“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 Sydney’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 Sydney 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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Charcoal Fish

Restaurant

This Rose Bay fish-n-chipper by Josh and Julie Niland of Saint Peter fame is all about recreating the simple joy of a takeaway roast-chook dinner – but with fish. You’ll find whole, half, and quarter Murray Cod fillets crackled to perfection, luxe sides, and zero-waste cocktails courtesy of sustainable south Eveleigh bar, Re–.

670 New South Head Road, Rose Bay

Margaret

Restaurant

Neil Perry’s first solo venture arrived a little over a year after the Rockpool chef announced his retirement. That said, it’s an instant classic. Settle into the luxe dining room for produce-driven Perry cuisine – lobster with sambal butter and wood-fired rotisserie chicken with smoked eggplant puree.

30-36 Bay Street, Double Bay

Paski Vineria Popolare

Restaurant

Giorgio De Maria's Darlinghurst venue is three acts over two levels, created in partnership with wine importer Mattia Dicati and chef Enrico Tomelleri of 10 William Street, Ragazzi and more. Downstairs is a bar and bottle shop styled after the enotecas of Italy. And upstairs, a colourful restaurant for pasta and specialty wines.

239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Ursula’s

Restaurant

At his first solo restaurant, acclaimed chef Phil Wood explores and expands Australian cuisine with a produce-driven menu combining classic European cooking with local ingredients. There are nods to Aboriginal history, too, plus a fresh take on the classic peach Melba dessert.

92 Hargrave Street, Paddington

Lola’s Level 1

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An elegant-but-approachable Mediterranean diner co-owned by Marco Ambrosino of Fratelli Paradiso and 10 William Street fame. The highlights? A rising star in the kitchen, oysters served at least three ways, standout cocktails and million-dollar ocean views.

180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

Lucky Kwong

Restaurant

A canteen-style lunch-only restaurant by celebrity chef Kylie Kwong. Named after her late son, Lucky serves Kwong's signature Australian-Cantonese food – including her famous savoury pancakes.

2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh

La Salut

Bar

Inside the Norfolk Hotel’s former sports bar is a vibrant wine nook inspired by the Barcelona suburb it’s named after. Expect a range of vermouths, plus mussels and chips, crackers topped with Cantabrian anchovies, and skewers cooked over a flat grill. From the team behind Love, Tilly Devine.

305 Cleveland Street, Redfern

Woodcut

Restaurant

This dazzling fine diner – from the duo behind legendary CBD restaurant The Bridge Room – was worth the wait. Each kitchen of the four kitchens here harness a different element: steam, fire, smoke and ice. From the seafood kitchen, you'll find piles of caviar and roe; and raw kingfish with lychee and grilled ginger. From the woodfire grill? There's swordfish and a 270-day-aged one-kilogram Black Market T-bone.

Level 1, Crown Sydney 1/1 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
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Menzies Bar

Bar

The first of three venues to go in at the refurbished Shell House in the CBD. It pulls inspiration from the grand eateries of Europe, with a daily Martini hour, lobster rolls, and a 2am licence.

37 Margaret Street, Sydney

Acqua e Farina

Restaurant

A 15-seater in Potts Point serving up to seven styles of pasta, by a former Metisse head chef.

117b Macleay Street, Potts Point

Baba’s Place

Restaurant

A hidden Marrickville restaurant celebrating the cultural diversity of Sydney's suburbs. Beyond the low-key roller door, it’s plating up citrussy schnitzels; charcoal-grilled octopus with endives and raspberry; and bouillabaisse bolognaise with prawn and bacon XO sauce.

20 Sloane Street, Marrickville

Amah

Restaurant

A brilliant partnership between Ho Jiak and Mr Wong's former head chef, Loong Oon. The menu pays tribute to Oon's grandmother with soy-braised pork belly, a deceptively simple king-prawn black-pepper curry, and a nostalgic soup of hand-pounded fish balls in a delicate clear broth.

436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Seta

Restaurant

An ambitious, opulent multi-part Italian restaurant and bar inside Australia's first bank – with an executive chef who ran a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant. Take a seat in the main dining room, crudo bar or chef's table. There's Venetian-style bite-size snacks, 30 varieties of raw seafood and a three-metre-high wine fridge.

11 Barack Street, Sydney

The Blue Door

Restaurant

At every turn, chef Dylan Cashman’s smart 24-seater is guided by provenance and zero waste. Whole beasts are used from nose to tail; fresh produce comes from the garden out back; and local winemakers are placed front and centre. Ask for the “secret” drinks menu – it’s got super rare French drops and cocktail specials.

