It's cold outside - so check out these 18 restaurants that will fill and warm your belly this winter.
We're well into the heart of winter now, so if you're reading this while cocooned in a fortress of doonas while wearing a hooded blanket, we hear ya - it's bitter cold out there (at least by Perth standards). But tempting as it is to hibernate until Spring, Perth's restaurants are serving up hot stuff year round, with dishes delicious enough to tempt anyone. So calling all foodies, it's time to rug up in your winter woolies, and head out into the world - because these restaurants, from Perth City to Rottnest, Swan Valley to Mandurah, will warm you up heart and soul!
Located in the stunning Pickering Brook in the Swan Valley, Core Cider is the ultimate foodie destination this winter. Right now they are serving up warming Mulled Cider - Granny Smith and Pink Lady Apples have been pressed and brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, star anise, bay leaf and citrus. Enjoy a glass in the cosy Harvest Room where you can order pizzas and relax overlooking the orchard. Plus there is live music every Sunday from 12pm - 3pm.
Post Osteria & Bar
Perth City has cemented its reputation as a culinary paradise, and foodies are in for a treat this winter at The State Buildings. Housing a wide range of dining options from the taste of Thailand at Long Chim to the casual and contemporary dishes of Petition - there is something for all tastes. Nothing is more warming than a bowl of pasta - and Post is the place to get one! Sharing the tastes, tales and traditions of Italy, Executive Chef Kim Brennan's menu nods to European simplicity — deeply appealing food and flavours, realised with the highest quality of local produce. This winter, Post is celebrating the cuisine of Italy with Deep Dive Italy. Traverse the culinary corners of beautiful Italy, with a series of carefully curated mountain-to-coast dining experiences that include an insightful masterclass showcasing a selection of local wine styles. With each route, you'll dive into the deeply interwoven stories of food, wine, people and place - from the steep slopes and bold flavours of the North, to the Mediterranean melting pot of the South.
And for even more eventful dining experiences, head to The Stables for 2 Course Comedy - a night that'll tickle your tastebuds and your funny bone alike! Enjoy an underground long-table dinner in The Basement, crafted by The Stables kitchen, and a show from a top-quality line-up of award-winning local comics that's guaranteed to have you chuckling from entree to main. The Stables is a hidden oasis housed in one of Perth's original horse stables dating back to 1894. Designed to share, their winter menu includes such warming dishes as tomato and olive arancini, chickpea and cauliflower falafels, whole rotisserie chicken, herb and ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms and truffle, and slow cooked lamb shoulder - yum!
Clarences Company Store
Last but not least on our Perth City menu is Clarences Company Store! Clarences is one of Perth's original small bars, back with a new collective of local talent bringing flavours of the New Orleans French Quarter to Mount Lawley, complete with rhythm and jazz vibes. The menu is designed for sharing and features stunning West Australian produce alongside Creolan flavours. Grilled Akoya oysters, a rockin' fried (deboned) chicken and 700g sirloin on the bone - yum!
Tonic + Ginger
Our eclectic port city Fremantle is full of unique flavour, with so many amazing eateries to explore. At this season, you'll want to try one of Perth's most popular new restaurants - Tonic + Ginger Restaurant. Serving a modern south-east Asian menu, the restaurant is set over two levels within the historic Old Synagogue building. Hundreds of hand-blown glass light fixtures were individually hung to create one of the most photographed features of any restaurant in WA. The menu is a sharing style, so you can order à la carte, or alternatively opt for the popular 'feed me' which changes regularly and features the best seasonal dishes from renowned head chef Leigh Power.
Emily Taylor at Warders Hotel
Another popular new restaurant in Fremantle is Emily Taylor at the Warders Hotel. Choose from a range of small bites including dumplings and bao buns, before tucking into some seriously delicious fare such as BBQ grilled corn, eggplant curry, caramelised pork belly, lemongrass charred beef brisket and their signature aromatic roast duck - the perfect meal for a cold winter night! Why not enjoy a few drinks from their extensive menu and spend the night at Warders Hotel.
Frankies on Rotto
Rottnest Island is a delight any time of year, and in winter you can beat the crowds and enjoy the best of undisturbed nature. Frankies on Rotto is a fully-licenced restaurant, and it's the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. From delicious, locally-roasted coffee with your morning brekkie, to mouth-watering sourdough pizza, pasta or salad for lunch or dinner, consider your foodie needs sorted. The alfresco deck is a favourite spot with local quokkas, too - so hang around awhile, enjoy the view and try for a selfie! (Pssst: They also deliver to your accommodation, if you're tired from your day of winter wanderings and ready to get cosy).
Hotel Rottnest is also a fab place to relax after a day of exploring the Island. Located on Thomson Bay, you'll enjoy a spectacular view complemented by the stunning new bars, and beautifully restored historic building. Relaxed welcoming service, great food, cold beer, and an impeccable wine list, make Hotel Rottnest the perfect place to stop and enjoy a beach sunset or an intimate fireside dinner this winter.
