Romantic Restaurants for the Perfect Date Night
You don’t need to be young or newly dating to enjoy a romantic dinner – only young at heart. The age old saying “the way to a loved one’s heart is through their stomachs” still rings true today, with new research from OpenTable revealing that dining out as a couple is integral to keeping the relationship flame alive.
The Relationship Reviver diner research has uncovered that two thirds (67%) of Australians in relationships prefer to spend a date night sharing great food at a new or favourite restaurant, putting aside an average $2,244 per year on eating out with their significant other. As a nation, loved up Australians collectively spend a phenomenal $18.5 billion on dining out with their partners. Given that Date Night is such an important part of keeping the romance alive, we’ve found, along with OpenTable, some cosy date night restaurants around Australia that will help you create the perfect atmosphere to help keep the romance alive.
Alibi – Sydney, NSW
Perched by the sparkling waterfront of Sydney’s Woolloomooloo Wharf, Alibi is the perfect destination to indulge with your loved one. The 100% plant based menu offers an extensive, sustainably focused wine list and theatrical cocktails made from a selection of fruits, vegetables and botanicals, complemented by popular favourites such as ‘mac & cheese,’ peking duck pancakes and the classic Alibi hotdog. Perfect for a feel good date night.
Bistro Guillaume – Sydney, NSW
Inspired by the popular neighbourhood bistros of Paris, Bistro Guillaume offers a menu rich in delicious French cuisine, including an à la carte menu featuring escargot and souffle. A hidden treasure within Sydney’s CBD, the restaurant features luxurious dining in a stunning indoor setting paying homage to the city of love. Perfect for a date night high on romance, or where you want to make a lasting impression on your date.
Circa 1876 at The Convent – Pokolbin, NSW
As the Hunter Valley’s most iconic restaurant, this stunning property is located in a historic cottage on the picturesque grounds of Roscrea Estate. Circa 1876 showcases an award-winning wine list of Hunter Valley wines and brings the ‘farm to fork’ ethos to life, with guests able to overlook the organic kitchen garden seeing where their food comes from. Perfect for a luxury unwinding date night after a long day wine tasting.
Eau De Vie – Melbourne, Vic
Created for the discerning bon vivants, Eau De Vie is straight out of 1920’s prohibition America. From the moment you walk in you are taken back to a much forgotten era, with a secretly hidden whisky room located behind a bookcase. The bar offers a light grazing menu with charcuterie boards, faultlessly complementing every drink offered on the menu. Light, yet absolutely delicious. Perfect for the more casual date night.
Cecconi’s – Melbourne, Vic
Cecconi’s is a sophisticated Italian restaurant in the heart of the city, serving traditional family recipes passed down from generation to generation. The atmosphere is cosy with flattering lighting and an interior designed to ensure noise levels are kept low enough to allow for proper conversations. Perfect for the getting to know you, or catch up date night.
Smith & Daughters – Melbourne, Vic
Housed in a stunning historic bluestone piece of Fitzroy history – Smith & Daughters is located in the oldest pub in the neighborhood which was once frequented by Bob Marley (true story!). A meal at this famous institution promises a good time for all. The kitchen is renowned for creating dynamic vegan cuisine with a fun dining experience. Perfect for a relaxed, fun date night.
A Touch of Salt – Townsville, Qld
Located in the heart of Townsville, the family owned A Touch of Salt restaurant serves as an exquisite award winning menu in a relaxed dining atmosphere. Take in the waterfront views and starry night skies on the restaurant’s alfresco balcony, which provides the perfect setting for good food and good conversation with good company. A perfect first (and second, and third) date location so you don’t have to try too hard.
Elio’s Osteria – Carina Heights Brisbane, Qld
This local southside institution boasts candle lit tables, Chianti by the glass, crooners and generous old fashioned house made pizza, gelati and antipasti. With all the classic delicious Italian dishes on offer, Elio’s creates the ideal intimate night for two. Perfect for a first date, or for those who have been dating for quite a while.
Press* Food & Wine – Adelaide, SA
At Press*, the kitchen is renowned for bringing together the best products from South Australia whilst showing its creative and playful side, creating fun dishes for guests to sample. The owners work with local farmers, producers and brewers to create an ethical based menu that captures their strong focus on real food, great service and honest cooking. Perfect for a Foodie feel good date night.
The Lounge Restaurant by Frogmore Creek – Hobart, Tas
The exposed kitchen and comfortable seating arrangements entice guests to relax and enjoy The Lounge’s elegant dining experience resembling a home environment. Comfort is of the utmost necessity at Frogmore Creek, bringing comfort food to a fine dining experience which is sure to impress any admirer. Perfect for that date night where you need to make a quick or lasting impression.
eightysix – Braddon, ACT
With friendly welcoming staff, and a menu full of Australian and International dishes eightysix is fast becoming a Canberra favourite. With tasting dishes to share, steak and seafood mains, an all you can eat menu, as well as a delectable dessert menu, this restaurant will leave your date impressed. Perfect for a first date, or a romantic evening for those who have been dating a little longer.
Ischia – Perth, WA
The hometown of restaurant owners Sebi and Daniele Conte is a volcanic island called Ischia situated in the Gulf of Naples. Famous for its local island specialties like slow cooked rabbit (coniglio all’ischitana), and mixed seafood spaghetti (spaghetti allo scoglio), the island of Ischia also makes some of the Mediterranean’s finest wines. Now, the Conte brothers bring these flavours and more to Ischia Ristorante, recreating their hometown cuisines with traditional recipes – and the kind of love only Italians can bring! Perfect for a Foodie date night with lots of atmosphere.
Have you eaten at any of these restaurants? Do you have a different favourite date night restaurant? Let us know in the comments below. I have to admit, I’ve added a few of these to my “must visit” list next time I’m interstate.