Melbourne’s Top 20 Private Dining Rooms To Host Your Christmas Party

The festive season is a fantastic time of year! It’s the perfect opportunity to chill out a little and catch up socially with friends or go out in a more relaxed environment with clients or colleagues from the office. And, if you’ve been given the responsibility of putting together your groups Christmas party, there’s every possibility you’ll be finding it a tuff challenge. Finding the ideal venue or space to host your Christmas function can be a difficult task. (Especially if you’re stuck for ideas and want to make the right impression…) No need to panic! [PD’S] here to help and has the solution to get you started.

Check out Melbourne’s 20 best private dining rooms to host your Christmas party…

PURE SOUTH DINING | SOUTHBANK

Positioned on the promenade of Southgate Shopping Precinct, Pure South Dining is an award-winning modern Australian restaurant with a prime focus on fresh and sustainable Tasmanian produce. They have 2 separate upstairs private-dining spaces (PDR 1 up to 20 guests, PDR 2 up to 52 guests) available for hire, perfect for groups. Both PDR’S have stunning, elevated Yarra River and City views. Their set menu and beverage package options make it the ideal venue for a workplace or fine dining Christmas event.

QUAFF RESTAURANT | TOORAK

This multi-faceted Toorak venue is ideal for any type of event.

Hidden away from street view, Quaff Restaurant has 2 amazing upper-level private spaces for exclusive dining. The “White Room”, is the perfect place to hire for an end of year celebrations for exclusive groups of up to 40 diners seated. This room has a beautiful light-filled bay window to the street, an ornate fireplace, glorious chandeliers and ceiling high mirrors. It’s the ideal blank canvas, awaiting your decorative touch. The “Crystal Room” is available for hire for private-dining groups of up to 60 guests, seated. It comes complete with its own exclusive bar, outdoor courtyard and has been specifically designed for private functions of all types, including cocktail parties for up to 120 guests. Food options are flexible with set menu options or canapés, depending on the occasion. For corporates, there is also full AV equipment available.

BOX SEAFOOD RESTAURANT | MELBOURNE CBD

Situated at the Paris end of Collins Street and next door to the Regent Theatre, Box Seafood Restaurant ticks all the boxes (Pardon the pun!) if you’re looking for a city venue to entertain corporate guests for a festive banquet this Christmas. There are 2 PDR’s on offer with capacity for up to 26 or 35 guests seated or up to 30 or 50 guests standing. Priding themselves on serving the freshest sustainable, fish, crustaceans and mollusks, combined with good, old-fashioned friendly service, the “Box” is one of Melbourne’s premier seafood dining destinations. The Crayfish and seafood platters are a real winner at this place and your guests will leave thoroughly enjoying the party.

BACASH | SOUTH YARRA

With an absolutely beautiful botanic gardens view through the treetops, the upper level, exclusive event space at Bacash is simply breathtaking and is sure to make the right impression for any group dining celebration. Your guests will enjoy masterfully chef-prepared seafood and excellent service, by award-winning hosts Michael and Fiona Bacash. The space accommodates up to 40-seated diners and is suitable for corporate or social Christmas functions. For larger numbers, the main dining room is also available for hire with a special a la carte menu or fixed price three course set menu.

ROCOCO | ST KILDA

This Acland Street Italian restaurant has recently expanded to 4 shop fronts with the latest addition, (The Pizzeria Room) being a purpose-built, dedicated space for private sit down dinners or exclusive cocktail parties. Rococo’s Pizzeria Room can cater between 20 and 50 guests privately seated or up to 80 guests cocktail style. There are also plenty of cool, nooks and crannies for smaller groups wanting group drinks away from the crowd.

PIER FARM | WILLIAMSTOWN

This has to be one of Melbourne’s most stunning waterfront “rooms with a view”, for sit down group diners looking to celebrate the festive season in style. Pier Farm boasts 2 beautiful areas for sit down groups or cocktail events. The PDR hosts up to 40 guests seated and groups up to 80 standing, with the Restaurant hosting 70 guests seated and up to 120 stand up. Grand scale, full venue hire is also on offer for gala events with a capacity of 200 guests cocktail style and 120 for groups sit down. All options enjoy amazing Mediterranean – Seafood cuisine and arguably the best city skyline views.

FITZROY TOWN HALL HOTEL | FITZROY

If you’re in the inner north, you can’t overlook the Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel for great gastro pub group dining. Award-winning chef Sean Donovan has recently fully refurbished this historic venue and offers 4 great options for exclusive sit down dinners. The Cellar as the name suggests has been fitted out specifically to seat 6-16 guests, exclusively around one large timber table, with this room being completely hidden away downstairs, away from the crowd.

The light-filled Private Dining Room Upstairs boasts a private balcony, beautiful Art Deco doors for total exclusivity and is available to hire for sit down groups of 8-18 guests.

The Atrium is the ultimate space for both sit down dining groups of 10-40 guests or canapé style functions for up to 60 guests. This light-filled space with all of its luscious greenery can be hired exclusively or as a shared mid-sized space and lends itself, brilliantly for all types of parties, social or corporate, cocktail or seated.

