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50 most romantic restaurants in Australia 2019

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by As rated by verified OpenTable diners
Updated 31 January 2019

There are many factors contributing to a romantic dining experience... world class ingredients, impeccable service and a unique ambience. This year's 50 most romantic restaurants showcase those seductive spots the enable couples to create delicious connections and memories that last a lifetime. The list is determined by analysing more than 126,000 reviews from more than 1,600 restaurants across Australia - all submitted by verified diners.

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4.8
4.8 (2523)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Townsville CBD
About the restaurant
Enjoy the breathtaking waterfront views, sparkling starry night skies, and refreshing breezes of our outdoor balcony, or opt for indoor air-conditioned seating to beat the heat (which can be a must in North Queensland!).

Our restaurant's name, A Touch of Salt, is a play on our family name, Brine. In 2005, we started as a family business, and our family-style approach of offering genuine hospitality and meals designed for conversation has always been the heart of A Touch of Salt. Over the years, we have perfected our restaurant to become one of the best casual fine-dining restaurants in the North.

We take pride in being appreciated by the locals of Townsville as well as travellers from all over Australia.

Top review
Alex
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent experience all round! Would like to try everything on the menu!
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0 (0)
$40 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Woolloomooloo
About the restaurant
Casual bar-style bites paired with cocktails and Australian wine located inside Sydney's iconic Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo.

We welcome bookings for groups of 8 or more people. For groups less than 8, reservations are not required. We reserve a large portion of our tables available for walk in guests, so come on down and grab a table at your own leisure.

For larger group enquiries, please contact our team at events.sydney@ovolohotels.com

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4.7
4.7 (1133)
$100 and over
Italian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
"Everything you want from a sophisticated city Italian restaurant is right here: atmosphere, admirable service, a menu long enough to allow for real choice, an expansive drinks list, flattering lighting, carpets and tablecloths to ensure that sound levels are low enough for a proper conversation."
Enjoy signature dishes - Seafood linguine, Veal Cotoletta and signature steaks from the Josper

One Hat – THE AGE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
2006 - 2023

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
everything was absolutely lovely and tasted 10000/10.
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4.7
4.7 (1131)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Hunter Valley
About the restaurant
Please note for Wednesday & Thursday or any other dates when Circa 1876 is not available, Restaurant 88 may be open for booking. Click here to check availability and reserve your table at Restaurant 88 today. A short stroll down the tree-lined driveway is Circa 1876, the Hunter Valley's most iconic restaurant, located in an historic cottage on the picturesque grounds of Roscrea Estate. Circa 1876 showcases some great Hunter Valley wines in an award-winning wine list. Circa 1876 quite literally brings the ‘farm to fork’ ethos to life as guests overlook the organic kitchen garden that their food came from just beyond their plate.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 26 Apr 2024
Great service and a very nice medal with great ambience.
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4.6
4.6 (1566)
$100 and over
Modern Australian
St Kilda
About the restaurant
Welcome to Donovans - our ‘house on the beach’ and home we love to share. Donovans is located on the St.Kilda beach front offering guests a memorable dining experience in Melbourne. With a bay side view, beautiful Mediterranean inspired food and the special relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant, Donovans is where you will feel at home.

Donovans’ exciting menu has been developed our intimate knowledge of modern Mediterranean cooking. The menu is extensive with a modern mix of favourite dishes emphasising the best local produce. Donovans also offers an extensive wine list of Australian and imported wines and an eclectic mix of cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Thank you for the beautiful evening and the incredible drinks and food!
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4.8
4.8 (1621)
$40 and under
Italian
Carindale
About the restaurant
Candle lit tables, chianti by the glass, crooners and generous old fashioned house made pizza, calzone, gelati, huge pastas and antipasto. Perfect for a family dinner, an intimate night for two, or a work get together. A south side institution since 1984.
Top review
DCM007
Dined 2 days ago
as usual paul and the crew delivered as did the literal magic of Day. Took a bunch of new folk there who loved it and are converse now too. Busy as for a Tuesday but the usual hubbub and vibe we like
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4.6
4.6 (1772)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Sydney CBD
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 8 Jul 2024
Was looking for restaurant in Sydney for a special occasion. Last minute booking. Food was amazing, service great and wine recommendation was perfect.
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4.7
4.7 (1611)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Timbumburi
About the restaurant
Lead by Head Chef Jarrod Smith, Glasshouse is proud to serve a variety of expertly prepared, locally sourced dishes, in a phenomenal venue.
Goonoo Goonoo Station is undoubtedly the New England regions finest destination for accommodation, dining, and events.

