Love Is In The Air! Take A Look At The 50 Most Romantic Restaurants

February 14, 2020


New research reveals Aussie dining and dating habits of couples and singles 

With the most romantic night of the year in sight, OpenTable, the world’s leading online restaurant reservations platform, today released new Valentine’s Day data highlighting trends for the most romantic day of the year, as well as revealing the top 50 romantic restaurants on the platform. 

To help cupids find the most romantic venue to dine at this Valentine’s Day, OpenTable analysed the opinions of more than 173,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified diners from over 2,000 restaurants nationally. 

For the third year in a row, Queensland once again proved its romantic status, taking the crown for Australia’s most romantic dining destination in 2020, with 18 eateries featured in the top 50 list from the Sunshine State, followed closely by Victoria (14) and Sydney (13). 

It’s never too late to organise a romantic evening 

For those looking to orchestrate a memorable dining experience, there is still time to book with Valentine’s Day reservations made on average 9 days prior. 

Alternate options include the days surrounding Valentine’s Day which are just as special, with some couples opting to book a restaurant on the 15th February (27%) and 16th February (30%). 

One is no longer the loneliest number 

Whilst the majority of Valentine’s Day reservations in 2019 were booked for tables of two (85%), third wheeling and double dating is becoming popular, with 15% of reservations on Valentine’s Day booked for parties of three or more. 

Don’t have a date locked in yet? Fear not, as research reveals as many as 64% would accept and go on a first date on Valentine’s Day*despite the date being synonymous for couples. 

Tim Domelow, Senior Business Development Manager, OpenTable, said: 

“Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest dining days of the year for restaurateurs. Last year, we saw a 289% increase in dinner reservations made on Valentine’s Day compared to the three Thursdays prior, reinforcing the theory that the way to your loved one’s heart really is through their stomach.” 

The top 50 romantic restaurants in Australia are all renowned for their intimate atmosphere, delicious food and impeccable service, providing uniquely memorable experiences for the special occasion.” 

The list offers a rich selection of dining options to suit any romantic occasion, with Modern Australian topping the list as the most popular cuisine for Valentine’s Day (25%), followed by Italian (12%), Asian (6%) and seafood (6%). 

To help take the angst out of planning a Valentine’s Day date, OpenTable diners can use the Date Night Matchmaker feature eliminating the guesswork when choosing where to dine based on a series of fun questions. Available via desktop and mobile, diners simply need to answer a few questions about their date and dining preferences and in turn receive personalised, dining recommendations. 

Australia’s top 50 romantic restaurants 2019:

  1. A Touch of salt – Townsville, Queensland

  2. Alibi – Sydney, New South Wales

  3. Bankvale Run, Mickelham, Victoria

  4. Bistro Guillaume – Sydney, New South Wales

  5. Cecconi’s – Melbourne, Victoria

  6. Circa 1876 at The Convent – Pokolbin – Hunter Valley, New South Wales

  7. Donovans – St. Kilda, Victoria

  8. Eau De Vie Melbourne – Melbourne, Victoria

  9. Eightysix – Canberra, ACT

  10. Elio’s Osteria – Carina Heights, Brisbane, Queensland

  11. Epocha Restaurant – Melbourne, Victoria

  12. Four Winds Revolving Restaurant – Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland

  13. Glass Brasserie – Hilton – Sydney, New South Wales

  14. Glasshouse – Timbumburi, New South Wales

  15. Hemingway’s Airlie Beach – Airlie Beach, Queensland

  16. Kisume – Melbourne, Victoria

  17. Kneading Ruby – Wollongong, New South Wales

  18. Madame Wu – Brisbane, Queensland

  19. Malt Dining – Brisbane, Queensland

  20. Meet – Newcastle, New South Wales

  21. Mjolner – Melbourne, Victoria

  22. Mjølner Sydney – Sydney, New South Wales

  23. Momofuku Seiobo – The Star – Sydney, New South Wales

  24. Moo Moo Restaurant – Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, Queensland

  25. Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill – Brisbane, Queensland

  26. Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill – Airlie Beach – Airlie Beach, Queensland

  27. Nour – Sydney, New South Wales

  28. Osteria di Russo and Russo  – Sydney, New South Wales

  29. Polpolo – Brisbane, Queensland

  30. Press* Food & Wine – Adelaide, South Australia

  31. Pt Leo Restaurant – Frankston, Victoria

  32. Rick Shores – Burleigh Heads, Queensland

  33. Rickys River Bar and Restaurant – Burleigh Heads, Queensland

  34. Rogue Bistro – Newstead, Queensland

  35. Rookie Eatery – Wollongong, New South Wales

  36. Sails Noosa – Noosa Heads, Queensland

  37. Shorehouse – Townsville, Queensland

  38. Smith & Daughters – Melbourne, Victoria

  39. Stokehouse Q – South Brisbane, Queensland

  40. Stokehouse St Kilda – St Kilda, Victoria

  41. Sydney Cove Oyster Bar – Sydney, New South Wales

  42. The Courthouse – Brisbane, Queensland

  43. The Fish House – Burleigh Heads, Queensland

  44. The Lounge Restaurant by Frogmore Creek – Hobart, Tasmania

  45. The Potting Shed – Sydney, New South Wales

  46. The Rocks Mornington – Mornington, Victoria

  47. The Woodhouse Restaurant – Bendigo, Victoria

  48. Tinamba Hotel – Tiamba, Victoria

  49. Waterfront Southgate – Melbourne, Victoria

  50. Whalebone Wharf – Port Macquarie, New South Wales

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