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Classic Restaurants to Dine with Your Significant Other

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by OpenTable Team
Updated August 07, 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!

Credit: Kitchens on Kent at The Langham Sydney

A photo of Cecconi's Flinders Lane restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1133)
$A101 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
StevenL
Dined 6 days ago
Cecconis remains our go to favourite. Food is excellent, wine list sensational and the service staff exceptional
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4.6
4.6 (1566)
$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
JacquiC
Dined 3 days ago
Beautiful food and ambience. Our waitress Jade was exceptional - knowledgeable about our food and wine choices and genuinely interested in making our visit special.
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4.6
4.6 (1280)
$A101 and over
Steakhouse
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Meatmaiden is one hell of a steakhouse. Bringing you the best barbecue and grill in Melbourne, our large and energetic basement restaurant and bar and down-to-earth staff make us the perfect CBD venue for intimate dinners, work lunches, special occasions or functions.

We're part steakhouse, part smokehouse - with a unique and eclectic mix of premium steaks and smoked meats. We've been fine-tuning that approach for the last ten years to bring you the best meat around - dry-ageing select local cuts like O'Connor rib eye, tending the fire to smoke grass-fed short ribs over ironbark and pairing with signature dishes like our lobster mac cheese.

Our carefully-curated wine list focuses on some great Australian winemakers, with six taps of craft beer and quirky cocktails completing the line up.

You will find Meatmaiden on Little Collins St - walking distance from Flinders St Station and Parliament Station, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena and entertainment venues s

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Meatmaiden never disappoints! Absolutely delicious as always!
A photo of JAMES restaurant
4.8
4.8 (343)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
South Melbourne
About the restaurant
JAMES

Chef, Kim Sangsoo and owner and front of house manager, Kirbie Tate have designed a sharing menu and chefs tasting menu that is a cultural embrace. Taking Kim's South Korean heritage and sourcing Australian native produce - the JAMES menu blends traditional technique, a play with the freedom of contemporary fusion and both their instinctive understanding of balance and restraint.


Sharing menu and Chefs tasting menu available for dinner from 5pm TUES to SATURDAY //
Snacks menu, sharing set lunch and express ramen bowls are on offer between midday _ 3pm WED to SATURDAY //

Hidden in plain sight on Clarendon St - Book in to experience fine dining, casually.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
That’s a amazing place and the food is sooooo good! We will be come back w friend!
A photo of Di Stasio Citta restaurant
4.5
4.5 (479)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Located on Spring St, opposite the Treasury Gardens, between Collins St and Flinders Lane, there emerges a truly unique space – imagined, created, curated – that lies at the nexus of all the Di Stasio energies that have come before it. Cittá is a culmination of sorts, a vibrant dynamic next step along a continuum of a challenge and of notions Rinaldo has been grappling with all his life. This is not only a commercial venture – though of course, he has never retreated from this aspect – but is also a vehicle to express and bring together all the aspects of Italo-Australian history, culture, place and heritage. It is an opportunity too to bring a long-standing dream to further fruition, celebrating Rinaldo’s influence on the Australian hospitality, cultural and artistic landscape, through a renewed celebration of Melbourne and the CBD where it all began and of his beloved spiritual and familial home, Italy.
Top review
Phil
Dined 1 day ago
Highly recommended. A beautiful evening, shared with a friend. Service was attentive and no obtrusive. Food, delicious. Auguri Antoine and the team, complimenti
A photo of Di Stasio Carlton restaurant
4.5
4.5 (346)
$A40 and under
Italian
Carlton
About the restaurant
A lockdown obsession for Rinaldo Di Stasio and Mallory Wall, Di Stasio Pizzeria is poised to open in Carlton in mid-November. The third venue for the high-profile restaurateur couple sits behind the King and Godfree complex on the corner of Lygon and Faraday streets and has glamorous echoes of their Di Stasio Citta pleasure palace in the city. Designed by architect Di Ritter of Hassell, also responsible for Citta, the pizzeria has three separate spaces inside, adorned with Reko Rennie artwork and Shaun Gladwell sculptures, and a courtyard bar centred around a fountain imported from the Roman countryside. Chef Federico Congiu, who has worked with Di Stasio for five years, is making his own jersey milk mozzarella fiore di latte for the pizzas. Congiu has sourced five growers around the Yarra Valley to grow and preserve San Marzano tomatoes for pizza toppings and is having special durum wheat flour milled in Tamworth.
Top review
AquilaH
Dined 3 days ago
THE GARLIC BREAD WAS INSANE!! We got the bird of the day and the salami pizza both were really good. Lighting was a touch dark in the corner we were in. Service was good and setting us beautiful.
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4.4
4.4 (10)
$A41 to $A100
Sushi
Barangaroo
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 on Feb 24, 2024
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
A photo of The Atlantic Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1480)
$A41 to $A100
Seafood
Southbank
About the restaurant
When you sit down for a meal at The Atlantic, you can expect nothing short of an impeccable culinary experience from beginning to end. As a waterfront seafood restaurant in Southbank, Crown Casino, we offer an indulgent menu of fresh, wild and sustainably-sourced seafood, unique oyster varieties and pristine shellfish. Reeled in from local waters, our team celebrates the full array of seafood that Australia has to offer.