8 38 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills

Tequila Daisy

Restaurant

A bright Barangaroo taqueria doing mezcal and tequila cocktails, plus stellar tacos and share plates marrying Mexican flavours and cooking techniques with Australian produce.

11 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

Porcine

Restaurant

At this French bistro above P&V’s Paddington bottle shop, a 60-kilogram Berkshire pig gets delivered each fortnight. Every part of the beast is used, from the head (which becomes terrine) to the belly (bacon sangers for staff meals).

268 Oxford Street, Paddington

Pub Life Kitchen

Restaurant

After a five year closure, Pub Life Kitchen is back open in Ultimo. Come for pub classics, Serbian specialties and those legendary burgers.

Lord Wolseley Hotel 265 Bulwara Road, Ultimo

Itacate

Restaurant

Rosa Cienfuegos makes some of Sydney's best Mexican food. At this colourful and casual all-day Mexican eatery and deli, she's serving home-style dishes: hot tamales, street tacos, garnachas and more. Plus, there are hard-to-find Mexican pantry goods to buy.

129-133 Redfern Street, Redfern

Kottoo

Restaurant

Try its namesake dish, kottu roti – a delicious, textural hash of chopped roti, curry and egg. Plus devilled beef-filled roti wraps, lacy hoppers and golden dosas, in a colourful CBD space.

50 Hunter Street, Sydney

Bar Elvina

Bar

This relaxed, taverna-style wine bar is by two hospitality veterans behind some of the country's most revered venues. Their shared love of the sea is reflected in the seafood-heavy menu and breezy atmosphere.

Level 1 50 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach

Bistrot 916

Restaurant

Chef Dan Pepperell and his dream have brought a new wave of French dining to Potts Point. On the menu, it's saucisson, escargot pasta and steak frites. Plus, there's a drinks list by the Swillhouse Group's former sommelier.

22 Challis Avenue, Potts Point
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Bar Suze

Restaurant

A European-style bistro with a particular focus on Scandinavian flavours. Come for smorgasbord (snacks) such as barbequed octopus with bullhorn peppers, chilled strawberry soup with Iberico jamon and oysters spiked with a punchy house sauce.

54 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

A'Mare

Restaurant

A’Mare is impressive. Owner Alessandro Pavoni wanted to emulate the theatre of a Michelin-starred meal, without the European stiffness – there's a roving gelato cart, pesto pounded tableside and a view over water so pretty that, if you squint, you might be fooled into thinking you're in Italy.

Crown Sydney, Level 1/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
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Kisuke

Restaurant

A meal at this six-seater omakase restaurant is like a culinary mystery tour, where what you eat is left completely to the chef.

50 Llankelly Place, Potts Point

Fish Shop

Restaurant

An elevated fish'n'chipper from the team behind Fishbowl. Pull up a chair in the light-filled dining room for Mediterranean-inspired bar snacks, or settle on a picnic rug in the neighbouring park with takeaway boxes.

87 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
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Haco

Restaurant

Keita Abe brings Japanese like you've never seen to Surry Hills with his tempura restaurant. Sit around the centrepiece wraparound counter and order from a constantly-shifting menu.

102/21 Alberta Street, Sydney
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Above Par

Restaurant

Above Par is a sleek 60-seater bistro in the heart of the CBD, serving homestyle Levantine dishes from lunch and well into the evening.

215 Clarence Street, Sydney

Cafe Freda's

Bar

The successor to Chippendale's Freda's channels the spirit of the original late-night haunt into a buzzing sit-down bar and diner in the heart of Sydney's nightlife district.

191-195 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Alpha

Restaurant

Following a stunning makeover, this beloved Greek restaurant reopened in 2021. A handful of old favourites remain on the menu, but everything else – from the sprawling open kitchen to the roaring woodfire oven – is brand new.

238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
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Westwood Pizza

Restaurant

This tiny pizzeria, run by two ex-Bella Brutta chefs, makes just 150 pizzas a day. So order your fermented-garlic honey, 'nduja or pepperoni pizza early – they sell out fast.

245 Australia Street, Newtown

Mumu

Restaurant

Southeast Asian street food is the focus at Merivale’s rowdy good-times diner: oysters spiked with Vietnamese-style vinaigrette, jungle curry with pipis and Phnom Penh fried chicken. To drink? Fresh cocktails and a famous yuzu slushie.

330 George Street, Sydney