Going out to a restaurant is about more than just the food and service. This guide is for the times when company and conversation are the most important part of the meal. These places have the sorts of dining rooms where you don’t have to strain your voice to be heard, where the background music isn’t actually foreground music and you don’t have to lean in to hear what someone’s trying to say to you. But just because they’re quieter than average doesn’t mean they’re compromising on atmosphere.
These are some of the best places to talk (and eat) in Melbourne. They’re worth keeping in mind next time the parents are in town, or you want to settle in with someone for a well-overdue catch-up.