The 16 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
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By Cassandra Charlick |
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For one of the most isolated cities in the world, Perth punches well above its weight with award-winning restaurants, hip bars and casual cafés dotted throughout the city centre and suburbia. The CBD hosts a number of the city’s best dining experiences and watering holes. Check out the State Buildings, Brookfield Place and recently opened Yargan 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.

Best restaurants in Perth

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Wildflower, Perth
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Wildflower

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

Why go? Chef Jed Gerrard’s 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 whilst also being able to enjoy some of the best views of Perth’s skyline, too. 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

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Long Chim, Perth
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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 recently launched ‘tuck shop’ menu open for lunch on weekdays.

Price range: Mid-range

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Co-Op Dining
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Co-Op Dining

What is it? A high-end restaurant championing impeccable local and season produce.

Why go?  The ethos of head chef and owner Kieran Mainwaring is simple. Source high-quality local produce. Treat it with respect and culinary artistry. Communicate the beauty of the produce with guests through a masterful menu and passionate service. Here at Co-Op, you can choose from either a five or ten-course degustation menu in an unpretentious atmosphere.

Price range: High-end

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The Apple Daily
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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 their quirky cocktails or savour unique Asian whiskies, sakes and house-made liquors.

Price range: Mid-range

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Propeller, Perth
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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

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Stable Hands
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Stable Hands

What is it? A super-popular café with a definite Australian note to the menu.

Why go? Stable Hands delivers the goods from breakfast right through to late night bites. The owners honour their coffee with the love and attention it deserves and flesh out the drinks list with local wines and a well-thought-out cocktail selection.

Price range: Mid-range

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Lulu La Delizia, Perth
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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

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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 from first time chef and young gun Alia Glorie. 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.

Price range: Mid-range

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Petite Mort, Perth
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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

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Clarke's of North Beach
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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

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Gusto, Perth
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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

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Swallow Bar, Perth
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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 amongst regulars. The cracking wine list accompanies a French menu.

Price range: Mid-range

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Bread in Common, Perth
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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 their bread; we’re talking everything from black vinegar chicken with almonds and chilli to roasted pork belly with pear, radish and mustard. Communal dining in a converted warehouse is relaxed, hearty and altogether comforting.

Price range: Mid-range

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Sayers Sister, Perth
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Sayers Sister

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

Why go? Perth food-lovers have been breakfasting on chef Mark Sayer’s 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

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Il Lido Canteen
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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

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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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