Best New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Adelaide to Visit in 2021
Adelaide's food scene just keeps getting better! Taste-test it for yourself by making your way through the best new restaurant, bar and café openings in Adelaide.
After the year that was, it's exciting to see old venues getting back on their feet and new venues opening in an exciting post-lockdown world. Whether you're after a takeaway coffee, a decadent meal, or a boogie with a side of cocktails, the lovely streets of Adelaide have you sorted. From chic rooftop bars to new neighbourhood restaurants, these are the best new venue openings in Adelaide.
If you're a big fan of Anchovy Bandit, then you need to put their latest project Bottega Bandito on your radar. This bright and colourful Euro-inspired deli and café in Prospect oozes funk and quirk. Their intriguing menu features delicacies like Spencer Gulf prawn rolls, kangaroo tartare, and oysters with mignonette dressing. If you're in the mood to supercharge your morning, no problem. From 10am you can pick up a Bloody Bandito, spiked Taiwanese milk tea or a Bellini.
98 Prospect Road, Prospect
Stop by for a fresh cut from Attaboy and check out their new partner business Loxley while you're there. Leave with coffee from Dawn Patrol, pastries from Abbots & Kinney or a freshly made bite to eat for brunch. With its convenient proximity to both the CBD and neighbouring local offices, combined with its laid-back yet buzzing vibes, you can see why this Kent Town café has quickly made a name for itself among locals.
20 The Parade West, Kent Town
The newest addition to Adelaide's cafe scene, this airy and refreshing cafe on Pulteney Street was bought to life by longtime friends Olga Baranova and Marina Tazhdynova. Their menu will feature a pretty epic pastry line up baked freshly by Olga and all the classic café dishes with quirky twists. Think croissants, danishes and loaded smashed avo...yum! With a plan to eventually expand into a wine bar to attract the late-night trade, Luna is certainly a venue to add to your foodie bucket list.
449a Pulteney Street, Adelaide
This newcomer to the Burnside area is finally opening its doors after a long-awaited year. Lockwood General is a small and intimate cafe boasting a sophisticated style whilst creating a vibrant atmosphere. Paying homage to its history as a general store, Lockwood General aims to rejuvenate the community spirit that once thrived through this space. Featuring an all-day brunch and shared menu, Lockwood General also offers a range of small good and pantry staples for their customers, envisioning locals to be able to pull together items for charcuterie at home, or stay and enjoy them in-house with a glass of wine.
35 High Street, Burnside
Located on the ground floor of the brand new Hotel Indigo, Market and Meander drew on local influences from Grote and Gouger Street to find their quirky style. This modern Australian bar and restaurant features dishes like wattle seed waffles topped with anise myrtle creme mousse and market fish with saffron kindler puree and smoked heirloom. Fresh and fancy, it's pretty clear that Hotel Indigo doesn't do things in halves.
23-29 Market Street, Adelaide
As if it wasn't enough to have an epic unauthentic 'Australian Indian' eatery in Melbourne, Jessi Singh has now bought Daughter in Law to Rundle Street and we couldn't be more thrilled. The vibrant, playful ambience of their CBD restaurant will set the mood for an even more colourful meal. Their naan-style pizza, and help yourself beer fridges are certainly a game changer, but their Indian fried chicken.. well that's a whole new ball game.
290 Rundle Street, Adelaide
If you're after a hearty serving of chicken paired with some great cocktails and a bit of a boogie, this 70s-inspired bar and chicken shop is for you. Bought to life by the crew behind Chicco Palms and Borsa Pasta Cucina, it's no wonder this venue makes a statement. Dishing up the most delicious rotisserie style meals, choose between a mouth-watering chicken glazed in béarnaise, crumbed pork cutlet with beefsteak tomatoes, or a moreish maple glazed rotisserie pumpkin. So, if you're after a little Extra Chicken Salt in your life, book in now.
38 Currie Street, Adelaide
This highly anticipated wine bar tucked away on Gouger Street offers up expertise and knowledge in all things wine. Super Bueno's French-inspired interior pairs perfectly with their Italian and Spanish-styled menu, and their sleek yet simple fit out sets the mood for a 'not too serious' night. So if you're in the market for a new local, pop by for a Bueno time.
13 Gouger Street, Adelaide
Filled with pastel blue hues and a wine bar-inspired photo wall to put all others to shame, this neighbourhood bar in Goodwood promises a relaxedvibe fitting for a catch up with friends. The airy venue draws you in with its welcoming vibe, small bites menu of mushroom croquetttes and anchovies on toast, and an array of 140 local and European wines.
