perfect restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Sydney 2024

It can be hard to find perfect Valentine’s Day restaurants in Sydney. Whether you are on a budget, want to stay close to home or need a vegan Valentine’s Day option, don’t worry, we have done the research and list of the best choices across Sydney below for Wednesday 14 February 2024.

With Valentine’s day falling on a Tuesday this year, some restaurants are offering a Sunday option, perfect for those who prefer to celebrate before the work week starts. On a budget? Consider a mystery picnic.

Valentine’s Day with Water Views

If you visiting Sydney or don’t find yourself on the harbour very often, it’s hard to go past a harbourside restaurant for making an impact on Valentine’s day.

mode Bar and Kitchen

Celebrate love your way, with an indulgent 4-course menu curated by Executive Chef, Francesco Mannelli.

With something for everyone, including rich tartare or scallops with scampi caviar to start, truffle infused pasta and grass-fed Beef Wellington, mains and an immersive dessert, this sharing-style menu is perfect enjoyed between two, or by a larger group. Galentine’s anyone?

Cost: $180pp. Wine pairings additional
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: (02) 9250- 3160

Aria

Sip champagne and watch the sunset over Sydney Harbour while you indulge in a decadent six-course Valentine’s Day Tasting menu at Aria – it doesn’t get any more lavish than this.

Aria Credit: Steven Woodburn

Cost: $350pp, includes Champagne on arrival
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: (02) 9240 2255

Otto Woolloomooloo

On the historic wooden wharf, Otto at Woolloomooloo is offering a decadent three-course dinner with a cocktail on arrival, three-course (4 choices per course) menu and a complimentary chocolates to take home.

Dine alfresco at Woolloomooloo Wharf

Cost: Adults $199pp
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: (02) 9240 2255

Bennelong

For a dinner to remember we highly recommend book the four-course menu on offer at Sydney’s stunning Bennelong dining room in the Opera House. The set menu allows you to choose either a fish or meat main course.

Bennelong Restaurant Sydney Lamington
Our last Bennelong dessert is a very fond memory

Wine pairings are also available for an additional cost.

Mr Sydney Expert surprised me with a romantic meal here for our anniversary and it was wonderful.

Cost: $270
View the menu | Make a booking | 02 9240 8000

Luna LU

Luna Lu, known for its exquisite Asian fusion cuisine and fine dining excellence, is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner you won’t want to miss. The evening will feature a roaming saxophone player and a special menu that includes Appellation Oysters and heart-shaped Chocolate Mousse.

Luna Lu in the Rocks

You’ll be treated to the culinary creations of Head Chef Pier Davide Maiuri through a meticulously crafted four-course shared banquet menu. This extraordinary dining experience is enhanced by the romantic and breathtaking panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

View the menu and make a booking directly on their website

Kingsley’s Woolloomooloo

Celebrate Valentine’s day harbourside, basking in the sun at Woolloomooloo wharf with a 4-course set menu from Kingsley’s and a glass of Piper Heidsieck.

Kingsley’s Woolloomooloo

For the main course, choose from a whole rainbow trout or a 600g Ribeye On The Bone MB4+

Cost: $139pp
Where: 5pm-9pm
View the menu & make a booking | Phone: (02) 83222090

North Bondi Fish

Share a magical moment by the seaside this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a 3 course shared menu dinner featuring prawns, kingfish, swimmer crabs, salmon fillet and more

North Bondi Fish view
North Bondi Fish offers Beach views Credit: Steven Woodburn

You will receive a glass of bubbles on arrival. 

Cost:$140
View the menu or make a booking | Phone: 02 9130 2155

Ormeggio Mosman

This year Ormeggio will offer their Valentine’s menu on both Sunday and Monday. There is a four-course menu or chose a premium menu for some extra luxury.

Cost: $180pp +$70 for a premium menu
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: (02) 9969 4088

Ripples Chowder Bay

Dining on the wharf at Chowder Bay you can indulge in either an al la carte lunch or a special Valentine’s Day dinner. On offer is a special menu that starts with bread & snacks and moves into a three course set menu with choice

Surprise your Valentine by adding a special upgrade! 2 glasses of NV Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial & 4 oysters to share on arrival for an $79 additional per couple.

