Must-see restaurants in New South Wales

  • Fleet

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    Fleet, one of Australia's most cultish dining destinations, seats just 14 guests for communal dining in its effortlessly stylish space – its genuine…

  • Limone

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    In an elegant dining room largely constructed from recycled materials, Limone's deserved reputation as one of regional NSW's best restaurants is enhanced…

  • Charred Kitchen & Bar

    New South Wales

    Beautifully executed meals starring regional produce, over 600 wines on offer (it's won many accolades for its extensive wine selection), and impeccable…

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    Three Blue Ducks at the Farm

    Byron Bay

    The legendary Sydney team behind Three Blue Ducks moved up north to showcase its paddock-to-plate food philosophy. Their heaving barn cafe and restaurant…

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    Grounds of Alexandria

    Newtown & the Inner West

    A quite extraordinary Alexandria spot, the Grounds goes well beyond converted industrial chic. This former pie factory sports futuristic coffee technology…

  • Chihuahua, hole-in-the-wall in an arcade off Jonson Street

    Chihuahua

    Byron Bay

    Ignore the rather un-Byron arcade location of Chihuahua to delight fully in the supremely fresh and tasty Mexican on offer. The nachos with slow-cooked,…

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    Saint Peter

    Sydney

    Fish has sometimes been left behind in the race for nose-to-tailery, pulled meat and burgerisation of any land-based beast. It reclaims its deserved pre…

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    Bay Leaf Café

    Byron Bay

    Squeeze into this busy cafe and relax: everything is made with remarkable attention to detail and a passion for produce and the environment. Breakfasts,…

  • Cow & Moon Ice Cream shop in Enmore

    Cow & the Moon

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Forget the diet and slink into this cool corner cafe, where an array of sinful truffles and tasty tarts beckons seductively. Ignore them and head straight…

  • Paper Daisy

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    The award-winning poolside restaurant of Halcyon House is one of the area's best, with chef Jason Barrett, formerly at Raes, at the helm. The sprawling…

  • Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo

    New South Wales

    The Glasshouse is just that: a stunningly designed glass-walled dining room set on the historic sheep station of Goonoo Goonoo (pronounced 'gun-oo gun-oo'…

  • Dead Ringer

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    This charcoal-fronted terrace is a laid-back haven of quality eating and drinking. Graze on the short, brilliant menu that changes slightly daily and runs…

  • Wheelers

    South Coast NSW

    The lake-to-plate experience is offered in style at the region's premier oyster farm and restaurant. Set back from the highway between Merimbula and…

  • Balcony Bar

    Byron Bay

    The eponymous architectural feature here wraps around the building and gives you tremendous views of the passing Byron parade (and the ever-busy traffic…

  • St Elmo

    Byron Bay

    Perch on a stool at this moody modern tapas restaurant, where bar staff can whip up inventive cocktails or pour you a glass of wine from the largely…

  • Marta

    Sydney

    Set back from a showroom on its own sunny square – or should that be piazza? – this seductive spot focuses on traditional recipes from Rome and its region…

  • River Deck

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Right beside the Murray, the River Deck is a fine place for a leisurely brunch or lunch. Vegetarian options include jackfruit breakfast tacos, and…

  • Porteño

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    This upbeat and deservedly acclaimed Argentine restaurant is a great place to eat. The 'animal of the day' is slow-roasted for eight hours before the…

  • Tonic

    New South Wales

    Classy Tonic is highly lauded for its sophisticated contemporary food that celebrates the region. Perhaps you'll start with Mandagery Creek venison,…

  • Town Restaurant & Cafe

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    Upstairs (Uptown, if you will) is one of northern NSW's perennially excellent restaurants, serving a seven-course degustation menu carefully and…

  • Silos Restaurant

    South Coast NSW

    The former grain silos that give the winery its name overlook this loveable restaurant, which has an inviting verandah space and dining room with dreamy…

  • Blue Swimmer

    South Coast NSW

    A short walk from Seven Mile Beach, this timber-adorned cafe-restaurant impresses through attentive service and perfectly executed seafood. Familiar…

  • Trader & Co

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Run as a sunny and spacious co-op by three different businesses, Trader & Co combines a coffee roastery, an arty homewares shop, and the best cafe in Yass…

  • Subo

    Newcastle

    Sweet little Subo gets everything right, from the generous attitude of its enthusiastic young team to its interesting wine selection and romantic…

  • Babyface

    South Coast NSW

    The risk of fusion food pays off at Babyface, where Aussie meets the rest of the world. Smaller dishes like crumbed pig's head on a saltbush stick, or…

  • Goldfish Bowl

    New South Wales

    Hands-down the best lunch-stop in Armidale, the Goldfish Bowl serves top-notch coffee alongside artisanal breads and pastries, and toothsome lunches such…

  • Bendooley Bar & Grill

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Just north of Berrima, this is a top spot for a leisurely lunch showcasing local and seasonal produce. Try the linguine and blue swimmer crab with…

  • Efendy

    Sydney

    Occupying the house and courtyard of a venerable Balmain mansion, this immersive Turkish restaurant is a buzzy place designed for sociable dining on…

  • Il Passaggio

    South Coast NSW

    Cheerfully located on the top deck of the wharf, Il Passaggio whips up authentic pizzas and a few out-of-the-ordinary Italian dishes, like saltimbocca…

  • Shelter

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    One of the region's tastiest offerings, head here for generous lashings of entrees (like 'eat 'em whole' Clarence River school prawns) and sides like…

  • Punch & Daisy

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    The coffee – using organic beans locally roasted by Moonshine – is the best in town at this delightful cafe with a relaxed rear garden. Dishes range from…

  • Blanca

    Sydney

    The crisp white minimalism of the decor here belies the food, where there's plenty going on. Marrying Japanese and European ideas along with quality…

  • Bussola

    South Coast NSW

    Unusual flavour combos like pineapple, ricotta and barbecue sauce, or Gorgonzola, ham and pickled pear, give pizzas at Bussola an edge. Moreish sweet…

  • Wharf Rd

    South Coast NSW

    Big views of the river are amplified by beautifully presented seafood at understated, elegant Wharf Rd. Rich but creamy rock oysters and sashimi,…

  • Yami

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    Yami, appropriately pronounced 'yummy', dishes up some of the crispiest felafel and most flavoursome Middle Eastern vegetarian food you'd never expect to…

  • Zecca Handmade Italian

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Zecca serves up handmade pasta and Italian meals in the modern setting of a converted 1940s Rural Bank building. The kitchen uses local ingredients where…

  • Caveau

    South Coast NSW

    With more hats than a milliner, Caveau is at the forefront of native Australian cooking. This lauded restaurant serves gourmet fare such as barramundi…

  • Belle General

    Byron Bay & Northern NSW

    Out of town opposite Shelly Beach, this destination cafe attracts local and travelling bohemians and their respective entourages. Bliss out over eggs on…

  • Press Shop

    Southern NSW & The Murray

    Harnessing produce from Southern Highlands farmers and growers, the Press Shop is the best of Bowral's excellent cafe scene. Try the super-healthy quinoa…

  • Ester

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Ester exemplifies Sydney's contemporary dining scene: informal but not sloppy; innovative without being overly gimmicky; hip, but never try-hard. The menu…