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Top 50 restaurants in Australia 2019

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by As rated by verified OpenTable diners
Updated March 03, 2020

The OpenTable top 50 restaurants in Australia 2019 consistently serve up creative dishes, unparalleled hospitality and one-of-a-kind dining experiences, whatever the dining occasion. This year's top 50 list was determined by analysing more than 173,000 reviews from more than 2,000 restaurants across Australia - all submitted by verified diners.

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4.8
4.8 (2480)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Townsville CBD
About the restaurant
Enjoy the breathtaking waterfront views, sparkling starry night skies, and refreshing breezes of our outdoor balcony, or opt for indoor air-conditioned seating to beat the heat (which can be a must in North Queensland!).

Our restaurant's name, A Touch of Salt, is a play on our family name, Brine. In 2005, we started as a family business, and our family-style approach of offering genuine hospitality and meals designed for conversation has always been the heart of A Touch of Salt. Over the years, we have perfected our restaurant to become one of the best casual fine-dining restaurants in the North.

We take pride in being appreciated by the locals of Townsville as well as travellers from all over Australia.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I picked this restaurant due its its rating with plant based food items on the menu. Also felt there was a good range of other choices too
A photo of Alibi Bar & Dining restaurant
4.4
4.4 (905)
$41 to $100
Vegan
Woolloomooloo
About the restaurant
Welcome to Sydney’s conservatory of green.

Set amongst an ‘indoor-alfresco’ dining setting, Alibi Bar & Dining serves up Mediterranean vegan fare with flair and soul.


Currently, we trade in the restaurant Tuesday to Saturday evenings from 5:30pm.

We offer bookings in our bar as well as our restaurant (dining). Our bar is walk-in and guests are offered a brief snack menu with some substantial options.

In the restaurant we offer an A la Carte menu and Share menu option. A minimum of two people required to enjoy the share menu and must be ordered by the whole table.

Groups over 8 must take the share menu.

Top review
LynH
Dined on May 11, 2024
The food was delicious. Excellent plant based food.
A photo of Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1132)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Hunter Valley
About the restaurant
Please note for Wednesday & Thursday or any other dates when Circa 1876 is not available, Restaurant 88 may be open for booking. Click here to check availability and reserve your table at Restaurant 88 today. A short stroll down the tree-lined driveway is Circa 1876, the Hunter Valley's most iconic restaurant, located in an historic cottage on the picturesque grounds of Roscrea Estate. Circa 1876 showcases some great Hunter Valley wines in an award-winning wine list. Circa 1876 quite literally brings the ‘farm to fork’ ethos to life as guests overlook the organic kitchen garden that their food came from just beyond their plate.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
Great service and a very nice medal with great ambience.
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4.7
4.7 (1526)
$101 and over
Modern Australian
St Kilda
About the restaurant
Welcome to Donovans - our ‘house on the beach’ and home we love to share. Donovans is located on the St.Kilda beach front offering guests a memorable dining experience in Melbourne. With a bay side view, beautiful Mediterranean inspired food and the special relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant, Donovans is where you will feel at home.

Donovans’ exciting menu has been developed our intimate knowledge of modern Mediterranean cooking. The menu is extensive with a modern mix of favourite dishes emphasising the best local produce. Donovans also offers an extensive wine list of Australian and imported wines and an eclectic mix of cocktails.

Top review
PhilJ
Dined 5 days ago
Never disappoints. Relaxed fine dining - beautiful food (as always). Amazing view.
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4.8
4.8 (1602)
$40 and under
Italian
Carindale
About the restaurant
Candle lit tables, chianti by the glass, crooners and generous old fashioned house made pizza, calzone, gelati, huge pastas and antipasto. Perfect for a family dinner, an intimate night for two, or a work get together. A south side institution since 1984.
Top review
Bernie
Dined 1 day ago
Great food and great service, the staff could not do enough for us
A photo of Frogmore Creek Cellar Door & Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1281)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Cambridge
About the restaurant
Enjoy a collection of dishes from the land, sea and garden; a tribute to the beautiful produce of Tasmania and the diversity of kitchens around the world.

Please note : A surcharge of 10% applies on Sundays and Public Holidays

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
My partner and I were celebrating her birthday and they were able to accommodate my special request of having some small flowers on the table, 3 staff members came over and wished her a happy birthday and made sure everything was to our satisfaction. We had a lovely time and the food was amazing.
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4.7
4.7 (1585)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Timbumburi
About the restaurant
Lead by Head Chef Jarrod Smith, Glasshouse is proud to serve a variety of expertly prepared, locally sourced dishes, in a phenomenal venue.
Goonoo Goonoo Station is undoubtedly the New England regions finest destination for accommodation, dining, and events.

