After a tumultuous couple of years, sharing a meal with your family and friends is probably high on your to-do list.

When booking that much-anticipated catch-up, consider meeting up at a restaurant or pub in the CBD or surrounds that cater to groups – bookable venues with space to spare, that encourage a lot of excited chatter and clinking of glasses.

This guide is to remind you of all of the brilliant places to have a group lunch or dinner in the CBD.

Go on. Eat, drink, have fun – do it for our city.

Epocha

Restaurant

The double-storied terrace - originally built in 1884 – has a grand dining room and upstairs bar, both welcoming group bookings and private function hire.

49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

Gilson

Restaurant

A refined but rowdy all-day diner that features long tables in a warm pink-hued dining room.

171 Domain Road, South Yarra
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Lagoon Dining

Restaurant

Sit at the communal table and devour a menu of decadent share plates influenced largely by Chinese cuisine.

263 Lygon Street, Carlton
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Daughter In Law

Restaurant

Recline on plush (and very large) peacock-feather blue couches while digging into an epic set menu.

37 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Captain Melville

Restaurant

The large communal dining hall is lit with lightsaber-like vertical lighting, with the kitchen’s mission is to create pub classics at a restaurant level.

34 Franklin Street, Melbourne

Embla

Bar

Embla feels like an extension of your lounge room – with better food and booze.

122 Russell Street, Melbourne

Capitano

Restaurant

Art Deco light fixtures effuse a moody glow over wooden tables, banquette seating and many, many shared pizzas.

421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton
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Pepe's Italian & Liquor

Restaurant

A menu brimming with casual, comforting food designed to be shared.

275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
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Westwood Coffee and Wine

Bar

In banquette seating near the back, small groups tuck into bottles of Spanish tempranillo in this warm and lived-in setting.

313 Victoria Street, West Melbourne

90 Secondi

Restaurant

Perfect for a pre-game dinner for groups before heading to Etihad.

1 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

Dohtonbori

Restaurant

Grab a booth and tuck into fried chicken, donburi, gyoza and yakitori.

Level 1 14B Star Circus, Docklands
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