Restaurants and cafes re-open today, June 1st, 2020 for inside dining. This is a quick guide outlining their services and operation during COVID-19 as at June 1. This page will be updated to reflect the change in COVID-19 restrictions as they unfold. Take-away food options still available. Thank you for supporting us.


The Independent Gembrook will be re-opening their doors from Thursday 4th June. The restaurant will be open Thursday to Sunday for lunch and dinner and currently taking bookings via phone and email. Due to COVID-19 the capacity of our main dining area is 20 guests, and our private dining room is 11 guests at one time. We can not sit more than 6 guests per table. Upon arrival every guest will be required to provide their name and contact number. A $30 non refundable deposit is required per adult to secure your booking. For the safety of the staff and patrons, if you are not well, please stay at home and seek medical advice.  SEATING AVAILABILITY Monday – Wednesday – CLOSED, Thursday : 5 pm – 7.15pm    OR      7.30pm -late, Friday – Sunday : 12pm – 2.15pm,    2.30pm – 4.30pm,   5pm – 7.15pm     OR     7.30pm – late. All bookings must be confirmed by restaurant with deposit. GROUP BOOKINGS: For groups of 8 and above please call the restaurant directly as this requires a set menu.

You can also order a ‘Heat at Home ‘ pack. Free delivery to selected suburbs. Visit their website for full details. All meals will be dated with a use by stamp and are to be stored in refrigerator until required. Items that can be frozen can be stored in the freezer for up to 30 days. Every order comes with our house made bread and dip. 79 Main Street Gembrook Telephone 5968 1110 Website  Facebook

BAM BAM Italian
From Monday 1st June BAM BAM will be open seven days a week from 4.30pm onward for dinner. Due to current COVID dining restrictions we are operating with the follow in place. There will be 3 sittings per night. This will enable us to maintain our maximum patron quotas and effectively sanitise the space prior to the next sitting.
Arrive between 4.30pm-5pm for a 6pm finish
Arrive between 6.15-6.30pm for an 8pm finish
Arrive from 8.15-8.45pm for a 10pm finish
This will allow an average of 1.5 hours per sitting

Tables can have a maximum of 6 patrons, meaning groups larger than 6 cannot be seated together.
We can seat large groups across several tables but they must adhere to the strict social distancing guidelines of 1.5m between tables. We thank you for your understanding and patience. These are unprecedented times and we are doing the best we can to operate a sustainable, safe business. We will be reviewing our practices regularly. Please carpool where possible as parking is limited. There is additional parking on side roads. Please respect our neighbours. We are not a BYO restaurant

Takeaway is available 7 days a week serving their popular take-away menu of pizza, pasta, childrens meals, desserts and beverages from 4.30pm–8.30pm daily. They also have an online store with ready made meals and pantry staples available for pick-up daily or home delivery. See their website for more details. 445 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Avonsleigh 3782 Telephone 5968 4717 Facebook  Website


Emerald Bakery Cafe - bakeries Dandenong Ranges

Emerald Village Bakery
No dine-in service as at 1st June. Serving all their products take-away and making ready made meals that can be frozen. Open 5am to 6pm daily. 8 Kilvington Drive Emerald Telephone 5968 4310 Facebook  Website


Elevation at Emerald
Re-opened for dine-in dinner service from 5pm to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 12 noon to 9pm on Sunday’s. 374 Belgrave-Gembrook Road Emerald. Our new extensive take-away menu includes a family-sized roast lamb, bottles of milk and favourites off our restaurant menu. Call us at 59682911 to place your order. Check opening hours on our Facebook. Website Facebook

The Laughing Fox Cafe
Currently providing their current menu take-away. New menu and home delivery coming soon. Shop 3, 13 Kilvington Drive Emerald Telephone 0422 668 260 Open 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm Saturday and 9am to 6pm Sunday. Facebook

Incy Wincy Cafe
Shop 12, 5-7 Kilvington Drive Emerald Open 7 days a week. 7am to 4pm Mon to Fri. 8am to 3pm Sat & Sun. Currently providing their current menu take-away.  Website

