Free Dating in Sydney

It’s been an exciting fortnight here at FreeAndSingle exploring the sexiest, most stylish and down-right irresistible restaurants in the city. The winner has now been announced, and what do you think to the results? Here’s a look back over the Top 10 Sydney date restaurants in case you missed it. Click on the links to read the reviews in full.

10. Miss Marley’s

With South American sharing dishes, a skin full of tequila, and an intimate atmosphere, this quirky vintage bar is a unique setting for Sydney dates.

 

9. Baroque Bistro

An urban-chic restaurant serving elegant French cuisine, Baroque Bistro transforms from day to night dining, making it perfect for dates around the clock.

 

8. The Victoria Room

Razzle dazzle your date with the plush sofas and potent cocktails as you tuck into delicious dishes in The Victoria Room.

 

7. A Tavola

Italian food speaks the language of love, and this bustling restaurant is a top choice if you love European wines and homemade pasta dishes.

 

6. Jonah’s

Whisk your date away for a romantic meal in a stunning ocean setting at Jonah’s. A truly special spot for a deal-clinching date with a special someone.

 

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5. Jazushi

Jazzing up the Sydney dating scene with a winning combination of music and sushi, you’ll find plenty to talk about here, and music in case you don’t.

 

4. Altitude

Feel on top of the world as you clink glasses with your date at this terribly posh spot for dates in Sydney. Fine dining overlooking the harbour, it’s a show-stopper if ever there was.

 

3. La Tratt

An elegant twist on Italian cuisine, receive star treatment as you tuck into fine food and wine at La Tratt.

 

2. Reef Restaurant

Walk on the beach to work up an appetite for a helplessly romantic meal at Reef Restaurant. Laid-back fine dining in an unbeatable coastal setting, it’s worth the drive.

 

1. Rockpool Bar & Grill

A firm favourite on the Sydney dating scene, Rockpool is a people pleaser without compromising on quality food and service. The impressive hall and extensive menu make it number one for a diverse range of ages, tastes and dates in Sydney!
So that’s a wrap! What do you think of FreeAndSingle’s Top 10, would you do it differently? If so, let us know and feel free to comment below.

 

Next week, we’ll be kicking off our countdown in Melbourne! Looking at the best spots for first dates, those deal-clincher dinners, and special occasions with your partner, we’ll be starting with number 10 on Monday 12th May.

 

If you know somewhere that’s perfect for Melbourne dates, or perhaps you think your restaurant should feature in the rankings, get in touch! Email kellygilmourgrassam@outlook.com to get involved and have your say.

 

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Rockpool Bar & Grill

 

66 Hunter Street

Sydney

NSW 2000

 

http://www.rockpool.com/sydney/bar-and-grill/

 

Good place to take a date:

10/10

Waltz into the Art Deco interior of Rockpool and feel like you walked onto a film set as you cross the expansive hall to your table. Be ushered in by the flawlessly friendly staff who will soon have you feeling settled in. You might need a map to navigate the enormous menu, but at least it ensures something to please everyone, be it a juicy burger, freshly pressed pasta, or a more elegant dish. Rockpool certainly isn’t a cheap option for Sydney dating, but the luxurious setting of the glistening hanging glasses and marble pillars ensures you’re in for a special evening. And once you’ve got your teeth into one of the divine dishes from the menu, you’ll understand the price tag.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

10/10

Whether you have a soft spot for cocktails or fancy yourself as a bit of a wine connoisseur, you might easily spend an evening watching the ebb and flow of the restaurant from the vantage point of the bar. Enjoy a few tipples here to span out the evening if the first date is going better than expected, although you might find it hard to resist an all-out three course meal sampling the sumptuous menu selection. Be engulfed by the awesome atmosphere of rich smells from the kitchen, the chorus of happy diners chatting away, and the professional staff floating from table to table. It will give you plenty of points for conversation that is sure to fill your first date in Sydney with things to talk about.

 

Rockpool Sydney

Rockpool Sydney

 

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An array of ages, occasions and groups melt into the warm buzz of Rockpool in a harmony of food love that brings people together. The fabulous staff have a passion for the menu and wine list that is sure to rub off on your Sydney date; they can help craft a special occasion if you let them know in advance! You aren’t likely to stick out like a sore thumb if you dress either up or down here, the size of this impressive hall creates an intimate anonymity that can make you feel alone together despite the busy workings of the restaurant.

