10 Melbourne Restaurants with Private Dining Rooms
Suites, cellars and a spot of karaoke: make your next occasion extra special with a room reserved just for you and your company.
Whether you’re marking a birthday, engagement, or simply a why-not group festa, take the evening to the next level by booking out a private room at these top Melbourne restaurants. It’s a win-win: you get to access all of their cracking food and wine (without any of the clean up) while also enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of an at-home dinner party. Some even have semi-private spaces that allow you to celebrate and converse freely while basking in the energy of the wider restaurant.
Poodle’s fresh take on European bistro food and relentless good times atmosphere has made it one of Fitzroy’s trendiest places to eat. Upstairs they have an intimate private dining room, decked out in handsome art deco style, that’s sequestered from the hubbub of the main bar. Expect sleek slatted wooden ceilings and glistening fixtures around a long table that can be customised in length. All that’s left to do is decide whether you want to start on champagne or cocktails.
Capacity: 20 people
81-83 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Masterchef alumni Philip Vakos’ modern Greek restaurant has cemented itself as a Richmond favourite for its lively ambience and traditional recipes cooked with a contemporary touch. Downstairs is a rustic diner while upstairs is an airy, coastal-vibes space that can be booked for private lunches and dinners. Sporting three large windows overlooking busy Swan Street alongside private bathrooms and a cocktail bar, it’s an ace way to gather over their delicious Greek dips, small plates, grilled meats and colourful salads.
Capacity: 45 people
177-179 Swan Street, Richmond
The George on Collins is where you go to feast on delectable modern South-East Asian cuisine in a grand, historic building. The sprawling space boasts several private dining spaces to accommodate all crowds, moods and moments, each with its own character and charm. The close and cosy Attic overlooks the main venue, allowing your group to soak in the atmosphere of the restaurant while having your own space, while the Den affords total privacy with its very own entrance and bar. For larger events go for the stylish Cellar, which features AV capabilities and room to mingle.
Capacity: 12 people (Attic), 26 people (Den), 45 people (Cellar)
162-168 Collins Street, Melbourne
Supernormal is a bastion of Melbourne’s upmarket dining scene; their signature lobster rolls, bao and peanut butter parfait the stuff of legend. But you might not know that they also have an utterly private dining room – a charming, art-filled space that’s played host to countless special occasions. Start the evening with a tailored selection of the restaurant’s acclaimed mod-Asian food and end in spectacular fashion thanks to a 65-inch, Bose-powered karaoke system.
Capacity: 16 people
180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Contemporary Asian-Australian restaurant Aru is one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed openings in recent years, a relaxed restaurant with a fine dining edge. Executive Chef Khanh Nguyen marries South-East Asian flavours, ancient techniques and the finest Australian produce to dazzling effect. Aru is the tastemaker’s choice for a celebratory dinner, made even better when experienced in their secluded private room, Banda. Furnished in rich spotted gum, it features a stunning wine wall and opens up onto a terrace which can also be booked.
Capacity: 12 people seated, with an additional 30 if the terrace is booked.
268 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
This moody and modern Chinese-inspired bistro is a new opening worth checking out, especially when it has an impressive private dining room upstairs. Seating up to 30 at a long table (lazy susans included) with its own kitchen, it’s a surefire ticket to a boisterous evening with friends. The Balaclava restaurant is by the group behind Hanoi Hannah, Tokyo Tina and Firebird, so expect nostalgic Cantonese dishes cooked with contemporary flair. Big hitting snacks include a Hainanese chicken club sandwich and prawn toast dipped in rich bisque.
Capacity: 30 people
282 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
For a truly special occasion, iconic St Kilda restaurant Donovans delivers refined European cuisine accompanied by sweeping ocean vistas. They offer two bookable spaces – the semi-private Library for up to 10 people, plus a private dining room for up to 26 that’s bound by floor-to-ceiling windows. Not only does it offer super views of Port Phillip Bay, it also sports an outdoor terrace for relaxed pre-dinner drinks.
Capacity: 26 people
40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
This rustic-glam Argentinian restaurant is perfect for celebrations. Not only do they have an intimate private dining room for up to 12 people, but their menu – centred on lavish grilled meats and an extensive wine list – is made for sharing. Put your night in the kitchen’s hands with a set banquet that starts with empanadas and ends with dulce de leche crème caramel. The private space is in the centre of the restaurant, concealed behind a wall of wine, offering seclusion amid the lively restaurant atmosphere.
Capacity: 12 people
14 Meyers Place, Melbourne
European classics are cleverly reimagined at Chancery Lane, with dishes like sea perch mousseline with Avruga caviar and onion consommé topped with truffle parmesan. The alluring CBD bistro has three private dining options, each grander than the last. First, there’s the luxurious Chandelier Room, a sought-after space with dedicated service under a 19th century French chandelier. The expansive Archways Room sports an adjoining private atrium for pre-dinner drinks while the smaller Cellar Room offers a semi-private vibe.
Capacity: 10 people (Chandelier Room), 18 people (Archways Room), 12 people (Cellar Room)
430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
This French gastro pub is a temple to good food and wine, plating up a flurry of steak bavette, duck liver parfait and cheese soufflé each day. For cosy get-togethers the Copper Suite can be booked, seating up to 12 people around a custom redwood dining table as a mesh wine cupboard separates you from the main dining room.
Capacity: 12 people
32 Commercial Road, Prahran
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