the website and takeaway will be running alongside dine-in until restrictions change. 

Oriental Tea House
Yum cha at Oriental Tea House will not be via trolley service, but a la carte instead. Despair not, because you'll still be able to enjoy har gow, sui mai and cheung fun like you used to. Bookings are essential and can be made here.

David's
For some Shanghainese cuisines, David's is reopening for 6pm and 8pm seatings from Wednesdays to Fridays from June 3. Bookings are essential and can be made online. 

St Ali
From June 1, you'll be able to take a seat, caffeinated yourself and order its My Mexican Cousin (yes, those corn fritters). Bookings are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

Firebird
Fancy some Vietnamese grill? Firebird is back from June 4 from Thursdays to Sundays so you can enjoy those charcoal squid skewers, broken rice claypots and woodfire ducks. Bookings are essential and can be made via its website.

Tokyo Tina
From June 1, you can enjoy the izakaya experience at Tokyo Tina, seven days a week. Book via the website.

Neptune
You'll be able to enjoy bistro food and thoughtful wine in Windsor's Neptune from June 3. Book your table online. Neptunes Provisions and Liquor service will still be running on the patio until full restrictions are lifted.

Matilda 159
Fraser Island spanner crab with grilled flatbreads and smoked Macedon Ranges duck can be enjoyed inside the restaurant again from June 2. Bookings are essential and can be made via the website. Credit card details will be required to secure your table. 

Tulum
Balaclava's modern Turkish restaurant is back from June 2, from Tuesdays to Saturdays. There is no surprise that it will be launching with a new menu. Bookings are essential and can be made online. Takeaway will still be running during restrictions. 

La Camera
For dining near the art precinct of Southbank, La Camera is now taking bookings for dine-in as well as running takeaway. Call 03 9699 3600 to reserve your table.  

Flour Child
For Roman-style pinsa pizza with a view, St Kilda's Flour Child is back Tuesdays to Sundays, along with a weekend bottomless brunch. Bookings are available online. 

Waterslide Bar
Waterslide can accommodate 20 people inside and 14 people outside with the restrictions in place. Meals will be available for you to consume with your cocktails and bookings are essential via the website. Please read the terms before you place your booking. 

Albert Park Hotel
Who knew we'd see an opening in these times? The relaunch of Albert Park Hotel has been long-awaited, especially since it's taken on the team from local favourite Chinese restaurant VicAsia to run the kitchen. Book your table via its website.

Red Gum BBQ
Mornington Penninsula's favourite barbecue restaurant is back from June 3. Each seating will be allotted 1.5 hours for a four-course menu with an opportunity for beer and wine pairings. Bookings are essential via its website. 

Tutto Bene
Southbank's risotto masters are back from June 4. Open every Thursday to Saturday, from 6pm, it will be taking bookings via its website. 

Lamaro's
Book a table online at South Melbourne's much-loved gastropub, which will reopen seven days a week from midday. A limited menu will be on offer, but it is guaranteed to feature the pub's best dishes.

Baby
Takeaway pizza is something we have all be too familiar with in the last couple of months, but Baby is bringing back dine-in services from June 4. Booking available online. 

Hawker Hall
If you like your street food eaten indoors with beer out of a tap, be glad that Hawker Hall is back and taking bookings online. 

Republica St Kilda Beach
If you'd like to dine with a view, Republica is open on the weekend for lunch, offering a la carte and two types of set menus. Bookings are essential and can be made online. Please note that credit card details or pre-payment is required for each booking.  

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East

Mister Bianco
Joe Vargetto will be running an authentic Sicilian menu for dining in, along with the hot pick-up and delivery service. Guests will be seated in the main dining room and also in the private dining areas. Call 03 9853 6929 or email info@misterbianco.com.au for bookings.

Future Future
Bookings for this casual Aussie-Japanese restaurant are now available online. Takeaway will also run until restrictions are fully lifted. 

Oster
This modern Italian eatery is now taking bookings for June 1 and beyond. Visit its website or call 03 9428 0749 to make a reservation. 

O My
Beaconsfield's farm-to-table favourite is reopening with bookings available from June 4. Book online, via its website. 

Augello's
This Balwyn pizzeria and restaurant is reopening from June 1 for reservations. Order from an extensive menu of traditional and gourmet pizza. Ring 03 9830 4700 to reserve your table. 

Alexandra Hotel
If you're out by Alexandra, the dining room of the Alexandra Hotel is open for pub dining with a finer edge. The dining room will be open Thursdays to Saturdays from June 4. Book by calling 03 57721 014.

Hanoi Hannah
From June 1, Hanoi Hannah will reopen seven days. Lunches will only be available on Fridays and Saturdays and booking are essential via the website. 

Frederic
Enjoy modern French food from June 2 at Frederic. Lunches will run Tuesdays to Fridays and dinners will be available Tuesdays to Saturdays. Book online.

The Auburn Hotel
Open from June 1. Once seated, guests can view the menus, order and pay for their food using their smartphones to minimise contact.

Harlow
Open from June 1. Once seated, guests can view the menus, order and pay for their food using their smartphones to minimise contact.

Fargo and Co
Open from June 1. Once seated, guests can view the menus, order and pay for their food using their smartphones to minimise contact.

Beer Deluxe Hawthorn
Open from June 1. Once seated, guests can view the menus, order and pay for their food using their smartphones to minimise contact. Beer Deluxe in Fed Square also reopening.

Short Straw
Hawthorn cafe, Short Straw is back serving breakfast seven days a week from 7.30am-3pm. Due to its diminutive size, it will still run takeaway services. 

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