Table full of Italian food at Osteria 20

Melbourne, here's where to plan your end of year get-togethers

Banner image: Osteria 20, Hawthorn

Let the celebrations begin!

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and this year is going to be bigger, better and more filled with festive fun than ever before. People to see, places to go... After last year’s rather muted affair, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

It’s going to be a busy festive season, so if you haven’t already it’s time to start planning your Christmas get-togethers.

Whether you’re thinking elegant sit-down dinners, friendly get-togethers or sparkly cocktail soirees, there’s a perfect spot for every type of group celebration. To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of out-of-the-box Melbourne eateries that are great for your next group gathering. 

JAN CHI Korean Feast, Richmond

A table full of Korean food at JAN CHI

Image: JAN CHI Korean Feast

JAN CHI means a ‘feast party’, so it’s no surprise why this popular Richmond eatery has landed on this list! This Korean restaurant is all about people getting together to enjoy a vibrant dining experience full of fun, laughter and great flavours. With a mouth-watering menu that is best enjoyed when dishes are shared, JAN CHI Korean Feast is a no-brainer for your next group get together. 

Osteria 20, Hawthorn

Italian food is designed to be shared with good company, making Hawthorn’s Osteria 20 the perfect choice for a long overdue catch-up with your nearest and dearest this holiday season. Taking inspiration from the classic Italian kitchen, this ultra-modern yet simple dining experience offers an energetic, sophisticated and warm backdrop for your special group gathering.

Hunter & Barrel, Eastland

The interior of Hunter and Barrel in Eastland

At Hunter & Barrel it's all about enjoying great product from the land - think slow-cooked meats and hearty stews. From the moment you enter, you’ll be drawn in by the sleek, stylish interiors, the smell of meat smoking and the warm crackling of the fire. Alive with energy, this is a great venue to come with family and friends and feast until your heart’s content!

Tsindos Greek Restaurant, Melbourne

There’s a reason this CBD establishment has been around since 1975. With friendly Greek speaking staff, an array of traditional Greek dishes to choose from and a warm, welcoming environment, Tsindos is the perfect place to get your group together and celebrate the year that was! From traditional Greek salads, moussaka, grilled octopus and Tsindos’ famous eggplant dip, the menu is perfect for sharing. 

The Sri Lounge, Docklands

Authentic Sri Lankan Food? Tick. Fine dining with a twist? Tick. Iconic Docklands location? Tick! With views overlooking the Docklands pier, The Sri Lounge offers the perfect setting for a sophisticated get together. With a menu full of aromatic curries, stir fries and seafood dishes, this is a feast you won’t soon forget. 

Maccaroni Trattoria Italiana, Melbourne

With its warm, welcoming atmosphere, central CBD location and menu packed of authentic Italian favourites, this pizza, pasta and gnocchi bar is the perfect choice for your next group gathering. Whether you share a selection of delicious pizzas or hog your own bowl of lovingly prepared pasta, make sure you leave space for a serving of Tiramisu! 

Mukka Indian, Fitzroy

A table full of curry at Mukka Indian

Image: Mukka Indian

In the buzzing streets of Fitzroy, you’ll find Mukka Indian - a vibrant Indian restaurant and bar serving up respectable curries and cocktails (our favourite combo!). Sip on a signature cocktail as you work your way through the aromatic selection of curries with your nearest and dearest for that long overdue group catch-up.

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Of course, when it comes to group dining destinations, these options are just the tip of a very big iceberg! Check out the full list of group dining venues in Melbourne for endless inspiration on where to host your next event.