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Hard-to-Get Reservations for restaurants in Australia

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by OpenTable Australia
Updated December 02, 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.

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4.9
4.9 (1715)
$A101 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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
An incredible, unforgettable, sensory, delectable experience.
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4.4
4.4 (1207)
$A40 and under
Modern Australian
Fingal
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food and service was great - friends were impressed with the whole venue and setup booths for special events- will definitely revisit Staff were also very friendly
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4.7
4.7 (4)
$A40 and under
Unspecified
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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MarkH
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
Experience cocktail making at its finest by visiting this bar. I'd highly recommend the Pina Fizz. I don't know how they do it, but it came with a mass of small bubbles atop of the cocktail which had a distinctive and surprising popcorn taste! I appreciated their use of cloudless ice too. Accompanying ordered food was excellent as well. I'd highly recommend Grain, and look forward to visiting it again in the future.
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4.7
4.7 (2577)
$A41 to $A100
Steakhouse
Bendigo
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.
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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.
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4.7
4.7 (1537)
$A101 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.
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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