You’ve waited long enough. These fave foodie spots around Melbourne will be reopening for dine in from the first day of June.
- Daughter in Law made a massive impact on Melbourne foodies fast. The restaurant will be open again from 1 June, serving lunch Friday to Sunday and dinner 7 nights a week. Fingers crossed the spicy ‘unauthentic’ pizza is still on the menu. Stay tuned to the Daughter in Law socials for info on how to book.
- Even if you’re a Melburnian through and through, there’s always time to revisit the classics. Gaze upon the iconic sights of the city from your perch at Time Out, reopening from 4 June.
- Hawker Chan will be back in action from 10am daily, open for walk ins up to 20 people at a time. Crispy duck skin and silky noodles are worth waiting for.
- Make your first post-iso catch up a private party. Father’s Office will be hosting bottomless parties for groups of 10 and 20 mates. Call ahead on 9825 8900 and let the good times roll. Thanks dad.
- Modern Euro diner Lekker is reopening for Friday and Saturday services from 5 June. Reservations are essential, but you can hang out all night with no time limits on tables. They’ve even got a cheese trolley making the rounds!
- Italian home cooking is the name of the game at Cafe Babbo in Lonsdale Street. From June you can enjoy the creamy strawberry filled bomba and rustic pizzas inside again. Book ahead via Instagram or give them a call on 9662 3334.
- Walk-ins are welcome at NeNe Melbourne Central, but only 5 guests can dine in at a time. Which technically makes this Melbourne’s most exclusive fried chicken joint? Either way, we’ll be first in line for crispy wings and a long overdue potato tornado.
- Bar Lourinha will be celebrating 15 years of service and inviting people inside once again from 6 June. If it’s been far too long since you were blessed by the empanadas and cheesy croquettes, give them a buzz and book in for your next Mediterranean inspired feast.
- From 5 June, Boilermaker House will reopen for Friday and Saturday night bevs (capped at 20 guests at a time). Book in a boiler sesh now.
- You’ll be able to sit and chill for a bit after your next jumbo pretzel feast at Pretzel in Melbourne Central’s ELLA. The pastel pink dessert destination will allow 20 sit in guests at a time, and you can still opt for takeaway.
- Book in at Thai Tide for lavish dishes like the uber crispy pork belly. They’ll reopen for 20 guests at a time from 1 June.
- All of Nosh’s city venues will reopen for takeaway and dine in from 1 June. Separate tables and thorough cleaning between meals will be implemented, as well as strict adherence to the 20 person limit. You can even order ahead and pick up your lunch in store without having to hang around.
- Hazel and Dessous on Collins Street are both opening their doors again from 3 June. Give their friendly staff a call or email to suss out the set menus, seating times and cocktails on offer.
- Another good omen? Uncle on Collins Street is coming back! From 23 June this upstairs spot will fire up the woks again with a brand new menu. Stay tuned to their socials and website for info.
- Mansae Korean BBQ is firing up the grills once again – 20 patrons per sitting, so feel free to opt for their awesome takeaway menu instead. Check out their website for info and menu inspo.
- Elephant & Wheelbarrow is an absolute city icon, and we’re thrilled to see them back. Book in via email for one of their dining sessions.
- The Mexican bottomless brunch is back at Bodega Underground. From June 5 you can once again enjoy a five-course spread of tacos, chilaquiles and ceviche. Paired with bottomless cocktails, it’s a great excuse to grab your crew and forget this whole Covid-19 thing ever happened. Book online.
- With a menu that reads like the greatest hits of Indian cuisine, Delhi Streets is back open for business June 1. An array of authentic Indian street food is on offer, the only thing you have to decide is, will it be the thali or the tiffin? Fill in the online booking form or call 03 9629 2620.
- Cheaper than a ticket to Paris, much-loved French bistro Philippe is open again from June 9. Book a table, descend the stairs and soak up the atmosphere.
- Cheese board champions Henry and the Fox are back with table service, mobile menus and more. Book now.
- Queen Street Rescue comes to the rescue from 1 June, and you can now book.
- Tsindos Greek Kitchen will be taking bookings for lunch and dinner services, with takeaway and delivery available for those still at home. Give them a call on 9663 3194 to book.
- It’s all happening at Fed Square. Transport Public Bar opens from June 3 and Taxi Kitchen kicks off again with two dinner sittings from June 23. Reservations via their website.
- Bright and buzzy Superhiro is open again and taking walk-ins. Leave your details at the door and feast on all your Japanese favourites.
- Hip Korean hangout Guhng The Palace is open to diners again. With a layout over two floors, they can handle more than 20 patrons at a time. Text 0413 616 550 or email for bookings.
- Masters of authentic Tonkatsu ramen, Hakata Gensuke, have reopened for walk-in diners only. With stores at QV, Russell Street and Carlton, you’re sure to score a table.
- Lovers of Indian food will be happy to hear that Flora is open again for walk-ins. Tuck in to one of their value-for-money combos from the daily specials board.