Please note:
At Glasshouse, we have seatings options for groups from 2 - 50 people.
Bookings are currently limited to groups of 10 persons maximum.
If your desired time is does not show, unfortunately that time is not available.
Bookings prior to 6:30pm are for 2 hours only.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Glasshouse is a fantastic spot for a special occasion. The building and view is stunning. The service is top notch. The food and drinks are superb. Have been before, and will come back again. 10/10
A photo of Locale Restaurant and Bar Noosa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2086)
$40 and under
Italian
Noosaville / Noosa Heads
About the restaurant
The decor is like a restaurant in NY, Melbourne or Europe and they have added detail with sophistication yet it appears simple and sleek lines with subtle lighting that gives a great atmosphere. There are different areas to sit from the bar to lounge, table seating or a small outdoor area.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Great meal - well paced - did not overfill wine glasses which I really appreciated - service was perfect and waiter attentive
A photo of Mamasan Kitchen and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2232)
$41 to $100
Asian
Broadbeach
About the restaurant
Mamasan Kitchen + Bar is a contemporary pan Asian restaurant with a menu that is designed to share, from cuisines including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian and Thai.

Mamasan Bar serves unique Asian inspired cocktails alongside a selection of premium local and international wines, spirits, tap beer + sake, all designed to compliment the modern Asian menu.

Featuring a unique modern decor and a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere, Mamasan incorporates spaces for all size gatherings including private dining at the 10 seat Banquet Table, outdoor seating on our enclosed Deck or drinks and small bites in the Bar area.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Love Mamasan Kitchen & Bar, one of our favourite restaurants. Beautiful food every time with great service you can’t go wrong.
A photo of Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar Northcote restaurant
4.7
4.7 (403)
$41 to $100
African
Northcote
About the restaurant
The cuisine of culturally rich Ethiopia utilises a sophisticated array of spices to produce a diverse and flavorful taste. Meals are traditionally served on a communal platter for sharing with friends and family.

Come and discover the charm of Ethiopia and MESOB.

Top review
JulianJ
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious food. I've been coming here since it first opened back in 2016. It's great that they gave takeaway containers as I couldn't finish the whole meal. Overall, a great experience.
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4.6
4.6 (1063)
$40 and under
Greek
Prospect
About the restaurant
Andrew Papadakis moved to Australia in 2012 with the vision of sharing an authentic piece of Greece through the culture of food and family.



At Meze-Mazi, we’re all about authenticity. Our food is derived from old family recipes and our native Greek chefs craft each dish with the same love and passion that they do for their own families.

Top review
CKar
Dined on May 12, 2024
Fantastic food and great atmosphere. As close to authentic Greek food as you can get in Adelaide. Food wasn't heavy, great portions for sharing, and excellent value. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.
A photo of Park Street Pasta & Wine restaurant
4.5
4.5 (799)
$41 to $100
Italian
South Melbourne
About the restaurant
Located in a historic corner building at 268 Park Street, Park Street Pasta & Wine is South Melbourne’s friendly neighbourhood pasta and wine bar from Italian Restaurateurs Luca Balbo & Lino Torre, combining their passion for food and experience in the hospitality industry.

Head chef Tommaso Bartoli whips up a creative menu that heavily draws on his Tuscan roots. Starting his career in the kitchens of Florence, he brings to Australia all the knowledge and passion for food that define with his personal style.

All our pasta is handmade in-house in the traditional ‘fatta a mano’ style. Our menu features inventive sharing plates, classic pasta dishes that nod to various parts of Italy, plus a few modern iterations, all reflective of seasonal quality produce. with a tidy selection of Italian, international and local wines to match.

We are located at 268 Park Street on the Corner of Park Street and Perrins St, just down from the iconic South Melbourne Town Hall.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Fantastic Italian restaurant in South Melbourne. Beautiful food with great waitstaff and the ambience is just perfect. Highly recommend
A photo of Rick Shores restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4489)
$101 and over
Contemporary Asian
Burleigh Heads
About the restaurant
Pan-Asian flavours in one of the Gold Coast's most iconic locations. Focusing on fresh locally sourced produce with intention to share.

By Head Chef James Brady

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Once again not disappointed in the food service & ambience at Rick Shores! We had the set menu it was all delicious a fabulous long lunch was had .
A photo of Rickys River Bar and Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3013)
$41 to $100
Seafood
Noosaville / Noosa Heads
About the restaurant
Set on the banks of the beautiful Noosa River, Rickys River Bar & Restaurant delivers a dining experience that encapsulates the Noosa lifestyle. Rickys offers a delicious menu featuring a wonderful selection of fresh seafood and the very best local produce. With sweeping views of the Noosa River, Rickys is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch, a sunset dinner or a relaxing cocktail in their River Bar.
Top review
KimL
Dined today
As always unbelievable. Best restaurant in Australia. We had olives, crab spaghettini, steak & passion fruit soufflé. We go every time we are in Noosa & it never disappoints
A photo of Sails Noosa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3105)
$101 and over
Modern Australian
Noosaville / Noosa Heads
About the restaurant
Located overlooking Noosa Main Beach, Sails Restaurant offers sophisticated yet relaxed dining.

Executive Chef, Paul Leete, presents a creative fusion of modern Australian cuisine, while keeping a strong focus on fresh, seasonal produce.

Paul combines ingredients, sourced with integrity, to create clean, thoughtful and uncomplicated menus.

Sails Restaurant also features a multi award winning wine list showcasing more than 500 wines, with a focus on great Australian, New Zealand and French winemakers.

Open from 12pm daily for lunch and dinner.

