Level 36, Shangri-La Hotel
176 Cumberland Street
Good place to take a date:
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:
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.
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.
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…