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
815 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
As regular customers we were delighted to see the new summer menu, which had an amazing variety, including many options for those like us who do not eat meat, and it was difficult Read more
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!
92% recommended
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Cafe Sydney

$$$$·Seafood·
Sydney CBD
2,712 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Perfect in every aspect. Attention to detail in both food, venue and service.
96% recommended
Best Service in Sydney / New South Wales
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Captain Moonlite

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Anglesea
479 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Worth the Drive
  • Lunch
Brilliant - great food, great location! Good wine choice and it’s got to be the best food on the coast!
98% recommended
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Cecconi's Flinders Lane

$$$$·Italian·
Melbourne CBD
351 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
I have dined at Cecconis many times and always receive impeccable service. The staff are amazing. Food is absolutely divine. Highly recommend the seared scallops. One of my favouriRead more
93% 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
927 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Absolutely amazing service, food was 5 star! Would highly recommend to anyone.
98% recommended
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Continental Deli Newtown

$$$$·European·
Sydney CBD
448 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
We had a lovely birthday dinner for my daughter and our friends loved it too. Food was delicious and staff were friendly and efficient. An all round pleasurable experience. Will Read more
96% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in Sydney / New South Wales
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David's

$$$$·Chinese (Shanghai)·
Prahran
415 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Thanks for a lovely morning yum cha. None of our requests were too much trouble. I always leave feeling relaxed and happy from David's.
85% recommended
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Dead Ringer

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Surry Hills
457 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Food was absolutely amazing, from start to finish, you can tell how fresh and excellent the ingredients were. My partner used to be a chef so going to a restaurant with him can beRead more
92% 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
93% recommended
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Eau De Vie Melbourne

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Melbourne CBD
445 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
This is my favourite place to go for cocktails and great ambience I love to take friends there as it is a hidden gem and they are always happy to have come there and try it and finRead more
94% recommended
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Elio's Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Carina Heights
735 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Maybe a little more quite with the music as my date and I did struggle to hear each other without raising our voices but was an amazing meal and had a really good time and the qualRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Brisbane / Queensland

French Saloon

$$$$·European·
Melbourne CBD
289 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Birthdays
Attractive room with nice ambience. Good service. Food excellent. Would return.
91% recommended
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Glasshouse

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Timbumburi
850 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Worth the Drive
Such a great evening, all guests were astounded with their meals and service. Personally, the salmon and trevalla were stand outs but everything was exceptional. The service by RebRead more
96% recommended
Modern Australian in Sydney / New South Wales

Kepos & Co

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Waterloo
460 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
brilliant food and wonderful service michael and his team are very hospitable
99% recommended
Best Food in Sydney / New South Wales

Kneading Ruby

$$$$·Italian·
Wollongong
1,139 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Best pizza in Wollongong. Service was super quick and we love the ambiance.
97% recommended
Group Bookings in Sydney / New South Wales
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LP's Quality Meats

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chippendale
301 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Group Bookings
Loved the food and drinks - top service just a tiny bit loud
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sydney / New South Wales
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Lucy Liu Restaurant

$$$$·Asian·
Melbourne CBD
1,404 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Had my birthday there last week and the food and service was impeccable. We let Alan ordered for us and his choices were delish! Thanks for looking after us. Will defs come back. Read more
94% recommended
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Mamasan Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·Asian·
Broadbeach
689 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This restaurant was such a great find. Great dishes, all delicious, the staff were so accommodating and friendly, the table was perfect for personal space and ambience. We will defRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Gold Coast

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
879 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
Have eaten here a few times in the last couple of years and it's always amazing. I had a half dozen oysters, fresh as hell and so delicious. My partner and I shared the beef shortRead more
97% recommended
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Mjølner Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Redfern
1,854 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
Absolutely amazing, food was to die for and drinks cold and refreshing and the staff where friendly, helpful and amazing too.
97% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney / New South Wales
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Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Caribbean·
Sydney CBD
677 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.
89% 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
875 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Great food and service, flavours were incredible and the drinks were amazing.
97% recommended
Brunch in Sydney / New South Wales
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Osteria di Russo & Russo

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Enmore
590 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Went for my birthday and was made to feel like a Queen. Food amazing , great date restaurant
97% recommended
Notable Wine List in Sydney / New South Wales

Osteria Oggi

$$$$·Italian·
Adelaide
1,301 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Great environment would not hesitate to recommend it to others.
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Adelaide / South Australia
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Park Street Pasta & Wine

$$$$·Italian·
South Melbourne
390 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Fantastic, great & friendly service, we will be back.
90% recommended
Most Booked in Inner City
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Pause Samford

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Samford
346 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Amazing views and Amazing food!! What an experience, will definately be back again! Thank you!!
93% recommended
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Restaurant Hubert

$$$$·French·
Sydney CBD
588 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Food was absolutely phenomenal and the live jazz band created such an authentic French atmosphere.
97% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney / New South Wales
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Rick Shores

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Burleigh Heads
1,956 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
Outstanding if eclectic set menu accompanied by amazing service & views. Loved it 😊👍
96% recommended
Scenic View in Brisbane / Queensland
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Rickys River Bar and Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Noosa Heads
1,081 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Always perfection. A fabulous night as always. Thanks to the Rickys team.
96% recommended
Best Ambience 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
367 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This was our second visit to Rookie Eatery and a first time visit for our friends. We all greatly enjoyed our lunch requested a copy of the menu to remember some of the fabulous foRead more
94% recommended
Australian in Sydney / New South Wales
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Sails Noosa

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Noosa Heads
1,353 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
Great food location location the best ! Every time we come to town we book sails as the food is fabulous
94% recommended
Best Service in Brisbane / Queensland

Season Restaurant

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Noosa Heads
254 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
Family holiday.
94% recommended
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Shobosho

$$$$·Asian·
Adelaide
1,014 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Brilliant food and drinks served with enthusiasm, knowledge and a smile.
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies 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
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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.
88% recommended
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Sum Yung Guys

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

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Melbourne CBD
497 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Really great. Both the food and the service were exceptional. We overindulged; adding the Seafood plate (I think $58 pp) and matching drinks, $110 pp, to the Full Sunda ExperienceRead more
90% recommended
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The Cape Kitchen

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Phillip Island
452 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
Fantastic location, delicious food and awesome service!
98% recommended
Brunch in Melbourne / Victoria
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The Peacock Den

$$$$·Mediterranean·
The Basin
249 reviews
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cosy
Night out with the girls,love the ambience of peacock den.Food is good,service was attentive....lovely atmosphere. Not an inexpensive night out but lovely to catchup and be able toRead more
100% recommended

The Woodhouse Restaurant

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Bendigo
1,031 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Could not fault the meal, service or atmosphere. I had a planned date night with hubby but something popped up last minute for him so I took my Mum. We had the share slow cooked laRead more
99% recommended
Best Food in Melbourne / Victoria
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Tinamba Hotel

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Tinamba
478 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
Delicious meal, prompt unobtrusive service ....perfect for birthday celebration. Very covid compliant but still good ambiance. Such a treasure for gippsland.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Melbourne / Victoria

Walter’s Steakhouse - Brisbane

$$$$·European·
Brisbane CBD
558 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
Amazing experience, food was next level good.... will be going back
95% recommended
Business Meals in Brisbane

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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