“What good new restaurants should I try?”

Broadsheet’s editors field this question, or a variation on it, almost every day. While we’d just as soon recommend one of Adelaide’s straight-up best restaurants or a long-standing institution, the pull of a hot new place is hard to deny.

So here it is: our edit of the best new restaurants in Adelaide from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some of these places are redefining the way we eat and will go on to become classics. Others will be shorter lived. Either way, these are the spots we’re enjoying eating and drinking at right now.

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Arkhe

Restaurant

This fire-powered neighbourhood restaurant (by a Michelin-starred chef) harnesses a four-tonne wood-fire oven and a fleet of grills to cook dishes starring all-SA produce. Enter for modern Australian barbeque at its finest; plus thoughtful drinks and fiery open-kitchen action.

127 The Parade, Norwood

Two Pot Screamer

Restaurant

Nostalgic Australian flavours reign at this very handsome (and fun) two-part venue inside Jock Zonfrillo’s iconic former tenancy. Hit the downstairs restaurant for fancified fish fingers, reimagined Chiko rolls and woodfired mains by an ex-Magill Estate chef. Or head upstairs to the pink, ‘70s-inspired bar and balcony for cocktails overlooking Rundle Street.

285 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Eleven

Restaurant

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.

11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide

Hnly

Restaurant

This stylish Mediterranean eatery has you covered with a sharp, fish-forward menu and a cracking cocktail list. Nab a seat on the beach-facing balcony at golden hour and savour the view.

Level 1 243a Seaview Road, Henley Beach

One Sneaky Cheetah

Restaurant

This fun-and-fast spot is the third venue by the Pizzateca crew. Expect all the staples of your neighbourhood pizzeria (ham and pineapple, supreme and a smoky barbeque chicken), plus a few you won't find elsewhere. Also, canned wines, spritzes and house lager by Big Shed.

243 South Road, Ridleyton

99 Gang Social

Bar

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.

99 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Bar Lune

Bar

Park up at the sleek terrazzo benches at this approachable bar for charcoal-cooked share plates and an exciting range of wines. From the top shelf down, there’s a drop for every taste and budget.

303 The Parade, Beulah Park
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Clutch

Restaurant

This former cafe took a sharp turn in 2021 and became an ambitious wine bar and restaurant. It’s still open for morning pastries and coffee. But come evening, it’s all about clever small plates fuelled by Japanese cooking methods, matched by a 200-bottle wine list.

3 269 Seaview Road, Henley Beach

Fire x Soi 38

Restaurant

Soi 38’s original site on Pulteney street is now a permanent home for its popular Thai street food stall. Dumplings in green curry sauce, Chiang Mai-inspired hotdogs, plus a couple of Soi 38 favourites star in a pastel-hued space.

54 Pulteney Street, Adelaide

Soi 38

Restaurant

This well-loved Thai restaurant moved to Pirie Street earlier this year. Now, it's better than ever. There's a new open kitchen, a flash front bar and a more adventurous menu of regional Thai dishes. Thanks to the new open kitchen, there are plenty of ringside seats for watching the fire-fuelled action.

74 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Blue Rose

Restaurant

The husband-and-wife duo behind Gondola Gondola plate up a cuisine-crossing menu at this lofty beachside eatery. Expect Vietnamese beef tartare, pho pot pie and Sichuan-Cajun seafood boil, backed by a selection of tropical cocktails.

330 Seaview Road, Henley Beach

Minimono

Restaurant

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.

182 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Bowden Cellars

Bar

A permanent collaboration between two long-time roving brands, Adelaide Wine Markets and Caro Club. Visit this lofty, open-plan space inside Plant 3 for small-batch Aussie wines paired with American-style drinking food.

Plant 3 Red Shed Lane, Bowden

Lai’s Pantry

Restaurant

One of Adelaide's best-loved Malaysian joints gets a second iteration in the suburbs. Visit for home-style Hainanese chicken rice, laksas, smoky char kway teow, and nasi lemak with fried chicken.

3 270 Hanson Road, Mansfield Park

Restaurant Botanic

Restaurant

The rebranded Restaurant Botanic features 12 different menus (to cater to different diets) that draw from the surrounding gardens. Plus, a cocktail list featuring a koji Old Fashioned, wattleseed Espresso Martini and a “Chef’s Negroni” with mezcal, whiskey and Campari.

Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide

Bowden Brewing Company

Bar

The Nola team’s long-awaited Bowden brewpub is a 14-tap bar pouring easy-drinking ales, seasonal sours and bold IPAs. The in-house kitchen, Masa, is all about tacos, tostadas and “untraditional” Mexican snacks.

12 Fourth Street, Bowden

Fugazzi Bar & Dining Room

Restaurant

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.

27 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Motherlode Nuggeteria

Restaurant

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.

142 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Dunfor Noodle Bar

Restaurant

After a year of roving takeovers, this cult ramen pop-up put down roots in a bright space in the east end. Nab a stool for two types of ramen, fried-oyster po’ boys, beef tartare and draught beer.

62 Pulteney Street, Adelaide

Muni

Restaurant

From its sleek and minimal fit-out to the concise menu of Taiwanese dishes (think pork-neck skewers, special fried rice and Taipei-style cold noodles), this intimate wine nook is a lesson in restraint.

2 3 High Street, Willunga