Please note:
At Glasshouse, we have seatings options for groups from 2 - 50 people.
Bookings are currently limited to groups of 10 persons maximum.
If your desired time is does not show, unfortunately that time is not available.
Bookings prior to 6:30pm are for 2 hours only.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We loved it , we stayed in the inn and walked up the shirt path to your beautiful restaurant and enjoyed a lovely meal
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4.5
4.5 (2259)
$41 to $100
Steakhouse
Broadbeach
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of cosmopolitan Broadbeach, overlooking Victoria Park, and opposite Gold Coast Sofitel Hotel, Star Casino & the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre. Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill Gold Coast is multi award winning, undoubtedly the Gold Coast's Best Steak Restaurant. Moo Moo breaks down the barriers of a normal steak house by losing the overtly masculine vibe that has so long been the trademark of its genre. With its stunning modern interior decor of natural stone finishes, sleek organic curves and state of the art lighting system, the steak restaurant has evolved.

Enjoy an award winning beef menu of the highest quality, with some cuts exclusive to Moo Moo Restaurant Group. These cuts include; Dry Aged, Pasture Fed, All Natural and Grain Fed which include a mix of Wagyu and Angus breeds. To ensure that our menus cater for more than just beef lovers they also include fresh seafood, poultry, game and of course vegetarian options available.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Once again we were celebrating our wedding anniversary lunch at Moo Moos as we know from two previous occasions the experience is hard to beat. So once again we were delighted with our dinning experience. We started with a Asahi beer and a Splice cocktail then enjoyed 2 entrees of Calamari and prawns which were well presented and full of added flavour. Next we ordered a Sauvignon Blanc and a Penfolds Barossa Shiraz before our steaks arrived with accompanying duck fat fried potatoes, baby carrots and sauté greens. Both the King River Wagyu steak and the Jacob’s Creek Black Angus steaks were to die for with flavour and tenderness right to the last bite. Despite being full I just had to taste the crème brûlée which was devine with a perfect luxurious crème and a perfect thin layer of toffee not to overpower the crème. Well done to all the staff.
A photo of Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1812)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Airlie Beach
About the restaurant
Set right on the water, Northerlies is Airlie’s favourite beach bar offering a unique experience filled with island vibes, casual brasserie-style dining, spacious event areas, creative cocktails, and plenty of beach for the kids to explore. Their free courtesy bus runs 7 days a week offering private pick-ups from Airlie Beach, Cannonvale & Jubilee Pocket. Book your next event and celebrate beach-side.

The Brasserie kitchen is open 7 days. Lunch is served from 12:00pm- 2:30pm and dinner from 5:00pm-8:30pm, with our 'smalll bites' options available all day. The weekend Beach Kitchen is open on for dinner on Fridays, lunch & dinner on Saturdays, plus lunch on Sundays. Unfortunately, no dogs allowed as we are located on a wildlife reserve.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing food and cocktails yet again…. Northerlies never disappoints! Live music was great too!
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4.8
4.8 (1168)
$41 to $100
Contemporary Italian
Enmore
About the restaurant
Enmore's Osteria di Russo & Russo is a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its modern take on classic Italian flavours, served in its warm and charming restaurant. As snacks to start, the fiore di zucchini fried zucchini flower with goat's milk ricotta and lemon aspen and the cannolo filled with a duck liver parfait, date and hazelnuts are sensational selections.

Some of Osteria di Russo & Russo's specialty dishes include the saltbush gnocchi with pork sausage ragu and pecorino, the chargrilled beef flank with green garlic, nasturtium and smoked eggplant and the slow cooked freemantle octopus with chickpea, salsa rossa and native bush tomato, as well as vegetarian dishes.

Osteria di Russo & Russo's strawberry sorbet, davidson plum meringue and limoncello custard is the perfect dessert with which to finish your meal.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 16 Jul 2024
What a great find! We had the 'Tutto Bene' dinner, and everything was more than okay - it was wonderful! The food was delicious, with some really interesting flavours, and the matching wines were also really interesting - some of them I would never have thought to try, and matched the food very well. The service was excellent too - highly recommended!
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4.8
4.8 (4572)
$100 and over
Contemporary Asian
Burleigh Heads
About the restaurant
Pan-Asian flavours in one of the Gold Coast's most iconic locations. Focusing on fresh locally sourced produce with intention to share.

