Best New Restaurants, Cafés & Bars in Adelaide in 2022
Sample some stellar food and drinks at the best new restaurant, bar and café openings in Adelaide.
Adelaide is fast becoming a foodie haven, offering everything from French fine dining to gastronomic pubs, traditional Italian and sensational South Australian seafood. Adelaide delivers big on the bar scene too, giving bigger cities a run for their money with cruisy rooftops and cosy cocktail bars.
To help you keep on top of the latest and greatest to hit the city, we've compiled a list of the best new restaurants, cafés and bars in Adelaide. Whether it's date night, a social catch up or a work do, these venues have you covered with their fantastic food and drinks, pretty interiors and stand-out service.
Heading on a day trip to Hindmarsh Valley? Make sure you stop off at Lost Phoenix Farm, a casual, no-fuss eatery celebrating fresh flavours and local produce in a relaxing, sprawling setting. Order a couple of small plates of burrata, roasted olives, potato croquettes and cured meats to share and sip wine on the lawn, or opt for their moreish overnight Fleurieu lamb shoulder with preserved lemon salad, roasted eggplant and herb yoghurt.
34 Mont Rosa Road, Hindmarsh Valley
From the fantastic founders of The Golden Month comes The Golden Cup, a light-filled, cosy café which brings together mums and their kids for brekkie. The seasonal menus (there's a special one for kids too) celebrate fresh produce. Think pretty plates of plant-based waffles, banana bread and granola with poached pears that ensure you start your day in the most delicious way possible.
2/491 Brighton Road, Brighton
This new Spanish-style eatery has you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. For breakfast, try their famous baked eggs with spicy bravas sauce, aged chorizo, parmigianno regianno and sourdough. For lunch, order the jamón serrano toast, which comes packed with manchego, nduja, aioli, tomato and rocket. And for dinner, taste test your way through tapas paired with a couple of glasses of Spanish wine. The star of the show is the spacious, rustic courtyard, which is adorned with fairy lights and seats up to 40 people.
137 Magill Road, Stepney
South Australia's sensational produce is the star of the show at this spacious new neighbourhood café. The all-day menu caters to sweet and savoury lovers, with highlights including fluffy apple crumble hotcakes, cinnamon doughnut French toast and a hearty fried chicken burger with sweet potato fries. Perfectly suited to group catch ups or family gettogethers, you can take your pick of swing seats or high tables in the light, industrial space.
35 Stirling Street, Thebarton
Situated within the Sofitel, Garçon Bleu brings French fine-dining to central Adelaide. The striking interior features contemporary art, a pretty blue palette paired perfectly with warm wooden tones, lights that illuminate your table as you dine and fantastic views of the city. Heroing local produce, meat, and fish, the modern French menu includes delicacies such as chicken liver parfait, beef cheek with bordelaise sauce, Barramundi, and Veliche dark chocolate gateaux for dessert.
108 Currie Street, Adelaide
Serving up some of the freshest seafood from across Australia, Fishbank Restaurant is the newest fine dining venue to grace Adelaide CBD. On the menu you'll find premium grade raw fish, caviar, moreish prawn toast, school prawns, Port Lincoln Flathead Fillets, and pretty much any other fancy fish dish you can imagine.
Ground Level, 2 King William Street, Adelaide
Drawing inspiration from its beachy surrounds, High Tide Semaphore serves modern brunch food and coffee in a casual setting. Formerly Whipped Bake Bar Café, the beachside venue has undergone a significant transformation – with a new menu and refreshed interior decked out with flowers and a mural. Expect picture-perfect pancakes, indulgent corn fritters, and ever-popular wild mushrooms on sourdough with house made beetroot hummus, as well as great coffee.
35 Semaphore Road, Semaphore
80 metres of uninterrupted ocean views and modern Mediterranean cuisine made using local produce wow visitors to Glenelg's new full-service restaurant Coast. The light, airy interiors keep you relaxed as you dine on oysters and sashimi, king prawn fettucine and bouillabaisse, gnocchi and a vegan-friendly roasted eggplant dish. The drinks menu heroes local South Australian wine and gin makers, with flavours complimenting the sensational seafood from across the Eyre Peninsula.
18 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg
Bougie vibes are aplenty at Adelaide's fanciest new French Champagne bar. Romantic in every sense, the venue is tucked away in a State Heritage Building in the East End and decked out with a soft feminine palette, exposed brick, plenty of fresh flowers and casual outdoor seating. Extremely fancy French drops can be found on the extensive by the bottle wine menu, while those looking for a more laid-back drink can order French or South Australian wine from the by the glass selection. To accompany the exceptional vino, Bar Lar Vi serves sharing plates with classic French dishes and a selection of house cheese boards.
