The Most Romantic Restaurants in Sydney for an Intimate Date Night
Set your lover's heart aflutter with a booking at one of the most romantic restaurants in Sydney.
There's 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 – the elements that set the scene for the perfect dinner. Stick with these, and we guarantee your date will be more than impressed.
But where to book for an unforgettable night? Well, the way to a person’s heart is generally through their stomach. Next time you're ready 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
A unique (and delicious) menu, a view of the Harbour Bridge and a cocktail list that will have you struggling to pick a favourite - what more could you want? Intimate, cosy and perfect for a special occasion, Circular Quay's newest offering, Penelope's, just might be our new date night go-to. Each dish showcases the diversity of Sydney's culture and flavours with a blend of multicultural spices and Australian native ingredients.
Sitchu Tip: Start dinner off by toasting with a Burran Bellini (featuring Tassie pepperberry and prosecco), then sip on a Forbidden Sour as you dine on housemade garlic bread, burrata and the restaurant's signature Bakar chicken.
Quay Quarter Tower, Level 1, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney
With Peter Gilmore's culinary expertise, Bennelong is a must-for a special date night. Located inside the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House, this acclaimed restaurant offers a menu that is aptly Australian. Whether you opt for the Chef's Tasting Menu, the three-course à la carte or an indulgent pre-theatre meal, your date will be feeling very loved.
Bennelong Point, Sydney Opera House
No one does romance like the French so take your date to Parlour, for a night you won't forget. Step inside and be transported to Paris with an eclectic selection of wines, cocktails and classic French fare with a modern twist. Standout dishes include the Escargot with smoked ham, pea purée and garlic butter, the chicken liver parfait and the twice-baked goat's cheese souffle. If you're stopping by for a late bite the Raclette Cheese jaffle is a must.
49 Market Street, Sydney
Exuding villagey beach charm and casual fine dining, St. Alma serves up an eclectic mix of mouth-watering Mexican dishes with a modern twist. The best bit? They have a Trust The Chef tasting menu, which is designed for sharing so you can cosy up to that special someone as you tuck into their epic delights. Think hard shell sashimi taco and Prawn Agua Chile - lightly cured Australian prawns, chile de Arbol and habanero mix, pickled onion, hazelnuts, cucumber & coriander.
The venue's look and feel has been curated by hospitality design and construction experts, Five Foot One with a contemporary and coastal aesthetic. The deeper palette and brass finishes at St. Alma bring an unpretentious and welcoming sophistication perfectly suited to Freshwater. Coastal romance never looked so good!
20 Albert St, Freshwater
Charlotte Bar & Bistro
French food is having a moment, and the new Charlotte Bar & Bistro in McMahon's Point is fast becoming known as one of the best spots to dine in Sydney. With a relaxed, yet sophisticated charm, expect a menu made for sharing: a vegetable Tarte provençale, a signature Bouef en-croûte royal or the Épaule d’agneau entièr. Snag yourself a corner booth and let the conversation (and the cocktails) flow on a delightful date.
139 Blues Point Rd, McMahons Point
The Meat & Wine Co
One of Australia's best-known steakhouses, The Meat & Wine Co has just opened its twelfth location, right in the heart of Sydney CBD. Delivering the finest meats, and curated international and local wines, the new location comes complete with the institution's signature African flair. The romantic and chic inner-city setting is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Sunday, and it makes the perfect lunchtime or after-work rendezvous.
219-223 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
Looking to charm the socks off your date? This authentic French dining experience in the heart of Circular Quay is it. From the moment you step through the doors, you'll be transported to a cosy Parisian bistro, complete with vintage French posters and an open kitchen. The attentive and friendly staff will make you feel right at home as you peruse the menu, which features classic French dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Whether you're stopping in for a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner, Bouillon L'Entrecote is sure to satisfy your cravings for delicious, traditional French cuisine.
6 Loftus Street, Sydney
The Charles Grand Brasserie
Indulge in the glamour and sophistication of Europe right in the heart of Sydney's CBD at The Charles Grand Brasserie. With a focus on old-school hospitality and modern luxury, you'll be transported to a world of elegance and culinary excellence. Directed by culinary expert Sebastien Lutaud and led by pastry chef Rhiann Mead, famous for her work at Bennelong, Quay, and Harrod's Food Hall, The Charles offers a truly unforgettable dining experience. From the art deco reception area to the roving dessert trolley filled with house-baked treats, every detail has been carefully crafted to exceed your expectations and is bound to bring the romance.
66 King 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
ArthurGood food brings people together, and that’s exactly what Surry Hills restaurant, Arthur does with it’s exciting 11-dish menu. It’s elegant, it’s exciting and uses seasonal ingredients in ways that are as unexpected as they are delicious. And, best of all, it means you'll be settling in for a few hours for a meal with your lover.
544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Sydney is having a serious love affair with all things French right now and restauranteur Andrew Becher, of Franca and Parlar, knows it. Armorica is Sydney’s freshest French offering and it’s perfect for a cosy date night.
Located on Crown St in Surry Hills, this 150-seat Parisian Brasserie pays homage to the city of lights, embracing the timeless charm of classic French dining, with that certain je ne sais quoi that only the French know how. Linger with your lover over the 400+ strong wine list.
490 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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 and make sure you share the cremino with your date.
348 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Harbourside dining at its finest, Balmain East's The Fenwick is the perfect inner west location for date night. Relaxed café dining vibes combined with beautiful interiors allow lovers to focus on the well-curated culinary offering (and THAT view of the Harbour Bridge). Its historical setting, picturesque views across the harbour and refined menu tick all the romantic boxes.
2-8 Weston Street, Balmain East
When it comes to making your partner feel special, sometimes you've just got to go all out. And in our humble opinion, there's no better way to do it than with expansive views over North Cronulla Beach at Sealevel restaurant. The dreamy location has large windows that frame the stunning views of the crashing waves so get ready to snap some loved-up selfies.
Sealevel is seaside dining at its finest. Focusing on seafood, the modern Australian menu with French and Italian influence, changes every two weeks, providing guests with something new every visit.
2 Kingsway, Cronulla