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 Milawa Vineyard
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Modern Australian, French, Australian
Neighborhoods:Townsville, Potts Point, Milawa

A Touch of Salt

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Townsville
628 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Excellent food. We had the gnocchi, goat and prawns and all were perfect. Fabulous wine. Great service. We will be back.
98% recommended
Disabled Access in Brisbane / Queensland
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Bistro Rex

$$$$·French·
Potts Point
388 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
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.
94% recommended
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Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard

$$$$·Australian·
Milawa
325 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Worth the Drive
Went there for a lunch date with my partner on a Monday public holiday. Amazing food, incredible service, wine and paired food courses were exceptional. Can’t wait to come back!
94% recommended
Australian in Melbourne / Victoria
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Cafe Sydney

$$$$·Seafood·
Sydney CBD
2,452 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
IT WAS A LOVELY NIGHT OUT WITH MY LOVELY HUSBAND
93% recommended
Best Ambience 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!
98% recommended
Modern Australian in Melbourne / Victoria
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Cecconi's Flinders Lane

$$$$·Italian·
Melbourne CBD
338 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
We loved our dining experience !!! Our server was wonderful; a young woman from Yorkshire. Wine was excellent and food Was superb!!! Look forward to returning!!!
94% recommended
Business Meals in Melbourne / Victoria
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CHISWICK - Woollahra

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
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.
97% recommended
Pre/post theatre in Melbourne / Victoria
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Continental Deli Newtown

$$$$·European·
Sydney CBD
349 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Beautiful restaurant - eating in the bistro or the deli is fantastic either way. Loved the flan in a can!
95% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in Sydney / New South Wales
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David's

$$$$·Chinese (Shanghai)·
Prahran
396 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
Yum Cha at David’s is fantastic. The food is generous and delicious and the staff are so helpful and accommodating. Could not rate this place more. The ambiance is all decadence wiRead more
90% recommended
Lunch in Inner East
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Dead Ringer

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Surry Hills
341 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
The team at Dead Ringer are absolute legends! I cannot speak more highly of them and the restaurant and bar itself is in my TOP 3 of all time. The food, drinks and service never Read more
90% recommended
Healthy in Sydney / New South Wales
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Donovans

$$$$·Modern Australian·
St Kilda
658 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
Best Ambience in Melbourne / Victoria
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Eau De Vie Melbourne

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Melbourne CBD
418 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
A different level of cocktail and flavour creation and presentation. Must try experience in Melbourne! The best seat in the house is in the bar.
93% recommended
Best Ambience in Melbourne / Victoria
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Elio's Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Carina Heights
584 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
Outstanding Italian cuisine and even better service!
98% recommended
Best Value in Brisbane / Queensland
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French Saloon

$$$$·European·
Melbourne CBD
289 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Lovely authentic loft style venue with gorgeous bar. Beautiful food. On the expensive side.
90% recommended
Business Meals in Melbourne / Victoria
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Glasshouse

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Timbumburi
648 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasions
Beautiful location, fabulous service, wonderful food and drinks highly recommended. Thankyou for making my birthday lunch special.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales
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Kepos & Co

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Waterloo
377 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Wonderful to dine again at Kepos Go and have a great night with delightful food and caring staff
99% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales
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Kneading Ruby

$$$$·Italian·
Australia
945 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
Amazingly delicious and fresh food. Everything was great. Cannot fault.
97% recommended
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LP's Quality Meats

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chippendale
275 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Amazing food! Even the sides are Awesome. The Porcetta the the bomb! Definitely have the crispy lettuce and the corn cob. This is from a person is not fan of salad and corn normallRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in Sydney / New South Wales
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Lucy Liu Restaurant

$$$$·Asian·
Melbourne CBD
1,377 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Amazing food and environment. Much better going during the week!
92% recommended
Pre/post theatre in Melbourne / Victoria
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Mamasan Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·Asian·
Broadbeach
469 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
The restaurant service and food was amazing I love going to the restaurant staff are always so helpful and professional Disappointed in the virus menu and not the normal menu but Read more
97% recommended
Best Ambience in Brisbane / Queensland
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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
834 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
Our second time around, just as amazing! Can't wait to come back again! :)
95% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Melbourne / Victoria
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Mjølner Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Redfern
1,610 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
Had our wedding anniversary there. The staff all signed a card and gave us two special shot glasses. Amazing experience.
95% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney / New South Wales
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Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Caribbean·
Sydney CBD
675 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.
90% recommended
Best Service in Sydney / New South Wales
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Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill - Brisbane

$$$$·Steak·
Brisbane CBD
449 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
Great food and great service as always. Perfect setting and the balcony was the perfect place with the heaters and a nice breeze.
81% recommended
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Nour