135B Goodwood Road, Goodwood
Step outside on the 16th floor of the brand new Hotel Indigo and enter a vibrant rooftop universe offering up good vibes and sweeping city views. An extensive wine list sourced locally from the Barossa Valley paired with fresh seafood plates from their raw bar straight out of the Great Australian Bite all bring this eccentric bar to life. Colourful hues paired with curves and lights will have you feeling like you've stepped out of the CBD and into a retro diner.
23-29 Market Street, Adelaide
Located in what was formerly used as a recording booth, Unico founders Brendan and Laura Carter created this quirky five-seat wine bar after witnessing how positively their digital happy hour – “Wine for the People” went. Unico Go will collaborate with guest sommeliers to showcase a rotating selection of five unique Australian and International wines.
260 Rundle Street, Adelaide
This brand new Mediterranean cocktail bar in Gilbert Place pushes the boundaries of what's typically deemed 'normal'. As the name suggests, most of the venue's interior is blue and touches of neon have you feeling like you've been taken to Venus. Their popular cocktails draw inspiration from Middle Eastern flavours and their snacky menu uses concoctions of ingredients that thread flavours from the cocktails. As if that wasn't quirky enough, their themed karaoke nights offer patrons the opportunity to be part of the party.
Level 1, 20-22 Gilbert Place, Adelaide
The newly opened Bowden Brewing holds community focus close to heart. Proud to be ‘made by and for locals’, they source the very best seasonal ingredients to make an impressive range of tasty brews. Stop off for a pint and you may find yourself ordering up a plate of ‘untraditional Mexican' food at their in-house kitchen, Masa, while you’re at it.
Plant 3 Bowden, 12 Fourth Street, Bowden
Yes, you're correct in thinking that Leigh Street Luggage was formerly a travel gear shop. Relaunched in November 2021 under the same name, its now a European-inspired wine and cocktail bar. Rumour has it, there's a secret second bar to be discovered at the back of Leigh Street Luggage, making it a hot contender for Adelaide's secret gem status.
22A Leigh Street, Adelaide
No, we're not talking about our fave Sims cheat code for unlimited cash, we're talking about Adelaide’s new place for fried chicken, sandwiches and booze. You may have caught Motherlode’s pop-up chicken nugget container ‘Nuggeteria’ at festivals, which makes a permanent spot in the city an even more exciting prospect.
142 Hindley St, Adelaide
In our opinion, there’s no such thing as too many noodles. Enter Minimono, a noodle bar offering a mouth-watering selection of signature Ramen and curry dishes including Lobster Ramen and our personal favourite dish – Chicken Katsu Curry. With stylish and simplistic décor, it's truly a treat for all senses.
182 Rundle Street, Adelaide
Everyone’s favourite market-come-eatery has got a little sister. Situated right next door to Plant 4, Plant 3 has the same industrial yet comforting interiors and is packed full of fantastic residents. You may need to plan multiple lunch and dinner sessions here, as you’re spoilt for choice with Caro Club, Bowden Brewing, and the absolutely fantastic Shirni/Sweets by Parawana.
6-14 Fourth Street, Bowden
Take a little trip up north and you’ll find yourself at the newly opened modern fusion - Miss Five Vietnamese Eatery. With an Instagram bio of “eat phở, drink beer”, an eye-catching pink interior and an outstanding menu, it’s hard to come up with a reason to not like the place.
Corner of Old Port Wakefield Road &, Brady Street, Virginia
Turn the perfect beach day in Glenelg into the perfect day in general by stopping off at Juniper on the Marina. Take your time to choose one of their 40 gins available and order up some of their endless Spanish small plates to share with the table. Perhaps some Coffin Bay Oysters and a whole load of paella while you’re at it. Muy buen!
11/12 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg
If you know and love Peel Street’s Gondola Gondola, then you’re going to love their new sister restaurant & bar Blue Rose Henley. The perfect spot to hit for a feed and drink or two after a stroll along Henley Beach, you can expect some fabulous Vietnamese dishes of seafood and other meats perfected through generations, washed down with a tropical cocktail, of course.
330 Seaview Road, Henley Beach
The team at Gang Gang, aka possibly the coolest burger joint around, are opening a space in the city! 99 Gang Social is set to open November and is already looking promising with their new menu of seven burgers, which includes two plant-based options, indoor and outdoor seating options and a DJ booth to soundtrack your experience.
99 Hindley Street, Adelaide
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