Top 50 restaurants in Australia

As rated by verified OpenTable diners

Creative dishes, unparalelled hospitality and one-of-a-kind dining experiences, OpenTable's 50 best resataurants in Australia 2018 consistently serve up all this and more, time and again. This year's top 50 were determined by analysing more than 126,000 reviews from more than 1,600 restaurants across Australia - all submitted by verified diners.

Restaurants:A Touch of Salt, Bistro Rex, Brown Brothers Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Modern Australian, French, Australian
Neighborhoods:Townsville, Potts Point, Milawa

A Touch of Salt

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Townsville
763 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
very good menu(new) I recommend the goat. Wine list adequate. Service outstanding. very good location, in city heart and on the river
98% recommended
Best Overall in Brisbane / Queensland
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Bistro Rex

$$$$·French·
Potts Point
388 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Absolutely brilliant food. The service was excellent and the restaurant was wonderful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to eat French food.
93% recommended
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Brown Brothers Restaurant

$$$$·Australian·
Milawa
327 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
As usual the food, wine and service was excellent! Always enjoy the experience, highly recommend!
94% recommended
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Cafe Sydney

$$$$·Seafood·
Sydney CBD
2,614 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
I am impress with the service. Love the food and with beautiful view of Sydney Harbour. I highly recommend to anyone Looking for special occasion outing
95% recommended
Brunch in Sydney / New South Wales
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Captain Moonlite

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Anglesea
479 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Worth the Drive
Brilliant - great food, great location! Good wine choice and it’s got to be the best food on the coast!
97% recommended
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Cecconi's Flinders Lane

$$$$·Italian·
Melbourne CBD
341 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The restaurant is amazing
91% recommended
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CHISWICK - Woollahra

$$$$·Australian·
Woollahra
1,073 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
Beautiful place, lovely food and wine. Great place for a celebration
94% recommended
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Chocolate Buddha

$$$$·Japanese·
Melbourne CBD
922 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
Great food, amazing service. The staff were helpful and friendly.
96% recommended
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Continental Deli Newtown

$$$$·European·
Sydney CBD
407 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Amazing!! Service was great and the food was delicious. Would highly recommend.
96% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales
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David's

$$$$·Chinese (Shanghai)·
Prahran
407 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Sunday Lunch
The classic yum cha experience was delicious, great selection of food. customer service was outstanding.
86% recommended
Special Occasions in Melbourne / Victoria
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Dead Ringer

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Surry Hills
412 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Wonderful cocktail and wine selection. Thank you Dominic. You passion, knowledge and care for the customer shines through. The food was excellent as well.
91% recommended
Modern Australian in Sydney / New South Wales

Donovans

$$$$·Modern Australian·
St Kilda
659 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
I celebrated my birthday recently at Donovans with my husband. Donovans is our 'go to restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, and any other reason we can find to go there for a mRead more
94% recommended
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Eau De Vie Melbourne

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Melbourne CBD
428 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Hard to find but wonderful place . Food and drinks so good and service was wonderful . Hard to find a fault once you find the wooden door
93% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Melbourne / Victoria
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Elio's Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Carina Heights
692 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Fabulous dinner once again. Very worthwhile for locals and visitors. Probably the best Italian in the area
99% recommended
Best Service in Brisbane / Queensland
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French Saloon

$$$$·European·
Melbourne CBD
289 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals
Attractive room with nice ambience. Good service. Food excellent. Would return.
87% recommended
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Glasshouse

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Timbumburi
772 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Worth the Drive
Food was exceptional, service was great. Excellent wine selection at competitive rates
96% recommended
Modern Australian in Sydney / New South Wales
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Kepos & Co

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Waterloo
427 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Everything was perfect as always Thank you for all stuff against
99% recommended
Best Food in Sydney / New South Wales
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Kneading Ruby

$$$$·Italian·
Wollongong
1,078 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Friendly, helpful staff, lovely food in the set menu for 6. Lovely way to celebrate a birthday. Highly recommend the polenta chips, garlic loaf, gnocchi and the salami and truffle Read more
97% recommended
Group Bookings in Sydney / New South Wales
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LP's Quality Meats

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chippendale
290 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings
  • Neighbourhood Gem
The food was simple, refined and delicious. I loved the fish and vegetable offerings just as much as the beautiful charcuterie. The service was warm and helpful, and the dining roRead more
96% recommended
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Lucy Liu Restaurant

$$$$·Asian·
Melbourne CBD
1,396 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Everything about Lucy Liu‘s is great. From the entrance to the place to the food. Everything we picked from the menu was amazing !! Definitely want to go back !!
92% recommended
Best Overall in Melbourne / Victoria
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Mamasan Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·Asian·
Broadbeach
602 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Great food. 6 dishes plus desert between two of us... was filling, tasty and delicious... be back soon
97% recommended
Best Overall in Gold Coast
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Mercado

$$$$·Spanish·
Sydney CBD
521 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Lovely venue was well looked after... the brie and truffles and the Kingfish were to die for, the service was a bit intrusive to the dining experience. Clearing of plates when notRead more
94% recommended
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Mjolner Melbourne

