Best Restaurants in Perth: Where to Dine Out in Style
Designer spots for a delicious meal, these are the best restaurants in Perth.
Perth's culinary scene continues to wow, with new fine dining restaurants and bars popping up across the city every month. Our produce is second to none, our venues stylish and sophisticated and our hospo scene world class. The enviable task of eating our way through the best restaurants in Perth was no small feat, so we hope you enjoy these suggestions.
Best New Restaurants Perth:
Steak-lovers rejoice, because you can now tuck into timeless steakhouse dishes and a vast selection of wines at this premier waterfront restaurant in the heart of Elizabeth Quay. 6HEAD sources some of the finest beef from around the country, as well as local seafood and award-winning pours. The menu features a selection of all-natural, hormone-free cuts of meat, including exquisitely marbled steaks and world-class Wagyu beef.
Shop 1, Ground Floor/One The Esplanade, Perth
West Kitchen and Bar
With the most stunning views of the Swan, exceptional pours and a dreamy, laid-back ambiance, Perth’s newest waterfront restaurant - West Kitchen and Bar - ticks all of our boxes. Aptly named, West’s mouthwatering menu celebrates the finest produce Western Australia has to offer, from fresh Leeuwin Coast Akoya Oysters to Rottnest Hiramasa and Margaret River chocolate. West is located at the Wonil Hotel, next to UWA.
21 Hackett Drive, Crawley
Nestled within the historic Old Swan Brewery, Cooee stands as a waterfront culinary haven led by Michelin-star chef Alan Wise. With panoramic views of the Swan River, this stylish gem offers not only delectable bites but also a distinctive and relaxed atmosphere that locals adore. Offering a menu that spans from dawn to dusk, celebrating the spectrum of sustainable Western Australian flavours, Cooee has every craving covered. Your next, unforgettable dining experience awaits you at Cooee.
The Swan, 171-173 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Nestled in the heart of the Perth CBD, Stampa!, the new addition to the phenomenal Print Hall venue, is a true masterpiece of old-world Italian fine dining. The dimly lit, casually elegant interior, complete with gorgeous booth seating and a stunning feature wall, is the perfect backdrop to a lavish meal. The menu is outrageously good, with a particular emphasis on hand-made pastas, succulent meats, and seafood delicacies. Trust us when we say the Carpaccio Tonnato (beef carpaccio with a tuna and anchovy cream sauce) is life changing.
125 St Georges Terrace, Perth
A neighbourhood osteria worth its weight in gold is Mt Lawley's Testun. Enter a room charged with bold splashes of colour and technicolour decorations and enjoy a menu adding equally bold approaches to Italian dishes. It's Neo-Italian done well; think beef wellington 'tartare' with mushroom pate, anchovy cream and puffed pastry, a burrata with carrot crema and fried brussels sprouts, and pappardelle with a brisket ragu. Unsurprisingly, Italian and Australian wines are well presented, minimal intervention in particular. Mangia mangia!
12/760 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
This stunning restaurant was part of The Beaufort’s recent renovation to make way for a multi-venue dining and entertainment precinct, and the standout - Lotus - may just be one of Perth’s dreamiest spots. The interior is jaw-droppingly pretty and the South East Asian menu, designed to share, is exceptionally good. Perfect for a long lunch with the girls, or your next romantic date night.
521 – 525 Beaufort Street, Highgate
Say hello to this light, breezy and beautiful new bistro from Miles Hull - the hospitality team behind Jetty Bar, The Quarter Acre Hotel and more local drinking and dining favourites. Bringing Paris-via-NYC flair to Rokeby Road, Subi Continental is dishing up all the freshly shucked oysters and house gildas, classic cheeseburgers and lobster mac and cheese, steak tartare and aged rib eye with Cafe de Paris butter you could ever hope to indulge in. Best washed down with their cleverly curated drinks list, of course, showcasing local and smaller Aussie wine producers as well as craft brews and some seriously tasty cocktails.
10 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Sailing For Oranges
This sophisticated new fit-out in Fremantle is a bar and cocina brimming with fresh flavours and an easy-breezy atmosphere. There's an undercover outdoor courtyard for you to relax into, or head inside to the moodier bar and lounge and settle in for the long haul.
Iberian-inspired drinks and snacks are the order of the day, with everything from Fremantle octopus twice-cooked with rosemary, Kipfler potatoes and chorizo oil, plates of jamon Iberico, and corn or chorizo croquettes. Breakfast is also available (hello, churro style French toast!)
DJs are on deck Friday and Saturday nights. Get swept up in the the sounds of Latin American flowing magnetically through the space; Sailing For Oranges really is the dreamiest new bar and restaurant to have on your radar.
