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Classic Restaurants to Dine with Your Significant Other

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by OpenTable Team
Updated 31 December 2023

Hungry for a dining experience that's tailor-made for you? We’ve got you covered. Here are our top restaurant picks for your next outing. Bon appétit!

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4.4
4.4 (755)
$40 and under
Gastro Pub
Black Rock

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About the restaurant
Located in the picturesque bayside suburb of Black Rock, True South holds prime position as the areas best and biggest Restaurant, Bar & Function Space.

Once used as an auto repair shop, this modern gastro pub has undergone a colossal renovation, keeping the original facade, but completely stripping back the inside to create the incredible space it is today. The talented chefs at True South offer a modern Argentinean menu, served in the newly converted setting.

Top review
LeighN
Dined 6 days ago
Very attentive staff. Food mainly great. Very noisy though.
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4.0
4 (603)
$40 and under
Pub
Brighton

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About the restaurant
Hotel Brighton is a truly local venue and has been serving the Brighton community for years. The impressive double story building boasts a traditional front bar, serving fresh tank beer, local wine and great cocktails, a restaurant serving home-cooked food and a hidden roof terrace, perfect for Summer drinks and parties.

Hotel Brighton is also the place to watch live sport, screening hundreds of live games every month on the big screen, you can even get a bet on in our state of the art TAB.

With a range of spectacular spaces, Hotel Brighton is a brilliant place for functions. We can cater for every size of the event, from a first Birthday party to engagement parties. Our events team bring that personal touch to any event, managing every detail, so the customer can sit back, relax and enjoy.

​Hotel Brighton continues to grow with the local community and we have big plans for the future.

We are always evolving, but always truly local.

Top review
LouiseT
Dined on 21 Feb 2024
Service was excellent and the chocolate fondant was outstanding. The risotto and gnocchi dishes were tasty but a bit runny.
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4.8
4.8 (1103)
$41 to $100
Italian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Trattoria Emilia is an authentic Italian restaurant focusing on seasonal produce and fresh pasta. Head chefs Francesco Rota and Luca Flammia hail from Modena in Emilia Romagna.

At Trattoria Emilia we seasonally change the menu and source a large majority of our produce from regional Victoria, our meat is organic and sustainably grown in Tasmania and Victoria and we import some of the best Italian DOC products. Some dishes that are not to be missed are our Tortelloni Emiliani and the crowd favourite salumi misti with gnocco fritto and tigelle served with mortadella mousse.

Rustic, yet refined, Trattoria Emilia boasts fantastic ambience, attentive and professional service whilst all the while remaining a great casual dining spot perfect for a quick lunch, a long relaxing dinner with friends and has always been a romantic date spot.

Top review
RLLLLL
Dined 2 days ago
Very impressed with everything. Great food service and venue thank you x
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4.6
4.6 (1181)
$41 to $100
European
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and taking bookings for the European restaurant Tuesday-Sunday. If you can't find a booking online, please contact the restaurant directly. On Mondays we welcome all guests on a walk in basis. Our extensive outdoor area welcomes guests on a walk in basis so feel free to drop by. We are always happy to see you. Located near the iconic Parliament and Princess Theatre, we offer classic bistro fare with substance and character to complement our extensive collection of Champagne and wines available to enjoy with your meal. We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple classic food for lunch and dinner, and everything in between. Drawing on our own in house butcher and farmhouse cheeses matured by our friends at Spring Street Cheese Cellar there is always something new to try on the menu. City Wine Shop and the European offers a welcoming ambiance and warm, generous hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its best.
Top review
AlexLaw
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent vibe and service. Great local oyster. Had chicken schnitzel, fish and streaks. They are all excellent
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4.8
4.8 (356)
$41 to $100
Italian
Rushcutters Bay

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About the restaurant
Casual Italian Restaurant with Friendly service and traditional food. Bar seating and dining tables with two different rooms. We are a small but vibrant place.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Figo restaurant was absolutely amazing! Food was delicious, served very good and friendly, a very clean and modern restaurant, we had a great time and will go again soon.
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4.6
4.6 (25)
$41 to $100
Latin American
Bondi Beach