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Melbourne CBD
858 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
It was so much fun, something very different.. amazing food, amazing staff, amazing service.. I highly recommend it for a unique and fun experience
96% recommended
Best Overall in Melbourne / Victoria
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Mjølner Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Redfern
1,756 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
Second time there and as great as I remembered. Would return.
96% recommended
Special Occasions in Sydney / New South Wales
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Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Caribbean·
Sydney CBD
676 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Lovely dining experience however music was quite loud and drink portions felt a little bit conservative. Overall good night.
88% recommended
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Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill - Brisbane

$$$$·Steak·
Brisbane CBD
449 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Great food and great service as always. Perfect setting and the balcony was the perfect place with the heaters and a nice breeze.
93% recommended
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Nour

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Surry Hills
823 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The food got better with each course. Service was great, food probably came to quickly. The tables are nice and big and the chairs are comfy. A small lamp on each table would be niRead more
95% recommended
Special Occasions in Sydney / New South Wales
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Osteria di Russo & Russo

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Enmore
550 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
The food is always wonderful, and the service is classic old world professional Italian service. Its like being in a great family owned restaurant in Italy, but with more modern, cRead more
97% recommended
Best Service in Sydney / New South Wales
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Osteria Oggi

$$$$·Italian·
Adelaide
1,185 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Lamb backstrap special was spectacular though everything was delicious and very attentive service. Fantastic night thank you.
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Adelaide / South Australia
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Park Street Pasta & Wine

$$$$·Italian·
South Melbourne
360 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
I would drive for miles for those Brussel sprouts. Dom looked after us perfectly. Thank-you. Great pasta. Great restaurant find. I’ll be back.
95% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in Melbourne / Victoria
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Pause Samford

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Samford
346 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasions
The best restaurant around . Please don’t shut down and if the covid 19 is impacting your numbers let us know and we will be there 🥰
97% recommended
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Pt Leo Restaurant

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Merricks / Merricks North
1,262 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
Amazing views and Amazing food!! What an experience, will definately be back again! Thank you!!
94% recommended
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Restaurant Hubert

$$$$·French·
Sydney CBD
521 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Food tastes amazing. Vibe is on point! Definitely can’t wait to go back!
97% recommended
Hot Spot in Sydney / New South Wales
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Rick Shores

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Burleigh Heads
1,820 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
We did the set menu which was just the perfect amount. Wife is coeliac and that catered for that with a minimum of fuss
95% recommended
Best Ambience in Brisbane / Queensland
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Rickys River Bar and Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Noosa Heads
996 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
My brother and I had lunch for my birthday, it was such a beautiful place and great to have some food that had been thoughtfully put together, it was a great way to relax with breaRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Brisbane / Queensland
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Rogue Bistro

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Brisbane CBD
409 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Great place to celebrate a Birthday or special occasion. The staff were wonderful and checked if we had any food allergies before we placed our order. Would absolutely recommend RoRead more
99% recommended
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Rookie Eatery

$$$$·Australian·
Wollongong
341 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Wonderful as always. We love Rookie and will be back again.
94% recommended
Romance in Sydney / New South Wales
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Sails Noosa

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Noosa Heads
1,263 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
The food was excellent and service exceptional. Thoroughly recommend
93% recommended
Scenic View in Brisbane / Queensland
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Season Restaurant

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Noosa Heads
254 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
Family holiday.
100% recommended
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Shobosho

$$$$·Asian·
Adelaide
932 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Have to say at this point probably one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to, brilliant ambience, atmosphere and decor. Really took me back to being in Japan. Absolutely amazinRead more
93% recommended
Best Food in Adelaide / South Australia
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Smith & Daughters

$$$$·Italian·
Fitzroy
1,071 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
We absolutely loved the food here, it was extremely delicious and plenty of it, great value for money. The food came quickly and the wait staff were onto everything. We had both thRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Melbourne / Victoria
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Stokehouse Q

$$$$·Modern Australian·
South Brisbane
801 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
The setting was perfect overlooking the river, a sunny day with a tiny breeze; the food, service and wine was first class. Overall a memorable experience.
89% recommended
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Sum Yung Guys

$$$$·Asian·
Sunshine Beach
2,893 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
  • Creative Cuisine
Excellent food excellent service excellent staff will definitely be back again and again
97% recommended
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Sunda _

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Melbourne CBD
495 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
We went for the last night before lockdown and honestly can safely say was the BEST dining experience I’ve had this year! Special highlight was the truffle added to their amazing VRead more
93% recommended
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The Cape Kitchen

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Phillip Island
408 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
It’s was our 22nd wedding anniversary. They gave us complimentary champagne. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding
98% recommended
Scenic View in Melbourne / Victoria
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The Peacock Den

$$$$·Mediterranean·
The Basin
242 reviews
  • Cosy
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Great spot to celebrate with a friend and yet quiet and romantic
100% recommended
Best Overall in Melbourne / Victoria
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The Woodhouse Restaurant

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Bendigo
896 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The Woodhouse never fails to impress, from the amazing steaks, staff to the setting.
99% recommended
Business Meals in Melbourne / Victoria
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Tinamba Hotel

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Tinamba
426 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
Once again we enjoyed an excellent meal at Tinamba Hotel. The service is impeccable and the overall experience is second to none. Damien and Brad are always attentive, professionRead more
98% recommended
Best Food in Melbourne / Victoria
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Walter’s Steakhouse - Brisbane

$$$$·European·
Brisbane CBD
501 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Great food Excellent service You won’t be disappointed
95% recommended
Business Meals in Brisbane / Queensland
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Puerto - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Spanish·
Patterson Lakes
246 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Service and ambiance was amazing. Perfect for occasion dining. Only downside was food portion sizes considering the price. Food was good but not mindblowing. Best dish was probablyRead more
89% recommended
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