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!
With COVID-19 turning our 2020 dining plans upside down, we are keen to discover all the best new restaurants in Sydney that will open their doors in 2021.
So, to whittle down your foodie hit list, we are taste-testing our way around town to reveal the hottest new restaurants on the Sydney dining scene. These are the best new restaurants in Sydney that are so worth clearing a space in your diary for.
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: May
Named Grana after the Italian word for “grain” local production is at the heart of how Grana operates. They select uncommon, hard-to-grow grains and mill them on-site to produce flour for their in-house bakery, pasta room and pastry kitchen to produce fresh and delicious things to enjoy. Known for modern all-day dining Grana is the heart of Circular Quay’s new Hinchcliff House, with an upper crust bakery and high-end restaurant. Heading up the kitchen is Stephen Seckold (formerly of Flying Fish), the menu is packed full of delicious comfort feeds. Don’t miss out on the homemade mafaldine pasta, delectable desserts or uniquely Italian-Australian inspired cocktail list.
5-7 Young Street, Sydney
Billing itself as ‘loud, loose and a lot of fun’ Avi’s Kantini inside The Bank Hotel is the perfect spot to hit up on your next Newtown night out. Perfect for groups Avi’s has a youthful ambiance and cushioned booths that seat twelve. The Middle Eastern menu kicks off with meze plates like octopus and potatoes, oozing, salty baked saganaki with honey and pistachio. If you’re looking for something more substantial then load up on pitas, burgers or delicious pide and Fattoush salad. They’ve got two delicious banquet menus – one of them plant based – and a killer cocktail menu.
The Bank, 324 King Street, Newtown
RND, a cheeky little acronym for “Raw Next Door” is the new seaside izakaya spot that’s making wave in Bondi. Operating just three days a week out of the recently renovated Harry’s Bondi venue. The kitchen is being headed up by Jack New (Edition Coffee Roasters; Izy Izakaya), bringing a Bondi twist to Japanese fare. Think a lobster tempura sandwich with yuzu slaw, crispy rice with tuna tartare and chicken karaage with ginger and black garlic aioli. The drinks menu features Australian wines and fresh feeling signature cocktails.
Shop 2, 136 Wairoa Avenue, Bondi
In the heart of Double Bay, in the former Mrs Sippy site, is a brand new venue bringing coastal Mexican vibes to the eastern suburbs. Sinaloa, named after the Mexican state known for their exotic cooking and coastal charm, has brought a welcome flair to Double Bay. Walking through the doors of Sinaloa, you’re met with a stucco pink paradise with a rounded roof covered in traditional art. There’s a Hacienda style courtyard bar covered in Talavera ceramic tyles with a water feature and organic flowers. The courtyard kicks off on Friday and Saturday nights with a resident DJ spinning proper hits from disco to house music. For some quiet you can head into the lounge area with soft lighting, linen and a striking mural.
On the food front, Executive Chef Axell Torres Villa is serving up a Mexican street food inspired menu with native ingredients. Think punchy scallop aguachile, a spicy ceviche with cucumber, karkalla, Davidson plum and kelp as well as a rich and saucy Wagyu Birra, slow-cooked Sinaloa style. Aiming to educate Australians on the depth and diversity of Mexican spirits, Sinaloa is fully stocked with over 100 tequilas and mezcals. On the cocktail front our favourite would have to be the ‘Hermano Loco’, a smooth and smoky twist on the Negroni sprinkled with subtle notes of Mezcal paired with agave, rosemary and dehydrated orange.
37 Bay Street, Double Bay
A neo-French bistro from three of the most talked about young names in the Sydney food scene, Bistro 916, promises big things – goes above and beyond to deliver. Who are this exciting young trio? There’s Dan Pepperell (Restaurant Hubert, Alberto’s Lounge and 10 William Street) has earnt his stripes as a master of Italian and French cuisine, Michael Clift who spent years working in the development kitchen of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck before spending eight years at Rockpool Dining Group and Andy Tyson who will be ensuring delicious drops as the restaurants sommelier.
The concise one-page menu riffs off French-bistro classics but with an undeniable modern Australian twist. Two standout dishes include the rich and crispy boudin noir spring rolls and the quarts de chaum custard dessert topped with a bitter toffee syrup. For Paris by way of Potts Point, Bistro 916 should be your go-to destination.
