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
930 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
Friendly staff and food was delicious would recommend this restaurant and definitely will return.
98% recommended
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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 Wine Bar

$$$$·Australian·
Milawa
327 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
As usual the food, wine and service was excellent! Always enjoy the experience, highly recommend!
87% recommended
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Cafe Sydney

$$$$·Seafood·
Sydney CBD
2,855 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Fantastic venue; staff very professional and well presented, lovely food
96% recommended
Notable Wine List 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
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Cecconi's Flinders Lane

$$$$·Italian·
Melbourne CBD
397 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Excellent service and food as usual. Always an enjoyable experience - best Cosmopolitan in town!
93% recommended
Romance in Melbourne / Victoria
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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
1,005 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
My partner and I had a wonderful dining experience (as we have done every time we have dined here). The staff are absolutely wonderful and the food is to die for. We live over an hRead more
94% recommended
Gluten Free Options in Melbourne

Continental Deli Newtown

$$$$·European·
Sydney CBD
488 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
Amazing food, great service. Will definitely come back
98% recommended
Best Food in Sydney / New South Wales
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David's

$$$$·Chinese (Shanghai)·
Prahran
459 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
The food was excellent and service was great. We were late due to traffic so rushed at first but all good
92% recommended
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Dead Ringer

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Surry Hills
524 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The food was fantastic - we had the focaccia, burrata, octopus, barramundi, steak and broccolini, each dish was delicious and cooked perfectly. We sat at the bar and the service waRead more
94% recommended
Modern Australian in Sydney / New South Wales

Donovans

$$$$·Modern Australian·
St Kilda
662 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Notable Wine List
fabulous ambience- overlooking the Bay while feeling like you are in your own family dining room. Great selection of amazing food and helpful attentive staff....lovely evening!
96% recommended
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Eau De Vie Melbourne

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Melbourne CBD
499 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Romance
A quiet, romantic hidden restaurant and bar. Service second to none. Beautiful crafted cocktails with food to match. Felt like we were in prohibition. All class
96% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Melbourne
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Elio's Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Carindale
811 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
Very authentic Italian food, you feel as though you are in mama's kitchen
99% recommended
Best Overall in Brisbane

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
952 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
The corn fritters are very enjoyable - an excellent breakfast option
97% recommended
Special Occasions in Sydney / New South Wales
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Kepos & Co

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Waterloo
479 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
Always great food, great wine and a wonderful setting.
100% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales
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Kneading Ruby

$$$$·Italian·
Wollongong
1,222 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Absolutely brilliant restaurant with great Italian food and even better service.
97% recommended
Group Bookings in Sydney / New South Wales
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LP's Quality Meats

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chippendale
320 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
Incredible food, flavour were delicious. Service was a bit challenging but food made up for it!
92% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in Sydney / New South Wales

Lucy Liu Restaurant

$$$$·Asian·
Melbourne CBD
1,554 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
Service was amazing. Food was next level good! Ordered the 7 dish banquet and couldnt breathe by the end of it. Food was delicious. Would highly recommend and cant wait to go back!Read more
93% recommended
Asian in Melbourne / Victoria
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Mamasan Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·Asian·
Broadbeach
816 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Top notch in all areas as per usual. I really liked the addition of non-alcoholic cocktails to the drinks menu. Instead of being sugary soda drinks, they tasted very similar to theRead more
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
981 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Creative Cuisine
Short ribs were amazing!! Mara the waitress is so lovely. Also gave me a card and gift for my birthday. Will definitely be back
94% recommended
Special Occasions in Melbourne
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Mjølner Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Redfern
1,966 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
Everything was absolutely fantastic, from the food to the staff. Every aspect, the venue went above and beyond my expectations. We will definitely be going back!
96% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney / New South Wales
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Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Caribbean·
Sydney CBD
678 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romance
Lovely dining experience however music was quite loud and drink portions felt a little bit conservative. Overall good night.
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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
881 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
631 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
Always a great experience- with Mark at the helm. We’ve never been disappointed be it a romantic dinner or a birthday celebration with friends.
98% recommended
Best Food in Sydney / New South Wales
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Osteria Oggi

$$$$·Italian·
Adelaide
1,475 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
very good! food was so nice and the waiter was amazing!
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Adelaide
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Park Street Pasta & Wine

$$$$·Italian·
South Melbourne
438 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
Love the food & service
84% recommended

Pause Samford

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Samford
346 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 🥰
95% recommended
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Pt Leo Restaurant

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Merricks
1,263 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
696 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Hubert is incredible, a bit pricey but it was a wonderful experience. The jazz band I can’t describe . What a night !!!
97% recommended
Best Ambience in Sydney / New South Wales
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Rick Shores

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Burleigh Heads
2,166 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
We fluked the best seat in the house. This was our second time there. We don’t splurge very often, but when we do this is the favorite place to go. The bug rolls are outstanding!!!Read more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Gold Coast
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Rickys River Bar and Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Noosa Heads
1,234 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Delicious flavours. Special lobster entree was slightly over cooked in parts. Scallops were on point. Special serloin was also on point however priced a little high and not advisedRead more
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
394 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Amazing food and cocktails! Beautiful service and so friendly/helpful.
94% recommended
Australian in Sydney / New South Wales
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Sails Noosa

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Noosa Heads
1,502 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
Amazing food and attention to detail by waiting staff was excellent. Highly recommended for a real treat.
96% 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
1,154 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Incredible food, incredible service. Loved the katsu Sando, best in Adelaide.
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Adelaide
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Smith & Daughters

$$$$·Italian·
Fitzroy
1,151 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
The waiters are incredibly detailed and helpful with wine pairings with the food. Everything was just perfect and the Ragu was my favourite. Closely followed by the entire hummus, Read more
94% recommended
Healthy in Melbourne
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Sum Yung Guys

$$$$·Asian·
Sunshine Beach
3,055 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Be transported to a hip and happening food paradise. The guys at SYG's are amazing they combine flavours that make your mouth burst and inspire you to lick the plate. I book this rRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Sunshine Coast
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Sunda _

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Melbourne CBD
530 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
We had just wonderful and unforgettable food experience at Sunda. Chef with a huge talent creates unique dishes with attention to the smallest detail. The combination of flavors isRead more
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Melbourne
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The Cape Kitchen

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Phillip Island
602 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Great food. Mussels are a must. Generous serves. Would highly recommend
98% recommended
Brunch in Victoria
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The Peacock Den

$$$$·Mediterranean·
The Basin
289 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
Intimate venue with lounge comfort, fantastic drink/cocktail selections with yummy tapis style food spaced out to allow conversation and many drink options. We will be back for ourRead more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Eastern Suburbs
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The Woodhouse Restaurant

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Bendigo
1,134 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience celebrating 🍾 a belated birthday and anniversary dinner with our family,we book every year for special occasions and are always too full Read more
99% recommended
Best Food in Victoria
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Tinamba Hotel

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Tinamba
539 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
The food was good but the lamb was a little too dry, could have been juicier!
97% recommended
Special Occasions in Victoria
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Walter’s Steakhouse - Brisbane

$$$$·European·
Brisbane CBD
678 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romance
Wonderful service with an absolutely delicious meal equals a great night out. Highly recommended!
95% recommended
Business Meals in Brisbane
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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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