By Head Chef James Brady

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We had a great experience as we do every time we go there. Our yearly Burleigh holiday always includes Rick Shores.
A photo of Rickys River Bar and Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3069)
$41 to $100
Seafood
Noosa Heads
About the restaurant
Set on the banks of the beautiful Noosa River, Rickys River Bar & Restaurant delivers a dining experience that encapsulates the Noosa lifestyle. Rickys offers a delicious menu featuring a wonderful selection of fresh seafood and the very best local produce. With sweeping views of the Noosa River, Rickys is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch, a sunset dinner or a relaxing cocktail in their River Bar.
Top review
JodieB
Dined 1 day ago
Absolutely perfect in every aspect of fine dining.
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4.7
4.7 (683)
$41 to $100
Australian
Wollongong
About the restaurant
Rookie Eatery offers diners contemporary Australian cuisine in a casual context. A produce-driven menu centres on modern Australian food, as the kitchen serves an eclectic mix of local ingredients with multicultural influences. At Rookie, we believe that ‘Australian cuisine’ is a multicultural phenomenon that exists nowhere else in the world and so we aim to provide a contemporary interpretation with the local ingredients on offer. The result is a diverse inspiration of eastern and western cultures brought together with fragrant and fresh flavours. An on-site herb garden provides the kitchen with a range of indigenous and introduced herb species, whilst a commitment to strong supplier relationships sees the South Coast’s best produce showcased.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 6 Jul 2024
Everything was good from service ambiance and food. We had the rookie tasting menu it was great, the only thing I would say was some of the duck was over cooked on the edges and couldn’t be eaten and the breast wasn’t rendered and didn’t get crispy skin making the skin chewy. Overall it was really good. Would definitely recommend and return
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4.7
4.7 (3159)
$100 and over
Modern Australian
Noosa Heads
About the restaurant
Located overlooking Noosa Main Beach, Sails Restaurant offers sophisticated yet relaxed dining.

Executive Chef, Paul Leete, presents a creative fusion of modern Australian cuisine, while keeping a strong focus on fresh, seasonal produce.

Paul combines ingredients, sourced with integrity, to create clean, thoughtful and uncomplicated menus.

Sails Restaurant also features a multi award winning wine list showcasing more than 500 wines, with a focus on great Australian, New Zealand and French winemakers.

Open from 12pm daily for lunch and dinner.

Sails Restaurant is open for all Public Holidays through the Christmas and Easter periods.

When placing your reservation, please understand that requests for specific tables cannot be guaranteed. We appreciated that everyone who books with us wants to sit close to the beach front, therefore we allocate these tables according to how far in advance you book.

Top review
SueL
Dined 1 day ago
Celebrated my husbands recent birthday at Sails. We had a front table as requested for this special occassion. I had the entree special of mornay scallops, delicious and hubby had his usual excellent tempura plate. A new addition to the menu was the fish pie, amazing! Finished off with chocolant fondant, always amazing, coffee and dessert wine. Highly recommend for a special occasion as its not cheap but it is in Noosa Heads with a prime position.
A photo of The Courthouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1661)
$41 to $100
Steak
Cleveland
About the restaurant
The Courthouse has elegant white cloth dining with stunning views of Moreton Bay, Our heritage listed property is set on manicured waterfront gardens and boasts areas for intimate dining, private functions, lavish gatherings and fairy-lit outdoor spaces for the warmer months, with three crackling open fires for the colder month. The Courthouse's Restaurant is a multi-awarded venue for both cuisine & service, the waterfront property is truly a complete dining experience.
Top review
Sparkles
Dined 1 day ago
Love this Venue, it's close to our Hearts! Been going here for 24years and always a pleasure
A photo of The Potting Shed restaurant
4.2
4.2 (3622)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Alexandria
About the restaurant
The Potting Shed is a place to meet, eat, drink, relax and chat your day and night away – where hanging plants, terracotta pots and timber beams meet brass, brick and iron. Where you can plant yourself down on the swing seat, bench or at the bar and feel like you are on your family’s porch.

It’s a lively place where you can hoe into fresh, locally harvested produce, delivered by our shed-hands. The same hands that will deliver you good-natured banter, craft beers on tap, great tasting wines and unique cocktails.

The menu offers cozy share options for groups, three course substantial meal choices for those wanting to make an evening of it and a fun selection of nibbles for people wanting a light after-work snack with their cocktails or a share jug amongst friends.

