Must-see restaurants in Australia & Pacific

  • Pinchos, wide shot, Leederville.



    Iberian-inspired good times constantly rock this corner location amid Leederville's many cafes, casual restaurants and bars. The must-have tapas are the…

  • Attica

    St Kilda, Elwood & Elsternwick

    Attica is Australia's only restaurant on San Pellegrino's World's Top 50 Restaurants list. Ben Shewry creates contemporary dishes with native ingredients,…

  • Brae

    Great Ocean Road

    Regarded as one of Australia's best restaurants, Brae was established in 2012 by acclaimed chef Dan Hunter, who made his name at Dunkeld's Royal Mail…

  • IGNI


    Creating a buzz among food lovers is this latest venture by lauded chef (and local boy) Aaron Turner. The set tasting menus change on a whim,…

  • Marksie's Camp Tucker

    Outback Northern Territory

    They should declare Geoff Mark (Marksie) a national treasure. Head to his re-created stockman's camp, 7km from town, for a night of fabulous food and fun…

  • 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…

  • King and Godfree


    It took three years to transform King and Godfree, an Italian grocer since 1884, into this multi-venue wonder. There's Johnny's Green Room, with 360…

  • Chrismont

    Victorian High Country

    This Italian-centric winery within a modern, architecturally designed space with magnificent views offers free tastings of its Italian varietals including…

  • Provenance

    Victorian High Country

    In an 1856 bank building, Provenance has elegant but contemporary fine dining. Under the guidance of local chef Michael Ryan, the innovative menu features…

  • Lune Croissanterie

    Fitzroy, Collingwood & Abbotsford

    Good things come to those who queue, and here they come in the form of unrivalled pastries, from innovative cruffins to plain croissants often dubbed the…

  • Quay

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    What many consider to be Sydney's best restaurant matches a peerless bridge view with brilliant food. Chef Peter Gilmore never rests on his laurels,…

  • 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…

  • Yada Thai

    Western Australia

    Stylishly decorated, this stellar Thai restaurant would be a credit to any world capital. The raw oysters with spicy Thai sauce are a revelation, and the…

  • Minamishima


    Arguably Australia's best Japanese restaurant – if you care to empty your pockets and book two months in advance. It's hidden down a side street; the best…

  • 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…

  • Wasabi


    An award-winning, waterside destination restaurant, Wasabi is well known to visiting gourmets. Premium produce from the region and Wasabi's own farm sings…

  • Tantalus Estate

    Tantalus Estate

    Waiheke Island

    Up a winding driveway framed by grapevines, Waiheke's newest vineyard restaurant and tasting room channels an Iberian ambience, but the savvy and diverse…

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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…

  • Sunday crowds at Grounds of Alexandria

    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…

  • Long Chim basement restaurant floor State Buildings Perth

    Long Chim


    Australian chef David Thompson is renowned for respecting the authentic flavours of Thai street food, and with dishes like a tongue-burning chicken laap …

  • Stokehouse exterior

    Stokehouse Q


    Sophisticated bistro fare and relaxing river views make this one of Brisbane's destination restaurants. At crisp, linen-clad tables, urbanites toast to…

  • Eat Street Northshore


    Brisbane's riverside take on the night food market feels like a gastronomic carnival, its village of shipping-containers-turned-kitchens peddling…

  • Exterior of the a la grecque restaurant.

    a la grecque

    Great Ocean Road

    This outstanding modern Greek taverna is a Great Ocean Road institution that balances fine dining with a relaxed coastal approach. Meze such as seared…

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


    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,…

  • Saint Peter fish restaurant.

    Saint Peter


    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…

  • Peel Street

    Peel Street


    Peel St itself – a long-neglected service lane in Adelaide's West End – is now Adelaide's after-dark epicentre, lined with hip bars and eateries, the best…

  • Chicho Gelato, Northbridge.

    Chicho Gelato


    Hands down Perth's best gelato. With innovative flavours like avocado with candied bacon, and everything made from real ingredients (no fake flavourings…

  • Bivouac Canteen & Bar, Northbridge.

    Bivouac Canteen & Bar


    Flavour-jammed, Middle Eastern–influenced cuisine partners with a good wine list, craft beers and artisanal ciders. Always-busy Bivouac's white walls are…

  • Gin Long Canteen

    Gin Long Canteen


    This energetic food room is a winner. Chipper staff allocate you a space at the communal tables (bookings only for six or more) and take your order pronto…

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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,…

  • Lorne Beach Pavilion entrance.

    Lorne Beach Pavilion

    Great Ocean Road

    With its unbeatable foreshore location, here life is literally a beach, especially with a cold drink in hand. Cafe-style breakfasts and lunches hit the…

  • Interior of Ochre Restaurant.



    The menu at this award-winning waterfront restaurant makes innovative use of native Aussie fauna (such as salt-and-native-pepper-leaf crocodile and prawns…

  • BSKT exterior

    BSKT Cafe

    Gold Coast

    This satisfyingly industrial-styled cafe is only metres from the beach, but that's far from its only charm. It's the brainchild of four buddies whose…

  • Argo on the Parade

    Argo on the Parade


    The best cafe in affluent, eastern-suburbs Norwood is arguably the best cafe in Adelaide too. It is in Norwood, so by default it's a bit thin on soul. But…

  • 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…

  • Saan, Ponsonby.


    Ponsonby & Karangahape Rd

    Hot in both senses of the word, this super-fashionable restaurant focuses on the fiery cuisine of the Isaan and Lanna regions of northern Thailand. The…

  • Royal Mail Hotel


    Dunkeld's main attraction is the Wickens at the Royal Mail, awarded two coveted Good Food Guide chef's hats and long regarded as one of Victoria's finest…

  • Long Paddock


    This esteemed restaurant in the tiny town of Lindenow adds to regional Victoria's culinary cachet. Run by a husband-and-wife team – who together boast an…

  • 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…

  • Northern Ground


    Opened in late 2018, this stylish cafe by expat British chef Rob Turner is symbolic of Bairnsdale's great gastronomic leap forward. Here the star is…

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