Sticks & Stones
369 Belgrave-Gembrook Road Emerald Open 7 days a week. We are trading 7 days per week eat in or take away, we have reduced seating due to COVID-19 of 26 patrons inside and 10 outside. Online ordering is also available. Mon–Wed: 7am–4pm
Thurs-Sat:7am–4pm, Dinner 5pm‐8pm, Sun: 8am–4p. Telephone 5968 2500 Currently providing their current menu take-away. Facebook Website

Paradise Hotel

Our bistro is now open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. We are dedicated to ensuring a safe and enjoyable dining experience so we ask those coming for a meal help us to adhere to government directives. We are currently accommodating 20 in the bistro, 20 in the bistro deck and 6 in the Clematis Room. The public bar is still closed as per govt guidelines. In short we ask:
-Keep your distance from others.
-We will need some personal details for tracing.
-No tables over six
-Where possible book ahead to help us manage capacity

If you are feeling unwell take a rain-check. We will understand and be here when you feel better. Maybe grab some takeaway from the bottle shop drive through instead. The drive through will be staffed from 2 until 8pm each day. We are licensed for longer hours so if you need some provisions give us a call from the driveway and we will come out to you. For a look at the new bistro and takeaway menus check out our welcome page for links to view or download. 249 Belgrave-Gembrook Road Clematis Open 7 days a week. Take-away pick-ups can be made via the drive thru. Delivery is available from 5 until 8pm daily orders can be done over the phone or online.The bottleshop is trading between 11am and 9pm daily with lots of specials including tap beer for $9 a litre. Bring your own bottle. Telephone 5968 4037 Facebook Website

Brunch on McBride
We will be re-opening Tuesday the 16th June. 44b McBride Street Cockatoo. It gives us great pleasure to introduce to you. Brunch@Home, our take-away menu. Meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals. Please follow our Facebook page for updates. Open 7am – 4pm. Telephone 5968 8814 Facebook

Chieftains Smoke House
Re-opening Saturday 13th June. 34 McBride Street Cockatoo. Victoria’s premier artisan smokehouse specialising in hand crafted, naturally smoked and cured products. Please follow our Facebook page for updates and opening times. Telephone 5968 9341 Website Facebook

The Golden Spoon
Dine-in re-opened 1st June with advanced booking only. 23-25 McBride Street Cockatoo. Offering a 15% discount on all take-away orders. Our chefs draw on their diverse food experiences, use the best ingredients they can get their hands on and most importantly, cook the food they love to eat – for you. Caters to all sorts of dietary requirements. Home delivery service from 5pm to 8.30pm, 7 nights. Open 11am – 9pm. Telephone 0422 620 871 Facebook

Forest Edge Restaurant
2905 Launching Place Road Gembrook.~NEW TAKE-AWAY MENU @ Rustica Forest Edge! ~Available to order Thurs/Fri/Sat: 4pm till 8.30 Sunday: 12pm till 7pm. To order please call us on 03 5967 7007. Pick up only!  Facebook Website


Station House Pizzeria
Dine-in re-opened 1st June. 66 Main Street Gembrook. Quality take-away handmade pizza available right in the heart of Gembrook – focusing on local and seasonal ingredients. Telephone 5968 1315  Website  Facebook

Hairy Dog Cafe
Re-opened for dine-in service 1st June. Seating 12 inside and 8 outside for dine-in customers only. 68 Main Street Gembrook. Take-away. Open 7am – 3.30pm Mon to Fri and 8am – 3.30pm Sat & Sun. Telephone 0477 482 368 Facebook

Spencers Store
We re-opened June 1st and can seat 16 guests in our dining room. Please enter via the courtyard. We are still operating our takeaway service. Take out services will place their order at the counter, via ordering online or the foodbooking app. We are permitted to have 8 patrons inside the take away area at one time. 97 Main Street Gembrook.Open 7am – 4pm Mon to Fri and 8am – 4pm Sat & Sun. Telephone 5968 1715  Website Facebook