Sharing an intimate meal has always had a timeless charm to it and lucky for Sydney romantics, there are plenty of restaurants in the city that not only offer excellent food but also a lovely ambience to make the night extra cosy and memorable for you and your date. Here’s our list of top ten romantic restaurants in Sydney if you’re in the mood for love.
1. Restaurant Hubert
Live Jazz music, French food, an extensive selection of wines and dim lighting is what you’ll get at Restaurant Hubert. Popular for its moody, romantic setting, if you want to experience a true Parisian dining experience in Sydney, you’ll want to snag a table here stat. As for the menu, expect caviar, oysters, gnocchi, rich pasta and heaps of French delicacies. Dessert includes Hubert’s Gâteau au Chocolat and Crème Caramel. Check out everything that’s on offer here.
📍 Restaurant Hubert, 15 Bligh St
Easily one of Sydney’s most iconic establishments, Bennelong is housed inside the Sydney Opera House and is a true bucket list experience. While it can set you back by at least $600 – $1000 for two people, it promises a dining experience second to none. Think flawless presentation, spectacular venue and views and an unrivalled intimate setting.
📍 Bennelong, Bennelong Point, Sydney
3. Alberto’s Lounge
The Italian sister to Restaurant Hubert, Alberto’s Lounge does a few things remarkably well — authentic Italian food, an upbeat atmosphere and a stacked wine list. Tucked away in a little corner of Surry Hills, it also has a hidden charm to it that gives it a distinctive quality. The menu includes classics like rigatoni amatriciana and spaghetti marinara. Check out the full list here.
📍 Alberto’s Lounge, 17-19 Alberta St
When it comes to coastal fine dining, Mimi’s takes the cake. It presents Sydney’s finest seafood with exceptional decor and water views for days. If you’re after a romantic night out, Mimi’s promises an elegant dining experience that will sweep your partner off their feet. Diners can opt for the coral trout tartare, yuzu kosho, finger lime and sorrel or grilled octopus with skordalia, salter Meyer lemon and silver skin cucumber. Check out their full menu here.
📍 Mimi’s, 130a Beach St, Coogee
5. Altitude Restaurant
Float in the sky, quite literally, with Altitude Restaurant’s exclusive dining experience on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel. The award-winning restaurant offers a fantastic bird’s eye view of Sydney along with a carefully curated menu and exceptional service. The menu includes an à la carte lunch menu, a high tea on weekdays and weekends and a separate dinner and brunch menu. Get the details here.
📍 Altitude, 176 Cumberland St
6. Saké Restaurant
Love Japanese food? Looking for a romantic dining experience? Can’t resist a good cocktail? You’ll want to make your way to Saké for all of the above and then some. The vibe is relaxed and cosy with excellent food to boot right from hiramasa kingfish to delicious sushi. Find your nearest location here.
Aria offers an unparalleled dining experience blending exceptional Australian cuisine and excellent service with views to die for. With a clear view of the Sydney Opera House and a wine selection second to none, Aria is a permanent fixture in the best fine-dining restaurants in the city. While it may burn a hole in your pocket, that experience can’t be beat.
📍 Aria, 1 Macquarie St
Quay is synonymous with fine dining in Sydney. You can indulge in exceptional flavours with its extensive six-course menu featuring oyster caviar and Mud crab with fresh bamboo and golden umami broth or bone marrow noodles. The food is complimented beautifully with the Opera House on one side and the Harbour Bridge on another.
📍 Quay Restaurant, Upper Level Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
9. Icebergs Dining Room & Bar
Dining at Icebergs is another Sydney staple. The Italian restaurant features classics with a contemporary twist and promises a good time with sprawling Bondi Beach views for days. Get your hands on their agnolotti, pecorino custard and Tasmanian black truffle and round it off with a scrumptious dessert of whipped stracciatella, lemon myrtle granita and alpine strawberry. Find their full menu here.
📍 Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach
10. Bar 83 at Sydney Tower
Located on the 83rd floor of the Sydney Tower, Bar 83 stands tall above the rest, quite literally. The futuristic cocktail bar promises funky, retro vibes with brilliant cocktails and whiskies. Also on offer is upbeat live music and stunning views of the city, especially at night. As for the dishes, you can expect a classic menu with a modern twist. Get your hands on the classic lobster roll or dig into the shaved coral trout. You can also share a premium cheese platter because what says romance better than sharing food, right?
📍 Bar 83 at Sydney Tower, Level 4 Westfield Sydney, 108 Market St