50 Best Restaurants for a Date in Australia for 2019

As Voted by OpenTable Diners

Whether it's your first date or your 500th, it can be stressful picking out restaurants for date night. OpenTable's 2019 list of the 50 Best Restaurants for a Date in Australia highlights the most popular spots across the country with the perfect ambiance, menu options and more to create a truly unforgettable date. The list of honorees is based on an analysis of reviews of more than 1,800 restaurants across the country—all submitted by verified diners.

Restaurants:A Touch of Salt, Alibi - Woolloomooloo, Amici Restaurant - Caloundra
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Modern Australian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Italian
Neighborhoods:Townsville, Woolloomooloo, Caloundra

A Touch of Salt

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Townsville
886 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
A fantastic restaurant for a nice dinner out. Great food and staff.
98% recommended

Alibi - Woolloomooloo

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Woolloomooloo
468 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Everything was honestly perfect. The food is possibly the best food I’ve eaten and the service was incredible.
91% recommended
Healthy in Sydney / New South Wales

Amici Restaurant - Caloundra

$$$$·Italian·
Caloundra
933 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Food is alway great, service is fantastic, really good dining experience.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Sunshine Coast

Assaggini

$$$$·Italian·
Mornington
497 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Absolutely delicious food, friendly staff and a lovely place to dine.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Mornington Peninsula

Bankvale Run

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Mickleham
710 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Great experience and lovely food. Will come back again.
99% recommended
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Bella Brutta Pizza

$$$$·Pizza Bar·
Sydney CBD
442 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The most delicious food! Great music and great service.
99% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales

Black Hide By Gambaro At Treasury Brisbane

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Brisbane CBD
458 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
Very nice experience and food was fantastic. Service was very nice too and will go again.
92% recommended
Business Meals in Brisbane

Cecconi's Flinders Lane

$$$$·Italian·
Melbourne CBD
382 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
We have eaten here twice while visiting Melbourne. On both occasions we’ve had delicious food served by exceptionally professional and helpful wait staff. Highly recommend.
92% recommended
Italian in Melbourne / Victoria

The Courthouse

$$$$·Steak·
Cleveland
596 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Scenic View
An amazing venue and food was delicious. Service was amazing as well. Definitely coming back.
94% recommended
Special Occasions in Brisbane

Cutler & Co

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Australia
818 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
Absolutely amazing! Food & wine was delicious. Service was great. We will be back.
90% recommended
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The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Sydney CBD
366 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
We went to celebrate my mum's birthday and I'm so glad we chose The Dining Room as they made it a memorable day for my mum. The service was amazing and the view was simply breathtaRead more
88% recommended
Scenic View in Sydney / New South Wales

Drumplings

$$$$·Asian·
Melbourne CBD
298 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
Amazing vibe and service can never be faulted! Always recommend especially with the food on point every single time!
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E'cco Bistro

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Brisbane CBD
460 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Delicious food and wine, with excellent service, in an unassuming bistro.
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Brisbane

Elio's Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Carindale
772 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Food was amazing. Staff were very friendly. Warm and welcoming. Overall an absolutely great place to eat.
99% recommended
Best Overall in Brisbane / Queensland

Future Future

$$$$·Japanese·
Richmond
233 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
A superb food and wine experience. It was a perfect location for a family reunion. The feeling was intimate and the service personal.
95% recommended
Japanese in Melbourne / Victoria

Glasshouse

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Timbumburi
914 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
Beautiful views, excellent service, delicious fresh local produce.
97% recommended
Special Occasions in Sydney / New South Wales

Kisume

$$$$·Japanese·
Melbourne CBD
1,199 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
The food and service was outstanding and amazing!! The staff were very friendly and seemed very knowledgeable about the food and went about in a very professional manner.
86% recommended
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Kneading Ruby

$$$$·Italian·
Wollongong
1,178 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
A fabulous restaurant. Good accoustics. Excellent and friendly service provided by Jake. Our meal was amazing. The flavours, quality and presentation were outstanding. Highly recomRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales

Lazy Su

$$$$·Asian·
Braddon
840 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
We had a fantastic evening dining at Lazy Su. We’re from Bendigo and spent the weekend in Canberra. Our dinner date at Lazy Su was definitely a highlight of our trip. The lady who Read more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Canberra

Les Bubbles Bar and Bistro

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Fortitude Valley
898 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
We keep going back here because the food is delicious and the staff are always so attentive and polite. Will keep returning.
92% recommended
Business Meals in Brisbane / Queensland

Little Valley

$$$$·Chinese·
Fortitude Valley
294 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
Awesome experience. Great food, staff and ambiance.
93% recommended

Mamasan Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·Asian·
Broadbeach
758 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The wait staff & service was excellent. Food delicious. Thank you.
97% recommended
Best Food in Gold Coast

Mjolner Melbourne

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Melbourne CBD
951 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
From the minute we arrived, we felt welcome and special. All staff paid attention to the little details, explained whats so special about their service and what they have to offerRead more
95% recommended
Special Occasions in Melbourne / Victoria

Mjølner Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Redfern
1,913 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
Highly recommend this place! My husband is a fan of the TV show, Vikings, so booking his birthday dinner at Mjolner was a no-brainer. We mostly came for the ambiance but was blown Read more
97% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney / New South Wales

Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Caribbean·
Sydney CBD
678 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
Perfect birthday venue, the staff were so warm and extremely professional, they even gave me a bonus dessert and all signed a birthday card for me. The food was next level amazing,Read more
84% recommended
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Moo Moo Restaurant (Gold Coast)

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Broadbeach
858 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
The best steak and pork belly we have ever had! The bread rolls for entree were amazing as well!
89% recommended
Notable Wine List in Gold Coast

Mr Hizola’s

$$$$·Chinese (Canton)·
Burleigh Heads
529 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
We are in Burleigh, on holiday from the Melbourne cold. We eat out every night, trying the different cuisines in the neighbourhood and thought we would try Cantonese. We were so thRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Gold Coast

Nick & Nora's Sydney

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Parramatta
330 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Good place, amazing view and the experience and friendliness of the staff was amazing. Definitely will come back here again.
88% recommended
Most Booked in Western Sydney

Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach

$$$$·Grill·
Airlie Beach
438 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
Stunning location, fantastic service and delicious, fresh seafood. Highly recommend.
90% recommended

Nour

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Surry Hills
881 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Every dish was a taste sensation, we’ll definitely come back for more. This is our second time and it didn’t disappoint.
97% recommended
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Osteria Oggi

$$$$·Italian·
Adelaide
1,392 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Great experience, great food and a nice venue. Would recommend!
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Adelaide / South Australia

Park Street Pasta & Wine

$$$$·Italian·
South Melbourne
419 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Outdoor Eating
Love this place! Awesome home made pasta and great wines.
85% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in Inner City

Persone Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Brisbane CBD
369 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Delicious food at a very affordable price. The view is nothing short of amazing.
87% recommended
Scenic View in Brisbane

Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion

$$$$·Australian·
Pialligo
358 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
We had the most amazing dinner! The slow cooked lamb is to die for! The beetroot salad (from the estate garden) was so fresh and so delicious that we had to order more! We also hadRead more
87% recommended
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The Point Revolving Restaurant - Wrest Point

$$$$·French·
Sandy Bay
555 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Extremely happy with our anniversary dinner. The whole experience was memorable for us. Thank you.
98% recommended
Best Overall in Tasmania

Popolo Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
South Brisbane
785 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
My favourite! Fantastic venue, service is incredible, food fabulous and location outstanding.
95% recommended
Best Ambience in Brisbane

The Potting Shed

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Alexandria
1,404 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Never disappoints! Love everything :) From the food to the amazing cocktails!
90% recommended
Brunch in Sydney / New South Wales

Press* Food & Wine

$$$$·Grill·
Adelaide
632 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
I loved my dining experience at Press. The service & the food was amazing. I can’t wait to go back!!!
95% recommended
Best Service in Adelaide

Restaurant Hubert

$$$$·French·
Sydney CBD
645 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Delicious food, excellent service. The music and atmosphere was perfect.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales

Rickys River Bar and Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Noosa Heads
1,176 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Fabulous food and service. Would recommend to friends.
96% recommended
Best Overall in Sunshine Coast

Rookie Eatery

$$$$·Australian·
Wollongong
383 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
We went to Rookies on Wednesday evening, first time for me but my husband went a few months earlier. It was amazing. The food had so much flavour, delicious in every way. What imprRead more
93% recommended
Australian in Sydney / New South Wales

Shiki Japanese Restaurant

$$$$·Japanese·
Adelaide
270 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Absolutely beautiful food in a very entertaining setting.
95% recommended
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Shorehouse

$$$$·Asian·
Townsville
1,193 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Amazing food and service once again. Great way to try meals you may not usually choose with the “ Just feed me “ option. Perfect evening.
94% recommended

Smith & Daughters

$$$$·Italian·
Fitzroy
1,115 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Amazing! The staff were all divine and knew the menu inside out. Service was quick, and we had the best night!
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Melbourne / Victoria

Stokehouse Q

$$$$·Modern Australian·
South Brisbane
802 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
Always outstanding - food, service and ambiance. You won’t find much better in Brisbane.
93% recommended

Sunda _

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Melbourne CBD
519 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Food was absolutely amazing! The Roti is worth the hype but every dish we tried was terrific! Highlight was the Occy and the Rendang Pie!
91% recommended
Best Service in Melbourne / Victoria

Tequila Mockingbird

$$$$·Peruvian·
Australia
422 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Really enjoyed the food. Great spin on South American cuisine.
95% recommended
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Trattoria Emilia

$$$$·Italian·
Melbourne CBD
442 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Authentic
From the time you walk in you know this is going to be great! Amazing food and great service!
99% recommended
Best Ambience in Melbourne / Victoria

Wah Wah Gee

$$$$·Asian·
Geelong City Centre
668 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
Bao’s are just wowww! Have to say my favourite Asian fusion restaurant in Geelong. Can’t get enough! Food is amazing and service is always outstanding!
86% recommended
Scenic View in Melbourne / Victoria

Whalebone Wharf

$$$$·Seafood·
Port Macquarie
929 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
Amazing seafood platter!! We came down from Brisbane and stopped overnight in port Macquarie. Had read reviews about the amazing seafood platter at whalebone wharf and we were not Read more
91% recommended
Seafood in Sydney / New South Wales

The Woodhouse Restaurant

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Bendigo
1,079 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
This is a fabulous restaurant with a great atmosphere and service. The food, especially the steaks, are outstanding. Highly recommended.
99% recommended
Special Occasions in Melbourne / Victoria