Darwin's balmy climate means that outside of the wet season most restaurants offer al fresco dining. Clinking wine glasses and conversations peppered with laughter fill the evening air with locals and tourists dining out almost every night of the week. The main dining scene is around Mitchell and Knuckey streets but anywhere near the Esplanade and the waterfront is a good bet for dining too.
No matter how great the food is, service and attitude in Darwin restaurants is strictly a casual affair. Cheap and cheerful things like fish and chips can be bought from any corner store, but even in one of the city's finest restaurants there is a nice and welcoming family feel.
Central Darwin is packed with a great range of dining options. There are sushi places with sushi trains, Chinese takeaways and plenty of Thai restaurants. The Irish pubs like Shennanigans and steak houses like Char Restaurant are evergreen favorites and most places combine restaurants with cocktail bars for the after-work crowd.
This is the largest retail center in Darwin. There are several large food courts inside Casuarina Square shopping precinct as well as quite a few fine dining restaurants that overlook the water. The views at sunset are particularly fine and of an evening, the cocktail bars here really come into their own.
Darwin's Casino is called SKYCITY. It contains a good range of fine dining restaurants as well as some more laidback fast food affairs. All the dining options in SKYCITY are fully licensed and most are very opulently fitted out. The Australian wine lists here are absolutely superb.