The Best New Restaurants in Adelaide

Updated 3 months ago

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“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 Melbourne'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, 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.

  • With a European menu and a record collection that’s off the charts, this vinyl-spinning bistro is another solid effort from the Clever Little Tailor gang.

  • With a “back to basics” ethos and hospitality heavyweights at the helm, this polished diner offers pasta, protein – and one outstanding semifreddo – in Adelaide’s leafy eastern suburbs.

  • Kiin’s Ben Bertei is one of the country’s most exciting chefs. Taste the cuisine-crossing menu at his buzzing restaurant and you’ll understand why. Dishes include burrata with green nam jim and roti, and a Thai red curry cheeseburger.

  • Tiki couldn't find a casual Thai spot in her neighbourhood, so she opened one herself. Head to her eponymous diner for aromatic tom yum soup, bao with crunchy pork belly, and buffalo chicken wings with zingy sauce.

  • Spanish food is designed to be shared, and this sophisticated diner encourages just that. Bring your crew for charred octopus, mussels with tarragon aioli, and a show-stopping Basque cheesecake.

  • A lively Southeast Asian restaurant by a former Rockpool pastry chef – need we say more? Come for creative Malaysian and Indonesian dishes, and one very eye-catching dessert. Plus, a vinyl-spinning bar upstairs.

  • 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.

  • Inside the old Stirling post office, a top Adelaide chef has turned an old favourite into a bucolic all-day restaurant. Park up in the courtyard for coffee and some of the best desserts around, or settle into the dining room for handmade pasta and beautiful wines.

  • The minds behind Pinco Deli and 1000 Island bring you this very fun bar and diner. Chargrilled seafood, coconut-braised meats and crisped-up veggies are all on the card here. Plus, nightly DJs and a lush courtyard out back.

  • Ascend the stairs from Hindley Street to a slice of island paradise, with pan-Asian and California-inspired bar snacks, playful cocktails, a disco ball and DJs spinning house and funk tunes.

  • 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.