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The Best New Restaurants in Adelaide to Check Out in 2024

Seasonal, dynamic, and excited to welcome you in. The best new restaurants in Adelaide know how to liven up your week.

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Adelaide has seriously upped its culinary game over the past few years. Restaurants and cafes are opening left, right and centre, all with exceptional dishes piquing our taste buds and making our foodie hearts sing. 

2023 saw several restaurants open that we now know, love, and frequent, and there's more of that coming our way this year. From lunch catch-ups to celebratory dinners or an intimate date night, these are the best new restaurants in Adelaide that have joined the city's hospitality scene thus far in 2024. 

Sofia (Image credit: Kelly Mills)

Sofia

A new sibling to Adelaide's iconic Part Time Lover, Sofia has found its forever home on Hutt Street, and the raving reviews are flooding in, for both the aesthetically-pleasing interiors of light timber, colourful artwork and textural finishes, but for the food and vibes.

Open from 7 am til late on weekdays, and from 11 am on weekends, Sofia has a simplified menu of smaller bites and large share plates for lunch and dinner, starting with Port Lincon oysters and Spanakopita dip with crispy filo, and ending with Greek lamb shoulder with roasted peppers and feta.

The menu is short but sweet for breakfast, with crumpets, muesli, soft-boiled eggs or a continental breakfast plate to fuel the day ahead.

16 Hutt Street, Adelaide 

Rita's

Rita's

North Adelaide is known for being home to some of the best Italian restaurants in town, and now Rita's is joining the party! The fun, casual dining experience on Melbourne Street is an excellent choice for a group dinner, with plates made for easy sharing.

Entrees have never looked so good, with the Vanella burrata with scorched Shimejis, leeks and crispy Sichuan chilli oil on focaccia. For mains, the hand-cut Tagliarini with Blue Swimmer crab is a crowd-pleaser.

Whether you order a la carte or opt for the 3 or 5-course tasting menu, just be sure to arrive hungry!

69-71 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide

La Chiva Taqueria

La Chiva Taqueria

Gluten-free foodies, rejoice! The tacos at La Chiva Taqueria are all GF and oh-so-tasty. This food is best enjoyed with family and friends, with a short and sweet menu designed to be shared.

Order guacamole, corn ribs and a bowl (or two) of patatas bravas for the table, then choose your taco type. You can order 1 or 2, so you can try as many as you like - which is comforting, considering there is pulled pork, roast lamb, chimichurri chicken, Baja barramundi and Peking duck. 

Our personal favourite - and the hero of La Chiva - is the Birria taco, with Birria beef, Oaxaca cheese, white onion and coriander, it's hard to know when to stop with these flavour-packed bites. 

42 Grote Street, Adelaide

Dinos

Dino's

Our new go-to for a filling Greek feast, Dino's is seamlessly combining Mediterranean cuisine with convenience in the heart of Adelaide.

The small shop does things quickly, making this ideal for lunch on the run, or a quick bite for dinner. Choose from traditional pita pockets with chicken or lamb, and add some grilled halloumi or feta filo on the side.

Still hungry? The shared meat plates with chips, grilled bread and tzatziki should fill the void, and, making Mondays a little easier, stop in for a Pita + Pint for just $20, all day. 

Corner of Hindley Street and Gresham Place

Jumbo Smash

Jumbo Smash

Here to ensure the CBD workers of Adelaide are well-fed, Jumbo Smash is open Monday - Friday, from 7 am to 3 pm for all your coffee, pancake and burger cravings. 

From the crew behind Pastel Wine Bar and Pinco Deli, make your way to Exchange Place to order breakfast pancakes with strawberries and vanilla gelato, or bacon and maple butter sauce, and come lunchtime, these burgers will have you coming back for seconds. 

Smashed patties are the star, with options for beef, fish, chicken or mushroom fillings, complemented by cheese, onion, pickles, tomato and jumbo sauce. Choose wisely - the team are proud of their burgers and don't modify the ingredients!

50 Exchange Place, Adelaide

Osteria Polpo

Osteria Polpo

Another Italian eatery for us to love, Osteria Polpo is bringing a taste of Venice to East Terrace. Walk into a venue oozing old-school Italian charm with a modern feel, with dark timber, leather accents and war, lighting.

The menu showcases the best Northern Italian cuisine and a simple wine list, giving the feeling of a much-adored neighbourhood local. 

Dine on Ossobucco ravioli with sage butter sauce, fresh spaghetti with Goolwa pipis and cherry tomatoes, or a 120-day grain-fed T-Bone, and say 'buonissimo!' to this new hotspot.

207 East Terrace, Adelaide

Belles Hot Chicken

Belles Hot Chicken

Already reaching iconic status in Melbourne and Sydney, the fried chicken of Belles Hot Chicken has finally made its way to Adelaide, setting up shop on Hindley Street.