Odyssea City Beach
Those stunning coastal views, those white sand beaches… Perth's beaches aren't just for summer! If you're missing beach life but you don’t want to deal with those chilly sea breezes, you can still make the most of one of Perth's most beloved attractions - our one-of-a-kind coastline - from the warmth and comfort of a coastal restaurant. Odyssea City Beach is just the ticket for a glam Modern Australian meal in stylish surroundings, and with their commitment to local produce and seasonality, you can find some serious winter-warming delights (and with a creative flair to boot - we love their winter menu).
Rustico Tapas & Wine Bar
Rockingham has really come into its own as a foodie place-to-be in recent years; in particular, Rustico Tapas & Wine Bar on the Rockingham foreshore serves up warming Spanish-inspired food (and warm service, too!). Choose from the 'you choose' a-la-carte tapas menu, the 'feed me favourites' or a six-course degustation; all with plenty of seasonality and a focus on warmth.
And for more fab European flavours, head to authentic German style restaurant and bar BROTZEIT for a lovely sit-down meal with friends and family, or some share platters and snacks to enjoy with your choice of 12 German beers. We're wild about the currywurst, the creamy potato gnocchi, the Bavarian-style Reuben sandwich and of course their range of share platters chock full of German favourites including a variety of sausages, sauerkraut, pork knuckle, pork belly and ribs.
Mandurah and Peel is not just about amazing seafood - although that's more than enough reason to head there - you'll find a wide variety of places to eat from wineries to bakeries. We love the local produce-focused Flics Kitchen with its fabulous, creative and delish house-made charcuterie and seriously mouth-watering plates - like their famous house made Gnocchi with wild mushrooms - you'll want to try them all! Their bottemless brunch is a real treat, including any breakfast dish and 1 hour unlimited prosecco, gin and tonic and tap beer - all for just $45 per person! This is available every Saturday and Sunday from 8.30 - 11am.
And just down the road in the forest town of Pinjarra, you'll find the quirky and cute Jarra Infusion (serious fairytale vibes!). You'll be greeted by friendly staff in their trademark flower crowns keen to share their patch where great food, artisan products and live music combine and come to life. And their mouth-watering tuna patties are the stuff of local legend!
Homestead Brewery at Mandoon Estate
One of Perth's top spots for a romantic meal, the Swan Valley is a splendid getaway anytime of the year with a range of places to eat and drink. Head to the award-winning Mandoon Estate in Caversham and visit the Homestead Brewery, where you can enjoy tapas, burgers, pizzas and hearty main meals, with everything made from scratch on the Estate.
The Perth Hills is famed for its top-notch produce, and it really shows in its restaurants. If you're in the mood for somewhere winter-warming and cosy with a great view, head to the historical village of Darlington - enjoy the picturesque, relaxing walk trail winding through the national park that ends at the gorgeous Perrellas Cafe, with its amazing cuisine handcrafted on site (a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds alike!). Chill out (minus the chill!) to live music from Perth music legend James Taylor; relax with a warming cup of coffee, and enjoy this perfect vantage point to watch nature go by. It's a fave spot for local birds, and you might even spot a quenda!
And for fine-dining vibes in an absolutely stunning historic building, you won't want to miss Millbrook Winery, named by the AFR (Australian Financial Review) as one of the top 100 restaurants in Australia (83rd in the country, and second in WA). Millbrook Winery is the perfect spot to relax by the fireplace and celebrate a special occasion, with innovative and delicious seasonal modern Australian cuisine and set in the stunning surrounds of Chestnut Farm. Their dishes use fruit and vegetables from their own 90-year-old orchard and they invite vegans and vegetarians to let them know when booking and they will design a menu based on the morning's gathering of vegetables! Those who are environmentally conscious, will love their No Waste Monday menu - enjoy at least three courses of shared food utilising fresh produce from the Millbrook garden left at the end of the busy weekend service.
Lume Bar & Bistro
The Avon Valley is splendid year-round, and we love its winter scenery, with the Avon River full to the brim and fast-flowing, churning over spectacular rapids. You'll also see plenty of birdlife this time of year! When you're ready to relax and rejuvenate after a spot of winter sightseeing, head to Lume Bar & Bistro Northam for global cuisine using only local produce with a European and Indian flair. The restaurant's slogan "casual by day, class by night" rings true - we love the warming curries for lunch, and the mouthwatering steak dinners!
Summer Creek Restaurant & Brewery
Last on our winter warming restaurant list, Summer Creek Restaurant & Brewery is a countryside restaurant and microbrewery specialising in home cooking using farm-fresh produce, and delish seasonal meals - think warming soups, hearty curries, woodfired pizzas and seasonal chutneys and sauces. And for a sweet souvenir of your trip, don't forget to pick up some honey harvested and produced on-site!
We hope we've inspired your warming winter wanderings! This is a truly magical season, with so much to explore here in Perth. To help you make the most of exploring your beautiful backyard, check out our recent posts on top winter staycation spots, Perth winter events you won't want to miss, and where to get your cosy game on this winter. Have fun!