- Marameo is back in business from 3 June – not that they ever really stopped, because the takeaway menu is just as good as the real deal. If you want to sit in and treat yourself to a spritz and cheeky tiramisu, book on their website.
- The Grain Store will reopen from 1 June in their gorgeous Flinders Lane location. Send them an email to book in.
- Rooftop drinks at Loop Bar just hit different – make your first sky high sojourn to their bar form 4 June, now open for bookings.
- Hong Kong style street eats are back when you pop in for lunch at Plus 852 Cafe. We’ll be knocking back those creamy iced teas no matter the weather.
- Hardware Societe’s beautiful new Katherine Place location will be open to welcome you from 1 June. Stay tuned to their socials for more information.
- Ginger Olive is another laneway haunt opening from 1 June. Book for a feast.
- San Telmo will be bringing that melt in the mouth meaty goodness back from 1 June, for 20 amigos at a time. Book online for bottomless lunches, new set menus and more.
- From 5 June, you can once again have a super special sushi feast at Kisume. Book now for an unforgettable meal.
- Enjoy the buzz of dining in at Flinders Lane favourite Chin Chin once again from June 1. No need to queue in the cold – they now take bookings online.
- Stroll through the street art of Duckboard Place and emerge in a dining wonderland at Tazio in Flinders Lane. Get in touch on their website to book.
- Pan-Asian darling Supernormal is back and serving those perfect lobster rolls again from June 6. Dinner will be banquet only (bonus) and you can now book in for a two-hour sitting.
- The red neon glow of Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar is luring you back for its reopening on June 1. Enjoy all your old favourites, and meet some new ones, with the revamped menu. For bookings call 03 9639 5777.
- Time to schedule that long-awaited date night. Andrew McConnell’s celebrated Cumulus Inc reopens its doors on June 1. Breakfast is off the menu for the time being, but there’s all day dining from midday and a set kitchen menu for dinner. Book online.
- The French Brasserie opens its doors again June 3. Shake off those lockdown blues with a glass of bordeaux and a plate of boeuf bourguignon (with frites, of course) at one of Melbourne’s favourite hidden gems.
- Lulu’s CKT is back open and serving up traditional Penang-style Char Koay Teow. Mix things up and try it with razor clams.
- If you’re a seafood lover, head down Hardware Lane to Claypots Barbarossa. Grab a drink and enjoy their ‘aperitivo hour’ featuring a buffet of tapas-style snacks.
- Laneway pasta bar Pentolina has celebrated its second birthday by reopening to diners. Make friends with the new menu by booking a table online.
- Waterslide Bar will reopen from 2 June, with a special new menu and heated outdoor spaces. They’ve even got a contact free scanner taking temps at the door. Book ahead and enjoy.
- It doesn’t get anymore riverside than Byblos, where it feels like you’re floating right on the water. Shoot them an email to book in from 3 June.
- On the 1st of June, Capri Cafe & Lounge will reopen with the most Melbourne special ever – brunch for five bucks! Seared salmon, smashed avo and more makes the menu well worth it. Don’t miss out and book now.
- Common Man returns from 1 June, and that includes the sparkling outdoor terrace. Book in for an uncommon night out.
- Beloved Thai food sensation BangPop are back with a bang, for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Book now.
- Crown Melbourne is commencing a staged re-opening of its restaurants. First to open on June 5 will be Nobu, Bistro Guillaume, Conservatory, Gradi and Merrywell Burger Bar. Book online.
- South Wharf’s Plus 5 takes its inspiration from the food traditions of Spain and Italy (think tapas and wood-fired pizza). Add in their vast cocktail menu and they’ve got your catch-up night covered. Book online.
- Entrecote gives a little taste of Paris when you need it most. This sparkling spot will reopen from 1 June, with an exclusive menu featuring their team’s favourite dishes from the past 6 years. Book online or give them a call.
- Matilda is reopening with a bang on 1 June with a special ticketed event to celebrate their second birthday. After that it’ll be open for dinner 7 days a week, with lunch and brunch options on weekends. Book online or email for groups over 6. The team can accommodate 20 guests upstairs and downstairs.
- Who isn’t hanging out for bubble tea right now? BlackBall Chinatown will reopen from morning til late, serving milk tea like it’s nobodies business. Take it away or sit in for your sips.
- Tim Ho Wan is back from 1 June. They’ve got space for 20 dine-in customers at a time, and that iconic queue outside will be regulated to make sure social distancing is in place.
- China Red will be open again from 1 June. Catch us face first in a bowl of chilli wontons. Follow them on Instagram for all the info on how to book, or just for general juicy bao inspo.
- Germaphobes, we’ve got two words for you: Sanitiser Sommelier. Along with the hearty Bavarian feeds, and an entirely digital, no contact ordering system, Hofbrauhaus are offering top hani sani tips to diners. They’ll be open again from 1 June. Call 9663 3361 to book.
