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Our Favourite Melbourne Restaurants that are Ready to Take Bookings

Book a sought-after table at these Melbourne restaurants that are planning their reopenings post-lockdown.

After months of boxed takeaways, frozen deliveries and washing dishes, we’re ready to welcome restaurants back with open arms. Many of your favourite spots for fine dining, date nights, catchups with friends and a frosty cocktail are now open for bookings. You’ll be competing with a whole city itching to dine out again though, so run don’t walk if you want to nab one of these coveted tables.

Frédéric
Frédéric
Frédéric

Cosy up with classy wines and modern European food from Friday 5 November at Frédéric. You’ll be reacquainted with elegant classics like beef wellington and confit duck alongside old and new world wines, craft beers, spritzes and house cocktails.

9-11 Cremorne Street, Cremorne

From Friday 5th November

Ciao Mamma
Ciao Mamma
Ciao Mamma

This inviting Brunswick pasta bar, where they make all their sauces and pastas fresh in-house, is taking outdoor tables from Tuesday 26 October and indoor tables from Friday 5 November. Book now to enjoy their nonna-approved lamb ragu, arancini and ‘Tina-mi-su’ when doors open.

3 Union Street, Brunswick 

Outdoors from Tuesday 26th October, indoors from Friday 5 November

Tokyo Tina
Tokyo Tina
Tokyo Tina

Tokyo Tina is back seven days a week for fluffy bao and kingfish sashimi, while their bar is ready to shake up countless yuzu sours. Book now for reservations beginning Tuesday 26 October, and if you’re ready to party they’ve got private karaoke dining rooms available too.

66A Chapel Street, Windsor

From Tuesday 26th October

L’Hotel Gitan
L’Hotel Gitan
L’Hotel Gitan

This French gastro pub is a temple to good food and wine, with countless orders of steak bavette, confit duck cassoulet and cheese soufflé served throughout the year. The elegant restaurant has multiple private dining spaces and is reopening for service with tables outside from Wednesday 27 October.

32 Commercial Road, Prahran

Outside from Wednesday 27th October

Chin Chin
Chin Chin
Chin Chin

No more long waits for a table at Chin Chin, because the uber popular restaurant is now taking bookings from Friday 5 November. Grab a date or a mate and lock in your ticket to flavourtown via their knockout modern southeast Asian cuisine.

125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

From Friday 5th November

Entrecôte
Entrecôte
Entrecôte

Entrecôte’s signature steak frites, garlicky escargot and apple tarte tatin are on the menu again as they prepare to take dine in tables from Friday 5 November. You can’t go wrong at this relaxed yet elegant bistro, where the wine flows and the vibes are always on point.

131-133 Domain Road, South Yarra

From Friday 5th October

Sunda
Sunda
Sunda

Every dish at Sunda is an explosion of textures and flavours. By applying influences from Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam to Australian ingredients, this thoroughly modern restaurant embodies the pinnacle of what fusion cuisine is capable of. We’ll be first in line for their signature Vegemite curry roti when they open up for dine-in on Thursday 11 November.

18 Punch Lane, Melbourne

From Thursday 11th November

Estelle
Estelle
Estelle

As Estelle, celebrated chef Scott Pickett shows off the innovative modern Australian he’s renowned for. Tables at the relaxed fine diner are available from Friday 5 November, with the covered courtyard perfect for the summer months that lie ahead.

243 High Street, Northcote

From Friday 5th November

Fancy Hank’s
Fancy Hank’s
Fancy Hank’s

Fancy Hank’s is our go-to spot for American-style barbecue served straight from the smoker. Load up on brisket, links and ribs paired with classic Southern sides from buffalo wings to schmaltz smothered corn bread. Get ready to wash it all down with refreshing boilermakers and beers! Rooftop bookings are available from Saturday 23 October.

1/79 Bourke Street, Melbourne

From Saturday 23rd October

Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya
Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya
Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya

Get all your Japanese faves from sushi and tempura to yakitori and gyoza at this busy bar and diner. There are a number of group dining and function spaces you can book from Tuesday 26 October, spanning intimate dining nooks all the way to a spacious courtyard. Cheers to that!

127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

From Tuesday 26th October

Lona Misa
Lona Misa
Lona Misa

You might not have had a chance to visit Shannon Martinez’s blockbuster new venue when it opened earlier this year, but now you can. The queen of Melbourne’s vegan scene has taken over the front of South Yarra’s Ovolo Hotel with an all-day plant-based diner that transforms from café to restaurant to wine bar with ease. Tables are available from Friday 5 November.

234 Toorak Road, South Yarra 

From Friday 5th November

Hotel Jesus
Hotel Jesus
Hotel Jesus

Flashy, fast and sporting one of the coolest fitouts on Smith Street, Hotel Jesus evokes nostalgic kitsch while serving thoroughly modern Mexican food. Grab a group to enjoy their kitchen sashimi tostadas, fresh ceviches and moreish tacos from Tuesday 26 October.

