Everyone knows that the way to a heart is through the stomach so why not treat that special someone to a delicious dining experience they won’t soon forget? Here are our top picks right now!
St. Alma, Freshwater
Freshwater welcomed this gorgeous 100-seater venue on Albert Street last year. With beachside charm, beautiful interiors, and an eclectic mix of modern-Mexican share plates, it makes for a lovely date night. The menu is designed to share with a diverse range of meat, fish, vegetarian and gluten-free options to suit any dates tastes. Lock eyes over a Paloma before moving onto crudo, tacos, burrata, and a selection of meats cooked to perfection with Mexican sauces we all know and love – think salsa verde, mole blanco. Find out more here.
Casa Mia Osteria, Newtown
Casa Mia Osteria in Newtown is a charming Italian restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, perfect for a romantic date night. Their menu features authentic Italian cuisine and a great selection of wine, providing a delightful dining experience for any couple. Find out more here.
Brasserie 1930, CBD
There’s nothing like a visit to a Bentley Group restaurant to say “I Love You”. Brasserie 1930 is the newest venture from the team offering a refined French dining experience with an elegant atmosphere to match. Their menu features classic French dishes with a modern twist, and their extensive wine list provides excellent pairing options, making it a great destination for food and wine lovers. Find out more here.
Bar Lucia, Potts Point
Bar Lucia is the elegant wine and tapas venue which opened on Kellet Street with a charming Madrid-inspired aesthetic. It’s perfect for date night with a laid-back Spanish vibe and share plates to bring you closer to your date. Find out more here.
Zafferano Trattoria Mediterranea, Paddington
The love child of Sicilian-born, Chef Simone Crivello, and his partner, Isobel Galloway Zafferno was born from a shared love of food, connection, passion & wine. Their warmth is poured into every inch of the venue, and together they have brought a true piece of Sicily to the heart of Paddington. Want to take your lover to Italy on a budget? Zafferano Trattoria Mediterranea has you covered. Find out more here.
Bar Copains, Surry Hills
Looking for a chic and intimate spot for date night? Look no further than Bar Copains in Surry Hills. Sip on French wines and share delectable small plates in the cozy and romantic ambiance. Find out more here.
Ora is the perfect place for date night with a super cool and stylish setting and delicious Japanese-inspired food to match. The restaurant invites you to settle in for a modern Japanese meal executed by Chef Nobuyuki Ura who is known for giving sushi e Hat status. You can then head to the back of the restaurant for a cocktail on the velvet couch, soundtracked to the hottest DJs in Sydney. Find out more here.
The Strand Bistro, Darlinghurst
This old pub has had a major renovation and we can officially say after our visit that it is worthy of your next date night. With booth seating, modern interiors and a fireplace roaring through the restaurant, you and your loved one will be smitten as ever. The menu has taken a bistro turn with signatures such as steak frites, duck leg, chicken liver parfait and creme brulee. Find out more here.
Maydanoz is a great new choice for those with vegetarian partners, but we can guarantee it will impress even the biggest of meat-eaters! The menu is inspired by the vegetarian-driven fare from the Aegean Turkish coast and is done by no other than chef and owner Somer Sivrioğlu (Anason, Efendy). The restaurant is super cosy with velvet textures and dim lights making for a romantic evening in the heart of the CBD. Find out more here.
Together Frederico Zanellato and Karl Firla put on a gastronomical degustation with dishes inspired by the elements of earth, wind, fire and water. Every dish is plated with precision for a multi-sensory experience and it’s common to see a pairing of delicacies and native Australian ingredients. As you move around the venue, you’ll be delighted by the whimsical mastery of the chefs, the gastronomy on the table and the intimate restaurant feel with just 20 seats. Find out more here.