There's a lot to love about this lively venue, where the vibes, fit-out, food and drinks are always immaculate. Gather a group and make a booking at Belles to make your way through a menu heavy on chicken, burgers, sandwiches, nachos and loaded fries, with dipping sauces and spices on hand to curate your flavour.

If you're extra hungry, make your feast bottomless with 90 minutes of endless wings, crinkle-cut fries and slaw. Yum!

12-14 Hindley Street, Adelaide

PARC Brasserie & Bar

PARC Brasserie & Bar

Hindmarsh Square has welcomed the chic new PARC Brasserie & Bar to its foodie offering, adding more European flair to Adelaide's dining scene.

PARC hasn't been around long, but it's already doing a fine job of redefining premium dining with top-notch cuisine, stunning design and outstanding service. Their European-inspired menu offers a delicious taste of the Mediterranean and beyond, while the bar shines with wine, whiskey, and gin specialties.

Main dishes feature local meats, seafood, and produce, changing regularly to reflect the seasons. Guests at the Pullman will love popping downstairs to enjoy Happy Hour at PARC from 5-6 pm daily in their stylish, renovated space.

16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide

Fair Seafood

Fair Seafood

Fair Seafood is the new kid on the block at Adelaide Central Markets, and not only are they selling retail and wholesale ethical seafood and fish, but there are some delicious meals on the menu.

Fair Seafood is the first and only Australian seafood wholesale and retailer to provide 100% fisher-to-consumer traceability on all products, and they're paving the way for the future of ethical sea mongering.

Open daily (except Sunday and Monday) for lunch and Fridays for dinner, make sure you check out this restaurant next time you're craving some fresh seafood, you won't regret it.

Adelaide Central Market, Stall 12, Adelaide

Tiki's Thai Cuisine

Tiki's Thai Cuisine

For authentic, scrumptious Thai food, head straight to one of the best new restaurants in Adelaide, Tiki's Thai Cuisine. Its inviting green walls set the scene for a delicious, traditional feast, with menu items including Tom Yum soup, potato-wrapped prawns, spring rolls, and the tastiest bao to dance on your tastebuds. Enjoy your meal with a Thai milk tea or wine, whatever tickles your fancy.

5/292 Military Road, Semaphore Park

Hotpot Commune

Hotpot Commune 

Gin Long Canteen has a sister restaurant in Hot Pot Commune - and there's no better time to enjoy a luxurious, steaming hot bowl than right now, as the weather takes a chilly turn. Make your way into this fun new restaurant in Adelaide for a unique restaurant that will take your tastebuds on a thrilling journey - a Szechuan sensation, if you will. 

A hotpot's appeal lies in its versatility, allowing diners to tailor a meal to their specific preferences. Whether you're a voracious eater or someone with a more delicate palate, a visit here caters to all, making it the ultimate group dining venue.

Hotpot Commune offers a unique twist on the traditional hotpot experience, with eight soup bases inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine, including Thai Tom Yum and Malaysian Laksa, they celebrate each region's rich flavours while honouring hotpot's roots with an authentic Szechuan broth.

466 Greenhill Road, Linden Park

Good Burger

Good Burger

Good Burger is humble when they say their burgers are good because the truth is, they're really, really great, and we're so happy that they've opened up in Adelaide.

You'll find all the classics you know and love on their menu - our favourite is the Daw Park cheeseburger with smashed beef patty, raclette, mustard, cornichons, tomato relish and shallots - plus delicious fried chicken that's incredibly moreish and gluten-free! Come for a burger, fries and chicken, but make sure you stay for dessert because their basque cheesecake is not something you want to miss.

Keep an eye on their socials for monthly specials, with Taco Tuesdays and July pasta nights in the past rotation, they never disappoint. 

588 Goodwood Road, Daw Park

Niña

Niña

This chic but playful restaurant inside the Sofitel Adelaide serves delicious Spanish fare in style. Niña was created by Brenda Loveday, Jessica Purcell and Leonardo Loureiro, and the three have worked together to deliver a lively establishment filled with talented chefs and quality food.

Its specialty is traditional Spanish dishes with modern twists, think chorizo croquettes, jamon soldiers with hot honey ricotta and patata bravas a la Niña, and we can't get enough.

With bottomless sangria sessions getting thrown into the mix on select days, this is one of the best spots for a long lunch with the girls.

38 Rosina Street, Adelaide

Rozelle's

Rozelle's 

Sip on a spritz and savour the finest Italian flavours while overlooking the picturesque view of Carrick Hill Gardens. With beautiful interiors and a sprawling veranda that allows you to take in the views, Rozelle’s is the perfect spot to gather with family and friends.

Indulge in an array of antipasti, pizzas, and other wood-fired dishes by The Favaro Group, the family behind Chianti and Bar Torino on Hutt Street. Make the most of your weekends and include this superb new restaurant in Adelaide Hills in your plans.