22 Challis Avenue, Potts Point
Introducing Franco, the best new pizza and wine spot on the South Coast. Recently opened, you’ll find Franco Pizza Bar in Thirroul an hour south of Sydney. From the same team that brought you The Wine Library in Paddington, you can expect creative twists on Italian eats, an epic wine list and a menu that celebrated the best produce that the South Coast has to offer. The pizzas are made with their special Franco 72-hour dough and flavour-wise pack a serious punch. Their antipasti menu is also making waves with yellowfin tuna served with fingerlime and honey bug and garlic butter bringing welcome but unexpected twists to a traditional Italian menu.
1/ /382-384 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
When the iconic Chippendale venue Freda’s closed in November 2020 after more than a decade of good times, Sydneysiders were devastated. But now Freda’s is back albeit looking quite a bit different. Located in Taylor Square, Café Freda’s has a certain je ne sais quoi that implies that it might not be out of place in Paris, Brooklyn or Berlin. With playful exteriors and a delicious menu from New York chef Xinyi Lim, this venue should undoubtedly be on your list.
191-195 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
A brand new European bistro, Lorraine’s has opened above the iconic Robin Hood Hotel in Waverly. Having just received a serious upgrade courtesy of a multi-million-dollar renovation and a new menu from Michelin trained chef, Clement Marchais (previously Executive Chef at Peppe’s Bondi) – Lorraine’s is set to be the new go-to spot. Sit below the stunning glass-atrium roof and check out the new menu designed for casual grazing and showcasing local ingredients. Making use of an on-site custom-built charcoal grill standout dishes include charred octopus with harissa and potato aioli, charcoal leek with hazelnut and truffle vinaigrette and chargrill chicken vadouvan with creamy smoked labneh. To wash it all down, diners will have access to the luxury 200 bottle strong wine room and an extensive cocktail list. Plus it’s licensed until 2am so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Lorraine’s.
203 Bronte Road, Waverley
As you’d expect for a place that’s located in Bondi beach and named after a Greek Island, Ikaria is absolutely beautiful. With Mediterranean Mezze and delicious drinks Ikaria is the perfect spot for your next dinner with friends. A neutral toned wonderland with arches and stunning views, this place might just be as close as you could get to a European holiday right now. With share mezze plates and a $69 per person set menu that features dips, saganaki, calamari and keftedes. Their signature cocktails are downright mouth-watering. Make sure you try their baklava ramos with gin, baklava syrup, yoghurt, aquafaba and lemon.
70B Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
A karaoke joint that refuses to play Horses? Colour us intrigued! Potts Point is known for its bustling foodie scene but with the addition of Diana, a Korean-Chinese food spot and karaoke joint. From the team behind Mr Lim – which is the heart and soul of Orange’s nightlife – Diana, their new sister venue, has taken up residence on Macleay Street. Far from being a small backroom affair, at Diana, karaoke takes centre stage. Here singers take to the stage to one-by-one, group-by-group bring the house down with their unique musical stylings (just as long as they’re not singing Horses. We’re serious, that’s the one song, owner Sammy Jeon refuses to play!)
It’s not just the singing at Diana that’s showstopping, the menu from fresh sashimi, honey-braised pork buns, Korean fried chicken and steak salad is simply delicious. Paying tribute to the wine region’s of Orange, the drinks menu features a vast array of drops from the region which all pair beautifully with Diana’s signature dishes.
1/28 Macleay Street, Potts Point
One Old Fitz chef, one former owner of Don Peppino’s and a whole pig walk into a bar… introducing Porcine. Along with P+V Wine and Liquor, Porcine has taken over the former Mickey’s space. Expect traditional French bistro food but with a twist. Think warm scallop vol au vent with champagne, octopus bariguole and grilled ox tongue au poivre rather than the standard steak frites and duck a l’orange. They’re also aiming to host a fortnightly ‘cochon au vin’ dinner where they will break down an entire pig and turn it into something wonderful!
268 Oxford Street, Paddington
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: April
Following a light projected onto the footpath down an alleyway into the atrium of a CBD office building, arriving at Raphael’s feels like finding a true inner-city hidden gem. With a light-filled courtyard and a luxe sandstone and red velvet accented dining room inspired by Milan in the 60s, Raphael’s is perfect for an after work drink or a delicious contemporary Italian feed. Having opened and closed five times throughout 2020, Raphael’s is now back and better than ever before. With a flavoursome and constantly evolving menu, the team behind Raphael’s use the freshest seasonal ingredients to create a delicious menu that focuses on house-made pasta, cicchetti and aperitivo. Their small plates are perfect for sharing but they’re so scrumptious you won’t want to share. Expect fresh pasta, sous-vide octopus and a show-stopping range of daily specials before you finish the night with a classic tiramisu or a perfectly sweet panacotta.
