Best New Restaurants in Sydney: New Venues to Put on Your Radar
Looking for date night dinner inspiration? We’ve tasted our way across the city to bring you the hottest new eateries — these are the best new restaurants in Sydney to know about!
As we run full tilt into 2022 (with fingers crossed that the next year is lockdown free!) we're ready to get back out there and explore Sydney's culinary scene.
These are the best new restaurants opening in Sydney this year. Trust us, these venues are absolutely worth a visit!
Brace yourself for perhaps the most magical dining experience in Sydney. This intimate 12-seater omakase restaurant from head chef Hirofumi Fujita is simply out of this world. Omakase literally means ‘I’ll leave it to you’ and that’s exactly what you’ll do at this new Quay Quarter Lane restaurant. Serving only 18-course omakase menus for $180 per person, so you simply arrive, let the worries of the world fade away and allow the talented and generous chefs to hand you plate after plate of deliciousness! The menu is decided each day based on the freshest produce that the team can source at their early morning fish market run so there will be no pre-dinner menu stalking and you’ll never know what you’re getting until you show up but trust us – you won’t be disappointed!
6 Loftus Lane, Quay Quarter Lanes, Sydney CBD
Manly’s favourite local Italian, Pocket Pizza have opened their doors in Brookvale. The retro gem serves up all the favourites from margherita pizza with vodka sauce, a parma pizza – hilariously named “parmaa! Just killed a man” – and rich deliciousness like the “Netflix & Chill” with tomato base, fior di latte, nduja, ricotta, salami, chilli flakes and a sexy drizzle of honey. Wash it all down with a glass of wine and then finish the night with a banoffee banana split.
515 Pittwater Road, Brookvale
The group behind Shell House are headed east to Bondi Beach. An ode to modern Greek dining, Topikós Dining Room & Bar, boasts both an 80-seat dining room and a spacious 100-seat bar and an outdoor Mediterranean-style terrace. With a focus on honest, simple food, the menu will transport you to the Greek isles. We’re talking meze, share plates, grilled dishes and fresh and fabulous seafood.
180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: April
Following the success of their Darlinghurst café, The Mayflower has opened a new venue in St Leonards. Following their tradition pink-hued theme, the venue is experiential dining at it’s best. With rich, luxurious dishes from fresh oysters and wagyu tartare to lobster sashimi, dry aged duck and stepped up fried chicken, everything this venue represents is beyond luscious. Chefs Jihwan Choi and Nicola D’Angela are helming the restaurant which is set to be a gem on the North Shore dining scene. Adding to the overall theatrics, there is a spectacular display or artwork from flower installations from Don DeLamour including thousands of blue butterflies. However, the most show-stopping element is the digital media art from Refik Andadol, made using AI and images of nature. Straight from the NGV, this is the pieces first jaunt in Sydney.
Shop r1106, 488 Pacific Highway,St Leonards
Everyone’s favourite Irish chef, Colin Fassnidge is bringing his unique brand of expertise to the Castlereagh Club. Known for upscale pub classics, Fassnige has transformed the first level of the venue aiming to bring the warmth of a local pub ‘where people recognise your face and beer order’ to the iconic CBD venue. Expect classics like Colin’s suckling pig sausage roll and buttermilk chicken schnitzel.
Level 1, 199 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
Paddington mourned when Lucios’ shut their doors after four decades but, luckily for the locals, Civico 47 has stepped in to take their place. Helmed by Chef Matteo Zamboni formerly of Ormeggio, Pilu at Freshwater and Jonah’s, CIVICO 47 is a light filled dining space with a cosy bar and a Mediterranean feel. The menu is refined yet accessible which is perfect for a suburban location. Highlights include housemade focaccia with charcuterie and EVOO, carpaccio with macadamia, vincotto and Brussel sprouts, Mafalde with king prawn, bok choy and tomato and show-stopping whole market fish with orange and saffron emulsion. Finish your meal with an amaro and a rich chocolate and coffee budino topped with orange caramel.
