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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Melbourne

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Melbourne? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Paris Go restaurant
4.8
4.8 (84)
$41 to $100
French
Carlton
About the restaurant
If you are looking for a little corner of France in Melbourne then you need to pay a visit to our French Restaurant, Paris Go. We are considered as the best traditional French Bistro in Melbourne. Our Chef/Owner is proud to present a menu that is packed with the very best French Restaurant dishes. When you arrive, you will be met by our friendly, knowledgeable staff. We are fully licensed and accept B.Y.O for Wine and Champagne only.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Has become our favourite go to for celebrations. Cannot fault the food and wait staff. A visit to this bistro will see you wanting to go back time and time again
A photo of JAMES restaurant
4.8
4.8 (342)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
South Melbourne
About the restaurant
JAMES

Chef, Kim Sangsoo and owner and front of house manager, Kirbie Tate have designed a sharing menu and chefs tasting menu that is a cultural embrace. Taking Kim's South Korean heritage and sourcing Australian native produce - the JAMES menu blends traditional technique, a play with the freedom of contemporary fusion and both their instinctive understanding of balance and restraint.


Sharing menu and Chefs tasting menu available for dinner from 5pm TUES to SATURDAY //
Snacks menu, sharing set lunch and express ramen bowls are on offer between midday _ 3pm WED to SATURDAY //

Hidden in plain sight on Clarendon St - Book in to experience fine dining, casually.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding, as always. Whenever I'm in Melbourne I always return to the James family for terrific food, wine, ambience and vibes. A must!
A photo of Atta Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (22)
$101 and over
Indian
Albert Park
About the restaurant
At Atta we offer you the finest cuisine drawn from all corners of India.

From preparation to presentation we strive to ensure your experience represents the best India has to offer.

We believe that food should not only please the palate but also the eyes hence we take the modern approach on traditional and endogenous Indian dishes from cooking to presentation.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food and service was great. Thanks, Roopali for being so accommodating.
A photo of The Peacock Den restaurant
4.7
4.7 (612)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
The Basin
About the restaurant
THE PEACOCK SYMBOLISES POWER, ROYALTY, INSIGHT & WISDOM.

The concept behind The Peacock Den is simply to offer a more unique wine and dining experience in the outer east. Brought to life from a vision and passion for the Hospitality industry, we have created this stunning establishment.

With a strong focus on fine wines, the mission at The Peacock Den is simply to share excellent and expertly selected wines matched with simple yet delicious food in a relaxed sharing environment.

Top review
NicoleC
Dined 1 day ago
We loved our experience at Peacock Den,the food was amazing.The only thing was when l ordered our coffee’s they were forgotten about.
A photo of Atlas Dining restaurant
4.7
4.7 (111)
$41 to $100
Global, International
South Yarra
About the restaurant
In case you haven't travelled with us before, let us introduce ourselves. We are a fine dining restaurant located in the heart of South Yarra.

We first opened our doors in 2016, when a then, 22-year-old Charlie Carrington, decided to create a restaurant that changed cuisine every few months. Dubbed the most "Ambitious Restaurant Opening" of the year, Atlas Dining quickly rose to cult status. Within a month, Charlie became the youngest Australian chef to be awarded a Chef's Hat.

Eight years on, and (now) 23 cuisines later, Atlas Dining continues to be one of the most unique restaurants around.

We offer affordable fine dining, but most importantly, an unforgettable experience that helps guests' tastebuds travel the world.

Top review
SueS
Dined 2 days ago
Atlas is a cozy place to spend a winter’s evening. Staff are delightful, the food is inspired and the thoughtful touches that go into the presentation and concept are appreciated. We’ve been twice now and would return again.
A photo of Omnia Bistro & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (514)
$41 to $100
European
South Yarra
About the restaurant
Located on the corner of Chapel St and Toorak Rd in South Yarra, Omnia blends the energy of a European Bistro with Australia’s best produce, bringing fine-dining craftsmanship to culinary classics in the heart of South Yarra.