Raphael’s Lane, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney CBD
Beloved Bondi spot, Cubby’s Kitchen, co-owned by Toko Group’s Matt Yazbek and former NRL Player, Anthony Watmough, is the perfect new Lebanese spot. Family-friendly and low-fuss this Lebanese local is known for their rich flavours, generous servings and their lively atmosphere. Think baba gannoush with eggplant chunks, sweet miso and burnt seasame, smoked labne with pistachio crumbs and pomegranate oil, their CFC – Cubby’s fried chicken – served with zaatar and aioli and the traditional and tasty lamb kafta. What makes this Middle Eastern food unique is the fusion of Japanese flavours which takes cues from the dishes at Toko. Their dishes are made for sharing but, they’re so good you might want to keep it all to yourself. Better yet? It’s BYO. What are you waiting for?
Shop 4, 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Bondi’s newest contemporary Asian cocktail bar-food venue has just opened its doors at the Pacific Development on Campbell Parade on Bondi Beach. Madam Chu’s are offering delicious handmade dim sums and dumplings by an ex Mr Wong Dumpling chef on top of sashimi platters, prawn wontons, bao, roast duck and pancake platters, slow-cooked beef rendang and chocolate spring rolls. Better still, Madam Chu’s will also be offering a Yum Cha service Thursday to Sunday with trolleys full of delicacies like shrimp rice rolls and Buddha dumplings.
Level 1 Shop 103, 180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is opening an exciting new restaurant concept, Art Gallery Restaurant Crafted by Matt Moran. Taking advantage of the impressive location, Crafted by Matt Moran, in the former Chiswick at the Gallery site, provides a unique all-day dining experience for Art Gallery of NSW guests and those simply looking to brunch or lunch in one of Sydney’s most stunning dining rooms. Reflecting Moran’s signature style, Crafted by Matt Moran showcases locally sourced produce and premium Australian meat and seafood through a light, Mediterranean-inspired menu guided by the seasons.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney
The restaurant occupying the newly refurbished Harbord Hotel is an essential dining destination for Northern Beaches' locals and weekenders alike. The unique cuisine at Balsa is centered around the open fire, with "salt, wood, and smoke" lovingly infused in every dish. Expect an elevated pub-dining experience, accompanied by beautiful surrounds and friendly service. For us, we can't go past the chargrilled calamari, rib eye on the bone and the truly decadent mango tiramisu.
29 Moore Road, Freshwater
Bringing soul to Sydney’s Korean food scene, Daero Lee and Illa Kim have brought a unique take to Korean food. With a menu they call contemporary Korean their first restaurant SOUL Dining, launched in December 2018, combines ingredients and cooking styles from Korea, Germany, Italy, France, Japan and Australia. They were inspired to create a menu that showcased food from their memories. Having made a name for themselves they have recently opened SOUL Deli, Sydney’s first Korean brunch café and deli. SOUL Deli combines a deli and a café offering sit-down and takeaway dining. Offering uniquely Korean dishes like KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) and smashed avo with white kimchi. The venture was inspired by a COVID innovation, the SOUL Dining team started selling takeaway rice and galbi bowls. If you want to take the magic of SOUL Deli home with you, you can check out a range artisan and ethically-sourced Korean products.
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: March
It's Korean food, but not as you know it (and there is no BBQ in sight). Located on the third level of the Old Rum Store on Chippendale’s Kensington Street, Jung Sung celebrates traditional Korean cuisine in a whimsical, modern and sophisticated way.
The food philosophy is ambitious: to marry authentic Korean cooking techniques with modern methods using local Australian produce. The space that houses Jung Sung is an architect's dream and is its own reason to visit. It feels like a glass box planted on top of a building, and it has a wrap-around balcony with tables that allow you to dine under the stars.
A6/2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Popular Sydney CBD Middle Eastern eatery Above Par has undergone a complete refresh for 2021, with upgraded interiors, DJ nights and new menus. As restrictions continue to ease and the resurgence of the CBD begins, Above Par is looking to the future with several exciting changes and new offerings, including a new entryway via The Garden, a lush leafy oasis in the middle of the CBD streetscape, featuring a show-stopping Cherry Blossom Tree and neon pink Above Par signage; upgraded interiors; DJ nights every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night; and new food and beverage menus.
215 Clarence Street, Sydney New South Wales
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: February
Having been left vacant for quite some time, the space that housed Dee Why's top bar/restaurant has been revitalised and Deck 23 has relaunched with a new team, new look and new menu.
