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Classic Restaurants to Dine with Your Colleagues

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by OpenTable Team
Updated 29 June 2023

Hungry for a dining experience that's tailor-made for you? We’ve got you covered. Here are our top restaurant picks for your next outing. Bon appétit!

Credit: Cecconi's Flinders Lane

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4.8
4.8 (1103)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Trattoria Emilia is an authentic Italian restaurant focusing on seasonal produce and fresh pasta. Head chefs Francesco Rota and Luca Flammia hail from Modena in Emilia Romagna.

At Trattoria Emilia we seasonally change the menu and source a large majority of our produce from regional Victoria, our meat is organic and sustainably grown in Tasmania and Victoria and we import some of the best Italian DOC products. Some dishes that are not to be missed are our Tortelloni Emiliani and the crowd favourite salumi misti with gnocco fritto and tigelle served with mortadella mousse.

Rustic, yet refined, Trattoria Emilia boasts fantastic ambience, attentive and professional service whilst all the while remaining a great casual dining spot perfect for a quick lunch, a long relaxing dinner with friends and has always been a romantic date spot.

Top review
RLLLLL
Dined 7 days ago
Very impressed with everything. Great food service and venue thank you x
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4.6
4.6 (1088)
$A101 and over
Italian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
"Everything you want from a sophisticated city Italian restaurant is right here: atmosphere, admirable service, a menu long enough to allow for real choice, an expansive drinks list, flattering lighting, carpets and tablecloths to ensure that sound levels are low enough for a proper conversation."
Enjoy signature dishes - Seafood linguine, Veal Cotoletta and signature steaks from the Josper

One Hat – THE AGE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
2006 - 2023

Top review
RobertL
Dined 4 days ago
Fabulous food with amazing service, scallops were the best..!! Thank you…
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4.7
4.7 (144)
$A41 to $A100
Yakitori
Potts Point

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About the restaurant
Japanese Izakaya in the heart of Kings Cross / Potts Point

Yakitori and charcoal grilling specialist. Step into a warmly lit restaurant to enjoy some hot BBQ paired with a glass of cold sake from our carefully curated beverage list.

30 Seconds walk from Kings Cross Station.

Top review
Hazeld
Dined 7 days ago
Chawanmushi is stuff food dreams are made of. Flavours worked so well on the collagen rich trotters. Uni carpaccio hits the spot for an umami hound. Chef took our orders and served some of the dishes himself. Gone from strength to strength. Should be sporting lots of award hats. Totally amazing.
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4.7
4.7 (1491)
$A101 and over
Modern Australian
St Kilda

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About the restaurant
Welcome to Donovans - our ‘house on the beach’ and home we love to share. Donovans is located on the St.Kilda beach front offering guests a memorable dining experience in Melbourne. With a bay side view, beautiful Mediterranean inspired food and the special relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant, Donovans is where you will feel at home.

Donovans’ exciting menu has been developed our intimate knowledge of modern Mediterranean cooking. The menu is extensive with a modern mix of favourite dishes emphasising the best local produce. Donovans also offers an extensive wine list of Australian and imported wines and an eclectic mix of cocktails.

Top review
JeanGrogne
Dined today
There is nothing more to say than what has already been said a thousand times. Perfect food, exemplary service, excellent wine list and great ambience. One small niggle is that you get charged a credit card surcharge even if you pay by debit card: aargh.
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4.7
4.7 (105)
$A101 and over
Japanese
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
A contemporary Japanese dining experience, Warabi emphasises seasonal ingredients and elevated beverage pairings in an Omakase setting, celebrating the Kappo style of cuisine philosophy.

The Kappo dining experience at Warabi is a set menu that changes at the discretion of the head chef, whose detailed focus is on preparing courses based on the availability of the finest seasonal ingredients. A casual yet refined dining experience, Kappo directly translates to ‘cut and cook' and celebrates the chefs' craftsmanship and precise preparation techniques.

The multi-course 'Impression' menu is guided by the chef and changes daily, where the energy of dishes reflects the seasons and highest quality of ingredients available.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 Sept 2023
Service was excellent! Staff were both observant and knowledgeable. Food was average.
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4.5
4.5 (561)
$A101 and over
Steakhouse
Barangaroo

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About the restaurant
Steersons is a sleek harbour front steakhouse.

