What makes a good restaurant? At Broadsheet, we’re interested in how well a place lives up to its own ambitions, regardless of its age, price point or cuisine.

Maybe it offers value for money and an incredible atmosphere. Maybe it pioneered a trend, and remains the most vital example of it. Or maybe, after several decades in operation, it still offers an undeniably great experience. All are equally valid answers.

The remit may be wide, but if you’re looking for restaurants that both define and capture Perth’s culinary spirit, stop right here.

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A beachside wine bar modelled on a neighbourhood boteco, serving up small plates from the freshest local seafood.

406 South Terrace, South Fremantle

Si Paradiso


A “nuovo Italo-Australian” space offering all-day drinking, dining and dancing.

446 Beaufort Street, Highgate



Where wine is just as important as food.

6 The Esplanade, Perth

Fleur at The Royal


Fleur refuses to be pigeonholed. Take the French name, Japanese-ish food, and the native produce. What is certain, though, is that this one of the most exciting restaurants in Perth.

531 Wellington Street, Perth

Millbrook Winery


Accessible kitchen garden dining in a glorious Perth Hills setting. A daytrip worth taking.

Old Chestnut Lane, Jarrahdale

Le Rebelle


Taking its cues from Parisian and New York City bistros, this neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant brings a fresh take on French food and wine to Beaufort Street.

676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley

Bread in Common


A mess hall dining room in Fremantle where exemplary bread, produce-driven cooking and great drinks rule.

43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle



Looking for a special occasion restaurant? Indigenous Australian ingredients meet polished technique at the in-house fine diner of Como The Treasury.

1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth

Lulu La Delizia


Joel Valvasori-Pereza is serving some of Australia’s finest pasta in this Subiaco walkway.

Shop 5 97 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

Monsterella Pizza


Superb wood-fired pizza is just the start at this suburban diner.

46 Grantham Street, Wembley

Young George


A personable small bar run by wife-and-wife team Susan Whelan and Melissa Palinkas. Expect great drinks and punchy no-waste cooking.

48 George Street, East Fremantle

Long Chim


David Thompson's grungy, high-energy love letter to Bangkok street food is hot in more ways than one.

Basement Corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth



The Mary Street Bakery team presents its vision of an inner-city tavern, replete with spirited woodfired cooking and a specialist bottle shop.

Shop E2, QV Building 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room


A serious contender for the CBD's best-looking dining room, the Alex Hotel's in-house restaurant hangs its hat on sharp Mediterranean cooking and a far-reaching wine list.

214 William Street, Northbridge



On the surface, Casa is an all-day neighbourhood bar and eatery. Under the bonnet, there's a serious commitment to wine, food and hi-fidelity sound.

399 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn



A cosy Italian wine bar and restaurant from the Monsterella crew. It’s serving up refined plates and hand-made pastas, plus a good-time ambiance that rivals the mothership three doors down.

6 46-56 Grantham Street, Wembley

Corner Dairy


A retro-tinged neighbourhood wine bar with snacks and plates referencing everything from London’s legendary St John to Northbridge Vietnamese institution, Viet Hoa.

260 Woodside Street, Doubleview

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen


An intimate, family-owned woodfire restaurant that champions West Australian farmers.

134 High Street, Fremantle

Rockpool Bar & Grill


Neil Perry’s West Australian outpost keeps on keeping on with luxe renditions of steakhouse classics plus one of the country’s most formidable cellars.

Crown Perth Great Eastern Highway, Burswood

Acqua e Sale


The pizza at this Sardinian-influenced diner is among the city's best. The handmade pasta, meanwhile, is uniformly excellent and the portions are big.

391 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth



A bijou diner in Nedlands serving value-packed omakase. Bookings aren’t just essential: they’re fiendishly difficult to score.

22 145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands



The setting might be North Fremantle, but Kurt Sampson – a former protégé of Greg Malouf – is all about big-hitting flavours and dishes from the Middle East.

222 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle

Petition Kitchen


Loud, buzzy and fun: this all-day dining room at the State Buildings is a worthy destination for everything from brunch to after-dinner drinks.

Cathedral Square Corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth

Il Lido


Sunny Italian cooking and drinking by Perth’s postcard-perfect Cottesloe Beach.

88 Marine Parade, Cottesloe



Guy Grossi’s Roman-inspired trattoria at the Westin celebrates the food of the Eternal City with aplomb.

Hibernian Place 480 Hay Street, Perth
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Japanese comfort dining by day, bargain-priced omakase by night.

2 Corner Beasley Road and Dundee Street, Leeming

Island Market Trigg


Bold Middle Eastern cooking from one of Perth’s journeyman chefs.

364 West Coast Drive, Trigg



A lively BYO pizza spot bringing the good times to Maylands.

18 Lyric Lane, Maylands

Wines of While


Love natural wines and comforting Mediterranean cooking? Welcome to your happy place.

458 William Street, Perth

Short Order Burger Co Perth


The gold standard for burgers in the CBD.

800 Hay Street, Perth