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50 Most Romantic Restaurants in Australia 2020

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by As rated by verified OpenTable diners
Updated January 27, 2020

There are many factors contributing to a romantic dining experience... world class ingredients, impeccable service and a unique ambience. The 50 most romantic restaurants 2020 showcase those seductive spots that enable diners to create delicious connections and memories that last a lifetime. The list is determined by analysing more than 173,000 reviews from more than 2,000 restaurants across Australia - all submitted by verified diners.

A photo of A Touch of Salt restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2492)
$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
FAYW
Dined 2 days ago
Enjoyable meal with very attentive service. Miss salt and pepper shakers on table. Realise you can ask to be brought to table. Found the printing on the menu was a bit difficult to read as the lighting was dim and the print did not stand out from the background. (We were not the only ones using the torch on our phone.) Thank you for a pleasant evening.
A photo of Woolloomooloo Bar restaurant
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.
A photo of Amici Restaurant - Caloundra restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2566)
$41 to $100
Italian
Caloundra
About the restaurant
In life, we all need friends to love, laugh and eat with. Amici is the Italian translation of friends. So whether you’re after the full dine in experience with the amazing service, delicious food and relaxed atmosphere or feel like staying in with our take away or home delivery, Amici wants to be a part of all your memories, like friends should be.
Top review
Dinnerout
Dined 1 day ago
Always great food..we visit everytime we come on holidays
A photo of Bistro La Provence restaurant
4.7
4.7 (704)
$41 to $100
French
Brighton
About the restaurant
Bistro La Provence is located at 234 Esplanade Brighton opposite the Brighton Baths and Royal Brighton Yacht club. Our diners will experience traditional seasonal French food and beverage.. We pride ourselves on ensuring your experience is one you will remember and want to share with your friends and family.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 22, 2024
Old-fashioned, great traditional French food in an old-fashioned place. But, exactly as we wanted. Beef Bourguignon, Coq-au-vin, venison, Creme Brule and profiteroles all to perfection.
A photo of Black Hide By Gambaro At Treasury Brisbane restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1412)
$41 to $100
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
sauyuD
Dined 1 day ago
Black Hide changes its menu frequently. The new menu we had last night was terrific. The chicken liver parfait was a meal on its own and it was delicious.
A photo of Cecconi's Flinders Lane restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1114)
$101 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 2 days ago
All guests were impressed and delighted with their meals; the standout dishes being the pumpkin gnocchi and seafood linguine. The location, service, staff, menu and ambience were all exceptional. All attendees said they will be attending again to explore more of the tasty menu items!
A photo of Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley restaurant
4.6
4.6 (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 Apr 26, 2024
Great service and a very nice medal with great ambience.
A photo of Donovans restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1536)
$101 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 1 day 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 (1607)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Food was really good. Fresh and flavourful pastas and the ribs were excellent. We also had a gluten free pizza which was one of the best my daughter had tried. The young waiter was very good as well.
A photo of Frogmore Creek Cellar Door & Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1291)
$40 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
JudithP
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful dining with delicious food. Excellent service as well. We took interstate visitors who were impressed with one of our favourite places.
A photo of Glasshouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1593)
$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 6 days ago
Beautiful restaurant, can’t fault it . Only thing is the tables are the close together you can hear the conversation next to you !
A photo of Moo Moo Restaurant (Gold Coast) restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2237)
$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 4 days ago
Perfection!!! My favourite go to place for any occasion or just dining in general! Definitely treat yourself to the dessert platter! Mouth watering!
A photo of Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill - Airlie Beach restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1787)
$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 2 days ago
This place is magical!!! What stunning views and the seafood platter oh my god!!! Delicious!!! We will definitely be back!!!!
A photo of Osteria di Russo & Russo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1162)
$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
SibylleK
Dined 3 days ago
What a gem! Delicious food - would be worth going for the foccaccia alone. Attentive, professional, good-humoured service. Knowledgable advice on unfamiliar Italian wines. An animated vibe of people enjoying themselves. We will definitely be back.
A photo of Park Street Pasta & Wine restaurant
4.5
4.5 (803)
$41 to $100
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
jaysvip
Dined 3 days ago
Good vibe and environment. Their handmade pasta is great. We tried pappardelle with slow cook wild boar, and the agnoiotti, both are delicious
A photo of Olivello restaurant
3.7
3.7 (86)
$41 to $100
Italian
Gregory Hills
About the restaurant
Olivello Restaurant - Gregory Hills - Reservations now open.
Fun casual Italian dining and events with sharing at its heart.
Enjoy our freshly made pasta made daily by head chef Valentina, and our signature woodfired pizzas and antipasti
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
The food was great and the service even better. The place was clean and ambience made you feel like you were in a different place. Would definitely go back there again.
A photo of Persone Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1076)
$41 to $100
Italian
Brisbane CBD
About the restaurant
In Italian Persone means ‘people’.
Persone is the embodiment of the sweet life.
A place to indulge in ‘the good life’.
Immerse yourself in a truly spectacular Italian bar and dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Too good Food was off the charts
A photo of Popolo Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1605)
$41 to $100
Italian
South Bank
About the restaurant
Here at Popolo, we passionately embrace the philosophy that food is the link that brings family and friends together. With the word ‘popolo’ itself meaning people, we aim to replicate an experience that can only be felt at Nonna’s house.

