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Unique 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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4.9
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 2 days ago
The food was amazing and both chef were great explaining what ingredients were on every dish.
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4.5
4.5 (376)
$A101 and over
Asian
South Yarra

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About the restaurant
Yugen redefines dining after dark. A promise of an experience where food, drink, and music continue well into the night. A subterranean setting with a refined industrial feel, offering dishes and beverages influenced by the cultural richness of Asia. Tradition met with the intuition of a contemporary flair.





Top review
SilviaPvip
Dined 6 days ago
Our waitress was superb! Attentive but not intrusive. The cocktails were delicious. The Food was excellent. Delicious flavours. We highly recommend Yugen, our family really had a all round wonderful evening.
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4.6
4.6 (489)
$A41 to $A100
European
South Yarra

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About the restaurant
Omnia, meaning ‘all things’ in Latin, has relocated to its permanent home in the Capital Grand building at 617 Chapel Street, South Yarra.

Email us on info@omniabistro.com.au for any group reservations enquires for 7+ guests.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Great valentines dinner date. Awesome food and excellent service
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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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4.7
4.7 (310)
$A41 to $A100
Steak
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
A New York-inspired seafood Grill and steakhouse in the heart of the CBD.
Top review
Jonatan
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful service and food. Always trust the people behind bistro 916 when it comes to special occasions. Clam bar was the perfect place for my wife’s birthday. Until next time :)
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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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4.6
4.6 (405)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
A contemporary, ‘New Nordic’ approach to Australian dining, led by Michelin Star and award winning Executive Chef Jae Bang.


Top review
NicolaC
Dined 3 days ago
Outstanding. Steak was incredible. Customer service 5 stars 👏👏👏
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4.5
4.5 (30)
$A40 and under
Italian
Bondi Beach

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About the restaurant
An Italian inspired eatery promising to serve as a home away from home. Makaveli provides a warm and welcoming space for a morning coffee, an afternoon bite, or a lively evening out. The carefully curated menu includes a selection of snacks and shareable plates, designed to complement an innovative beverage selection which features locally sourced coffee and creative cocktails. The menu at Makaveli is a tribute to the joy of sharing food, with an emphasis on communal dining. Key menu highlights include Burrata, Kingfish Crudo, and Stracciatella di bufala. Makaveli will also emphasise supporting local, independent wineries, showcasing their unique flavours and craftsmanship.
Top review
AoiK
Dined on 20 Jan 2024
Okay so not much of a reviewer here but it would be incredibly rude not to give these guys a massive shoutout. Ambiance/vibes - for a small space, I was not expecting 11 obnoxiously giddy grownups and one not so impressed baby to fit but we sure as hell did. Good tunes, the staff were nothing but fab - made sure our dranks were always filled, which is such a rarity in bottomless brunch situations so well done guys. The cocktails, I mean those espresso martinis SLAPPED! If they can make a killer EM, I am definitely coming back for their normal, innocent, coffee. The food - small portions but it packed so much flavour so we were happy! Not recommend for those who expects to soak up all their alcohol with lots of food - leave that to the late night HSP for ron. My GF/V friend was also raving about the food, which I promise was not because she had one too many cocktails, so definitely bring your complicated dietary requirement peeps down, they gotchu. And all this for $89 is an absolute bargain! Thank you guys for putting up with our debauchery and making my birthday special, definitely going in my top fave local spot!
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4.6
4.6 (446)
$A101 and over
Filipino
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Modern Filipino fare cooked over fire and Vin Naturel
Top review
Florian
Dined 1 day ago
Awesome food as usual. Still very noisy and not that great for the price.
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4.6
4.6 (372)
$A101 and over
Steakhouse
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
A traditional steakhouse experience with a modern twist, Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse has all the sophistication of an established steakhouse yet its rustic charm gives it a funky edge on the rest. A veteran but a pioneer none the less, the oldest, wisest but coolest steakhouse on the Sydney block where the best steakhouse experiences happen.
Top review
ToddV
Dined 1 day ago
Lov3d the experience and the service was top notch. Would love to come back again.
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4.5
4.5 (112)
$A101 and over
Asian
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Our menus will take you on a culinary journey throughout Asia, paying homage to our cultures by elevating traditional flavours through modern techniques. Enter underground and indulge in a mouth-watering menu of shared plates and cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Second visit to Hustlers now. Slight menu change from last time however the food continues to not disappoint. Superb flavours and brilliantly crafted dishes. While it was on the quieter side, the ambience created by the venue is relaxing yet upbeat. Would highly recommend to anyone I know.
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4.5
4.5 (556)
$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
LTur
Dined 6 days ago
We have been eating at Steerson’s since 2007 (even had our wedding reception here) and have never once been disappointed. The service is friendly and the food exceptional.
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4.9
4.9 (78)
$A101 and over
Korean
Circular Quay

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About the restaurant
Kobo is the workshop for Hatted Chef, Jacob Lee, a space for him to demonstrate his love for his homeland of Korea, re-engineering regional dishes onto a contemporary platform, incorporating Japanese and Australian influences for a dining experience like no other.

A solid marble chef’s table is front and centre, seating 8 guests at a time for an intimate chef's table (meaning “I leave it up to you.”), Chef Jacob breaks the menu down into “Episodes” with each episode featuring a core focus on a culinary moment of his life.

Kobo is located in Sydney's new Quay Quarter Lanes, a short walk from Circular Quay station, nestled just behind the historic Hinchcliffe House.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Just about the most insane dining experience we’ve ever done. It’s a totally unique blend of story telling, amazing plates, and ambience that truly makes you feel like you’re in Korea while on the journey
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4.7
4.7 (614)
$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
None
Dined on 13 Feb 2024
Excellent food. Enjoyed the ambience and outstanding service.
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4.5
4.5 (715)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Hero's menu reflects, award winning chef, Karen Martini's love of cuisines from all over the world, techniques and produce used to create them, but overall, it showcases Karen's cooking ethos of simply using and highlighting the absolute best of Victorian seasonal produce.

Hero overall is uncomplicated and accessible contemporary dining with a European twist. Expect good sized portions, a special experience of different flavours, colours and textures, with the same being said about the atmosphere. Hero is somewhere you can sit back, work your way through the menu, and take in and reflect upon Melbourne’s famous food and art culture over specially selected wines and cocktails.

An all-day menu will run from 12pm until late daily, providing travellers, movie-goers and business lunchers with a reliable haunt at any time.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 Sept 2023
Really enjoyed our experience at Hero. Atmosphere, food, amazing service all rolled into one at a price that wasn’t too over the top. Highly recommended.
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