 

Time of review:

Book in advance to avoid disappointment, especially on weekends. Having recently reopened after a fire in April, Rockpool is busier than ever with diners eager to satisfy the craving for their burgers and cocktails. A loyal customer base integrates nicely with the tourists and Sydney dating scene to ensure the restaurant is packed throughout the calendar.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Fine food and drink doesn’t come cheap; Rockpool’s motif borrows the quote “the cornerstone of good cooking is to source the finest produce”, but you can really taste the difference in even the most basic of dishes. However, this won’t ease the blow to the bank balance if you decide to go all-out on a 3 course meal on your Sydney date. With mains coming in at anything from $25-$55, it’s one to reserve for that special someone that you really want to win over.

 

Type of cuisine:

Rockpool’s menu rolls a variety of cuisines into one, too-good-to-choose-from menu selection. Including everything from lobster to beef and Guinness pie, you’ll find a good excuse to plan your next date just to come back for seconds. Leave room for dessert if you don’t mind loosening the belt a notch; the sweet treats really are the icing on the cake.

 

Final word:

An expensive but worth-it restaurant in the heart of Sydney, Rockpool has a winning combination of fine food, drink and service that sets it at the top of the league for Sydney dating. A dazzling setting for the first date or a fantastic location for a special celebration, Rockpool is a proven people pleaser for the whole spectrum of the dating scene.

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Reef Restaurant

 

The Haven

Terrigal

NSW 2260

Sydney

 

http://www.reefrestaurant.com.au/

 

Good place to take a date:

10/10

Take your date on an adventure and head out of the city to cruise down the coastline for a great weekend escape. Just over an hour outside of Sydney, Reef Restaurant combines idyllic views with five star food for an explosive combination. Make stops along the way at unspoilt natural parks, then walk on the beach to work up and appetite before heading into this romantic little spot. Overlooking the beach in an utterly sophisticated setting, it’s a winner for unique Sydney date ideas. Head there for lunch as a stop-off on your road trip, or watch the sun set over glistening water as you listen to each other’s stories. All sounds terrible soppy doesn’t it, but you’ll struggle not to be enchanted by Reef Restaurant.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

9/10

Reef Restaurant is undoubtedly fine-dining, but its subtle sophistication and stunning setting make it just about acceptable for a first date. With so much to do along the way to your Sydney date, you’ll hopefully avoid any awkward silences on the hour-long drive each way. The lunch special is a great option for a midweek jaunt out of the city, and won’t upset the bank balance too badly either. Whilst Terrigal is a renowned surf spot along the Sydney coastline, you might get raised eyebrows if you invite a surfer girl for a romantic meal that night. But it could be worth a try!?

 

Reef Restaurant Sydney

Reef Restaurant Sydney

 

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Fresh-to-death food: check. Gorgeous views: check. Road trip time: check. If you’ve got wheels and a bit of time on your hands, then there’s nothing stopping you taking a drive out to Terrigal for a romantic escape with that special someone. Book to avoid disappointment, and don’t worry about a dress code – the surfer environment ensures a pretty laid-back approach to fine dining!

 

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Since most diners don’t have the luxury of being able to escape the city midweek, you’ll find the Reef Restaurant full of city slickers letting their hair down on a weekend. A fabulous option for lunches overlooking the water or intimate evening dining, you’ll find Reef Restaurant busy day and night for your Sydney date. Time your visit with sunset for a truly sensational dining experience that could just seal the deal.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

The degustation menu doesn’t come cheap at $110, but with scallops, lamb and belly pork making an appearance it isn’t difficult to justify the price tag. The midweek lunch special, on the other hand, offers excellent value for money at around $50, whilst the mains and wine menu vary considerably depending on how expensive your taste is and how hungry you might be feeling!

 

Type of cuisine:

Freshly sourced ingredients make all the difference for divine dishes that ensures Reef Restaurant is worth the drive. Slurp oysters as you try to maintain some dignity, before tucking in to classics such as beef wellington or the catch of the day. The degustation menu will get your digestive juices going, and is a good way to span out your Sydney date over a few hours to make the most of your visit.