Whether you choose to pair your culinary experience with the stylish atmosphere of our elegantly modern dining area, or the laidback ambience of our open-air, riverside terrace, you will soon discover why many customers refer to us as the best seafood restaurant in Melbourne CBD.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing food and vibes! Loved the entrees. The mains were slightly smaller but still delicious!
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4.8
4.8 (346)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
Prahran
About the restaurant
Osteria Renata is a neighbourhood diner inspired by Italy. Hosting friends, family and colleagues at the dinner table. Headed up by duo Chef / Owner Angus Cadden and Restaurateur / Owner Alex Ghaddab, our menu features inventive and classic pasta dishes, created in our designated pasta lab, as well as a seasonal selection of antipasti, larger plates, side dishes and desserts. Some of our classics include our gnocco fritto with 36 month aged Jamon Iberico, our spaghetti with Live Southern Rock Lobster and brodetto and our Mushroom filled Quadratti with parmagianno Reggiano. The old world bar, fashioned by hand from fine American oak, offers a full selection of artisanal spirits, amari, craft Italian beer, a dialled in cocktail program and a pan euro-Italian slanting wine list, appeasing any discerning palette. Wether it be in our main dining room, a perch at the bar, or an alfresco seat on High St, we look forward to welcoming you!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Fabulous Cocktail, Beautiful foods & Great service, will be back again .
A photo of Elwood Bathers restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1561)
$A41 to $A100
Bistro
Elwood
About the restaurant
Bayside restaurant and event venue open daily from 9:00am for takeaway coffees & pastries, and from 11:30am onwards for dine in. Passionate about friends, family and community.
Top review
GWF0vip
Dined 6 days ago
Beautiful views of the beach and the sea from large windows that allow the impression that you yourself are part of the view. Friendly and accommodating staff who make the enjoyment of fine wine and excellent food a very relaxing experience Special thanks to Daniela and Joel this time.
A photo of The Dining Room by James Viles restaurant
4.5
4.5 (866)
$A101 and over
Modern Australian
Sydney CBD
About the restaurant
Located right on the edge of Sydney Harbour with the Opera House just beyond your fingertips…it doesn’t get any more Sydney than The Dining Room.

Our produce-driven menu is paired back, sustainable and unmistakably Australian, and shares center stage with unrivalled harbour views. Relaxed and elegant, enjoy the freshest of
seafood, seasonal Australian ingredients, and a selection of fine wines and locally crafted beers and spirits.

Lunch and dinner reservations are highly recommended. Our popular window tables are available at a surcharge when booking and subject to availability. Dress code is smart casual.