33 South Terrace, Fremantle
With a rustic, old Roma interior and dreamy plates of fresh salumi, Vin Populi is High Street Fremantle's new Italian restaurant supreme, elevating the traditional pasta and wine experience. It’s simple, satisfying food done with the utmost attention to detail and practice. Settle in over a plate of spaghetti polpette with a vino rosso, or try the veal saltimbocca with a dirty martini (using the best Italian Vermouth, of course). Walk-ins are welcome here, too. It’s a taste of la dolce vita in Freo.
9-13 High Street, Fremantle
Shui is spicing up the food and drink scene in Subiaco. This mod-Asian eatery is buzzing with vibrant energy and serving up some seriously tasty Asian-inspired share plates, along with a delicious cocktail list. Menu stand-outs include the sesame prawn crumpets with black garlic aioli, and the cured kingfish spring rolls. There are a bunch of high tables under a covered patio that soak up the atmosphere of the bustling street outside, or you can opt for a table within the restaurant's beautifully designed interior. Either way, you’ll be coming back for more.
12 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
French food is having a moment in Perth, and we’re not mad about it. La Bastide is a chic yet homely restaurant, putting a contemporary spin on classic French cooking techniques. The result? A celebration of good food, wine and French hospitality, with a menu striking an impeccable balance of seasonal Western Australian produce with authentic French delicacies. In addition to their regular menu, there are plenty of fantastic daily specials – or plats du jour, that highlight seasonal local produce and are written up on a series of vintage mirrors and blackboards. There's also a carefully constructed wine list to complement each dish perfectly. Enlist your waiter to help you decide.
225 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
The Best Restaurants Perth CBD:
Drawing on WA’s premium produce and our multi-cultural heritage, some of the best restaurants in Perth’s CBD transport diners around the globe. From the streets of India, to the hilltops of Peru, to hovering above the city’s skyline while feasting on the sweetest marron imaginable; no passport is required for these culinary journeys, best paired with a decadent hotel stay, or a post-feast tipple at one of Perth’s best bars.
Ready for the good times? So are we at this small but mighty restaurant in Perth's CBD. Say hello to Tiny's, a bar, restaurant and liquor emporium at QV1. They boast a South American edge, and big flavours with family-style plates of protein roasted on a wood-fired grill and rotisserie, fresh vegetables from their rooftop garden, and bar snacks taken to the next level. The rotisserie chicken with mole poblano and dirty rice is must-try, and we love the charred corn with chipotle mayo and lime.
Drink-wise? They take them seriously, with a drinks list designed by the pros. It's extensive, with loads of great boutique beer, seasonal cocktails (give us all the spicy margs) and small-batch wines.
QV1 Plaza, Milligan Street, Perth
This is the first restaurant in Perth by Guy Grossi, the chef behind Melbourne’s Italian fine-dining restaurant Grossi Florentino.
Situated in the historic Hibernian Hall in Perth’s east end, Garum is based on the feel of ancient Rome and the ideals of Roman cooking, albeit with contemporary consideration. The menu also highlights the richness of Western Australia's produce, with dishes like Fremantle octopus served in the Gaeta style, and casarecce swimming in a prawn, crab, cime di rape, colatura, and chilli sauce. Roman style round sourdough is served with moretum (a type of herbed cream cheese), and a focus on offal and off-cut meats is also inspired by the Italian capital; try their ox-tongue skewers.
Finish with a rather non-traditional tiramisu, or a fig tart with mascarpone, pistachio, and olive oil ice-cream.
It's all so molto deliziosa! It's by far one of the finest Italian restaurants in Perth's CBD.
The Westin, 480 Hay Street, Perth
Premium Peruvian food isn’t something you get to experience too often in Perth, and certainly not with the creativity, refinement and panache that award-winning consulting Executive Chef Alejandro Saravia brings to the table at Uma. The dishes feature West Australian produce – offering paddock to plate – and native Peruvian chillies straight from the motherland.
Grab a Pisco Sour or a Caipirinha and take a ‘Journey through Peru’ – aka the Chef’s selection – a progressive dining experience created just for you. Or simply go a la carte. You can knock yourself out with several different types of ceviche (don’t skip on the Abrolhos Island scallops, smoked yellow chilli sauce, and chalaca salsa). Cone Bay barramundi steak, served up with picante sauce and Peruvian white corn, is a mains highlight – and there’s plenty of traditional Peruvian steak cuts to choose from as well, all made with Wagyu beef.
The restaurant itself is a design lover's dream, created by leading Perth architect and design firm State of Kin – think vibrant, warm colours and bold art that catches the eye.