Awarded 2 hats in 2023 and 2024, Omnia is steeped in genuine old-world hospitality with an acute eye on quality and seasonality. Take a seat in our light-filled Conservatory, cosy Barrel Room or lean into the vibrant ambience of the Main bar. Come alone, meet with friends, and toast with us.

Groups of 7 or more are invited to enjoy our curated group menu featuring our seasonally sourced dishes, and timeless classics. Email us on info@omniabistro.com.au for any group reservations enquires.

Top review
JulieM
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful staff and food. Enjoyed our joint birthday experience.
A photo of Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (587)
$41 to $100
European
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
A MELBOURNE INSTITUTION
Established in 1995, Punch Lane is a Melbourne dining icon and a pioneer amongst its laneway counterparts.
Punch Lane is a cosy and inclusive Wine Bar and restaurant, which prides itself on serving delicious food from a seasonal menu, mouth-watering cheeses from an eclectic selection, matched with exceptional wine and service.
Our kitchen team, headed up by Nuno Gabriel, have created a seasonal menu showcasing local produce. We are currently offering a 2 hour dinner sitting for all early reservations prior to 7pm in our dining space with drinks and bar snacks available from 3pm - 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Dinner service commences at 5pm Tuesday - Sunday. Lunch from 12pm - 3pm, Tuesday - Friday.
Please note Sunday surcharge of 10% and Public holiday surcharge of 15%

Top review
Sandrinevip
Dined 2 days ago
Pre-theatre dinner and could not fault this restaurant. Amazing lamp-lit, cosy atmosphere, wonderful attentive waiters, great background music, excellent food. We will definitely be back.
A photo of Aromi restaurant
4.7
4.7 (286)
$41 to $100
Italian
Brighton
About the restaurant
Aromi, a name resonating with a profound connection to Italy’s culinary tale, entrenched in the aromatic essence of rosemary and an array of herbs. Across each region, a distinctive symphony of herbs gracefully dances to enhance local dishes, forming a celebration of flavours that transcends the ordinary.

Drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of Italy’s rustic Renaissance, every detail of our space is thoughtfully curated to greet you with an ambiance that exudes warmth and style.

Whether you're enjoying a romantic dinner or celebrating a special occasion, our restaurant located on New Street in Brighton, promises an incredible dining experience. At Aromi, you are more than a guest; you are embraced with the heart of Italian-style comradeship.

Top review
ErinS
Dined 1 day ago
Aromi is always a good bet when you’re looking for exceptional food, outstanding service and a brilliant wine list. We went here for a friend’s birthday and the Aromi team looked after us so incredibly well; from a warm welcome, attentive service and even a little birthday surprise. Aromi is one of those places that feels like a warm hug - it’s a must go!
A photo of StoryVille restaurant
4.5
4.5 (402)
$40 and under
Cocktail Bar
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Once upon a time there was a cocktail bar and nightclub in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD called ‘StoryVille’… Styled around childhood fables that we know and love, this fairy tale themed venue offers a truly unique and whimsical experience for those who dare to roam throughout its rooms.

During the week, the Mushroom Palace Cocktail bar, with glowing toadstools sprouting from the walls and chilled out atmosphere, makes an ideal drop in for after work drinks. Take the edge off with one of our signature cocktails, or simply relax with an ice cold beer or glass of Pinot Gris.

From the moment you step through the door into this noir fantasy you’ll discover a world of nostalgia and wonder, where anything is possible.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Fun and unusual cocktails in a unique themed setting made for a great experience.
A photo of China Bar Buffet & Grill Epping restaurant
4.2
4.2 (139)
$41 to $100
Barbecue
Epping
About the restaurant
A new concept of Buffet & Korean Style BBQ Restaurant at Epping.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
My kids really enjoyed the outting, it was friendly and food was yummy. Love the new administration
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