The Best Romantic Restaurants in Melbourne

Date Night Restaurant

 

In the age of Tinder, Bumble and Grindr it has never been easier to pick up a date! But that’s not to say dating itself has gotten any easier – it still comes with all of the pre-date nerves, the sweaty palms and the sometimes awkward ‘getting to know you’ small talk for the fresher couples. Not to mention the crucial decision of the Date Night Restaurant which can make or break the success of an evening. A series of variables come into play when selecting a perfectly romantic venue: access to a superb selection of beers, wines & (strong) cocktails to help get the conversation flowing, a delicious dinner with share-friendly options, helpful & friendly staff, beautiful surrounds to set the mood and a good vibe.

An excellent district to find a good date spot is on the southern end of Chapel Street in the Prahran/Windsor area. When the now established venues such as Hanoi Hannah, Mr Miyagi and Hawker Hall opened, they paved the way for many other eateries, and this made the entire district into the ‘foodie destination’ that it is today. That being said, a loud & pumping, street-food oriented, Asian fusion style venue may not necessarily have the romantic finesse that you seek for your special rendezvous. And even though these venues are wildly popular, it can be difficult for couples to get bookings as many of them tend only to allow for large group bookings, inevitably leaving couples to wait until a table frees up.

Thankfully, Angus & Bon has you covered. Whether you’re in the northern, eastern, southern or western suburbs, Angus & Bon’s central Prahran based location makes it easily accessible by train, tram, bus and Uber from all areas of the city. This is a super important point because their extensive drinks menu will be far too easy to dive into head first, so driving yourself to dinner might be counterproductive (besides, who doesn’t love the opportunity for a cuddle in the back of the Uber?). With an impressive range of local & international beers, a stunning collection of hand-selected wines and expertly crafted cocktails, your biggest obstacle will be choosing which to order (the staff are bursting with knowledge on their products, so don’t be shy to ask!).

 

Date Night Restaurant
Angus & Bon, 168 Greville Street Prahran. Picture: Eugene Hyland

 

Step out of trendy Greville Street precinct and into what was once the Prahran Post Office. Be transported to the casual class of a New York style steakhouse, soak in the high ceilings, low lighting and the gentle buzz. Jump right into the thick of the romance and seat yourself at one of the cosy, intimate leather ‘clamshell’ booths with a view of the wood-grill or keep things light and casual, and position yourselves in the centre of the action at the marble top bar. Peruse a menu of dishes designed to be high on flavour and low on pretension, full of succulent steaks, sexy sides, share plates and more. Our hot tip: get your name on the first
page of the ‘good books’ by kickstarting the night with a plate of oysters and a glass or two of something bubbly.

If it so happens that you find yourself at Angus & Bon on a Wednesday night, you’ve landed yourself in Date Night Nirvana! On Wednesday’s you’ll be feeling the love in the air with their special ‘Date Night’ deal for couples to share together. Comprising of a massive 500g Scotch steak wood-grilled to the customer’s liking, a shared side of vegetables & salad, and two glasses of their house wine to sip on. All of this comes to the remarkably reasonable total of just 65 bucks, so practicing chivalry and picking up the bill will be the easiest thing you’ve ever done. But this has become a popular offering, from first-dates to friend-dates, so to secure your preferred table it’s best to ring up and reserve a few days ahead.

After your dinner has come to an end, it’s essential to finish on a high – and that means dessert. Share a plate of their citrus curd filled donuts with berry marmalade or maybe the after-dinner mint if lip-locking is on the cards for later in the evening. Better yet, seal the deal with something boozy like an Espresso Martini or their signature (and staff favourite) the ‘Breakin’ The Rules’ cocktail.

 
Date Night Restaurant
Whether you’ve been together for years or you’ve just swiped right last night, Angus & Bon has all you could ever need for a magically memorable evening, a casual catchup, and everything in between. Good luck!

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