Date night ideas around Forest Reach

15 August 2022

Home is where the heart is. In Forest Reach, just 18kms south-west of Wollongong, it’s easy for your heart to feel at home with so many special places close by to share with those you love.


From stunning luxury dining to dreamy little bars, there is plenty on offer to set the scene for great conversation and a night to remember.


Here we share the best restaurants in the region for your next date-night.


Santino. The ambiance and taste of Italian luxury


New from Wollongong’s acclaimed restauranteurs Kevin and Fred Duraté of Kneading Ruby fame, comes Italian restaurant Santino and Sonny’s Wine Shop next door.


Strolling down the funky Globe Lane precinct of Wollongong CBD, you can’t help but be drawn in by the warm glow of Santino’s old-world industrial lampshades and intimate art deco atmosphere.


With a philosophy of fresh and traditional ingredients, every dish on the sophisticated menu is like a nod to Sinatra with a dash passion thrown in for good measure.


Moomin. A colourful pace with martinis to start

Moomin Bar 

For a livelier date-night pace, Moomin is the Illawarra’s answer to Czech irreverence. Moomin is a welcoming hole-in-the-wall on Wollongong’s Crown Street, with a big personality and little tables, right for just two.


Somehow the mashup of colourful décor hanging from the ceiling, like Chinese lanterns, vines, 70s lamp shades and cute bunting, comes together perfectly for a fun atmosphere.


Balinese Spice Magic. Traditional flavours inspire magic

 Balinese Spice Magic

Wollongong offers a world of tastes. For something a little spicy for your special night out, it’s all in the name. Balinese Spice Magic, in the heart of Wollongong CBD, offers a rare Indonesian inspiration, amongst the more common of Asian food influences of Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants.


Here powerful flavours are front and centre in dishes served with firey sambal and exotic assortments of fresh turmeric, white galangal, candlenut and chilli.


Steamers Bar & Grill. A view to remember with an intimate atmosphere

 Steamers Bar & Grill

While a large and famous venue in the Illawarra, the Steamers Bar & Grill modern fireplace and stunning views of Wollongong Beach still creates an intimate atmosphere for love.


With the cosmopolitan menu infused with inspiration from across the world, there is something to inspire any mood you wish. The drinks list is wide-ranging too. There is a wonderful selection of wines, craft beers, over 16 gins to choose from, and cocktails galore.


Silica. South to this beachside gem in Kiama


With Kiama nearly as close as Wollongong to Forest Reach, a short trip south also offers a night of promise. Silica, by Kiama’s Surf Beach, is a tribute to the decadent seafood of the area and a memorable way to see in the long-summer days with a relaxed evening together.


With a finer, more thoughtful menu, coupled with the warm and contemporary seaside décor, Silica offers fresh and breezy dining. There’s no pressure here. No expectation. The conversation flows as easily as the waves meet the shore.


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