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 of these places are iconic and have been serving great office lunches or special dinners for years. Others are newer, with inventive menus designed by exciting young chefs earning their stripes. All of the places in this guide continue to set the tone for how Perth eats. And thanks to the insane amount of competition, many of these venues are far more reasonably priced than you would expect.

Balthazar

Where wine is just as important as food.

6 The Esplanade, Perth

Alfred’s Pizzeria

Pizza, liquor, cheese.

37 Barrack street, Perth

Garum

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

Hibernian Place 480 Hay Street, Perth

Mama Tran

A contender for the best Vietnamese in town.

6 36-40 Milligan Street, Perth

Tiny’s

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

Shop E2, QV Building 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Old Faithful Bar & BBQ

Southern American barbeque makes it further south than usual.

86 King Street, Perth

Petition Kitchen

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

Cathedral Square Corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth

Post

A modern bistro changing the hotel game.

1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth

Nao Japanese

Perth’s original ramen joint is underpinned by perfectionism.

117 Murray Street, Perth

Shy John

A bold, 500-person restaurant serving beer, cocktails and dumplings.

Horseshoe Lane, Yagan Square, Perth

Los Bravos

Spanish food and wine, plus a ’60s surf-rock vibe.

252A William Street, Perth

Wines of While

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

458 William Street, Perth

Lalla Rookh

An impressive WA spin on Italian cuisine.

77 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Restaurant Jun

Remove your shoes and step inside this underground Japanese restaurant specialising in yakitori.

568 Hay Street, Perth

Wildflower

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

1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth

The Stables

Olden days rebooted in slick city watering hole.

888 Hay Street, Perth

The Apple Daily

Share Asian food while overlooking the Print Hall bar below.

, Perth WA

Sentinel Bar & Grill

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

111 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Gazette

Print Hall's all-day Italian bar and restaurant is licensed to thrill.

Brookfield Place 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth