For a certain kind of person, the best part about birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations is the excuse to splurge at a top-tier restaurant. Even if that's not you, nearly everyone can appreciate the experience of settling around a table to enjoy the company of friends and family for several hours while all your whims are catered for.

In short: you bring the occasion and leave it to these venues to supply the special.

Wildflower

Restaurant

COMO The Treasury's rooftop restaurant showcases native ingredients and commanding views of the city skyline.

1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth

Balthazar

Restaurant

Like the restaurant of the same name in New York, this one has an X-factor that's kept it relevant after two decades.

6 The Esplanade, Perth

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Restaurant

Neil Perry's temple to steak is fancy without being too intimidating for less-than-adventurous eaters.

Crown Perth Great Eastern Highway, Burswood

Marumo

Restaurant

30 seats. Seven sublime courses for $65. It's no wonder this one is always booked out months in advance.

22 145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands

Clarke's of North Beach

Restaurant

Stephen Clarke's suburban fine diner remains the northern corridor's favourite big night out.

97 Flora Terrace, North Beach

Post

Restaurant

Two beautiful private dining rooms and a kitchen equally adept at both mod Oz magic and health-minded cooking.

1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth

Silks

Restaurant

You'll feel like a million bucks seated in this $10 million fit-out, eating sharp, regional Chinese fare.

Crown Metropol, Crown Perth Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
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Nobu

Restaurant

Accomplished Japanese with a Peruvian bent (aka nikkei cuisine).

Crown Metropol, Crown Perth Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
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P’tite Ardoise

Restaurant

Where old-world values still mean something.

283 Beaufort Street, Perth

Nine Fine Food

Restaurant

For a truly special night, opt for the seven-course omakase ("chef's selection").

227 Bulwer Street, Highgate

Servo

Bar

A breezy all-day diner at the redeveloped Leederville Hotel. Fuel up on grilled shish-style skewers, cuisine-crossing share plates, and wines from a free-wheeling list of fun and approachable drops.

9 Electric Lane, Leederville

Perugino

Restaurant

An Italian restaurant that pays respect to fine dining traditions, dessert trolley and all.

77 Outram Street, West Perth

Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room

Restaurant

A glamorous, old-school wine bar and restaurant in the heart of Northbridge.

214 William Street, Northbridge