Perth’s Loveliest Restaurants & Bars

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Perth’s food and drink scene has exploded over the recent years. But if you’re looking for something extra special and romantic this Valentine’s Day we’ve got you covered. From French cuisine and rooftop bars to hidden gems and award-winning Japanese. The hardest thing you’ll have to do is choose between them.

Budburst Small Bar

406 Oxford St, Mount Hawthorn WA

With stunning high ceilings, rustic timber floorboards and exposed brick features this small neighbourhood bar is full of character. Housed in a 100-year-old cottage, Budburst Small Bar is split into a front bar and alfresco area catering to those want to pop in for a drink and snack, and a more formal dining room for those who want a sit-down meal.

The menu features mouth-watering charcuterie boards to share – try the duck, pancetta and pistachio terrine with cornichons, served with brioche and crispbread (S $26/ L$32) as well as smaller taster plates. Don’t miss the Spanner crab with couscous, shaved fennel, avocado, toasted buckwheat and roast lemon paste ($16).

“Food is on point. Wine list is excellent. Loved the wine flute idea I tried three with the dishes we shared. Love the open kitchen, seeing your food prepared with care is so nice.” – CVW N Indi

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The Aviary

Level 1/140 William St, Perth WA

You’re spoilt for choice at The Aviary as it spans over three floors. The Perch is located on the ground floor and is the perfect alfresco space to people-watch while you sip on prosecco and dive into tasty bites.

The Lounge Bar is located on the first floor and boasts an extensive wine list as well as delicious cocktails. Try the Street Stopper cocktail which includes Pisco, Aperol, lime, and passionfruit, or the Skyscraper which is mix of Tanqueray Gin, elderflower, apple, lime & egg white – all of which are available as a jug!

Last but definitely not least is The Nest, Perth’s largest rooftop bar! It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a balmy Perth evening while overlooking the city’s stunning skyline. This playful outdoor space has plenty of colourful seating, lush plants and of course AstroTurf. Their extensive menu has something for everyone from burgers to pizza as well as delicious salads. What could be better than spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other, under the stars!

“Came here for my birthday lunch with friends. Location and set-up was great.” – RaMsaY

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Bistro Guillaume

Crown Metropol, Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood WA

Everyone knows that Paris is the city of love. But if you can’t get to Paris this Valentine’s Day, Bistro Guillaume is the next best thing.  Sure to ‘transport your senses to a Parisian heaven’ this bistro offers a spectacular French Provincial dining space with a mouth-watering menu full of the classics.  Bistro Guillaume’s clean white interior is offset by injections of green that make the bistro feel fresh and modern whilst still staying true to its Parisian roots.

In terms of dining, you have the choice of either two courses ($55pp) or three courses ($75). These menus include meals such as; in-house smoked salmon with horseradish cream and braised pork shoulder with pumpkin purée and confit potatoes.

“It has very comfortable and elegant décor with attentive but not overbearing staff. It has an extensive wine menu and the staff provided excellent service.” – Laura Lewsey

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Post

1 Cathedral Ave, Perth WA

Housed in Perth’s original General Post Office, the aptly named Post is the perfect place to enjoy great wine and delicious food with your Valentine. With tall ceilings and a bright open dining room this venue manages to feels grand and welcoming at the same time. The menu consists of Italian-inspired food with a modern twist. Try the Tagliatelle pasta with Shark Bay honey bug, chili and garlic ($29) or the dry-aged striploin with salsa verde and watercress ($39). Their extensive wine list is also sure to tickle your fancy, with plenty of local options as well as Italian imports. If you need any more reason to visit, they are putting on a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner that includes a complimentary glass of Taittinger Champagne on arrival. The perfect way to make your significant other feel extra special.

“We had a very simple, yet absolutely delicious, meal. There is nothing like good ingredients, being allowed to shine by a chef who simply treats them the way they’re meant to be treated, with a little bit of inventiveness thrown in. Wonderful, refreshing experience overall.” – Elsa Constant

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Sushia Izakaya

Brookfield Place, Basement Laneway, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth WA

Japanese cuisine has skyrocketed in popularity in Australia in recent years. Everyone is scouting for the freshest sashimi, the crispiest tempura, and the tastiest miso, but if you want the best of the best you need to visit Sushia Izakaya. Using only the freshest ingredients which are presented so beautifully you won’t want to eat it, Sushia Izakaya is the perfect place to impress your Valentine. Try the wagyu gyoza ($25) or the prawn teppanyaki ($35) plus every sashimi, nigiri and sushia roll option you could ever want! Make sure to try out their Japanese beer and sake while you’re there!

“Amazing food. Amazing service. Great atmosphere. This place is a definite visit. Has never disappointed!” – SweetPoison

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