207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
Seductively moody and reminiscent of a French saloon where literary giants might have once graced, Fleur cocoons its diners in lavish floral flare; after all, fleur translates to flower in French. Set within the grand Royal Hotel, Fleur’s menu is both bold and delicate with the stand-out whole roasted spiced Wagin duck, a caviar menu, foie gras and boeuf aux poivre paired with carefully curated champagne, wine and cocktails. The finale of crepes suzette set alight at your table fuels the drama before resuming to refined elegance.
531 Wellington Street, Perth
Contemporary in design and adorned with images of Kings Park’s native trees by artist Valerie Sparks, the COMO The Treasury’s signature Wildflower restaurant celebrates Western Australia’s abundance while perched above the city. With ingredients sourced from local farmers and foragers, the menu revolves around the six Indigenous seasons: Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. Much like the Noongar calendar flows with the environment, the menu often features rare treasures such as acacia, Geraldton wax and finger lime; and when available, the delicately poached Manjimup marron is life-changing.
The State Buildings, Level 4, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
An oldie but still a goodie. If only Balthazar‘s walls could talk - an institution since the 90's, this place has hosted everyone from celebrities to businesspeople to musicians. It’s where anniversaries of the oldest and most timeless loves have been celebrated and where people have counted their years with pride. An interior refresh a few years back has transformed Balthazar from a dark, den-like vibe into something still atmospheric and moodily lit, but lighter and in line with a more contemporary aesthetic.
Food wise, grab a seat at the table for indulgent, classic dishes such as scallop crudo, beef tartare, truffles and steaks, and a touch of Australian decadence, with kangaroo loin present on the menu. The wine wall might be intimidating, but the sommeliers are friendly and exceedingly ready to help you navigate your way through the Old World selections, or through some fresh new drops.
6 The Esplanade, Perth
Furaibo Izakaya Bar & Restaurant
Serving chopstick-friendly Japanese-inspired tapas, meaning ‘izakaya,’ Furaibo is situated in a wing of the heritage Royal Hotel; and is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Perth's CBD. Book a table upstairs on the balcony shielding the unsuspecting pedestrians below from your gluttony with over 35 variations of Kushiyaki yakitori sticks or their signature fried Tabasaki chicken cooked in a secret recipe of sweet peppery sauce and sesame seeds. Leave the decision-making to the chef with the pretty sashimi platter, and depending on the seasons, it could feature Tasmanian salmon, Australian kingfish, scallops and yellow-tail tuna. Down with sake-based cocktails or Japanese beers before heading downstairs into the fray.
Raine Square, 300 Murray Street, Perth
Santini Bar & Grill
Squid ink risotto, bistecca Fiorentina and wood-grilled Berkshire pork cutlet are just some of the dishes that have earnt the Santini Bar & Grill their ‘Restaurant of the Year’ accolade at the 2022 (AHA) Annual Accommodation Awards for Excellence. Set within the luxe QT Perth hotel, the Italian-Mediterranean menu is in the expert hands of executive chef Stephen Clarke. Paying homage to their Italian roots, the extensive curated wine list features European and local labels showcasing Leeuwin Estate Art Series alongside rare labels such as the 2014 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Masseto from Tuscany and 2010 Tinto Pesquera Reserva Especial from Spain’s Ribera del Duero region.
Level 1/133 Murray Street, Perth
Refined Cantonese dining at the Grand Orient will have you rethinking Chinese cuisine. Drawing upon modern and authentic cooking techniques, The Melbourne Hotel’s signature restaurant has mastered the art of combining the flavours of the orient with local and international premium produce. Steamed barramundi, Patagonia toothfish, live WA lobster, wok-fried Angus beef, Atlantic live snow crab, green lip abalone and braised superior bird’s nest soup are just some of the starring ingredients on their extensive menu. The opulent décor compliments the menu with a luxe colour palette served with equally vibrant cocktails.
33 Milligan Street, Perth
The Best Restaurants Perth:
Sauma invites diners to meander the streets of India on the actual streets of lively Northbridge, specifically on the corner of William and James streets. Start your modern Indian street food experience with a zesty pani puri shot of crisp wheat bubbles filled with herbs and a chilli shooter. Follow with a selection of starters such as the wagyu beef samosa, watermelon cured ocean trout and the twice-cooked lamb ribs coated in sweet tamarind. It would be a sin not to try their curries, especially the homestyle goat curry and duck korma eaten with your hands as the locals do wrapped up in tandoor baked paratha. Cool your tastebuds with one of Sauma’s creative cocktails like the strawberry gin-based Pink Panther in Hollywood and Chilli Mojito.
200 William Street, Northbridge
Perched on the pristine shores of Swanbourne beach, The Shorehouse stands as a beacon of elegance and relaxation, effortlessly bringing together the sophisticated charm of coastal living with breathtaking ocean views. Take a seat on the sun-drenched deck, unwind and indulge in the fresh, housemade menu as you gaze out at the horizon. The vibe is serenity and luxury, so it’s no wonder the Shorehouse is one of Perth’s best.
