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50 most romantic restaurants in Australia 2019

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by As rated by verified OpenTable diners
Updated 31 January 2019

There are many factors contributing to a romantic dining experience... world class ingredients, impeccable service and a unique ambience. This year's 50 most romantic restaurants showcase those seductive spots the enable couples to create delicious connections and memories that last a lifetime. The list is determined by analysing more than 126,000 reviews from more than 1,600 restaurants across Australia - all submitted by verified diners.

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4.8
4.8 (2430)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
Townsville CBD

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About the restaurant
Enjoy the breathtaking waterfront views, sparkling starry night skies, and refreshing breezes of our outdoor balcony, or opt for indoor air-conditioned seating to beat the heat (which can be a must in North Queensland!).

Our restaurant's name, A Touch of Salt, is a play on our family name, Brine. In 2005, we started as a family business, and our family-style approach of offering genuine hospitality and meals designed for conversation has always been the heart of A Touch of Salt. Over the years, we have perfected our restaurant to become one of the best casual fine-dining restaurants in the North.

We take pride in being appreciated by the locals of Townsville as well as travellers from all over Australia.

Top review
PaulH
Dined 5 days ago
Always reliably excellent. Owners and staff always at the top of their game. Visitors from interstate and overseas are incredulous that Townsville has a restaurant experience that rivals the best that they have at home. Well done ToS.
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4.4
4.4 (892)
$A41 to $A100
Vegan
Woolloomooloo

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About the restaurant
Welcome to Sydney’s conservatory of green.

Set amongst an ‘indoor-alfresco’ dining setting, Alibi Bar & Dining serves up Mediterranean veggie fare with flair and soul.

Pairing Australia’s pioneer of plant-based cuisine, Shannon Martinez with legendary mixologist Andrea Gualdi, Alibi creates a sensory journey of discovery.

Expect a soulful menu that leans heavily on Martinez’s Spanish heritage, and a fresh and sustainable drinks list that takes inspiration from the Mediterranean style of drinking.

Currently, we trade in the restaurant Tuesday to Saturday evenings from 5:30pm.

We offer bookings in our bar as well as our restaurant (dining). Bar bookings are offered a brief snack menu with some substantial options.

In the restaurant we offer an A la Carte menu option Tuesday to Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, we offer a share menu.

Top review
SimoneB
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food for vegans and lovely service. The coconut margarita was delicious. Highly recommend the mushrooms for entree and the eggplant for main. We'll be back for sure.
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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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4.6
4.6 (1128)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
Hunter Valley

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About the restaurant
Please note for Wednesday & Thursday or any other dates when Circa 1876 is not available, Restaurant 88 may be open for booking. Click here to check availability and reserve your table at Restaurant 88 today. A short stroll down the tree-lined driveway is Circa 1876, the Hunter Valley's most iconic restaurant, located in an historic cottage on the picturesque grounds of Roscrea Estate. Circa 1876 showcases some great Hunter Valley wines in an award-winning wine list. Circa 1876 quite literally brings the ‘farm to fork’ ethos to life as guests overlook the organic kitchen garden that their food came from just beyond their plate.
Top review
HannahW
Dined 6 days ago
Fantastic food and service. Perfect for a special celebration
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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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4.8
4.8 (1569)
$A40 and under
Italian
Carindale

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About the restaurant
Candle lit tables, chianti by the glass, crooners and generous old fashioned house made pizza, calzone, gelati, huge pastas and antipasto. Perfect for a family dinner, an intimate night for two, or a work get together. A south side institution since 1984.
Top review
Tracy
Dined 5 days ago
Fabulous Food Fabulous Service Fabulous Paul & team
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4.6
4.6 (1726)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Glass brasserie provides a truly definitive dining experience in the heart of Sydney CBD, enjoy the theatre of our new renovated $1.5m kitchen and patisserie where you can see each creation come to life.

Whether you come to dine with friends, family or someone special your dining experience will be nothing short of unique with Sydney’s finest Australian produce with an Asian inspiration, exquisite décor and superior service.

Glass boasts a stunning view of the QVB, all seating requests are subject to availability.

Groups of 8 and over incur a 10% service charge on the final food & beverage bill and groups over 10 are required to dine from a set menu.

Top review
NenitaQ
Dined 6 days ago
Rainy Tuesday lunch catch up with my two girlfriends. Booked last minute & we were warmly greeted by staff. Lovely ambience. Food we ordered wasn’t over the top for the price. We had the Barramundi & my friends didn’t like the broth. Overall was great & happy with the service.
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4.7
4.7 (1571)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
Timbumburi

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About the restaurant
Lead by Head Chef Jarrod Smith, Glasshouse is proud to serve a variety of expertly prepared, locally sourced dishes, in a phenomenal venue.
Goonoo Goonoo Station is undoubtedly the New England regions finest destination for accommodation, dining, and events.

