From established icons to hot new hotel restaurants – Melbourne offers business event planners a bevy of top dining experiences to weave into your business event, incentive or conference program.
These eight hotel restaurants are destinations in their own right.
Sunda, The Windsor
Sunda is a sophisticated, modern Australian dining experience by The Windsor Hotel, serving cuisine influenced by Southeast Asian flavours and native Australian ingredients.
Located a three minute walk from the property in the heart of Melbourne’s theatre district, Sunda is internationally renowned and was awarded One Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food Guide in 2023.
The restaurant is perfect for conference dinners or tied in with a cultural incentive program that includes a post-dinner theatre experience.
Their private dining space is housed across two levels – the lower with a view into the action of the open kitchen (seats 28 guests), and the upper with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass (seats 36 guests).
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Sunda Image credit: Ari Hatzis
Conservatory, Crown Melbourne
Conservatory at the iconic Crown Melbourne on the banks of the Yarra River, offers an opulent setting for private dining from 13 to 225 guests.
The menu features a sophisticated selection of international cuisines and a decadent dessert bar, inclusive of an awe-inspiring chocolate fountain. Conservatory caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is also well-known for its signature high tea experience.
With immaculate detailing throughout, including high ceilings with bespoke lighting fixtures, marble floors, textured walls and lavish furnishings, this is a magnificent venue to feature on your event program.
In addition to Crown Melbourne’s Conservatory, the hotel is home to a multitude of dining experiences to revolve your business event around, each with options for private dining. From innovative Japanese cuisine at Nobu to an incredible Chinese dining experience at Silks. Iconic French bistronomy in Bistro Guillaume’s private dining room. To a premium steakhouse experience at Rockpool Bar & Grill.
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Salted Egg, The Quincy Hotel
It begins with wow. The Quincy Hotel’s delectable Salted Egg dining experience is accessed by a winding, golden staircase in the lobby to level one.
Guests will be transported on a culinary adventure with a menu infused with Southeast Asian influences. The restaurant caters to 90 seated guests or 100 standing, meaning that a large group feels intimate, and a small group will feel bustling and energetic.
Located less than 600 metres walk from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, this inspired restaurant is an ideal dinner venue for small to medium-sized conference groups.
For incentive groups, Salted Egg provides a fantastic in-house dining experience, along with a rooftop pool and superb location in one of Melbourne’s best lifestyle precincts, with the city’s perennially popular State of Grace cocktail bar right next door.
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Strato, Oakwood Premier Melbourne Hotel
Strato is a popular rooftop bar and supper club on the 40th floor of Oakwood Premier Melbourne Hotel.
Soaring 140 metres above the ground, the towering seven-metre glass windows with adjoining alfresco terrace provide an unparalleled and ever-evolving 360-degree view of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay and beyond.
Locally sourced and seasonally grown produce are championed in Strato’s modern Australian dishes. While creative cooking techniques promise an element of theatre with the likes of smoke, vapour, embers, levitation, and nitrogen gracing the plates.
Strato offers versatile event spaces over two floors, one with a statement illuminated marble bar, plus chef-curated menus and all the tech needs to cater to the city's most elite.
They also run creative events that could be weaved into your incentive or conference program, such as interactive Martini Masterclass. Delegates can learn the ins and outs of preparing outstanding Martinis under the guidance of expert bartenders and enjoy their creations in tandem with small bites throughout the night.
Oakwood Premier Melbourne Hotel is less than fifteen minutes’ walk from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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Image credit: Strato private event space
Warabi, W Melbourne
W stands for winner. The W Melbourne's restaurant, Warabi, is a highly acclaimed 2023 Australian Good Food Guide Two Chef Hat award winner. The hotel's impressive Japanese restaurant honours traditional Japanese culture through an ever-evolving, nine-course degustation menu in an Omakase setting.
A contemporary Japanese dining experience, Warabi emphasises seasonal ingredients and elevated beverage pairings. The multi-course menu is guided by the chef, where the energy of dishes reflects the seasons and highest quality of ingredients available.
Pre or post dinner drinks at W’s famed Curious Bar is a great way to round out the experience.
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La Madonna Restaurant and Bar, Next Hotel
Nestled on Little Collins Street, the Next Hotel Melbourne is shaking up your typical hotel restaurant with their dining and drinking enclave, La Madonna Restaurant & Bar. Acclaimed local chefs, Melbourne-born Sicilian-blooded Daniel Natoli and street food supremo Adrian Li unite their culinary influences and passion for artisan produce with food and drink that’s both challenging and comforting - just like a mother’s love, the ultimate La Madonna.
A destination bar and restaurant in its own right, La Madonna was awarded a Chef Hat in the 2023 Good Food Guide Awards.
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Miss Mi Restaurant and Bar, Mövenpick Hotel Melbourne on Spencer
Miss Mi is an Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat-awarded restaurant specialising in modern Asian cuisine, with a vision to take diners on a culinary journey to Southeast Asia. With an open showcase kitchen as the backdrop, this top hotel restaurant is packed with energy and filled with enticing aromas.
Delegates can also enjoy a drink in the bar - the central hub of Miss Mi - which offers a selection of crafted, colourful and curated cocktails using unique spices, herbs, cordials and flavours sourced from all corners of the Asian Continent.
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Atria, The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne
The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne’s signature restaurant offers inspired dining alongside breathtaking views of the city skyline from the 80th floor.
Their executive chef honours the detail of every ingredient, designing hyper-seasonal, innovative menus, with produce sourced from small-scale growers and artisan producers.
Delegates can enjoy a relaxed yet refined setting at Atria, which shares the floor with The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne’s glamourous bar Cameo – the perfect pre-dinner bar to indulge in handcrafted cocktails and extensive wine and spirit offerings.
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Get free advice from the Melbourne Convention Bureau
The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) can provide objective advice on appropriate delegate dining for business events in the city. The team can make supplier introductions, arrange site inspections and help tailor your program to perfection.
Find out more about how the MCB team can assist with your next business event, conference or itinerary program.