The urban jewel of Australia’s west, Perth is actually the most isolated city in the world. Not that you’d know it from the number of quality restaurants this sun-drenched oasis plays host to.
But Perth is a city of 1.4 million people, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Australian outback on the other. It has great public transport, a cosmopolitan feel, and lower prices than other cities of its stature.
Another great thing about it is that – compared to other waterside metropolises like Sydney, LA and Barcelona – it isn’t bursting with tourists.
So whether you’re there for family and friends, the Swan River, the pristine sandy beaches, the ballet or some sneaky wine tasting, you’ll be spoilt with a choice of some of the best restaurants Perth has to offer.
From the luxe to the quirky, here’s a list of the 11 best restaurants in Perth, curated for your culinary pleasure.
Level 4, COMO The Treasury, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth WA 6000 — $$$$
Perched atop prime Perth CBD rooftop real estate is Wildflower – an elegant, contemporary steel and glass box on COMO The Treasury hotel’s fourth floor, with a bird’s eye view over the city. Easily one of the best restaurants in Perth, it seats up to 80 guests in a spacious dining room, and 30 more in the bar and outside terrace. Whether you’re going all out with the 5-course tasting menu or you want to keep it low key with the best lunch in Perth, Wildflower serves contemporary Australian cuisine – revolving around the indigenous ethos of six seasons with farmer and forager-driven menus.
State Buildings, Basement Level, Corner Of Georges Terrace & Barrack St, Perth, 6000 WA — $$ – $$$
With its Thai inspired cocktail menu, developed and run by award-winning bar chief Dean Buchanan Longchim – another of the best restaurants Perth plays home to – provides a relaxed, exotic ambience that dares you to imbibe an eclectic selection of craft beers, regional and global wines and signature cocktails. Once you’re feeling a polite buzz, it’s time to move on to the spicy laksas and green curries. We recommend starting with a selection of chive cakes and satay chicken, and taking it from there.
Co Op Dining
2/11 Regal Place, East Perth, WA 6004 — $$$$
When a restaurant gets rated for four consecutive years in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide, people tend to take notice. Which explains the bubbly atmosphere around Co Op Dining’s regional degustation menu. Designed with a chic interior, here you will be able to experience one of the best restaurants Perth has to offer.
Lulu La Delizia
5/97 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco WA 6008 — $$ – $$$
With a wine bar vibe and classy restaurant feel, Lulu La Delizia is a small Italian eatery specialising in premium fresh pasta and the delights of the Friuli and the Venetian spice route. From its exquisite antipasti to la ‘specialitat’ – pasta – Lulu la Delizia is one of the best restaurants in Perth if you’re looking for Italian cuisine.
222 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle — $$ – $$$
In a tastefully gentrified garage in the heart of North Fremantle lies (arguably) one of the restaurants Perth offers for Middle Eastern cuisine outside of Beirut. Led by chef Kurt Sampson (who learnt his craft at Queens’s Gate in London and O’Connell’s in South Melbourne), Propeller distinguishes itself with a menu to be shared, a fine selection of local and international wines, craft beers and spirits – and of course, rich Arabian coffee.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Crown Casino, Crown Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA 6100 — $$$$
Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth continues Neil Perry’s unique steakhouse concept, which involves the most tender meat you’ve ever tasted, an open plan dining room that overlooks the kitchen’s signature wood-fire grill, a menu chock full of fresh produce and a wine list that features 1350 wines from Australia and the World.
Bread In Common
43 Pakenham St, Fremantle WA 6160 — $$ – $$$
Banish any thoughts you had of a dingy bakery: Bread In Common – regularly viewed as one of the best restaurants Perth has to offer – is the classiest way to consume carbohydrates in Perth. The layout consists of an open kitchen sat alongside diners, all of which can also be viewed from a cozy mezzanine levelled lounge. Your hunger will be set to by Head Chef Chris Eales, a perfectionist with a penchant for bringing seasonal farm ingredients to the table. Also, as Bread In Common is built on communal values, there are also gluten-free and vegan dishes on the menu all year round, to suit any palate.
State Buildings, Corner of St Georges Terrace & Barrack St, Perth WA 6000 — $$ – $$$
A hundred-odd years ago, protestors marched around the State Buildings in Perth, petitioning for causes they believed in. These lines have now been (belatedly) replaced with queues of people waiting to score a table at Petition Kitchen – a finely decorated bistro that sits conveniently alongside Petition Beer Corner and Wine Bar. Come here for “clean slate” Modern Australian dining, share plates, and the top-notch seafood.
QV1 Plaza, Hay Street & Milligan Street enter via, Milligan St, Perth WA 6000 — $$ – $$$
More than just a liquor emporium, Tiny’s Bar is also one of the best restaurants Perth offers diners looking for good times with its eclectic food, fresh herbs (and veggies) from the kitchen rooftop garden, and its iconic architecture. Located in the historic QV1 building, Tiny’s is the social hub of Perth’s west end, comprising of a large indoor and courtyard bar area, restaurant, and – of course – a well-stocked liquor emporium.
No Menu Finest Italian
448 Beaufort St, Highgate WA 6003 — $$ – $$$
With a laid back mis en scene and ‘no menu’ Maurizio Di Ciano’s Finest Italian appears to offer a casual approach to dining. But don’t let the undressed tables, booths and trendy wall mural by Perth street artist Handbrake fool you: Di Cianos takes his food seriously, and it really is one of the best restaurants Perth has for eclectic dining.
The place offers both sweet and savoury pies, stuffed roasted capsicums, handmade pasta (ranging from fish gnocci to spaghetti chitarra), aperitifs, finger food and eggs every which way. In the centre is the “no menu” offering – where the chef serves family style dishes with the kitchen team’s market finds for $50 per head.
1 Cathedral Ave, Perth WA 6000 — $$$$
A hotel restaurant with a luxe twist, Post Perth is a Como The Treasury outlet of blond timber, white walls and steel noir that gently refutes the concept of cookie cutter ‘chain’ dining. Based in the space that once housed Perth’s first general post office, this restaurant has a penchant for offering healthy food (see the raw kingfish served with green tomato and buttermilk vinaigrette) but still serves hearty comfort foods like buffalo burrata and lamb backstrap.
And of course, a wine cellar replete with names both local and international. If you’ve got the money to spend, spend it at one of the best restaurants Perth proudly plays host to.
corner of georges tce & barrack st,
Perth, 6000 WA. Photo Credit: Ministry of Gluttony.