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Top 50 restaurants in Australia 2019

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by As rated by verified OpenTable diners
Updated March 03, 2020

The OpenTable top 50 restaurants in Australia 2019 consistently serve up creative dishes, unparalleled hospitality and one-of-a-kind dining experiences, whatever the dining occasion. This year's top 50 list was determined by analysing more than 173,000 reviews from more than 2,000 restaurants across Australia - all submitted by verified diners.

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4.8
4.8 (2494)
$A41 to $A100
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Food and service outstanding. Celebrating an Anniversary and staff and Chef went out of their way to make it extra special by marking the occasion with a special dessert. Highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion and excellent for making amazing memories.
A photo of Bar Woolloomooloo restaurant
0 (0)
$A40 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.
A photo of Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1131)
$A41 to $A100
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 Apr 26, 2024
Great service and a very nice medal with great ambience.
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4.7
4.7 (1537)
$A101 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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We had lunch on a Thursday at Donovans to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Got a table with the ocean view and the vibe was excellent since it was less crowded at that time. Food was really good, and the portion was more than enough for one person. Staff was friendly and accommodative. Real value for money. Highly recommended and will visit once again for sure.
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4.8
4.8 (1608)
$A40 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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
First visit was amazing, lovely table for two outside, food was delicious, heaters to keep you warm. Lovely atmosphere, with awesome staff. We will definitely come back.
A photo of Frogmore Creek Cellar Door & Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1293)
$A40 and under
Modern Australian
Cambridge
About the restaurant
Enjoy a collection of dishes from the land, sea and garden; a tribute to the beautiful produce of Tasmania and the diversity of kitchens around the world.

Please note : A surcharge of 10% applies on Sundays and Public Holidays
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Frogmore Creek Winery never disappoints; the service, food, wines and magnificent scenery over the vineyard and beyond. What more could you want. Thanks for a fantastic day Frogmore Creek, we will be back again soon and we can’t wait 😊.
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4.7
4.7 (1594)
$A41 to $A100
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
Evie
Dined 4 days ago
Great food as always. Lots of gluten free options to choose from. Absolutely would recommend.
A photo of Locale Restaurant and Bar Noosa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2100)
$A40 and under
Italian
Noosa Heads
About the restaurant
The decor is like a restaurant in NY, Melbourne or Europe and they have added detail with sophistication yet it appears simple and sleek lines with subtle lighting that gives a great atmosphere. There are different areas to sit from the bar to lounge, table seating or a small outdoor area.
Top review
RarjiB
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Fabulous dinner - best quality food in Hastings St
A photo of Mamasan Kitchen and Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2249)
$A41 to $A100
Asian
Broadbeach
About the restaurant
Mamasan Kitchen + Bar is a contemporary pan Asian restaurant with a menu that is designed to share, from cuisines including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian and Thai.

Mamasan Bar serves unique Asian inspired cocktails alongside a selection of premium local and international wines, spirits, tap beer + sake, all designed to compliment the modern Asian menu.

Featuring a unique modern decor and a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere, Mamasan incorporates spaces for all size gatherings including private dining at the 10 seat Banquet Table, outdoor seating on our enclosed Deck or drinks and small bites in the Bar area.
Top review
AllisterG
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and service. We had the yin banquet and was plenty of food for a couple of bid eaters. Beers are cold and the cocktails are great. Will be back.
A photo of Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar Northcote restaurant
4.7
4.7 (404)
$A41 to $A100
African
Northcote
About the restaurant
The cuisine of culturally rich Ethiopia utilises a sophisticated array of spices to produce a diverse and flavorful taste. Meals are traditionally served on a communal platter for sharing with friends and family.

Come and discover the charm of Ethiopia and MESOB.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 23, 2024
The food is delicious, the atmosphere is energetic and positive and the staff are ver friendly. My mother and I come here all the time and highly recommended Mesob for anyone wanting to experience Ethiopian cuisine.
A photo of Meze Mazi - Adelaide restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1067)
$A40 and under
Greek
Prospect
About the restaurant
Andrew Papadakis moved to Australia in 2012 with the vision of sharing an authentic piece of Greece through the culture of food and family.



At Meze-Mazi, we’re all about authenticity. Our food is derived from old family recipes and our native Greek chefs craft each dish with the same love and passion that they do for their own families.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great food ! Highly recommended. Service is very good and friendly.
A photo of Park Street Pasta & Wine restaurant
4.5
4.5 (803)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
South Melbourne
About the restaurant
Located in a historic corner building at 268 Park Street, Park Street Pasta & Wine is South Melbourne’s friendly neighbourhood pasta and wine bar from Italian Restaurateurs Luca Balbo & Lino Torre, combining their passion for food and experience in the hospitality industry.