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Surry Hills
717 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Fantastic..left special requests in booking and everything was attended too. Highly recommend. Food and flavours outstanding
94% recommended
Best Food in Sydney / New South Wales
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Osteria di Russo & Russo

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Enmore
468 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
We had a lovely dinner at Russo & Russo. Given the current restrictions the restaurant was limited to a 10 person max capacity so we were a little worried it would change the atmosRead more
94% recommended
Best Value in Sydney / New South Wales
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Osteria Oggi

$$$$·Italian·
Adelaide
1,006 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Most amazing post-iso meal. Service and food is always beyond.
94% recommended
Best Food in Adelaide / South Australia
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Park Street Pasta & Wine

$$$$·Italian·
South Melbourne
337 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Delicious food, as always. One of my favourite places for pasta in Melbourne.
98% recommended
Italian in Melbourne / Victoria

Pause Samford

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Samford
346 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Local Ingredients
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
1,260 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Amazing views and Amazing food!! What an experience, will definately be back again! Thank you!!
94% recommended
Best Overall in Mornington Peninsula
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Restaurant Hubert

$$$$·French·
Sydney CBD
421 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Dinner at Restaurant Hubert was great. The meal was delicious and interesting, and the live Jazz added to the excellent ambience.
96% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales
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Rick Shores

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Burleigh Heads
1,610 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
Everything was outstanding as usual. This is definitely one of my favourites on the Gold Coast. You can’t beat those views either.
94% recommended
Best Service in Brisbane / Queensland
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Rickys River Bar and Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Noosa Heads
899 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
I love love love this place, every time we come to Noosa we visit and each time we are not disappointed, the food is amazing, the view is amazing and staff are very attentive, highRead more
93% 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
303 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
A great dinner experience. Food was amazing with great service.
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sydney / New South Wales
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Sails Noosa

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Noosa Heads
1,139 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
Amazing experience! We loved the view, the service and the food
92% recommended
Best Ambience in Brisbane / Queensland
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Season Restaurant

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Noosa Heads
254 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
Family holiday.
97% recommended
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Shobosho

$$$$·Asian·
Adelaide
798 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
I have been wanting to go to Shobosho for a while and finally managed to have lunch there. The kitchen seemed super clean and organised and the staff appeared very focused. The fooRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Adelaide / South Australia
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Smith & Daughters

$$$$·Italian·
Fitzroy
1,053 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date
Really, really excellent food. Creative, delicious menu. Thanks for putting a candle in the tiramisú for my girlfriend’s birthday :) definitely one of my favourite spots, maybe eveRead more
93% recommended
Gluten Free Options 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
Best Ambience in Brisbane / Queensland
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Sum Yung Guys

$$$$·Asian·
Sunshine Beach
2,890 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
Excellent food excellent service excellent staff will definitely be back again and again
97% recommended
Best Food in Brisbane / Queensland
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Sunda _

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Melbourne CBD
486 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
The service was warm, welcoming and wonderful! Excellent adherence to social distancing recommendations. Please go, have a rendang pie, the best roti you will ever eat, and thank gRead more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Melbourne / Victoria
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The Cape Kitchen

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Phillip Island
376 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Lunch
Great barramundi and great view. Under difficult circumstances was good service
97% recommended
Brunch in Melbourne / Victoria
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The Peacock Den

$$$$·Mediterranean·
The Basin
227 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
  • Tapas
Always a brilliant feed at the peacock den. Garlic prawns on point. And a huge wine list. Service is top notch
100% recommended
Best Food in Melbourne / Victoria
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The Woodhouse Restaurant

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Bendigo
737 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The only drawback to this fabulous restaurant is the difficulty of getting a reservation on the required day. Food and service is fabulous
99% recommended
Romance in Melbourne / Victoria
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Tinamba Hotel

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Tinamba
370 reviews
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Great venue. Great staff.....very friendly without being annoying
98% recommended
Best Overall in Melbourne / Victoria
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Walter’s Steakhouse - Brisbane

$$$$·European·
Brisbane CBD
416 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Great food, great service and beautiful atmosphere
94% recommended
Best Food 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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