Dating dinners melbourne
The next step is harder: finding the right place to impress your date.
These aren't places for quiet, white-tableclothed romance.
As mentioned in the preamble, we really wanted to showcase the multitude of different cuisines you can discover in Melbourne.
Indeed, there’s a bounty of brilliant romantic restaurants in Melbourne, but we feel that the following 10 are truly special - in no specific order.
We've also included a little map below the slideshow so you can see whereabouts in the city each spot is.
With so many awesome Melbourne restaurants and bars at your fingertips, you’d think choosing first-date venues would be a snap. First dates are a peculiar, precarious beast, so don’t underestimate the advantage of some thoughtful consideration. It does some sort of alchemical fusion that looks like pasta, but tastes like a thunderbolt from Zeus.
Hungry to help you find a favourite our editorial team pooled their heads and made a list.
In celebration of Melbourne’s wonderfully cosmopolitan makeup, we also decided to traverse the gastronomic globe without even having to leave the city limits!
Mostly this is down to atmosphere—the lighting in here is uber flattering, very contemporary. There’s a reason this place is still packed out most nights.Afterwards, you can head upstairs to Glamp for a drink in your very own tent. We agonised over which dumpling house to recommend, and the truth is there’s nothing wrong with down and dirty dumps at Shanghai Street, Hutong or Aunties. Massaman curry spring rolls that have to be tasted to be believed. Yep, The Palm Royal ticks all the first date boxes.Oriental is a little classier though, and comes with better cocktails. Everything’s lit-up neon pink, and the service is top notch. Take your date up to the new rooftop for some of the best views north of the Yarra. Walking your date into a bar hidden inside a vintage fridge is a guaranteed slam dunk.Head chef Head Chef Dave Verheul has put together a classy little menu, and it’s open till late if you want to catch a Nova flick first.Still the hottest ticket in town, even if you have to queue 20 mins to get through the door.
If you’re not afraid to get a lil’ messy, try the alpaca short ribs. A quality spot from the team behind Vegie Bar and Panama Dining Room. Relaxed, low pressure, with plenty of kitsch art on the walls.