46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield

Olive

Olive

Another of Adelaide's best new restaurants gaining attention is Olive. Offering a fun fusion of Mediterranean flavours, this lively spot will take you on a foodie tour from Adelaide to Morocco, the Middle East, Greece and Spain. 

A place where flavour, fun, family and friends come first, Olive is generous in its servings, honest in its flavours and seasonal to its core. 

Start with a delicious Negroni before delighting in dishes such as rosemary focaccia with brown butter hummus, slow-roasted lamb shoulder with zhoug and pearl couscous, and a pistachio and olive oil baklava ice cream sandwich for dessert. 

4/86 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Trak

Trak

This vibey suburban restaurant has quickly climbed to the top as one of our favourite restaurants in Adelaide. Make tracks for, uh, Trak, housed in the old TRAK cinema building in Toorak Gardens. It blends alfresco, bar and restaurant dining with contemporary classic Mediterranean dishes nodding to Italian cuisine in low-key luxe surroundings.

Sister restaurant to Herringbone, it's mixing things up and favouring modern flair over rustic charm. It's all about elevating local produce here too - so, of course, the wine list gets it right. 

The quality of the food is impeccable, with highlights including a chargrilled octopus with whipped cannellini beans, braised bitter greens and a charred tomato vinaigrette, and crumbed pork fillet cotoletta, dished up with cucumber pickles and anchovies. Buon appetito!

375 Greenhill Road, Toorak Gardens 

ODÉ Bistro

ODÉ Bistro

ODÉ Bistro is a fine dining experience like no other. This restaurant doesn't limit itself to one cuisine, instead harnessing each chef's global and unique experience to create a menu that celebrates all flavours.

Drawing on inspiration from around the world, but mostly the techniques and flavours from French, Spanish, and modern Asian cuisines, ODÉ Bistro is a sensory experience that won't be an easy one to forget.

Beyond the food, the space is modern, dark and moody with exceptional customer service and a fabulous wine list, making it ideal for a special date night or celebration with friends. 

51 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide

SORA

SORA

This flashy restaurant and rooftop bar is the latest to join Adelaide's skyline food scene, and we're obsessed. SORA on Pirie has a contemporary aesthetic, with contrasting colour schemes for the bar and booths that blend perfectly.

Owners of SORA - which means 'sky' in Japanese - Tarik Nasser-Eddine and Giuseppe Alvaro, set out to create a venue wherein everything is provided: food, drinks and entertainment. This multi-level dining space features not only a restaurant and bar but also a dance floor with booths and VIP spaces. It's an all-inclusive venue that you won't want to leave once you get there.

Level 9, 89 Pirie Street, Adelaide CBD

Kahani - Indian Food Trail

Kahani - Indian Food Trail

Kahani means stories - and that's exactly what this restaurant aims to tell through its flavoursome dishes. Kahani-Indian Food Trail brings dishes from all over India to this one new restaurant in Adelaide, giving its patrons a taste of the unique food from all the regions across the country.

This new restaurant in Adelaide celebrates culture, flavour and spices, all delivered through cosy and warming dishes in a vibrant and welcoming space. 

5/12 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg

LVN at Bird in Hand

LVN at Bird in Hand

The unveiling of Bird in Hand's reimagined on-premises dining room, LVN, completely blew us away. This restaurant provides an experience that's inspired by place and culture.

Weekends are made for indulging here, on a seasonal 10-course tasting menu while sipping fine wine and perusing world-class art and the breathtaking terraced gardens surrounding.

The menu at LVN centres around fresh and high-quality seasonal ingredients, with much of the produce showcased plucked directly from the onsite kitchen garden. Or, sourced as it has been for generations by Indigenous communities, from the surrounding Adelaide Hills region, Finniss River on the lower lakes of South Australia and Seymour in Tasmania.  

150 Pfeiffer Road, Woodside

Thanks to Theo

Thanks to Theo

Named to honour the memory of Theo Xenophou, who passed away in 2023, Thanks to Theo is a loud and boisterous celebration of Greek and Cypriot food, translated directly into the flavourful dishes served.

This modern Greek restaurant celebrates friends, family and a love of good food, so the dishes here are made to share. You'll feel you've been transported to a buzzing bar in the Mediterranean when you dine here - and we're here for it!

6 East Terrace, Adelaide

Longplay Bistro

Longplay Bistro

A trip to Longplay Bistro is like visiting a local bistro in Europe, with traditional favourites paired with fine wine, wonderful hospitality and a moody atmosphere. Co-head chefs Jude Hughes and Calum Horn have a wealth of experience, having worked in restaurants including Three Blue Ducks, Summertown Aristologist and You Beauty, so you know you're in good hands from the moment you're guided to your table and open the menu.

The sort of place that feels miles away from the stress of a busy life, we love unwinding here with a glass of wine to see out another working week. 

131 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Are you craving something sweet after your meal at one of the best new restaurants in Adelaide? Why not check out the best dessert bars in Adelaide or make a boozy affogato at home for a post-dinner treat?

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