Restaurants

15 Of Subiaco’s Best Restaurants And Bars

By Claire Logan – who is always dreaming of her next meal and reckons a good martini solves most problems

La Condesa restaurant in Subiaco

Once one of Perth's/Boorloo's hottest spots to go for a (really) big night out, then the epicentre of footy every weekend, Subiaco's definitely seen plenty of change over the last few years. But if there's one thing you can count on in this bustling little inner-city hub, it's the incredible calibre of restaurants and bars on offer. 

It's home to arguably the best Italian joint in Perth (Lulu La Delizia), as well as some awesome little wine bars, casual pubs and a string of stellar new restaurants from big hospo players. So if you thought Subi was dead, you would be incredibly mistaken. To help you get reacquainted with all Subi's got going for it, at Urban List we've pulled together a little hit list. Here are the best bars and restaurants in Subiaco you need to try right now.

Yiamas

Yiamas in Subiaco
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Ancient Greek eats have landed to Subi in the form of Yiamas, a cool contemporary bar and restaurant from the clever crew behind Community Coffee Co and Vinotto Bar. From banging mezze to big meaty plates, the share-style food menu is underpinned by the rich, smokey flavours coming from their beautiful coal grill, with plenty of perfect Greek pours to match. 

Subi Continental

Someone holds a martini with olives over a table of bistro bites in Subiaco.
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Subi Continental is a 400-person dining mecca doing modern bistro bites defined as Paris meets NYC in a light, bright and super chic setting. You'd be crazy not to grab at least one dirty martini and some oysters before diving into something more substantial. 

Shui

Shui Subiaco
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Delivering contemporary Asian dining in a beautiful setting, Shui is the shining new venture from hospitality legends Chef Leigh Power (The Old Synagogue, The Beaufort, Ginger Boy and Sweetwater Rooftop Bar) and bar extraordinaire Benny Tua (Mechanic’s Institute, The Old Synagogue, Sweetwater Rooftop Bar and El Grotto). With mouth watering menu items like prawn crumpets, hot hoi sin duck air doughnuts, beef tartare with fried shallot ice cream and wood roasted pork belly served with mien "crack" sauce, it's easy to over order here. But hey, when the food's this good you may as well go all in. 

La Condesa

La Condesa in Subiaco
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Clint Nolan has struck gold again with La Condesa. Think of this upscale Mexican cantina as the classier older sister of Northbridge fave, La Cholita—serving marvellous Mexican eats and god-tier margaritas (the spicy passionfruit number is our all-time fave) but in a more refined Tulum-inspired setting. Behind La Condesa, you'll also find a hidden back-alley bar from the same team, called Bar Banter. It's perfect for a cheeky drink before dinner!

Lulu La Delizia

Lulu La Delizia in Subiaco
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It’s a no-brainer as to why Lulu La Delizia is celebrated by Perth's (and Australia’s) most discerning Italian food aficionados. The pasta is divine, the wines delicious, and it’s a cute and cosy spot that will score you date night brownie points. 

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Lums Wine Bar

Lums Wine Bar in Subiaco
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We could quite happily spend every arvo sipping vinos at Lums, the fresh-faced heritage beauty from the legends behind fellow Subi bar, Bark. Set within a two storey 1920s heritage terrace along Hay St, the building is overflowing with character, homely vibes, good drops and grazing goodies that will pull you back night after night. 

Dilly Dally And Bar Loiter

Dilly Dally in Subiaco
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Taking up its residence where the iconic Witches Cauldron used to sit is Dilly Dally. The Italian-style eats and huge wine list are well worth a spot in your dinner diary. With its (not so) hidden back bar, Bar Loiter, the ideal spot for a knock off drink.

Lady Of Ro

Lady Of Ro in Subiaco
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Lady of Ro earned its stripes some years ago thanks to its great food, laid-back vibe, oh and it’s BYO. Could you think of anything better? The Greek meze, slow-cooked meats and chargrilled seafood are all worthy contenders of taking a spot on your table.

Bar Amelie

Tapas at Bar Amelie in Subiaco
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Bar Amelie serves up the most delightful modern Australian-style tapas and share plates as well as beautiful brunches and high tea—making it the ideal place for a good old grazing session with the girls. Trust us, everyone will be fighting over tasty morsels like mushroom arancini, sous vide pork belly with popcorn crackling, Shark Bay scallops and wagyu beef gnocchi. 

Bark

Bark in Subiaco
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The guys behind Bark say they’ll know your name, as well as your dog’s, so we’re really not sure what other reason you could possibly need to get yourself here. Good drinks, board games and a ridiculously good halloumi and hot chip wrap. Bam. We just gave you three more. 

Subiaco Hotel

Subi Hotel
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The restored Subiaco Hotel has been a favourite by locals and wanderers throughout the years as it continues to adapt and dish out the goods. Whether you’re craving a good steak and somewhere to watch the footy, a bottomless brunch or a work lunch, there’s definitely something at this iconic spot to suit everyone.

Juanita's

Juanitas in Subiaco
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Juanita’s is known as Subiaco’s watering hole and a home away from home. Head there for a bite to eat or reflect with an old friend over a glass of juicy wine and a side of hot chips topped with their insanely good salt and vinegar seasoning.

Cherubino City Cellar

Cherubino City Cellar in Subiaco
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Beloved winemaker Cherubino City Cellar has opened a cellar door in Subi with casual wine and cheese tastings every Saturday. Be sure to bring a few empty bags because you’re going to want to fill them with as much wine as you can carry.

Refuge Small Bar

Refuge Small bar in Subiaco
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Hanging out for craft beer and hipster beards? The cool kids behind Refuge will impress even your most adventurous beer mates with its solid tap list, and the cocktails are equally as good.

Storehouse

Didn't know there was a hotel in Subiaco? Now you do. It’s the Vibe Hotel and one of the best bits about it is the picture-perfect rooftop restaurant and bar boasting sweeping views of the city. The wholesome meals are designed to share and we reckon you should dive right in with the Rapple cocktail—it tastes just like an apple and rhubarb pie. 

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