We've made the rounds to serve you up a solid list of contenders. Not only do these restaurants have private rooms, but their event spaces are design-savvy with good food, too.

Dinner by Heston
The recent winner of Best Restaurant Design at the Eat Drink Design Awards, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal serves an imaginative take on historic English cuisine by one of the world’s best. With an intimate private dining space best suited for a group of six to 12 guests, diners can look forward to wine pairings with up to six courses and a meal finished off with a visit of the liquid-nitrogen-fueled ice-cream cart.
130/8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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Saint Crispin
Upstairs at the Collingwood restaurant is a pair of simple, Victorian-detailed private dining rooms. Accommodating close to 30 guests per room, groups can hire the rooms individually or together. Chef's tasting menus are available for a formal dinner, or cocktails and canapés are an option for a larger crowd of up to 80 guests.
300 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Estelle Bistro
Estelle Bistro’s two upstairs private-dining rooms, one of which overlooks High Street, can be hired separately or combined to seat 50 guests. The greenery-filled courtyard can also be hired out for an event of up to 40 guests sitting down.
243 High Street, Northcote
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Prahran Hotel
The Technē-designed pub, the Prahran Hotel is recognisable from the street by its stacked, cement circles lined with leather banquettes. Beyond these booths, there are two private dining rooms available (one for 12 and one for 22 guests). You can also book the Garden Bar or upstairs Upton Bar for a bigger crowd.
82 High Street, Prahran
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Mister Jennings
One of the best fine diners in Richmond has a mezzanine-level private-dining room, perfect for small parties between eight and 16 guests.
142 Bridge Road, Richmond
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True South
If water views are what you're after, head over to True South's upstairs dining room, which overlooks Port Phillip Bay. With a balcony and a private bar, this sunny space is good for a get-together of up to 200 guests.
298 Beach Road, Black Rock
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The Craft and Co
For groups looking to book a more interactive holiday event, Craft and Co. offers multiple private spaces for either a handful of guests or up to 200. Pasta and salami making, microbrewery tours, beer and cheese tastings, and more offerings will keep your party crew busy.
390 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Grosvenor Hotel
A St Kilda icon, Grosvenor Hotel offers a gorgeous private dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, fit for a holiday gathering of up to 60 guests. A pub that dates back to the 1800s, the modern interiors boast a variety of additional semi-private rooms and a large space for up to 150 guests.
10 Brighton Road, St Kilda East
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Neighbourhood Wine
The North Fitzroy restaurant and bar offers a private dining room for 12 guests or a cosy room with a fireplace for up to 40 guests. Perfect for a warm, homey vibe.
1 Reid Street, Fitzroy North
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Chez Olivier
Chez Olivier’s private dining space will have your guests feeling like they’ve landed in Paris for the evening. The charming rooms have lovely natural light during the day and a chandelier glow by night, and can seat up to 55 for a sit-down dinner.
121 Greville Street, Prahran
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Joanie's Baretto
For a cosy, “Nonna’s house” type of setting, book out the upstairs room at Joanie's Baretto. Fit for up to 50 guests, this Italian spot doesn't disappoint. Plan for cocktail hour to be spent sipping on Aperol spritzes.
832A High Street, Thornbury
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