 

Final word:

For a truly special setting for Sydney dating, Reef Restaurant is worth its weight in gold. With plenty of attractions along the way to make a fantastic day trip, it’s the cherry on top for a romantic getaway with that special someone that is sure to turn the tide of your luck in love.

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La Tratt

 

14 Anzac Avenue

Fairfield

NSW

Sydney

 

http://fairfieldrsl.com.au/flash/

 

Good place to take a date:

10/10

La Tratt descended upon unsuspecting Fairfield to give the Sydney fine dining scene a new district of town. Be engulfed by the buzz and warmth of the mochaccino décor as you are greeted by the ever-so welcoming staff, and you won’t feel intimated by La Tratt for long. Whilst the extravagant Italian names on the menu and the award-winning wine list might be a little baffling, someone will happily showcase their knowledge and recommend matching drinks or explain that exotic ingredient. Italian dining taken to the Grammys, La Tratt puts an elegant spin on the cuisine that is perfect for impressing that special someone.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

8/10

Unlike many restaurants of comparable candour, you won’t feel like you ought to have featured in OK! Magazine to step foot in La Tratt. Sophisticated yet without snobbery, the focus is on the dining experience, not who-spend-the-most-on-their-outfit. The food, presented like a work of art, nevertheless is just as good in your palette, especially guzzled down with a few gulps of Australian wine. The electricity in the air is an exciting setting for a first date, although you’re unlikely to meet someone new here; most diners already have done! The only big issue is getting a table… you might need to jump the gun and book in hope of a second date if you don’t want to be disappointed!

 

La Tratt Sydney

La Tratt Sydney

 

 

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La Tratt is thankfully extremely unpretentious, and if you have a passion for Italian cuisine and sumptuous wine, then you’ll fall in love with this restaurant. The healthy vibe of the restaurant is a melting pot of ages, occasions and a good show of the Sydney dating scene too. There isn’t a particular dress code, but with the star treatment of the staff you might want to glam up to feel even more special.

 

Time of review:

You’ll struggle to find a table if you don’t book in advance from Wednesday- Saturday, but you’ll find an empty restaurant the rest of the week. La Tratt only opens 4 nights a week, making it even more popular and exclusive for those eager diners wanting a sensational Sydney date.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Expect to pay $20-$30 for a main course at La Tratt, although they have regular mid-week offers that provide great value if you’re on a tight budget but want to see what the fuss is all about. Nevertheless, you might want to wait until payday if you’re wanting to wow your date with taste of luxury.

 

Type of cuisine:

Steak lovers will find something in common on their Sydney date with the fabulous signature sharing dish, Manzo Alla Griglia. When you decipher the flowery Italian of the menu you’ll also find classics such as cannelloni, lamb shanks and gnocchi with a five star twist. Allow the waiters to match a wine with your menu choices, and hopefully your date will be a match made in heaven too!

 

Final word:

The best fine-dining restaurants don’t need to be it. La Tratt is effortlessly glamorous, oozes more class than the premium steaks and wines, and is a go-to choice for dating in Sydney that will hit the nail on the head every time.

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Altitude Sydney

 

Level 36, Shangri-La Hotel

176 Cumberland Street
NSW 2000

Sydney

 

http://www.36levelsabove.com.au/altitude/

 

Good place to take a date:

9/10

Watch romance rocket as you bowl them over with the view (and hopefully your oodles of charm) at Altitude restaurant. A fine dining experience offering panoramic views over the opera house and harbour, it’s a fantastic option for dates in Sydney. Gaze into ease other’s eyes as the sunset glints on the horizon, and you’ll really feel on top of the world with that special someone. And that’s before you sample the exquisite menu. An elegant twist on Australian cuisine, the menu matches fine wines with even fresher food that has earned Altitude several awards over the years. And when you see the look on your date’s face, you’ll feel like a winner too. Book ahead and save this one for a very special occasion – your bank balance will as impressed!

