In the middle of lockdown, every venue has had to change the way it does business, but none more so than fine diners. Unlike take-home-friendly pizzerias or kebab joints, Melbourne’s high-end restaurants have had to re-write their menus from scratch. Even the old dogs, such as Florentino and Cafe di Stasio, have had to learn some new tricks.

These are the fine diners with the best takeaway menus. When you order from one of these places, make an evening of it: dress up, lay out a tablecloth, and bust out the good china. It's lockdown six, we all deserve a splurge. When you’re cooped up at home, ordering a banquet from one of these places is the best way to celebrate a special occasion – or to just make a weekend feel more like a real weekend.

Amaru

Amaru for Two is back. Chef Clinton McIver has designed a very takeaway-friendly set menu. All you need to do once it gets to you is a little bit of heating and plating, then it's good to go. It's $210 for two people and it comes with five courses, plus snacks and a petit four. Wine pairing is an additional $200. This is one of the best takeaway options in Melbourne right now – an excellent option for anyone who's had a special occasion ruined by this latest lockdown. Order before 2pm for same day pickup or delivery.

1121 High Street, Armadale

Attica

Attica at Home, one of last year's lockdown stars, is back for (hopefully) one last job. There's a $395 tasting menu for two, which comes with matched beverages. There's also a streamlined three-course menu for two that will set you back $125. Attica's renowned burnt Basque cheesecake, as well as the $60 lasagne, garlic bread and salad meal are all still on offer.

74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea

Estelle

Scott Pickett’s well-loved, refined bistro offers ready-to-eat classics and readymade meals to heat up at home. If you want something ready to eat tonight, order here. If you’d rather put in some of the work yourself, order by 4pm the day before here.

243 High Street, Northcote
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Point Leo Estate

Now here's an exciting one: Point Leo Estate, one of Victoria's best regional restaurants, has re-entered the fancy takeaway game. The at-home menu includes classics from the menus of both Point Leo and in-house fine diner Laura. And best of all, the delivery radius stretches from the Mornington Peninsula right into Melbourne's inner suburbs. See if your suburb's included here.

3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks

Ishizuka

When Melbourne goes into lockdown, you can usually count on two things: an extension and Ishizuka coming up with a stellar takeaway menu. The $125 bento box's contents change depending on what's in season, but seafood, A5 Wagyu, and a range of pickles and vegetables are always present. There's also a Wagyu set and a sashimi platter.

Basement B01 139 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Matilda

In addition to continuing to offer a range of greatest hits-filled banquets on Providoor, Scott Pickett's Domain Road fixture is also open for breakfast and lunch each morning. It's a rare opportunity to try this fire-fuelled diner in a more casual way. The takeaway menu includes brunch and a hefty steak sanga, but it's this wood-fired waffle s'more that we'll be making a beeline for.

159 Domain Road, South Yarra
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Maha

All of Maha's greatest hits are available on Providoor. Go for one of the feasts, or choose your own adventure across a range of meza, small dishes, larger plates, and desserts. Better chuck in a couple of bottles of booze, too.

21 Bond St, Melbourne
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Florentino

Nothing can replicate a multicourse meal in the grand old dining room at Florentino. But the Grossi family’s Grossi a Casa – which brings together favourites from Florentino, Grill and Ombra – still delivers on the most important front: food. Start with antipasti, then heat up some gnocchi or tortellini for primi, and maybe add some barramundi or braised beef cheek after. Finish with the famous tiramisu.

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Cafe Di Stasio

A large part of the appeal of Rinaldo Di Stasio’s restaurants is the theatre of the dine-in experience. But Di Stasio Delivery is an excellent alternative. Choose from classics including fish’n’chips, paccheri bolognaise and slow-cooked beef with polenta.

31 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
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Rockpool Bar & Grill

Rockpool’s takeaway menu ranks among the city’s best. Put together your own menu or streamline your options with the banquet box for two – it’s got two prime beef cuts (450-gram rib-eye on the bone, 250-gram eye fillet), plus a couple sides and desserts for $170. There are weekly specials, too. Check the website for pickup times and ordering.

8 Whiteman Street, Crown Complex, Southbank
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Minamishima

Melbourne’s best Japanese restaurant is now delivering stunning, kaleidoscopic sushi to your door. Previous menu highlights include platters of chirashizushi, or “scattered sushi”; A5 Japanese Wagyu; miso-braised beef short rib; and fried chicken with plum salt. Order here.

4 Lord Street, Richmond

Di Stasio Citta

Di Stasio Delivery is also operating out of Di Stasio’s CBD sibling, Città.

35 Spring Street, Melbourne
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Epocha

This Carlton diner is still doing takeaway (it arrives hot, but you can make it a finish-at-home scenario if you wish). Start with oysters, charcuterie and pate before moving onto the heartier mains. There's also a variety of proteins with sides to choose from. They include roast chicken, beef short rib, roast duck and roast lamb. Finish off with a classic tiramisu and some bottled Negronis.

49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

Tonka

Eat like you’re on Flinders Lane, minus the crowds. Heat-and-serve options from this modern Indian diner (and sister restaurant Coda) include butter chicken, lamb curry, chicken tikka and tandoori spatchcock. Order here. Meals come vacuum-sealed, which makes Tonka a great option for freezer-filling. More information here.

20 Duckboard Place, Melbourne
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Etta

After the roaring success of Etta's previous lockdown takeaway set menus, chef Rosheen Kaul is back with more. And it's sticking with the same Chinese takeaway theme as last time. Order via the website to ensure you get one for the weekend (although this weekend's orders are filling up very quickly). At $75 per person, this is an absolute steal.

60 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Ides

Peter Gunn's fine diner was one of the standout takeaway stars of 2020. Ides at Home has returned for this lockdown. There are four-course set menus for $85 per person, alongside one-off feasts that change weekly. Be sure to pick up a bottle of wine from the cellars. Gunn's signature black box dessert, is also currently available to order. Delivery is $30.

92 Smith Street, Collingwood

Navi

Navi has resumed its Dinner for Two set menu on Fridays and Saturdays. It sold out quickly last weekend, and it may not go ahead this weekend – lockdown depending. But if you're a Navi die-hard, keep your eyes peeled on Instagram. This is one of Melbourne's best at-home dining experiences.

83B Gamon Street, Yarraville