the perfect restaurant for Valentine’s Day in Sydney 2022
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.
With Valentine’s day falling on a Monday this year, some restaurants are offering a Sunday option, perfect for those who prefer to celebrate before the work week starts.
Valentine’s Day with Water Views 2022
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.
Meat lovers will find it hard to beat the quality on offer at 6 Head. Add to that the stunning harbour views from this historic waterfront property in the rocks and you have the perfect Valentine’s date night.
Your dinner experience starts with Appellation Oysters and tuna carpaccio and wagyu skewers. The main course is shared with options including Beef Wellington, Whole Flounder or a 1.5kg Tomahawk steak. House-made Lemon Tart will round out the night.
On the historic wooden wharf, Otto at Woolloomooloo is a decadent three-course dinner, with amuse-bouche to start and a chocolate box to take home.
Cost: Adults $195pp
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: 02 9368 7488
For a dinner to remember book the five-Course menu on offer at Sydney’s stunning Bennelong dining room in the Opera House.
View the menu | Make a booking | 02 9240 8000
With dress circle seats, a 5 course Valentine’s Day meal at Cafe Sydney screams romance. The menu offers 3 appetisers, Pork belly or Humpty Doo barramundi mains, and a choice of two desserts.
Tequila Daisy, Barangaroo
Outdoor dining on Mexican food by the water sounds perfect to us! Tequila Daisy at Barangaroo offers an alfresco dining terrace
For a romantic Lady and the Tramp moment, you can pre-order their Chilli Spanner Crab A La Diabla to share (bibs and all).
The Nielson at Shark Beach Vaucluse will offer a three-course Italian style set menu (3 choices for mains). Watch the sunset over the harbour from your waterfront location.
Cost: Adults $105 per adult – upgrade your booking to include 2 glasses of NV Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial & 4 oysters to share on arrival for $60 per couple
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: (02) 9337 7333
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.
For the main course, choose from a whole rainbow trout or a 600gm rib eye.
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.
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.
Surprise your Valentine by adding a special upgrade!* Two glasses of NV Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial & 4 oysters to share on arrival, $60 additional per couple.
Cost: Adults $135pp
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone:(02) 9960 3000
Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Sydney city
Valentine’s Day at the Star
From amazing staycation packages perfect for an extra special romantic gesture to some of Sydney’s best dining, the Star has plenty of options on offer this Valentine’s day.
Black Bar & Grill are offering a special menu with other key venues like Flying Fish and SOKYO and CUCINA PORTO offering their regular a la carte menu with a few special dishes designed to make the night memorable.
Black Bar & Grill
Fine dining and a free glass of Moët & Chandon on arrival
Enjoy a luxurious and indulgent meal this Valentine’s Day at BLACK Bar & Grill. Head Chef Dany Karam and his team have created the fine dining experience of your dreams. From an array of fresh seafood such as oysters, prawns and lobster to Wagyu with chimichurri, grilled flat bean and herb salad and chocolate delice, hazelnut and wild strawberry sorbet,
If your partner loves Japanese food, dinner at Sokoyo is a great way to spoil them. To complement the full menu, the team have come up with two special dishes:
- Bincho Grilled Pacific Oyster, Ginger Lime Dressing, Wakame $15 per piece
- Tiramisu, Valrhona Raspberry Chocolate, Espresso, Kinako Ice Cream $20
Order from the main menu or add one of these specials to your evening’s celebration.
- Western Australian Marron Baked in Miso $35 each
- Charcoal Roasted Moreton Bay Bug, Tangerine Vinaigrette $49 each
- BBQ Eastern Rock Lobster, Wakame Butter $330 per kilo
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This Valentine’s Day Head Chef Martino Pulito and the team at Cucina Porto have created a menu using luxe ingredients to create show-stopping dishes.
The Cucina Porto Valentine’s Day menu features Abrolhos Island scallop infused with tomato juice, an apple salad and smoked caviar, tagliolini cacio e pepe, with confit rock lobster, dried tomato and lime and a chocolate sponge alla genovese, with rum and raisin gelato and salsa al cocco.
If you really want to go all out you can book a romantic getaway at the Star
Bar 83 at Sydney Tower
Indulge your loved one with the best view of Sydney at Bar 83.
Guests will enjoy a signature cocktail and Sydney Rock Oysters on arrival, a bottle of Perrier-Jouët ‘Blason’ Rose, Chef’s charcuterie platter, and dessert.
Cost: $300 per couple
When: Sunday 13 February and Monday 14 February from 6pm
View the menu or make a booking
Infinity at Sydney Tower
Take your Valentine to new heights with Infinity’s Valentine’s Dinner and treat your special someone to a 3-course chef’s degustation menu, a glass of Perrier-Jouët ‘Blason’ Rose and Sydney Rock Oysters on arrival and a bottle of rose per couple.
When: Sunday 13 and Monday 14th
View the menu or make a booking
SkyFeast at Sydney Tower
Enjoy Valentine’s feast high in the sky at SkyFeast with the best views of Sydney, unlimited buffet offerings of seafood, antipasto, fresh salads and hot dishes to choose from, a bottle of rose, a glass of Mumm Marlborough on arrival and a chocolate box.
Cost: $135pp Lunch / Dinner $145pp
When: Sunday 13 February Dinner / Monday 14 February Lunch & Dinner
Mode Restaurant and Bar
The team at Mode Restaurant and Bar have an exclusive four-course menu, custom designed by Restaurant Executive Chef Francesco Mannelli. Highlights include Hervey Bay scallops crudo and Mancini Mezze Maniche, cherry tomato, spanner crab & N’duja crumb.
Add to the experience with a very pretty Koala Cocktail or dial up the romance notch with the Four Seasons Hotel Romantic Getaway that includes dinner and a late checkout.