Upon arrival, it is hard to miss the epic surf mural on the ground floor created by illustrator and artist Kentaro Yoshida. And tieing in with the beach vibes are the panoramic ocean views and delicious seafood dishes. From Head Chef and Owner Jiro Numata you can expect flavoursome and authentic Japanese cuisine like yu rin chi chicken, sushi and nigiri, and they pair perfectly with Deck's signature cocktails.
Looking for an excuse to visit? You can book in Deck 23's Valentine's Day six-course feast, with a glass of bubbles on arrival for Sunday 14th February. You and your love can dine on delicacies like Pacific oysters, MB7+ Wagyu beef rib eye, and matcha brulee, with the ocean as your backdrop.
23 The Strand, Dee Why
Pyrmont fave Bistro Clementine has relaunched with a fresh menu direction courtesy of new Head Chef Bilent Peel (Café Paci, Sixpenny and Rockpool), and a revised vision from owner Eric Morris. You can still expect to savour the inventive Euro-fare that this neighbourhood gem is well-known for, packaged up into an elevated yet affordable dining experience. Focussed on delivering their new weekday breakfast and lunch offering in their stylish venue, their new evening and weekend service will kick off soon. Watch this space for more deliciousness!
52 Harris Street, Pyrmont
At Crown Towers Sydney's a'Mare they serve classical Italian cuisine that will set your foodie heart aflutter. This is the latest venture of acclaimed Chef and Restaurateur Alessandro Pavoni, and you can see his mastery woven throughout the menu. We recommend booking in for lunch and while the day away over a bottle of vino.
1 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
The team behind FISHBOWL have opened Bondi's newest seafood mecca, FISH SHOP. The dine-in and takeaway venue will be their take on a modern fish shop, a counter-service restaurant focusing on sustainably sourced seafood paired with vibrant salads and contemporary vegetable dishes. The perfect post-swim lunch spot, they even offer picnic blankets so you can take your meal across the road to the park.
87 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
Crown Towers Sydney has set Sydney's culinary scene alight with a slew of new dining destinations. One of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2021, Nobu is fast-becoming Sydney's favourite new restaurant. Showcasing the signature contemporary Japanese fusion cuisine of internationally celebrated Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s, this is a reservation you'll want to make ASAP!
1 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
The owners of the beloved Frenchy's Café Mosman, have just launched a new restaurant on the water at Chowder Bay. Celebrating the traditional style of French food, L'Heritage serves up everything from Canard a L'Orange and Entrecôte Frites, to Escargot and signature Bouillabaisse. We think that L'Heritage will fast become your new favourite restaurant.
7b Chowderbay Road, Mosman
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: January
Avalon's millennial pink dream Sunset Diner has opened its latest outpost in Lane Cove. The perfect lunchtime hangout, this beautifully-styled oasis brings the Miami vibe to the Lower North Shore. From juicy burgers and griddle dogs, to epic shakes and decadent sundaes, you'll find it hard to decide on what to eat.
The Canopy, 2 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove
Joining the ranks of Potts Point’s flourishing dining scene, SUNDAY is a sophisticated-yet-friendly neighbourhood restaurant and bar showcasing hearty plates with a playful take on traditional cuisine. The rotisserie is at the heart of the restaurant and the free-range, chemical and hormone-free Bannockburn Chicken is the star of the show. Pair their humble cuisine with a bespoke pre-batched cocktail, and you can expect to take your quiet little dinner to the next level!
95 Macleay Street, Potts Point
Set to open their third outpost on Friday 15th January, China Diner is moving into Rozelle's Tramsheds. You can expect all the things you have come to love China Diner for — from their delicious menu to their signature cocktail offering. In this 150-seat venue they have a cool outdoor space that will provide the perfect spot for your summer Sunday session.
Tramsheds, Shop 8A/1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
The Bentley Group's new dining destination in the heart of Potts Point is serving up sumptuous slices and soul-warming drops. Ria Pizza + Wine takes everyone's favourites and gives them a refresh. From saltbush and red elk, to WA octopus and Northern QLD prawns, expect beautiful, local produce to hero each dish. And yes, you will most definitely order a second burrata...it goes without saying.
71A Macleay Street, Potts Point
Opening late last year amidst the COVID-19 restrictions, the Bodega Team's newest opening packs a flavour-infused punch. For a hearty feast, may we suggest ordering the bullhorn pepper stuffed with anchovy and salsa verde, the corn agnolotti with brown butter, capers and sage, and the stracciatella, paired with an Italian vino. Absolutely delicious!
50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
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