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

7/10

The expensive menu, the dizzying heights, the proper atmosphere, it might all be a little too much for a first date. Besides, you don’t want to attract a gold-digger now, do you? You don’t want to pull the best view in Sydney out of the bag too soon, or else what will you have to top it? However if money does happily happen to be no object, you won’t be disappointed by the quality of the tasting menu and the 10 page wine list representing a world of vineyards. Meanwhile the knowledgeable staff will happily take you on a whistle-stop tour of the menu if you are unsure of what goes best with your food. If the evening is over too quick, sip cocktails next door at Blu Bar and watch the city twinkle below in the night sky.

 

Altitude Sydney

Altitude Sydney

 

Average age:

Fine dining being a little out of the reach of some younger daters, Altitude has quite a corporate and wealthy clientele. City slickers love bringing people here to clinch a great deal, so it seems an appropriate deal-maker for Sydney dating too….If you’ve got the money. Dress code is smart-casual, but make yourself look as fine as the dining if you want to feel like a star on a special date here.

 

Time of review:         

For best results, visit at sunset. The wow factor is hard to beat as the sun descends over Sydney harbour. So although a Sydney date at Altitude can’t guarantee you a second, it’s sure to be a moment that neither of you will forget. Tables are hot to trot whatever time of day you visit this sky-scraping restaurant, so book well in advance for your table.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

The high-up views might be very impressive, but so are the astronomical prices that come with the territory. A ‘reasonable’ bottle of wine will set you back $60, whilst the tasting menu is a whopping $120 excluding wines. The view alone justifies the prices, but the quality of the food and drink rightly puts a premium on the menu that sets it apart from just another high-up restaurant.

 

Type of cuisine:

Altitude has put a sophisticated modern spin on Australian cuisine, so is a great choice for showcasing the best that the city has to offer. From aromatic Aussie cheeses to melt-in-the-mouth fish dishes, the choice is superb. Want to inject an element of surprise into your Sydney date? Order the chef’s surprise nine-course menu that will certainly give you both something to talk about.

 

Final word:

Move your relationship up a level and take 3 steps to heaven with an Altitude experience. Not for the faint-hearted, it’s an expensive but worth-it Sydney date idea with views that you’ll both fall in love with. And you might even feel a spark between you both as you watch the sun set over Sydney…

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Jazushi

145 Devonshire Street

Surry Hills
NSW 2010

Sydney

 

http://www.jazushi.com.au/

 

Good place to take a date:

9/10

Jazz. Sushi. Jazushi. What more could a sushi and jazz lover ask for? If you’re looking for a chic choice for Sydney dates, these guys have struck the right chord. Slap bang in the centre of Sydney, Jazushi serves contemporary Asian cuisine in an oh-so-cool setting with live music that will create a buzz. Certainly one to impress any music lovers, the warm glow and sound of voices intertwined with the beats of the band makes a fun but intimate setting with your partner. Alternatively sit in the bamboo terrace for al fresco summer dining in the twilight. Clean-cut is the order of the day for the décor and presentation of the food, but the wonderful staff and sensual experience of delicious food, drink and lap-it-up music will soon make you feel at home. Be sure to book ahead if you want a good seat for the live acts.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

9/10

First dates can be a gamble; will you talk the night away or be grasping at straws for conversation? Here you find a lively, rich ambience where silences are never awkward. Soak up the jazzy sounds as you embark upon the Jazushi banquet, a great way to pass an evening getting to know one another. If you want an excuse not to end the night just yet, Jazushi is in a perfect location to access local nightlife, whilst the Belvoir Theatre is just a stone’s throw away. Just be sure that they like jazz in the first place, otherwise you might find them itching to get away for the wrong reasons!

 

Jazushi Sydney

Jazushi Sydney

 

Average age:

Jazz might traditionally be a soft spot for the older generations, but in recent years it has had something of a renaissance in Australia. You’ll find diners of all ages on a date to Jazushi, and if you’re new to the jazz scene you might just get a surprise. A great setting for a Sydney date that will warm the cockles, you won’t feel out of place dressing up a little for this restaurant.

