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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
564 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
A fantastic restaurant for a nice dinner out. Great food and staff.
98% recommended
Modern Australian in Brisbane / Queensland

Alibi - Woolloomooloo

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Woolloomooloo
315 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date
Everything was honestly perfect. The food is possibly the best food I’ve eaten and the service was incredible.
95% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Sydney / New South Wales

Amici Restaurant - Caloundra

$$$$·Italian·
Caloundra
460 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Food is alway great, service is fantastic, really good dining experience.
96% recommended
Italian in Brisbane / Queensland

Assaggini

$$$$·Italian·
Mornington
325 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Vegan
Absolutely delicious food, friendly staff and a lovely place to dine.
93% recommended
Gluten Free Options in Melbourne / Victoria

Bankvale Run

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Mickleham
600 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Great experience and lovely food. Will come back again.
92% recommended
Lunch in Northern Suburbs

Bella Brutta Pizza

$$$$·Pizza Bar·
Sydney CBD
253 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
The most delicious food! Great music and great service.
95% recommended
Best Food in Sydney / New South Wales

Black Hide By Gambaro At Treasury Brisbane

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Brisbane CBD
246 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Very nice experience and food was fantastic. Service was very nice too and will go again.
90% recommended
Business Meals in Brisbane / Queensland

Cecconi's Flinders Lane

$$$$·Italian·
Melbourne CBD
304 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
96% recommended
Italian in Melbourne / Victoria

The Courthouse

$$$$·Steak·
Cleveland
342 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
An amazing venue and food was delicious. Service was amazing as well. Definitely coming back.
96% recommended
Romance in Brisbane / Queensland

Cutler & Co

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Fitzroy
739 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Absolutely amazing! Food & wine was delicious. Service was great. We will be back.
94% recommended
Best Overall in Melbourne / Victoria

The Dining Room - Park Hyatt Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Sydney CBD
202 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
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
244 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Casual
Amazing vibe and service can never be faulted! Always recommend especially with the food on point every single time!
85% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Inner City

E'cco Bistro

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Brisbane CBD
312 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Delicious food and wine, with excellent service, in an unassuming bistro.
93% recommended
Business Meals in Brisbane / Queensland

Elio's Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Carina Heights
517 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
Food was amazing. Staff were very friendly. Warm and welcoming. Overall an absolutely great place to eat.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Brisbane / Queensland

Future Future

$$$$·Japanese·
Richmond
147 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
A superb food and wine experience. It was a perfect location for a family reunion. The feeling was intimate and the service personal.
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Inner East

Glasshouse

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Timbumburi
604 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Worth the Drive
Beautiful views, excellent service, delicious fresh local produce.
97% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney / New South Wales

Kisume

$$$$·Japanese·
Melbourne CBD
1,037 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
87% recommended
Japanese in Melbourne / Victoria

Kneading Ruby

$$$$·Italian·
Australia
837 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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
98% recommended
Most Booked in Exclusive

Lazy Su

$$$$·Asian·
Braddon
543 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
93% recommended
Most Booked in Canberra

Les Bubbles Bar and Bistro

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Fortitude Valley
638 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • 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

Little Valley

$$$$·Chinese·
Fortitude Valley
249 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Awesome experience. Great food, staff and ambiance.
93% recommended
Best Service in Brisbane / Queensland

Mamasan Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·Asian·
Broadbeach
410 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
The wait staff & service was excellent. Food delicious. Thank you.
96% recommended
Best Ambience in Brisbane / Queensland

Mjolner Melbourne

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Melbourne CBD
772 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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
Handcrafted Cocktails in Melbourne / Victoria

Mjølner Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Redfern
1,487 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fun
  • 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
95% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Sydney / New South Wales

Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Sydney CBD
613 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
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
89% recommended
Best Service in Sydney / New South Wales

Moo Moo Restaurant (Gold Coast)

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Broadbeach
572 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The best steak and pork belly we have ever had! The bread rolls for entree were amazing as well!
88% recommended
Notable Wine List in Gold Coast

