Have You Eaten at the Most Popular Restaurants in Australia?

Lauren Powell


One of our favourite things to do in life is to indulge in a seasonal meal over a glass of fine wine in a beautiful setting—what more could you ask for? And we have just found some of the best places in the country to do so—foodies, rejoice!

Renowned travel planning and booking site, TripAdvisor, has just announced its Travellers’ Choice awards for top restaurants around the world including the top 10 fine dining restaurant in Australia—get your black books ready.

Not only do we love finding a culinary delight, we love a good recommendation. And these 10 venues are exactly that—the award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period. The result? The ultimate recommendations. Read on to find out which eateries made the cut, along with the best reviews, then book yourself a table immediately.


Husband and wife team Troy and Megan Rhoades-Brown opened Muse Restaurant restaurant in 2009 with the aim to offer a complete dining experience amongst the iconic plains of the Hunter Valley. The Contemporary Australian menu offers locally produced food that is simple yet exciting, without overcomplicating flavours.

TripAdvisor review: “We have been here many times and the food quality is consistently of outstanding quality. On our last visit we brought friends visiting from the US and they were similarly impressed. This is our favourite restaurant in the Hunter.”


Chef Peter Doyle is renowned for his trademark contemporary Australian food, which is seasonally driven, uncluttered and executed with French-influenced precision. est. has been at the forefront of the Australian dining scene for one decade and is an experience not to be missed.

TripAdvisor review: “Est. is a refined restaurant and would highly recommend to anyone. The food is delicious and inventive, with an extensive wine list. The service was attentive, professional and discrete. Very enjoyable and a faultless evening.”


Restaurant Botanica’s modern Australian menu focuses on freshness and seasonality, with herbs and vegetables from the restaurants very own garden used throughout various dishes.  The menu is complemented by an award winning wine list as well as stunning views that look out across a private vineyard to the Brokenback Mountain Range.

TripAdvisor review: “Best wine and dine experience in the Hunter valley!! Fantastic service, wine and food combined with an excellent view.”


Recognised on a global scale, Nobu Japanese Restaurant is known for its innovative new style Japanese cuisine. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa mixes traditional Japanese cuisine with South American flavours to create a unique dining experience that everyone can enjoy.

TripAdvisor Review: “The food is fantastic. The best way to enjoy Nobu is to let the wait staff pick the dishes and then enjoy the experience. We have done this every time and it was amazing. Prices are reasonable for Perth and dishes are a good size and filling.”


fermentAsian boasts a delicious Southeast Asian menu, using local and homegrown produce. The restaurant also boasts an extensive outstanding wine-list. 

TripAdvisor review: “Fantastic modern Vietnamese with one of the best wine lists in the region. fermentAsian is a restaurant that belongs in the big smoke, we had a wonderful night of dining.”

6.Spirit House, Yandina, Queensland

Set in lush tropical gardens that boast waterfalls, tinkling wind chimes and a serene pond, the Spirit House is a delight for all senses. The award winning Thai flavours, natural surroundings and friendly staff will make this a dining experience like no other.

TripAdvisor review: “From walking through the gates, meandering around the tranquil gardens to sitting in the most beautiful surrounds our day was elevated to next level when the food arrived. OMG taste explosion in our mouths! The wait staff are helpful, knowledgeable and provide great service. The food is presented beautifully but the flavour does all the talking.”


Spice Bar boasts modern Asian fusion dishes and banquets. The restaurant boasts an open kitchen as well as exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean off Mooloolaba.

TripAdvisor review: “Anyone who is thinking of opening a restaurant needs to visit the "Spice Bar" as part of their business plan. Fabulous food, sensational service. Sorry there was not a rating button high enough.”


Located in the coastal town of Port Macquarie, The Stunned Mullet, delivers a relaxed Australian dining experience with exceptional locally-sourced food and wine. The restaurant’s key philosophy focuses on the importance of ingredients, sourcing only the freshest local produce and pairing these with international and innovative flavours.

TripAdvisor review: “We are from Sydney so whenever we come to Port Macquarie, this restaurant is a must! The toothfish alone is worth the visit. Yes it is expensive, but you're paying for excellent fine dining! Every visit, never disappoints.”


Owned by celebrated chef, James Mussillon, Courgette Restaurant is a fine-dining restaurant known for its sophisticated ambience. The menus evolve from the bottom up, using fresh produce, and experimenting with adventurous sauces and dressings.

TripAdvisor review: “What a fantastic meal. There were only four courses but the selection in the courses was terrific. Each course had enough food for you not to feel hungry. This type of food is what you would expect in one of Europe's finest restaurants. The service was also of a very high standard”.


Located on Marina Mirage’s boardwalk, Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant boasts a fresh Australian seafood menu with an extensive complementing wine list. The restaurant not only offers delicious food, but also spectacular Broadwater views.

TripAdvisor review: “We ate three times in this seafood restaurant, outside the terrace with a view over the harbour. Very, very good seafood, very nice staff and reasonably priced. If you are in Gold Coast this is the place to go.”

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