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About the restaurant
Welcome to Zama Bondi, a captivating culinary destination nestled in the vibrant heart of Bondi. Prepare to embark on a remarkable gastronomic journey that seamlessly fuses the rich flavors of Argentina and South America with a touch of contemporary innovation. Our passion for the renowned Asado style of cooking and the use of fresh, seasonal produce form the very essence of our menu, creating an extraordinary dining experience unlike any other.
Top review
Thalia
Dined on 16 Feb 2024
Had an amazing experience and will definitely be returning!
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4.6
4.6 (250)
$41 to $100
Turkish
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Maydanoz is an Aegean Turkish coast inspired bar/restaurant paying homage to regions vegetarian and olive oil driven casual meze bars. Managed by the team behind Efendy and Anason, Maydanoz is located in the middle of the revitalised Sydney CBD. Food The menu is based on produce driven delights of Aegean region of Turkey, rich in culture and variety of the produce, dairy, fish and lamb.
Most of the dishes are prepared ‘zeytinyagli’ style, olive oil poached vegetables served as part of a drinking feast. Imagine dolmas, sarmas and seasonal vegetables with plenty of fresh herbs of the area.
There is a special attention for natural and local Turkish wines from the coastline stretching from Gallipoli on the north to Denizli on the south. We also pride ourselves having a cocktail menu crafted by our head mixologist with special attention to regions produce, like Zumrut ( Emerald) made with bespoke gin and our namesake parsley as a base.

Top review
BlancheD
Dined 2 days ago
I researched to dine with a vegetarian friend........... and was so excited to find that Somer Sivrioglu has done it again! Wow! There is not one dish on this menu i wouldn't want to eat. Plants and plates connected across continents. Excellent, elegant service. A symphony created by someone who knows each note. Yum.
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4.6
4.6 (1176)
$41 to $100
Greek
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Alpha Restaurant forms part of the Hellenic Club of Sydney, bringing together the best of both worlds with modern and ancient Greek cuisine.

Located in CBD, Alpha comprises of a Restaurant, Bar-aki bar bringing together a chic and welcoming set of space for drinking, dining and entertaining.

Chef Peter Conistis is considered the pioneer of Modern Greek cuisine he has crafted a stellar menu including a range of favourite classic and contemporary Greek dishes, which can be mixed and shared throughout friends and family.

Alpha is a space to fit all purposes, guests can pop in for a quick lunch or a 3 course dinner with Greek wine, it really has it all.

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PeterH
Dined 1 day ago
both the vibe and the food were a little less enthusiastic than I last remember it.
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4.6
4.6 (1726)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Glass brasserie provides a truly definitive dining experience in the heart of Sydney CBD, enjoy the theatre of our new renovated $1.5m kitchen and patisserie where you can see each creation come to life.

Whether you come to dine with friends, family or someone special your dining experience will be nothing short of unique with Sydney’s finest Australian produce with an Asian inspiration, exquisite décor and superior service.

Glass boasts a stunning view of the QVB, all seating requests are subject to availability.

Groups of 8 and over incur a 10% service charge on the final food & beverage bill and groups over 10 are required to dine from a set menu.

Top review
NenitaQ
Dined on 20 Feb 2024
Rainy Tuesday lunch catch up with my two girlfriends. Booked last minute & we were warmly greeted by staff. Lovely ambience. Food we ordered wasn’t over the top for the price. We had the Barramundi & my friends didn’t like the broth. Overall was great & happy with the service.
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3.8
3.8 (62)
$40 and under
Australian
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Designed as a social gathering space, The Gallery offers a relaxed restaurant setting in which to enjoy a quick morning coffee or a leisurely high tea. Find space to meet and dine while you catch up with friends in Sydney.
Top review
GaryB
Dined on 27 Dec 2023
Great food and lots of variety, lovely presentation, staff quick to fill up your empty glass of sparkling, plently of tea with 1 pot each. Been for a lot of high teas found this the best.
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4.6
4.6 (10)
$41 to $100
Sushi
Barangaroo

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About the restaurant
Kokumai means “black rice” in Japanese and is a premium sushi bar operated as a new concept of Japanese restaurant operated with an omakase function.

Seating appx. 60 people and serving up premium roll, nigiri, and sashimi with a great selection of wine, sake, and beer.

*Omakase: Authentic Japanese omakase menu is implemented. Menus made with fresh seasonal ingredients are prepared by the head chef in Kokumai.
**Premium sushi bar: We are operating as a premium sushi bar by using seasonal and superior ingredients.