Cost: Adults $149pp
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone:(02) 9960 3000

Valentine’s Day Cruising

Captain Cook Gold Dinner

Take to the water for a romantic dinner as the sun sets and Sydney sparkles in the evening lights. Captain Cook has three Valentine Dinner cruising options this year.

For a total splurge, go Gold and enjoy a six Course Degustation including our famous Seared Scallops and Beef Tenderloin. Your meal is paired with Penfolds’ private bin and vintage wines to complement each course, including the St Henri Shiraz.

After dinner, take to the dance floor or head upstairs and enjoy views of the city from the spacious open deck.

Valentines Day Harbour Cruise

Cost: Price: $269 pp
View the menu or make a booking

Valentine’s Starlight Dinner

Same boat but with a 4 course à la carte menu complimented by an optional additional menu of glass of premium champagne and finishing the night with a cocktail and chocolate dipped strawberries.

Cost: Price: $139pp
View the menu or make a booking

Valentines Day Sunset Premium Dinner

This early dinner cruise will allow you to enjoy Sydney’s golden hour, a perfect time to capture sunset the harbour 4-course a la carte menu including premium beef.

Perfect for a pre show dinner or those who

Cost: $119pp – book directly with Captain Cook here
When: 4.45pm-6.45pm

Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Sydney City

CARDEA BAR

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Cardea Bar in Barangaroo with a special sharing menu This decadent speakeasy bar is the perfect setting for an enchanting evening, featuring red velvet booths, glittering chandeliers, and a live performance by Jazz crooner Charlie Chech.

Cardea, with its sultry and sophisticated vibe, is an ideal spot for romance. It comes alive at night with incredible live music, delicious food, and uniquely crafted cocktails, all set in an unforgettable atmosphere.

Cost: $135 per person
View the menu or book here

Bottega Coco

Bottega Coco offers the ideal setting for a romantic Valentine’s Day date. Treat your loved one to an elevated three-course dining experience at this stylish venue.

Bottega Coco is a minute from the waterfront at Barangaroo

Known for its decadent Italian cuisine and its exquisite location just steps from the waterfront, Bottega Coco provides a perfectly romantic atmosphere.

Cost: 150pp.
View the menu and make a booking

Chophouse

Treat your special someone to a beautiful dinner at Sydney steak institution, Chophouse, with a specially curated 4-course share style set menu, plus a drink on arrival.

Scallops from Chophouse Sydney
Chophouse Sydney scallops Credit: Steven Woodburn

Choose from the a la carte lunch menu for lunch sittings or a 4-course shared menu dinner + glass of Chandon Brut Rose NV on arrival. Dinner set menu includes:

  • Burrata, heirloom tomato, peach, basil or Chophouse steak tartare, waffle chip
  • Rib on the bone 700g
  • Valrhona raspberry and pistachio chocolate block  

Cost: $175
View the menu or make a booking | Phone: 02 9231 5516

Tequila Daisy, Barangaroo

Outdoor dining on Mexican food by the water sounds perfect to us! Tequila Daisy at Barangaroo offers an alfresco dining terrace 

Book the Fiesta menu for $79pp and indulge as you take in the view.

Cost: : À la carte on offer 
When: lunch or dinner (2hr seatings) 
View the menu | Make a booking

Shaffa

Spend Valentine’s Day in Shaffa’s stunning indoor courtyard. With soaring glass ceiling, exposed sandstone and stained-glass windows this is a lovely space to sit back and watch the chefs create your dinner in the open kitchen, which almost feels like a stage.

Shaffa serve what I think is Sydney’s best hummus, delicious eggplant labneh and house made focaccia. A combination that caused me to fall love with Shaffa and why I tell everyone I know to go there soon!

Shaffa’s courtyard kitchen

End the night with a decadent dessert and a satisfied smile on your face. The make fantastic cocktails and equally tasty mocktails for anyone doing Feb Fast.

Cost: $119pp
View the menu or make a booking | Phone: 0451 810 480

ESQ Bar and DIning

Treat you and your loved one to an evening of romance at ESQ this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy some smooth live jazz and a glass of bubbles on arrival, followed by a curated three course menu by Chef Guillaume Dubois. Make this a Valentine’s to remember!

Cost: $125pp Dinner with a glass of bubbles upon arrival 
View the menu or make a booking | Phone: +61 2 8023 7609

Infinity at Sydney Tower

Take your Valentine to new heights with Infinity’s Valentine’s Dinner and treat your special someone to a 4-course menu.

