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Hard-to-Get Reservations for restaurants in Australia

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by OpenTable Australia
Updated 02 December 2019

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.

A photo of Vue de monde restaurant
4.9 (1583)
$100 and over
Modern Australian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
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 ingredients and local and sustainable meats and produce. There is high demand to get in here for dinner so make sure to book your table in advance in order to enjoy a meal here on the 55th floor of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto building.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent service. Balance of some of the dishes were a little off. Delightful Marron tail and soufflé.
A photo of St Andrews Beach Brewery restaurant
4.4 (1135)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
About the restaurant
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 Road in the Fingal neighborhood, St. Andrews makes beer, as you would expect with a brewery, but they also operate a world-class horse training facility and serve a really stellar menu. Come in and enjoy small plates, share plates, salads, pizzas, burgers and more that pair perfectly with the range of craft beers.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
What an unexpectedly novel experience. Horse race themed with tables in stable like space and great selection of beers and snacks…The GF burrito bowl was great! All our requests were accommodated. This was much appreciated and made for a very pleasant afternoon. Thanks!!
A photo of Grain Bar Sydney restaurant
5 (2)
$40 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Sydney CBD
About the restaurant
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 180 bottles deep, the selection is constantly growing. Grain doesn’t disappoint when it comes to dining, either. They offer everything from gourmet burgers to charcuterie to Whisky-cured salmon to stuffed cronuts and more. The Charcuterie Platter or the Smokey Meats Platter are great pairings for a whisky tasting. Just don’t forget to book a table in advance to make sure you get a seat.
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Dined on 13 May 2023
Excellent evening with large group - great venue for a pre dinner drink!
A photo of The Woodhouse Restaurant restaurant
4.7 (2458)
$41 to $100
About the restaurant
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. They specialise in premium beef, grass-fed and dry-aged meats, many of them cooked on a char-grill. You can also sample pizzas cooked in the wood-fire oven and a delicious range of desserts.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent staff. Sommelier Steven provided a very warm welcome. He certainly makes you want to be a loyal customer. What an asset he is to Woodhouse and Bendigo! The food was absolutely beautiful. Wait staff warm friendly patient. So lucky to have Woodhouse in Bendigo.
A photo of Donovans restaurant
4.7 (1353)
$100 and over
Modern Australian
St Kilda
About the restaurant
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 Mediterranean inspired food and a homey, casual atmosphere. Plan your visit in advance as they tend to book up most nights! The menu focuses on seasonal produce and popular charcoal dishes and the wine list features local Victorian vineyards and Australian and international wines.
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Dined on 1 Jan 2023
Very nice food, lovely setting. Only thing I would say is they the service is a little slow… we waited almost one hour for our food. But otherwise lovely place.
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