Top review
Ruby
Dined 5 days ago
The food was fantastic, everything we order was really delicious. It is on the expensive side but it’s really good quality stuff so it’s worth it
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4.0
4 (4)
$41 to $100
Sushi
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Kokumai means “black rice” in Japanese and is a premium sushi bar operated as a new concept of Japanese restaurant operated with an omakase function.

Seating appx. 60 people and serving up premium roll, nigiri, and sashimi with a great selection of wine, sake, and beer.

*Omakase: Authentic Japanese omakase menu is implemented. Menus made with fresh seasonal ingredients are prepared by the head chef in Kokumai.
**Premium sushi bar: We are operating as a premium sushi bar by using seasonal and superior ingredients.

Top review
JonB
Dined on 10 July 2023
The superb seafood banquet was expertly prepared in front of us, each dish explained and the service was extremely cordial and attentive
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4.6
4.6 (262)
$40 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Tugun

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About the restaurant
Lucia exists to take you on a journey. Step onto our sundeck and you’ll immediately be transported to Iberia. Lucia means light, and that’s exactly what you’ll encounter. The backdrop of warm inviting colours, plethora of greenery, and atmosphere that beckons “uno más, por favor” (one more please) might make this your new favourite escape.

Lounge with old friends or make new ones with delicious cocktails, delectable food and great times that are even better when shared. Inside the venue is another beast altogether.

You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped off the beaches of Portugal and into a packed Valencian hole-in-the-wall eatery. Loaded with the vibrancy, sounds, smells and tastes typical of that “best kept secret” restaurant you found in your holidays. This is sure to leave a mark.

Top review
KathrynM
Dined 1 day ago
Great atmosphere in the new garden area. Friendly staff
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4.7
4.7 (620)
$41 to $100
Wine Bar
Fortitude Valley

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About the restaurant
ESSA provides a destination to escape the expected.

Just like the raw interiors in which we reside, our work is simple but considered.

The ethos in the kitchen embraces collaboration with local farmers, hunters and providores, promoting an environmentally conscious approach to the menu. Harvest driven dishes provide the creative parameters for our ever evolving dining experience.

ESSA is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm till late and Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunch from 12pm.

Top review
Liat
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious food and service. Although the restaurant is a little too dark.
A photo of Persone Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1052)
$41 to $100
Italian
Brisbane CBD

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About the restaurant
In Italian Persone means ‘people’.
Persone is the embodiment of the sweet life.
A place to indulge in ‘the good life’.
Immerse yourself in a truly spectacular Italian bar and dining experience.

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JessieL
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
The service was excellent, they made adjusting the time and number of guests easy. Provided excellent recommendations. The food was perfect. Looking forward to the next chance to return.
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4.3
4.3 (774)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Sunshine Beach

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About the restaurant
The Doonan offers the ultimate alfresco dining experience, enjoy an Italian-inspired menu among lush gardens. Nestled in the scenic Noosa hinterland on 2-hectares just a stone's throw from famous local beaches; The Doonan boasts indoor and outdoor dining, a pizzeria, ice creamery, bars, beer gardens, a cellar door, multiple function spaces and a large outdoor kids playground, coming soon.

Oozing with character and charm, the venue is more like a plant nursery than a hotel. With striking architecture covered in greenery and decorated with exposed brick, The Doonan is a wonderland for the senses.



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KellyS
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent location between Eumundi and Noosa. Very good service in food and beverage. Sufficient tables. Lovely setting.
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4.6
4.6 (1722)
$40 and under
Italian
St Kilda

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About the restaurant
Rococo St Kilda's atmosphere is both seductive and vibrant, bustling and intimate. The place where Rococo’s signature antipasti boards and simple Italian flavours first came to be, it continues to attract diners from all over Melbourne some 10 years later. Set amongst some of Melbourne’s most loved sites – The Palais, The National Theatre and St Kilda beach to name a few – our expanded restaurant space is bigger than ever, yet remains cosy and flexible, with various spaces available for functions and plenty of nooks for private dining or close conversations.
Join us for a meal of many courses; a hearty breakfast to start the day, a jovial work lunch, a family get together or just a glass of wine to celebrate the end of a day. Oh and our Wood Fire Pizzas are a must. Enjoy the authenticity, quality and warm hospitality of modern Italy right here in Melbourne.
Al fresco outside seating also available.

