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

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

1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth

Balthazar

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

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

Crown Perth Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
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Marumo

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

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

97 Flora Terrace, North Beach

Petite Mort

Serious French dining with an extremely un-serious approach.

225 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
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Post

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

1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth

Silks

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

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

Crown Metropol, Crown Perth Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
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Red Cabbage

Chef Scott O'Sullivan runs the highly creative menu while wife Hazel runs the floor.

49 15 Labouchere Road, South Perth
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St Michael 6003

Intricate, tightly composed dishes in a relaxed dining room on Beaufort Street.

483 Beaufort Street, Highgate
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P’tite Ardoise

Where old-world values still mean something.

283 Beaufort Street, Perth

Nine Fine Food

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

227 Bulwer Street, Highgate

Perugino

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

77 Outram Street, West Perth
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Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room

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

214 William Street, Northbridge