Youve got your friends and your special occasion now all you need is a venue! Melbourne is full of eateries, but many of them just arent built to accommodate big groups. To make your role as the group organiser a bit easier, weve tracked down a few of the best CBD spots for large group dinners, keeping comfort and calibre of cuisine in mind.
Hungry groups of 5-20 people can book a table at Longrain. For groups of 10+, youll have to go with Longrains banquet menu, which goes for $68 per head. Its a beautiful banquet, featuring nine dishes handpicked by the chef to showcase a range of the famous Longrain flavours. This eatery creates scrumptious South Eastern Asian cuisine with the best of Victorias fresh produce, blending the kitchens two major influences perfectly.
40-44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9653 1600
Like many of Melbournes best eateries, Mamasitas wait times are notoriously long. But we have some brilliant news for those looking to book a group dinner Mamasita takes bookings for groups of 8-10 people! Booked groups have to do the Chefs Selection Banquet, which costs $45-$65 per head and keeps the best of the Mamasita menu coming for five or six courses.
Level 1/11 Collins St, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9650 3821
The layout of this popular CBD spot looks like it was made for group feasting. Casual lounge areas, big communal tables and a nice sense of cosiness lend themselves to a nice long session with your circle of friends. This is a Thai restaurant, and a fantastic one at that, so prepare for a feed full of bold and fresh flavours.
27 McKillop St, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9603 1601
Trunk is a many-faceted place. Theres the front courtyard, elegant marble-topped bar, casual diner and the stunning dining room with towering ceilings, industrial fixtures and rich dark wood furniture. The dining room is a great spot for group dinners, with an upscale Italian menu of pizzas and pastas that you can easily turn into a communal feast. And if youre getting together for someones birthday, you best be treating the birthday person to the Trunks Bounty dessert dish.
275 Exhibition St, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9663 7994
HuTong Dumpling Bar offers an affordable and relaxed group dinner vibe. Their dumplings are considered some of the best in Melbourne and large groups have a great time trying a huge variety of dishes from HuTongs huge menu. The soup dumplings hold a special place in peoples hearts, but you cant go wrong with any of the pillowy parcels handmade in the HuTong kitchen.
14-16 Market Ln, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9650 8128