Best Outdoor Dining in Perth

Updated February 22nd, 2023


We’re lucky to have some of the clearest and consistently sunniest skies in Perth. Not to mention living in a city that straddles the river and the sea.

It all makes for some excellent outdoor drinking and dining. Whether you’re after some leisurely waterfront drinks while the sun sets, a low-key share plate meal in a quiet courtyard, or a pastry pit-stop after your morning swim – these are the best places in Perth to eat and sip outside.

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  • It doesn’t get more waterfront than this. Nab a perch in this beautiful 120-person space and enjoy sharp cocktails, comforting Mediterranean cooking and vistas of the Swan River.

  • Grab an Aperol Spritz, watch the waves and pretend you're on the Amalfi coast.

  • Farm-to-table-focused Mediterranean overlooking the ocean.

  • Come to this buzzing neighbourhood bar and eatery for Scandi-style cocktails and small bites.

  • Take your pick from two separate venues: the moody intimate bar or the breezy all-day courtyard. Each has a different menu. But whichever you choose, you’re sure to find inventive cocktails (think a Mojito made with green ants), excellent food, and local beer and wine.

  • Most weekends there is a swarm of drinkers soaking up rays on the deck or under the giant fig tree. Have a pint and pub meal, or use this spot as a launch pad for a night exploring Northbridge.

  • Terrines, tartines and afternoons on the terrace: La Lune is East Freo's answer to the casual neighbourhood bistros of Paris and Manhattan. The all-day menu sticks to familiar Gallic cooking, served from morning till late.

  • This casual, dog-friendly taqueria in South Freo is landing bold blows for Aus-Mexican cooking. Maybe you'll find a pork and pineapple taco dressed with a native strawberry and saltbush sauce. Or try the spiced broccoli enlivened with a mole, a traditional Mexican marinade, made here with wattleseed. From the bar: wine, local beers, tequila and mezcal.

  • Soak up this restored cottage’s old-world splendour, then dive into an extensive wine list and high-flavour snacking including pies, tasty-things-on-bread and monkfish “under a fur coat”.

  • There’s nothing common about Coogee Common. Not its sprawling garden, not the warmth of the renovated Coogee Hotel space, and not the produce-driven, no-waste cooking of chef Nathaniel Murray, an alum of Melbourne fine diner Vue du Monde. You'll find earthy cooking in the dining room; counter meals and snacks in the pub; and vegetables, fruit and honey in the backyard.

  • Swanbourne's flashest dining room with a view.

  • A bar and eatery bringing Mexican street life to the heart of Beaufort Street.

  • An ode to one of Northbridge’s original immigrant communities.

  • Follow the laneway off William Street to find one of Perth’s favourite small bars. Excellent cocktails, craft beers, bespoke spirits and wine await you inside. If you’re feeling hungry, there are also antipasti plates and generous plates of spaghetti from Francoforte next door.

  • Greece is the word.

  • David Thompson is the most accomplished Western chef globally when it comes to Thai food. He spent 30 years in Bangkok, and plates up the classics here. Come for wok-fired pad see ew, high-definition curries and other staples.

  • A multi-faceted small bar where you can score oysters, beef brisket and wings to accompany your drink.

  • Breakfast at its best, from grab-and-go to stay-a-while.

  • All-day brunch and 30 varieties of cake.

  • Modern Australian by the beach.

  • Come for the oasis-like courtyard at this lush cocktail and beer garden. Stay for the sharp cocktails, hearty burgers, and cheese and charcuterie boards. All from the veteran publican behind Sneaky Tony’s and Alabama Song.

  • This pitch-perfect homage to Japanese kissatens (coffee shops) serves homely curries, soups, hotpot and okonomiyaki, plus matcha cheesecakes, hojicha crème caramels, and – best of all – Japanese-style breakfasts.

  • Throughout its long history, this historic pub has been many things. These days, it’s as low-key as a local should be.

  • At this versatile spot, you can sit at the bar and pick from the tome-like wine list or book in for a full dinner of generously portioned European plates.

  • Indian street food with an Australian edge.

  • French wines dominate the cellar at this Parisian-inspired bar. The kitchen bangs out sharp bistro-style plates and charcuterie, which are best enjoyed in the breezy courtyard planted with olive trees.

  • The WA brewery’s first venue in the state is set within the iconic A Shed on the Walyalup waterfront. Stop in for brewery exclusives, rotating guest taps and a coastal-inspired menu of lobster rolls, swordfish schnitzel and grilled-kingfish tacos.

  • Named for Ireland’s patron saint of booze, this relaxed neighbourhood bar comes courtesy of the team behind Freo’s Mrs Brown. Expect good drinks matched with shareable drinking fare across two storeys, plus a courtyard with an outdoor fireplace.

  • Nab a seat in the sleekly designed bar, or out on the footpath, and tuck into left-field wines, snappy cocktails and small plates licked with smoke and char.

  • A breezy cafe and retail space that champions handmade goods from the local community. Pull in for simple stuff like toast, open sandwiches and croissants. Then, stay and browse the colourful range of ceramics, kidswear and more.

  • A retro-tinged neighbourhood wine bar that also serves morning coffee for the local crowd. At night, it's doing snacks and plates that reference everything from London’s legendary St John to Northbridge Vietnamese institution Viet Hoa.