The Upstairs Event Room with its capacity of 15–60 guests seated and up to 100 guests cocktail style is one of Melbourne inner cities best. This old world styled space offers a private full-service bar, a balcony, guest amenities and a fully operational fireplace to keep toasty in the colder months. All options enjoy Donovan’s amazing food and beverage packages and the atmosphere in the downstairs bar is a super place to start for group drinks.

SAINT CRISPIN | COLLINGWOOD

Situated on Smith Street, Scott Pickett’s multi, chef hat awarded restaurant Saint Crispin, has 3 private sit down dining options available for special events.

The Bannear Room accommodates between 10-24 guests with the Thomas Olive Room seating up to 30 guests. Both rooms can also be booked for a maximum of 54 guests seated or 80 guests for cocktail parties or canapé style functions. If a fine-dining feast is on your menu, your group won’t be disappointed. Custom requirements can be tailored to suit your special event.

POST OFFICE HOTEL | COBURG

This superbly restored Sydney Road Coburg pub with its original art deco features has multiple spaces ideal for group dining and cocktail party events. The Post Office Hotel is fast becoming one of Melbourne’s inner north go-to venues to hold everything from a small intimate dinner with your friends, a big family lunch or party with cocktails and canapés for social or corporate groups of all sizes. There’s something for everyone and a space for any type of occasion, even a wedding. The Lounge Bar complete with open fireplace accommodates 16 group-dining guests on one single table or 20 guests on two tables. 25 guests can also hire this beautiful intimate space for cocktail style gatherings.

The Lounge with its original features; exposed brickwork, warm wooden floors and large bi-fold doors look out onto a stunning leafy courtyard. This beautiful room lends itself to medium size groups sit down for lunch or dinner of up to 20-50 guests or standing events up to 80.

The Deck & Back Bar accommodates 50 sit down and 12 standing and the leafy outdoor space is heated for cold days or nights. This undercover deck is surrounded by flowerbeds, potted plants and hanging vintage pendant lights and has its own private bar which makes it ideal for group drinks. For large-scale events, there’s the Dining Hall with a seated capacity for 50–120 guests and 250 standing. Complete with dance floor, DJ booth, and space for a live band, it’s the perfect place for a huge end of year shindig or Christmas function.

ESTELLE BISTRO | NORTHCOTE

If you’re in the North of Melbourne you can’t overlook Estelle Bistro for a serious group dining experience. Highly regarded and Chef Hat awarded Scott Pickett has three options for sit down dining, upstairs at Estelle. The Matilda Room, which faces High Street, accommodates sit down groups of up to 28 guests with The Harrison Room seating up to 20 guests. Both spaces combined are also available to hire for up to 52, seated guest or for a cocktail party style event, this stunning area has a capacity for up to 70 people. Both spaces may also be booked with one being utilized for pre-dinner drinks or a breakout area for corporates, whilst the other room is utilized for dining.

There’s also a stunning naturally light-filled courtyard, which can be booked for sit down dinners for up to 40 people or stand up cocktail parties for up to 55 guests. This brilliant natural area has a great atmosphere highlighted by a beautiful vertical garden.

THE EUROPEAN | MELBOURNE CITY

Any Melbournian diner would know, this place would have to be listed somewhere. The European, also known as Spring Street Events for its private group dinner parties and functions has multiple areas available for hire and can accommodate numerous group sizes, in a range of unique settings. Reminiscent of old-world Europe the venues main influences draw from France, Italy, and Spain. The award-winning food menus are designed by Executive Chef Ian Curley and the extensive wine list and welcoming, savvy staff, make it the perfect venue to host a corporate breakfast, private function or cocktail event.

The Tea Room can seat up to 50 group diners or up to 80 standing. Siglo seats larger groups up to 70 and 150 guests stand up. Spring Street Grocer can accommodate intimate private groups of up to 20 and standing 40 with the Melbourne Supper Club hosting 90 guests cocktail style.

SARTI | MELBOURNE

Hidden away down one Melbourne’s laneways in the heart of the CBD is another one of the cities great Italian dining institutions. Impress the socks off the team at the office and book your end of year party at Sarti restaurant and celebrate in style. There are numerous internal spaces available for hire, as well as an amazing outdoor rooftop terrace, which is a rarity, smack bang in the middle of the city. The bar offers a great range of cocktails perfect to kick things off for group drinks.

The Middle Terrace seats intimate dining groups of up to 24 and standing up to 30 guests. The Upper Terrace accommodates sit down group dining for 30 guests. The Covered Terrace is ideal for medium-size seated dining events for 60 people and 60 guests for canapé style. The Dining Room 60 guests seated and 44 guests standing. The Bar 36 seated and 50 for cocktail functions.

For grand scale events, Entire Venue Hire is available, seating 130 people and up to 200 standing. Rest assured knowing that the team won’t be disappointed with this contemporary Italian gem.

