If you haven’t organised anything for Valentine’s Day yet, with just over three weeks until this day of lurrve, now’s the time to get thinking about possible dinner date venues. Stuck for ideas? Here are 11 top Sydney restaurants that are guaranteed to leave your love swooning.
Is your Valentine vegetarian? Alibi Kitchen is the answer. Helmed by Jordan Brogan with food design by Matthew Kenney – US chef, restaurateur and global plant-based dining pioneer – you can expect plant-based morsels like Kimchi Dumplings, Kelp Noodle Cacio e Pepe and Strawberry Panna Cotta, not to mention its location at Woolloomooloo’s picturesque Finger Wharf is a sure fire date home run.
Bodhi Restaurant Bar
Another vegan favourite, Bodhi Restaurant Bar transforms at night with twinkling fairy lights serving as the perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s Day. For $65pp, guests will enjoy a 3-course vegan set menu, $70pp with a glass of bubbles or $75pp with a special Valentine’s Day cocktail, Love is in the Air. With delicious Mixed Steamed Dumplings, Vegan Peking ‘Duck’ and Japanese Yuzu Cheesecake, expect an unforgettable evening underneath the Moreton Bay fig trees.
An iconic Sydney restaurant that pulls out all the stops, Aria’s floor to ceiling harbour views, curated menu and premium beverage offerings make it a must-visit, and what better opportunity than Valentine’s Day? Starting at 7.30 for $295pp, guests will enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a decadent five-course tasting menu, curated by Executive Chef Joel Bickford. For those who want to start the festivities early, reservations are also available at either 5.30pm or 6.00pm, dining on Aria’s pre-theatre menu.
If your other half enjoys innovative fine dining then you can’t go past Clayton Wells’ Automata. The warehouse style space in Chippendale oozes inner city cool while dishes such as slow roasted quail and blackcurrant sorbet won’t fail to impress.
Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro
Sydney’s first dedicated vermouth restaurant and bar is serving up a six-course banquet this Valentine’s Day, and surprise surprise, it’s designed for sharing. The harbourside venue is perfect for Valentine’s Day romance with Ruinart Rosé Champagne on arrival, followed by a curated sharing menu, topped off with Banksii’s famous vermouth trifle to sweeten the deal ($145pp).
Bentley Restaurant and Bar
Wine and dine your Valentine in a Sydney dining institution that puts as much love into its wine list as its delicious food. The award-winning restaurant, known for its inventive menu and incredible wine list, has curated a special Valentine’s Day menu with snacks and a six-course tasting menu for $200pp. The menu includes Oysters, Spencer Gulf Kingfish and Dry Aged Strip Loin, expertly paired with boutique wines from Nick Hildebrandt’s eclectic international list.
If earth to table dining is your cup of tea, head to Chiswick, one of Sydney’s most elegant restaurants. With its delicious seasonal menu, stylish interior and picturesque setting amid a manicured lawn and its very own vegetable garden, you’ll feel like you’re dining in an English country garden. This year, Chiswick Woollahra has curated a Valentine’s Day menu including a glass of prosecco on arrival, canapés and a four-course share-style menu for $105pp.
Located at Barangaroo, Cirrus is the creation of chef Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt, the multi award-winning team behind Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Monopole and Yellow. Indulge your senses with some of the best seafood Sydney has to offer, while sipping on a wine selected by Australia’s most awarded sommelier. For $180pp, enjoy a shared style menu of Ocean Trout, Grilled West Australian Marron and Chocolate Cake.
Who says you have to go the Hunter Valley to do wine tasting? Handpicked Wines Cellar Door is located within a beautiful warehouse in Chippendale and offers a large selection of cheese, charcuterie, caviar and paté to pair with its wines.
Three Blue Ducks
With four venues to choose from this Valentine’s Day, the original Bronte restaurant is offering a four course menu and a Young Henrys Lager or glass of sparkling wine on arrival for $85pp. An intimate café-style restaurant with a relaxed coastal vibe, Three Blue Ducks’ menu focuses on no frills cooking that highlights fresh, local produce and ethical and sustainable practises.
If you want to treat your vegetarian loved one to something special this Valentine’s Day then look no further than Yellow, the vegetarian bistro from the award-winning Bentley Group. The restaurant, in the iconic Yellow House in Potts Point is 100% vegetarian and boasts innovative and delicious dishes such as Eggplant with White Fungus and Abalone Mushroom with Egg Yolk. Valentine’s Day at Yellow is sure to be a showstopper.