The Best Restaurants in Perth’s CBD

Updated 5 months ago

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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 native produce. But what’s certain is that this one of Perth’s most exciting restaurants – with intricate cooking and excellent dishes.

  • 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 meticulously imagined bistro where you can choose your own adventure. Commit to a full dinner (and knockout beef tartare) or keep it short with snacks at the wine bar next door.

  • Looking for an extra-special occasion spot? Como, the Treasury’s in-house fine diner, celebrates all things Western Australia, from local Indigenous ingredients to panoramic views of the CBD and Elizabeth Quay.

  • 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.

  • It’s grown from Perth’s first dedicated natural-wine bar to one of the country’s key wine destinations. Order Mediterranean share plates and wing it with the daily by-the-glass offering. Or grab a bottle to go.

  • 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.

  • 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.