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Top 50 restaurants in Australia

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by As rated by verified OpenTable diners
Updated November 19, 2019

Creative dishes, unparalelled hospitality and one-of-a-kind dining experiences, OpenTable's 50 best resataurants in Australia 2018 consistently serve up all this and more, time and again. This year's top 50 were determined by analysing more than 126,000 reviews from more than 1,600 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 1 day 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
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4.7
4.7 (1111)
$101 and over
Italian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
"Everything you want from a sophisticated city Italian restaurant is right here: atmosphere, admirable service, a menu long enough to allow for real choice, an expansive drinks list, flattering lighting, carpets and tablecloths to ensure that sound levels are low enough for a proper conversation."
Enjoy signature dishes - Seafood linguine, Veal Cotoletta and signature steaks from the Josper

One Hat – THE AGE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
2006 - 2023

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing food. The Vitello Tonnato was outstanding, as were the calamari and pappardelle. Top notch
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4.7
4.7 (2678)
$41 to $100
Japanese
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Chocolate Buddha undertook an AMAZING renovation in 2019 by Maddison Architects. We have a 22 seater SUSHI TRAIN open Wednesday to Sunday lunches 12 - 3pm and Dinners 5 - 8pm it includes an EXPRESS train which delivers hot food ordered via a tablet. We offer QR menus at each table for ease of ordering, splitting bills and menu with pictures and descriptions. This type of ordering is optional so always let us know if you prefer to order with us. See you soon @ Chocolate Buddha
Top review
BillS
Dined 4 days ago
We love Chocolate Buddha. Staff are welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable and the food is wonderful, great vegetarian choices.
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4.8
4.8 (1123)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Surry Hills
About the restaurant
We are a neighbourhood restaurant in Surry Hills with a great bar and a lovely team.
Our menu is dedicated to Australian produce, wine, beer & cocktails, opening every evening and for a lazy long lunch over the weekend.

We are located in a heritage townhouse just off Taylor Square at the axis of Paddington, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills with comfortable counter-top dining, a garden terrace, an intimate dining room, and a newly renovated private dining room.

We are thrilled to have one of Australia’s most experienced chefs, Mark Archer (previously Becassè, Tomislav, & Fix Wine Bar) heading up our kitchen. Together our goal is to champion the exceptional ingredients of this great continent through a changeable menu of sharing plates.

Our kitchen stays open throughout the day and late into every evening.

Top review
EugeneO
Dined 5 days ago
Fantastic as usual, the new deserts especially were really really good ( as usual...)
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4.7
4.7 (1525)
$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 4 days ago
Never disappoints. Relaxed fine dining - beautiful food (as always). Amazing view.
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4.8
4.8 (1600)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Excellent restaurant with an extremely friendly and happy Owner!
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4.7
4.7 (338)
$41 to $100
French
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Climb the narrow flight of stairs up from the red brick lane to enter the saloon. A table in the bustling dining room? Or a seat at the fluted zinc bar? Whether it’s a lunch, dinner or well crafted cocktails with a snack, bookings are essential.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
An absolutely superb dining experience. The food, wine and service were all outstanding, as is the overall ambience of the dining room.
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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 4 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
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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 4 days ago
Love Mamasan Kitchen & Bar, one of our favourite restaurants. Beautiful food every time with great service you can’t go wrong.
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4.8
4.8 (1155)
$41 to $100
Contemporary Italian
Enmore
About the restaurant
Enmore's Osteria di Russo & Russo is a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its modern take on classic Italian flavours, served in its warm and charming restaurant. As snacks to start, the fiore di zucchini fried zucchini flower with goat's milk ricotta and lemon aspen and the cannolo filled with a duck liver parfait, date and hazelnuts are sensational selections.

Some of Osteria di Russo & Russo's specialty dishes include the saltbush gnocchi with pork sausage ragu and pecorino, the chargrilled beef flank with green garlic, nasturtium and smoked eggplant and the slow cooked freemantle octopus with chickpea, salsa rossa and native bush tomato, as well as vegetarian dishes.

Osteria di Russo & Russo's strawberry sorbet, davidson plum meringue and limoncello custard is the perfect dessert with which to finish your meal.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Cozy restaurant, exceptional food and lovely service. Recommend the tutto bene menu, which includes a selection of great dishes.
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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
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4.8
4.8 (4485)
$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
EmmaB
Dined 4 days ago
Our party of 7 were warmly welcomed and treated like queens by our lovely server. Nothing was too much trouble, including catering for specific dietary needs. Delicious banquet with new taste experiences, several courses and delivered by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Definitely returning and highly recommend Rick Shores, especially for a celebration.
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4.7
4.7 (3012)
$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
CarolG
Dined 7 days ago
On arrival by ferry we were greeted and seated directly, even though we were 30 minutes early. Our seating was perfect, on the terrace. Service was prompt and the waitress was very pleasant. We enjoyed the food and the soufflé for pudding was exceptional. Timing of the meal coincided with the ferry which took us back to Hastings st. A perfect ending to a delightful lunch. Thanks to all the team at Ricky’s. Carol
A photo of Rookie Eatery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (682)
$41 to $100
Australian
Wollongong
About the restaurant
Rookie Eatery offers diners contemporary Australian cuisine in a casual context. A produce-driven menu centres on modern Australian food, as the kitchen serves an eclectic mix of local ingredients with multicultural influences. At Rookie, we believe that ‘Australian cuisine’ is a multicultural phenomenon that exists nowhere else in the world and so we aim to provide a contemporary interpretation with the local ingredients on offer. The result is a diverse inspiration of eastern and western cultures brought together with fragrant and fresh flavours. An on-site herb garden provides the kitchen with a range of indigenous and introduced herb species, whilst a commitment to strong supplier relationships sees the South Coast’s best produce showcased.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Outstanding service and the food was 10 out of 10, thank you!
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 4 days ago
Was a great meal, good food, good service, a very enjoyable night. Very extensive wine list.
A photo of The Peacock Den restaurant
4.8
4.8 (606)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
The Basin
About the restaurant
THE PEACOCK SYMBOLISES POWER, ROYALTY, INSIGHT & WISDOM.

The concept behind The Peacock Den is simply to offer a more unique wine and dining experience in the outer east. Brought to life from a vision and passion for the Hospitality industry, we have created this stunning establishment.

With a strong focus on fine wines, the mission at The Peacock Den is simply to share excellent and expertly selected wines matched with simple yet delicious food in a relaxed sharing environment.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food was incredibly delicious and wait staff attentive. One of my favourite restaurants.
A photo of The Woodhouse Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2562)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Entree was a bit disappointing, 2 tiny prawns for $16 But our main was just absolutely delicious, the lamb was mouth watering, the potatoes and carrots were amazing
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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 4 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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