“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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Fire x Soi 38


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



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



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

Soi 38


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


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
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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


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

Plant 3 Red Shed Lane, Bowden

Lai’s Pantry


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


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


The Nola team’s long-awaited Bowden brewpub is a 14-tap bar pouring easy-drinking ales, seasonal sours and big and bitter IPAs. Plus, there's a menu of tacos, tostadas and other “untraditional” Mexican-inspired snacks.

12 Fourth Street, Bowden

The Scenic


This Adelaide Hills jewel may look vintage from the outside, but its dizzying lo-fi wine list and inventive pub grub make it a modern classic. At night, the festooned beer garden offers cracking views of the city lights.

Old Norton Summit Road, Norton Summit

Fugazzi Bar & Dining Room


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
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Motherlode Nuggeteria


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

Daughter in Law


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

290 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Cocina Comida


This pared-back Mexican eatery has an entirely plant-based menu. Expect tacos filled with vegan chorizo, chicken, beef and pork; charred corn with a chilli-lime seasoning; and spicy guacamole with jalapenos and pico de gallo.

4 205 Pirie Street, Adelaide



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

63 Light Square, Adelaide

Dunfor Noodle Bar


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

Bar Lune


An approachable (and cosy) wine bar at the east end of The Parade. Park up at the sleek terrazzo benches 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



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