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The 14 best restaurants in Perth

Take a bite out of the culinary diversity of Western Australia’s capital with our guide to the best restaurants in Perth

By Cassandra Charlick

Perth is the most isolated city in the world, but there's nothing parochial about its restaurant scene. Here you'll find award-winning restaurants, hip bars and casual cafés worth the flight from the east coast.

Perth CBD is home to quite a few of the city’s best dining experiences and watering holes, a must-visit if you're looking for taste bud-satisfying things to do in Perth. Check out the State Buildings, Brookfield Place and Yagan Square, followed by a stroll over to the nightlife of Northbridge, where small bars jostle for space. Explore Mount Hawthorn, Leederville, Subiaco, Fremantle and Victoria Park for further foodie finds. Tired after all that eating? Rest your head at one of the best hotels in town.

Best restaurants in Perth

Wildflower, Perth
Photograph: Courtesy Jessica Ferguson

1. Wildflower

What is it? A contemporary Perth rooftop space where the menu is led by native concepts

Why go? This innovative menu is headed by the Indigenous culinary calendar; ingredients are harvested and foraged according to the Noongar six seasons. Visit across the year and you'll be rewarded with a multitude of tasty treats while also being able to enjoy some of the best views of Perth’s skyline. And that's not to mention the superb wine list – with an extensive range, you can create your own perfect pairing.

Price range: High-end

Long Chim, Perth
Photograph: Courtesy Long Chim

2. Long Chim

What is it? In Australia, the name David Thompson goes hand in hand with Thai cuisine and his Perth venture lives up to the hype.

Why go? Flavour slaps you in the face from the moment you step in the door – brightly coloured décor, intense dishes and exciting cocktails that work perfectly alongside the heat of the menu. No time to spare? Feast on street food from the ‘tuck shop’ menu, open for lunch on weekdays.

Price range: Mid-range

The Apple Daily
Photograph: Courtesy The Apple Daily Bar & Eating House

3. The Apple Daily

What is it? A lively inner-city restaurant with a menu packed full of share dishes based on Southeast Asian street food.

Why go? Fresh, fun and zippy dishes sit alongside a hefty drinks menu. Try one of the quirky cocktails or savour Asian whiskies, sakes and house-made liquors.

Price range: Mid-range

Propeller, Perth
Photograph: Courtesy Dion Robeson

4. Propeller

What is it? One of WA’s most vibrant and spacious eateries with a Middle Eastern-inspired menu, located in an old bus garage.

Why go? Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner; it’s hard to go wrong with Propeller’s inventive and flavoursome options. Enlist the help of a few fellow foodies and sample a selection of their spice-laden dishes. A top spot for vegetarians.

Price range: Mid-range

Lulu La Delizia, Perth
Photograph: Courtesy J Wyld

5. Lulu La Delizia

What is it? The place for pasta in Perth.

Why go? Chef Joel Valvasori-Pereza previously had diners seeking out his northern Italian dishes at inner-city bar Lalla Rookh. His cosy osteria is pasta-centric, with an Italian road trip through regional specialties and creative interpretations of classic combos. The robust wine list includes local producers and northern Italian varieties.

Price range: Mid-range

Billie H
Photograph: Shutterstock

6. Billie H

What is it? Much more than your average neighbourhood wine bar.

Why go? For memorable service, a kick-arse wine list and a menu that packs a punch. The moody, comfortable surrounds mean that a quick bite can easily turn into an afternoon where time stands still and the wine list begs to be explored. Plus, you can BYO wine on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Price range: Mid-range

Petite Mort, Perth
Photograph: Courtesy Robert Foltz

7. Petite Mort

What is it? One of Western Australia’s shiniest hidden gems, where French cuisine is given special treatment.

Why go? This Shenton Park destination might be hidden away in a suburban side street, but this address is high on the list of West Australian gastronomes. Brace yourself for a stylish meal full of surprises, pizazz and complexity from head chef Todd Stuart. His intricate modern French cuisine is offered either by full degustation or three-course prix fixe.

Price range: High-end

Clarke's of North Beach
Photograph: Courtesy Clarke's of North Beach

8. Clarke’s of North Beach

What is it? A reliable, high-end favourite for food lovers since 2003.

Why go? Chef and owner Stephen Clarke takes pride in using the best local ingredients and transforming them into classic, elegant dishes with expert technique. A visit to Clarke’s promises a refined and assured menu paired with sophisticated service.

Price range: High-end

Gusto, Perth
Photograph: Courtesy Gusto

9. Gusto

What is it? A trifecta of Instagram-worthy dishes, great coffee and attentive service.

Why go? Be sure to try the signature homemade crumpets, which have reached legendary status. Rumbling tummies should arrive early, as the line snakes out the door most weekends. Loosen your belt – servings are generous.

Price range: Budget

Swallow Bar, Perth
Photograph: Courtesy Swallow Bar

10. Swallow Bar

What is it? A hip neighbourhood bar popular among locals.

Why go? From vintage train seats through to art deco prints, the retro fit-out and regular live jazz transports diners back to another era. A warm welcome from knowledgeable and gregarious staff puts first-time visitors at home among regulars. The cracking wine list accompanies a French menu.

Price range: Mid-range

Bread in Common, Perth
Photograph: Courtesy Bread in Common

11. Bread in Common

What is it? A Fremantle favourite famous for its artisanal wood-fired breads.

Why go? It’s all about the dough here at Bread in Common. Here, every dish is designed to be enjoyed with bread. Communal dining in a converted warehouse is relaxed, hearty and altogether comforting.

Price range: Mid-range

Sayers Sister, Perth
Photograph: Courtesy Sayers Sister

12. Sayers Sister

What is it? Relaxed daytime dining tucked away in Northbridge.

Why go? Perth food lovers have been breakfasting on chef Mark Sayers' culinary creations ever since he and his wife opened their first venture in 2006. Sumptuous house-baked cakes line the communal dining table, and the food menu is chock full of interesting dishes accompanied by a solid drinks list and excellent coffee.

Price range: Budget

Il Lido Canteen
Photograph: Courtesy Il Lido Canteen

13. Il Lido Italian Canteen

What is it? A relaxed beach eatery with beautiful views over the Indian Ocean.

Why go? Western Australian sunsets are legendary. Add a serious wine selection and authentic Italian bites and Il Lido is ticking the boxes. It’s open from 7am, which means you can pop in after a morning dip for an espresso and fresh baked pastry then return for a pre-dinner vino and seasonal antipasti.

Price range: Mid-range

Lady of Ro
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14. Lady of Ro

What is it? A colourful Mediterranean local.

Why go? Sharing is caring, right? Well, at Lady of Ro the warm welcome and relaxed (though rather compact) surrounds encourage diners to share a selection of Greek-influenced dishes. Grab a bottle of your favourite wine (it’s BYO), a batch of your best buds and settle in for a feast. Just be sure to order enough dessert to go around.

Price range: Mid-range

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