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
792 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
A fantastic restaurant for a nice dinner out. Great food and staff.
98% recommended
Best Overall in Brisbane / Queensland

Alibi - Woolloomooloo

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Woolloomooloo
429 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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
819 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Food is alway great, service is fantastic, really good dining experience.
97% recommended
Italian in Brisbane / Queensland

Assaggini

$$$$·Italian·
Mornington
410 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Absolutely delicious food, friendly staff and a lovely place to dine.
95% recommended
Italian in Melbourne / Victoria

Bankvale Run

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Mickleham
710 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
Great experience and lovely food. Will come back again.
96% recommended
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Bella Brutta Pizza

$$$$·Pizza Bar·
Sydney CBD
390 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
The most delicious food! Great music and great service.
98% recommended
Best Food in Sydney / New South Wales

Black Hide By Gambaro At Treasury Brisbane

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Brisbane CBD
394 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
Very nice experience and food was fantastic. Service was very nice too and will go again.
89% recommended
Business Meals in Brisbane / Queensland

Cecconi's Flinders Lane

$$$$·Italian·
Melbourne CBD
341 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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.
90% recommended

The Courthouse

$$$$·Steak·
Cleveland
523 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
An amazing venue and food was delicious. Service was amazing as well. Definitely coming back.
95% recommended
Special Occasions in Brisbane / Queensland

Cutler & Co

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Australia
817 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
Absolutely amazing! Food & wine was delicious. Service was great. We will be back.
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Exclusive

The Dining Room - Park Hyatt Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Sydney CBD
324 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
87% recommended
Scenic View in Sydney / New South Wales

Drumplings

$$$$·Asian·
Melbourne CBD
296 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
Amazing vibe and service can never be faulted! Always recommend especially with the food on point every single time!

E'cco Bistro

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Brisbane CBD
419 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Delicious food and wine, with excellent service, in an unassuming bistro.
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Brisbane / Queensland

Elio's Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Carina Heights
710 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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
193 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
A superb food and wine experience. It was a perfect location for a family reunion. The feeling was intimate and the service personal.
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Inner East

Glasshouse

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Timbumburi
813 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Worth the Drive
Beautiful views, excellent service, delicious fresh local produce.
96% recommended
Modern Australian 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.
84% recommended
Best Food in Inner City

Kneading Ruby

$$$$·Italian·
Wollongong
1,105 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
Group Bookings in Sydney / New South Wales

Lazy Su

$$$$·Asian·
Braddon
748 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in Canberra

Les Bubbles Bar and Bistro

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Fortitude Valley
835 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
Business Meals in Brisbane

Little Valley

$$$$·Chinese·
Fortitude Valley
293 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Awesome experience. Great food, staff and ambiance.
96% recommended

Mamasan Kitchen and Bar

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

Mjolner Melbourne

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Melbourne CBD
858 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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Melbourne / Victoria

Mjølner Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Redfern
1,795 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
96% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney / New South Wales

Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Caribbean·
Sydney CBD
676 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
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Moo Moo Restaurant (Gold Coast)

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Broadbeach
762 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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
454 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
95% recommended
Group Bookings in Gold Coast

Nick & Nora's Sydney

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Parramatta
280 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
Good place, amazing view and the experience and friendliness of the staff was amazing. Definitely will come back here again.
89% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Sydney / New South Wales

Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach

$$$$·Grill·
Airlie Beach
379 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
Stunning location, fantastic service and delicious, fresh seafood. Highly recommend.
96% recommended
Most Booked in North Queensland

Nour

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Surry Hills
846 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.
96% recommended
Brunch in Sydney / New South Wales

Osteria Oggi

$$$$·Italian·
Adelaide
1,245 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
360 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Love this place! Awesome home made pasta and great wines.
94% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in Melbourne / Victoria

Persone Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Brisbane CBD
316 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Delicious food at a very affordable price. The view is nothing short of amazing.
84% recommended
Special Occasions in Brisbane / Queensland

Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilion

$$$$·Australian·
Pialligo
358 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
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
82% recommended
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The Point Revolving Restaurant - Wrest Point

$$$$·French·
Sandy Bay
514 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Romance
Extremely happy with our anniversary dinner. The whole experience was memorable for us. Thank you.
97% recommended
Most Booked in Tasmania

Popolo Restaurant

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

The Potting Shed

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Alexandria
1,166 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Never disappoints! Love everything :) From the food to the amazing cocktails!
92% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney / New South Wales

Press* Food & Wine

$$$$·Grill·
Adelaide
582 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!!!
96% recommended
Best Ambience in Adelaide / South Australia

Restaurant Hubert

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

Rickys River Bar and Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Noosa Heads
1,038 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Fabulous food and service. Would recommend to friends.
96% recommended
Best Overall in Brisbane / Queensland

Rookie Eatery

$$$$·Australian·
Wollongong
353 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
1,035 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
Amazing food and service once again. Great way to try meals you may not usually choose with the “ Just feed me “ option. Perfect evening.
95% recommended
Scenic View in Brisbane / Queensland

Smith & Daughters

$$$$·Italian·
Fitzroy
1,071 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
Amazing! The staff were all divine and knew the menu inside out. Service was quick, and we had the best night!
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Melbourne / Victoria

Stokehouse Q

$$$$·Modern Australian·
South Brisbane
801 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
Always outstanding - food, service and ambiance. You won’t find much better in Brisbane.
89% recommended

Sunda _

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Melbourne CBD
494 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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!
92% recommended

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
413 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
From the time you walk in you know this is going to be great! Amazing food and great service!
99% recommended
Romance in Melbourne / Victoria

Wah Wah Gee

$$$$·Asian·
Geelong / Geelong West
614 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!
88% recommended
Scenic View in Melbourne / Victoria

Whalebone Wharf

$$$$·Seafood·
Port Macquarie
701 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • 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
93% recommended
Scenic View in Sydney / New South Wales

The Woodhouse Restaurant

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