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AdamL
Dined 5 days ago
Always great service, staff are always friendly and polite and service with a smile.
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4.4
4.4 (565)
$41 to $100
Contemporary American
Southbank

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About the restaurant
The aim of our food is to showcase the amazing produce to be had within a 200 km radius of Melbourne. Taking in the Otway’s, Gippsland, and the Peninsula. Whole carcass usage looks at both our primary cuts such as fillet, sirloin, rump and T-bone as well a secondary cuts and offal. A Mornington Peninsula based produce supplier allows us to change quickly with the seasons to present to you a balanced menu. Dry aging is a technique we use at The Breslin which allows the meat to break down with natural enzymes and removes water content from the cut. This technique presents as a very tender piece of meat with good gamey flavours.
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BoydE
Dined 2 days ago
Great selection of meats, cooked to perfection, sides beautifully complimented the mains. Terrific wine list as well. Service was sensational.
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4.7
4.7 (799)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
South Melbourne

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About the restaurant
"Truly a wonderful pub is Lamaro’s, run by experts that embrace hospitality."
Tony Leonard, 3AW
https://bit.ly/36XkQbd

Broadsheet's Top 5 Gastropubs in Melbourne 2019 & 2020
3AW's Pub Of The Year 2019

Lamaro's Hotel is an iconic Gastro-pub located in leafy Cecil Street in South Melbourne.

Let one of Melbourne's favourite chefs, Geoff Lindsay (Dandelion/Pearl) take you on a gourmet journey with his creative modern Australian menu. Either dine in the opulent surrounds of our restaurant or relax in our old world bar.

With a boutique extensive wine list and 12 craft beers on tap there is something to please every taste and palate.

Private dining rooms available and functions welcome.

A must visit venue for any food, wine and beer lovers.

We're close to Albert Park Lake and just 100m stroll from Bridport Street light rail (Tram no. 96) and South Melbourne's bus

Top review
PeterL
Dined on 20 Feb 2024
A lovely lunch. Great service and nice ambience. Usual high standard schnitzel
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4.7
4.7 (355)
$41 to $100
Bistro
Albert Park

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About the restaurant
Pipis Kiosk will be serving up a menu that champions Australian seafood and vegetables. While staying true to our geography and allowing multicultural-Melbourne to influence us along the way.
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TaniaS
Dined 7 days ago
Great food and service, would definitely recommend! Only comment is that it was a bit warm inside (40 degree day though so not unexpected) and some flies inside (but again, stinking hot day at the beach so not their fault!).
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4.6
4.6 (921)
$40 and under
Gastro Pub
Prahran

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About the restaurant
The Mount Erica Hotel, loved and revered corner Pub. includes public bar, indoor and outdoor dining/function spaces. Offering a menu of elevated pub classics, tap beer, cocktails and extensive wine list. Delivered in a relaxed venue with a designer edge.

*All bookings are for our dining room for sit-down dining. We have our front bar and courtyard available for casual drinks, and are on a walk in basis. Dogs and children are welcome in the venue until 8pm.

Top review
Eatingnewyork2014
Dined on 21 Feb 2024
We went to Mount Erica for my husband's birthday dinner. Everyone loved their meal, which is incredible for 8 people. (in my family). The food was delicious and plentiful. The staff friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is great and informal.We are definitely coming back.
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4.7
4.7 (286)
$41 to $100
Italian
Surry Hills

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About the restaurant
Bartolo Wine Room is an Italian restaurant and wine bar located on Crown Street, Surry Hills, listing more than 200+ International and Australian wines, a great cocktail list and an exciting Italian food menu. All day dining every Friday-Sunday. Open Thursday dinners, Friday lunches from 12pm, and from 11am on Saturday and Sunday for those long lunches, afternoon drinks and boozy dinners. We have both indoor and outdoor (dog friendly) seating available. Please note that if outdoor seating is booked and bad weather prevails then we may not be able to accommodate your party inside unless there is space available. Bartolo Wine Room's food menu has been designed around the great wines on our list and as such is not a kids friendly space.

Can't see any availability online? For groups of 21 or more, please send us a request now at info@bartolosydney.com.au. Bar open until 12am on Fridays & Saturdays.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 Jan 2023
Amazing food
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