Restaurants large and small have adapted to the social distancing restrictions imposed upon them due to COVID-19 in many and varied ways.
Takeaway. Delivery. Selling food and other products.
Others closed indefinitely.
Now they've had to rethink their business models yet again.
On May 15 venues were given permission to open for 10 dine-in patrons only, and only if social distancing and strict hygiene requirements were met. And on June 1, 50 customers are allowed to dine in at venues across the state and even more will re-open for business.
Below is a comprehensive but not exhaustive list of venues currently open for in-house dining. Most are still offering takeaway or delivery, too.
These days it's even more important to notify venues if you have booked a table and can no longer make it. Every no-show is a further drain on an already tight budget.
Who is offering dine-in?
23Hundred Cafe 5.30am to 2.30pm. Pacific Street, Newcastle. 0403 207 259.
Akuna Cafe Daily: breakfast and lunch. Phone 0425 354 992 to book.
Amanda's On The Edge Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday (three sittings). Lunch: Saturday and Sunday (two sittings). $110 per head for three courses and a bottle of wine. Book via website amandas.com.au. 4998 7900.
The Autumn Rooms Saturday and Sunday, one-hour sittings from 7am. Phone 4929 4710 to book.
Asian Delight Restaurant Open noon to 2.30pm; 5pm to 9.30pm. Phone 4963 4888 to book.
Babbingtons Bar & Grill Lunch and dinner, phone 4943 6733 to book.
Bangkok on Darby Monday to Thursday; lunch 11am to 2.30pm; dinner 5pm to 8.30pm. Friday and Saturday, lunch 11am to 2.30pm; dinner 5pm to 9pm. 4017 2564.
Bank Hotel Dungog Dinner 7 days: one-hour sittings.
Bannisters Port Stephens Terrace Bar, daily: dinner 5pm and 8pm. Bookings essential on 4919 3800.
Basement on Market St Wednesday to Saturday, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm. Text 0402 204 532 to book.
Baume at Ben Ean Lunch: Monday to Sunday, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. 50-minute sittings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 4993 3705 to book.
Bella Italia Dinner 7 days: two-hour sittings at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Bookings essential by phoning 4927 8050.
Benjamas Thai Restaurant Daily: 5.30pm to 10pm. 4926 1229.
The Bennett Hotel Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday, 5pm to 6pm, 6.15pm to 7.15pm, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Email email@example.com or phone 4961 3176 to book.
The Blind Monk Daily: on the hour from 12.30pm. Book online at theblindmonk.com.au.
Bull n Bush Hotel Noon onwards, 7 days, 90-minute sittings. Bookings essential by phoning 4982 8802.
Bushrangers Bar & Brasserie Dinner: Monday to Friday. All-day dining: Saturday and Sunday. Phone 4930 1201 to book.
Burwood Inn Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday. Lunch: Friday to Sunday. Phone 4963 5000 to book.
Cafe 2283 Tuesday to Sunday, 7am to 3pm. 4959 8762.
Cafe Deore Breakfast and lunch daily plus dinner Thursday nights.
Caléo Daily, 6.15am to 3pm. 45-minute sittings. Book online at caleo.com.au or phone 0455 722 661.
The Captain and Crew Dinner: Thursday to Sunday, 4.15pm, 5.30pm, 7pm. Phone 4945 4393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Casa-Nova Italian Restaurant & Bar Daily: 3pm to 8.30pm. 4959 2722.
Circa 1876 Go online to convent.com.au/dining/circa-1876 to make a reservation. 4998 4999.
Club Charlestown Bookings taken for 11am, noon, 1pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm. 4943 3766. 5 Limcoln Street, Charlestown.
Coal River & Co Dinner: Friday to Sunday at 5.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm, 8pm. Phone 4929 4265 to book.
Coco Monde Chocolateria Monday to Wednesday: 11am to 5pm. Thursday and Friday: 10am to 9pm. Saturday: 11am to 9pm. Sunday: 10am to 5pm. 4023 0860.