 

Time of review:

With live jazz playing every night, Jazushi is an ideal choice for dates throughout the week. Particularly on weekends it can get quite crammed, so be sure to book a table if you’re thinking of bringing someone here for a date in Sydney.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

The Jazushi set menu really is something to behold, and at $55 per person really won’t break the bank. Be welcomed by the friendly staff – they’re passionate about the food and will be happy to help you out with the menu. Besides, with live entertainment to accompany your dining experience, you’re really getting a bargain for an evening of fun and food.

 

Type of cuisine:

Asian cuisine is incredibly versatile and bursting with flavour, so be sure to sample a good selection of the dishes on a visit to Jazushi. From wagyu to cheesecake, your taste buds will be tingling with excitement by the time you’ve finished. Top it off with a nightcap and you’ll not want to go home when the music winds up at the end of the evening.

 

Final word:

Finding a show-stopping Sydney restaurant that blends the luxuries of five-star dining with a more chilled out atmosphere can be difficult. But Jazushi has got it spot on. So razzle dazzle your Sydney date with an evening of live music and even livelier food at Jazushi.

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Jonah’s

 

69 Bynya Road

Whale Beach

Pittwater

New South Wales 2108

 

 

http://www.jonahs.com.au/

 

Good place to take a date:

10/10

Escape the city for a romantic getaway to Jonah’s. Situated just under an hour outside of Sydney, it’s a stunning retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life and a great chance to spend some time alone. Pick up your date, head out for a road trip along the coast, and surprise them with this gem of a location. Head there for a special lunch overlooking the ocean, or go all out for a simply luxurious weekend away with a stay in the hotel. You won’t know where to look with the overwhelming combination of extravagant food, panoramic views and of course your date! A real deal-clincher of the Sydney dating scene.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

6/10

Unless you fancy yourself as the Leonardo di Caprio of the dating world, you might find Jonah’s a little too much for a first date. Besides, it would be hard to follow if you secured a second, don’t you think? Whilst Jonah’s has wonderful food in an excellent location, you might risk exhausting a lot of the conversation in the car on the way there and back. Meanwhile, don’t expect to meet the one at Jonah’s. Considering the vast majority of the clientele are happy couples whisking themselves away for a special occasion or romantic weekend, you’re more likely to come away with the blues than a new love interest.

 

Jonah's Sydney

Jonah’s Sydney

 

Average age:

Unless you’ve landed on your feet in a great job at a young age or have the advantage of the bank of Mum and Dad, don’t expect to come here until your late 20s. The premium location and even better food put Jonah’s out of the price range of Sydney dates for many younger couples. One for special occasion, you’ll want to dig out your Sunday best for a visit to this fantastic spot

 

Time of review:

Jonah’s is a popular weekend escape for city-slickers wanting a breather, so expect to find the tables full on Saturdays and Sundays. However if you do find yourself with a day off mid-week and fancy a spontaneous drive out, you’ll find a much calmer atmosphere and a much better chance of getting a table.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Put it this way, you don’t come here on a tight budget. Jonah’s is the sort of place you come for those milestone birthdays, anniversaries… to really impress a lady perhaps? Unless you’re just blessed with a healthy bank balance, then make it a regular! But what you do get for the price is a money-can’t-buy view, five star food and a VIP service that will leave you feeling like a million dollars.

 

Type of cuisine:

If you think that your date is a good catch, then wait until you see the daily fish dishes on offer at Jonah’s. The menu is pretty extensive, with delicious breakfast options also available if you do decide to have an overnight stay. Perfectly presented in a colourful design on the plate, your food will look so good you won’t want to eat it. Well, you’ll at least want to take a photo.

 

Final word:

Jonah’s is a helplessly romantic getaway if you really want to treat that special someone. The sort of place where you whisk away your partner for an anniversary or to pop the question, keep this one up your sleeve for at least a few dates down the line! Don’t want to scare them off now, do we?

