Whether it’s for a birthday, an anniversary or another occasion that calls for something a bit more fancy – these are Perth’s best restaurants for those extra special nights out.
Wildflower might be Perth’s crowning jewel of fine dining. Fittingly perched atop the State Buildings with stunning views over the city and the Swan River, the menu journeys through the six Noongar seasons and showcases uniquely Western Australian ingredients. The luxe Treasury Buildings surrounds and refined fit out certainly don’t hurt.
State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
Marumo’s seven course Omakase menu has become the stuff of legends. A three-hour experience in the itty-bitty, minimalist dining room, which itself is tucked away in an otherwise unremarkable Nedlands shopping village. At $75 per head, Marumo is one of the best value fine dining experiences in Perth – its extreme mystique comes in part from the scarcity of its highly sought after reservations. Released only a few times a year and snapped up eagerly, this is an evening to plan well in advance for.
22/145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands
If Wildflower isn’t your jam, head downstairs to Post. This bright and fresh dining room manages to be restrained yet dramatic, not least in part to the olive tree centrepiece lit by a glowing, heavenly skylight. A tight menu that leans to the contemporary, rather than the old- world of Italy, with the unmistakable Western Australian flair it shares with its upstairs neighbour.
State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Ave, Perth
Polished, yet accessible. Business appropriate yet gives you a wink. This timeless dining room gives you all the confident, New York-money-never-sleeps vibes you’d hope for, but with an approachable attitude that’s all West Australian. Carpaccio, terrine, kangaroo loin and duck fat potatoes tick all the hedonistic boxes, not to mention the impressive wall of wines.
6 The Esplanade, Perth
This Shenton Park restaurant only opened in 2011, but it feels like it’s become synonymous with Perth degustation and fine dining. An intricate, considered menu with a significant French influence, and classical touches that make a night extra special – like the liqueur trolley, or the Cuban cigar menu you can enjoy in the courtyard post-meal. Ooh la la! If you’re not quite up for the full nine course degustation, their midweek La Saveur degustation is the perfect stepping stone.
225 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
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 – the prawn tortelli with prawn, vermouth and fennel, the veal cotoletta, or the beef fillet with confit leek and onion soubise.
214 William Street, Northbridge
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Cover photo of Shadow Wine Bar in Northbridge