Cold Rock Ice Creamery Hamilton, Charlestown Square, Honeysuckle.
Common Circus 9am to 3pm, six people only. 4023 7160.
Cricketers Arms Hotel 4929 3041.
The Criterion Carrington Wednesday to Sunday: book online at thecriterionhotel.com.au.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Private sitting for 10 to watch football plus food and drinks. 4927 1138.
Dark Horse Espresso 0423 289 804.
The Deck Cafe Lovedale Breakfast and lunch: one-hour sittings. Phone 4930 9007 to book.
The Deck Cafe Restaurant & Bar Lunch and dinner daily. Bookings essential on 4919 1502.
The Dockyard Newcastle Lunch and dinner. 13/1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle.
Downtown Beirut Breakfast: Saturday and Sunday. Dinner. Phone 4031 4731 or visit downtownbeirut.com.au.
Ducks in the Field High Tea Phone 4930 5822 to book.
Duke of Wellington Hotel Lunch and dinner: Thursday to Sunday. Phone 4957 1170 to book.
East End Hub Daily: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea. Bookings advised. 4929 1566.
The Edwards Exclusive Chef Table for 10: $120 per person. Wednesday to Sunday. Book online at theedwards.com.au or phone 4940 0112.
Eight Buns Lunch: 11am to 3pm. Dinner: 5pm to 9.30pm. Walk-ins only.
El Chapos Dinner daily: 5pm until late. Phone 4052 8543 to book.
Elements Bar and Dining Dinner: 7 nights, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Bookings essential by phoning 4998 2000.
Estabar Daily: breakfast and lunch. 4927 1222.
Euro Bar Open daily. 4962 3053.
The Falcon Restaurant Dinner: from 5pm. 4068 1844.
The Family Hotel The Pandemic Footy Package: three hours, table service, VIP booth seating. 0403 499 764.
The Fernleigh Cafe Dinner: Friday and Saturday, 6pm, tapas share plate banquet. Phone 4023 4749 to book.
FogHorn Brewery Dinner: Friday and Saturday. Lunch: Saturday. Book online at foghornbrewhouse.com.au.
Franky's Lan Zhou Noodles Dinner: 5pm to 8pm, Friday and Saturday. Phone 4940 8726 to book.
Gemelli Estate High Tea: Saturday and Sunday, two sessions only, $40 per person. Email email@example.com to book.
General Roberts Hotel Lunch and dinner, bookings essential. 4957 1818.
Gladstone Hotel Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm and 7.30pm sittings. Bookings essential by phoning 4928 1504 or 0467 465 706.
Good Brother Good Nights Breakfast and lunch: Monday to Friday, 6am to 5.30pm. Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 3pm. Plus dinner: Friday and Saturday, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, $120 per person, booking by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Friends Eatery Breakfast and lunch from 7.30am. 4927 6796.
Grain Store Newcastle Lunch and dinner: Friday to Sunday, noon to 2.45pm; 3pm to 5.45pm; 6pm to 9pm. Email email@example.com to book. 4023 2707.
The Grateful Thai Daily: breakfast, lunch and dinner (4.30pm to 6pm; 6pm to 7.30pm; 7.30pm to 9pm). Phone 4943 7750 to book.
Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Daily: lunch and dinner. Phone 4077 3910, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ghnotel.com.au to book.
Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant Dinner: banquet special for $55 per person. Phone 4927 6775 to book.
The Happy Wombat Monday to Friday: 7am to 10pm. Saturday: 8am to 10pm. Sunday: 8am to noon (private afternoon bookings by request). Email email@example.com or phone 4926 2010 to book. Heddon Greta Hotel Lunch: Friday to Sunday, 11.30am and 1pm. Dinner: 5pm, 6.30pm, 8pm. Bookings essential on 4937 1092.
Hong Kong Chef Kotara Phone 4957 6084 to register your contact details. Staff will call when a table is free.