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A Tavola

 

348 Victoria Street

Darlinghurst

Sydney

 

http://www.atavola.com.au/

 

Good place to take a date:

9/10

Long renowned to be a top choice for Sydney dating, you’d be forgiven for being predictable with a date at A Tavola. With the oh-so-friendly staff and outstandingly good food, you can rely on this restaurant to deliver for special evenings. Love goes into everything that is cooked here, from the homemade pasta to the freshly caught fish, so it’s no wonder that there’s a little lingering in the air, is it? We think it’s infectious. Whilst many diners choose to sit at the long marble table, retreat to the back of the room for a more private experience at one of the cosy couple’s tables. Sip Tuscany wine as you attempt to gracefully nosh on your pasta, and don’t be surprised if this restaurant becomes a regular fixture in your relationship!

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

8/10

Charm their socks off with the food of love at A Tavola. A sure-fire option for first dates in Sydney, it’s a relaxed and down-to-earth spot for getting to know your date. A simple format with a focus on flavour, here you can devote all of your attention to the person in front of you, whilst soaking up the busy happy atmosphere with some good old wine.  Sit at the long marble table for a more social dining experience, and you’ll be sure to never run out of conversation with the help of the other diners in the restaurant. Just so long as you aren’t banging elbows with some loudmouth… it tends to be luck of the draw. Yet to meet that special someone? You might well catch someone’s eye as you dine here with friends, seduced by the intimate authenticity of A Tavola.

 

A Tavola Sydney

A Tavola Sydney

 

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Whether you’re a fresh faced dater or a golden oldy, you can’t argue with simple, honest Italian cuisine. A Tavola is renowned for its authentic touch that draws in the hoards of diners day and night, so be sure to book ahead. Dress up or play it cool, it really is a very laid-back restaurant where you can shape your evening.

 

Time of review:

You’d struggle to find a seat here on a weekend if you don’t book ahead, but in fact A Tavola is pretty packed at all times. After all, Italian cuisine is a reliable people pleaser, and a top choice for Sydney dates. Whilst the atmosphere is intimate in this busy restaurant, look elsewhere if you want a more hushed ambience for your romance; loud and proud is what A Tavola is all about.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Whilst A Tavola was set up to deliver authentic Italian food at reasonable prices, as the word has spread so too has the price range. Nevertheless, it gets the food and drink bang on every time, and nobody minds forking out for flavour, right?

 

Type of cuisine:

Pasta is the buzz word at A Tavola, but they don’t deal exclusively in carbs. Find freshly caught fish, moreish meat dishes, and vegetarian options too on their small but well-rounded menu. Compliment your dinner with a European wine, or a big delicious beer, and you’ll soon feel yourself floating into a happy little Italy with your date.

 

Final word:

Inject a little Italian passion into your love life with a visit to A Tavola. A trustworthy choice for Sydney dates, here you’ll be enchanted by good food and drink, and hopefully your date too!

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The Victoria Room

 

Level 1, 235 Victoria Street

Darlinghurst

NSW 2010
Sydney

 

http://thevictoriaroom.com/

 

Good place to take a date:

9/10

Have a decadent Sydney date as you recline in the plush surroundings of rich blue upholstery in The Victoria Room. Be dazzled by the exotic and classic cocktails that grace the drinks menu, and that’s before you even get to the food one. Sharing plates will draw you in closer if the sofas don’t, and you might accidentally-on-purpose brush hands as you go in for a bite-size bundle of flavour. High tea is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth, with cakes as light as air and tea that bursts on the tastebuds making it a top Sydney date idea for something a bit different.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

10/10

The Victorian Room has set the tone perfectly for first dates in Sydney. Whilst it has all the elements of expensive taste and fine dining, the set-out of sofas and throws accompanied by cocktails and sharing dishes makes it cool as a cucumber for a more casual atmosphere. Pick at impressive dishes as you revel in the presence of each other’s delightful company; or people watch if time is struggling to pass by as quickly as you hoped… You might even meet someone new, as the quirky lay-out encourages socialising and networking; it’s a popular spot for social and even corporate wining and dining.

 

The Victoria Room Sydney

The Victoria Room Sydney

 

 

Average age:

Whilst The Victorian Room is for adults only, it caters for the antiquated taste as well as the modern trends of Sydney. Capturing the essence of the Victorian era in a way that is incredibly chic, this restaurant-cum-bar attracts customers young and old. Razzle dazzle em with a dashing outfit that will make you sparkle in this glamorous setting, perfect for Friday nights and special occasions.

