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56 romantic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Sydney in 2018

The most romantic Valentine's Day dinners, cruises events and more in Sydney.

Valentine's Day is creeping up once again, with just days to go until Wednesday 14 February there's no better excuse than to surprise that someone special with a romantic gesture.

If you've used your best ideas up last Valentine's Day or have run out of time to buy that present, we've got a few ideas up our sleeves that are not only exceptional, but can be organised up-to-the-wire.

From our favourite places for dinner and high tea to unique activities around Sydney.

What would you like to do this Valentine's Day in Sydney?

7 Valentine's Day dinners in Sydney to pre-book

Dinner experience for two

Dinner experience for two from Groupon

Enjoy a new dining experience with your love ones at the newly opened Contact Bar.

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    Japanese dinner with sake or wine

    Japanese dinner with sake or wine from Scoopon

    Ready for a Japanese feast? Get this Japanese dinner with sake or wine to treat your special someone on Valentine's Day.

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      $49

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      50% off sensational waterfront Italian dining

      50% off sensational waterfront Italian dining from Scoopon

      Treat your special someone with this Italian dining overlooking Darling Harbour.

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        $29

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        Private dining experience for two

        Private dining experience for two from RedBalloon

        Enjoy an at-home dining experience with a personal chef. This includes 6-course meal for two and a bottle of wine.

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          $468

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          Mediterranean dining experience

          Mediterranean dining experience from RedBalloon

          Experience Mediterranean delights with this 3-course feast while enjoying the waterfront views.

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            $125

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            Sydney Harbour dinner cruise

            Sydney Harbour dinner cruise from Experience Oz

            Experience the luxurious harbour dining experience with this 3-hour dinner cruise.

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              $99

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              Sydney Tower buffet lunch or dinner

              Sydney Tower buffet lunch or dinner from Experience Oz

              Enjoy the spectacular view of Sydney while having lunch or dinner with your date at Sydney Tower Buffet Restaurant.

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                $60

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                11 more special spots in Sydney for Valentine's Day dinners

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                Sir Stamford | 93 Macquarie St, Circular Quay

                The dining rooms inside the Sir Stamford in Circular Quay beat to the tune of love all day long. This Valentine's Day the romancing comes in the form of a 3-course dinner in the Dining Room complete with candlelight and champagne on arrive for $199 per couple.

                There are two sittings available at 6:30pm and 8:30pm and the fare includes roasted Tasmanian salmon fillet with kale puree, baby corn, eschalot and tomato vinaigrette and pina colada tart with tropical fruit compote & pineapple sorbet.

                Flying in/out on Valentine's Day? Sir Stamford Plaza at Sydney Airport is hosting an Argentinean Valentine's dinner to mark the date. Prices start at $72 and include a glass of champagne on arrival.

                02 9252 4600 | sales@sscq.stamford.com.au

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                Sheraton on the Park | 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

                A feast for the senses is arriving at the Sheraton on the Park for Valentine's Day and with your partner in crime in tow, you won't leave disappointed.

                On the cards for today is a seafood buffet in Feast restaurant featuring the finest oysters, lobster and prime beef the venue can offer.

                Naturally, you'll finish the evening off at the decadent dessert station before clinking your glasses of Chandon for a meal well deserved.

                Lunch and dinner seatings are available priced at $99 and $119 per person respectively.

                Other options include high tea in The Gallery and drinks at Conservatory Bar.

                02 9286 6000 | dining.sydney@sheraton.com

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                Pilu at Freshwater | Moore Rd, Freshwater

                It could be the water views. It could be the two chef's hats awarded cuisine. It could be the company. Whatever it is, Pilu is where your Valentine's Day reaches perfection. As the light streams through the glass windows and the smell of fresh produce hits your nostrils, you'll gaze into your lover's yes and realise that, yeah, this is heaven.

                This year, the restaurant has come up with a four-course taste sensation featuring kingfish cured in mirto, sheep’s milk yoghurt, blood plum and shiso, Cone Bay barramundi, artichokes, bottarga and mussel butter and Torta of pistachio, rhubarb, limoncello and creme fraiche.

                Tickets are $160 per person or $230 if you'd like to add matching wines.

                02 9938 3331 | dining@pilu.com.au

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                Tetsuya's | 529 Kent St

                Exclusive doesn't even begin to describe this gastronomic affair. Within this intimate space is a unique, degustation experience that takes Japanese flavours and enhances them with tried and tested French techniques to deliver a stream of infinitely memorable dishes.