47 Windsor Street, Paddington
Say hola to Sydney’s first ever Catalan fine diner. From the team behind Franca - conveniently just next door - Parlar Potts Point is a chic small seater with 45 covers inside between the restaurant and bar and outdoor seating for 10. Decked out with marble flooring, oak timber, blood orange cushioning and with large unique tapestries draped from the walls, you’ll instantly be immersed in an unquestionably Mediterranean atmosphere. Executive Chef, Jose Saulog broken down into tapas, share plates, mains and desserts. Starting with tapas plates of anchovy churro and chorizo or manchego and egg on a toasted muffin. Then move onto share plates that are so delicious, you’ll be fighting over the last bite. We’re talking wagyu carpaccio with bonito aioli and fried bread, kingfish with Sturgeon Caviar with smoked tomato oil and orange and more. Go in for a slew of substantial mains or save room for dessert with their take on a crema catalana or tarta santiago with buttermilk and lemon. Wash the whole thing down with well-picked wines and a cocktail list packed with modern classics spun with a Catalan twist highlighting fino sherry, naval orange and lavender.
1/81 Macleay Street, Potts Point
This might be Sydney’s most exciting meal yet… Welcome to ELE by Federico and Karl, a progressive dining experience from two of our most innovative chefs, Federico Zanellato and Karl Firla. One of Sydney’s most ambitious gastronomic ventures, diners are invited on a veritable voyage as you move through the restaurant enjoying each course. The menu is inspired by the elements - earth, wind, fire, water - and changes based on seasonal Australian ingredients.
Your night starts at the bar where you enjoy a cocktail and a snack selection including a crumpet topped with wagyu tartare and confit egg yolk. Then move into the dining room for exciting dishes of dry aged Murray cod served with roasted bone sauce, native coastal greens and Western Australian marron. The final dishes are served at The Chef’s Table where diners will sit in an intimate space watching chefs plate up desserts from frozen parfait to roasted grains and salted caramel. Tantalising more than just the tongue, each new ‘space’ will feature video loops inspired by the elements and bathe the diner in different lights, sights and sounds.
The degustation menu is probably something you’ll want to bank for celebration or special treat with the elemental experience ringing in at $255 per person with wine pairings available at an additional cost but, to be honest, it’s a worthwhile price to pay for a meal that’s set to be one you’d talk about for the rest of your life.
Level G, Edward Street Entrance, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Taking over the venue once home to beloved Almond Bar during lockdown last year, Sydneysider's are now able to experience fermento in all its glory. The restaurant invites you to embrace everything good about Italian food and wine.
The menu is full of delicacies you will want to try. Our two favourite dishes are the homemade prawn ravioli with lemon butter sauce, thyme and roasted pine nuts, and the eggplant parmy rolls with buffalo mozzarella, Napoli sauce, parmigiano, basil sauce and balsamic reduction. Be sure to pair this with one of their delectable wines.
379 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: March
Fancy a trip to Paris? This traditional French bouillon is all about serving up simple, traditional French fare. Make your way up the stairs past a gallery of French posters, an open kitchen and an enviable cellar. With white tables, banquette seating and classic French plates, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into Paris. Start à la française with a drink or two and hors d’oeuvres from oysters shucked to order, rich soufflé with twice baked Roquefort with confit onion and walnuts, soul-warming soupe a l’oignon or even some buttery escargot. When mains roll around you’re offered an epic selection of plats principaux from duck magret with perfectly piped pommes duchesse to rock lobster. The main event, however, are their delicious steaks. Their signature chargrilled sirloin is served with fries, walnut green salads and their famous secret sauce. Make sure you leave room for dessert, their tarte tatin with delicious, thin ribbons of apple served with house made mascarpone is one of the best things you’ll try in your life. Mark our words, this is set to be one of the best French restaurants in Sydney.
6 Loftus Street, Sydney
The latest venue to open in Martin Place's MLC Centre is ESCA Group's newest venue, AALIA. Introducing an elevated dining experience with Middle Eastern nuances, their refined menu sheds light on foreign flavours and unique culinary techniques.
When it comes to the beautifully designed space, the curved, sculptural features pay homage to Sydney’s iconic MLC Centre, and renowned architect Harry Seidler. Pair this with their beautiful food and wine offering, and your in for an unforgettable dining experience at AALIA.
Shop 7-8/25 Martin Place, Sydney
With sunlit spaces, comfy banquets and outdoor terrace seating, this is the perfect place to drink your way from day to night. With a signature rosé list, open seafood bar and punchy seafood menu with Asian influences, this new Eastern Suburbs restaurant should be at the top of your list.