Please note:
At Glasshouse, we have seatings options for groups from 2 - 50 people.
Bookings are currently limited to groups of 10 persons maximum.
If your desired time is does not show, unfortunately that time is not available.
Bookings prior to 6:30pm are for 2 hours only.

Top review
Cloakey
Dined 3 days ago
Location is beautiful, service was faultless and the food was outstanding. Everything about the Glasshouse was exactly what we could have hoped for. Will definitely be returning in the near future.
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4.5
4.5 (798)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Brisbane CBD

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About the restaurant
The Malt Dining Attic has been transformed from a working-class Georgian building, built in 1864, to a stunning contemporary dining experience complete with whisky bar and private cellar dining room.
Executive chef Andrew Birse plates up a beautiful and satisfying dining experience focusing on close to source dining and paying significant care to dietary requirements.
Two menus are available at Malt with an express bistro offer in the bar and a more refined dining experience in the Attic that showcases contemporary food techniques with a relaxed style service.
Malt dining is located in the Brisbane CBD, close to Eagle St Pier and all public transport. If you are looking for a romantic dining experience or a private corporate lunch Malt dining is the perfect inner-city sanctuary.
We look forward to hosting you and your guests soon.


Top review
peterd
Dined 2 days ago
Great staff and good food Food was not hot enough when served
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4.6
4.6 (2174)
$A41 to $A100
Steakhouse
Broadbeach

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About the restaurant
Located in the heart of cosmopolitan Broadbeach, overlooking Victoria Park, and opposite Gold Coast Sofitel Hotel, Star Casino & the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre. Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill Gold Coast is multi award winning, undoubtedly the Gold Coast's Best Steak Restaurant. Moo Moo breaks down the barriers of a normal steak house by losing the overtly masculine vibe that has so long been the trademark of its genre. With its stunning modern interior decor of natural stone finishes, sleek organic curves and state of the art lighting system, the steak restaurant has evolved.

Enjoy an award winning beef menu of the highest quality, with some cuts exclusive to Moo Moo Restaurant Group. These cuts include; Dry Aged, Pasture Fed, All Natural and Grain Fed which include a mix of Wagyu and Angus breeds. To ensure that our menus cater for more than just beef lovers they also include fresh seafood, poultry, game and of course vegetarian options available.

Top review
TaniaC
Dined 6 days ago
Food and service were impeccable!! Only one slight negative the ceiling fan above my head on too high and little annoying with hair flying in my face whilst trying to eat!
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4.3
4.3 (1746)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
Airlie Beach

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About the restaurant
Set right on the water, Northerlies is Airlie’s favourite beach bar offering a unique experience filled with island vibes, casual brasserie-style dining, spacious event areas, creative cocktails, and plenty of beach for the kids to explore. Their free courtesy bus runs 7 days a week offering private pick-ups from Airlie Beach, Cannonvale & Jubilee Pocket. Book your next event and celebrate beach-side.

The Brasserie kitchen is open 7 days. Lunch is served from 12:00pm- 2:30pm and dinner from 5:00pm-8:30pm, with our 'smalll bites' options available all day. The weekend Beach Kitchen is open on for dinner on Fridays, lunch & dinner on Saturdays, plus lunch on Sundays.

Top review
WynnyR
Dined 1 day ago
Food and service is always great, we go there often. Had lunch with friends and never had a bad meal.
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4.8
4.8 (1138)
$A41 to $A100
Contemporary Italian
Enmore

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About the restaurant
Enmore's Osteria di Russo & Russo is a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its modern take on classic Italian flavours, served in its warm and charming restaurant. As snacks to start, the fiore di zucchini fried zucchini flower with goat's milk ricotta and lemon aspen and the cannolo filled with a duck liver parfait, date and hazelnuts are sensational selections.

Some of Osteria di Russo & Russo's specialty dishes include the saltbush gnocchi with pork sausage ragu and pecorino, the chargrilled beef flank with green garlic, nasturtium and smoked eggplant and the slow cooked freemantle octopus with chickpea, salsa rossa and native bush tomato, as well as vegetarian dishes.

Osteria di Russo & Russo's strawberry sorbet, davidson plum meringue and limoncello custard is the perfect dessert with which to finish your meal.

Top review
MariaF
Dined 4 days ago
Superb food and service? Will be back!
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4.5
4.5 (1605)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
South Bank

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About the restaurant
Here at Popolo, we passionately embrace the philosophy that food is the link that brings family and friends together. With the word ‘popolo’ itself meaning people, we aim to replicate an experience that can only be felt at Nonna’s house.

