10 Valentine's Day Experiences in Sydney

10 Valentine’s Day Experiences in Sydney

After a year spent holed up at home, relying on far too much takeaway and/or experimental dinners using the last remaining items in your kitchen (anyone for a tin of beans, a bunch of floppy carrots, and some grated cheese?), you and your love deserve a treat this Valentine’s Day. Sure, it’s a holiday invented to sell overpriced roses and uncomfortable undies. But it’s also an opportunity to indulge in some really good food. Looking for Valentine’s Day ideas in Sydney this February 14? The search is over! We’re dishing up ten romantic, decadent and extremely delicious Valentine’s Day dining experiences in Sydney.

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Surprise your vegan Valentine with a degustation at Alibi Woolloomooloo

Quick Bites:

  • What cuisine is Alibi? Vegetarian, vegan
  • Where is Alibi? 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 
  • When is Alibi open? Thursday – Saturday, 6-10pm, Sunday (14th February ONLY), 6-10pm
  • Does Alibi offer delivery? Yes.

Keen to impress your vegan cutie this Valentine’s Day? Alibi Woolloomooloo’s Valentine’s Day dining experience is just the meat-free ticket you’re looking for. Priced at $110 per person, start the night right with a glass of Champagne on arrival, then sit down to eight tasty courses of vegatabley goodness: kimchi dumplings with ginger foam, elderflower-compressed rockmelon, creamed corn with popped grains, oyster mushroom moqueca, XO eggplant and TWO sweet treats to finish. All Valentine’s Day diners go home with a super secret gift – talk about a lovely surprise!

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Eat, laugh and love with a four-course feast at Bel & Brio

Quick Bites:

  • What cuisine is Bel & Brio? Italian
  • Where is Bel & Brio? T3.01, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW
  • When is Bel & Brio open? 8am-9:30pm
  • Does Bel & Brio offer delivery? No

While we’d all love to whisk our amores off to Italy for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day, here’s the next best thing: a four-course degustation at Barangaroo’s stunning Bel & Brio restaurant. Begin your evening with a spanner crab tartlet and housemade bread before moving on to an entree of tuna carpaccio served with citrus segments and caperberries. The main event is a good one: slow-cooked Wagyu beef cheeks with a smoked capsicum puree, wild mushrooms and a wattleseed crisp, while dessert is the most romantic sweet treat we’ve seen on a menu in a while – a cherry and white chocolate tiramisu. This very special Valentine’s Day dinner experience is $120 each. Surprise that special someone now.

Linger over lunch or dinner at the China Diner

Quick Bites:

  • What cuisine is China Diner? Chinese
  • Where is China Diner? 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi NSW
  • When is China Diner open? Bondi 5-11pm; Double Bay 12-9pm; Tramsheds 12-9:30pm
  • Does China Diner offer delivery? Yes.

If it’s a romantic meal and no one gets a rose, is it really a romantic meal? Well, yes, it is, but a single red rose makes it all the more special. For a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner, reserve your spot at China Diner for their Valentine’s Day Special Menu, at $60 per person. The team at China Diner have created a fresh and tasty banquet, sure to put a twinkle in anyone’s eye. Take your pick of the entrees, such a zesty Saikou salmon sashimi with ponzu and citrus, prawn, crab and scallop dumplings with a tobiko vinegar, duck san choi bao, or a salad of Chinese cabbage, pea sprouts and black fungi. After gazing into your significant other’s eyes for a few minutes, get back to the business of eating. Mains include market fish, with mustard greens and vermicelli noodles, or Hainan chicken with ginger, shallots and chilli. Things get even sweeter right around dessert, with a rose, rhubarb and dark chocolate parfait.

Have a one-of-a-kind evening at Dead Ringer

Quick Bites:

  • What cuisine is Dead Ringer? Modern Australian, European
  • Where is Dead Ringer? 413 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW
  • When is Dead Ringer open? Brunch Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-5pm, Dinner Monday – Thursday 5-11pm, Friday – Saturday 5pm-12am, Sunday (February 14 ONLY) 5-11pm
  • Does Dead Ringer offer delivery? No

Dead Ringer, a phrase originating from 19th-century horse racing slang, means ‘an exact duplicate’ or ‘identical’. But Dead Ringer’s Valentine’s Day dinner is nothing short of unique. Cosy up to your cutie in this gorgeous heritage townhouse – or grab a spot in the garden – and treat yourselves to Dead Ringer’s Valentine’s Day Set Menu. At $75 a pop, slurp, spoon and slice your way through this carefully curated sharing menu, which features some of Sydney’s finest and freshest local produce.

Surprise your S.O. with dinner in a hidden courtyard at Kepos & Co

Quick Bites:

  • What cuisine is Kepos & Co? Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Where is Kepos & Co? Shop 5, Casba, 18 Danks Street Waterloo NSW 
  • When is Kepos & Co open? Brunch Saturday – Sunday 9am-3pm, Lunch Friday 12-3pm, Dinner Monday – Saturday 6-10pm, Sunday (February 14 ONLY) 6-10pm
  • Does Kepos & Co offer delivery? No

Is there anything more romantic than a meal in a hidden garden courtyard? No, there’s not (we checked). Inspired by the tastes of the Mediterranean, Kepos & Co have curated a two-course meal for lovers of love and good food. Start with a shared mezze platter, featuring favourites like eggplant dip, haloumi with honey and walnuts, and falafel, then move onto the main course. Take your pick from a choice of spanakopita with whipped feta and green olives, seared kingfish with soy, pomegranate and apple, barramundi with calamari salad, lamb rump with harissa and wild rocket, and the ultimate in main meals: Black Angus sirloin with black lentils and nuts. The food here is so good, you’ll want to swap plates halfway through. At $55 per person, this is one of the best Valentine’s Day deals Sydney has to offer.