Stunning views over the city

Each couple will also receive a box of homemade truffles and a single rose to take home. A jazz band will help set the mood.

Cost: $250 or $275 for a window seat
View the menu or make a booking

Check out more Darling Harbour Dining ideas here

Chiswick

Celebrate love with a romantic 4 course menu prepared by head chef Daniel Cooper and team. Enjoy a romantic evening in their relaxed space.

Chiswick Woollahra
Chiswick Woollahra

Enjoy Champagne on arrival, shared starters that include spanner crab and yellowfish tuna.

For mains your choice of:

  • En Papillote Blue eye cod, fennel, zucchini, garden salsa verde Or
  • Little Joe sirloin, mushroom mustard, watercress, pickled shallot

Cost: $175
View the menu or make a booking | Phone: 02 8388 8688

Valentine’s Day on the Northern Beaches

Pilu at Freshwater

Pilu at Freshwater is a fantastic choice for a romantic waterfront Valentine’s Day. With beautiful views out of Freshwater Beach, you can finish or start your night with a lovely walk on the beach

Their 2023 Valentine meal will be a four-course menu featuring the classic Aussie surf and turf for the main. Prices do not include drinks. 

Cost: $175 per person menu. 
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: 02 9938 3331

Public Dining Room

Along with offering the al la carte menu for Valentine’s Day lunch the team at Public Dining room will offer a special dinner with a three-course menu of canapes on arrival, a choice of entrees, main and dessert.

Cost: Adults $130
When: al la carte lunch or 6pm until 8.30pm.
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: 02 9968 4880

Valentine’s Day in the West and Inner West

Novotel Parramatta

Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day with an exquisite 6-course degustation dinner at Novotel Sydney Parramatta’s 350 Restaurant & Lounge.

Novotel Parramatta’s 350 Bar and Restaurant

Promising a blend of romance and Australian fusion cuisine, the evening is set to delight you and your special someone. Relish in a variety of gourmet dishes, from tartare and fresh oysters to delectable snapper and ravioli. It’s an ideal setting to bond over exceptional food this Valentine’s Day.

When: February 14th, starting at 6pm
Cost: $95pp +$45 for optional wine paring – free parking included!

The Fenwick

A lovely waterfront option in East Balmain just minutes from the ferry wharf. Enjoy lunch with stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Fenwick is offering a four-course set menu with sides.

2 glasses of NV Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial & 4 oysters to share on arrival, $79 additional per couple

Cost: $149 per person for dinner
When: al la carte lunch, or set meal for dinner.
View the menu | Book online or Phone: (02) 9159 4700

Valentine’s Day in the South

Lugarno Seafood

Seafood by the water is a sure winner for Valentine’s Day and Lugarno Seafood has seen more than a few Valentine Day proposals in the past 25 years. If your partner is not a seafood lover, the menu also features beef, veal and chicken.

Cost: Al la carte menu as below 
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: 02 9119 1809

Jensens at Kareela

Book in for a decadent 3-course set menu at the Shire’s much loved Jensens. Enjoy barbeque king prawns, wagyu beef or crispy skin snapper. BYO is allowed which is a budget saver!

Cost: Price: $130
When:  5pm – 8:30pm Monday 14th Feb.
View the menu or make a booking | Phone: 02 9528 8433

Valentine’s Day in the Blue Mountains

Darley’s Restaurant – Lilianfels

Head away for the weekend and enjoy dinner in the historical multi-award winning Darley’s Restaurant at Lilianfels Hotel at Katoomba

Indulge in a beautifully prepared 5-course degustation menu, including a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. A full vegan menu is also available.

Cost: $169pp
View the menu or make a booking | Phone: 02 4780 1200

Are there any budget-friendly Valentine’s dinner options in Sydney?

It’s hard to go past a picnic – put together all your partner’s favourite treats, and head to one of the city’s best picnic spots for a romantic dinner alfresco. Or for some extra fun, book a secret picnic

How about vegan Valentine’s Day options?

Several menus have vegetarian options,including Albi in Cronulla and Bennelong, but Glebe’s Salt and Palm have a vegan set menu with the option to add a bottle of Australian organic vegan wine to your booking. See the full listing above.

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