                Tetsuya's tends not to celebrate Valentine's Day with a bespoke menu, but every day is a special one when a dine at the restaurant is involved, anyway.

                02 9267 2900 | email unavailable

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                ARIA | 1 Macquarie St, East Circular Quay

                If classic views of the Sydney Harbour and Masterchef quality cuisine is the only type that you'll permit to pass your lips, there's little other choice by ARIA.

                Helmed by world renowned chef, Matt Moran, this venture aims to bridge the divide between an intimate space with food and the local lifestyle, by putting fresh, local produce into the spotlight.

                This year's Valentine's Day special is a 5-course dinner served with Ruinart Champagne for $295 per person.

                02 9240 2255 | mail@ariarestaurant.com.au

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                Ananas | 18 Argyle St, The Rocks

                We're talking French cuisine surrounded by The Rocks in a plush setting that scream 'European boudoir'. Its bar offers Champagnes by the bottle, magnum and jeroboam and its cocktails are sweet morsels of tres bien. Take the day off and reserve your seat for an impeccable meal.

                02 9529 5668 | reservations@ananas.com.au

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                Sake | 12 Argyle St, The Rocks

                This is one of those ventures that you must try at least once in your lifetime if you're a Sydney-sider. It's contemporary Japanese with all the right twists and turns in flavour that even purists who swear by the flavours of the Orient will agree to. Vegetarian options, gluten-free and "no raw" options all available.

                This year, you can spoil your better half with an exceptional 6-course meal from just $129 per person, which includes a Champagne cocktail.

                Qantas points can now be used toward your bill at a rate of 4,000 points for $20. If you've got a load racked up, you could pay off the bill and she's never know.

                02 9259 5656 | email unavailable

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                Flying Fish | Jones Bay Wharf, 19-21 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont

                Fishing for the finest catch in the ocean? (Hint: you've already caught her). All puns aside, for a fresh take on the Valentine's Day dinner we say, ferry your way to the end of the wharf and into the intimate world of Flying Fish. The spotlight is, as you've probably already gathered, on the seafood with the menu dripping with seasonal catches enhanced with Asian-inspired flavours.

                Dinner is the name of the game for this year with a $180pp 3-course stunner sporting your choice of grilled king prawn, blue eye trevalla, lobster tail, roast peaches and more.

                02 9518 6677 | admin@flyingfish.com.au

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                The Grounds of Alexandria | Building 7A/2 Huntley St, Alexandria

                This Valentine's Day, the magical Grounds of Alexandria is reprising its Secret Garden feast.

                Coined the Midsummer Night's Dream, its held across various locations of the venue and is an enchanted evening where hanging floral installations meet an illumination of fairy lights.

                For the pair who loves to dine, a four-course meal for two is available on the day for $500, or $250 per person.

                Bookings are required though if you've missed out or prepare a more budget-friendly option, you can stroll around Lover's Lane and its abundance of blooms and cosy furniture for free or book a spot at The Potting Shed which is also hosting a special Valentine's Day dinner.

                Whatever you do, don't forget to order the cake of the month. Its a galactical wonder dubbed I Love You To The Moon (And Back) made vanilla sponge, blueberry confit and coconut mousse covered in a galaxy-inspired glaze. Yum!

                02 9699 2225

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                Shangri-La | 176 Cumberland St, Sydney

                Throughout the Shangri-La you'll uncover an endless amount of star-quality meals to entertain and excite though the place to be today of all days is Cafe Mix.

                A seafood buffet is the meal of the evening with sittings from 6-10pm. Don't overindulge though as you'll want to delight on the delectable creations by acclaimed pastry queen Anna Polyviou which will also be on offer.

                OK let's face it. You're heading to the dessert table first.

                02 9250 6206

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                Endeavour Tap Rooms | 39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks

                For lovers of fine and boutique things, the Endeavour Tap Rooms is offering a romantic evening set to the backdrop of the historical rocks precinct.

                If you haven't come across this gem yet, it's a micro-brewery, bar and restaurant that uses only Australia and seasonally-harvested ingredients, which will all be on display for Valentine's Day.

                Bookings are required for its romantic dinner for two, which includes rock oysters, G&T cured kingfish and a glass of GH Mumm on arrival. Tickets from $75 per person.

