Is that love we smell? Yep, Valentine’s Day is nearly here, which means you’re probably looking for a nice spot to cosy up with your sweetheart, or just have a great meal with your mates – nothing wrong with that! Either way, enjoy your day in style at these lovely restaurants.
The word “sepia” may nowadays be mostly associated with Snapchat filters, but don’t let that put you off this place. With its gorgeous high-end art deco stylings and smooth, jazzy tunes, Sepia Restaurant is a fabulous spot for some intimate Valentine’s dining. The menu consists of an ever-changing five-course meal (with a nine-course taster option on Saturdays), and each dish is an exciting and intricately plated delight.
“One of the best places I’ve been for fine dining. Definitely a worthwhile experience. Every dish is so delicately prepared and tastes amazing! Wonderful service and intimate ambience.” – kningja
You don’t get much more romantic than a beautiful vista (plus, it lets you do the old “Stunning.” “Yes, it is.” “I didn’t mean the view.” bit. Classic). China Doll mixes the sweeping Sydney skyline with award-winning Asian tapas, featuring tables out on the wharf for some lovely al fresco dining. The reputable Frank Shek is head chef here, so you can rest assured you’re in for a treat. Just be warned: the Crispy Dumplings are so delicious, you might have a hard time sharing.
“Great restaurant for Asian like tapas where you share small dishes. Food is amazing but expect to pay a premium for the location. Would recommend for a special occasion or date.” – Nadz1990
You can’t do a list of Valentine’s Day restaurants without an Italian eatery. That’s why we’re proud to bring A Tavola to your attention, where traditional recipes meet cutting-edge culinary techniques. The food here is as mouth-watering as it gets, and you’ll be very well looked after by Eugenio Maiale and his talented team, who mix up the menu regularly. If you’re going as a couple, you can grab your own cosy little corner, or if you’re having a Pal-entine’s Day instead, set up at their long table for some communal dining.
“What a delight to be welcomed to the table. Fresh and delicate pasta – the gnocchi has a texture unlike any other. An extensive wine list to complement the crafted delights. On the night – service was from two French waiters who were exceptional. I haven’t been this well looked after anywhere in Sydney before. I trust next time the food, wine and service will be just as consistent.” – Martin Hunt
If you’re really going all out to impress your significant other this year (perhaps even prepping to pop the question), you can’t go wrong with world-class food, fabulous service and a spectacular heritage dining room. Est. has everything you could possibly desire in a sophisticated meal, boasting a French-infused Australian menu that’s exploding with seasonal flavour. It’s utterly delectable, in other words.
“Great food, great service and an amazing wine list as well! Staff are always attentive and incredibly informative.” – goodiefoodie
So, who fancies champagne and oysters? The Morrison is a top-quality gastropub that just oozes contemporary elegance, from the romantic lighting to the spacious and tasteful interior design. It’s one of the most visually appealing venues in town, and the food’s positively scrumptious. If you’re not into oysters, the duck fat fish and chips or the chilli crab linguine are sure to deliver.
“The Morrison is a great bar with really good dining options. The dining room has a glass roof so you can appreciate the architecture of the surrounding buildings. We were greeted by the waiter for the evening Arneaud who provided us with amazing service, he was attentive, personable and informative. The Morrison is a top venue to for a meal and for a few beverages.” – Kurt & Sarah C