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

A Touch of Salt

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Townsville
1,011 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
Amazing food - lovely staff!!!!
98% recommended
Best Overall in Tropical North Queensland

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 Wine Bar

$$$$·Australian·
Milawa
329 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Great food and excellent service. Loved the authentic meals on the menu and trying new food experiences.
96% recommended
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Cafe Sydney

$$$$·Seafood·
Sydney CBD
3,011 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
A great venue for a special night out
95% recommended
Brunch in Sydney / New South Wales
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Cecconi's Flinders Lane

$$$$·Italian·
Melbourne CBD
436 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Notable Wine List
First time back at Cecconi's after lockdown and it didn't let me down! Had a great business lunch, awesome food, good wine and an overall great experience!
96% recommended
Special Occasions in Melbourne

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
1,109 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Beautiful food and great service. Delighted by the options for gluten free, and accommodating for other dietary requirements as well. Will definitely be back.
93% recommended
Gluten Free Options in Melbourne

Continental Deli Newtown

$$$$·European·
Sydney CBD
526 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
The place is amazing. The service is fabulous. Most dishes are wonderful, a small few dishes are a slight miss. An absolute must to dine there however !
97% recommended
Best Food in Sydney City
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David's

$$$$·Chinese (Shanghai)·
Prahran
497 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
A great place for a delicious family meal with great food, service and ambiance
90% recommended
Sunday Lunch in Inner City South
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Dead Ringer

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Surry Hills
567 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The food is brilliant and the service was even better. It’s a beautiful place for a couple or a small group of friends.
96% recommended
Best Service in Sydney

Donovans

$$$$·Modern Australian·
St Kilda
664 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
We were looking for a venue to celebrate something very special and Donavans did not let us down. Good food, service and value. Many thanks.
94% recommended
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Eau De Vie Melbourne

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Melbourne CBD
542 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
A little hard to find for first time at Eau De Vie. Bookings are essential, many people walking in expecting a table were sent packing. Fantastic atmosphere, excellent cocktails, wRead more
94% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Melbourne

Elio's Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Carindale
845 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
Delicious home style food wonderful service and exceptional value especially Couples Night on Wednesday. Wouldn't go anywhere else.
99% recommended
Best Overall in Brisbane
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French Saloon

$$$$·European·
Melbourne CBD
289 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Attractive room with nice ambience. Good service. Food excellent. Would return.
94% recommended
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Glasshouse

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Timbumburi
995 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
Food was under seasoned and quite pricey for what you get on the plate The steak was watery and hard to cut No cracked pepper was offered or a steak knife to cut meat.The chicken lRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in New South Wales

Kepos & Co

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Waterloo
495 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
It was a pleasure dealing with Peter when arranging a booking. Very authentic and caring service. Food and presentation was very good. Well done.
100% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales

Kneading Ruby

$$$$·Italian·
Australia
1,319 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Suburb Experience would highly recommend. service was exceptional from the walk in and the food was very decadent.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Exclusive

LP's Quality Meats

$$$$·Bistro·
Chippendale
337 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Group Bookings
The smoked chicken and aged Angus beef were outstanding. Service was impeccable.
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sydney
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Lucy Liu Restaurant

$$$$·Asian·
Melbourne CBD
1,710 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Adore the food, service excellent but music to loud for me
90% recommended
Asian in Melbourne / Victoria
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Mamasan Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·Asian·
Broadbeach
897 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Fantastic experience, great service, amazing food!
96% 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
1,068 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Fit for Foodies
Absolutely amazing what an experience. We would come back in a heartbeat and recommend it to a lot of people
94% recommended
Special Occasions in Melbourne

Mjølner Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Redfern
2,101 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
Atmosphere was awesome and the waiters and waitresses were awesome too. Perfect place to take someone out for their birthday !
96% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney
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Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Caribbean·
Sydney CBD
678 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
882 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
My favourite go to place. The food and cocktails never fail to disappoint.
97% recommended
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Osteria di Russo & Russo

