Perth’s fine and casual dining has come of age in recent years and the city is blessed with a thriving restaurant scene. The CBD and Crown at Burswood, just over the river, offer the pick of the fine-dining venues but there are top-quality experiences in the ’burbs too – check out Bread In Common in Fremantle, Co-op Dining in East Perth and The Meatball Bar in Leederville. Highly regarded restaurants can also be found in close-by suburbs Mount Lawley, Subiaco, Cottesloe and Claremont.
Northbridge is a thriving nightspot with cool bars and restaurants touting for business in a competitive – and affordable – space. Head to Oxford Street in Leederville for delicious tapas and street food-themed tucker or down to Cottesloe Beach, where lunch or an early dinner is preferable so you can match the food with the incomparable Indian Ocean view. Fremantle is a tasty place for fish and chips or a fine meal and you can expect an adventurous culinary attitude.
Our top picks
Brookfield Place, City
Set in the old Newspaper House on St Georges Terrace, this four-level dining and bar complex is faithful to its heritage with a clever design incorporating some of the former building plus plenty of press clippings and other newspaper “art”. There is also a bakery, coffee roastery and the rooftop terrace Bob’s Bar that pays homage to former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and boasts a restored neon sign of The West Australian newspaper.
511 Beaufort Street, Highgate
Just north of the CBD, this modern Mexican kitchen and bar is part of a stable of quality Perth eateries that includes Greenhouse, Cantina 663, Ace Pizza and Mary’s. Consuela, the red neon donkey, greets visitors at the door and then it’s all about the margaritas and genuine Mexican tucker, from a humble taco to a full-blown banquet. A DJ in the back bar – along with rare tequila and mezcal – keeps the party going after dinner.
Eat like a local
64 Bronte Street, East Perth
Arguably Perth’s most celebrated fine-dining establishment with a catalogue of awards as long as its wine list, Amuse specialises in a locally sourced degustation menu and an eclectic wine and craft beer list. The menu changes with the seasons and they cater for all dietary requirements as long as you let them know when you book.
Darlings Supper Club
47 Lake Street, Northbridge
Start or end your night out in Northbridge at Darlings, where the Asian fusion cuisine – starring small-plate noodle dishes and melt-in-your-mouth dumplings, along with an impressive range of Asian whiskies and sakes, beers and wine – are available until 3am. Try their signature smoked snapper, chilli, grated coconut, trout roe and betel leaf small plate.
The Raw Kitchen
181A High Street, Fremantle
For something a little different, The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle is an absorbing raw food adventure. Ideally situated in hipster “Freo”, The Raw Kitchen is a restaurant with a fruit and vegie Smoothie Bar, yoga classes and Raw Workshops on weekends (bookings essential), where you can learn recipes and the fundamentals of raw nutrition and a plant-based diet.