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Classic Restaurants to Dine with Your Significant Other

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by OpenTable Team
Updated 07 August 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!

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4.6
4.6 (1086)
$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
FionaH
Dined 6 days ago
The most incredible restuarant we’ve ever been to? And we eat out ALOT. Everybody was so helpful and good honestly, next level 👌🏽 We will come every time we come to Melbourne…
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4.7
4.7 (1482)
$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
craigb
Dined 2 days ago
Fabulous every time. Just cannot fault this now iconic restaurant.
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4.6
4.6 (1198)
$A101 and over
Steakhouse
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Meatmaiden is one hell of a steakhouse. Bringing you the best barbecue and grill in Melbourne, our large and energetic basement restaurant and bar and down-to-earth staff make us the perfect CBD venue for intimate dinners, work lunches, special occasions or functions.

We're part steakhouse, part smokehouse - with a unique and eclectic mix of premium steaks and smoked meats. We've been fine-tuning that approach for the last ten years to bring you the best meat around - dry-ageing select local cuts like O'Connor rib eye, tending the fire to smoke grass-fed short ribs over ironbark and pairing with signature dishes like our lobster mac cheese.

Our carefully-curated wine list focuses on some great Australian winemakers, with six taps of craft beer and quirky cocktails completing the line up.

You will find Meatmaiden on Little Collins St - walking distance from Flinders St Station and Parliament Station, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena and entertainment venues s

Top review
JayR
Dined 5 days ago
Delicious food, great service, definitely recommend for a wonderful dining experience.
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4.8
4.8 (326)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
South Melbourne

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About the restaurant
JAMES

Chef, Kim Sangsoo and owner and front of house manager, Kirbie Tate have designed a sharing menu and chefs tasting menu that is a cultural embrace. Taking Kim's South Korean heritage and sourcing Australian native produce - the JAMES menu blends traditional technique, a play with the freedom of contemporary fusion and both their instinctive understanding of balance and restraint.


Sharing menu and Chefs tasting menu available for dinner from 5pm TUES to SATURDAY //
Snacks menu, sharing set lunch and express ramen bowls are on offer between midday _ 3pm WED to SATURDAY //

Hidden in plain sight on Clarendon St - Book in to experience fine dining, casually.

Top review
Awesome
Dined 4 days ago
Brilliant, inspired food that is not only gorgeous to look at and unexpected but also delicious. Lovely staff and atmosphere. A delight. I love it and will return again.
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4.5
4.5 (424)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Located on Spring St, opposite the Treasury Gardens, between Collins St and Flinders Lane, there emerges a truly unique space – imagined, created, curated – that lies at the nexus of all the Di Stasio energies that have come before it. Cittá is a culmination of sorts, a vibrant dynamic next step along a continuum of a challenge and of notions Rinaldo has been grappling with all his life. This is not only a commercial venture – though of course, he has never retreated from this aspect – but is also a vehicle to express and bring together all the aspects of Italo-Australian history, culture, place and heritage. It is an opportunity too to bring a long-standing dream to further fruition, celebrating Rinaldo’s influence on the Australian hospitality, cultural and artistic landscape, through a renewed celebration of Melbourne and the CBD where it all began and of his beloved spiritual and familial home, Italy.
Top review
RobynB
Dined 7 days ago
We had a delicious lunch with impeccable service for our business meeting.
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4.5
4.5 (306)
$A40 and under
Italian
Carlton

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About the restaurant
A lockdown obsession for Rinaldo Di Stasio and Mallory Wall, Di Stasio Pizzeria is poised to open in Carlton in mid-November. The third venue for the high-profile restaurateur couple sits behind the King and Godfree complex on the corner of Lygon and Faraday streets and has glamorous echoes of their Di Stasio Citta pleasure palace in the city. Designed by architect Di Ritter of Hassell, also responsible for Citta, the pizzeria has three separate spaces inside, adorned with Reko Rennie artwork and Shaun Gladwell sculptures, and a courtyard bar centred around a fountain imported from the Roman countryside. Chef Federico Congiu, who has worked with Di Stasio for five years, is making his own jersey milk mozzarella fiore di latte for the pizzas. Congiu has sourced five growers around the Yarra Valley to grow and preserve San Marzano tomatoes for pizza toppings and is having special durum wheat flour milled in Tamworth.
Top review
GailD
Dined 2 days ago
Great food, lovely setting and very attentive pleasant staff. Overall it was a great dining experience.
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4.5
4.5 (9)
$A41 to $A100
Sushi
Barangaroo

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About the restaurant
Kokumai means “black rice” in Japanese and is a premium sushi bar operated as a new concept of Japanese restaurant operated with an omakase function.