Head chef Tommaso Bartoli whips up a creative menu that heavily draws on his Tuscan roots. Starting his career in the kitchens of Florence, he brings to Australia all the knowledge and passion for food that define with his personal style.

All our pasta is handmade in-house in the traditional ‘fatta a mano’ style. Our menu features inventive sharing plates, classic pasta dishes that nod to various parts of Italy, plus a few modern iterations, all reflective of seasonal quality produce. with a tidy selection of Italian, international and local wines to match.

We are located at 268 Park Street on the Corner of Park Street and Perrins St, just down from the iconic South Melbourne Town Hall.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Cosy and authentic Italian food with exceptional service
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4.8
4.8 (4524)
$A101 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 5 days ago
The staff were very helpful friendly and professional outstanding in helping with ordering our food. The restaurant itself is beyond amazing the view we had of the ocean was breathtaking.
A photo of Rickys River Bar and Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3035)
$A41 to $A100
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Fabulous, as usual. Our favourite restaurant. Great food, service and ambience.
A photo of Sails Noosa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3130)
$A101 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
LAfoodievip
Dined 2 days ago
We were last at Sails over a decade ago (we live in California) and were so happy to find it just as good as we remembered, if not better. The ambience and service are warm and friendly, and the food is exceptional, as was the wine recommendation. We shared the sashimi and ceviche starters, and both had different preparation of coral trout to follow (highly recommended if it's on the menu). Hopefully it won't be as long until our next visit!
A photo of The Carlton Wine Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (779)
$A41 to $A100
European
Carlton
About the restaurant
Carlton Wine Room is a neighbourhood restaurant offering a well-executed, fresh, seasonal food menu, and an ever changing, diverse wine list featuring the best of Italy, Australia and the rest of the World. We offer a bar space, an upstairs restaurant dining room and three unique spaces that are can be booked for private dining perfect for special events.

RESERVATIONS: are for a two hour sitting. We do not accept bookings for drinks and snacks, however we accept walk-ins for this if space permits. A surcharge of up to 1.2% applies to credit card transactions. A surcharge of 10% applies on Sundays and 15% on Public Holidays.

OUTSIDE SEATING: please note this is subject to the weather and we may not be able to move your reservation inside in the case of bad weather.

CANCELLATION: A $50 per person no show fee is charged for failing to attend your reservation. Contact us on 9347 2626 to make changes or cancel your reservation.

Top review
DivyaKvip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Always an incredible experience. Service is excellent, wine list is a joy and the food is outstanding
A photo of The European restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1217)
$A41 to $A100
European
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, The European offers a welcoming ambience with warm, generous and knowledgeable hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its finest. Located on Spring Street near the Princess Theatre, we offer classic bistro fare with substance and character to perfectly complement our extensive collection of wines, old and new world, available to enjoy with your meal.

We also welcome you on a walk-in basis next door at The City Wine Shop any day of the week, where you may simply pop in for a seat at the bar or grab a spot outside overlooking Parliament House.

We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple, classic foods. Nose-to-tail offal dishes are centred within our menu, utilising every part of the animal products in our kitchen. 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 at The European and City Wine Shop.
Top review
PJBR
Dined 6 days ago
What a fabulous restaurant and wine bar with personable staff and excellent food and delightful wines.
A photo of The Woodhouse Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2577)
$A41 to $A100
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
MattM
Dined 5 days ago
A great atmosphere in the restaurant. Great wine selection and excellent food. the waiters were very knowledgable regarding the wines, the producers and the areas the vineyards were located. A great dining experience and good value. A must do experience.
A photo of Tinamba Hotel restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1161)
$A41 to $A100
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
SusanP
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Absolutely wonderful food, service and atmosphere
A photo of Walter’s Steakhouse - Brisbane restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1935)
$A41 to $A100
Steakhouse
Brisbane CBD
About the restaurant
Walter's Steakhouse is a restaurant unlike any other. Serving classic dishes paired with old fashioned service.
Top review
JacobP
Dined on Dec 23, 2023
This restaurant was phenomenal as always. We go there at the same time each year as part of our family tradition, and the staff are always incredibly accommodating. Looking forward to next years dinner, but hope to get there more than just once each year!
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