Expressing yourself on a date can come in many forms. Outfit, restaurant choice and even what drop you enjoy on a night out, can all play a role. This Valentine’s Day we want to make sure you have all the tools in your kit, so we’ve collated a list of the best BYO restaurants to take your bae to this Valentine’s Day, so you can show all facets of your personality.
Need a little help picking the right drop? Don’t despair, we can help with that too. When it comes to the wine, region is key. We recommend going local, with the wine from Australia being some of the best in the world. Regions like the Claire Valley in South Australia and the Adelaide Hills are known for producing some of the greatest vino there is, and any winery in this region is unlikely to disappoint, however we recommend you give Taylors Wines new Taylor Made offering a look in.
Being specifically designed for Australian restaurants, this trio, consisting of a Chardonnay and Rosé from the Adelaide Hills and a Malbec from Claire Valley, any one of these bottles will be the perfect accompaniment to any date night.
Sean’s Panaroma – North Bondi
It has been called one of the cities loveliest dining experiences, so what better place to toast to love on February 14th? Located at North Bondi overlooking the famous beach, this restaurant that focuses on home cooking and relaxed service, also allows you to bring a wine of your choice. A five-course menu will set you back $110, plus $25 corkage if you BYO, and bookings are recommended. But don’t take it from us, there’s a reason this restaurant has long been a crowd favorite.
Fix St James – Surry Hills
In the heart of Surry Hills lies Fix St James, a charming restaurant and wine bar with more than 200 wine bottles to its name. Broadsheet Sydney called the food “casual but innovative”, with the menu changing frequently to reflect what is in season. It should also be noted that you can get chips with chicken salt as a side and that in itself counts as a Valentine’s Day win. You’re welcome.
Tetsuya’s – Sydney
If you’ve got money to burn and a date to impress, try your luck at getting a seat at Tetsuya’s this Valentine’s Day. You can also take your own wine – seriously. It’ll definitely cost you though. If you really want to pop your own cork at Tetsuya’s, it’ll set you back $30 for the first bottle and $45 corkage for all subsequent bottles. So it better be worth it – but if there’s a day to spend big and impress we all know it’s Feb 14.
Vacanza – Surry Hills
Ripples - Milsons Point
Mamak – Sydney
Kepos Street kitchen – Redfern
Via Napoli – Lane Cove
Spice I Am – Surry Hills
Osteria di Russo & Russo – Enmore
Emilia – Melbourne City
It has been said that Emilia’s nails perfect Italian comfort food and as the Lady and the Tramp taught us, there’s no better location for a date night than at a warm Italian eatery. By all accounts, Emilia’s is just that and with $15 corkage from Monday - Wednesday, coupled with the fact it’s located in the heart of Melbourne, we can’t think of many better places to get loved up this Valentine’s Day (which is also a Tuesday this year #winning).
France-Soire – South Yarra
Equally as romantic as Italian’s, are the French, meaning that either cuisine is going to score you big points this Valentine’s Day. High on Melbourne’s date night lists is France-Soire in South Yarra, which is lauded for its traditional French fair. Think rich and buttery leek tarte, the best steak frites in town followed by a delicious crème brûlée. We don’t think it gets much better than that, and with BYO every night but Saturday, it’s truly just the cherry on top of the éclair.
Jim’s Greek Tavern – Collingwood
If it’s fun you’re looking for this February the 14th, then look no further than Jim’s Greek Tavern. This authentic Greek restaurant has no menus so you’re in the hands of your waiter, but according to all reports you won’t leave disappointed. And think about it this way, if you don’t fall in love with your date, at least you’ll fall in love with Greek food.
Mamak – Melbourne City
Fratellino Pizzeria - South Yarra
Scopri - Carlton
Ladro Gertrude – Fitzroy
Ocha – Hawthorn
Public – CBD (BYO just Tuesdays)
You know that when even the snacks at a restaurant sound fancy (truffled popcorn anyone?) that it’s highly likely it’s going to be good. At Public, in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, the delectable delights don’t start and end at the top of the menu. Known for its KFD (Kentucky Fried Duck) as well as other quirky menu adornments, this is one place where any date is guaranteed to be impressed. Still need a sweetener? On Tuesday’s it’s also BYO wine, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t start the night with a cocktail.
Deer Duck Bistro – Auchenflower
Sugo Mi – Bulimba (BYO just Tuesdays)
La Quinta Mexican Restaurant and Bar - Bulimba (BYO wine)
Caravanserai – West End
The Little Larder – New Farm
Parwana Afghan Kitchen – Torrensville
Named as one of the best BYO restaurants in Australia, it won’t take you long to work out why. Parwana Afghan Kitchen has a constantly changing menu that sees its authentic Kabuli-style dishes changed-up every two days, however some rustic favorites remain year-round such as the mantu (steamed dumplings filled with carrot and sautéed onion), murgh korma (a chicken curry with Afghan spices) and chopaan (pan-fried lamb with garlic, chilli and coriander). If you need any further convincing, dining at this eatery can also help the greater community. Sound farfetched? It’s not. The corkage cost is donated to charity, in the form of food cooked to help The Salvation Army feed the homeless. Good food that gives back. Is there anything better?
Ruby Red Flamingo – North Adelaide
Georges On Waymouth – Adelaide CBD
La Bonne Table – Adelaide CBD
House Of Chow – Adelaide CBD
Kin Thai – Adelaide CBD
Miss Potz - Mount Lawley
There are few institutions that are more popular for a date night than Miss Potz in Mount Lawley. This eatery specialises in South-East Asian food, and if you’re after a vibrant red duck curry, succulent soft shell crab or even luscious tofu with garlic and chilli, then this is the place for you. This gem is also BYO friendly and there’s not much better than big fresh flavours and a cold glass of wine if you’re trying to impress.
Lady Of Ro – Subiaco
Magna Pizza – Fremantle
Pizzaca – Scarborough
The Modern Eatery - Mount Lawley and Fremantle
*This post was created in collaboration between RSVP and Taylors Wines to commemorate their new wine range Taylor Made. For more information on the range, click here.