Visitors love Adelaide's towering hilltops, pristine beaches and Mediterranean climate. South Australia's capital also boasts an impressive dining scene, with over 700 restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from. When it comes to planning a romantic night out, Adelaide provides a handful of eateries perfect for a first date or to celebrate a special anniversary.
At Jolleys Boathouse (jolleysboathouse.com) alongside the River Torrens, couples can enjoy inside or romantic al fresco dining. The contemporary Australian menu features pasta and steak dishes, plus market fresh fish. Finish the meal by sharing a dessert, Australian cheese platter or a glass of local sparkling wine.
Dine with 180-degree views of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant (botanicgardensrestaurant.com.au). This award-winning eatery serves a variety of modern Australian dishes, including pasta, plus local seafood and beef dishes. Opt for a two- or three-course dinner for formal occasions. A handful of desserts and cheese selections are available to finish your meal.
The East End
For a romantic meal in Adelaide's East End, head to Eros Ouzeri (erosouzeri.com.au). This Greek eatery provides cozy dining inside the restaurant, as well as a small space for al fresco dining along Rundle Street. Choose the banquet-for-two during a romantic lunch and feast on nine different dishes. Finish up with a decadent dessert platter.
Scoozi (scoozi.com.au) is the place to go for an Italian feast in the East End. This restaurant is directly next to the independent Eastend Cinemas and features a large wood-oven pizza and pasta menu, plus a tapas selection for two or more diners. Complement the meal with a glass of wine from the impressive drinks menu.
By the Water
Diners can enjoy 360-degree views of the Glenelg Marina at the Top of the World Revolving Restaurant (topoftheworld.net.au). The menu includes lobster, South Australian oysters and a variety of steak and vegetarian dishes. Enjoy what the restaurant calls a "different view with every course," and dine during the evening for a romantic meal during sunset.
Sammy's on the Marina (sammys.net.au) has views of Glenelg Beach, West Beach and the Holdfast Marina. Seafood is the specialty, with a variety of South Australian fish on the menu. Couples can share platters, which include up to 10 varieties of fish and shellfish. Sammy's has a large wine list and serves four sparkling wines by the glass.
Piccadilly Restaurant (mtloftyhouse.com.au) is located in Mount Lofty House, with views of local vineyards, gardens and woodlands -- ideal for a romantic dinner. The menu features local organic produce, including French- and Italian-inspired dishes. Finish the meal with a cheese platter, house made petit fours or a glass of the restaurant's own wine.
The Petaluma Restaurant, open for lunch from Thursday through Monday,(petaluma.com.au) is located in the historic Bridgewater Mill. Baked pasta, fish and local meat dishes make up the main courses. A small variety of desserts is available to finish the meal. Over a dozen wines are served by the glass, with wines on sale daily at the on-site cellar door.