What makes a good restaurant? At Broadsheet, we’re interested in how well a place lives up to its own ambitions, regardless of its age, price point or cuisine.

Maybe it offers value for money and an incredible atmosphere. Maybe it pioneered a trend, and remains the most vital example of it. Or maybe, after several decades in operation, it still offers an undeniably great experience. All are equally valid answers.

The remit may be wide, but if you’re looking for restaurants that both define and capture Adelaide’s culinary spirit, stop right here.

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In its first incarnation, this colourful diner repped food from chef Duncan Welgemoed's homeland of South Africa. A fire in 2016 inspired a shift in focus to the northern part of the country, and a more vegetable-based output, quickly elevating Africola to the top of Australia's dining sphere.

4 East Terrace, Adelaide

Osteria Oggi

Adelaide has no shortage of Italian restaurants, but a fresh, modern interpretation is still a rare treat. Several years on Simon Kardachi's indoor piazza is still serving some of the best Italian fare in the city – in award-winning surrounds.

76 Pirie Street, Adelaide
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An Asian-inspired “fire house” from restaurateur Simon Kardachi.

17 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Peel St

A vibrant space that mixes the cuisine of Asia and the Middle East with a dash of laneway attitude.

9 Peel Street, Adelaide

Press Food and Wine

A global menu made with local produce is the hallmark of this confident venue.

40 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
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A suburban aperitivo bar with handmade pasta and a tight Italian wine list.

Shop 2 160 King William Road, Hyde Park
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Magill Estate Restaurant

A fine dining winery experience, without the trip to the hills.

78 Penfold Road, Rosslyn Park
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Leigh Street Wine Room

A former drycleaner is now the setting for an exciting drinking den – a cosy, cleverly designed natural-wine bar serving world-class vino, house-made charcuterie and cheese, and inventive share plates.

9 Leigh Street, Adelaide
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Parwana Afghan Kitchen

Rustic Middle-Eastern food made and served with love.

124B Henley Beach Road, Torrensville

Golden Boy

Don't let the name – casually taken from a Thai brand of fish sauce – fool you. This is one serious operation. From the excellent Thai food – just get the chef's choice menu and let the staff make food decisions for you – to the high calibre Asian-inspired cocktails and fun atmosphere, Golden Boy is not messing around.

309 North Terrace, Adelaide

Fino Vino

Fino’s 70-seat wine bar and restaurant brings regional dining to the CBD.

82 Flinders Street, Adelaide

The Summertown Aristologist

A unique cellar door for winemakers Lucy Margaux and Commune of Buttons.

1097 Greenhill Road, Summertown
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Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Sit back, take in the view of the gardens, the food and your glass of wine.

Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide

Sunny's Pizza

If you're looking for a good time, don't go past this offbeat pizzeria where a dance floor often kicks off after dinner.

17 Solomon Street, Adelaide