Sharing an intimate meal has always had a timeless charm to it and lucky for Sydney’s gourmands, there are plenty of restaurants in the city that not only offer great food, but also a charming ambience to make the night extra cosy and memorable for you and your date. Here’s our list of ten go-to romantic restaurants in Sydney.
1. Restaurant Hubert
Live Jazz music, French food, an extensive selection of wines and warm dim lighting are just some of the fixtures at Restaurant Hubert. Hugely popular for its’s romantic and timeless setting, if you want to experience a rich Parisian dining experience right at home, you’ll want to head straight to this Sydney staple. As for the menu, you can expect an ode to Paris with their Gnocchi Parisienne or Tarte Tatin d’Oignons et de Céleri. Dessert includes Hubert’s Gâteau au Chocolat and Crème Caramel. Check out everything that’s on offer here.
📍 Restaurant Hubert, 15 Bligh St, Sydney
Easily one of Australia’s most iconic establishments, Bennelong is housed inside the Sydney Opera House and is a true Sydney 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, upbeat atmosphere and a huge wine list. On account of being tucked away in a little corner of Surry Hills, it also has a hidden charm to it that gives it an almost exclusive quality. The menu includes the 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. As far as romantic restaurants in Sydney go, Mimi’s promises an elegant and luxe 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. They also have a specially curated Valentine’s Day menu TBA soon. Keep your eyes peeled 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 details here.
📍 Altitude, 176 Cumberland St
6. Saké Restaurant
Love Japanese food? After a chic and elegant dining experience? Can’t resist a 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, it promises the experience of a lifetime.
📍 Aria, 1 Macquarie St
Quay is synonymous with fine dining in Sydney. You can indulge in exceptional flavours with it’s 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 an iconic Sydney staple. The Italian restaurant featuring classics with a contemporary twist is always 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