Chef Francesco, has produced a menu that compliments our riverside location in Brisbane's iconic South Bank. Proud to showcase the cuisine of his home town Naples, his food focuses on presenting wonderful ingredients, simply.

Top review
Noah
Dined on 25 Nov 2023
Great location and great food. Price was vary reasonable.
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4.8
4.8 (4392)
$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
Kate
Dined 4 days ago
Brilliant service from the maître d’ and exceptional food as always.
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4.7
4.7 (2933)
$A41 to $A100
Seafood
Noosa Heads

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About the restaurant
Set on the banks of the beautiful Noosa River, Rickys River Bar & Restaurant delivers a dining experience that encapsulates the Noosa lifestyle. Rickys offers a delicious menu featuring a wonderful selection of fresh seafood and the very best local produce. With sweeping views of the Noosa River, Rickys is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch, a sunset dinner or a relaxing cocktail in their River Bar.
Top review
KylieG
Dined 2 days ago
The best restaurant in Noosa!!! Must do! Have been going for over 20 years - never disappoints!
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4.7
4.7 (671)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Wollongong

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About the restaurant
Rookie Eatery offers diners contemporary Australian cuisine in a casual context. A produce-driven menu centres on modern Australian food, as the kitchen serves an eclectic mix of local ingredients with multicultural influences. At Rookie, we believe that ‘Australian cuisine’ is a multicultural phenomenon that exists nowhere else in the world and so we aim to provide a contemporary interpretation with the local ingredients on offer. The result is a diverse inspiration of eastern and western cultures brought together with fragrant and fresh flavours. An on-site herb garden provides the kitchen with a range of indigenous and introduced herb species, whilst a commitment to strong supplier relationships sees the South Coast’s best produce showcased.
Top review
JulieR
Dined on 16 Feb 2024
Snack tasting menu was amazing as usual...this was my 3rd time in 6 months! Service was wonderful, was able to slow down dishes coming out. Was very hit & humid, ac was useless, but could open the wibdow which did the trick. Great bday celebration
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4.7
4.7 (3040)
$A101 and over
Modern Australian
Noosa Heads

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About the restaurant
Located overlooking Noosa Main Beach, Sails Restaurant offers sophisticated yet relaxed dining.

Executive Chef, Paul Leete, presents a creative fusion of modern Australian cuisine, while keeping a strong focus on fresh, seasonal produce.

Paul combines ingredients, sourced with integrity, to create clean, thoughtful and uncomplicated menus.

Sails Restaurant also features a multi award winning wine list showcasing more than 500 wines, with a focus on great Australian, New Zealand and French winemakers.

Open from 12pm daily for lunch and dinner.

Sails Restaurant is open for all Public Holidays through the Christmas and Easter periods.

When placing your reservation, please understand that requests for specific tables cannot be guaranteed. We appreciated that everyone who books with us wants to sit close to the beach front, therefore we allocate these tables according to how far in advance you book.

Top review
katecox
Dined 5 days ago
Sails never fails our expectations. Again, another beautiful dinner with great professional service and ofcourse the view incredible
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4.5
4.5 (2994)
$A41 to $A100
Asian
North Ward

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About the restaurant
Shorehouse is on Townsville’s most iconic location, the Strand showcasing panoramic views across Cleveland Bay to Magnetic Island.

Focusing on fresh locally sourced produce with intention to share. Sit and watch the world go by on our glorious deck in casual lounge dining, at the bar in our architecturally designed casual beach house with North Queensland resort highlights.

Bringing a modern Asian cuisine with the best of our local flavours crafted by our talented experienced chef.

Offering an extensive wine list, craft beer on tap and fresh modern cocktails with the mouth-watering flavours in our food, all at reasonable prices.

Top review
Nate
Dined 2 days ago
Great location for a late lunch. Food was excellent, delivered quickly, great quality. Drink service/refill was a little slow, but that's being picky!
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4.6
4.6 (1587)
$A41 to $A100
Steak
Cleveland

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About the restaurant
The Courthouse has elegant white cloth dining with stunning views of Moreton Bay, Our heritage listed property is set on manicured waterfront gardens and boasts areas for intimate dining, private functions, lavish gatherings and fairy-lit outdoor spaces for the warmer months, with three crackling open fires for the colder month. The Courthouse's Restaurant is a multi-awarded venue for both cuisine & service, the waterfront property is truly a complete dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic service Staff give 10/10 Presentation is great. Highly recommend!
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4.2
4.2 (3519)
$A40 and under
Modern Australian
Alexandria

