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Hard-to-Get Reservations for restaurants in Australia

OpenTable Australia

With fresh dining concepts from some of Australia’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs as well as tried and true classics, there is always a diverse range of cuisines and flavours to enjoy. Although there are countless restaurants to choose from across Australia, some are so popular it can be tough to get in without a reservation. Check out our list of these hard to get into restaurants in Australia and book your table in advance so you can coast right in and enjoy.

Restaurants:Ishizuka, Chin Chin Melbourne, Vue de monde
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Contemporary Asian, Modern Australian
Neighborhoods:Melbourne CBD

Ishizuka

$$$$·Japanese·
Melbourne CBD
41 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
Ishizuka restaurant, located in the CBD neighborhood of Melbourne, is a haute cuisine fine dining restaurant that specializes in Japanese food, Kaiseki and Sushi. It offers an immeRead more
97% recommended

Chin Chin Melbourne

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Melbourne CBD
17 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Group Bookings
There’s no getting around it - if you’re planning to dine at Chin Chin, you can count on a wait. This South-East Asian hotspot located on Flinders Lane is always packed with peopleRead more
100% recommended

Vue de monde

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Melbourne CBD
802 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Romance
Vue De Monde is one of the most elegant fine dining restaurants in all of Melbourne. The cuisine has an edgy approach to the regional specialties and uses simple, seasonal ingredieRead more
95% recommended
Best Service in Melbourne / Victoria

Chin Chin Sydney

$$$$·Thai·
Surry Hills
415 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Special Occasions
For some restaurants, ‘hard to get into’ means not being seated immediately and maybe having to loiter on the street for ten minutes while a slow-moving couple finishes their glassRead more
88% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sydney / New South Wales

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - Crown Melbourne

$$$$·British·
Southbank
2,471 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
This fine dining establishment located in the Southbank neighborhood of Melbourne is one of the most unique restaurants in the city - and of the hardest to get into. Inspired by 15Read more
92% recommended
Best Ambience in Melbourne / Victoria

St Andrews Beach Brewery

$$$$·Brewery·
Fingal
425 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating
It’s not easy to get a table at St. Andrews Beach Brewery, but if you can secure a spot at this casual dining spot you will have a truly awesome experience. Located on Truemans RoaRead more
98% recommended
Disabled Access in Melbourne / Victoria

Lake House - Daylesford

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Daylesford
575 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Lake House hotel in Daylesford is one of the most popular restaurants in town and is very hard to get into unless you have a reservation. The eatery overlooks a lagoon and diners gRead more
96% recommended

Grain - Four Seasons Sydney

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Sydney CBD
0 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
Grain is one of the city’s most beloved and well-stocked Whisky bars, featuring a vast selection of both single malts and blends from around the world and local to Sydney. Already Read more
100% recommended

Restaurant Hubert

$$$$·French·
Sydney CBD
369 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Restaurant Hubert is the kind of place that dazzles locals, visitors, food connoisseurs and critics alike. And it’s particular combination of romance, sparkle, style and haute cuisRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales

Conservatory

$$$$·International·
Southbank
2,287 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Group Bookings
The Conservatory Restaurant is the perfect venue for dining solo, meeting up with friends or going on a special date. Located along Melbourne’s waterside precinct, this upmarket buRead more
86% recommended
Most Booked in Melbourne / Victoria

The Woodhouse Restaurant

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Bendigo
684 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
If you’re looking for an excellent casual restaurant in Central Victoria, check out the popular Woodhouse Restaurant. It can be hard to get into, but the food here is worth it. TheRead more
99% recommended
Best Service in Melbourne / Victoria

The Chef's Table - Kuro Kisume

$$$$·Japanese·
Melbourne CBD
82 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The Chef’s Table is one of the most exclusive restaurants in all of Australia is popular with locals and people who come from afar to be part of this ultimate experience. Guests geRead more
98% recommended
Japanese in Melbourne / Victoria

Cafe Sydney

$$$$·Seafood·
Sydney CBD
2,243 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
This is one of the most popular restaurants in town and also one of the hardest to get into. Reservations are essential for lunch or dinner but the million dollar view is totally wRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Sydney / New South Wales

Maha

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Melbourne CBD
105 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Maha is a truly unique restaurant in Melbourne, located on Flinders Lane, that serves some of the best Middle Eastern food in the country. Diners love the casual atmosphere that isRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Melbourne / Victoria

Sunda _

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Melbourne CBD
424 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Melbourne has no shortage of Asian restaurants but Sunda is one of a kind. This trendy hotspot in the theatre precinct features long communal tables on the ground floor where groupRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Inner City

Eau De Vie Melbourne

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Melbourne CBD
378 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Dining at Eau De Vie Melbourne will make you feel like you’ve time-traveled back to 1920s prohibition America. Guests can hang out the bar, the banquette seating or an intimate andRead more
94% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Melbourne / Victoria

Mjølner Sydney

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Redfern
1,495 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
One of Sydney’s coolest bar and restaurants, Mjolner is also one of the hardest places in the city to get into. It became extremely popular as soon as it opened because locals caugRead more
95% recommended
Handcrafted Cocktails in Sydney / New South Wales

Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel

$$$$·Australian·
Dunkeld
97 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel is a regional restaurant that focuses on five and eight course menus of Australian and European cuisine. It is extremely popular with both locals and toRead more
97% recommended

Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Sydney CBD
617 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
A table at Momofuku Seiobo is highly sought after, even years after the restaurant opened! The cuisine here is so good that people are still willing to line up to try it. The restaRead more
89% recommended
Best Service in Sydney / New South Wales

The Espy Kitchen

$$$$·Modern Australian·
St Kilda
328 reviews
  • Casual
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fun
The Espy Kitchen, located in St. Kilda, is a beautiful, hip modern Australian gastropub that features a large open show kitchen for diners to behold the food preparation. It’s a caRead more
84% recommended
Hot Spot in Melbourne / Victoria

Donovans

$$$$·Modern Australian·
St Kilda
563 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
Donovans ‘house on the beach’ is a lovely and laid back place to dine right on the St. Kilda beach front. It offers a memorable dining experience with a bay side view, excellent MeRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambience in Melbourne / Victoria