Sails Restaurant is open for all Public Holidays through the Christmas and Easter periods.

When placing your reservation, please understand that requests for specific tables cannot be guaranteed. We appreciated that everyone who books with us wants to sit close to the beach front, therefore we allocate these tables according to how far in advance you book.

Top review
SachaP
Dined 5 days ago
Was a great meal, good food, good service, a very enjoyable night. Very extensive wine list.
A photo of The Carlton Wine Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (775)
$41 to $100
European
Carlton
About the restaurant
Carlton Wine Room is a neighbourhood restaurant offering a well-executed, fresh, seasonal food menu, and an ever changing, diverse wine list featuring the best of Italy, Australia and the rest of the World. We offer a bar space, an upstairs restaurant dining room and three unique spaces that are can be booked for private dining perfect for special events.

RESERVATIONS: are for a two hour sitting. We do not accept bookings for drinks and snacks, however we accept walk-ins for this if space permits. A surcharge of up to 1.2% applies to credit card transactions. A surcharge of 10% applies on Sundays and 15% on Public Holidays.

OUTSIDE SEATING: please note this is subject to the weather and we may not be able to move your reservation inside in the case of bad weather.

CANCELLATION: A $50 per person no show fee is charged for failing to attend your reservation. Contact us on 9347 2626 to make changes or cancel your reservation.


Top review
CaitlinW
Dined 2 days ago
Great venue, attentive staff and lovely dishes. Definitely recommend
A photo of City Wine Shop and The European restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1200)
$41 to $100
European
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and taking bookings for the European restaurant Tuesday-Sunday. If you can't find a booking online, please contact the restaurant directly. On Mondays we welcome all guests on a walk in basis. Our extensive outdoor area welcomes guests on a walk in basis so feel free to drop by. We are always happy to see you. Located near the iconic Parliament and Princess Theatre, we offer classic bistro fare with substance and character to complement our extensive collection of Champagne and wines available to enjoy with your meal. We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple classic food for lunch and dinner, and everything in between. Drawing on our own in house butcher and farmhouse cheeses matured by our friends at Spring Street Cheese Cellar there is always something new to try on the menu. City Wine Shop and the European offers a welcoming ambiance and warm, generous hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its best.
Top review
Andy
Dined 1 day ago
A melbourne classic that always delivers! Brilliant night.
A photo of The Woodhouse Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2563)
$41 to $100
Steakhouse
Bendigo
About the restaurant
Take it slow… Have a drink to start. Enjoy a cocktail, local wine or craft beer, Share a snack or two in our dedicated Bar.
Smell the delicious smokiness of Bendigo’s only dedicated steakhouse & grill, where we use local redgum on the grill; there’s nothing quite like the flavour of meat cooked over redgum. The natural smoky flavours and aromas created by this unique timber are something truly special. In the finest tradition of steakhouses, we use locally sourced meat and the very best in fresh, regional produce.

Showcasing 350 wines, including 28 by the glass, including some seriously interesting wines curated by our inhouse Sommelier. With local wines taking pride of place, including some intriguing European offerings, plus a supporting cast of spirits, beers and other beverages, including a decent alcohol-free selection. Cocktail drinkers will be impressed with our seasonally curated list.

Our menu is updated seasonally and available on our website.

Top review
LaraB
Dined 2 days ago
The steak I had was done beautifully, unfortunately there was not a lot of greens for sides to choose from. I think this would have cut through the heaviness of the meal. Also I found the zucchini flowers not to be as delicious as they usually are.
A photo of Tinamba Hotel restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1155)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Tinamba
About the restaurant
Simon and Tania Johnson have owned Tinamba Hotel since October 2020 and feel honoured to be the custodians of the hotel’s proud heritage as they build upon a vision from previous owners, Brad Neilson, Damien Gannon, the Schoenmaeker and Whelan families.

Using the finest, locally grown fresh produce from local suppliers and working with the most talented chefs in the region is what the Johnsons believe sets Tinamba Hotel apart. The signature dishes deliver a truly memorable experience, served in a setting famously known as Gippsland’s favourite destination dining venue.

From the first-class dining experience within the dining room, lounge and conservatory, to the relaxed atmosphere in the Amba Bar and on the outdoor veranda, Simon, Tania and the Tinamba Hotel team provide the finest example of country hospitality for local and visiting customers alike.

Welcome to your Gippsland local. The award-winning Tinamba Hotel.

Top review
GaryD
Dined 5 days ago
We have visited the Tinamba on several occasions and it never fails to be excellent. That said, last night's dinner was the best yet. A tasting with matching wines that hit the mark. Service was first rate and we look forward to our next visit
A photo of Walter’s Steakhouse - Brisbane restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1935)
$41 to $100
Steakhouse
Brisbane CBD
About the restaurant
Walter's Steakhouse is a restaurant unlike any other. Serving classic dishes paired with old fashioned service.
Top review
JacobP
Dined on Dec 23, 2023
This restaurant was phenomenal as always. We go there at the same time each year as part of our family tradition, and the staff are always incredibly accommodating. Looking forward to next years dinner, but hope to get there more than just once each year!
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