Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Le Rebelle, Mount Lawley

Perth’s Best Date Night Restaurants

bySally Hall
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You’re suave! You’re hip! You’re with it! You definitely know all the best places for that spicy, saucy Tinder date. But just in case you’re breaking out in a cold sweat over where to go for that romantic date night dinner, here’s a few suggestions.

Le Rebelle

Like we said, you’re hip! You know about all the hot restaurants in town! That’s just one of the reasons you should head to Le Rebelle on your next date night. With a high brow, French-inspired bistro menu, this is sure to impress. Just make sure you book ahead: tables fill up quick sticks, and you don’t want to have to resort to your less impressive plan B (Hungry Jacks??). They’ve now also got a walk-in-only, internationally-inspired wine bar, Bar Rogue – it’s just down the road, if you prefer to keep things spontaneous.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Le Rebelle, Mount Lawley

676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley


Lulu La Delizia

The cat’s really outta the bag with Lulu La Delizia. This inconspicuous Subi osteria has become mighty conspicuous after rave reviews, from Gourmet Traveller to Marco Pierre White. Just don’t get too tempted to reenact the Lady and the Tramp with your tagliatelle… or do, we’re not cops! Follow your heart.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Lulu La Delizia

Forrest Walk, 5/97 Rokeby Road, Subiaco


Francoforte

If you’re wanting pasta, but maybe your pockets aren’t as deep as Marco Pierre White’s… Francoforte is the budget-friendly, post-work, dependable option. With expanded digs, you won’t have to fight quite so hard for a table, and they’re no longer BYO-only, so no stress if you forget to hit up the bottle-o on the way in. Mamma mia! Gimme that carbonara any day.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Francoforte, Northbridge

4/189 William Street, Northbridge


Madalena’s

Yeah, yeah, we know. We’re talking about Madalena’s again. But for those easy, breezy, cruisey souls amongst us, Madalena’s is a perfect date night spot – particularly if it’s an easy, breezy Sunday evening. Nibble away at some prawns over a glass of orange wine in the sunshine, let the conversation flow… you’re the best version of yourself, buddy. We believe in you.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Madalenas, South Fremantle

406 South Terrace, South Fremantle


Mummucc’

Friendly neighbourhood pizza spot Monsterella opened their pumping wine bar Mummucc’ at the start of the year, and it’s gone from strength to strength since. Pizza’s already pretty sexy, but imagine it, like, MORE sexy. Like, buzzing wine bar, oozing buratta, side of syrupy figs kind of sexy. Mummucc means mother in Abruzzese, and we reckon Freud can read into this what he wants.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Mummucc, Wembley

6/46-56 Grantham Street, Wembley


Baan Baan

Market regular Bangkok Jump Street has made the leap to a brick-and-mortar location in Northbridge, and while Baan Baan means “comfort and simple”, that’s honestly a bit of an undersell. The menu is full of dynamic, exciting Thai street food, as well as home-style meals – but it’s all perfect for sharing. Let’s hope your date is as hot as some fresh Thai chilies.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Baan Baan, Northbridge

172 Newcastle Street, Northbridge


Cosy Del’s

We’ve long extolled the virtues of Lathlain’s Laika as one of our favourite coffee and brunch spots – so when word reached us that they were opening a neighbouring bar slash restaurant, we were intrigued, to say the least. Our anticipation was not unwarranted: Cosy Del’s has lived up to it, and then some. We actually haven’t been able to stop thinking about the steak we had, imbued with smokiness from the hibachi grill and slathered in lardo butter – now that’s a succulent, sexy meal.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Cosy Del's, Lathlain

13 Lathlain Place, Lathlain


Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

Maybe we just had our heads in the sand, but it took us an embarrassingly long time to get switched on to the magic of Manuka. Luckily, everyone else isn’t so slow on the uptake – the restaurant has collected plenty of accolades and rave reviews in the meantime. The restaurant champions all the good low-waste, sustainable, seasonal, farmer-direct stuff we love to hear – although that doesn’t mean much if the food doesn’t speak for itself. Rest assured, in the hands of chef Kenny McHardy, the wood fired oven alchemises local ingredients into something really quite special.

134 High Street, Fremantle


Vincent Wine

If like us, you were feverishly anticipating something replacing the beautiful space at the top of William Street that used to be Meat Candy (RIP) – Vincent Wine has more than delivered in the year since opening. Bringing the mediterranean vibes we can no longer travel to, their wine list is 200-strong with a focus on France, along with plenty of homegrown specialties. Grab a seat in the courtyard in the late afternoon sun, a couple of glasses of wine, and some snacks to enjoy as you gaze into each other’s eyes.