Cost: Dinner – $180pp, Romance package from $392 per night.
Your evening at the newly renovated Pumphouse Sydney will start with a cocktail on their terrace overlooking Darling Square.
On the menu is seafood, including Sydney Rock oysters, prawns, trout and squid. The main course is alternate service of chicken breast or Red Snapper. Dessert is baked cheesecake with raspberry sorbet. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.
Cost: $180 per couple
When: from Monday 14th
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: 2 82174100
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O Bar and Dining
A decadent four-course dinner, paired wines, handmade chocolates, and spectacular Sydney Harbour views.
A strong seafood focus with two of the four courses featuring seafood although steak lovers can opt for a wagyu for main. Dessert is a Valrhona Chocolate Lovers Layer Cake.
Sydney’s contemporary Chinese restaurants will be open across Sydney this Valentine’s Day. Treat your main squeeze to a feast at Dumpling Bar, Sydney rock oysters with lime granita and finger lime at Lotus Double Bay, or BBQ duck with mandarin pancakes and five-spice hoi sin sauce at Lotus Barangaroo.
Whatever your level of romance, you’re sure to find a delicious dining experience to suit your taste buds with Lotus Dining Group.
Treat yourself and a loved one to an intimate Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner at The Rook’s hidden rooftop. Enjoy a 4 course shared set menu and cocktail on arrival.
Make it a special day to remember at The Winery in the heart of Surry Hills. Enjoy a 4-course tasting menu and a glass of Piper Heidsieck and make it the perfect date night.
The menu features oysters, prawns and lobster with raspberry Opera Cake for dessert .
The Garden Social in the Botanic Gardens
You don’t need to spend a lot to make a memorable romantic gesture. Live music, a gorgeous view and a sunset will seal the deal for under $50 a couple.
- Strawberries and cream Eton mess – $6
- Freshly poached tiger prawns with sauce Marie rose – $25
- Pre-ordered hamper boxes for 2 – $50
When: 5pm – 9.30pm
View the menu | Bookings not required
Valentine’s Day on the Northern Beaches
The Cumberland, Manly
Manly’s hidden underground speakeasy will offer the ultimate romantic experience.
Choose from the elegant a la carte menu, which includes Sydney Rock Oysters, Kingfish Crudo and Black Pearl Beluga Caviar. Pair your meal with a bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne, or venture through the beautifully curated cocktail list with favourites like the Lilly Pilly Sour.
Our favourite spot for bottomless spritz brunch will turn on the fun with Galentine’s Day. Insitu Manly will bring Gender Bender Bingo to the beaches, so gather your nearest and dearest for a night of laughs, prizes and special drag performance.
All tickets include bottomless Aperol Spritzes, a three-course shared feast, bingo and your chance to win plenty of prizes.
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 2022 Valentine meal will be a four-course menu featuring the classic Aussie surf and turf for the main. Prices do not include drinks.
Cost: $170 per person menu. $250 per person with matching wines.
When: Available on Sun 13 and Monday 14 Feb. All reservations have a two-hour duration. There are four seatings for dinner from 5:30pm or 6:30pm on Sunday.
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: 02 9938 3331
The Pantry Manly
Celebrate right on the waterfront at Manly with a three-course Valentine’s dinner. Choose from a set menu 5 entrees and mains and three dessert options.
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 four-course menu of canapes on arrival, a choice of entrees, main and dessert.
Valentine’s Day in the Inner West
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.
Cost: $135 per person Matched wines available $75 per person
When: Sunday 13th or Monday 14th – Dinner only
View the menu | Phone: (02) 9159 4700
Salt and Palm – Glebe
With its lovely courtyard instantly transporting you to Bali, Glebe’s Salt and Palm have a vegan 4 course set menu with the option to add a bottle of Australian organic vegan wine to your booking.
The menu features modern Indonesian flavours ( Balinese, Javanese and Chinese Indonesian cuisines) and includes west Sumatran street snacks, grilled mushrooms and coconut crème brûlée
Noi in Petersham
Enjoy a 4-course tasting menu with snacks and a choice of a glass of Prosecco or Bellini.
Cost: Adults $139
View the menu | Booking via email email@example.com | Phone: 02 9337 7377
Valentine’s Day in the South
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.
Albi’s Taverna Cronulla
Albi’s chefs will showcase their most impressive creations over a three-course dining experience. Highlights on the menu include signature dishes, Zucchini Flowers, Wild Barramundi & Prawns and White Chocolate & Cinnamon Crème Brule for dessert.
This is a great 3 course menu with plenty of options, including a few vegetarian choices.
Jensens at Kareela
Book in for a decadent 3-course set menu. Details are not yet available but check the link below for updates.
Cost: Price: $110
When: 5pm – 8:30pm Monday 14th Feb.
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: 02 9528 8433
Valentine’s Day Cruising
Other cruise options include:
- Vagabond Cruises have a 3-hour lunch cruise $145 for adults and $115 for kids (children under five free) Drinks not included
- Oz WhaleWatching – one of the friendliest boats on the harbour, is offering a 3-hour seafood buffet including drinks for $147 for adults and $97 for kids.
- Majestic Cruises – a Christmas banquet and drinks package $149 for adults and $130 for kids.
- Sydney Harbour Showboat – a 3-hour banquet lunch cruise with drinks package included. Jazz duo and the views provide the entertainment. Adults $159
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 from $220 per adult including a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.
View the menu | Make a booking | Phone: 02 4780 1200
Are there any budget-friendly Valentine’s dinner options in Sydney?
The Garden Social will offer (for preorder) 2 options for $25 per head and a $6 dessert. All with the harbour bridge backdrop and live music while you watch the sunset
Otherwise, 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.
How about vegan Valentine’s Day options?
Several menus have vegetarian options, 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.