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12 romantic Sydney restaurants for any kind of date

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by Melissa Woodley
Updated 07 February 2023

With its unspoiled beaches, steady supply of sunshine, and spectacular harbor, Sydney is easy to fall for. Many of the city’s restaurants also exude an effortless charm, well-equipped to host any romantic occasion.

A Middle Eastern place in Enmore promises laidback first date vibes and flavorful Israeli plates. Reimagined Italian fare and extra attentive service make a Coogee osteria a sought-after anniversary spot. In the CBD, a glass-walled harbourside restaurant serving coastal Australian fare is especially popular for proposals.

Whether it’s for the first date or the 20th, an anniversary feast or a laidback group hang, Sydney bursts with charming spots to celebrate. Read on for a guide to 12 restaurants that set the scene for a romantic evening—even before the food arrives.

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4.8
4.8 (300)
$A41 to $A100
Mediterranean
Bondi Beach
About the restaurant

If a date on the Greek islands sounds dreamy, then book a table at Bondi’s beachside Mediterranean mezze bar, Ikaria. Named after an Aegean island and inspired by its laid-back lifestyle, this idyllic spot serves seasonal share plates meant for grazing. Dishes such saganaki (fried cheese) and fried calamari transport diners to a carefree summer holiday. The plates are accompanied by island-inspired cocktails, such as the Blue Zone Margarita and Aegean highball. The formula makes for a class yet casual setting—perfect for a first date.


Top review
xtaylorrbrown
Dined 2 days ago
Lovely vibe, tasty food and great service. Would definitely recommend :)
A photo of Golden Age Cinema & Bar restaurant
4.4
4.4 (13)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Surry Hills
About the restaurant

Travel back in time at Sydney’s coolest underground movie theatre, Golden Age Cinema & Bar. Set in the old screening room of the heritage-listed Art Deco Paramount Pictures building in Surry Hills, this is a shoo-in venue for an early-in-the-game date. Pull up a chair at the Golden Age Bar for a casual drink; cocktails such as the Clockwork Orange (gin, Early Grey, orange, and lemon) pay homage to classic films, and pair well with snacky plates including fish tacos and roasted eggplant with harissa and mint yogurt. Then settle in to watch a Hollywood classic or the hottest new release. For live music on the Golden Stage, book a seat at the bar on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evenings.


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TrudiG
Dined on 17 Sept 2022
Love this bar. Did a bottle of bubbles before we headed to a restaurant for dinner. Bought some popcorn but it ended up being all unpopped kernals so showed the staff and they apologised and gave us a bag of chips to compensate. The staff are amazing and the venue is perfect for intimate get togethers or a date!
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4.5
4.5 (14)
$A40 and under
Modern Australian
Erskineville
About the restaurant

With a cosy back courtyard and communal tables, this Israeli spot is a go-to for laidback romantic outings. Shenkin’s Enmore outpost exudes the signature warmth the family-run chain is known for. It’s hard not to fall in love over comforting favorites such as the restaurant’s signature shakshuka and sabih, a sandwich stuffed with fried eggplants, hard-boiled eggs, and tahini sauce. For a more private picnic, grab a pastry and cup of Shenkin’s specialty coffee and stroll over to nearby Enmore Park.


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AliciaS
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
Fresh food, great flavours and I'd definitely come again!
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4.4
4.4 (865)
$A101 and over
Modern Australian
Sydney CBD
About the restaurant

The Dining Room by James Viles offers everything required for a memorable proposal. This one-Hatted restaurant in the Park Hyatt stands for a quintessential Sydney fine-dining experience with prime Opera House views. The Dining Room’s highly coveted window tables are $20 extra per person, but there’s no better place to pop the question. On the menu, expect a journey through Australia, featuring regional and coastal ingredients plus seafood and meats cooked over coals. Splurge for the whole southern rock lobster or Stone Axe full-blood wagyu, and pair them with fine wines, locally crafted beers, and spirits.


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BigJ
Dined on 23 Feb 2024
Experience was generally quite good. Couples should be placed away from family and group tables. We were place inboard having to look over groups commanding the best view. This was despite the groups spending more time inwardly focused with conversation. Being inboard takes away from the ambience and experience. More considered and thoughtful table placement for a couple would have been appreciated. The restaurant had quite a few children in it, which took away from us as a couple having a child free moment. Decor and environment is tasteful and as you would expect for a Hyatt.
A photo of Garfish - Manly restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2005)
$A41 to $A100
Seafood
Manly
About the restaurant

Garfish overlooks Manly Beach and sets the scene for a romantic weekend lunch. The beloved seafood spot has a constantly changing blackboard menu of specials. Expect the freshest market fish in fan favourites such as snapper pie with roasted garlic, broccolini, and soubise sauce. Don’t miss a glass from Garfish’s varied wine list and enjoy it in the elegant dining room, Sugarfish Bar, or on the sun-kissed outdoor terrace. If things are going especially well, stretch the daytime date with a scenic beach stroll.