Mr Hizola’s

$$$$·Chinese (Canton)·
Burleigh Heads
290 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
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
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Gold Coast

Nick & Nora's

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Parramatta
156 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Good place, amazing view and the experience and friendliness of the staff was amazing. Definitely will come back here again.
96% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Sydney / New South Wales

Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach

$$$$·Grill·
Airlie Beach
328 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Worth the Drive
Stunning location, fantastic service and delicious, fresh seafood. Highly recommend.
96% recommended
Group Bookings in Brisbane / Queensland

Nour

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Surry Hills
657 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Every dish was a taste sensation, we’ll definitely come back for more. This is our second time and it didn’t disappoint.
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sydney / New South Wales

Osteria Oggi

$$$$·Italian·
Adelaide
899 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Great experience, great food and a nice venue. Would recommend!
95% recommended
Best Overall in Adelaide / South Australia

Park Street Pasta & Wine

$$$$·Italian·
South Melbourne
295 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Love this place! Awesome home made pasta and great wines.
96% recommended
Italian in Melbourne / Victoria

Persone Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Brisbane CBD
217 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
Delicious food at a very affordable price. The view is nothing short of amazing.
91% recommended
Business Meals in Brisbane / Queensland

Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion

$$$$·Australian·
Pialligo
352 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
86% recommended
Most Booked in Canberra

The Point Revolving Restaurant - Wrest Point

$$$$·French·
Sandy Bay
414 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
Extremely happy with our anniversary dinner. The whole experience was memorable for us. Thank you.
96% recommended
Most Booked in Tasmania

Popolo Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
South Brisbane
474 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
My favourite! Fantastic venue, service is incredible, food fabulous and location outstanding.
97% recommended
Best Ambience in Brisbane / Queensland

The Potting Shed

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Alexandria
889 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Never disappoints! Love everything :) From the food to the amazing cocktails!
90% recommended
Brunch in Sydney / New South Wales

Press* Food & Wine

$$$$·Grill·
Adelaide
411 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
I loved my dining experience at Press. The service & the food was amazing. I can’t wait to go back!!!
95% recommended
Best Ambience in Adelaide / South Australia

Restaurant Hubert

$$$$·French·
Sydney CBD
364 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Delicious food, excellent service. The music and atmosphere was perfect.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales

Rickys River Bar and Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Noosa Heads
788 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
Fabulous food and service. Would recommend to friends.
92% recommended
Most Booked in Brisbane / Queensland

Rookie Eatery

$$$$·Australian·
Wollongong
285 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
Australian in Sydney / New South Wales

Shiki Japanese Restaurant

$$$$·Japanese·
Adelaide
270 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Absolutely beautiful food in a very entertaining setting.
94% recommended
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Shorehouse

$$$$·Asian·
Townsville
742 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Amazing food and service once again. Great way to try meals you may not usually choose with the “ Just feed me “ option. Perfect evening.
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in Brisbane / Queensland

Smith & Daughters

$$$$·Italian·
Fitzroy
964 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
Amazing! The staff were all divine and knew the menu inside out. Service was quick, and we had the best night!
94% recommended
Healthy in Melbourne / Victoria

Stokehouse Q

$$$$·Modern Australian·
South Brisbane
728 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
Always outstanding - food, service and ambiance. You won’t find much better in Brisbane.
91% recommended
Scenic View in Brisbane / Queensland

Sunda _

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Melbourne CBD
418 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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!
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Inner City

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.
97% recommended
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Trattoria Emilia

$$$$·Italian·
Melbourne CBD
368 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
From the time you walk in you know this is going to be great! Amazing food and great service!
96% recommended

Wah Wah Gee

$$$$·Asian·
Geelong / Geelong West
504 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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!
89% recommended
Scenic View in Melbourne / Victoria

Whalebone Wharf

$$$$·Seafood·
Port Macquarie
336 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
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
90% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney / New South Wales

The Woodhouse Restaurant

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Bendigo
682 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This is a fabulous restaurant with a great atmosphere and service. The food, especially the steaks, are outstanding. Highly recommended.
99% recommended
Best Service in Melbourne / Victoria