Seating appx. 60 people and serving up premium roll, nigiri, and sashimi with a great selection of wine, sake, and beer.

*Omakase: Authentic Japanese omakase menu is implemented. Menus made with fresh seasonal ingredients are prepared by the head chef in Kokumai.
**Premium sushi bar: We are operating as a premium sushi bar by using seasonal and superior ingredients.

Top review
TimothyC
Dined on 12 Jan 2024
By some strange stroke of luck we had the entire restaurant to ourselves on a Friday night. As a result, the service was superb and very personal. The chef was quite a character (as you'd expect in a dining experience like this) and let us explore some of the less common/stranger delicacies on offer from the sea (fish liver, various roes, and other things perhaps too uncouth to write here). We really enjoyed our experience.
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4.3
4.3 (1442)
$A41 to $A100
Seafood
Southbank

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About the restaurant
When you sit down for a meal at The Atlantic, you can expect nothing short of an impeccable culinary experience from beginning to end. As a waterfront seafood restaurant in Southbank, Crown Casino, we offer an indulgent menu of fresh, wild and sustainably-sourced seafood, unique oyster varieties and pristine shellfish. Reeled in from local waters, our team celebrates the full array of seafood that Australia has to offer.

Whether you choose to pair your culinary experience with the stylish atmosphere of our elegantly modern dining area, or the laidback ambience of our open-air, riverside terrace, you will soon discover why many customers refer to us as the best seafood restaurant in Melbourne CBD.

Top review
GeelongScene
Dined 6 days ago
Couldn’t fault the sensational food or excellent service. Would recommend numerous small plates rather than opting for mains. There are so many delicious options!
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4.9
4.9 (85)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Balaclava

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About the restaurant

Google Review
*****
This place is an absolute gem. A very intimate experience, the owner Mike and Chefs Mikey and Laurent are gifted people who make you feel at home. Food is absolutely incredible, so much flavour with seasonal ingredients. Amazing local wine pairings. Cannot speak highly enough of this place!


features include:
Open plan kitchen with food prepared directly in front of our guests.
Warm and cozy lounge with fireplace for winter.
Secluded, rear private courtyard.
Engaging and vibrant dinner party setting.
Seasonal set menu.
Wine and beverage pairings.
Private dinners available.

Top review
MANUEL
Dined 5 days ago
The food was amazing and both chef were great explaining what ingredients were on every dish.
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4.7
4.7 (308)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
Prahran

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About the restaurant
Osteria Renata is a neighbourhood diner inspired by Italy. Hosting friends, family and colleagues at the dinner table. Headed up by duo Chef / Owner Angus Cadden and Restaurateur / Owner Alex Ghaddab, our menu features inventive and classic pasta dishes, created in our designated pasta lab, as well as a seasonal selection of antipasti, larger plates, side dishes and desserts. Some of our classics include our gnocco fritto with 36 month aged Jamon Iberico, our spaghetti with Live Southern Rock Lobster and brodetto and our Mushroom filled Quadratti with parmagianno Reggiano. The old world bar, fashioned by hand from fine American oak, offers a full selection of artisanal spirits, amari, craft Italian beer, a dialled in cocktail program and a pan euro-Italian slanting wine list, appeasing any discerning palette. Wether it be in our main dining room, a perch at the bar, or an alfresco seat on High St, we look forward to welcoming you!
Top review
KarenT
Dined 3 days ago
Our first time dining at OR, and all we can say is, bellissimo!! A stylish restaurant with a relaxed feel. Our waistress was lovely and really looked after us. The food was delicious, I can highly recommend the chargrilled Mortadella entree, the ragu main and Limoncello syrup cake, delish!! I look forward to dining there again.
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4.5
4.5 (1517)
$A41 to $A100
Bistro
Elwood