Top review
BigJ
Dined on Feb 23, 2024
Experience was generally quite good. Couples should be placed away from family and group tables. We were place inboard having to look over groups commanding the best view. This was despite the groups spending more time inwardly focused with conversation. Being inboard takes away from the ambience and experience. More considered and thoughtful table placement for a couple would have been appreciated. The restaurant had quite a few children in it, which took away from us as a couple having a child free moment. Decor and environment is tasteful and as you would expect for a Hyatt.
A photo of Longshore restaurant
4.6
4.6 (83)
$A101 and over
Australian
Chippendale
About the restaurant
Longshore is about celebrating the quality of Australian coastal ingredients and Asian cooking techniques. We offer a five-course tasting menu highlighting seasonal signature dishes, alongside an extensive à la carte menu plus an experimental 10-course snack-flight for you to choose from. On top of that, our 100+ wine list is selected by our team of sommeliers and it consists some of the best wines around the world for your enjoyment.

Top review
Leannie
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
It was a cold winter night outside but the warm hospitality of the staff and the delicious food warmed us inside and out.
A photo of OTTO Sydney restaurant
4.3
4.3 (314)
$A101 and over
Italian
Woolloomooloo
About the restaurant
OTTO celebrates people, place and la dolce vita. Situated in the spectacular surrounds of the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, OTTO has an undeniable reputation as one of Sydney’s most respected dining institutions. At the heart of the restaurant is old world hospitality and long-standing relationships held with a fiercely loyal clientele. Approachable yet refined service greets modern Italian cuisine, alfresco dining and trademark waterside views. OTTO is the quintessential Sydney dining experience and has remained a local favourite for over 17 years.
Top review
JohnD
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
A favourite in Sydney. The service and food were typically very good.
A photo of Zafferano Trattoria Mediterranea restaurant
4.5
4.5 (135)
$A41 to $A100
Sicilian
Paddington
About the restaurant
Here at Zafferano, we like to keep things a little old school, from sourcing to serving, our key values remain.
Simone, the Head Chef and co-owner of Zafferano grew up inside the kitchen of his family's restaurant in Porticello, Sicily and brings that passion and authenticity to his food.
We combine local, fresh, seasonal ingredients with passion and tradition, to create a menu that is endlessly devoted to flavour and quality. We have a love for food, for the whole experience. We believe in celebrating just how powerful food can be, from the seed to the plate. Because connection through food is our mission.
Our space is intimate with only 38 seats and the overall vibe of the restaurant really transports you to Sicily with an outdoor courtyard that feels like a traditional Italian piazza.
We have a few signature dishes however the Risotto Marinara & Spaghetti Marinara are definitely at the for front of our menu.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
what can i say From the time we entered the restaurant we were greatly warming and like entering someone’s home We were engaged by the conversation and getting an understanding of sicily whilst we also listened to the specials We left the resting up to the restaurant We were a party of four..terrific and affordable Sicilian wine was recommended We had anti pasta and a really amazing eggplant dish for main we had a risotto a pasta and some great lamb chops Following by Tiramasu and Cannoli and some great Amari all up a wonderful night enabled by great food and hospitality We all remarked how refreshing to go to a restaurant in the eastern suburbs which was not corporate owned and felt like you had to get moved on in under two hours
A photo of Zushi Surry Hills - Omakase restaurant
4.8
4.8 (25)
$A101 and over
Japanese Speciality
Surry Hills
About the restaurant
Omakase means, “leave it up to the Chef” so let Chef Han take you on a tantalising journey of 20 courses, using the finest local Australian and Japanese produce.