465 William Street, Perth


Casa

When we first wrote about Casa, they had zero posts, yet four thousand-odd Instagram followers… if that doesn’t tell you the level of anticipation, we don’t know what will. Unsurprisingly, Casa has been an instant hit – and with good reason, dishing up a menu that is both contemporary and nostalgic, influenced by Italy as well as touching on Mexican and classic French flavours. The duck liver pâté eclair may already be on its way to becoming an all-time classic.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, CASA, Mount Hawthorn

Photo by @miki.knight

399 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn


Propeller

For how reliably great Propeller is, we can’t help but feel that this understated eatery flies a little under the radar, pardon the pun. The industrial fit-out is pared-back without being sparse, and the same can be said for the seasonal menu, which is comprised of modern West Australian takes on Middle Eastern dishes – like Musakhan chicken served with caramelised onion manouche, or Rangers Valley beef served with a Turkish green chilli relish.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Propeller, North Fremantle

222 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle


Restaurant Jun

Long time cult-fave for Perth’s Japanese food lovers, you’d be forgiven for walking past this hidden spot a hundred times before ever noticing it was there. Once you turn down the alleyway and descend down the stairs into Jun, you could almost imagine you had stumbled upon a cosy, quiet pocket of Tokyo. Specialists in kushiyaki and yakitori (grilled skewers and grilled chicken skewers, respectively), it’s the perfect spot for after-work dinner whether you’re sharing with a group of mates or flying solo.

568 Hay Street, Perth


Long Chim

Turn up the heat on your plate and your date at Long Chim. The Thai street food mecca has become an institution of sorts since opening its doors in 2015 – and for good reason. Bringing a slice of Bangkok to the State Buildings’ basement, the menu practically slaps you in the face with flavour.

Long Chim

State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth


No Mafia

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 some great people-watching and an expanded menu that includes house-made pasta. And is more pasta ever a bad thing? We think not.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, No Mafia, Northbridge

252 William Street, Northbridge


Shadow Wine Bar

Shadow Wine Bar is as glamorous and intriguing as an Italian film star. The decor is inviting rather than intimidating, with the dimly lit dining room lending an intimacy to your meal, particularly in spite of its grand, industrial, vaulted ceiling. The menu is a choose-your-own- adventure of formality, from the elegant bar snacks (crab, aioli and potato crisp, white anchovy toast) to the sumptuous mains – previous stars include the tortelli with prawn, vermouth and fennel, the veal cotoletta, or the beef fillet with confit leek and onion soubise.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Shadow Wine Bar, Northbridge

214 William Street, Northbridge


Willi’s

A revamp of The Royal’s ground floor venue, Willi’s emerged victorious into the tail end of 2021. Their menu manages to be both decadent and precise, yet relaxed – while their wine list, curated by wine director Daisy Case, is robust – and their intimate bar is the perfect spot for a saucy after-work drink.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Willi's, Perth

531 Wellington Street, Perth


Clarences Company Store

The closure of beloved Beaufort Street drinking hole Clarences in 2019 was a devastating loss to locals – and seemed to be a dire sign for Mount Lawley’s future. Like a phoenix, the 2021 saw the iconic small bar rise from the ashes – bringing the same good vibes with a new, jazzy, New Orleans-inspired flavour.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Clarences Company Store, Highgate

566 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley


Servo

Part of Leederville’s zippy new Electric Lane precinct, Servo is pulling no punches – serving up a stellar, genre-less menu that’s only mission is to service all-day dining for any occasion. Nothing is off-limits here: from rigatoni tikka masala with buffalo ricotta to burrata, kimchi and white peach, or a mixed shish grill, speared with home made knives and grilled over coals. Outside, the yard bar is also home to a kebab window – we might have it on good authority that the cheeseburger borek is the perfect salve to a hangover – who says a date can’t be breakfast? (Wink wink).

Servo Restaurant Leederville

9 Electric Lane, Leederville


La Madonna Nera

Having the misfortune of opening just before COVID hasn’t slowed La Madonna Nera down one bit, offering one of the most delightfully intimate dining experiences Perth has to offer. If you’re a fan of carefully curated, Italian-sourced wines then you’ll find plenty of friends at La Madonna Nera, and they’ll be happy to take you for a journey all over the boot-shaped peninsula. If making a booking seems a little committed, you can also check out their killer aperitivo hour (one of our favourites).

1/155 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn


Cecchi’s

Inglewood neighbourhood spot Cecchi’s has fast become a favourite amongst locals for their share-friendly Italian plates and charming courtyard. While the small plates are worth a trip by themselves, the pasta can sure hold its own. Head there for lunch on a weekend to take advantage of the aforementioned courtyard and their pasta deals – a plate of pasta and a glass of wine will only set you back $20.

965 Beaufort Street, Inglewood


Capri

For a touch of old world charm (and a bit of romance), you can’t go past Capri, can you? Stepping into this family-run restaurant feels like stepping back in time, to bustling ’50s Fremantle and all of its Italian glory. Prices are, suitably in line with this old-school approach: incredibly reasonable, if not unbelievably low at times. Now with four generations of Pizzales involved in the restaurant, Capri is as good as ever. In fact, its determination to stand strong against any changing whims of fashions might be its greatest strength.

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, Capri, Fremantle

21 South Terrace, Fremantle


El Público

Beaufort Street stalwart el Público has been dishing up some of the most legit tacos in Perth for yonks. To be honest, we can’t think of anything more romantic than sharing a mixed grill plate with your beloved… just make sure you leave enough room for a side of mogo mogo. Muy bien!

Perth's Best Date Night Restaurants, El Publico, Mount Lawley

511 Beaufort Street, Highgate

Cover photo: Le Rebelle