Best Restaurants in Adelaide City

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There's a huge concentration of restaurants in Adelaide city, with many of the heavy hitters found on and around Leigh and Peel Streets. But there’s also an eclectic bunch at Rundle Street’s east end that includes swish Asian diners, good-times Greek and the inimitable Africola.

Whatever your budget, occasion or preferred cuisine, this guide can help. Know this, though: it is large. There are more than 50 venues listed below, which is the number we feel is necessary to really do justice to the city’s restaurant scene.

  • Descend to the basement of a heritage city space to find this moody, late-night brasserie from the Nola and Shotgun Willies teams. It’s serving up French fare, live jazz and one of the best Martinis in town – but it’s here for a good time, not a long time.

  • This unpretentious brasserie will take you from breakfast right through to dinner. Expect a menu spanning flat iron steaks with cafe de Paris butter, and ricotta and truffle gnudi. Plus, afternoon snacks and special reserve wines from France and beyond.

  • Fill your plate with a selection of antipasto, pizza al taglio, stuffed eggplant, slow-cooked meatballs, hearty roasts and more, then try to leave room for a strong line-up of Italian pastries, or kick on into evening with cocktails.

  • After eight years of serving a taste of her home at events and catering gigs, Meg Barathlall has opened her first bricks and mortar restaurant in the former Kutchi Deli Parwana site. Come for koeksisters (syrupy fried doughnuts), samosas, curry and rice, and roti rolls stuffed with lamb meatballs.

  • Tucked away in the city’s Dacosta Arcade, this homey Japanese eatery serves some of Adelaide’s best – and most affordable – lunch fare. Think ramens, curries, bento boxes and more, courtesy of a father-and-son team drawing on more than two decades’ experience.

  • A hole-in-the-wall ramen shop by the Shobosho crew.

  • One of Adelaide's most prolific restaurateurs is behind this compact yet sophisticated ramen and curry bar. Roll in big steaming bowls of 12-hour pork tonkotsu, soupless tantanmen and several original styles of ramen.

  • You’ve eaten chicken nuggets. But not like at this American style diner and bar, where nuggs might be marinated in laksa or tossed in parmesan spice “dust”. Plus, there’s beer on tap, natural wines and cocktails.

  • At this socially responsible restaurant you can expect meats cooked on a custom-made braai, and small plates influenced by Korean and Japanese cuisine.

  • At this Japanese fusion restaurant on the 10th floor of the Crowne Plaza hotel, you'll find the stars of Japanese cuisine, rare whiskies from the country's reserve, and sweeping skyline views.

  • It’s all about decadent dining at this New York-Style Italian Restaurant. Riffs on traditional dishes include “Roman Vegemite” soldiers, lasagne pizza and steak frites with Italian bearnaise. Settle into one of the intimate booths or get a ringside seat at the striking marble bar.

  • At this colourful pan-Indian restaurant, you'll find Melbourne chef and restaurateur Jessi Singh's takes on self-described "unauthentic" Indian cuisine. There are naan pizzas, tandoor-fired dishes, Indian-inspired cocktails and a roving champagne and whisky trolley.

  • This ambitious all-day venue comprises an elegant fine-diner serving degustations, and an open-air cafe and bar serving upmarket snacks and local wines. Find them both inside a handsome courtyard in the city centre.

  • At this ambitious seafood restaurant from the 2KW team, you'll find everything from fish and chips to beluga caviar, plus a raw bar, an ocean-themed video installation and fish-themed cocktails.

  • The hottest chicken here comes coated in a blend of four different chillies, including the infamous Carolina reaper.

  • This spot brings Korean street food to Morphett Street. There’s also spongy, fluffy chiffon cake and that bulgogi beef ramen dish from Parasite.

  • This place offers an easy and convenient way to get into malatang.

  • Korean fried chicken is all over town, but Gunbae is one of the best. The menu is blissfully simple: chicken (brined for 12 hours before being fried), beer and Korean sides including kimchi pancakes, mandoo salads and rice balls.

  • Boozy, casual, fun – this Palm Springs-inspired all-day diner is a chill hangout for grown-ups.

  • Fino at Seppeltsfield is a Barossa icon, so expectations were high for its first urban outpost. Good news: this charming 70-seat wine bar and restaurant delivers. The food is simple and elegant, with next to nothing wasted. A 100-strong wine list is backed up by a range of sherries.

  • Listen to K-pop while you eat fried chicken and kimchi until late.

  • This all-day dining hall at the old Adelaide Railway Station is a triple threat. It's a cafe, bar and restaurant that opens early and closes late. Whether you’re a commuter looking for a coffee and a small bite, or you’re from farther afield and want to sit down to a steak and a Martini, you’ll be well catered for here.