                02 9241 6517

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                Pullman Quay | 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney

                With the harbour in full view, the Pullman is one of the ultimate indulgences on Valentine's Day, not least because it's offering two packages to set the mood on February 14.

                Opt to go big wit the Ultimate Romance Package and stay at the hotel in one of its premium harbour view rooms after enjoying a three-course meal and bottle of champagne served by your own private butler in your room. Priced at $1,199 for two, it also includes breakfast for two.

                For a more pared back affair, try the Dinner With A View option. It featured a three-course meal, glass of champagne and rose on arrival.

                02 9256 4000

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                The Star | 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont

                When in doubt, hit up The Star. With its wealth of dining options you can't go wrong.

                This year Sokyo, Balla, Black Bar & Grill and Pizzaperta all have Valentine's Day menus two romance the other half with. And when that's all said and done, hit up The Darling Spa for the perfect pamper in the form of a couple's treatment package.

                4 Valentine's Day breakfasts in Sydney

                Gourmet breakfast for two

                Gourmet breakfast for two from RedBalloon

                Treat your special someone a gourmet breakfast at Darling Harbour and enjoy the stunning view.

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                  Buffet breakfast for two

                  Buffet breakfast for two from Groupon

                  Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast buffet for two at Windows on the Park Restaurant and enjoy the hotels scenery.

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                    Bondi beach breakfast for two

                    Bondi beach breakfast for two from Groupon

                    Have a Mediterranean cuisine plus coffee for breakfast on Valentine's Day at The Nine, Bondi Beach.

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                      Chandon breakfast by the Harbour

                      Chandon breakfast by the Harbour from RedBalloon

                      Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast for two at Chandon and enjoy the beautiful view of Cockle Bay Wharf Darling Harbour.

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                        6 Valentine's Day high teas in Sydney

                        Sydney high tea for two

                        Sydney high tea for two from RedBalloon

                        Go for an afternoon high tea in the heart of Sydney with delicious treats and French sparkling rosé.

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                          $112

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                          High tea with sparkling wine

                          High tea with sparkling wine from Groupon

                          Feel a little fancy with this weekday high tea at Cicchetti Restaurant & Wine Bar, CBD.

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                            $28

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                            High tea with glass of Chandon Brut Rosé for two

                            High tea with glass of Chandon Brut Rosé for two from Groupon

                            Experience high tea with three tier stand menu and a glass of Chandon Brut Rosé.

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                              $69

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                              High tea with sparkling wine for two

                              High tea with sparkling wine for two from Groupon

                              Sip in a glass of Australian sparkling wine and selection of sumptuous treats.

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                                $65

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                                High Tea with an array of sweets and savouries for two

                                High Tea with an array of sweets and savouries for two from Scoopon

                                Indulge yourself and your special someone with this lovely high tea for two at The Cafe Sienna.

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                                  Lavish high tea with cocktails

                                  Lavish high tea with cocktails from Scoopon

                                  An afternoon high tea at Swissotel in the CBD.

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                                    $59

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                                    15 ideas for things to do on Valentine's Day in Sydney

                                    Indulgent Oysters and Sparkling Wine

                                    Indulgent Oysters and Sparkling Wine from RedBalloon

                                    Start the celebration with your love ones enjoying Sydney Rock oysters and chilled sparkling wine, while having a great view of Manly beach.

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                                      Cinema Experience for two

                                      Cinema Experience for two from RedBalloon

                                      Spoil your love ones with the complete entertainment cinematic experience at Palace Cinema that will make your visit worth while.

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                                        2-hour Tandem bicycle ride

                                        2-hour Tandem bicycle ride from RedBalloon

                                        Explore Sydney's secluded Collins beach and waterfall, Manly Lagoon and more while riding in a tandem bicycle.

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                                          $50

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                                          Horse riding experience

                                          Horse riding experience from Adrenaline

                                          Get ready to ride on experienced horses that will take you outside Sydney for an hour.

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                                            $50

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                                            Cheese tasting experience at Hunter Valley

                                            Cheese tasting experience at Hunter Valley from RedBalloon

                                            Taste the finest handmade cheese with a bottle of wine at Upper Hunter Valley, an educational and fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day.

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                                              $85

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                                              Valentine's Day cruise and sailing packages on Sydney Harbour

                                              Valentine's Day cruise and sailing packages on Sydney Harbour from AnyBoat

                                              Choose from wide variety of romantic sailings or cruises on Valentine's Day, perfect gift for your loved ones.

