Sydney’s Best Date Night Spots Right Now

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / December 29, 2021

Everyone knows that the way to a heart is through the stomach so why not treat that special someone to a delicious dining experience!

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Odd Culture, Newtown

For a casual yet refined dining experience, head upstairs at Odd Culture. With leather seating, wooden tables and beautiful table settings, it feels luxe and worlds away from the bustle of King Street. You’ll be treated to Odd Culture’s overarching fermentation techniques with the food offering. There’s not one set cuisine, but with Jesse Warkentin and Caleb Venner (both ex-Continental Deli) working with the group’s Executive Chef James MacDonald (ex-Hubert), you’ll be eating from an all-star team. Find out more here


Sama Sama, Barangaroo

If you’re after a waterside dining experience, Sama Sama is our new favourite in Barangaroo. Taking residence in former restaurant Khoi, the team from Bae Dining (TOKKI, Marble BBQ) have given the space new life and brought Southeast Asian fare to the menu. Expect a fun and delicious dining experience where you can share an array of dishes including Bone Marrow Mi-Goreng, Nahm Jim Kingfish and a tasty Char Kway Teow. The cocktails are impressive too with favourites including the Tommy Khoi and Spice Honey Nectar. Find out more here


Corso Brio, Barangaroo

If you’re looking to impress, head to Corso Brio for a dose of European grandeur. The new 120-seater venue boasts boujee interiors, a modern Italian menu and an impressive wine list to match. Led by a strong hospitality team including Italian-born executive chef Massimo De Michele, you’ll taste dishes including Beef Carpaccio, Wild-Caught New Zealand Scampi and Slow-Cooked Margra Lamb Shoulder. Find out more here


The Blue Door, Surry Hills

If you’re looking for a refined dining experience with a sustainable edge, The Blue Door is the perfect date night spot. The restaurant is intimate and charming with just 24-seats, vintage-style wooden tables and chairs, white walls and high ceilings. Award-winning chef Chef Dylan Cashman has centered the menu around his connections with local markers and growers. It’s a true farm-to-table experience where the menu rotates each week to reflect the nature of seasonal produce from the local farmers. Find out more here


Bay Nine Omakase, The Rocks

For those that enjoy the finer things in life like artisan sushi, seafood platters and waterfront dining experiences, Bay Nine needs to be on your radar. The new 40-seater Omakase restaurant has opened in Campbell’s Cove bringing a unique Japanese dining experience to The Rocks. Sydney’s youngest Omakase Head Chef, Tomohiro Marshall Oguro, is at the helm of the kitchen putting his Japanese culinary experience to delicious use. There is an ever-evolving daily menu for those sitting up at the 10-seater counter, just like the Omakase you’d experience in Japan. Find out more here


Tequila Daisy, Barangaroo

Margaritas & tacos… That’s enough to impress anyone! Taking place of what was once beloved Vermouth Bar & Bistro, Banksii, Tequila Daisy is the place to perch up for Mexican delights in the sunshine. The venue has undergone a transformation to become a bright and bustling 200-seat eatery with vibrant blue picnic tables providing the perfect casual vibe. Co-Owner and Executive Chef Hamish Ingham will take your taste buds on a journey through the bustling markets of Mexican City to the lush flavours found in Yucatan. Find out more here


Ursula’s, Paddington

For a charming experience, head to Ursula’s nestled amongst apartments in the Paddington neighbourhood. The space undertook a major interior renovation, now boasting rich caramel tones, crisp silks, softly textured walls and bespoke plaster pendant lighting over the tables. Chef Phil Wood is at the helm of the kitchen. The menu is an interpretation of Australian bistro cuisine through Wood’s palate with dishes including Snapper, Margra Lamb Rump and Beef Carpaccio. Find out more here


Banco Manly, Manly

Nestled down an unassuming back alleyway in Manly, the 32 seater restaurant is the perfect spot to perch up for share plates and a good pet nat. Executive Chef Dan Webb is at the helm of the kitchen bringing modern British cuisine to the table. As with all good menus, it changes with the seasons and depending on what produce can be sourced from the local markets. Current menu highlights include Ham Hock Terrine with apricot chutney and soft quail egg, Lamb Shoulder Croquettes with peas and mint, Confit Duck & Foie Gras Pie and for dessert, Dark Chocolate Mousse with blood orange. Find out more here


Jung Sung, Chippendale

Jung Sung celebrates traditional Korean cuisine with a whimsical, modern, and sophisticated offering. Head Chef InSup Kim is at the helm of the kitchen and his food philosophy is to shift the perception of Korean food. To do just that, Kim fuses authentic Korean cooking techniques with modern methods using local Australian produce and botanicals. You’ll find Jung Sung located on the third level of the Old Rum Store at Chippendale’s bustling Kensington Street precinct. Glass windows flood the restaurant with natural light and give it a New York loft feel. Find out more here


Mille Vini, Surry Hills

MV Bistro & Wine Bar of Surry Hills has turned into a luxe Italian restaurant and bar within the same space on Crown Street. The scene can be best described as moody but there’s a touch of elegance from the velvet drapes and brass and crystal chandeliers. It has a luxe, romantic atmosphere making it the perfect venue for your next date night. This European elegance is complimented throughout the food and beverage offering as Head Chef Francesco Di Gioia (Fred’s, Charlie Parker’s, Riley Street Cafe and Wine) pays homage to classic Italian cuisine from all regions. Find out more here


Oncore by Clare Smyth

What’s more impressive than perching up at a world-class chefs restaurant with incredible harbour views! Celebrated Irish chef Clare Smyth has opened a new restaurant on level 26 of Crown Sydney. The 68-seater restaurant provides sweeping views of the city’s harbour including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The menu offers an Australian twist to the gastronomical experience at Core by Clare Smyth. Find out more here

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