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Classic Restaurants to Dine with Your Family

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by OpenTable Team
Updated August 07, 2023

Hungry for a dining experience that's tailor-made for you? We’ve got you covered. Here are our top restaurant picks for your next outing. Bon appétit!

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4.4
4.4 (366)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Diners will be taken from day to night and beyond, celebrating mixed heritage and unique approach to menu curation.

Lollo is open for Dinner service Mondays through Saturdays.

Please be aware of 15% Public Holiday Surcharge applicable on all Public Holidays.

Top review
LanaK
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
Overall a very good experience Noisy but service was very goid
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4.8
4.8 (950)
$41 to $100
Italian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
One of Melbourne's most renowned Italian restaurants. Il Solito Posto is an institution. A real Melbourne Italian dining experience with a warm urban chic feel. Tantalise your taste buds with regional Italian dishes, prepared with the freshest seasonal produce and revel in the awarded wine list.

This is Il Solito Posto ..... The usual place..

Top review
LeeD
Dined 1 day ago
Busy, buzzy restaurant. Service was exceptional. Didn't feel hurried at all.
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4.8
4.8 (1103)
$41 to $100
Italian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Trattoria Emilia is an authentic Italian restaurant focusing on seasonal produce and fresh pasta. Head chefs Francesco Rota and Luca Flammia hail from Modena in Emilia Romagna.

At Trattoria Emilia we seasonally change the menu and source a large majority of our produce from regional Victoria, our meat is organic and sustainably grown in Tasmania and Victoria and we import some of the best Italian DOC products. Some dishes that are not to be missed are our Tortelloni Emiliani and the crowd favourite salumi misti with gnocco fritto and tigelle served with mortadella mousse.

Rustic, yet refined, Trattoria Emilia boasts fantastic ambience, attentive and professional service whilst all the while remaining a great casual dining spot perfect for a quick lunch, a long relaxing dinner with friends and has always been a romantic date spot.

Top review
RLLLLL
Dined 2 days ago
Very impressed with everything. Great food service and venue thank you x
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4.5
4.5 (59)
$41 to $100
Fusion / Eclectic
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
A day to night dining and drinking enclave dedicated to spontaneous menus and a celebration of local produce. Share a plate at the bar, lounge over cocktails, graze in a quiet corner, sink into a booth for intimate dinners, or feast at larger tables.

Enjoy menu highlights from chef Paul Turner that playfully riff on Italian-Asian flavours like Wagyu bresaola with romesco, pickled zucchini and togarashi, pan-fried gnocchi with kimchi, broccoli and fresh curds and John Dory fillet with braised cos, seaweed and mousseline, followed by our Melbourne famous Tiramisu.

Or perhaps wind down after a busy day at La Madonna Bar. With plenty of comfortable couches and dimly lit corners to enjoy a cocktail, or two and a selection of snacks. Sink into a seat surrounded by wooden barrels and glass bottles ageing various cocktails, tinctures and spirits.

Top review
MavisM
Dined on Feb 21, 2024
The food is amazing, especially the duck. The service is just okay.
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4.6
4.6 (1201)
$101 and over
Steakhouse
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Meatmaiden is one hell of a steakhouse. Bringing you the best barbecue and grill in Melbourne, our large and energetic basement restaurant and bar and down-to-earth staff make us the perfect CBD venue for intimate dinners, work lunches, special occasions or functions.

We're part steakhouse, part smokehouse - with a unique and eclectic mix of premium steaks and smoked meats. We've been fine-tuning that approach for the last ten years to bring you the best meat around - dry-ageing select local cuts like O'Connor rib eye, tending the fire to smoke grass-fed short ribs over ironbark and pairing with signature dishes like our lobster mac cheese.

Our carefully-curated wine list focuses on some great Australian winemakers, with six taps of craft beer and quirky cocktails completing the line up.

