Best New Restaurants in Sydney 2024
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!
Whilst we're still tasting our way through 2023's bumper year of openings, 2024 has already seen some exciting restaurant news. Double Bay's Bartiga already on the scene and we've heard rumours the year is only going to get more exciting. Stay tuned. For now, scroll on for the best new restaurants opening in Sydney. Trust us, they are absolutely worth a visit!
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: February
Casa Esquina (Image Credit: Steve Woodburn)
Taking over the iconic corner spot on Elliot Street, Balmain (formerly home to L'Unico and Efendy), Casa Esquina is bringing a new vibrancy to Balmain with its chic fit-out and delicious Argentinian eats. From the team behind Tequila Mockingbird and Esteban, the menu showcases the vibrant flavours of Argentina, with a range of premium cuts cooked on the open flame parilla - complete with a chimichurri kit to mix up at your table. However, for the non-meat lovers, the extensive menu caters to a range of tastes, including sweet bread and prawn paella with wagyu fat chilli crunch; black garlic pasta with stracciatella and pecorino and kingfish tiradito, piquillo dressing, lime, jalapeño and shiso.
79 Elliot Street, Balmain
Intimate dining is thriving in Sydney and MATKIM, an 8-seat Korean omakase restaurant, is the latest addition to the scene. With an emphasis on storytelling, each dish at MATKIM is prepared in the open kitchen, right before diner's eyes. The menu features local ingredients as well as sought-after Korean imports and champions fire as a cooking method. In line with traditional omakase menus, the exact dishes will be decided on the day but you can look forward to the likes of yukhoe tangtangi (beef tartare with live octopus); abalone sotbap (abalone, abalone liver rice) and WA marron with a crab soybean (doenjang) foam.
Shop CQT.07 180 George Street, Sydney
The Joey (Image Credit: Alex Marks Photography)
Location, location, location is being served by Sydney's newest dining destination The Joey. Ideally placed on the Pittwater, The Joey is set within the lovingly restored heritage Barrenjoey Boatshed. The experience is elevated from the get-go with large glass windows, lush gardens and an understated nautical colour palette.
Multiple spaces allow for varied dining experiences from the relaxed 'The Jetty Bar' to the casual Garden Bar and the elegant Dining Room & Bar. As for eats, you can expect the freshest Australian seafood cooked up with premium seasonal accompaniments alongside a drinks list packed with Australian-made spirits.
Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach
Food cooked over woodfire is far superior to food cooked any other way. We'll hear no ifs, ands or buts! Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park has just welcomed Sydney Common, who share our belief in a fondness for woodfired feasts.
Elevating classic and contemporary hotel dining, this new destination should be at the top of your 'to try' list whether you're booking a stay or not. Under Head Chef Jamie Robertson's (ex-Ester) guidance, Sydney Common's menu will be guided by seasonality and uniquely Australian ingredients. Chargrilled romano beans with paprika egg sauce and roasted buckwheat tea, Blackmore wagyu short scotch and Yamba King prawns are just a few of the delights you can look forward to. Five-star hotel luxury is exactly what you can expect from the wine and cocktail list, expertly curated by Head Sommelier Sebastian Brogren.
Level 1, 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: January
2024 has begun with a bang with the opening of Double Bay restaurant Bartiga. Head Chef Noor (ex Gordon Ramsay's Maze, Testuya's) will be bringing his Malaysian legacy to the kitchen as well as a love for seasonal and Australian suppliers. You can expect a twist on Southeast Asian cuisine with the likes of poached bug roll with red curry pesto, BBQ prawn tom yum spaghettini and scotch MB4 with Asian herb chimichurri.
As for drinks, consider the offering equally exciting. Mixologist Vincent Valliere has curated a cocktail list with the same Southeast Asian flair as the menu, whilst the wine list will thrill with 80 options up for grabs.
Corner of Short Street and Bay Street, Double Bay
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: November 2023
Genre-bending restaurant Penelope's is more than just dinner with one of the best views in the city. Developed by Owner and Executive Chef Cuong Nguyen (of Hello Auntie fame) and Head Chef Bremmy Setiyoko, the menu showcases the diversity of Sydney's culture and flavours, prompting diners to ponder what it means to be Australian. Each item surprises and delights thanks to a thoroughly modern blend of traditional, multicultural spices and flavours and Australian native ingredients.
Sitchu Tip: The pork and prawn ravioli is truly unmissable, as is the signature Indonesian-grilled Bakar Chicken, served with lemongrass, chilli and turmeric sambal and garlicky toum. While the view of the Harbour Bridge from the balcony tables is iconic, a spot at the bar overlooking the busy kitchen is an equally unique experience.
Quay Quarter Tower, Level 1, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney
Just steps away from Cronulla Beach lies this Mediterranean-led seafood restaurant brimming with both style and substance. There's a little something for everyone at Bobby's with an all-day coffee cart offering coffee by morning and Spritz's at sunset, a restaurant for long lunching and a beach club perfect for a cocktail and snacks.
