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Discover romantic restaurants for date night on the Central Coast

Don’t know where to go for date night? Look no further than our list of romantic restaurants on the Central Coast. Frock up, put your phone on silent, leave the kids with a babysitter, and get heart-eyes over the menu (and your date!) at these date-worthy restaurants.

Il Toscano

Short of taking your love to the hills of Tuscany, Il Toscano is an unbeatable and authentic Italian dining experience. Owner, Matteo serves up traditional Tuscan dishes that his Nonna and Mum used to make in the trattoria-style space in Long Jetty.

The Ragu Toscano is the most popular dish, but choose a few to share with your date, paired with an Italian wine followed by gelato, and you’ll have tasted your way through Tuscany right here at home!
Where: 419 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty
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Johnny Tapas

Relax and let the good times roll over a cocktail, tapas, and pizza at Johnny Tapas in Norah Head. The relaxed atmosphere and Instagram-worthy decor make this a great place to unwind, let your hair down, and reconnect with your favourite people. The menu is good quality, satisfying street food in tacos, tostadas, and some killer side dishes such as “The Cauliflower”, plus a pizza menu.
Where: 7 Mitchell Street, Norah Head
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L’isle de France

It wouldn’t be a romantic dinner list without a French restaurant, and this spot waves that flag for the Central Coast. The romantic vibe starts with the fairy lights sprinkled across the outdoor deck, and is matched by a menu of all the French classics including escargot, cheese souffle, lobster tail, and confit duck leg. But be sure to leave room for dessert for no French rendezvous would be complete without a sweet treat.
Where: 1 Ena St, Terrigal
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Marble Bar & Grill

Marble Bar & Grill brings the sophistication and quality of a Sydney steakhouse to the Central Coast. With sleek black table settings and industrial-inspired decor, it has an intimate and inviting atmosphere for your next special date.

The chef/owner comes from Italy but Marble Bar celebrates the coast with wines supplied by Bamvino and meats from Yume which create the stunning menu of generous and beautifully plated dishes. Hint: steaks are the hero here!
Where: 2/8 Karalta Rd, Erina
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Motel Mezza

For a date night with hints of downtown Manhattan art-deco dazzles, head to Motel Mezza on the main road through Wyong for a meal packed full of Middle Eastern flavour. Inspired by the lobby of a 1930s motel, Mezza Social Bar has a certain flair and edge to make your date special.

Be sure to order the Zaatar Pesto Cauliflower and Lamb (or vegan) Kebeh, accompanied by one of Motel Mezza’s cocktail twists such as the Chilli & Mango Mezcal or Pineapple & Saffron Martini.
Where: 98 Pacific Hwy, Wyong
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Osteria il Coccia

Flame-cooked Italian food is brought to life both in flavour and in the atmosphere within the Mediterranean-inspired interior of this luxurious restaurant. Osteria il Coccia is a hatted restaurant and one of only two restaurants in the country to cook entirely with fire, so this is a great choice for a date that’s a little different.

The three or six-course degustation menu changes every two weeks, meaning it’s seasonal, fresh, and innovative (vegetarian option available). If you want to take things up a notch, opt for the matching wines and have a foodie experience to remember!
Where: 49 The Esp, Ettalong Beach
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Safran is a jewel in the Central Coast dining crown, earning itself an Australian Good Food Guide Chefs Hat three years running for its sophisticated and tasty Turkish cuisine. Chef Suleyman Kirbancioglu was inspired to showcase the tastes of Turkey beyond kebabs and pide, and the result is an exquisitely plated and flavourful menu.

Enjoy blue swimmer crab, beef tenderloin, and authentic sticky baklava from the coziness of the dark navy interior, low light, and arched windows. A lovely spot for an exotic date night.
Where: 81/189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
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This addition to the string of eateries in Wamberal is the place to go if you want to bond over top-quality shared plates with your special someone - though you may be hard-pressed to agree on what to choose! Chef Michael Guirguis has created a globally inspired menu, all executed with finesse and sophistication, sure to spark conversation (and travel plans!).

Be transported to Japan with yellowfin tuna sashimi, to Italy with wild mushroom arancini, Greece with grilled octopus, and Malaysia with Wagyu beef curry and roti bread - with many more stops available on the menu!
Where: 80 Ocean View Dr, Wamberal
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The Cowrie

Perched high above Terrigal with sweeping panoramic views of the ocean, you want to request a table on the balcony and take it all in. The Cowrie is a foodie’s dream and is perfect for a special occasion or splurging celebration. Tailor your experience to your hunger with 2, 3, or 4 courses (with optional wine pairing), featuring dishes such as cured bresaola and pickled beetroot, grilled bug tail, octopus, scallop, sea urchin with kombu dressing, and slow-cooked lamb shoulder.

A dedicated menu expertly explores the art of plant-based dining with punchy flavours such as miso chilli eggplant, broad beans, shaved fennel, with torched broccolini. Picture-perfect plating and pristine views make The Cowrie a feast for both the eyes and the waistline!
Where: 109 Scenic Hwy, Terrigal
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The Lucky Bee

You don’t need any luck to get a fantastic meal and dining experience at The Lucky Bee. It has a cheeky charm and bags of flavour in the South East Asian and modern dim sum menu. While the creativity and quality of the food oozes sophistication, the playful vibe makes this “fun dining, not fine dining”.

Grab a cocktail, share some dim sum, and tuck into signature dishes like whole-fried Szechuan Salt and Pepper Snapper and curry made from 38 ingredients from scratch. Take your date here and you’ll be winning!
Where: 40/189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
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The Wildflower Bar and Dining

Part of the boutique hotel and spa ‘Bells at Killcare’, The Wildflower restaurant meets the same level of indulgence, sophistication and wonderful service. Inspired by the food of the sun, from the Mediterranean to Morocco, it brings a casual flair back to fine dining without compromising on quality.

The on-site kitchen garden supplies the restaurant with more than 15% of the produce on its menu, and the wine list has been named “Best Regional Wine List” several times over. This is a special spot for a memorable night out.
Where: 7 The Scenic Rd, Killcare Heights
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Yellowtail brings a stellar fine dining experience to the casual holiday vibe of Terrigal Beach, and as the name suggests, seafood features on both their a la carte and ‘chefs pick’ five-course degustation menu. Based on the best seasonal local produce, dishes at Yellowtail are ever-changing to highlight the most current punchy and vibrant flavours.

With influences from the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Asia you’ll find dishes such as Kingfish sashimi, sake cured, soy yuzu, daikon, and tobiko, or Grimaud duck breast, cauliflower, eschalot, beetroot, and plum.
Where: Shop 3/1 Campbell Cres, Terrigal
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