Plus, enjoy exclusive after-dark access to The Grounds of Alexandria's latest laneway attractions when you dine in!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Been recently for a Birthday party and food was sensational. Decided to take my in-laws and family out for lunch to celebrate my father in laws b'day. Really looking forward to another steak. Unfortunately my $50 wagyu was overcooked and chewie. Very disappointed with the quality. Luckily my father in laws was good. Wife and daughter had gluten free hamburgers. The bread was stale and would of needed to be toasted to try and salvage, which was not done. They ended up binning it. Did not feel like I got the quality for a 6 person $300 lunch :(
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4.7
4.7 (2602)
$41 to $100
Steakhouse
Bendigo
About the restaurant
Take it slow… Have a drink to start. Enjoy a cocktail, local wine or craft beer, Share a snack or two in our dedicated Bar.
Smell the delicious smokiness of Bendigo’s only dedicated steakhouse & grill, where we use local redgum on the grill; there’s nothing quite like the flavour of meat cooked over redgum. The natural smoky flavours and aromas created by this unique timber are something truly special. In the finest tradition of steakhouses, we use locally sourced meat and the very best in fresh, regional produce.

Showcasing 350 wines, including 28 by the glass, including some seriously interesting wines curated by our inhouse Sommelier. With local wines taking pride of place, including some intriguing European offerings, plus a supporting cast of spirits, beers and other beverages, including a decent alcohol-free selection. Cocktail drinkers will be impressed with our seasonally curated list.

Our menu is updated seasonally and available on our website.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Always love coming to Woodhouse. The steak is the best in Vic and the red wine jus was to die for!
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4.7
4.7 (1177)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Tinamba
About the restaurant
Simon and Tania Johnson have owned Tinamba Hotel since October 2020 and feel honoured to be the custodians of the hotel’s proud heritage as they build upon a vision from previous owners, Brad Neilson, Damien Gannon, the Schoenmaeker and Whelan families.

Using the finest, locally grown fresh produce from local suppliers and working with the most talented chefs in the region is what the Johnsons believe sets Tinamba Hotel apart. The signature dishes deliver a truly memorable experience, served in a setting famously known as Gippsland’s favourite destination dining venue.

From the first-class dining experience within the dining room, lounge and conservatory, to the relaxed atmosphere in the Amba Bar and on the outdoor veranda, Simon, Tania and the Tinamba Hotel team provide the finest example of country hospitality for local and visiting customers alike.

Welcome to your Gippsland local. The award-winning Tinamba Hotel.

Top review
NORMANT
Dined on 13 Jul 2024
Excellent meal, fully justifying the recommendation we had received. Good quality wines also. One small beef ; refilling water glasses on a quiet day should not require one to summon the waiter!
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4.5
4.5 (1533)
$41 to $100
Seafood
Southbank
About the restaurant
Melbourne’s most iconic seafood bar and grill.

A true Melbourne experience with expansive views of the Yarra river and mesmerizing city lights.

Take in the stunning Melbourne sky line whilst enjoying our finest seafood and oysters expertly sourced directly from some of Australia’s best producers.

We are dedicated to the “sea to plate”, with daily visits to the market, selecting the very best oysters, pristine shellfish and the freshest local seafood.
Our “paddock to table” philosophy ensures we only source the highest quality of meats, bred from local Victorian farmers.

With over 100 years in hospitality, the Zampelis family welcomes you to enjoy a unique dining experience.

Top review
DavidK
Dined 3 days ago
A fantastic evening. All our requests were delivered. The service was very attentive and accurate in delivering our drinks, meals and requests. The food was well presented, delivered to our table when requested and was delicious. Our evening started with a warm first name welcome and went from there.
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4.6
4.6 (3063)
$41 to $100
Seafood
Port Macquarie
About the restaurant
THE WHALEBONE WHARF IS A NO FUSS, CASUAL AUSTRALIAN FISH EATERY

Our mission is to source the region’s best seafood and seasonal produce by partnering with like-minded suppliers.

Our commitment to locality and our selection of produce flows into everything we offer; from Hastings River Oysters to Urban Grain bread and pastries.

We aim to showcase these ingredients by preparing them carefully and serving them simply.

The Whalebone is a place for friends and family to enjoy local, honest food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere, with a world class view.

Top review
BridgetE
Dined 1 day ago
We having been dining at Whalebone Wharf for many years. Yesterday's meal was perfect for us and the best I can remember. Starting with the Ocean Trout and Herb Rillett with Lavosh, we had Lamb Rump with Thyme and Pinot Noir jus. The 2 side dishes were quite delicious - Fried Kipfler Potatoes with Burnt Tomato and Roasted Beetroot and Raddicio salad (goat's curd, pickled grapes and candied walnuts). A meal for us to remember on my 85th birthday!
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