Located on the upper level of King St Wharf (access via Lime St), Steersons Steakhouse offers guests unparalleled views of Darling Harbour. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere from the terrace, or from an indoor table, all overlooking the harbour.

The high quality beef is sourced from across the country, including Northern & Southern Tablelands, as well as the renowned Riverina region.
The steaks are complimented by a selection of contemporary entrée dishes, and a wine list of over 150+ labels, focusing on local producers from the countries acclaimed wine regions.

A sleek stylish venue together with highest level of service, makes Steersons the ultimate steak experience.

Top review
EileenG
Dined 1 day ago
Took my partner to Stearson's for his Birthday, The Food was delicious, service and staff were very friendly, helpful, and attentive. We will definately recommend Stearsons and go back.
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4.4
4.4 (868)
$A101 and over
Modern Australian
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Located right on the edge of Sydney Harbour with the Opera House just beyond your fingertips…it doesn’t get any more Sydney than The Dining Room.

Our produce-driven menu is paired back, sustainable and unmistakably Australian, and shares center stage with unrivalled harbour views. Relaxed and elegant, enjoy the freshest of
seafood, seasonal Australian ingredients, and a selection of fine wines and locally crafted beers and spirits.

Lunch and dinner reservations are highly recommended. Our popular window tables are available at a surcharge when booking and subject to availability. Dress code is smart casual.

Top review
Page
Dined on 21 Feb 2024
We dined there previously with old menu that were full of vegetarian dishes. Most of them have been removed from the current menu, however the chef and service staffs were going above and beyond to accommodate our requests and made it such a pleasant night for us. We highly recommend to everyone!
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4.8
4.8 (4402)
$A101 and over
Contemporary Asian
Burleigh Heads

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About the restaurant
Pan-Asian flavours in one of the Gold Coast's most iconic locations. Focusing on fresh locally sourced produce with intention to share.

By Head Chef James Brady

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Spectacular! Fabulous environment /outlook Attentive helpful staff Unbelievable food - exquisite taste sensation and value for $ . Special - Shout out to our waiter 6ft 6 Marcos and Nick the photographer !
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4.1
4.1 (119)
$A101 and over
Italian
Brisbane CBD

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About the restaurant
OTTO celebrates people, place and la dolce vita. Located on the absolute riverfront at South Bank, OTTO Ristorante and OTTO Osteria bring a vibrant glamour to the Queensland dining scene. Striking river views and colourful interiors meet warm and assured service. The food at OTTO is delicious and unashamedly simple, taking inspiration from the southern regions of Italy. Head Chef Will Cowper’s menu is fresh, seasonal and produce-driven; sourcing the finest local ingredients and letting them speak for themselves. Inspired by his love for Italian varietals, Alan Hunter has written a list that will capture any wine lover’s attention, with a decisive line up of classic and esoteric Italian regions and varietals.
Top review
RoseD
Dined on 6 Jul 2023
The food was truly outstanding. Loved the new tasting menu and all the treats were a credit ti the chef and his talent. The only suggestion I could offer is that the waiters night be a little more consistent in offering drinks to those who are not wine drinkers. The cocktails were exceptional and we would have ordered more but perhaps they knew tomorrow was a work day. Lol
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4.2
4.2 (659)
$A101 and over
Breakfast
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Dear valued guests,

Kitchens on Kent will be taking some time to reimagine its future offering, and in the interim will no longer be offering buffet lunch or dinner together with afternoon tea. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause for any plans you had to dine with us.

From Monday 6th November 2023, our offering will change, serving daily breakfast for hotel guests only.
A La Carte lunch will be available on a request basis in our Harbour Room (Monday to Friday) whilst our Observatory Bar will offer A La Carte dinner seven nights per week as well as lunch on weekends.

All bookings that are affected will be fully refundable and our team are in the process of contacting all guests with more details. For any specific issues or requests, please email tlsyd.kitchensonkent@langhamhotels.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 Jan 2023
Can here for NYD with my mum as a treat to her and we very much enjoyed ourselves and the food. We are looking forward to coming back and eating once again at your lunch buffet. So much on offer and such a good variety of cuisines and drinks included within the price 10/10
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