You will find Meatmaiden on Little Collins St - walking distance from Flinders St Station and Parliament Station, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena and entertainment venues s

Top review
JohnG
Dined 2 days ago
Food was incredible, tasty and filling. The staff were very friendly and accommodating.
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4.6
4.6 (1087)
$101 and over
Italian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
"Everything you want from a sophisticated city Italian restaurant is right here: atmosphere, admirable service, a menu long enough to allow for real choice, an expansive drinks list, flattering lighting, carpets and tablecloths to ensure that sound levels are low enough for a proper conversation."
Enjoy signature dishes - Seafood linguine, Veal Cotoletta and signature steaks from the Josper

One Hat – THE AGE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
2006 - 2023

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Business dinner, felt very rushed in the service, from ordering to clearing dishes. Food was fine but would have liked a little more relaxed service.
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4.2
4.2 (148)
$41 to $100
Australian
Adelaide City Center

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About the restaurant
Coal Cellar + Grill, Hilton Adelaide’s signature restaurant, is at the height of dining sophistication in the heart of the city.

With a focus on South Australian produce, the modern grill menu is a food and wine enthusiast’s playground! The menu has a balance of seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes including the show-stopping signature tomahawk steak – served with grilled vegetables and a selection of homemade sauces.

Complement your meal with a wine from the impressive glass-encased cellar, home to over 500 wine labels including bold Shiraz’s from the world famous Barossa Valley to crisp Clare Valley Rieslings!

Unique to Coal Cellar + Grill are three private dining rooms which surround the restaurant. These rooms are perfect for small private dinners to cocktail functions or working meetings.

The Lobby Lounge is the perfect setting for pre or post dinner drinks, a relaxing coffee, tapas and cocktails.

For large groups we offer an alternate menu – contact us for more information.

Top review
TracyW
Dined 5 days ago
Had a lovely evening with my wife. Shared a delicious cured salmon starter with picked shallot salsa and roe - lovely and light and set us up well for the main course. We both had the eye fillet which was cooked to perfection: mine medium rare and my wife's medium (definitely a distinction). We finished off with a shared creme brûlée - i can resist most desserts with the exception of a brûlée. A bit on the high side when adding the whisky and wine, but such good quality and would go again.
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4.7
4.7 (1448)
$41 to $100
Asian
Fullarton

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About the restaurant
NOI Vietnamese Eatery is a next generation Vietnamese family restaurant. We'd like to deliver great food with fresh Australian produce and Vietnamese flavours.

The team at NOI aims to share with you what tasty Vietnamese food means to us!

Top review
Natalie
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing! All the food especially the dessert was incredible!
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4.4
4.4 (868)
$101 and over
Modern Australian
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Located right on the edge of Sydney Harbour with the Opera House just beyond your fingertips…it doesn’t get any more Sydney than The Dining Room.

Our produce-driven menu is paired back, sustainable and unmistakably Australian, and shares center stage with unrivalled harbour views. Relaxed and elegant, enjoy the freshest of
seafood, seasonal Australian ingredients, and a selection of fine wines and locally crafted beers and spirits.

Lunch and dinner reservations are highly recommended. Our popular window tables are available at a surcharge when booking and subject to availability. Dress code is smart casual.

Top review
Page
Dined on Feb 21, 2024
We dined there previously with old menu that were full of vegetarian dishes. Most of them have been removed from the current menu, however the chef and service staffs were going above and beyond to accommodate our requests and made it such a pleasant night for us. We highly recommend to everyone!
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4.5
4.5 (310)
$101 and over
Italian
Woolloomooloo

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About the restaurant
OTTO celebrates people, place and la dolce vita. Situated in the spectacular surrounds of the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, OTTO has an undeniable reputation as one of Sydney’s most respected dining institutions. At the heart of the restaurant is old world hospitality and long-standing relationships held with a fiercely loyal clientele. Approachable yet refined service greets modern Italian cuisine, alfresco dining and trademark waterside views. OTTO is the quintessential Sydney dining experience and has remained a local favourite for over 17 years.
Top review
CarmenS
Dined on Jan 4, 2024
Superior food quality and service. With that comes a hefty price tag.
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4.5
4.5 (111)
$41 to $100
Sicilian
Paddington