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                                              Self-guided double kayak tour

                                              Self-guided double kayak tour from RedBalloon

                                              Take a day away from Sydney with this kayaking adventure for two at Royal National Park.

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                                                $110

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                                                Italian cooking class

                                                Italian cooking class from RedBalloon

                                                Enjoy and experience Tuscany with this 2-hour cooking class.

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                                                  $135

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                                                  Twilight Tall ship cruise with drinks package

                                                  Twilight Tall ship cruise with drinks package from RedBalloon

                                                  Board Sydney's authentic timber tall ship for a twilight cruise with food and drinks.

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                                                    $137

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                                                    Chocolate workshop

                                                    Chocolate workshop from Adrenaline

                                                    Indulge yourself with this ultimate chocolate workshop that will show you several kinds of chocolates that surely will add up to your cravings.

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                                                      $150

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                                                      Sydney Harbour sailing cruise

                                                      Sydney Harbour sailing cruise from Experience Oz

                                                      Hop aboard to a luxury sailing yacht and visits famous attractions like Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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                                                        $175

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                                                        Hot air balloon ride in the Hawkesbury

                                                        Hot air balloon ride in the Hawkesbury from Adrenaline

                                                        Celebrate Valentine's day with once in a lifetime experience - hot air ballooning over Hawkesbury Valley.

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                                                          $95

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                                                          Helicopter scenic flight for two

                                                          Helicopter scenic flight for two from Adrenaline

                                                          Treat your special someone with this 30-minute private helicopter for two and be amused by Sydney City view as well as Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

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                                                            $190

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                                                            Seaplane romantic beach picnic

                                                            Seaplane romantic beach picnic from RedBalloon

                                                            Fly to Palm Beach to relax and unwind with a gourmet picnic lunch for two.

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                                                              $945

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                                                              Helicopter flight and lunch experience

                                                              Helicopter flight and lunch experience from Experience Oz

                                                              A luxurious winery tour to the famous Hunter Valley region with helicopter flight to and from the destination. Glaze upon Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House views while onboard.

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                                                                $1,150

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                                                                9 more romantic events and activities to do in Sydney on Valentine's Day

                                                                • Have a picnic at the local park, beach or scenic, harbour-side location like Mrs Macquarie's Chair.
                                                                • Catch a romantic movie at one of the city's open-air cinemas.
                                                                • Alternatively, catch a movie at Della Hyde which is hosting a pop-up basement cinema starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in Notting Hill as well as bottomless popcorn and $1 chicken wings.
                                                                • Head west to the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves for an active day out.
                                                                • Treat yourselves to a couple's spa. You both deserve it after all.
                                                                • Finally go on the BridgeClimb.
                                                                • Go star gazing at the The Sydney Observatory. In 2017 it opened on Valentine's Day for starry-eyed couples, offering a package that includes canapes, wine and out-of-this-world views. This year, we're crossing our fingers for a second chance to gaze at the stars together La La Land style.
                                                                • Have a staycation. It's a thing and even though you're not leaving the city, you will feel as though you're miles away from the 9-5 when you wake up surrounded by luxury.
                                                                • Do the Bronte to Bondi walk and cool off with a dip at the end and a cup of Gelato Messina (for two).

                                                                3 Valentine's Day hotel packages in Sydney and surrounding areas

                                                                The Langham

                                                                The Langham from RedBalloon

                                                                A five-star overnight getaway in Sydney's historic Rocks precinct awaits! Experience true decadence in a Deluxe City View Room, complete with a welcome bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.

                                                                • Includes: Overnight hotel accommodation, complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and access to the finest amenities
                                                                • Package is good for two person
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                                                                $598

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                                                                Paperbark Camp

                                                                Paperbark Camp from RedBalloon

                                                                Enjoy your stay at the nature lovers paradise with spectacular coastal scenery, clear and calm water for swimming and pristine white sand beaches for strolling and relaxing on.

                                                                • Includes: Overnight hotel accommodation and cooked breakfast
                                                                • Package is good for two person
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                                                                $395

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                                                                Atura Blacktown

                                                                Atura Blacktown from RedBalloon

                                                                Take a step to the left & back in time at Skyline “Happy Days” - styled Drive In. Enjoy a movie under the stars in a gold grass deck chair or watch from the comfort of your own car.

                                                                • Includes: Overnight stay, two tickets to Skyline Drive-in and breakfast
                                                                • Package is good for two person
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                                                                $219

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