  • The sprawling concrete jungle has a spacious wine cellar, a private dining room and a whole lot of plants. Plus woodfired pizzas, seasonal cocktails and a menu by an ex-Osteria Oggi chef.

  • The second iteration of East Terrace taverna Yiasou George is as fun as ever. But this time around, one of Adelaide's best chefs is turning out Ritz crackers topped with café de Vardon butter, smoked whiting and salmon roe; plus a rotisserie spin on ​​Yiasou George’s signature lamb.

  • This restaurant’s line-up of Korean classics is bolstered by a sizable collection of sojus to enjoy with your meal.

  • A late-night favourite for fast and friendly Chinese dishes.

  • Classic Thai dishes with a difference – plus weekend brunch, coffee and local wines.

  • A Queensland-born boutique burger chain serving burgers and frozen-custard desserts it calls “concretes”. Despite being a chain, the quality of the burgers has remained consistently excellent – and attractively priced – over the years.

  • On a leafy Adelaide corner is one the city’s benchmark diners. Quentin Whittle’s borderless menu looks to Asia and the Middle East for cues – but everything’s done in a way that feels effortless. This is casual, modern Australian dining at its best.

  • A French-Australian patisserie and cafe from a talented pastry chef.

  • Emu on the cob. Garden flower and ants. Restaurant Botanic serves one of the most exciting tasting menus in the country, driven by produce from the surrounding 51-hectare gardens. Executive chef Justin James is at the peak of his powers here.

  • This refined rooftop restaurant and bar is one of Adelaide's best rooftops. For good reason, from up high you can see out over the Governor's garden and the city.

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  • Home-style Italian food and Euro-kitsch above one of Adelaide’s favourite pubs.

  • Japan’s award-winning tempura restaurant.

  • Chef Nu Suandokmai is trading in refined, upscale dining for Thai home cooking.

  • An Asian-inspired “fire house” from restaurateur Simon Kardachi.

  • You'll ask yourself the following when you enter this neon-lit gem: is Sunny’s a pizza joint that also happens to feel like a house party? Or is it a bar with DJs and primo pizza? Happily, the answer is “yes” to both.

  • This diner raised the bar for Italian food in Adelaide when it opened in 2015, and it's just as good as ever. Visit for excellent hand-made pasta, hearty share-plates and one of the best cellars in town. It's all set within one of South Australia's most awarded restaurant interiors.

  • Perusing Peel Street’s giant blackboard menu feels like an Adelaide rite of passage. On it you’ll find dishes mixing Asian and Middle Eastern influences, with a dash of laneway attitude. Sit at the bar, order well and enjoy the hum of the space.

  • Adelaide meets Africa to create a singular restaurant unlike anything Australia's seen before. Even though Africola’s been at it since 2014, everything – from the signature peri peri chicken to the finely-tuned service – is sharper than ever.

  • American-style burgers, beef rendang hoagies and tropical cocktails are the signatures at Gang Gang’s disco-ready burger bar. After the dinner trade, a floating DJ booth provides danceable tunes till late.

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  • A former drycleaner is the setting for one of Adelaide's most exciting drinking dens – a cosy, cleverly designed natural-wine bar serving world-class vino and inventive plates by a young chef with Michelin Star cred.

  • Where the Mediterranean meets the Middle East. Starters hew towards the Middle East, while the wood oven in the corner delivers pizzas and house-made pita bread.

  • Set inside an old printing house, this influential eatery was among the city’s first to champion nose-to-tail cooking back when it was a novel concept. Local and ethical produce is still the focus, as is a dedication to SA wines and sharp service. An elegant dining room ties it all together.

  • This late-night CBD haunt dishes out great burgers, hot dogs and more to hungry revellers stopping by for a feed before bed.

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  • Don't let the name or the fun atmosphere fool you. When you try Golden Boy’s energetic modern takes on Thai cuisine (and cocktails to match), you’ll know this place isn’t messing around. Go for the Tuk Tuk menu – you won’t regret it.

  • Forget fryers and pans. These Southern Italian dishes are cooked solely in brick ovens.

  • In the old Pirie Street Subway, this hawker-turned-restaurant continues its vision of regional Thai cooking in a sleek, modern space. Come for elevated takes of classic curries, grilled meats inspired by the country's north, and plenty of fiery wok drama.

  • The team behind Stirling’s fave fish’n’chipper is behind this 100 per cent traceable seafood shop and eatery in the Central Market. Come for dry-aged sashimi and wines, and leave with fresh fish to cook at home.