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Enmore
669 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
Amazing dinner! Abalone skewers was exceptional! will definitely go back.
98% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales

Osteria Oggi

$$$$·Italian·
Adelaide
1,626 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Always delicious. Pumping at 2:30 on a Monday. Service, food and drinks fabulous.
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Adelaide
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Park Street Pasta & Wine

$$$$·Italian·
South Melbourne
489 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
Wonderful ambience on outdoor dining setting looking out to Town Hall. Great service with very tasty traditional Italian pasta choices
82% recommended
Most Booked in Inner City South

Pause Samford

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Samford
346 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
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 🥰
96% recommended
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Pt Leo Restaurant

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Merricks
1,263 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Worth the Drive
Amazing views and Amazing food!! What an experience, will definately be back again! Thank you!!
95% recommended
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Restaurant Hubert

$$$$·French·
Sydney CBD
817 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Best food in Sydney! Had an amazing night for my partners 30th. Service was top notch and the ambience beats anywhere I've been before. HIGHLY recommend! Its not cheap but its defiRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney
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Rick Shores

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Burleigh Heads
2,323 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Our absolute favourite restaurant in Australia. Great food, service and a view that's to die for right on the ocean.
96% recommended
Best Overall in Gold Coast

Rickys River Bar and Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Noosa Heads
1,358 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Great food choices based on local produce, beautiful ambiance on the ricverside, excellent service....all very good. Will be back on our next visit to Noosa.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Sunshine Coast
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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
421 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
We had the best meal and will definitely be back. Great service without being over the top at all.
94% recommended
Romance in New South Wales

Sails Noosa

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Noosa Heads
1,625 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Food and service was beautiful. Looking forward to eating here again.
95% recommended
Best Overall in Sunshine Coast
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Season Restaurant

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

$$$$·Asian·
Adelaide
1,291 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Cute place with an amazing vibe and good music, food was great and the best service!
91% recommended
Hot Spot in Adelaide

Smith & Daughters

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Fitzroy
1,217 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Great place for vegans. Loved the banquet. Also the drinks too
96% recommended
Best Food in Melbourne

Sum Yung Guys

$$$$·Asian·
Sunshine Beach
3,232 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Fantastic food, venue and amazing service - thankyou! Greatly enjoyed by all of us from 17-88
96% recommended
Best Overall in Sunshine Coast
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Sunda _

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Melbourne CBD
547 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
The food was inventive, interesting and delicious. Highly recommended
96% recommended
Best Service in Melbourne
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The Cape Kitchen

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Phillip Island
696 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
Great view, food was tasty, very open dining area, it does echo not much ambience, flooring looks like pine panels, staff could have been more friendlier.
97% recommended
Scenic View in Victoria
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The Peacock Den

$$$$·Mediterranean·
The Basin
316 reviews
  • Romance
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
Delicious food, relaxed & comfortable dining and wonderful selection of wines/alcohol to complete an enjoyable night out.
96% recommended
Best Overall in Eastern Suburbs

The Woodhouse Restaurant

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Bendigo
1,273 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
This place is exceptional. The service cannot be faulted, the food is excellent. We asked for our steaks to be served “blue”, totally rare; our waiter asked what internal temperatuRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Victoria
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Tinamba Hotel

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Tinamba
586 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
What a beautiful hotel! We ate for dinner and the Tinamba did not disappoint. I have nothing bad to say and cannot wait to return The outside is stunning and the inside divine FRead more
96% recommended
Special Occasions in Victoria

Walter’s Steakhouse - Brisbane

$$$$·European·
Brisbane CBD
774 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
Amazing food, cocktails and service! Would thoroughly recommend....
95% recommended
Business Meals in Brisbane
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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
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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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Stokehouse Q - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Modern Australian·
South Brisbane
802 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
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.
98% recommended
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