230-232 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
A strong contender for best new restaurant and bar opening for 2022, Blue Rose Henley is a stylish modern Asian venue with a dreamy red and turquoise palette. The cool new kid on the block doesn't just look slick, the food and tropical cocktails have been receiving raving reviews, too. Think dumplings, kingfish sashimi, and Vietnamese beef tartare for starters, and a melt-in-your-mouth Chinese spiced lamb shank (amongst many other things) for dinner. Vegos need not fret, the meat-free dishes include salt and pepper eggplant, sweet corn ribs and a delish noodley broth with enoki mushrooms and shitake floss.
Shop 28/330 Seaview Road, Henley Beach
If you wake up every morning and need an abundance of good coffee to kick start your day, you're in good company. The coffee connoisseurs behind Hark! coffee roasters have opened a new café where you can pick up a very good brew (of the hot or cold variety), and enjoy laid-back neighborhood vibes alongside an equal mix of locals and their dogs. Heroing fresh produce, the Rose Park-based café serves up daily salads, classic brekkie fare, daily baked goods, and fresh juice.
52 Alexandra Avenue, Rose Park, South Australia
Part bar, part restaurant, this dimly lit fine dining venue from chef Jake Kellie has romance written all over it. Seating just 19, the open-flame dining restaurant (which is the first of its kind in Adelaide) dishes up a curated menu of starters, including bluefin tuna, chargrilled prawns and lamb ribs, and premium dairyman pork and a spectacular southern rock lobster cooked to perfection on elevation grills for the main course. While the food is premium and exceptional, arkhé invites an eclectic and unpretentious mix of diners — making it the perfect spot for an intimate date or celebratory occasion.
127 The Parade, Norwood, South Australia
Eat with your eyes at HNLY, a modern new Mediterranean eatery where sensational seafood is the star of the show. Take in the beautiful seaside views as you sample Hervey Bay scallops, Ceduna Yellow fin whiting, Smoky Bay oysters, Spencer Gulf king prawns, and many other beauties from the bay. A minimalist's dream, the interior lets the beach view do the talking, with understated crisp white tones and soft grey furnishings. Stop by for a quick cocktail, take visitors to show off the state's best or pop by for a date; whatever the occasion you won't be disappointed.
Level 1, 253A Seaview Road, Henley Beach
The latest wine bar to hit Rundle Street has a love affair with nostalgic Australian flavours. Giving off serious Melbourne vibes, the buzzing drinking and dining venue surprises and delights the palate with curious combos of native kangaroo and crunchy potato gaufrettes, and classic heart (and tummy) warmers including a calzone made with a Hawaiian pizza. Fresh and creative cocktails ooze nostalgia too, particularly in the naming department — think the Hills Hoist, the Screaming Soda, and the Fig Tree In The Horses Paddock. The décor is every bit as Australiana as the dishes, with fresh native flowers and plants giving the space a laid-back and inviting feel.
285 Rundle Street, Adelaide
Ramen lovers, rejoice! This Rundle Street newcomer's picture-perfect bowls of ramen are slow cooked and flavoured to perfection. Much like a big hug, a bowl of their slurpy soup will warm you up on a cool day and leave your insides feeling nourished. Our top picks include the vegetarian mushroom, the wagyu beef, and a stepped-up truffle ramen with chicken broth. If you're not in the mood for ramen, Minimono Noodle Bar also offers curry in classic chicken katsu, pork, and an extra-special cheeseburger made with a wagyu patty.
182 Rundle Street, Adelaide
Providing an elevated experience for the senses, Restaurant Botanic swaps traditional courses of meals for flavour combinations – there are over 20 on its tasting menu. The award-winning restaurant's philosophy is simple: take inspiration from the seasons and the surrounding botanical gardens to showcase Australia's finest ingredients in unique and polished dishes. Having significantly updated their dated interior in favour of a more upmarket, moody fit out, Restaurant Botanic has a premium new menu to match – think marron claw and nasturtium flower, kangaroo, rose, and lion’s mane mushroom, Sydney Rock oyster, desert lime, wasabi, and dry aged duck, peach vinaigrette and fermented capsicum.
Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide
Openings its doors at the end of 2021, Muni is a humble wine bar and eatery with a special collection of natural wines. Perfect for a low key date night, Muni's Taiwanese dishes hero light, local ingredients and are as easy on the eyes as they are on palate. Don't know what to choose? Opt for the degustation and sample a little bit of everything as you make your way through the wine list.
2/3 High Street, Willunga
Tell Henry has a new home – and while it's not technically a 'new café opening', we think it's worth celebrating. Ditching their yellow and blue digs in a tire shop in favour of a more sleek, refined space, the café and roastery still retains its friendly, neighborhood charm. Expect the same delicious baked goods, brill coffee and warm Adelaide service.
39 Rundle Street, Kent Town
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