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About the restaurant
Bayside restaurant and event venue open daily from 9:00am for takeaway coffees & pastries, and from 11:30am onwards for dine in. Passionate about friends, family and community.
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YLH58
Dined 7 days ago
We had a lovely lunch experience. Food delicious and service very friendly and helpful.
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4.4
4.4 (869)
$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 5 days ago
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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4.6
4.6 (79)
$A101 and over
Australian
Chippendale

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About the restaurant
Longshore is about celebrating the quality of Australian coastal ingredients and Asian cooking techniques. We offer a five-course tasting menu highlighting seasonal signature dishes, alongside an extensive à la carte menu plus an experimental 10-course snack-flight for you to choose from. On top of that, our 100+ wine list is selected by our team of sommeliers and it consists some of the best wines around the world for your enjoyment.

Top review
DavidG
Dined on 10 Feb 2024
very well prepared food, interesting variety, chef explained every dish personally, good cocktails, lovely wine recommended, nice vibe but expensive in the end so be prepared
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4.5
4.5 (310)
$A101 and over
Italian
Woolloomooloo

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About the restaurant
OTTO celebrates people, place and la dolce vita. Situated in the spectacular surrounds of the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, OTTO has an undeniable reputation as one of Sydney’s most respected dining institutions. At the heart of the restaurant is old world hospitality and long-standing relationships held with a fiercely loyal clientele. Approachable yet refined service greets modern Italian cuisine, alfresco dining and trademark waterside views. OTTO is the quintessential Sydney dining experience and has remained a local favourite for over 17 years.
Top review
CarmenS
Dined on 4 Jan 2024
Superior food quality and service. With that comes a hefty price tag.
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4.5
4.5 (111)
$A41 to $A100
Sicilian
Paddington

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About the restaurant
Here at Zafferano, we like to keep things a little old school, from sourcing to serving, our key values remain.
Simone, the Head Chef and co-owner of Zafferano grew up inside the kitchen of his family's restaurant in Porticello, Sicily and brings that passion and authenticity to his food.
We combine local, fresh, seasonal ingredients with passion and tradition, to create a menu that is endlessly devoted to flavour and quality. We have a love for food, for the whole experience. We believe in celebrating just how powerful food can be, from the seed to the plate. Because connection through food is our mission.
Our space is intimate with only 38 seats and the overall vibe of the restaurant really transports you to Sicily with an outdoor courtyard that feels like a traditional Italian piazza.
We have a few signature dishes however the Risotto Marinara & Spaghetti Marinara are definitely at the for front of our menu.

Top review
Peter
Dined 4 days ago
1st visit. Lovely restaurant. Will definitely be back.
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4.8
4.8 (22)
$A101 and over
Japanese Speciality
Surry Hills

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About the restaurant
Omakase means, “leave it up to the Chef” so let Chef Han take you on a tantalising journey of 20 courses, using the finest local Australian and Japanese produce.

OMAKASE MENU FEB/MAR 2024
Sweetcorn cold soup, truffle olive oil, paprika
Potata Pave, scallop, sea urchin, kombu
Ika Somen, calamari noodle, ikura, cucumber, bonito jelly
Chawanmushi, paradise prawn, mentaiko, sweetcorn
Abalone Tempura, abalone liver sauce, asparagus, pecorino, sushi rice
JPN A5 Wagyu steak, grilled medium rare, JPN A5 Wagyu Steak, foie gras, leek, wasabi
Sorbet
Omakase Nigiri
Southern calamari (Shark Bay WA)
Konbujime snapper (NZ)
Scallop (JPN)
Akami zuke (SA)
Scampi (WA)
Blue mackerel (Wollongong)
Salmon belly (TAS)
Bluefin tuna O-toro (JPN)
Sea eel (JPN)

Chef’s Signature hand roll +$20
Miso soup
Seasonal Fruit
Genmai Cha

*This menu can change subject to availability of ingredients. Sorry, we are unable to cater for allergies or dietary restrictions.

