Sydney's Most Romantic Restaurants
There is nothing more romantic than an intimate dinner for two at a beautiful restaurant. Dim-lighting, plush interiors, private booths, shared menus, French champagne and freshly shucked oysters, are all elements that set the scene for the perfect dinner and will impress your date. The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and when it’s time to turn up the heat, these intimate restaurants will take the romance to the next level.
With dim-lighting and little nooks, Saké provides an 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 sake list is way too inviting not to indulge.
12 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Offering over 100 seasonal cheeses and 250 wines, cheese lovers are spoilt for choice at GPO Cheese and Wine Room. This sophisticated underground ‘Temple of Cheese’ is a date night dream with stone walls, dark timber furniture and plenty of tables for two. Depending on your date’s taste you can create your own board or dine from one of their popular cheese flights paired with three wines or whiskeys.
Lower Ground Floor, Sydney GPO Building, 1 Martin Place, Sydney
Restaurant 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 sets 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
Gowings Bar & Grill located within QT Sydney is not your average hotel restaurant. This contemporary eatery impresses upon arrival with its sleek design. The extensive menu of European brasserie-style dishes, with a special focus on their wood-fired rotisserie, proves to be hearty and soul warming. Be sure to save room for dessert; nothing like a caramelised pear tarte tatin for two.
1/49 Market Street, Sydney
Equal parts chic and homey, A Tavola serves up traditional, no fuss Italian cuisine. The menu is made up of fresh, handmade pastas, 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.
Darlinghurst and Bondi
When you want to really impress your date and upgrade your dining experience, Aria is the 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
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 oyster and seafood menu will have you salivating. For drinks, the cocktails are where it’s at.
55 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
An Eastern Suburbs hotspot, Bar Machiavelli provides the glitz and glam, and all you need to bring is your date and a healthy appetite. There is 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
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 sticky beef short rib and for dates with dietary requirements, there is a vegetarian menu. In terms of libations, botanicals and vermouth lead the pack but if that is not your style, there is an extensive wine menu to peruse.
33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Sitting inside a sandstone building, Bambini Trust is a swanky, European-style bistro. Chandeliers, marble accents and specials written on the mirrors give the space a glamorous touch, making it the perfect date night venue. The à la carte menu offers a slew of cheeseboards to keep the cheese aficionados satisfied and the extensive wine list will keep you and your date hydrated.
185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney