Sometimes you want chic and restrained, sure. But when you’ve finally got the schedules synced to get a few mates together – you’ve got to get the party vibes going.
Tonic & Ginger
Set within the impressive surrounds of the Old Synagogue, Tonic & Ginger’s food has a lot of competition. There’s the spectacle of the fit out – that vast atrium, filled with glowing lanterns, or even the draw of three other venues also housed in the same building, each more pumping than the last. Luckily, it can more than hold its own. Asian-inspired, dishes include a mushroom and daikon cake served with chilli vinegar, barbecue king prawns with nam jim, or beef rib rendang – with heaps of sharing options for a table of pals to graze on.
92 South Terrace, Fremantle
The Bonsai Restaurant
For large group dining and great Japanese The Bonsai on Roe Street is an absolute winner. Their variety-over-quantity contemporary Izakayas-style dining is perfect for big groups who want to share and try lots of things together.
30 Roe St, Northbridge
We can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than soaking up the sunshine and good vibes in La Cabaña’s courtyard. Taco in one hand, cocktail in the other, pooch by our side… bliss. From refreshing ceviche tostadas and charred Shark Bay tiger prawns, to corn “tentacles”, the roasted veggies or those hand crushed potatoes… and we haven’t even got to the star of the show, the tacos. With most of the menu dairy, gluten and nut-free, plus with heaps of vegan options as well, it’s the perfect spot for a big group of mates.
400 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Rambla On Swan
Offering some of the best dinner views you’ll find around Perth, Rambla On Swan on the South Perth foreshore also just happens to be one of the best group dining experiences in town. Understandably gets very busy, but when it comes to group dining sometimes that buzz of happy patrons is all part of the experience. The seafood-focused menu is an absolute delight as well.
South Shore Shopping Centre, 39/85 S Perth Esplanade, South Perth
It could be said that No Mafia’s specialty is “Stuff That Goes Really Well With a Glass of Wine”. Which, for the record, is a category we’re well and truly on board for. With its initial, compact location it had all the drop-on-by, buzzy vibes and share plates of a small bar, but the move up the road to larger premises has allowed for an expanded menu that includes house-made pasta. More room for mates? More pasta? Sign us up.
252 William Street, Northbridge
Jack-of-all-trades is often used disparagingly, but in this case, we use it as the highest complement: what can’t Petition do? Whether you’re stopping by for a quick coffee, a long lunch, or a convivial dinner with friends, Petition is always there, with a thoughtfully executed menu that showcases the best local produce on offer.
State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
Double Rainbow Eating House
Northbridge multi-level venue the Rechabite has been getting tongues wagging since before its opening, and it’s definitely living up to the hype: ground level restaurant Double Rainbow is gonna be your summer fave. With a mix of Chinese, Indonesian and Thai leanings, this fast and furious kitchen is banging out lively dishes suitable for a lively night out.
224 William Street, Northbridge
Bread In Common
Bread in Common has become one of the most reliable dining experiences in Freo – always quality, always cosy. We’ll never go past the lamb ribs, but the seasonal menu is also host to plenty of winners. That’s without delving into the now-ubiquitous namesake bread, that seemingly revolutionised the city’s collective palate and forced countless restaurants and bakeries to up their bread game.
43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle
Has the gang had a rough week at work? The hustle and bustle of the big smoke getting you down? We are prescribing a Tiny’s rotisserie chook, stat. Served with drippings potatoes, nduja and bread sauce, it’s a masterclass of comfort eating. But, then again… it’s hard to go past their pork belly with macadamia, peaches and confit onion. With their attached liquor emporium, you can trust that you’ll be washing it down with something juuuuust right, too.
QV1, Corner Hay Street and Milligan Street, Perth
We could talk for days about Perth’s pizza offerings, but almost every time, we’ll end up back at Rossonero. Tucked away in Mayland’s Lyric Lane, the garage-turned-pizzeria balances classical simplicity with crowd-pleasing modernity – so everyone can leave happy (yes, including your pizza snob friends).
18 Lyric Lane, Maylands
Piggy Food Co.
Piggy Food Co. in North Freo is part of that wonderful little hub that includes Mojo’s, Mrs Brown Bar and Flipside, and has rapidly become a fave amongst locals and visitors alike. A big part of that is the easy-going atmosphere thanks to the open space floor plan, recycled furniture, green beer garden and big focus on community. Their hearty Mexican/American menu filled with big burgers and tacos doesn’t hurt either, nor does their great local craft beer and wine selection!
229A Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle
South Freo has the lion’s share of chill neighbourhood spots, and Percy Flint is right up there. A small bar and eatery, they do some bang up pub fare (steak sandwiches, fish burgers) as well as a sizeable selection of shares, perfect for you and your crew to nibble on.
211 South Terrace, South Fremantle
A fusion between Scandinavian and Asian cuisine? It certainly made us raise our eyebrows, at least for a second or two. But when you think about it, it actually makes perfect sense – and the proof is in the Skøl. It’s got the attention to detail of a fine dining joint, but keeps things easy and breezy. And is there anything easier breezier than a seafood platter with pals?
35 Ewen Street, Scarborough
There’s nothing that bonds a group of friends more solidly than mutual atomic garlic breath after a bowl of toum. A sacred bond, we reckon. Grab a charcoal chicken and bowl of toum any night of the week from Little Lebanon’s Osborne Park outpost, or head there on the weekend for the buffet and grab a little bit (ok, a lot) of everything.
200 Main Street, Osborne Park
Header image: Rambla On Swan