Panama Dining Room was inspired by many of the loft conversions that have flourished in downtown New York.

Perched high above Smith Street, Fitzroy, they are stationed on the 3rd floor of an early 1900’s textile factory, aptly named ‘Panama House’.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s most vibrant and burgeoning hospitality district, the warehouse space blends eclectic design with classic furnishings to stunning effect.

Upon entering, you will be struck by the spacious and atmospheric nature of our venue, framed by 7 floor-to-ceiling arch windows that provide sweeping views across the Dandenong Ranges and Melbourne’s CBD skyline.

Panama Dining Room is a large 400 square meter venue with total capacity for up to 250 guests.

The room is divided equally into a bar space and restaurant space, all contained within one open plan venue.


The designated bar space features 5 floor-to-ceiling arched windows, and offers a mixture of booths, high ball tables, stools, banquettes and plenty of standing room. They can accommodate groups of between 50 – 150 guests comfortably within this space. For larger events of up to 250 guests, they can remove some/all of our restaurant furniture and maximise the standing capacity. Even at capacity, there is ample room for live music and a substantial dance floor.



They can accommodate groups from as little as 30 guests, right through to 160 guests seated. At the maximum seated capacity of 160 guests, there is ample room for live music and a substantial dance floor.

A popular option that makes best use of our vast size, is to combine a seated event with a standing event. For events of 160 guests or less, you can have welcome canapes on arrival in our bar space, followed by a sit-down meal with formalities in the restaurant, before moving back across into the bar for roving dessert canapes.

They are available to book for both lunch and dinner, all days of the week.


Given that they are located on the 3rd floor of a large warehouse, they have a goods elevator with direct access on Moor Street, along with a service elevator found at the same location. This makes all vendor bump-in and bump-out a breeze.



Hugely popular for weddings and large corporate events, but easily adaptable for most types of events. They have held/ and often hold the following types of functions:

Corporate events
Significant birthdays
Significant celebrations (think anniversary, engagement, child’s baptism)
Bar Mitvah
Bat Mitzvah
Product Launches
EOFY Events
Christmas Parties
Themed Events
Wrap Parties (both movie and TV)
TV Filming – we have previously appeared on Masterchef, Winners and Losers, Real Housewives of Melbourne, etc..

They have successfully held over 500 weddings at their venue. And some of previous corporate events were for AESOP, GOOGLE Australia, AFL, NRL, Audi Australia, SWISSE, Jellis Craig, ACTU, Nike, Kilikanoon, Collingwood Football Club, THANKYOU, McDonalds, Deloitte and Masterchef, just to name a few.


They are licensed from 12pm-1am all 7 days of the week, and are available to book exclusively for either lunch or dinner, all days of the week.


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