OMAKASE MENU FEB/MAR 2024
Sweetcorn cold soup, truffle olive oil, paprika
Potata Pave, scallop, sea urchin, kombu
Ika Somen, calamari noodle, ikura, cucumber, bonito jelly
Chawanmushi, paradise prawn, mentaiko, sweetcorn
Abalone Tempura, abalone liver sauce, asparagus, pecorino, sushi rice
JPN A5 Wagyu steak, grilled medium rare, JPN A5 Wagyu Steak, foie gras, leek, wasabi
Sorbet
Omakase Nigiri
Southern calamari (Shark Bay WA)
Konbujime snapper (NZ)
Scallop (JPN)
Akami zuke (SA)
Scampi (WA)
Blue mackerel (Wollongong)
Salmon belly (TAS)
Bluefin tuna O-toro (JPN)
Sea eel (JPN)

Chef’s Signature hand roll +$20
Miso soup
Seasonal Fruit
Genmai Cha

*This menu can change subject to availability of ingredients. Sorry, we are unable to cater for allergies or dietary restrictions.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The value for the amount of food we received was worth every dollar. $200pp for 20 dishes that tasted great with great vibes all round.
A photo of Kitchens on Kent at The Langham Sydney restaurant
4.1
4.1 (660)
$A101 and over
Breakfast
Sydney CBD
About the restaurant
Dear valued guests,

Kitchens on Kent will be taking some time to reimagine its future offering, and in the interim will no longer be offering buffet lunch or dinner together with afternoon tea. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause for any plans you had to dine with us.

From Monday 6th November 2023, our offering will change, serving daily breakfast for hotel guests only.
A La Carte lunch will be available on a request basis in our Harbour Room (Monday to Friday) whilst our Observatory Bar will offer A La Carte dinner seven nights per week as well as lunch on weekends.

All bookings that are affected will be fully refundable and our team are in the process of contacting all guests with more details. For any specific issues or requests, please email tlsyd.kitchensonkent@langhamhotels.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
Can here for NYD with my mum as a treat to her and we very much enjoyed ourselves and the food. We are looking forward to coming back and eating once again at your lunch buffet. So much on offer and such a good variety of cuisines and drinks included within the price 10/10
A photo of Perspective Dining restaurant
5.0
5 (35)
$A101 and over
Farm-to-table
Fortitude Valley
About the restaurant
Perspective dining is a modern gastronomic tasting menu experience, a closed-door 12-seat chef table dining space, our chefs will take you on a unique culinary journey. Perspective Dining will offer cutting-edge tasting menus seasonally from 3 courses to 9 courses, a plant-based menu as well as a protein-based menu. Perspective Dining will be collaborating with local farmers and suppliers to ensure that our vision of uncompromised, no holds barred excellence and sustainability is showcased in our food.
Perspective | Lunch Thursday to Saturday
12:30pm
Food and wine pairing 140
Just the food 80
Perspective Dinner 9 courses
6:30 pm
Food and Wine pairing 300
Just the food 195