Top review
YuehanT
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Enjoyed the freshness and varieties of the Omakase menu
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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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5.0
5 (26)
$A101 and over
Farm-to-table
Fortitude Valley

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About the restaurant
Perspective dining is a modern gastronomic tasting menu experience, a closed-door 12-seat chef table dining space, our chefs will take you on a unique culinary journey. Perspective Dining will offer cutting-edge tasting menus seasonally from 3 courses to 9 courses, a plant-based menu as well as a protein-based menu. Perspective Dining will be collaborating with local farmers and suppliers to ensure that our vision of uncompromised, no holds barred excellence and sustainability is showcased in our food.
Perspective | Lunch
Seating one at 11:30 am
Seating two 1:30 pm
Food and wine pairing 140
Just the food 85
Perspective Dinner 9 courses
6:30 pm
Food and Wine pairing 300
Just the food 195

Top review
Dais
Dined 3 days ago
Fantastic food and wine, really special experience
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4.7
4.7 (617)
$A41 to $A100
Wine Bar
Fortitude Valley

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About the restaurant
ESSA provides a destination to escape the expected.

Just like the raw interiors in which we reside, our work is simple but considered.

The ethos in the kitchen embraces collaboration with local farmers, hunters and providores, promoting an environmentally conscious approach to the menu. Harvest driven dishes provide the creative parameters for our ever evolving dining experience.

ESSA is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm till late and Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunch from 12pm.

Top review
KateF
Dined 3 days ago
Unreal experience at Essa! The wine, the service, the experience and the food! Couldn’t recommend it enough. Explored different foods with the “leave it to us” menu. We are not Brisbane locals so we were actually recommended to go and it did not disappoint.
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4.3
4.3 (288)
$A41 to $A100
Steakhouse
Brisbane CBD

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About the restaurant
Executive Chef Dario Fiorino brings you a premium range of Australian beef featuring wagyu, in-house dry-aged steaks, and sustainably sourced seafood – all cooked on our open grill and balanced with Mediterranean aromas. A native Milanese, Chef Dario’s menu features Italian, Spanish and French influences, exquisitely complimenting the grill’s naturally infused char, scent and flavour.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Everything was excellent apart from two issues 1. The quality of live music team which I believe is substandard. 2. Few catering staff lacked empathy and emotions; This could be because they were so overworked. But most of the waitresses were very good and friendly. I gave a tip too
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4.8
4.8 (916)
$A41 to $A100
Modern European
Newstead

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About the restaurant
Nationally acclaimed and award winning E'cco Bistro was founded in Brisbane in 1995 by one of Australia's most celebrated chefs, Philip Johnson. For the past 25 years, Philip and his team at his landmark bistro have taken a sure yet simple approach by serving unpretentious food to the delight of all diners alike, this has cemented E'cco's reputation in the culinary landscape.
Having relocated from its original location in Brisbane CBD to the fast growing inner-city residential mecca, Newstead, E'cco has been positioned to prosper for the next 25 years and beyond.
As Philip says "We do as little as possible with the best ingredients available."

Top review
LionelM
Dined on 28 Oct 2023
Fabulous service the steak was outstanding as was all the food. Very hard to find anything that could be improved on.
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4.6
4.6 (1367)
$A41 to $A100
Steakhouse
Brisbane CBD

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About the restaurant
Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane will enchant and entertain guests by offering world-class Queensland steak as the hero cuisine, and a selection of mouth-watering seafood dishes.

Experience and savour exceptional personalised guest service and a divinely rich atmosphere that can only be delivered by blending intricate and cutting-edge design with worldly charm and sophistication.

Overlooking the Brisbane River and within an easy stroll of the city’s arts and cultural South Bank precinct, this stunning restaurant will be perfectly positioned in the space previously occupied by The Kitty cocktail bar, which has since closed to enable the beautiful refurbishment.

Top review
Siobhan
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing restaurant with even better staff. Don’t change xxx
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4.7
4.7 (228)
$A101 and over
Modern Australian
Surfers Paradise

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About the restaurant
A unique fine dining experience with a fully curated wine list and locally sourced ingredients. Situated in the stunning HOTA Gallery, Palette offers a unique blend of art and food on the Gold Coast. Dayan and his team in the kitchen will extend your art experience, taking inspiration from artworks on display and major exhibitions to show just how naturally art and food blends.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The servers were well versed on the Food & Beverage menu. Very happy with my overall experience.
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