Private dining rooms combine the best of both worlds: the food and service of a restaurant, and the privacy and relaxed atmosphere of your own home. You'll pay handsomely for it, but for a birthday or other celebration to remember, these spots can't be beaten. The best bit? No one has to do the dishes.

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Tokyo Tina

Restaurant

Tokyo Tina’s private space, Tokyo Private, is a low-lit den next-door to the restaurant – complete with karaoke, free-flowing booze and a Japanese banquet for up to 28 people. Good times lie within.

66A-B Chapel Street, Windsor
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Poodle Bar & Bistro

Restaurant

Upstairs at Poodle, the handsome art-deco dining room is equipped with a customisable table that can flex between intimate affairs and 20-person parties. You can bet there’s a dinner and drinks package to suit either mode.

81-83 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Moonhouse

Restaurant

In an iconic southside building, this alluring bistro does old Chinese favourites in new ways – try them at the cocktail bar upstairs in a curvaceous eight-seater booth with views over Carlisle street. Or for groups of 30, the dining room adjacent has you covered.

282 Carlisle Street, Balaclava

Etta

Restaurant

The Greenhouse is Etta’s lush, private courtyard out back – and you can book it for up to 14 people. As the name suggests, it’s planted with greenery and is completely weatherproof, which creates an enviable space to share chef Rosheen Kaul’s joyful set menu.

60 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Auterra

Bar

An incredible, hand-crafted brass table is the centrepiece at Auterra’s soaring upstairs space. It’s complete with a fireplace, colourful artworks and a private bathroom for an extra-exclusive touch. Come here for European drops and elegant snacks with 11 of your favourite people.

1160 High Street, Armadale
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Builders Arms Hotel

Bar

When size matters, Andrew McConnell’s exemplary boozer punches well above its weight. The bright and intimate dining room fits 18, with views over Gertrude Street and a menu designed by McConnell himself. You can also curate your own playlist from the in-house vinyl collection.

211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Umberto Espresso Bar

Cafe

This neighbourhood Italian joint has two private dining spaces: one is for larger groups, with a terrazzo-tiled balcony and an old-timey Edwardian fireplace. Then there's the hidden, members-only Rosarno room, with a self-serve drinks cart, record player, card table and movie streaming.

917 High Street, Thornbury

Minamishima

Restaurant

There are three private dining rooms at Melbourne's best Japanese restaurant. The incredible food is undoubtedly the star here, and the only menu option is a degustation. If that's the kind of private dining experience you're looking for, you won't find better.

4 Lord Street, Richmond

Gimlet at Cavendish House

Restaurant

Andrew McConnell’s singular culinary flair is best experienced from the privacy of Gimlet’s intimate, 12-seat dining space. Book in for lunch or dinner, then soak up the cinematic grandeur of this modern classic, Martini in hand.

33 Russell Street, Melbourne
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Chancery Lane

Restaurant

Of Chancery’s three luxe private spaces, the Chandelier Room is the big ticket option – and the most sought after. Up to 12 guests can dine beneath the dazzling 19th-century French namesake, with dedicated waitstaff ferrying those elevated bistro dishes to the table.

430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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Cumulus Up Wine Bar

Bar

The Wine Room seats 20 people. And it’s one of the cleverest private dining rooms in Melbourne because the walls surrounding it are floor-to-ceiling windows. That means the room manages to feel like part of Cumulus Up, but it's also private enough for an intimate function.

Level 1 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Florentino

Restaurant

The big gun classic in Melbourne’s Italian dining scene. If you’re going intimate, choose the eight-seat space surrounded by Florentino’s epic wine cellar. But if you’re going large, the mural room – adorned with classic artworks by Napier Waller – will transport you to a bygone Italian era.

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Aru

Restaurant

Aru's secluded 12-seat dining room, Banda, is perfect for smaller celebrations. But the adjoining terrace can be booked out for groups of up to 30.

268 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Supernormal

Restaurant

Inspired by a Japanese shoin (“study”) room, Supernormal's private dining space is adorned with contemporary art, and comes equipped with a discrete Bose sound system and a whisky cart for karaoke kick-ons. Big enough for 40 seated guests, or 60 standing.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Kisumé

Restaurant

This is one of Melbourne's best Japanese restaurants. It's certainly its most ambitious. There's a New York-style sushi bar at street level, a pumping izakaya-style basement and an upstairs private dining room – Kuro – for intimate kaiseki-style meals.

175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Flower Drum

Restaurant

Settle in for a private Cantonese banquet at this Melbourne icon. Groups as small as 10 or as large as 50 are catered for here.

17 Market Lane, Melbourne
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Matilda

Restaurant

Choose from two private dining rooms: each of them are underneath the main dining room of Scott Pickett's fire and smoke-focused restaurant. Or if you need something larger, you can book out the entire floor, combining both rooms.

159 Domain Road, South Yarra
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Half Acre

Restaurant

If your shindig calls for the drop-in spirit of a pub with the food of a more polished eatery, Half Acre can partition many of its gorgeous nooks for private dining. And if you’re gunning for size, you can even book the whole venue.

112 Munro Street, South Melbourne
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Estelle

Restaurant

Choose from the Matilda Room (30 guests) or the Harrison Room (20 guests) or combine them for larger functions. The indoor courtyard is also available to hire for a sit-down lunch or dinner or a standing cocktail function.

243 High Street, Northcote
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Henry Sugar

Restaurant

For intimate groups of up to 12, the private space inside this exemplary wine bar has you covered. It’s a quiet place to get across the menu of modern Australian dishes, ferried to your table by personal waitstaff.

298 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

Bottega

Restaurant

The private dining rooms at Bottega can accommodate any kind of event, ranging from small gatherings to 60-person soirées. And no matter which space you choose, each has a beautiful view overlooking leafy Bourke Street.

74 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Cappo Sociale

Restaurant

This Italian restaurant – in the former Village People Hawker Food Hall space – is the flagship of the Hotel Fitzroy. Come for classic pizzas, salumi, pastas, and a punchy cocktail list. Plus, there's private dining and a terrace balcony.

1/127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Society

Restaurant

If you’ve got the budget, Society’s Green Room is a private dining experience usually reserved for presidents and movie stars. By that, we mean a private chef, kitchen and sommelier pouring drops from the restaurant’s peerless wine cellar. Timber, stone and grandeur abound. There’s even a private entrance so you don’t get papped.

80 Collins Street, Melbourne