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couttsjd
Dined 2 days ago
Fish Pie and Curry are featured favorites along with ceviche. We tried them all and understand the wonderful tastes and the great value!
A photo of The Squire’s Landing Restaurant - Sydney restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1409)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
Sydney CBD
About the restaurant

The Squire’s Landing (Australia’s flagship James Squire Brewhouse) is a versatile venue for romantic nights, special occasions, or relaxed date nights with friends. Grab a limited-release James Squire brew and catch up with loved ones while listening to live music in the open-air brewery. For a night to truly remember, dine in style at the second-floor restaurant and take in panoramic Sydney Harbour views. The seasonal modern Australian menu pairs gorgeous local produce with the James Squire craft beer range, including handmade burrata, king prawn and chorizo orecchiette, and truffled pomme purée.


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Phil
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic location especially for vivid. From any table you can see the Opera House and the bridge. Staff were exceptional! All staff were very diligent and went the extra mile. Food was actually great! We were unsure with the set menu but we were all so full and it was delicious. Great value and the wine menu is very friendly on the wallet. They even brought out my Dad a dessert we don’t order and sung him happy birthday.
A photo of love.fish - Barangaroo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1720)
$A41 to $A100
Seafood
Barangaroo
About the restaurant

When it comes to waterfront views and exceptional seafood, love.fish takes the cake. This sustainable seafood restaurant on the Barangaroo waterfront offers a casual dining experience, made for double dates. Choose from indoor, alfresco, or bar seating. No matter your perch, you’ll bond over sustainably sourced oysters, raw fish, seafood platters, and crustaceans. The love.fish bar showcases local spirits, environmentally conscious wines, and seasonal cocktails, including the flirty Love Royal crafted with housemade lychee and strawberry purée, Champagne, and sour cherry.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Congratulations to the team at Love. Fish Overall an excellent 5-star experience Andrew R., Sydney Australia
A photo of Chaco Ramen Bondi restaurant
4.7
4.7 (52)
$A40 and under
Japanese Speciality
Bondi Beach
About the restaurant

Cosy up over a bowl of ramen at Bondi Beach’s beloved izakaya, Chaco Ramen. As the sibling venue to Chaco’s original ramen bar in Darlinghurst, this spot impresses with a more extensive selection of noodles, gyoza, and yakitori. Date night regulars are known to work through Chaco’s creative and unconventional ramen varieties, such as yuzu scallop and cold tomato truffle, though the menu also contains more traditional versions, such as the pork broth and chicken soy. Chaco’s distinctive ramen is complemented with housemade flavoured sake, frozen cocktails, and Japanese beers.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 May 2024
Incredible food and service and a great place to eat with the kids, so we get to enjoy a beautiful meal and they’re equally as happy. Thank you!
A photo of Osteria Coogee restaurant
4.9
4.9 (128)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
Coogee
About the restaurant

Pasta and wine are the love languages at Osteria Coogee, a hidden gem on the Northern Beaches, known for remixed Italian classics. Post up on a high stool at the window and order an icy glass of vino before indulging in Osteria’s seasonally driven tasting menu, featuring housemade focaccia, porcini mushroom and truffle gnocchi, and of course, tiramisu for dessert. The simple flavours and sincere Italian hospitality fuel a night to remember, so it’s no surprise the Osteria is a crowd favorite for anniversaries and romantic milestones.


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BiljanaM
Dined on 17 Jun 2023
What a wonderful restaurant, nothing to fault. The wine, food, service and ambience were all amazing and we had a great time. Highly recommend Osteria and will definitely be back sooner rather than later. The best place to eat in Coogee.
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4.4
4.4 (426)
$A40 and under
Asian
Newtown
About the restaurant

As a cross between a community motorcycle workshop and an all-day restaurant, Rising Sun spices up traditional date nights. By day, the friendly neighbourhood ramen joint serves breakfast ramen and Hokkaido buns (bacon, egg, cheese and kimslaw sandwiched between Japanese-style milk buns). At night, it unfurls a shareable à la carte menu from Thursday to Saturday. There are signature and vegetarian banquet menus for special occasions, and a thoughtful beverage lineup that includes the house G&T, skin contact wines, and lagers on tap. A date here makes a true difference: Rising Sun invests all profits from the kitchen into its enterprise so that someone who is passionate about motorcycles can afford to work on them.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great ambience, amazing good and very knowledgeable staff for diet requirements (celiac). Will defo be back!
A photo of Bella Brutta Pizza restaurant
4.8
4.8 (788)
$A41 to $A100
Pizza Bar
Newtown
About the restaurant

Bella Brutta, arguably one of Sydney’s best pizza places, is a lively spot for group dates. The Newtown joint is the brainchild of the teams behind LP’s Quality Meats and Porteño, and combines friendly service with sumptuous woodfired pies. Bella Brutta’s long marble bar is ideal for couples to share antipasti plates of bread and burrata; banquette seating hosts larger groups splitting signature clam pizza with bottles of natural Italian wine.


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Niall
Dined on 16 Apr 2023
Our favourite pizza in Sydney. Always a great atmosphere, friendly staff and good music playing. The constantly changing starters keep things interesting on repeat visits (we've been probably 8 times now) and the pizza is second to none. If you're not ordering the clam pizza you're seriously missing out. Also the wine selection is concise but has a nice blend of Aussie and Italian options - my current favourite red was discovered here.
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