Peer-voted list of top 100 restaurants in Australia revealed

The Australian Financial Review Australia has announced their 3rd annual peer-voted top 100 restaurants list, celebrating excellence across the nation. Going through and rounding down this country’s exceptional dining scene to a top 100, a challenge by any means, was once again done by a panel of insiders, positioning the list as a unique ranking decided upon solely by chefs and restaurateurs – the only one of its kind in Australia.

The number one spot went to constant heavy-hitter Brae, continuing the regional restaurant’s dominance on a national level, reiterated by Dan Hunter also being named Australia’s Top Chef for 2017. This of course comes after Hunter saw his Birregurra restaurant being included in the World’s 50 Best list for this year, truly stamping Brae as an essential dining destination for both locals and international visitors.

“As a chef, Dan is an intelligent perfectionist, and as a business owner, he’s re-writing the rulebook for regional restaurants across Australia,” offered Terry Director, who co-directs the top 100 list with Jill Dupleix. “By digging down and being part of the landscape, Brae is carving out a very special place for itself where you can have a uniquely Victorian experience”.

Though Brae may have taken out the top spot, the list is full of must-have dining experiences from 1 all the way to 100. The top 10 alone speaks to a great diversity in Australia’s top-tier dining scene, from Sydney’s smokey Ester and and nearby Automata to Hobart’s legendary Franklin and Melbourne’s Tipo 00.

You can check out the full top 100 list below.

1. Brae, Birregurra VIC
2. Attica, VIC
3. Ester, NSW
4. Sixpenny, NSW
5. Sepia, NSW
6. Franklin, TAS
7. Tipo00, VIC
8. Embla, VIC
9. Automata, NSW
10. Restaurant Hubert, NSW
11. Saint Peter, NSW
12. Igni, Geelong, VIC
13. Momofuku Seiobo, NSW
14. Bennelong, NSW
15. Flower Drum, VIC
16. Supernormal. VIC
17. Fleet, Brunswick Heads, NSW
18. Mr Wong, NSW
19. The Bridge Room, NSW
20. Quay, NSW
21. Firedoor, NSW
22. LuMi Bar & Dining, NSW
23. Fred’s, NSW
24. Tetsuya’s, NSW
25. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, VIC
26. Bentley Restaurant & Bar, NSW
27. Billy Kwong, NSW
28. Cutler & Co, VIC
29. Africola, SA
30. Cumulus Inc., VIC
31. Orana, SA
32. Vue de Monde, VIC
33. Fratelli Paradiso, NSW
34. Biota Dining, Bowral, NSW
35. MoVida, VIC
36. est., NSW
37. The Apollo, NSW
38. Lee Ho Fook, VIC
39. Ormeggio at the Spit, NSW
40. Oscillate Wildly, NSW
41. The Town Mouse, VIC
42. 10 William St, NSW
43. Minamishima, VIC
44. Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, NSW
45. France-Soir, VIC
47. Cafe Di Stasio, VIC
48. Wasabi Restaurant & Bar, Noosa Sound, QLD
49. Bar Liberty, VIC
50. Anchovy, VIC
51. Chin Chin, VIC
52. Magill Estate Restaurant, Magill, SA
53. LP’s Quality Meats, NSW
54. Lume, VIC
55. Estelle by Scott Pickett, VIC
56. Pilu at Freshwater, NSW
57. Bar Lourinha, VIC
58. Gerard’s Bistro, QLD
59. Ides, VIC
60. Wildflower, WA
61. Golden Century, NSW
62. Provenance, Beechworth, VIC
63. Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW
64. Bar Brose, NSW
65. Lake House, Daylesford, VIC
66. Templo, TAS
67. Sean’s Panaroma, NSW
68. Cirrus Dining, NSW
69. Paper Daisy, Cabarita Beach, NSW
70. Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield, SA
71. Fino at Seppeltsfield, Seppeltsfield, SA
72. Porteno, NSW
73. Ezard, VIC
74. Lulu La Delizia, WA
75. Long Chim, Sydney, NSW
76. Tonka, VIC
77. Pope Joan, VIC
78. Il Bacaro, VIC
79. Tulum, VIC
80. Botanic Gardens Restaurant, SA
81. Marion, VIC
82. Vasse Felix Restaurant, Margaret River, WA
83. Long Chim, Perth, WA
84. esquire, QLD
85. Bread in Common, Fremantle, WA
86. Stokehouse, Melbourne, VIC
87. French Saloon, VIC
88. Amaru, VIC
89. Aubergine, ACT
90. Monster Kitchen & Bar, ACT
91. Aria, Sydney, NSW
92. Spice Temple, Sydney, NSW
93. Muse Restaurant, Pokolbin, NSW
94. Continental Deli Bar Bistro, NSW
95. Saint Crispin, VIC
96. Grossi Florentino Upstairs, VIC
97. Stanbuli, NSW
98. Lucio’s, NSW
99. Dainty Sichuan, South Yarra, VIC
100. Nu Nu, Palm Cove, QLD

Top Restaurants by State

ACT: Aubergine
SA: Africola
NT: Pee Wee’s at the Point
WA: Wildflower
TAS: Franklin
QLD: Gerard’s Bistro
VIC: Brae
NSW: Ester



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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.