From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.
Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order (because that would just create too many arguments).
Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.
Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.
The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.
Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.
Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.
The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.
Manuka Woodfire Kitchen
For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.
Lulu La Delizia
This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.
Bib & Tucker
Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.
Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them; get there and treat yourself now.
Bread In Common
Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.
From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.
Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.
The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.
Lions And Tigers
Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.
Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.
Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion; just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.
With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.
Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.
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Image credit: Elle Borgward, Nancy Hanna, Danika Zuks, Emma Pegrum, Hearth and Balthazar