Aussie foodie capital ignored in best restaurants list

An annual tally of TripAdvisor reviews reveals Australia’s ‘best’ restaurants.

Aussie foodie capital ignored in best restaurants list

TripAdvisor has revealed what it thinks are the top-ranking restaurants in Australia and the nation’s foodie capital has curiously been snubbed.

The travel platform announced the winners of the Fine Dining and Every Dining categories in its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards, based on the reviews from TripAdvisor members in the past year.

steak on a plate at farmhouse kings restuarant

“Restaurant-goers rely on candid reviews and guidance from other TripAdvisor users to discover restaurants of all types, from local hidden gems to famous restaurants all over the world,” said senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants Bertrand Jelensperger.

Friends Restaurant in Perth took out the top spot for Fine Dining in Australia, and Brisbane’s George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant received the top spot in the Everyday Dining category.

New South Wales had the most winning restaurants, while Melbourne didn’t receive a mention in the top 10 Fine Dining category and just two in the Everyday top 10.

Contemporary Australian was ranked the most popular cuisine across the two categories, followed by Japanese and Thai, and half of the Aussie restaurants receiving a gong offered beautiful water views.

Fine Dining Award Winners
‘High-end, special occasion restaurants known for impeccable food and service.’

plated meal at Friends restaurant

1. Friends Restaurant – Perth, Western Australia

2. Sage – Canberra, ACT

3. The Stunned Mullet – Port Macquarie, New South Wales

4. fermentAsian – Tanunda, South Australia

5. Spirit House – Yandina, Queensland

6. China Doll – Sydney, New South Wales

7. Pee Wee’s at the Point – Darwin, Northern Territory

8. Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar – Port Douglas, Queensland

9. Bacchus – Brisbane, Queensland 

10. Sake Restaurant & Bar – Sydney, New South Wales

Everyday Dining Award Winners
‘Restaurants that provide great meals for any occasion that don’t break the bank.’

view of brisbane and meals served on the rooftop dining area at george's paragon restaurant in brisbane

1. George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant – Brisbane, Queensland

2. Fish At The Rocks – Sydney, New South Wales

3. Grill Steak Seafood Restaurant – Melbourne, Victoria

4. Chin Chin – Melbourne, Victoria

5. Hugos Manly – Manly, New South Wales

6. Farmhouse Kings Cross – Sydney, New South Wales

7. Petition – Perth, Western Australia 

8. Tha Fish – Cairns, Queensland

9. Salt House – Cairns, Queensland

10. The Grounds of Alexandria – Sydney, New South Wales

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    9th Nov 2019
    One might think that travellers were just avoiding Melbourne, so no restaurant reviews were done. Melbourne is an over priced place to go as is Sydney.....but Sydney does have a lot of must see places whilst Melbourne (4 seasons in a day) is to be avoided (in my opinion).
    Horses for courses as always though.
    80 plus
    9th Nov 2019
    the Salt house Cairns must be under new management since my last visit, after phoning the restaurant to ensure they have vegan food and being assured that was OK A private dining area for 12 adults (payed in advance to ensure booking) after seating was presented with a menu with only one non flesh/egg/milk item after a discussion with the private room hostess it turned out this item had fish sauce in it, the best she could offer was marinated deep fried tofu. for a starter or main course.

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