Words by Kale Armstrong.
There’s nothing quite like a good view. It shifts our perspective, leaves us in awe and takes something special and makes it unforgettable. We searched high and low for the WA eateries with the most memorable views and chatted to the chefs and coordinators about how it takes the dining experience to the next level.
With such a stunning coastline right at our doorstep, there’s always a good reason to head to the beach. Odyssea is a coastal eatery with exquisite indoor and outdoor views of Perth’s central beaches; the perfect place to soak up the sun or watch a storm roll in over the sea. Head Chef Nicholas Duncan compliments the location with a menu filled with flavourful dishes that are just as enjoyable shared as they are kept to yourself. Featuring highlights such as a tender spiced lamb dish served with cucumber mint labneh and dukkha flatbread – as well as a standout kangaroo fillet with Mexican influences – Odyssea’s menu is best enjoyed alongside one of their exceptional cocktails, wines or beers on tap.
“The views really help people to relax and create moments to remember. It’s an important part of the overall experience,” says Duncan. “People always love a restaurant that’s located on the beach but when you can deliver amazing food and an experience as well, that’s what is going to elevate you and make you stand out.”
187 Challenger Parade, City Beach
Imagine being treated like royalty while dining amongst the clouds. C Restaurant is WA’s only sky-high revolving restaurant, completing a full cycle over the span of ninety minutes. Featuring three hundred and sixty-degree views that encapsulate all of Perth’s monuments and distinct iconography, the spectacle from atop St Martin’s Tower can only be described as breath-taking. With a variety of dining options that will fight for your attention over the scenery – including an a la carte lunch menu, high tea and two or five course dinner – there’s a lot to love about this award-winning eatery. C Restaurant’s menu features a variety of European classics and specialties with creative twists that balance the familiar with the bold and exciting; the perfect addition to this unique and memorable experience. If you haven’t visited C Restaurant before, it’s time for you to make a booking and head on up to the thirty-third floor.
Level 33, 44 St Georges Terrace, Perth
An extension of the landscape and warm hospitality of the south-west, a visit to Amelia Park is an opportunity to indulge in the best of the region and what life has to offer. The passion project between the Walsh Family and owners Blair and Renee Allen showcases a “rustic yet refined” menu that celebrates fresh and local produce.
Head Chef Blair Allen’s approach to flavour comes from a mastery of French, Turkish and Japanese techniques tied together with strong local roots and an aim to deliver a flexible and memorable dining experience. The dining room – scented with hints of dry-aged beef sizzling away on an open jarrah grill – has been carefully designed to contrast the bold and sublime features of the south-western countryside, culminating in a meal that won’t soon be forgotten.
“[We] had a vision of the restaurant to sit at the top of the vines and look down the valley at the beautiful view. Peter [Walsh] would get so excited talking about the big tree in the middle of the vineyard being lit up at night,” Allen says of the design process with the Walsh Family and builder Brett Mason. “There is a saying that restaurants with views don’t have good food. We wanted to make sure we never fell into this gross generalisation.”
3857 Caves Road, Wilyabrup
Since opening its doors in 1993, Fraser’s has had a lot to live up to. Nestled amongst the gumtrees in Perth’s iconic Kings Park and Botanical Gardens, Fraser’s overlooks the city and Swan River from the best natural vantage point in town. It’s a tall order to meet, and a challenge to anyone brave enough to take it on. Enter Executive Chef Chris Taylor, who delivers on the high expectations of the location with a menu that champions the beauty and simplicity of WA produce. With hints of Mediterranean and South-East Asian influences throughout, Frasers’ menu features a phenomenal chargrilled octopus dish with green romesco as well as an incredibly tender Linley Valley pork belly with pineapple and Nam Jim.
With such stunning scenery on offer, Taylor highly recommends guests “spend some time in the park before or after dining” to top off the experience.
60 Fraser Avenue, West Perth
It’s fair to say that The Reveley has become an essential stop on a visit to Elizabeth Quay. With spectacular views of the Quay, city and Swan River, the eatery offers something for everyone within its three distinct levels. The Reveley’s ground floor focuses primarily on casual and family dining – think steak sandwiches, burgers and snacks. The second level provides a high-quality seasonal menu with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, while Henry’s Rooftop Bar features cocktails and tapas along with a magnificent view of the Quay and cityscape.