What can you expect on the food front? Think brioche prawn rolls, Cantabrian anchovies on toast, ocean trout crudo and a very special lemon tiramisu, all cooked up by Executive chef Pablo Tordesillas (ex-executive chef Otto & Tottis) and head chef Shaun Baker (Pier, Yan Restaurant, Bills Restaurants). As for drinks, the focus is on Mediterranean wines and light and fresh cocktails.
6R The Esplanade, Cronulla
Folly's Bar & Bistro
Giving big neighbourhood-bar energy with an elevated twist, Folly's is a hot contender for your next long lunch. Aside from a terrazzo-topped bar, maroon leather banquette seating and wine-bottle-lined walls, you can expect to find a deliciously warm ambience here. Three Michelin star-trained chef Atonio Espiritu is behind the menu which boasts a little bit of everything including our favourite - the rigatoni alla vodka. As for drinks, Folly's boasts 18 wines by the glass, an incredible cocktail list focusing on Australian spirits and a very strong snack game. A worthy addition to the North Sydney scene.
429 Miller Street, Cammeray
Deux Frères (Image Credit: Jude Cohen)
Sydney's foodie scene is easily one of the best and it's even better since we've scored our own dedicated Basque Pintxos venue. From the good people that brought us Bouillon L'Entrecôte, Deux Frères will focus on serving up small plates, larger share plates, and high-quality tinned seafood. House-made vermouth, sangria and Basque region wines rounds out the offering. Ideal for a catch up with friends, you'll adore everything about this petite pinxtos joint from the perfectly plated Tortilla de Patatas to the authentic and striking crockery.
6 Loftus Lane, Sydney
This November Rozelle is set to become home to its very own French bistro and we think that's the best kind of news you could receive. Chez Blue will be opening on Thursday 16th November and seeks to share the joy of dining on the streets of Paris with one and all. An intimate cocktail bar will provide the perfect post-work hangout whilst the 90-seater bistro will be beckoning those keen on wining and dining.
Cosy booths, banquette seating and mosaic tiling will evoke a moody atmosphere whilst the menu will delight with dishes curated by Head Chef Mark Williamson (ex-Bistro Moncur). Expect classic French with a fresh spin - tuna tartare and tabasco, peach and tomato dressed in goat's curd and brûléed chicken liver pate. A mostly French wine list tops things off alongside some reworked classic cocktails.
599 Darling Street, Rozelle
Best New Restaurants in Sydney: October 2023
(Image Credit: Jiwon Kim)
A very welcome addition to the Crown Street scene, Itō is the Japanese Izakaya you need on your restaurant rotation. Head Chef Erik Ortolani has combined his Italian heritage and passion for Japanese cooking to craft something truly unique. Dishes like yellowfin tuna served on bonito bread with shaved bottarga and Wagyu mafaldine paired with white shimeji and miso grace the menu and will give you a whole new appreciation for fusion cuisine.
Key to the Itō experience is the drinks menu which features Japanese inspired classic cocktails, a quirky selection of wines from Japan and an extensive sake selection. The pared back interiors with fun pops of colour set the scene for the perfect night out.
413-415 Crown Street, Surry Hill
If you're craving a sojourn in the South of France but aren't able to nip over, head over to newly opened Martinez Restaurant for the next best thing. Heavily influenced by the seafood and fresh produce found scattering the menus of this part of France, Martinez Restaurant's menu is ready to transport you there.
The Plateau de Fruits de Mer, a platter of seasonal seafood, is perfect for a celebration whilst the Classic Provencal Bouillabaisse is a must order whatever the occasion. Guests can even enjoy Martinez for breaky with French scrambled eggs, ris au lait pudding and more.
A signature cocktail menu and a wine list packed with organic and biodynamic drops rounds out the offering. With popping pink and red interiors, Martinez is a delight for all the senses.
Quay Quarter Tower, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney
Nico (Image Credit: KW Photography)
Sydney's brand-new culinary gem, Nico, doesn't do things by halves. Everything here is flawless, from the Italian apertifs to the Amalfi Coast-inspired decor. Chef Nicola Ronconi and his business partner Ewa Witkowska have succeeded in bringing a fresh take on the classics to Sydney's Italian scene - no easy feat! The pops of terracotta and jewel blue combined with ambient lighting make for the perfect mini 'holiday' in the form of after work drinks or a weekend date spot.
Handmade pasta, Kingfish crudo and Sfogilatella stuffed with avocado and caviar are some of the delights you can look forward to. But it's the lemon tiramisu that's got people talking. Chef Nicola's recipe has been honed for over ten years and has reached icon status. The soft lemon cream is the ideal light dish to end an incredible meal.
Sitchu Tip: The homemade focaccia with smoked butter may well be a top contender for the best focaccia in Sydney.
17/450 Miller Street, Cammeray