The Left Bank is a beautiful old brick building close to the water's edge. It's a bar, a café and a restaurant. Downstairs your options are casual, pub favourites like chicken parmigiana, beer-battered fish and chips and burgers; upstairs (great views or the river) the menu has South East Asian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences. There's also a range of seafood and some creative vego options.
The Left Bank is somewhere you can go with or without the kids. If you are going to take them, maybe go on Tuesday night because they'll eat free and take part in special activities. Click here for more.
Enjoy an amazing view upstairs at the Left Bank in Freo
Little Creatures, 40 Mews Road Fremantle, 9430 5555 brewery / pub food / kids's play area / water views / chilled vibe Open Monday to Friday from 10am till late and weekends from 9am till late
For the love of beer, check out Little Creatures in Freo. It's an old boatshed right on the water that's now a bar and restaurant and usually always busy. So what's on the menu (besides lots and lots of different types of beer)? Well, think rustic style pizzas, big fat pub chips, and tapas.
Kids will have a fun time too (provided it's sunny) because there's an outdoor sandpit and toys, and the big kids might want to join a brewery tour. They run at 1, 2 and 3pm daily. Click here for more.
Ninniku Jip, 867 Albany Highway Victoria Park, 9355 1988 kid's play area / Japanese meets Korean / dine in or takeaway / licensed & byo Open weekends from 11.30am till 3pm and daily from 5pm till late
Ninniku means garlic in Japanese and Jip means house in Korean, so this fusion restaurant is Victoria Park's own little garlic house. It's a great casual spot with an eclectic menu including plenty of sizzling meals, teriyaki flavours, and the five-chilli hot Fire Chicken. The kids can eat Asian too, or go the classic nuggets and chips. But they won't be at the table long because there's an indoor play area with a slide for the younger ones and x-box for the older ones, all behind glass. Relax, enjoy your food, and watch the kids from your seat. They do takeaway too. Click here for more.
Dine in or takeaway at Ninniku Jip in Victoria Park
Raffles Hotel, Applecross 67-71 Canning Beach Road Applecross, 9314 9000 modern Australian / casual or fancy / outside or upstairs / river views / licensed Open Sunday to Friday from noon till late and Saturdays from 6pm till late
Raffles Hotel is a heritage listed icon on the banks of the Swan River in Applecross with stunning water views. You can go casual or fancy at The Raffles. On a sunny Sunday enjoy pizza and tapas outside and for special occasions or romantic interludes, make your way up the marble stairs to check out the more sophisticated Deco Restaurant with menu items like roasted duck and blue manna crab pasta. The Raffles is a Perth landmark. It's been refurbished over the years but still has its art deco style. There's a cocktail bar for pre-dinner drinks. Click here for more.
Rockpool Bar & Grill, Burwood Entertainment Complex, Great Eastern Highway 6252 1900 modern Australian / special occasions / steakhouse / wines / licensed
Open Sunday to Friday from noon till late and Saturday from 6pm till late
The Burswood Entertainment Complex is the home to Perth's casino and accommodation. It's also where you can see a concert or a show. So if you're out for a big night and you want to get fancy – head to Rockpool first.
The concept is an upmarket steakhouse. It's the idea of one of Australia's most well-known chefs Neil Perry. He's also got similar setups by the same name in Melbourne and Sydney. The beef on offer is all Australian and only top quality. There is a smorgasbord of wines to accompany your meal and cocktails too. The menu includes the famous Wagyu burger plus you can a range of small plates and shared dishes at the bar. Click here for more.
It's an upmarket steakhouse - Rockpool at Burswood
Sandrino, 95 Market Street Fremantle, 9335 4487 pizza / Italian / seafood / parties / licensed and byo
Open Monday to Friday from 11.30am till 9pm and weekends from 11.30am till 10pm
Fremantle is one of the best spots in the world for people watching so grab a table at Sandrino (it's on the main drag) and watch the world go by. The restaurant is famous for its woodfired pizzas, fresh local seafood (try the seafood plate), and homemade pastas just like mamma used to make. All the meals are full of Italian passion and whether you go there for lunch or dinner, you'll get a satisfying meal mixed with a great atmosphere with friendly service. Click here for more.