Australia’s five best everyday restaurants

Some people travel for relaxation, others travel for adventure… I like to travel for food.

Though I tend to look overseas for my foodie fix, Australia boasts more than its fair share of great restaurants – and TripAdvisor has revealed a few worth adding to my growing list.

The world’s largest travel site recently announced the winners of its 2018 Travellers Choice Awards for restaurants, determined by an algorithm taking into account the quality and quantity of reviews for global restaurants, gathered over a 12-month period.

Here are the top five winners of the Everyday Dining category:

1.     Opera Bar– Sydney, NSW
Situated right by the water’s edge, Opera Bar is famous for its panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, CBD and beautiful harbour.With a menu curated by renowned Chef Matt Moran, diners can watch chefs shuck fresh oysters at the Raw Bar, indulge in locally sourced cheeses and meats sliced to order in the Meet & Cheese Room, or simply choose a meal from their All-Day Menu.

2.     Grill Steak Seafood Restaurant – Melbourne,VIC
Incorporating the best of Italian, Australian and other international cuisines, Grill Steak Seafood offers one of the most diverse and exciting menus on the iconic Hardware Lane in Melbourne CBD. 

3.     Macchiato Wood Fire Pizza & Coffee Roastery – Sydney, NSW
Offering a new take on the Italian staple, Macchiato serves delectable pizzas with slow-rise crusts, a variety of innovative gourmet toppings along with perennial favourites, well as fortifying and creamy coffee, top-quality wines and beers. 

4.     The Meat & Wine Co Circular Quay – Sydney, NSW
Located in the lobby of the iconic InterContinental Sydney at MacquarieStreet, The Meat & Wine Co is a contemporary steakhouse with an interior design incorporating subtle African influences of rustic wooden walls, arched windows and stone features.

5.George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant Brisbane – Brisbane, QLD
Situated at the Eagle Street Pier along the Brisbane River, George’sParagon is a Mediterranean-styled restaurant acclaimed for its Seafood Paragon platter for one, barramundi, baby octopus, and its half-price lunch and dinner(from 5:30pm to 6:30pm).

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Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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Written by Chris Ashton