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Where To Go Before A Show

Where To Go Before A Show

Are you often looking for a quick, casual meal and a glass of wine before a show?

We are often asked where some of the best places in Melbourne are to go.  

Here are some of our favorites, plus a heap of information to help you with bookings, etc. so you can dine in time to make your show.  

All restaurants are at affordable prices.

1. Bistrot D'Orsay

184 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Placed in the area regarded as the "Paris End" of Collins Street for over 20 years, serving stunning provencal Mediterranean, French classic inspired meals and wine.

The seafood linguini is a huge hit, served with a gorgeous Riesling or champagne is stunning before a show, and if time permits, you can't go past the créme brûlée.  It melts in your mouth.

Open for lunch and dinner, from 9am.  Closed Sundays (unless private function).

Situated right at the base of the Athenaeum theatre, across the road from the Regent theatre, and around the corner from The Melbourne Town Hall.

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 "The idea behind Bistrot d'Orsay is simple enough: create a classic French bistro in the heart of Melbourne with alfresco seating, dark wood panelling and framed posters, then deliver French-Mediterranean fare to a high standard."  "Savour dishes such as fat scallops in the half-shell with fried chorizo, toasted almond crumbs and chunky pea purée."  "The menu strays into trattoria territory with dishes such as linguine with tomatoes, prawns, shellfish and chunks of fish, but returns safely to it's Gallic heartland with desserts such as leatherwood honey parfait and toffee-topped crème brûlée"  The Age Good Food Guide

"The idea behind Bistrot d'Orsay is simple enough: create a classic French bistro in the heart of Melbourne with alfresco seating, dark wood panelling and framed posters, then deliver French-Mediterranean fare to a high standard."

"Savour dishes such as fat scallops in the half-shell with fried chorizo, toasted almond crumbs and chunky pea purée."

"The menu strays into trattoria territory with dishes such as linguine with tomatoes, prawns, shellfish and chunks of fish, but returns safely to it's Gallic heartland with desserts such as leatherwood honey parfait and toffee-topped crème brûlée"

The Age Good Food Guide

2. Spaghetti Tree

59 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Located in the "Theatre District" of Melbourne at the top end of Bourke Street, for over 25 years, Spaghetti Tree is still one of Melbourne's most popular eating places for traditional pastas.

They are within walking distance of Her Majesty's, The Princess, The Comedy and Regent Theatres, and within close proximity to all major sporting venues.  Great for a meal before a concert or the football.

A wonderful family restaurant.  The staff are friendly and welcome children with open arms.  

The restaurant becomes very popular on a Saturday night, so be prepared for a line.  They only take bookings after 8pm.

The Restaurant is open at 11:30 am Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday at 5:00 pm

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 Function room upstairs.    Family atmosphere restaurant.

Function room upstairs.  

Family atmosphere restaurant.

3. Grossi Florentino

On a beautiful, warm night, across the road from Spaghetti Tree, down the road from one of our favourite Indie Bookshops, The Paperback, also in the theatre district is the gorgeous Italian restaurant Grossi Florentino.

You can spend up big by dining upstairs for a night out, but before a show nothing beats sitting outside at the The Grill and having a warm bowl of pasta, a glass of wine and watching the world go by.  

ABOUT GRILL (from website)

The Grill at Grossi Florentino is situated on the ground floor of our two-storey venue. This is the epitome of sophisticated, casual dining the Tuscan way. Simple food that’s based on fresh local and premium imported ingredients with the emphasis on seasonality, and home or artisan grown produce. 

The service is warm and efficient with all your needs being attended to with personal care, the Grossi way.

The Grill is the embodiment of this, personal service and the buzz of the open kitchen creating a magnificent atmosphere. One that is centred around ‘La Griglia’, where the Grill derives its name, is always full of the finest aged meats sourced from various producers, and the constant quest for the best quality ingredients. This is a fundamental of our philosophy. The Grill is truly an extension of the Italian kitchen’s soul.

Always a favourite for late night drinks or desert after a show.

Open Monday to Saturday:

Lunch from 12pm, dinner from 6pm.

They don't take bookings, so always ensure enough time, or do what we do.  Simon drops me off and I wait for a table while he parks the car.  A win for us both, as I always call into The Paperback!!

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4. Trunk

275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

When seeing a show at Her Majesties Theatre, the in spot to go is the "Trunk".  A great place for a drink in Melbourne'sbiggest outdoor beer garden, surrounded by the 150 year old heritage listed coral tree, or enter into the beautiful architecture building to grab an American style meal, matched with an international wine list, craft beer and cocktails.  

There is an all day breakfast menu in the diner, with a few extras as snacks.  Dinner is the home comforts of Mum's Sunday roast, and American style food at it's best with ribs, fried chicken, porterhouse steaks, or our favorited, the Mexican delights, such as tacos and quesadillas.

Great funky place, with food and drinks to match.

Restaurant and Bar open 12pm - late.  Trunk Diner and beer garden is open 7.30am - late weekdays, 8.00am - late weekends.   

Bookings for dinner are recommended.

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 Inside the architecture building, originally built in 1859 as a school, and later converted to an Italian restaurant, before becoming Trunk.

Inside the architecture building, originally built in 1859 as a school, and later converted to an Italian restaurant, before becoming Trunk.

 Melbourne's biggest beer garden at Trunk.

Melbourne's biggest beer garden at Trunk.

5. Taxi Kitchen

Federation Square

Taxi Kitchen is known for it's focus on sustainable, locally sourced produce, of contemporary Australian cuisine with a hint of Asian influence.

Taxi Kitchen is offering Melbourne Theatre Company ticketholders a three-course meal for $60pp upon presentation of your ticket.  

This offer is available from 5pm to 7pm every day, and if you're in a rush they'll hold your dessert until after the show!

Simply mention MTC when booking via 03 9654 8808. 

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6. Script Bar And Bistro

140 Southbank Blvd Southbank

Script Bar & Bistro - an Italian style bistro located in the heart of Melbourne's arts precinct at Southbank.

Nestled between the award winning Southbank Theatre (Melbourne Theatre Company) and the critically acclaimed Melbourne Recital Centre, Script offers a sophisticated bistro, superb bar and sun-drenched terrace open from breakfast through to supper.

Script Bar and Bistro is Italian food served in a sleek space with black decor and floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a terrace.  Great sharing platters, including anti pasta and pizza, or have a meal to yourself.

They are always busy, so a booking would be essential.  Although there are many along this strip, this is our favourite to dine before a show.

Regular Trading Hours
Monday to Friday - 7.30am to late
Saturday - 3pm to late pending programming*
Sunday - closed

*Opening hours on weekends may vary pending performance times at MTC and Melbourne Recital Centre. Please contact us on 8688 0881 for confirmation.

Where do you go before a show?  We would love for you to share in the comments below, or if you go to one of our fav's, let us know what you think.

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