278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne
Yes, it’s indeed a trek to head out to Coogee, but any trip to this farm-to-table restaurant is one you’ll remember for a long time. A heritage-style cottage (circa 1894) has been renovated and dressed handsomely; its front rooms act as private dining rooms, that open onto a large, barn-like renovated hall with polished concrete floors, and overhanging branches. The hall then transitions seamlessly into a modernist al fresco area and market garden. The menu at Coogee Common is built around the garden, and changes based on the day’s harvest. As you would expect of the people that brought us Bread in Common, the wood-fired bread is a must for the table. The salads and vegetables are as fresh as if you’d picked them off a plant in front of you (this place is a vegetarian’s delight), with flavoursome dishes like the smoked kohlrabi, served with lavosh, pickled shiitake mushroom and horseradish.
The wine list is equally impressive, with plenty of fine, lo-fi Australian drops, beer from Single Fin, as well as a bunch of botanical cocktails. Don’t skip on desert - the dark chocolate, honey, and buttermilk ice cream is made with honey from Coogee Common’s own hives.
371 Cockburn Road, Coogee
If you’ve ever dined at Print Hall, Star Anise, Miss Kitty’s Saloon or Lalla Rookh, you have to check out Le Rebelle, a fabulous nouveau-French bistro from husband-and-wife duo Sarah and Liam Atkinson, who both have played a big part in what made all those previous destinations so good. If you miss New York and France, this gem will take you right back to a bistro in either city - with its black bentwood bistro chairs, timber finishings, and leather banquettes.
There’s a delicious, 50 bottles strong wine list, handwritten and filled with plenty of Burgundy and old world French drops, and peppered with a few standout local drops.
You’ll find French staples like steak tartare, fillet steak au poivre, moules et frites, and côte de boeuf, alongside roast duck breast and incredible house-made fromage, that varies depending on the day (think house made camembert and crottin-style goat's cheese ). Finish up with the vanilla bean creme caramel and Grand Marnier - trust us.
676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
If you enjoy going somewhere nice but more “neighbourhood” in style, CASA in Mount Hawthorn offers some seriously good food and wine, with a laid-back, European dining approach. Settle in and start sipping, with plenty of delicious lo-fi and French wines on the menu (there’s also the option to buy from the in-restaurant bottle store). Si Paradiso chef Paul Bentley and Enrico Tomelleri, a Sydney-based chef (of Fratelli Paradiso/ 10 William Street fame) have come together on an array of creative dishes, from roast chicken mole and whole grilled fish with chilli adobo sauce, to doughnuts with taramasalata and mussel escabeche. Pasta lovers will struggle to pick between the agnolotti with corn, ricotta, jalapeno butter and parmigiano, or the stracciatella with charred cucumber and yuzu juice.
Make a special occasion extra special here and go fishing on the menu with the Frutti Di Mare, a two-person seafood-lovers tower. Nostalgic vibes are feed well here too, with a Golden Gaytime ice cream dessert (in collaboration with local iconic gelateria, Chicho Gelato).
399 Oxford Street, Leederville
Marumo only release reservations a couple of times a year, but if you get in, their omakase menu is a theatrical performance, immersive experience and meal all in one. Omakase is a Japanese form of dining meaning ‘I’ll leave it to you’, where the chef decides what will be served up each course, and applies their creativity and artistry to a range of different dishes. These might range from soups to sashimi to sushi. Clocking in at three hours, it all happens in an unassumingly intimate dining room, and is only $75 per head - about a third of the price of most omakase experiences (but just as lauded).
22/145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands
Western Australians' have a stronger than most lived knowledge of the dining scene in Bali - it being such an easy and economical travel destination from Perth. Which means many are familiar with Bali trendy eateries Mama San and Sarong, and the chef-owner behind them - Will Meyrick, whose also behind his namesake restaurant here in Perth. Say hello to Will St, a 120-seater Asian inspired eatery packed with regional cuisine and local culture, and dishes inspired by Moroccan, Indian and trans-Asian cuisines.
Seafood and spice come together in spectacular fashion, with dishes like the Muslim-style goat nihari, char siew pork hock (which comes with a side of mandarin pancakes) and traditional desserts like black sticky rice.
If you enjoy a drink with a side of exclusivity, Will Meyrick and Running with Thieves have two collaborations only available at Will St - a silky-clean rice lager, and a gin infused with juniper berries, green cardamom, and cubeb berries. Or, experiment with a creative Asian-inspired drink, like the peanut and miso washed whiskey, served with spent peanut praline shard.
228 Carr Place, Leederville