- Let the nood times roll and go straight to GO Noodle House on Elizabeth Street from 1 June. No bookings, but feel free give them a buzz on 9650 5135 before you head in to check how busy they are. Then slurp up the good stuff in no time.
- Pinchy’s lobster rolls, truffle fries, creamy chowder and more will be back for dine in from 3 June. Head upstairs Friday to Sunday for lunch, and Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. Or order online and let the good times lobster roll at home.
- From 1 June Vertue Coffee will be reopening for dine-in bookings, with staggered seating times to allow for plenty of room between diners. That first big brekky plate loaded with halloumi and poached eggs is going hit real different.
- Papa Gino‘s is an icon of Lygon Street, and from 1 June you can feast again. Walk ins welcome, but only 20 guests can dine in at a time.
- We’ve loved their innovative deli for the past few months, but nothing beats nestling into the cosy nooks of Heartattack and Vine. They’ll be opening from Friday 5 June from 5pm til late, then offering dinner services from Thursday to Saturday in June. Walk ins only.
- Gemma Simply Italian is simply the best for bringing back their Wednesday night $15 pizza special. Visit again from 2 June, and be one of 20 guests dine in by booking in advance.
- The D.O.C empire rises again, with all venues open from 1 June. Book ahead and dine in – follow their socials for updates.
- Panda Hot Pot is offering 2 hour sessions for groups of up to 10, with a max. 20 people allowed to feast on that delicious Sichuan goodness at a time. Book in advance ASAP.
- Euro-Japanese fine diner Kazuki’s reopens its doors on June 4. There’s two sittings for dinner (the last being 7.30pm) so book early for that special occasion.
- Chinese brasserie TuanTuan is back and serving the best of Hong Kong comfort food. Try their signature salted egg crispy snow buns. Book online.
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- White Rabbit Record Bar will bring the noise, funk and other associated sounds back to their ‘hood from 3 June. Have a coffee, sip a cocktail and don some disposable gloves to flick through their endless range of vinyl.
- Fiesta with the best of them from 3 June when beloved tiny taqueria Hello Jose reopens for customers to dine in. Send an email to book in for a night of margaritas, tacos, totopos and a cheeky plate of the handmade churros.
- If you’re in the mood for great pub food, Naughton’s Hotel has reopened with an ‘iso beef’ special on their menu. Try the 100-day-old scotch fillet with a glass of Isolation Ridge shiraz (see what they did there?). Book online.
- Bobby Dre’s is the Northside spot for burgers, tacos and decadent high teas. Think towering platters of mac and cheese, avo loaded Mexican bowls and ice cream topped waffles. Bobby’s now offering pre-bookings for up to 20 dine-in customers at a time. Group bookings will be capped at 6 people during peak times. Give them a call on 9328 7944 to feast.
- HOF Downtown have moved with the times, so now you can order and pay from your phone when you dine in. Just scan a QR card at your table and unleash your next Bavarian feast.
- A hidden gem returns to Docklands when Neo Lemonade reopens from 1 June. This now cashless spot will be welcoming up to 20 guests at a time.
- Authentic Lebanese food nearby the sparkling riverside. Once again you can have a delicious night out at Corniche from 1 June. Book ahead by calling 9078 9590 or texting 0404 118 800.
- Renzo’s Bar Cafe is a Melbourne unicorn – great food, gorgeous views and an entire kid’s menu under $13. Call them on 9640 0550 to book and dine in from 1 June.
- Berth is back in the house from 1 June. Book online and dine by the sparkling riverside.
- Another riverside special returns in the form of Cargo. Call them on 9670 0999 to book.
- Cheap eats that are tasty as a high end feast are no mean feat – but Merchant Society nails it every time. They’ll be open again for dine in from 1 June.
- Finally we can kick back with a panino in hand and look out at the beautiful view from Saluministi again. Walk ins only, with guests capped at 20.
- TAP 831 is the spot to watch day turn to night during golden hour. Head down from 1 June and enjoy a casual feast with the city on display.
- Got a hankering for genuine Japanese okonomiyaki? Good news, Dohtonbori is reopening Monday June 1 to meet all your savoury pancake needs.
- Fukutontei Ramen offers a wide range of Japanese nosh to satisfy your cravings. Warm yourself with a bowl of their signature Tonkatsu ramen.
- Sometimes only a lamb gyros will do. Casual diner Yassas is open again and serving all your traditional Greek favourites.
- Pizze Societe are open and serving the classics at Docklands. With a full menu of pasta, parmas, risotto and yes, pizza, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Call 03 96467775.
- Craving dumplings at Docklands? You’re in luck. Honey Tangs is open and serving their healthy dumpling options for lunch and dinner. Walk in or call 03 9620 1113 for reservations.
- Tucked away on level 4 of Marvel Stadium is Katsu House. Serving steaming bowls of udon noodles and bento boxes, it’s ready to be your new favourite lunch spot. Open for walk-ins.
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