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About the restaurant
Here at Zafferano, we like to keep things a little old school, from sourcing to serving, our key values remain.
Simone, the Head Chef and co-owner of Zafferano grew up inside the kitchen of his family's restaurant in Porticello, Sicily and brings that passion and authenticity to his food.
We combine local, fresh, seasonal ingredients with passion and tradition, to create a menu that is endlessly devoted to flavour and quality. We have a love for food, for the whole experience. We believe in celebrating just how powerful food can be, from the seed to the plate. Because connection through food is our mission.
Our space is intimate with only 38 seats and the overall vibe of the restaurant really transports you to Sicily with an outdoor courtyard that feels like a traditional Italian piazza.
We have a few signature dishes however the Risotto Marinara & Spaghetti Marinara are definitely at the for front of our menu.

Top review
Peter
Dined 7 days ago
1st visit. Lovely restaurant. Will definitely be back.
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4.8
4.8 (22)
$101 and over
Japanese Speciality
Surry Hills

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About the restaurant
Omakase means, “leave it up to the Chef” so let Chef Han take you on a tantalising journey of 20 courses, using the finest local Australian and Japanese produce.

OMAKASE MENU FEB/MAR 2024
Sweetcorn cold soup, truffle olive oil, paprika
Potata Pave, scallop, sea urchin, kombu
Ika Somen, calamari noodle, ikura, cucumber, bonito jelly
Chawanmushi, paradise prawn, mentaiko, sweetcorn
Abalone Tempura, abalone liver sauce, asparagus, pecorino, sushi rice
JPN A5 Wagyu steak, grilled medium rare, JPN A5 Wagyu Steak, foie gras, leek, wasabi
Sorbet
Omakase Nigiri
Southern calamari (Shark Bay WA)
Konbujime snapper (NZ)
Scallop (JPN)
Akami zuke (SA)
Scampi (WA)
Blue mackerel (Wollongong)
Salmon belly (TAS)
Bluefin tuna O-toro (JPN)
Sea eel (JPN)

Chef’s Signature hand roll +$20
Miso soup
Seasonal Fruit
Genmai Cha

*This menu can change subject to availability of ingredients. Sorry, we are unable to cater for allergies or dietary restrictions.

Top review
YuehanT
Dined on Feb 14, 2024
Enjoyed the freshness and varieties of the Omakase menu
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4.2
4.2 (659)
$101 and over
Breakfast
Sydney CBD

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About the restaurant
Dear valued guests,

Kitchens on Kent will be taking some time to reimagine its future offering, and in the interim will no longer be offering buffet lunch or dinner together with afternoon tea. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause for any plans you had to dine with us.

From Monday 6th November 2023, our offering will change, serving daily breakfast for hotel guests only.
A La Carte lunch will be available on a request basis in our Harbour Room (Monday to Friday) whilst our Observatory Bar will offer A La Carte dinner seven nights per week as well as lunch on weekends.

All bookings that are affected will be fully refundable and our team are in the process of contacting all guests with more details. For any specific issues or requests, please email tlsyd.kitchensonkent@langhamhotels.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
Can here for NYD with my mum as a treat to her and we very much enjoyed ourselves and the food. We are looking forward to coming back and eating once again at your lunch buffet. So much on offer and such a good variety of cuisines and drinks included within the price 10/10
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4.8
4.8 (385)
$101 and over
Peruvian
Surry Hills

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About the restaurant
Nikkei features Japanese-Peruvian styled share plates alongside a 40-strong wine list and Peruvian and Japanese-inspired cocktails.
Nikkei are people from Japan and their descendants that live in a foreign country. It also specifically refers to the cuisine of the Japanese-Peruvians which started more than a century ago when the first Japanese immigrated to Peru in the late 1890s, combining Japanese techniques and flavours with Peruvian produce.
We look forward to sharing Nikkei with you.