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About the restaurant
The Potting Shed is a place to meet, eat, drink, relax and chat your day and night away – where hanging plants, terracotta pots and timber beams meet brass, brick and iron. Where you can plant yourself down on the swing seat, bench or at the bar and feel like you are on your family’s porch. It’s a lively place where you can hoe into fresh, locally harvested produce, delivered by our shed-hands. The same hands that will deliver you good-natured banter, craft beers on tap, great tasting wines and unique cocktails. The menu offers cozy share options for groups, three course substantial meal choices for those wanting to make an evening of it and a fun selection of nibbles for people wanting a light after-work snack with their cocktails or a share jug amongst friends.
Top review
AliciaW
Dined 1 day ago
The person working the entrance on Sunday February 25th 2024 was the most wonderful human we have ever met. I'm naturally from Melbourne and was in Sydney for Taylor Swift and has been experiencing the worst 4 days of bad luck of my entire life. Exhausted and defeated they gave us a hug and promised to make us feel better and they did. Partnered with the super sweet server the experience healed us a little. The food was delicious but the portion sizes were rather large. We could have easily shared a main. The drink was like sipping on spring time itself and the venue is truly beautiful. I will be going again. For sure. Thank you again.
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4.7
4.7 (2529)
$A41 to $A100
Steakhouse
Bendigo

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About the restaurant
Take it slow… Have a drink to start. Enjoy a cocktail, local wine or craft beer, Share a snack or two in our dedicated Bar.
Smell the delicious smokiness of Bendigo’s only dedicated steakhouse & grill, where we use local redgum on the grill; there’s nothing quite like the flavour of meat cooked over redgum. The natural smoky flavours and aromas created by this unique timber are something truly special. In the finest tradition of steakhouses, we use locally sourced meat and the very best in fresh, regional produce.

Showcasing 350 wines, including 28 by the glass, including some seriously interesting wines curated by our inhouse Sommelier. With local wines taking pride of place, including some intriguing European offerings, plus a supporting cast of spirits, beers and other beverages, including a decent alcohol-free selection. Cocktail drinkers will be impressed with our seasonally curated list.

Our menu is updated seasonally and available on our website.

Top review
SimonG
Dined 2 days ago
Another impeccable dining experience, see you next Saturday night!
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4.8
4.8 (1137)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
Tinamba

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About the restaurant
Simon and Tania Johnson have owned Tinamba Hotel since October 2020 and feel honoured to be the custodians of the hotel’s proud heritage as they build upon a vision from previous owners, Brad Neilson, Damien Gannon, the Schoenmaeker and Whelan families.

Using the finest, locally grown fresh produce from local suppliers and working with the most talented chefs in the region is what the Johnsons believe sets Tinamba Hotel apart. The signature dishes deliver a truly memorable experience, served in a setting famously known as Gippsland’s favourite destination dining venue.

From the first-class dining experience within the dining room, lounge and conservatory, to the relaxed atmosphere in the Amba Bar and on the outdoor veranda, Simon, Tania and the Tinamba Hotel team provide the finest example of country hospitality for local and visiting customers alike.

Welcome to your Gippsland local. The award-winning Tinamba Hotel.

Top review
DavidJ
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Excellent experience again, this is our favourite restaurant in Gippsland. Food is exceptional and wine variety to match the food is amazing. We would recommend Tinamba to anyone who wants to celebrate a special occasion.
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4.6
4.6 (1462)
$A41 to $A100
Seafood
Southbank

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About the restaurant
Melbourne’s most iconic seafood bar and grill.

A true Melbourne experience with expansive views of the Yarra river and mesmerizing city lights.

Take in the stunning Melbourne sky line whilst enjoying our finest seafood and oysters expertly sourced directly from some of Australia’s best producers.

We are dedicated to the “sea to plate”, with daily visits to the market, selecting the very best oysters, pristine shellfish and the freshest local seafood.
Our “paddock to table” philosophy ensures we only source the highest quality of meats, bred from local Victorian farmers.

With over 100 years in hospitality, the Zampelis family welcomes you to enjoy a unique dining experience.

Top review
AlisaW
Dined 2 days ago
Really nice place next to the Yarra River. Food was amazing and super fresh.
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4.6
4.6 (2976)
$A41 to $A100
Seafood
Port Macquarie

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About the restaurant
THE WHALEBONE WHARF IS A NO FUSS, CASUAL AUSTRALIAN FISH EATERY

Our mission is to source the region’s best seafood and seasonal produce by partnering with like-minded suppliers.

Our commitment to locality and our selection of produce flows into everything we offer; from Hastings River Oysters to Urban Grain bread and pastries.

We aim to showcase these ingredients by preparing them carefully and serving them simply.

The Whalebone is a place for friends and family to enjoy local, honest food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere, with a world class view.

Top review
GregK
Dined 4 days ago
Service excellent,view fantastic first time in 12 times over the last 5 years and always had lobster Mornay and this is the first time I’ve had a issue with the meal. It’s not cheap to eat at the WBW and I’m not complaining about the cost of the lobster just how it was prepared.
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