Santini Bar & Grill 2018 Winner

Among a host of big new restaurant and bar openings in 2018 – think the fun Tiny’s Perth, the stylish Garum restaurant, Aaron Carr’s Yarri, Hadiqa and Goody Two’s at the Westin – Santini in the QT Hotel won both critical and public acclaim from day one.

Yes, it’s a casual Italian restaurant, but there’s a polish to it. It has style, a beautiful room, a switched-on chef in Nic Wood and a sense that while you’re eating grilled meats and pastas and pizzas, this is probably where the smart set will set up camp.

The wine list helps. It’s good. And it is the slinkiest, sexiest, grown-up bar in a city hotel.

To win this coveted award a restaurant must do much more than just open its doors. It has to be the restaurant which reviews well and has captivated the dining public. Santini has done both.

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Yes, it’s a casual Italian restaurant, but there’s a polish to it. It has style, a beautiful room, a switched-on chef in Nic Wood and a sense that while you’re eating grilled meats and pastas and pizzas, this is probably where the smart set will set up camp."