Chef Francesco, has produced a menu that compliments our riverside location in Brisbane's iconic South Bank. Proud to showcase the cuisine of his home town Naples, his food focuses on presenting wonderful ingredients, simply.
Top review
Noah
Dined on Nov 25, 2023
Great location and great food. Price was vary reasonable.
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4.8
4.8 (4517)
$101 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
Always great food and fantastic wines . Fabulous service and an excellent outlook !
A photo of Rickys River Bar and Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3032)
$41 to $100
Seafood
Noosaville / 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 today
Fabulous, as usual. Our favourite restaurant. Great food, service and ambience.
A photo of Sails Noosa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3125)
$101 and over
Modern Australian
Noosaville / 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
KVGV
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful service and food was such great quality and tasty
A photo of The Courthouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1630)
$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
FayleneM
Dined 2 days ago
The food was amazing, the staff were very friendly and efficient. The atmosphere was very happy. The wait times between courses was perfectly balanced. To sum up had a beautiful meal.
A photo of The Point Revolving Restaurant - Wrest Point restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1419)
$41 to $100
French
Sandy Bay
About the restaurant
Seventeen floors above the River Derwent, the Point Revolving Restaurant at Wrest Point radiates ‘special occasion.’ When the doors open and the view unfolds, you’ll understand why The Point has been a backdrop of memorable dining 40 years over.

This Hobart restaurant is committed to people, produce and place. Our French-inspired menu weaves some of Tasmania’s finest ingredients into a dining experience punctuated with theatre and flair. Like the sound of Crepe Suzettes cooked at your table with flair by our wait staff?
Top review
Kesy
Dined 6 days ago
We have been here a few times over the years and as usual the food, service etc. was excellent as well as the view
A photo of The Woodhouse Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2573)
$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 2 days ago
Amazing food, outstanding customer service, couldn’t recommend more
A photo of Trattoria Emilia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1156)
$41 to $100
Italian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Trattoria Emilia is an authentic Italian restaurant focusing on seasonal produce and fresh pasta. Head chefs Francesco Rota and Luca Flammia hail from Modena in Emilia Romagna.

At Trattoria Emilia we seasonally change the menu and source a large majority of our produce from regional Victoria, our meat is organic and sustainably grown in Tasmania and Victoria and we import some of the best Italian DOC products. Some dishes that are not to be missed are our Tortelloni Emiliani and the crowd favourite salumi misti with gnocco fritto and tigelle served with mortadella mousse.

Rustic, yet refined, Trattoria Emilia boasts fantastic ambience, attentive and professional service whilst all the while remaining a great casual dining spot perfect for a quick lunch, a long relaxing dinner with friends and has always been a romantic date spot.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent food, friendly, informative service and stylish interior. What more could you want! Looking forward to returning
A photo of Walter’s Steakhouse - Brisbane restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1935)
$41 to $100
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!
A photo of Waterfront Southgate restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1512)
$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
johni
Dined 4 days ago
Great location, great food and wine and attentive staff
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