At the helm is Executive Chef Ben Keal. Known for his work overseeing The Three Pound Group’s other popular eateries – including The Camfield, The Elford and Good Company – Keal is no stranger to catering for big numbers and diverse crowds. Noting the importance of the riverside location in creating the feel of The Reveley, Keal praises the location for its design and natural beauty. “It’s been amazing to see everything go up,” Keal says on the growth of the location. “The sunsets over King’s Park are absolutely amazing.”
Eastern Promenade, The Towers at Elizabeth Quay, Ophir Walk, Perth
The Boatshed Restaurant
The Swan River is the lifeblood of Perth. Connecting the north to the south and the hills to the ocean, it’s always a pleasure to stop and admire its beauty. Located on the southern bank of the river, The Boatshed Restaurant is a family run eatery that’s been a staple of the Swan River since opening twenty-five years ago. With panoramic views that stretch from Kings Park to Optus Stadium, the location is a popular place to take in the beauty of the city while indulging in a variety of fresh, zesty and flavourful dishes. The Boatshed’s menu is carefully designed to be “confident without being pretentious” while adding to the “timeless” nature of the landscape.
“Perth has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world to look at no matter what the weather,” says Claire Miller and manager Owen Dawson. “A sunny spring day or a cold and blistery winters evening, the Perth lights and the Swan River always make for a fantastic backdrop.”
1L Coode Street, South Perth
Bunkers Beach House
Welcome to a south-western beachside paradise. Just a ten minute drive – packed with stunning views and south-western greenery – from Dunsborough town centre, Bunkers Beach House provides front row seats to Bunker Bay’s crystal-clear waters, home to dolphins and passing whales. The eatery’s “dune to table” approach champions WA seafood with a weekly changing five course menu – curated by Head Chef Vince Conjaerts – that utilises simplicity and technique to create dishes “inspired by the natural flavours of the coastline.”
Bunkers’ approach marries together the renowned dining and coastal offerings available in the south-west, resulting in a wholesome and irreplicable culinary experience. This lovely little eatery is the perfect complement to the regions natural beauty, simplicity and amazing produce.
Farm Break Lane, Naturaliste
Delicately crowned atop the rooftop of the State Buildings is Perth’s jewel of fine dining: Wildflower. A recent recipient of Three Chefs Hats and Three Glasses by the Australian Good Food Guide Awards and the Wine List of the Year Awards respectively, Wildflower is famed for its attentive service, wide sweeping views of the Swan River, and an elegantly designed menu that celebrates native Australian ingredients.
Taking over from Mathew Sartori in 2022, Head Chef Michael D’Adamo acknowledges that taking on the reputable position has had its challenges but is proudly “enjoying it” and “excited for what the future holds.” As devoted followers of the culinary concept of “time and place,” Wildflower aims to tell a cultural and culinary story of Perth in the here and now. “The view definitely has an effect,” D’Adamo says on its contribution to the experience. “The venue has two different stories to tell. During the day you get to see over the foreshore and the beautiful gardens of Council House. While at night, it’s the bright lights of the city, the venue and the food in focus.”
State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
The Mangrove Hotel
WA is home to some pretty spectacular views, but none quite so unique as Broome’s Staircase to the Moon. Occurring during the region’s dry season (which is normally from March to October), the reflection of the full moon on the tidal flats gives the appearance of a shining staircase rising into the night sky. You can see the stunning optical illusion from the Mangrove Hotel’s Bay Club. Overlooking Roebuck Bay, the Club’s menu features plenty of plates perfect for sharing, particularly alongside a cocktail under the full moon.
47 Carnarvon Street, Broome
Eagle Bay’s Wise Wine has the distinction of having not just a stunning view over the estate’s vineyard, but out across to the pristine turquoise water of Geographe Bay. Nestled amongst the lush surrounds of Meelup Regional Park, the restaurant is ultra-focused on seasonality, updating its menu daily to best showcase the region’s world-class produce – as well as the estate’s award-winning wine.
237 Eagle Bay Road, Eagle Bay
Header image: The Reveley