The Hood Milk Bar Daily: on the hour from 7am to 1pm. Book online at thehoodmilkbar.com.au. 4940 8883.
Hotel Delany Daily: lunch and dinner. Phone 4929 1627 to book.
Hotel Tudor Wednesday to Sunday: lunch 11.30am, 1pm; dinner 5.30pm, 7pm. Bookings essential by phoning 4966 3211.
The Humble Thai Dinner: daily at 4.30pm to 6pm; 6pm to 7.30pm; 7.30pm to 9pm. Phone 4089 5164 to book.
Hungerford Hill Wines Cheese platter for $35 per person or couple, wine by the glass. Phone 4990 0715 to book.
Hunter Espresso Charlestown Monday to Friday: 7am to 3pm. Saturday: 7am to 2pm.
The Italian Cottage Lunch. Dinner from 5.30pm. Phone 4909 8404 or visit theitaliancottage.com.au to book.
Ka-fey cafe Monday to Saturday: 7am to 3pm. Sunday, 7am to noon. 4023 3320.
Kearsley Hotel Wednesday to Friday: 1pm to 8pm. Saturday and Sunday: noon to 8pm. One-hour sittings. Bookings essential on 4990 1179.
The Kent Hotel Tuesday to Sunday: lunch and dinner. Phone 4961 3303 to book.
The Kingfish Honeysuckle Daily: Tuesday to Wednesday. Phone 4044 3011 or visit thekingfish.com.au to book.
King Street Deli Monday to Friday: 7am to 6pm. Saturday and Sunday: 7am to 4pm. 4929 1876.
The Koutetsu Friday and Saturday: 4pm until late. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imperial Hotel Maitland Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday, 5pm to 8.30pm. Phone 4933 6566 to book.
Lambton Park Hotel Dinner: Friday and Saturday nights, 5pm to 7pm and 7pm to 9pm. To book a table phone 4956 1376.
The Landing Bar & Kitchen Friday to Sunday: noon to 3pm, and 4pm to 8pm. Email email@example.com to book. 4927 1722.
Lee's Yum Cha Daily: 11.30am to 2.30pm; 5pm to 8pm. Phone 4049 4879 to book.
Lemon Grove Hotel Wallsend Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday. Bookings essential on 4955 9511.
The Lorn Kitchen Monday to Friday: 6am to 2pm. Saturday: 7am to noon. 4934 3483.
Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe & Deli Thursday to Monday: 10am to 4pm. Phone 4930 7832 to book. majorslane.com.au
Marks Point Post Office & Cafe Breakfast and lunch: daily. Dinner: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. 4945 0553.
Mary Ellen Hotel Dinner: Monday to Saturday from 4pm. Book by phoning 4963 7285 after 4pm or visiting maryellenhotel.com.au.
Maryland Tavern Lunch and dinner: daily. 4955 0588.
Mayfield Hotel Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm, 6.30pm, 8pm. Lunch: Friday and Saturday, noon, 1.30pm. Bookings essential on 4960 1397.
McLeish Estate Wines Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5pm. Cheese platter $35; Regional Tasting Platter $55. Phone 4998 7754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Mercure Charlestown Breakfast and dinner: 7 days. Phone 4943 8899.
MEET Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm. Bookings essential by emailing email@example.com. 4925 2226.
Moor Newcastle East Breakfast and lunch: daily from 7am. Dinner: Thursday and Saturday, Moorish Nights three-course menu with matching wines, $90 per person. Book by phoning 0429 462 211.
Muchos The Junction: phone 0482 907 674 or 4929 5337. Maitland: phone 4030 5224.
Muse Restaurant Lunch: Saturday and Sunday. Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday. Book at musedining.com.au or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 4998 6777.
Myrtle House Wollombi Friday to Sunday: 9am to 3pm. Phone 4988 32220 to book.
Nagisa Japanese Restaurant Lunch: 11.30am to 2pm. Dinner: 5.30pm or 8pm (two-hour sitting). Phone 4929 4122 to book.