In the mood for extreme indulgence? Head to Olio Kensington Street

Quick Bites:

  • What cuisine is Olio Kensington Street? Italian
  • Where is Olio Kensington Street? 2/10 Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW
  • When is Olio Kensington Street open? Lunch Thursday – Sunday 12-3pm, Dinner Thursday – Sunday 5:30-10pm
  • Does Olio Kensington Street offer delivery? No

Let’s not ring around the rosey. Olio Kensington Street’s Valentine Set Dinner is one of the fanciest feasts in Sydney. This six-course degustation – priced at $150 per person – starts the way all romantic meals should: with a glass of Mumm Rose champagne and a freshly shucked oyster. After a snack of kingfish tartare with sweet potato and capers, indulge in just-cooked scallops with hazelnut, leek and radish, followed by southern calamari with kohlrabi and seaweed broth. West Australian marron is the catch of the day, served in homemade tagliolini with native Australian finger lime, pistachio and burnt butter, with a final main of chargrilled lamb cutlets served alongside heirloom beetroot and mulberries. You’ll be full – of food, love for your partner, and adoration for Olio’s chef – but not so full you can’t end the night with a raspberry and chocolate tart. Heart-shaped, of course.

Enjoy a Japanese-inspired feast at Marble BBQ

Quick Bites:

  • What cuisine is Marble BBQ? Japanese, Korean
  • Where is Marble BBQ? 100 Barangaroo Ave, Shop T1.05 Barangaroo NSW 
  • When is Marble BBQ open? Tuesday – Saturday, Sunday (February 14 ONLY) 5pm-12:15am
  • Does Marble BBQ offer delivery? No

Close your eyes and imagine you and boo are sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in one of Tokyo’s bustling izakayas… that’s exactly the vibe of Marble BBQ, minus the ten-hour flight. Executive chef Jacob Lee has really outdone himself this year, curating a seven-course set menu featuring some of the restaurant’s most uniquely crafted dishes. Think foie gras monaka, sea eel donuts and Sydney rock oyster icecream, hay-smoked bonito with apple, blue swimmer crab linguine and a Wagyu tartare bibimbap. Dessert tonight comes in the form of an angel sent from heaven: otherwise known as Burnt Pavlova.

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Spoil your sweetheart at Hartsyard

Quick Bites:

  • What cuisine is Hartsyard? International
  • Where is Hartsyard? 33 Enmore Road, Newtown NSW
  • When is Hartsyard open? Monday – Thursday, Sunday 6-10pm, Friday – Saturday 6pm-12am
  • Does Hartsyard offer delivery? No

Pull up a stool at the marble-topped bar, or settle in at a table for two, for a night at Hartsyard, sure to set your heart a-flutter. With a focus on showcasing some of Australia’s finest and freshest produce, Hartsyard are wowing diners this February 14 with their exclusive Valentine’s Day menu. At $110 per person, enjoy a specially curated five-course tasting menu, featuring fresh-caught seafood, locally grown veggies and Hartsyard’s famous Wagyu beef. Save some room for dessert – Hartsyard never fails to deliver on their sweetie treaties.

Dress to impress at The Dining Room, Park Hyatt

Quick Bites:

  • What cuisine is The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Sydney? Modern Australian
  • Where is The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Sydney? Hickson Road, The Rocks NSW
  • When is The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Sydney open? Lunch Thursday – Sunday 12-3pm, Dinner Wednesday – Saturday 6-9pm, Sunday (February 14 ONLY) 6-9pm
  • Does The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Sydney offer delivery? No.

Pull out all the stops for the ultimate Valentine’s Day dinner. Mood lighting? Check. White-shirted wait staff? Check. A sublime view of Sydney’s dazzling harbour? Check. Talk about romance, right? This Valentine’s Day, the talented team at the Park Hyatt are preparing a five-course dinner at $300 per couple. Begin your evening with a stracciatella and smoked almond starter, then snap up an entree of New Zealand pink snapper in a tomato consomme. The main event tonight is Wagyu beef, served with king brown mushrooms and cavolo nero. A night as romantic as Valentine’s Day calls for more than one dessert, so sip up a strawberry consomme with yoghurt mousse and sugar dough, then – gasp – feast your eyes and lips on a Valrhona triple chocolate love cake with a crushed cocoa bean brownie.

Get a little bit spicy at Madame Shanghai

Quick Bites:

  • What cuisine is Madame Shanghai? Chinese
  • Where is Madame Shanghai? 18 College Street, Darlinghurst NSW 
  • When is Madame Shanghai open? Lunch Friday – Saturday 11:30am-3pm, Dinner Wednesday  – Saturday 5-10pm, Sunday (February 14 ONLY) 11:30am-2pm
  • Does Madame Shanghai offer delivery? No

Hang on a minute. Is it 2021, or 1930s Shanghai? You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the latter when you step inside the colourful palette of malachite, pink and blue at Madame Shanghai’s Darlinghurst eatery. This Valentine’s Day, the chef’s have created a special Valentine’s Day Set Menu. At $118 per person, begin your fancy feast with steamed prawn dumplings, Sichuan-style chicken and kimchi wontons, and crispy duck pancakes with a sweet miso sauce. For mains, choose from Angus beef short ribs with a crisp nashi and ginger soy salad, pork belly with a sticky chilli caramel glaze, steamed barramundi alongside black bean, lemon and chilli, and a hearty fried cauliflower and chickpea dish. Dessert screams ‘love is in the air’ – chocolate-dipped strawberries.

OpenTable has something for everyone this Valentine’s Day, from the experiences mentioned above, to our restaurants’ renowned a la carte menus. Check out OpenTable to find an open table near you.

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