The Best Restaurants in Perth’s CBD

Updated 1 month ago


It’s easy to overlook Perth’s city centre when trying to decide where to eat. These days you’re likely to find yourself around the corner from several terrific local restaurants, wherever you live.

But the CBD’s still at the heart of food in Perth. Some, like Balthazar and Post are sophisticated diners where the wine is on equal footing with the food. Others, like Chuonkin and Hifumiya Udon Noodle House are fuss-free, neighbourly spots that let the food sing. Each of the places in this guide continues to set the tone for how our city eats.

  • Find this sophisticated Euro-inspired wine bar and dining room in the basement of an old Art Deco building. The menu focuses on local produce, and the wine and cocktails are equally as important as the food.

  • Inside COMO at the Treasury, this bright, all-day restaurant is serving upmarket breakfasts and crowd-pleasing Italian fare with plenty of twists. Also, an Italian-heavy wine list and classic cocktails.

  • 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. It’s not fine dining in the traditional sense. But the cooking is intricate, the dishes are as delicious as they are creative and the service is warm.

  • Acclaimed chef David Thompson has returned to Australia in style, bringing his authentic Thai fare back from Bangkok.

  • The building might be old, but there’s nothing fusty about the fare at this Australian restaurant.

  • An urbane, polished restaurant flying the flag for fine dining.

  • Melbourne chef Guy Grossi lands in Perth with dishes inspired by Rome.

  • Southern American barbeque makes it further south than usual.

  • Descend the stairs to find this former record store serving loaded pizzas (either whole or by the slice), sharp cocktails and an impressive range of spirits. Bring a group and prepare to eat and drink a lot.

  • An impressive WA spin on Italian cuisine.

  • A restaurant, specialty liquor store and bar from the team behind Mary Street Bakery.

  • Perth’s original ramen joint is underpinned by perfectionism.

  • A neighbourhood wine bar and bottle shop serving natural, organically farmed wines and satisfying Mediterranean food.

  • Olden days rebooted in slick city watering hole.

  • A sense of understated sophistication makes this all-day a popular spot for business folk.

  • Bright Tank Brewing's in-house restaurant has a woodfired kitchen and a veteran chef wielding the tongs. Forget about that side of chips – the food here is just as enticing as the beer.

  • This two-in-one-spot specialises in house-made udon noodles by day and transforms into a moody izakaya at night. Go for fragrant udon, takoyaki (octopus balls) and golden tempura around lunch, or karaage chicken and sake into the night.

  • The menu at this clandestine restaurant draws on ingredients and ideas from “anytime, anywhere, anything”. Book in at the intimate chef’s counter for an exclusive degustation, or choose the cosy dining room for familiar flavours remixed with smarts and attention to detail.

  • This 180-seat Filipino joint follows the modern Asian aspirations of the Melbourne original. Order kangaroo skewers, Sichuan-glazed lamb ribs, and stir-fried Manila clams with squid XO.

  • Feast on regional Thai food at this low-key neon-lit restaurant. Order its souped-up stir-fries, curries with house-made paste, and a Thai take on duck confit. Its BYO status and jazzy soundtracks are just a bonus.