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7 date-night venues that will have you booking the babysitter ASAP


From fancy French restaurants to intimate jazz cellars and vibey wine bars – here are the best venues made for two.

  1. Corella Restaurant & Bar

    Braddon, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

    This sophisticated wine bar takes local to the next level with Indigenous flavours and playful nods to iconic Australian foods (think saltbush focaccia with whipped ‘buttermite’ and lilly pilly granita). The pastel green colour scheme offers a relaxing milieu to enjoy a conversation-starting set menu and cocktails bursting with bush botanicals.

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  2. Pilu at Freshwater

    Freshwater, Sydney, New South Wales

    The view alone is reason enough to call a sitter, with Freshwater Beach sparkling through enormous bay windows. Fortunately, the Sardinian fare and sommelier-curated wine list are every bit as breathtaking. Don’t miss the gold band snapper sprinkled with salty bottarga and native herbs.

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  3. La Belle Vie

    Bardon, Brisbane, Queensland

    With crisp white linen, Michelin-trained service and views of Mount Coot-Tha eucalypts through floor-to-ceiling windows, this French-in-the-forest restaurant is pure romance. Try the pan-fried duck breast, sticky with rosemary-infused honey.

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  4. Dolly Restaurant at Le Meridien Melbourne

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    The gleaming art deco restaurant underneath the five-star Le Méridien Hotel is cinematic, nostalgic, and utterly glam. Channel silver screen stars as you throw back freshly-shucked oysters with champagne sorbet, black cod and Portarlington mussel broth with saffron braised fennel, and bombe Alaska filled with salted caramel ice cream, torched before your eyes.

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  5. Casa

    Mount Hawthorn, Perth, Western Australia

    This intimate wine bar and restaurant is a recent addition to the Perth dining scene. Still, it already has a cult following for its minimal intervention wines, mid-century decor, and a genre-busting menu. Share the pappardelle blanketed in oyster mushrooms, pecorino and seaweed – it’s practically a religious experience.

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  6. Restaurant Hubert

    Sydney CBD, Sydney, New South Wales

    This underground gem has all the trappings for a romantic tête-à-tête: sultry lighting, oysters, and smooth live jazz played from a vintage grand piano. Slide into a deep burgundy leather booth with a martini as you savour French fare like escargot and chicken fricassée.

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  7. Chiswick Woollahra

    Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales

    The lush Chiswick Gardens don't just look pretty through the French doors of Matt Moran's Woollahra restaurant. Some produce on the seasonal menu is harvested from their own garden, such as the spring peas served with snapper, to the potatoes accompanying melt-in-mouth lamb shoulder. Perfect for when you feel like a romantic country escape – without actually leaving the city.

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