CUTLER & CO. | FITZROY

For something extra special for your Christmas party this year, hire out the private dining room at Cutler & Co. This stylishly designed dedicated space is perfect for seated groups of up to 40 guests and up to 50 guests for cocktail functions. It’s the ultimate dining opportunity, where you can experience a menu created by one of Australia’s most celebrated and awarded chefs, Andrew McConnell. For larger group sit down dinners or lunch events of up to 80 guests, the stunning restaurant is also available, for intimate birthdays, a grand wedding or corporate function. Chefs will work with you to create a unique menu catered to the needs of your special occasion.

GROSVERNOR HOTEL | ST KILDA EAST

GROSVENOR HOTEL | ST KILDA EAST

If you’re looking for something in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs, you can’t go past the Grosvenor Hotel. Offering a wide range of great gastro pub food with everything from their famous meat pie burger (The Greedy Sheedy) and wood-fired pizzas to grass-fed Gippsland beef. This iconic St Kilda Hotel takes pub group dining to a whole new level. There are several dedicated function spaces suitable to host any type of party and for any group size. There’s also the flexibility to work with the venue to design a menu to suit your taste, style, and budget.

The Private Dining Room with it’s floor to ceiling windows, exposed brickwork, retro light fittings and heartwarming open fireplace, comfortably seats groups of up to 40 guests and 60 guests for parties, cocktail style.

The Cocktail Bar offers a semi-private space featuring a floor to ceiling wine display, easy access to a fully stocked bar perfectly set up for group drinks, making it easy to set up a bar tab for your guests. This area comfortably seats 30 guests and up to 70 for cocktail style Christmas parties.

Number 10 is the venues largest exclusive event space and comes complete with two beautifully designed separate lounges, a dance floor, and private bar. It’s the perfect place for a large private party. For smaller groups Number 10 offers great flexibility, to split the space ensuring intimacy. Half Room capacity accommodates 70 guests standing with the Full Room accommodating 150 guests standing.

The Bistro with its stylish retro light fittings, warm timber floors, exposed brickwork and the open plan offers an intimate setting, available for hire to groups of 60 guests sit down and up to 110 for stand up. You also have the option of including the Cocktail bar for a larger group.

If you’re after a semi-private space close to the main bar and outdoor terrace the Atrium is the perfect setting. On offer is an open plan area with casual dining and is an ideal location to host a relaxed cocktail party.

A LA BOUFFE | SOUTH YARRA

This Toorak Road, French restaurant may look modest in size from the street, however, venture on upstairs at A La Bouffe and you’ll find a hidden 50 seat private dining room. Fine French cuisine and wine, a great bar downstairs for pre-dinner drinks, it’s no wonder it’s the place Melbourne’s French locals go for a taste of home.

TROTTERS | CARLTON

Lygon Streets iconic Trotters Bistro offers a mix of modern Australian and rustic Italian cuisine. Trotters’ has an exclusive flexible function space for gatherings of between 10-45 people celebrating a heavenly breakfast, lunch and dinner feast. Food packages can be chef tailored to any reasonable requirement and there are no venue hire fees. This welcoming intimate space is the perfect setting for your group private dining experience or workplace event.

JUNO & MAY | CAMBERWELL

The eastern suburbs have a plethora leafy green venue options on offer, however, if you’re after an urban Christmas party experience this festive season, you can’t go past “The Stalls” at Juno & May. This designer inspired private upstairs function space is sure to impress your guests, whether it’s for a private dining experience or cocktail party. The space has an amazing private bar and is ideal for sit down groups up to 50 or standing up to 70. Food options for groups are a choice between a two or three-course set menu or a canapé event menu, depending on the style of your special occasion.

QPO RESTAURANT & EVENTS | KEW

Located in the heart of Kew, QPO Restaurant offers 2 exclusive event spaces in an iconic historic restored landmark building. If you’re looking for a private dining or cocktail style venue QPO has a function package or space to suit your needs. There’s also a fantastic a semi-private lounge area for smaller groups to get together for after work drinks, casual parties or client meetings for up to 30 guests.

DECO | HAWTHORN EAST

Directly opposite the renowned Rivoli cinemas is Deco. Open as a café for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the venue is licensed until late. Hidden away upstairs from the hustle, bustle, and crowd, is a beautiful blank canvas, intimate dining space for up to 30 seated guests or canapé style event space for up to 50 standing. The room facilities offer an audio system, which allows you to play your own music, a fully stocked private bar, great for group drinks and a flexible layout. There’s also additional lounge areas ideal for pre and post dinner seating.

WOODLAND HOUSE | PRAHRAN

Looking for a truly unique dining experience for your Christmas party this season? Set in a Victorian style Mansion, Woodland House has a selection of stunning private dining rooms and beautiful function spaces for groups of 6 to 65 seated guests. The chef hat award-winning fine dining menus on offer are sure to elevate your event to the next level and make an everlasting impression with your guests and ensure your special occasion, is one to remember.

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