Where to Find the Best Fine Dining Around Australia
Everyone loves a home-cooked meal or a bit of greasy takeaway from time to time, but every now and then, we all need something a little… fancy. So, to help you curb those cravings for beautiful, innovative culinary delights, we’re taking you on a tour of Australia’s best fine dining restaurants. The best part? Some of them won’t even break the bank!
A multi-award winner and bonafide Brisbane institution, Urbane takes inspiration from the culinary traditions of dozens of cultures. The result is an ever-changing, always-fresh menu of colourful, flavoursome and sustainably-sourced dishes that delight both the tastebuds and the eyes.
Deer Duck Bistro
With a staggering 12 AGFG Chef Hats and countless other accolades under its belt, Deer Duck Bistro is a foodie force to be reckoned with. This Auchenflower eatery is renowned for degustations that truly show the meaning of the phrase ‘a feast for the senses’. Experience it for yourself with a five-course degustation for just $135 for two over at Scoopon now!
A ‘petit’ slice of France in the heart of the GC, Little Truffle is an intimate dining room with a menu inspired by flavours from all over the Mediterranean. From charcuterie and pasta to seafood and rich meaty dishes, it’s hard to have a bad meal at this acclaimed Mermaid Beach gem.
Stellar views, a ton of accolades and traditional Italian dishes inspired by fresh Australian produce and seafood… it’s pretty easy to see why Fellini consistently ranks as one of the best restaurants on the GC. Keen to see what all the fuss is about? Scoop up a two-course lunch or dinner with bruschetta and wine from $109!
Love Japanese food? Take a break from the usual takeaway hand rolls and experience haute Japanese cuisine at Sake in The Rocks, renowned for its contemporary, unique take on favourites like sushi, sashimi, tataki and tempura. And just wait till you see how beautiful their dishes are!
Executive Chef Peter Gilmore and Head Chef Rob Cockerill have turned Bennelong into a Sydney institution - and it’s not just thanks to its iconic Opera House location. The entire menu is spectacular, but the hero has to be their selection of whimsical desserts inspired by beloved Aussie treats. Trust us, the lamington alone is worth the visit.
The menu at Aubergine may be small, but boy is it mighty. Expect an ever-changing selection of petite and perfect dishes made with the highest quality local ingredients, prepared in an exciting and eye-catching way. When you’re there, be sure to opt for the matching wines - their wine list has earned them plenty of awards.
The food at Waters Edge is even better than the views - and with a location right on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, that’s saying something. With a refined, sophisticated modern Australian menu and a chic, airy interior, this Parkes icon is the ultimate special occasion venue.
Vue de monde
It’s hard to mention ‘fine dining’ and ‘Melbourne’ in the same sentence without mentioning Vue de monde. Shannon Bennett’s legendary flagship restaurant, perched atop the Rialto Tower, Vue de monde is a celebration of all things Australia, from our world-class seafood to native ingredients.
Seafood lovers, the foodie world is your oyster at Lobster Cave in Beaumaris. Prawns, lobster, crab, fish… you name it, they do it (and do it damn well). And don’t go expecting tiny portions like you’ve come to know from most fine dining restaurants - Lobster Cave is all about decadence and abundance. Try it for yourself with three courses and wine from just $69 for two with Scoopon!
Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant
They produce some of the nation’s best wine, so it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Penfolds also do some of the best fine dining in Australia. Their inventive menu draws inspiration from local, seasonal ingredients and Penfolds’ iconic vino to create a flavourful and aromatic taste sensation.
Three courses not enough? Even seven doesn’t quite cut it? Well, how about 20? That’s what’s in store for you at Orana. Their incredible tasting menu showcases the flavours, cooking methods and ingredients that Indigenous Australians have been using for thousands of years, from damper to marron.
Perthlings, you’re in luck. We don’t have just two restaurants picked out for you - we’ve got six! Click here to check out the best fine dining in Perth.