Top review
Andyz
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent food (we opted for the fixed menu), and impeccable service. Good drinks list too. Recommended.
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5.0
5 (27)
$101 and over
Farm-to-table
Fortitude Valley

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About the restaurant
Perspective dining is a modern gastronomic tasting menu experience, a closed-door 12-seat chef table dining space, our chefs will take you on a unique culinary journey. Perspective Dining will offer cutting-edge tasting menus seasonally from 3 courses to 9 courses, a plant-based menu as well as a protein-based menu. Perspective Dining will be collaborating with local farmers and suppliers to ensure that our vision of uncompromised, no holds barred excellence and sustainability is showcased in our food.
Perspective | Lunch
Seating one at 11:30 am
Seating two 1:30 pm
Food and wine pairing 140
Just the food 85
Perspective Dinner 9 courses
6:30 pm
Food and Wine pairing 300
Just the food 195

Top review
CSWfromBrisbane
Dined 5 days ago
Exceptional! We went for lunch (6 dishes with matched wine) and left extolling the virtues of this gem to everyone we know!
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4.8
4.8 (916)
$41 to $100
Modern European
Newstead

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About the restaurant
Nationally acclaimed and award winning E'cco Bistro was founded in Brisbane in 1995 by one of Australia's most celebrated chefs, Philip Johnson. For the past 25 years, Philip and his team at his landmark bistro have taken a sure yet simple approach by serving unpretentious food to the delight of all diners alike, this has cemented E'cco's reputation in the culinary landscape.
Having relocated from its original location in Brisbane CBD to the fast growing inner-city residential mecca, Newstead, E'cco has been positioned to prosper for the next 25 years and beyond.
As Philip says "We do as little as possible with the best ingredients available."

Top review
LionelM
Dined on Oct 28, 2023
Fabulous service the steak was outstanding as was all the food. Very hard to find anything that could be improved on.
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4.7
4.7 (228)
$101 and over
Modern Australian
Surfers Paradise

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About the restaurant
A unique fine dining experience with a fully curated wine list and locally sourced ingredients. Situated in the stunning HOTA Gallery, Palette offers a unique blend of art and food on the Gold Coast. Dayan and his team in the kitchen will extend your art experience, taking inspiration from artworks on display and major exhibitions to show just how naturally art and food blends.
Top review
JulieS
Dined 7 days ago
Our lunch at Palette was lovely. Exceptional service, good ambience, lovely setting and great food. Our waitperson was fabulous - very knowledgeable, warm and funny and very adept. The seats were comfortable, the view good and the air conditioning lovely. The food was generally wonderful. I love to find food that is innovative but not weird combinations. This is what you find here. The only let downs for me were the charcoal sourdough, it did not taste good, the lobster was a bit oily and the peach dessert far too sweet - no relief from the sweet. Other dishes were superb and my favourite was the Dunk beef. We will be back.
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4.5
4.5 (715)
$41 to $100
Australian
Melbourne CBD

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About the restaurant
Hero's menu reflects, award winning chef, Karen Martini's love of cuisines from all over the world, techniques and produce used to create them, but overall, it showcases Karen's cooking ethos of simply using and highlighting the absolute best of Victorian seasonal produce.

Hero overall is uncomplicated and accessible contemporary dining with a European twist. Expect good sized portions, a special experience of different flavours, colours and textures, with the same being said about the atmosphere. Hero is somewhere you can sit back, work your way through the menu, and take in and reflect upon Melbourne’s famous food and art culture over specially selected wines and cocktails.

An all-day menu will run from 12pm until late daily, providing travellers, movie-goers and business lunchers with a reliable haunt at any time.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Sep 28, 2023
Really enjoyed our experience at Hero. Atmosphere, food, amazing service all rolled into one at a price that wasn’t too over the top. Highly recommended.
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