Our guide to Newcastle's best restaurants
Newcastle's reputation as a foodie destination is fast gaining traction outside of the region, for locals we are all to aware of the abundance of quality dining experiences situated on our doorstep. With a diverse offering of cuisines, spectacular locations and an ever-growing pool of kitchen talent, Newcastle restaurants have never been more exciting.
Taking inspiration from Abbot Kinney Boulevarde and Venice Beach in California owners Chris and Zach jumped at the opportunity to open Flotilla on the inner-city fringe of the suburb, Wickham. The refined casual dining experience that Flotilla offers has ensured it has become a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. With an emphasis on working with Australian produce both for wine and dine menu, it has become a highlight on the Newcastle restaurant.
Where: 9 Albert St, Wickham NSW 2293
When it comes to dining out in Newcastle, Crystalbrook Kingsley’s Roundhouse Restaurant can without doubt claim to offer the most spectacular views. Situated on the rooftop of the 5-star hotel, the floor to ceiling glass walls provide all the way to Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley. The menu focuses on modern Australian flavours with emphasis placed on working with native ingredients, a must visit for foodies or for those who want to experience luxury at its best.
Where: Level 9/282 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300
It was in November 2011 that Chris and Ami’s dream became reality taking over the Hunter St venue. Chris and the team have gone onto creating what is today a Newcastle dining institution. What can you expect at Restaurant Mason, Chris explains he most enjoys creating dishes that his guests will love. The menu displays a French and British influence, an appreciation Chris acquired from his time as an apprentice chef at Newcastle’s Restaurant II.
Where: 35 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Newcastle’s first and only Good Food Guide hatted restaurant, subo has long been delivering a unique dining experience to their guests. The five-course menu is switched up twice throughout each season and is all about sourcing Australian only produce, and when it comes to the wine menu it’s minimal intervention. The warm and intimate space says no fuss and lets the food and service do all the talking.
Where: 551D Hunter St, Newcastle West NSW 2302
Located in one of Newcastle’s most iconic buildings the Signal Box has been a part of the Newcastle Railway Station precinct since its construction in 1936, today what you’ll find is an upmarket bistro-style dining experience Harbourside. Operating from breakfast through to dinner, serving innovative, modern Australian cuisine.
Where: 155 Wharf Rd, Newcastle NSW 2300
Opening in 2004 Nagisa has been earned a reputation for consistently delivering fresh and innovative Japanese cuisine, merging the elegance and tradition of Japanese cuisine with a twist of modern edgy flavours. Located within the harbourside suburb of Honeysuckle, take a seat outside and catch all the waterside action, or sit inside at the Teppanyaki Bar.
Where: 1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle NSW 2300
Initially moving to Australia to study at the University of Newcastle, Sadaf and Shervin are one of Newcastle’s quiet achievers in the Newcastle restaurant scene. The menu is loaded with authentic Iranian dishes that highlight their cultural hero, rice. Treating their restaurant as it is their home and the people are their guests, Limoo Café needs to be put on your list of venues to dine at in Newcastle.
Where: 74 Beaumont St, Hamilton NSW 2303
Brought to us by foodie fans, Nick and Rebecca, the duo met at a pub in Newtown back in 2011, looking for a career change the couple took on Chester White Cured Diner in Potts Point before heading north to Newcastle. Encouraged by good friends and fellow restauranteurs Mike and Brendan of The Falcon and The Ship Inn, Nick and Rebecca opened Lock’s Paddock. The menu is focused on charcuterie and pork and a whole lot of theatrics.
Where: 16 Watt St, Newcastle NSW 2300
If you’re in need of an injection of Thai culture and some authentic flavours you need to hit Beaumont Street and lock in an evening at Bangkok Nights. Owner Darase opened her first Thai restaurant, At Bangkok in Sydney 15 years ago, Darase has brought her Thai experience to Newcastle saying ‘we want to have a Thai restaurant which is purely doing Thai original flavour to cater for Thai community’.
Where: 37 Beaumont St, Hamilton NSW 2303
If you’re looking for some beats with your meats then Newcastle’s MEET restaurant on Darby St is a must-do dining experience in Newcastle. Located in the heart of the CBD MEET offers a New York-style bar on one side and warehouse-style restaurant space on the other. When it comes to the menu choose between either their seasonal list of seafood and meats or take their signature Churrasco experience.
Where: 9 Darby St, Newcastle NSW 2300