174 Smith Street, Collingwood

From Tuesday 26th October

Matilda 159
Matilda 159
Matilda 159 Domain

Get in line for sumptuous fine dining at Matilda from Friday 5 November. Here, woodfire and smoke are used to tease intense yet finely tuned flavours out of produce, with distinct native nods seen in dishes like smoked saltbush ribs and wagyu tomahawk with pepperberry jus.

159 Domain Road, South Yarra

From Friday 5th November

Mamasita
Mamasita
Mamasita

Mamasita has long been considered one of Melbourne’s best Mexican restaurants, attracting crowds for their classic dishes given a modern refresh. Menu hits include pork belly al pastor tacos, vegan cashew chorizo tostaditas and their killer short rib with mole. No more waiting in queues, they’re now open for bookings from Friday 5 November.

11 Collins Street, Melbourne

From Friday 5th November

Hell of the North
Hell of the North
Hell of the North

This stylish French wine bar is an eternal date night fave. Lowlit tables are served updated bistro classics like twice baked cheese soufflé with celeriac and apple, ox cheeks with bordelaise sauce and crème brûlée alongside cocktails, craft beers and European wines. Bookings now open from Wednesday 27 October.

135 Greeves Street, Fitzroy

From Wednesday 27th October

Carlton Wine Room
Carlton Wine Room
Carlton Wine Room

Much more than just a wine bar, this multi-storey Carlton darling serves some of the finest modern Australian in Melbourne alongside an expert drinks list. Book in for lunch or dinner from Tuesday 26 October to enjoy their elegant, European-inflected cuisine once again.

172-174 Faraday Street, Carlton

From Tuesday 26th October

Meatmaiden
Meatmaiden
Meatmaiden

Avid carnivores should make a beeline for Meatmaiden when they reopen on Friday 5 November. Specialising in all things meat, this offbeat basement eatery sports a custom-made smoker and dryer so they can whip up some of the juiciest cuts in Melbourne.

195 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

From Friday 5th November

Poodle Bar & Bistro
Poodle Bar & Bistro
Poodle Bar & Bistro

Since opening last year, Poodle Bar & Bistro has become one of the trendiest places to eat in Fitzroy, a place with no shortage of big hitters. Pull up a stool at the grand, art-deco inspired public bar, make your way over to the cosy bistro or sun yourself in the courtyard from Tuesday 26 October.

81-83 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

From Tuesday 26th October

Hawker Hall
Hawker Hall
Hawker Hall

Raucous group dinners are on the table again as Hawker Hall opens on Friday 5 November. The vibey Asian dining hall is a feast of flavour, spinning out Malaysian and Singaporean street food faves like smoky char kway teow and crispy roti canai alongside craft ales and cocktails.

98 Chapel Street, Windsor

From Friday 5th November

The Atlantic
The Atlantic
The Atlantic

Riverside restaurant The Atlantic is a mecca for seafood, sporting a fish and chip window out front, a New York inspired oyster bar and a swish dining room for multi-course feasts. Book in for premium raw plates and seafood cooked over a woodfire grill from Friday 5 November.

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank

From Friday 5th November

Lagoon Dining
Lagoon Dining
Lagoon Dining

Lagoon Dining does bright, buzzy Chinese food served with a contemporary twist. Dive into rolled rice noodles with pork belly and fermented chilli or mapo tofu topped with crunchy chicken skin furikake, accompanied by natural wines and craft beers. Reservations are now available from Tuesday 26 October.

263 Lygon Street, Carlton

From Tuesday 26th October

Akaiito
Akaiito
Akaiito

This upscale Flinders Lane restaurant serves luxe, contemporary Japanese inside a dramatic black and red dining room. Feast on premium seafood like otoro tartare and grilled glacier 51 toothfish treated with expert precision and served in omakase “chef’s choice” format. Bookings are now open for Friday 5 November and beyond.

349-351 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

From Friday 5th November

Taquito
Taquito
Taquito

We can’t wait to dive into the delicious Mexican fare at this Carlton taqueria again, where they hand press their own tortillas from ground corn before topping with everything from smoky pumpkin and avocado crema to slow-braised beef and zingy salsa verde. Tables are now available from Friday 5 November.

350 Drummond Street, Carlton

From Friday 5th November

Hazel
Hazel
Hazel

The refined yet inviting Hazel is now taking bookings for Friday 5 November and beyond. They’re cooking modern Australian cuisine on woodfired grills, with plenty of seafood, showstopping meats and fun snacks – think pig’s head croquettes and chickpea fritto with green olives.

164 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

From Friday 5th November

Continue planning your drinking and dining adventures as more businesses reopen over the coming weeks. Book in feasts at stellar Japanese and Greek restaurants, or pay a visit to these must-try new bars.