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Amazing food. The team at perspective dining make whole night a culinary experience. Will definitely recommend and go back.
A photo of Essa Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (666)
$A41 to $A100
Wine Bar
Fortitude Valley
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
danelion
Dined 3 days ago
Our favourite restaurant in Brisbane. Over the last two years has gone from very good to outstanding in all aspects. Food is creative, absolutely delicious, and deeply memorable. Service is attentive, personable, and knowledgeable. Loved the new wine list, and the off-list recommendations by the Master Sommelier are very special. Can't wait to go back!
A photo of Vintaged Bar and Grill restaurant
4.1
4.1 (306)
$A41 to $A100
Steakhouse
Brisbane CBD
About the restaurant
Executive Chef Dario Fiorino brings you a premium range of Australian beef featuring wagyu, in-house dry-aged steaks, and sustainably sourced seafood – all cooked on our open grill and balanced with Mediterranean aromas. A native Milanese, Chef Dario’s menu features Italian, Spanish and French influences, exquisitely complimenting the grill’s naturally infused char, scent and flavour.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The manager Derick was the most polite and helpful person I have ever had the pleasure of serving us, nothing was too much, and he was very attentive to our needs making us feel special and privileged to be at this delicious restaurant. The food and cocktails were a delight for our tastebuds. The only disappointing factor was one very loud, obnoxious and lacking in self-awareness table of men whose volume and vulgar language was noticed by all and put a dampener on our evening. We are new parents looking to have a special night out without baby and unfortunately, they remain a talking point of our evening. Suggest your team/staff ask people/tables like this to be respectful of other dinners around them in future, as a direct person only out of respect for my partner and his request, I did not go over and say something myself. We did relax after they all finally left, but it did impact our evening.
A photo of E'cco Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (916)
$A41 to $A100
Modern European
Newstead
About the restaurant
Nationally acclaimed and award winning E'cco Bistro was founded in Brisbane in 1995 by one of Australia's most celebrated chefs, Philip Johnson. For the past 25 years, Philip and his team at his landmark bistro have taken a sure yet simple approach by serving unpretentious food to the delight of all diners alike, this has cemented E'cco's reputation in the culinary landscape.
Having relocated from its original location in Brisbane CBD to the fast growing inner-city residential mecca, Newstead, E'cco has been positioned to prosper for the next 25 years and beyond.
As Philip says "We do as little as possible with the best ingredients available."

Top review
LionelM
Dined on Oct 28, 2023
Fabulous service the steak was outstanding as was all the food. Very hard to find anything that could be improved on.
A photo of Black Hide By Gambaro At Treasury Brisbane restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1427)
$A41 to $A100
Steakhouse
Brisbane CBD
About the restaurant
Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane will enchant and entertain guests by offering world-class Queensland steak as the hero cuisine, and a selection of mouth-watering seafood dishes.

Experience and savour exceptional personalised guest service and a divinely rich atmosphere that can only be delivered by blending intricate and cutting-edge design with worldly charm and sophistication.

Overlooking the Brisbane River and within an easy stroll of the city’s arts and cultural South Bank precinct, this stunning restaurant will be perfectly positioned in the space previously occupied by The Kitty cocktail bar, which has since closed to enable the beautiful refurbishment.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
3 ladies celebrating a special 30th birthday. Meals were sent out very timely, presentation was incredible and taste was delicious. Very lovely ladies lunch.
A photo of Palette Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (251)
$A101 and over
Modern Australian
Surfers Paradise
About the restaurant
A unique fine dining experience with a fully curated wine list and locally sourced ingredients. Situated in the stunning HOTA Gallery, Palette offers a unique blend of art and food on the Gold Coast. Dayan and his team in the kitchen will extend your art experience, taking inspiration from artworks on display and major exhibitions to show just how naturally art and food blends.
Top review
JayG
Dined 3 days ago
The best fine dining experience on the Gold Coast for vegetarians. The culinary Journey you will take when dining at Palette is extraordinary. The focus on locally sourced seasonal ingredients takes the dining experience to another level. Each course allows you to flavour each individual component, marrying it with a scrumptious seasoned oil or sauce. The service, like the food, is incredible. We were attended to like kings and queens, spoilt maximum. Thank you for an amazing tasting menu and the service to go with it. Highly recommended to visit Palette to experience this culinary journey like royalty.
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A photo of Pretty Little restaurant
4.9
4.9 (92)
$A41 to $A100
Australian
Balaclava
About the restaurant

Google Review
*****
This place is an absolute gem. A very intimate experience, the owner Mike and Chefs Mikey and Laurent are gifted people who make you feel at home. Food is absolutely incredible, so much flavour with seasonal ingredients. Amazing local wine pairings. Cannot speak highly enough of this place!


features include:
Open plan kitchen with food prepared directly in front of our guests.
Warm and cozy lounge with fireplace for winter.
Secluded, rear private courtyard.
Engaging and vibrant dinner party setting.
Seasonal set menu.
Wine and beverage pairings.
Private dinners available.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Always an amazing meal! Food, ambiance, service, everything was fantastic.
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