 

Time of review:

Whether you fancy afternoon tea in a sophisticated setting or a Sunday lunch that you can really get your teeth into, The Victoria Room is onto a winner for eating and drinking throughout the week. Spend a glamorous evening sipping cocktails on your Sydney date or don your Sunday best for a delicious weekend lunch, you’ll always find something happening here.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

The Victoria Room is certainly the sort of place you go for a treat, unless you can live up to its glamorous lifestyle every weekend. High tea for two on weekends starts from $45 per person, whilst cocktails average around $20. Food-wise, it depends entirely upon what you order, but if you go for a starter, main and dessert it will certainly start totting up…

 

Type of cuisine:

The Victoria Room rolls a whole lot of lovely dishes into one difficult decision-making process for the diner: there’s just so many nice things to choose from. The up-side is that with a wealth of sharing dishes available, you can pick out a selection of various different tapas and spend the evening grazing and guzzling with your date.

 

Final word:

It would be hard to argue with a concoction of plush sofas, kick-ass cocktails and moreish sharing platters, don’t you think? If oldy-worldy elegance is your cup of tea, as well as sweet treats for weekend dates, then The Victorian Room might be just what you’re looking for as a Sydney date idea.

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Baroque Bistro

 

88 George Street

Sydney

 

http://www.baroquebistro.com.au/

 

Good place to take a date:

8/10

By day the Baroque Pantry, serving casual French cuisine; by night, a restaurant, wine bar and patisserie serving indulgent innovations from ­­choux pastries to French onion soup. As such, Baroque is a versatile option for Sydney dating, harnessing the sumptuous varieties of French wining and dining to bring exquisite results for any occasion.  You needn’t take your date to Paris for a romantic experience, simply treat them to melt-in-the-mouth macaroons and European delights on an evening in Baroque. Service might be somewhat slow, casual and relaxed, but in the warm chrome interior of this period building you are sure to feel at home, as your senses are engulfed by the smells of the kitchen and buzz of happy diners. Not to mention the stunning views of Sydney harbour that warrant a notch on the price tag.

 

Baroque Bistro Sydney

Baroque Bistro Sydney

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

9/10

What makes Baroque great is that it doesn’t intimidate. Whilst the food might be divine and the décor quite classy, it dresses up and down for fine dining and more casual grazing. Test the waters on your Sydney date without scaring them off and go for brunch or cake to get to know one another. In the summer, the outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour forms an impressive backdrop to any rendezvous. You probably want to meet someone before you head here though; it’s not renowned for picking up dates, but when you’ve found the right person this is a great place to find out if they tick all the boxes. Why not whisk yourself away on a French or Macaroon masterclass to really impress that person who takes your ‘fancy’.

 

Average age:

French cuisine is a timeless art, so there really is no specific age group that Baroque caters to. Whether you are a sucker for a sweet treat or love rich, succulent dishes of a time gone by, you’ll find it all here.

 

Time of review:

Giving itself two fronts for day and night dining, Baroque has struck the right chord to get customers through its door round the clock. You won’t feel out of place heading here for a low key lunch date during the week, but equally Baroque brushes up well for special evenings on the weekend. Do something different and have a brunch date in Sydney, making the most of perfect poached eggs and gooey French toast.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Just as the restaurant has a timeless, classic feel, so too the prices stay down-to-earth and reasonable. You won’t feel your eyeballs fall out of their sockets when you get the bill at Baroque, meaning you can treat your date and be the perfect gentleman (or woman!) without needing to go to doctors the next day. Try the three course set menu with a glass of wine for $48; can’t complain at that, can we!?

 

Type of cuisine:

From scrumptious starters to heavenly desserts, Baroque has aced French cuisine from all angles. Thankfully the dishes aren’t overly generous, ensuring you leave room to sample a starter, main and dessert during your visit. Just can’t quite squeeze that extra macaroon? Baroque offers desserts to take away, for guilt free Sydney dating… at least on the food front.

 

Final word:

European dining has an air of romance that has lingered from the Renaissance, so French restaurants will always be a strong choice for dating. Baroque offers delicious dishes around the clock, and a relaxed environment for special occasions and anxious first dates that make it suitable for any occasion.

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