There's nothing more romantic than an intimate dinner for two at a beautiful restaurant in the city. Dim lighting, plush interiors, private booths, shared menus, French Champagne and freshly shucked oysters – the elements that set the scene for the perfect dinner. Stick with these, and we guarantee your date will be more than impressed.
The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and when it’s time to turn up the heat, these romantic restaurants in Sydney will take your date night to the next level.
With paintings adorning the walls and fresh roses from their farm on each table, Sean's Panorama is all charm. Homely in vibe, due to the intimate dining room and home-style cooking, the simplicity allows you to focus on your date. If you’re having trouble deciding, you can always opt for the chef’s choice degustation.
270 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Italian cuisine at its finest, Alberto's Lounge is the neighbourhood restaurant that nails the romantic dinner for two vibes. Tucked away in the back streets of Surry Hills, the relaxed and inviting atmosphere is reflected in the hearty, soul-warming dishes- think rigatoni with pork sausage and cow’s milk burrata with fresh figs. Intimate and refined, you need to get in early to get a seat. But don't stress if you don't land a table straight away, you can chat over a drink or two at the bar while you wait.
17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney
Sitting pretty on the 36th floor – high above Sydney Harbour – Shangri-La Hotel's Altitude Restaurant delivers a romantic dinner with a side of incredible views. The fine dining cuisine and perfectly paired wine list make Altitude a must-try dining experience. Looking for somewhere to continue the date? Pop in for cocktail at Blu Bar on 36 for a post-dinner drink.
Shangri-La Hotel, 36, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney
With dim lighting and little nooks, Saké scores top points for its intimate dining setting. The chic designer interior sets the tone for the beautifully presented dishes to come and the Japanese cuisine leaves you feeling satisfied yet light. The signature dishes from the menu like popcorn shrimp and hiramasa kingfish are perfect for sharing, and the extensive saké list is way too inviting not to indulge.
Double Bay, Manly and The Rocks
Sitting pretty along the Barangaroo boardwalk, Banksii Vermouth Bar and Bistro is a Mediterranean-styled oasis. The shared menu curates the best dishes on offer from grilled prawns to braised lamb shoulder, and for dates with dietary requirements, there are vegetarian options. In terms of libations, botanicals and vermouth lead the pack but if that is not your style, there's an extensive wine menu to peruse.
11/33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Considered one of Sydney's most romantic restaurants, Hubert provides the ultimate in date night settings; think mood-lit lamps with velvet and fringe drapery. The old-world feel and sheer opulence of the interiors will set hearts aflutter. Classic bistro-style dishes go down a treat with their selection of French wines and classic cocktails. With a smooth soundtrack of charming, jazz crooners, your date is in for a treat.
15 Bligh Street, Sydney
When it comes to romantic restaurants, Sydney's A Tavola is one of the most intimate. Equal parts chic and homey, A Tavola serves up traditional, no-fuss Italian cuisine. The menu is made up of fresh, handmade pasta, simple entrees, vibrant salads and daily specials written up on the blackboard. The friendly service and intoxicating smells will transport your date night to Italy. Pair your meal with an Italian wine and save room for dessert – the cremino of course.
Bondi Beach and Darlinghurst
When you want to really impress your date and upgrade your dining experience, Aria is the romantic restaurant to book. Matt Moran’s two-hatted eatery boasts harbour views and a delectable paddock-to-plate, modern Australian menu. For the ultimate date night experience, book the seasonal tasting menu and add the matching wine. You won’t regret it!
1 Macquarie Street, Sydney
An Eastern Suburbs hotspot, Bar M provides the glitz and glam, and all you need to bring is your date and a healthy appetite. There's lots to experience while dining, from the glass walled kitchen and montage of black and white photos projected onto the walls. The antipasto and fresh pasta are amongst their most popular menu items with the tiramisu martini a perfect after-dinner treat.
10 Nield Avenue, Rushcutters Bay
A cross between warehouse chic and art deco opulence, Riley Street Garage is glamorous yet edgy. With its dim lighting, leather seats, jazz tunes and backlit bar, the romantic vibes are palpable. The shared menu will require you to get closer and the raw menu will have you salivating. For drinks, the cocktails are where it’s at.
55 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
Looking for more date night inspiration? If you liked our round-up of the most romantic restaurants in Sydney, you will love our cute date night ideas – think fun activities like art exhibitions and cooking classes. Or upgrade your date night to an entire weekend with a romantic getaway to one of NSW's beautiful holiday destinations, from the Southern Highlands and Central Coast, to the Blue Mountains and South Coast.