6/2-22 Knox Street, Double Bay
This new modern Italian eatery will have you thanking your lucky stars. With a menu that stretches from brunch to lunch to dinner – Fortuna knows how to keep the good times coming. Go all in for charcuterie, cheese, pasta and more. They’ve also got a list of seven signature cocktails and amaros and grappas for an after dinner drink – a little digestivo!
247 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: February
At Giuls, pasta is a love language. Taking inspiration from the Tuscany region with the finest seasonal products and handmade pasta, this menu from Alessio Rago brings authentic Italian traditions to the streets of Surry Hills. Start with house made focaccia and arancini, before moving onto market fish crudo or eye fillet steak tartare with truffle aioli before digging into conchiglie with vodka, pancetta and taleggio or squid ink fettuccine with crab cherry tomatoes and chilli. End the night with their generous serving of tiramisu.
515 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Taking over the mantle from local favourite Manly Wine, Little Pearl Bar & Dining is one of our favourite new restaurants in Sydney. This all-day dining destination has hawker-style share plates, Asian-inspired breakfasts, bold cocktails and easy drinking wines. Start the day with kombucha bircher and breakfast bao or settle in for a killer dinner of popcorn bug sliders, slow-cooked beef cheek. They’ve also got an epic weekend offering with live soul music during Saturday brunch and an incredibly sexy bottomless spritz and three-course brunch menu.
8-13 South Steyne, Manly
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: January
Renowned chef, Tristan Rosier, of hatted-restaurant Arthur has opened a new venue just three blocks north. The restaurant is an ode to Rosier’s colourful grandmother known for her hospitality and heavy pours. The venue evokes the spirit of a 1970s brasserie in everything from the interiors to the playful menu. With a policy of strictly Australian-only produce and a zero-waste policy. Signature items include their cocktail honey bugs, served in shell with a tarragon butter sauce, kangaroo tartare and the soon-to-be-iconic pink cake with vanilla sponge, meringue, bay leaf cream and candied rosella flowers.
478 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
The team behind Avalon favourite Mexican eatery, Alma, have opened a sister venue in nearby Freshwater. With beachside charm, casual fine dining and Mexican dishes with a modern twist, St. Alma will host visiting chefs from Mexico and will feature a range of share plates and a seasonal cocktail menu. Our menu pick? The agave short ribs with beef ribs covered in an agave glaze served with an heirloom tomato salad, pickled red onions, fresh herbs and handmade corn tortillas.
20 Albert Street, Freshwater
Lavender Bay is welcoming a French bistro with a difference. Set to become the new Lower North Shore go-to, Loulou is offering a bistro, boulangerie and traiteur. The dishes are recognisable French classics but with a lighter technique. Think crab soufle omelet, hand-cut steak tartare with potato crisps, rotisserie chicken, pâté en croute and, of course, a glass or two of bubbles!
61 Lavender Street, Milsons Point
Enjoy a taste of the Greek Islands on the edge of Sydney Harbour with Chef Peter Conistis’ Ploos. The man behind Alpha and Omega, Conistis is the forefather of Greek Australian cuisine. Menu highlights include regional seafood dishes, such as the Nissiotiki Salad made with sea urchin roe, the succulent Abrolhos octopus with taramosalata, lamb tomahawk. Enjoy it all with a cocktail or two and finish the night with some loukoumades.
Bay 7, 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks
This buzzing, vibrant restaurant in a landmark location along the sparkling harbour is serving up some of the best seafood in the game. Expect the freshest of fresh when it comes to live lobster tanks and a unique chargrill cooking method bringing a hint of smokiness. Their melt in your mouth black cod is an absolute must-try! And, they’ve also released an iconic fish burger that’s giving FISH SHOP and Charcoal Fish a run for their money.
Shop 6, 32-34 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney
Helmed by one of the youngest omakase chefs in Sydney, Tomohiro Marshall Oguro, Bay Nine Omakase is one of the most exciting new venues in Sydney. Omakase which translates to ‘let me choose for you’ is a unique experience and, with just 10-counter seats available, the Bay Nine Omakase experience is incredibly exclusive. Priding itself on three main tenants ‘quality produce, organisation and rapport with guests’ the 11-course omakase menu evolves daily so you’ll only discover what you’ll be eating when you arrive at the restaurant. If you miss out on the omakase experience there are a few tables available where you can pick up a six-course set menu lunch or an eight-course dinner.
Campbell’s Stores, Bay 9, 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks
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