Newcastle Food & Flower Markets Cafe open Tuesday to Saturday, 8am to 2pm.
New Slang Coffee Brewers Monday to Friday: 7am to 12.30pm. Outdoor seating.
Nor East Bistro Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday, 11.30am to 12.45pm; 1pm to 2.30pm; 2.45pm to 4pm. Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm to 6.30pm; 6.45pm to 8.15pm; 8.30pm to 10pm. Sunday lunch: 11.30am to 12.45pm; 1pm to 2.30pm; 2.45pm to 4pm. Phone 4940 8188 to book.
Northern Star Hotel Wednesday to Saturday: noon to 8pm. 4961 1087.
Oishii Daily: lunch and dinner, maximum 90-minute sittings. Book online at oishii.com.au.
Oriental Hotel Dinner: Thursday to Sunday, 5pm to 6.30pm, and 7pm to 9pm. Phone 49291130 to book.
Paymasters Restaurant Wednesday to Friday: lunch and dinner. Saturday: brunch, lunch and dinner. Sunday: brunch and lunch. Two-hour sittings. Phone 4925 2600 to book.
Pegs Cafe VIP lunch on Saturdays: 1pm to 4pm, $70 set menu. Phone 4943 2006 to book.
Pippi's at the Point Lunch: Saturday and Sunday. Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday, 5.15pm and 6.45pm. Book online at pippis.com.au. 4958 1022.
Rascal Charlestown and Newcastle.
The Rigby Breakfast and lunch: from 8am. 4030 5705.
The Riverhouse Cafe Breakfast and lunch: daily, 7.30am to 2pm. 4984 4555.
Sandpipers Restaurant Dinner: 7 days from 5pm. 4984 9990.
Seabreeze Hotel Open daily: 10am to 2pm. 4981 1511.
Six Degrees Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 4929 5686.
Sotos Tea & Coffee Bar Monday to Saturday: 7am to 11am.
Southern Smoke Cafe Breakfast and lunch: Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm. 0481 212 711.
Spinning Wheel Hotel Monday to Sunday: lunch 11.30am to 2.30pm; dinner 5.30pm to 8.30pm (45-minute sittings). Phone 4987 2381.
Sprout Kitchen Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 4032 7920.
Star Anise Cafe Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday, maximum people 8. Phone 4942 8331 to book.
Susuru Ramen & Gyoza Restaurant Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm. Dinner: 5pm to 8.30pm. Phone 4049 8448.
Swansea Hotel Dinner: 5.30pm and 7pm, bookings essential. 4971 1227.
Swansea RSL Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday, 5.15pm, 6.15pm, 7.15pm. Lunch: Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm. Phone 4971 1329 to book.
Talulah Bar Book online at talulahbar.com.au.
Tea Gardens Hotel Lunch and dinner: Thursday to Monday. 4997 0203.
Three Bears Kitchen Monday to Friday: 7am, 8.30am, 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm. Saturday and Sunday: 8am, 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm. Bookings essential online at threebearskitchen.com.au. 4929 4477.
Tintilla Estate $20 per person cheese and wine tasting. Phone 6574 7093 to book.
True Cafe and Chocolate Monday to Saturday: 7.30am to 5pm. Phone 0487 427 203 to book.
Twine Restaurant Dinner: Friday and Saturday. Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday. Book by phoning 4998 7449 or emailing email@example.com.
Valerie's Pizza Parlour Two-hour Great Australian Pizza Party. Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm. Bookings essential. 0478 011 909.
The Wickham Boatshed Breakfast and lunch: 7am to 2pm daily. 4023 7697.
The Whistler Breakfast and lunch, no bookings required. Dinner, two-hour sittings, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. 4052 8510.
Wickham Park Hotel Bistro open: Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 8pm. Snack menu 2.30pm to 5pm. Phone 4965 3201 to book.
The Wilderness Chef Intimate private dining events. Email welcome@chefcooperthomas.