Restaurants taking reservations | Melbourne urban list
It’s been a long, cold winter full of virtual dinners, take-home boxes, and Uber Eats meals that may or may not have arrived. But now, the time has finally come to gather your friends (probably four of them, with booking limits and all) for a night on the town, even if it’s a check-in and check-out service. seated service only.
A handful of your favorite diners have already opened reservations, and we’ll likely see more of them in the coming days. Lock in your first meal after locking in at one of Melbourne’s best below.
Richmond sweetheart, Baby, will drop in for alfresco dining starting Tuesday, October 26, while indoor meals begin on or around Friday, November 5. Their books should open this Monday, October 4
Celebrating family-style French cuisine, the bistro will invite its guests on the terrace on Tuesday October 26 and indoors on Friday November 5. Book here.
A mainstay of the city and a rite of passage for Melburnians, Chin Chin is expected to reopen around Friday, November 5. At this point, you will be able to make your reservation on Monday, October 4. here.
Home to traditional and authentic pasta, Ciao Mama could be one of Melbourne’s best pasta bars. Meet from Tuesday October 26 for the terraces and from Friday November 5 for indoor meals. Book here.
One of Melbourne’s favorites, Entrecote, the home of French cuisine, reopens on Friday, November 5 for 2-hour seating. Book here.
Estelle is back with her gourmet menu filled with hearty steaks and the highest quality fish. They start reservations from Friday November 5th. Book here.
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Enjoy crisp, wood-fired pizzas on their rooftop with a menu from Tuesday October 26 or in their indoor space from Friday November 5. Book here.
Dedicated to good pho and filled with vegan options, the Vietnamese restaurant opens its doors on Friday, November 5th. Book here.
From Friday, November 5, Frédéric’s European-style dining will be back on the Melbourne food scene. Don’t forget to check out their specials like Wellington Wednesday’s and Duck and Mushroom Monday’s. Book here.
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For wood-fired pizzas that have the perfect cheese-napoli ratio, Gradi will resume service from Friday, November 5. Book here.
Hall of hawkers
The southern pillar, Hawker Hall, is expected to reopen on or around Friday, November 5. At this point, the books will be open on Monday, October 4. Enter here.
Hemingway’s wine cellar
East Melbourne’s charming vino hangout opens reservations from Friday, November 5 and beyond. You can’t go wrong with the whole menu, but someone really needs to know who their oyster supplier is because damn … book here.
Japanese food in Melbourne doesn’t improve much, delivered or over dinner, although we’d be lying if we didn’t fancy the latter. Kisumé will open around Friday, November 5, with books opening on Monday, October 4. Lock yourself in a place at the table here.
Renowned for serving some of Melbourne’s best Laksa, this Malaysian restaurant will open from Friday November 5th. Book here.
Vegans, this one’s for you. For an entirely plant-based cuisine, head to Lona Misa for succulent dishes starting Friday, November 5th. Book here.
From Saturday November 6, you will be able to return to Longrain and devour some of their Asian-inspired tailor-made dishes. Book here.
The Gitan Hotel
Dedicated to French cuisine and perfectly combining wines with its charcuterie boards, the Hotel Gitan will reopen its terraces on Tuesday October 26th and its room service on Friday November 5th. Book here.
If you miss the casual Scott Picket cuisine presented to Matilda, they will reopen on Saturday, November 6. Book here.
For a classic wood-fired pizza and a comfortable environment, Neighborhood Pizza will open its doors to Melbourniens from Friday, November 5. Book here.
For Turkish cuisine that is simply tasty and offering generous portions, Nicosia will open its doors from Friday 5 November. Book here.
Estate Pietro Gallus
For a dining experience with flavors and views reminiscent of the Italian countryside, head to Pietro Gallus. They will reopen their doors on Friday, November 5. Book here.
Poodle was open for maybe six minutes in total before the first lockdown round, but in between they managed to find their way into the hearts of the Melburnians with a mind-boggling menu and venue to match. The bizarre pop-up over the past 18 months has also proven to be a hit – Book a table at Obsession North Melbourne from Friday, November 5 here. The team will also open their yard from Tuesday October 26 if you need your solution a few days early.
For authentic Spanish tapas and live music on Fridays and Saturdays, you can enjoy the food at Remy’s outdoors from Tuesday October 26th and indoors from Friday November 5th. Book here.
If you fancy having dinner and enjoying a good pizza, this is one of the best places in Melbourne to the West. Scoozi will be offering its gourmet pizzas from Friday, November 5. Book here.
A well known local favorite for authentic Japanese cuisine. Try their eggplant nigiri to be blown away. Reservations are open from Friday November 5th. Book here.
Up in smoke
To flambé a barbecue joint that serves the best ribs and hot fries, head to Up In Smoke. The restaurant will open its doors outside from Tuesday October 26 and inside from Friday November 5. Book here.
Check out more of the moves taking place on the grounds of Melbourne’s hospo scene here.
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