Where to eat out in Newcastle, restaurants you need to know about
The Newcastle restaurant scene has transformed dramatically in recent years. For locals, we're well aware of the abundance of quality dining experiences and now, unsurprisingly, our reputation as a foodie destination is gaining traction outside of the region.
With a diverse offering of cuisines, spectacular locations, and an ever-growing pool of kitchen talent, Newcastle restaurants have never been more exciting. To help you discover the best Newcastle restaurants, here’s our 2021 guide on where to dine out in the city.
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 Harbour side. Operating from breakfast through to dinner, serving innovative, modern Australian cuisine.
Where: 155 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
It was in November 2011 that Chris and Ami’s dream became reality taking over the Hunter St venue. Chris, Ami and the team have gone onto create what is today a Newcastle dining institution. What can you expect from Restaurant Mason? Chris explains he most enjoys creating dishes that his guests will love. The menu is inspired by the seasons and displays a French and British influence, combined with the exquisite interiors and you have a dining experience you won't forget.
Where: 35 Hunter St, Newcastle
Opening in 2004 Nagisa has been earned a reputation for consistently delivering the freshest and most iniative Japanese cuisine in Newcastle. Located in the Honeysuckle precinct overlooking Newcastle’s working harbour what Nagisa manages to do easily is merge the elegance and tradition of Japanese cuisine with a twist of modern edgy flavours.
Where: 1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Taking inspiration from Abbot Kinney Boulevarde and Venice Beach in California owners Chris and Zach jumped at the opportunity to open Flotilla within Newcastle's fringe suburb of 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 menus it has become a highlight on the Newcastle restaurant.
Where: 9 Albert St, Wickham
When it comes to dining out in Newcastle, Crystalbrook Kingsley’s Roundouse Restaurant can, without doubt, lay claim to offering the most spectacular views in the city. Situated on the rooftop of the 5-star hotel, the floor to ceiling glass walls provide views 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 and is a must-visit for foodies or for those who want to experience luxury at its best.
Where: Level 9/282 King St, Newcastle
Newcastle’s first 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
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
Scratchleys on the Wharf
Located on Newcastle Harbour Scratchleys is one of the city's most iconic restaurants. Seafood is what they specialise in with the menu being a smorgasbord of ocean delights, highlight being the famous Scratchleys Seafood Platters. Brimming with Blue Swimmer Crab, Balmain Bugs, King Prawns, and Sydney Rock Oysters, there really is no better experience than sitting window side and watching all the happenings of the harbour go by.
Where: 200 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
One of Newcastle's most loved Mediterranean restaurants, Rustica not only delivers the goods with the menu but also happens to offer up some of the best views in Newcastle. Sitting directly opposite Newcastle Beach Rustic it is the ideal venue for a long lingering lunch or romantic dinner for two. Choose between the grazing tapas-style menu or go for the larger plate to enjoy all to yourself, either way you won't be disappointed.
Where: 2/1 King St, Newcastle
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
If you’re in need of an injection of Thai culture and some authentic flavours you need to hit Beaumont Street in Hamilton 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
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, Café Limoo needs to be put on your list of venues to dine at in Newcastle.
Where: 74 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Boasting a Mediterranean-inspired kitchen that works together incredible flavour combinations and one hell of a cocktail list, Article 24 is the baby of local foodie, Matthew Newcombe. The menu features both small and large share plates and with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options; Article 24 is sure to have every diner enjoying their Mediterranean dishes.
Where: 52 Regent St, New Lambton
The Greenroof Kitchen by Ron & Raf
Brought to you by Ronnie Stricke & Raf Tonon the duo wanted to create a restaurant experience that offers a pub feel and the expected pub grub, together with an impressive menu that is all about being afforable and exceptional in quality. Located within The Greenroof Hotel in Hamilton, it's a secret suburban gem.
Where: 71 Tudor St, Hamilton
Sitting at the corner of King and Watt St is one of Newcastle’s original and most loved restaurants, Bocados. Celebrating 10 years of business in 2019, owner Raul and the team has consistently delivered authentic Spanish flavours and an atmospheric dining experience. A favourite amongst locals this is a must-visit!
Where: 25 King St, Newcastle
If it’s Mexican flavours you’re craving Antojitos is the place to go. Born and raised in northern California, owner and head street food chef Eric Flores, said he grew up surrounded by Mexican culture and that my friends is what you experience when you drop into Antojitos Mexican street food.
Where: 11 Steel St, Newcastle West
One of Newcastle's best kept secrets, Asa Don offers traditional Japanese cuisine with their tiny kitchen pumping out some of the freshest flavours all the while being affordable and friendly. Keeping it consistent is what they do best with their warm friendly staff not only filling your belly but making you feel right at home.
Where: 179 King St, Newcastle
If views are important to you when it comes to dining out then Surhouse Italian overlooking Merewether Beach will make you very happy. Perched above the sand and the surf within Merewether Surfhouse this is undoubtedly one of Newcastle’s most scenic restaurants which has an impressive menu to match those spectacular views. Offering a mix of seafood and Italian flavours it has something for everyone and with the Surfhouse bar located just to the left you can easily settle in for the afternoon and night.
Where: 5 Henderson Parade, Merewether
The Prince of Merewether
The Prince is one of those iconic hotels, locals have been going there since 1876 and now with owners Ty and Julianne in charge it’s been given a new lease on life. The menu is a surprising mix of pub classic and fine dining selections. If you’re visiting for dinner, be sure to order your drinks and take a seat on the balcony for a bevvy or two.
Where: 1 Morgan St, Merewether
Scotties Seafood Restaurant
An icon of the Newcastle dining scene Scotties what you’ll find today is a cute and cosy seafood trattoria in the city’s East End. Offering the freshest locally caught. Scotties is an all-occasion kind of venue, take it inside for a romantic dinner for two, or step outside picnic style with your takeaway on the grass knolls or take a seat under the fairy lights.
Where: 36 Scott St, Newcastle East
One of Newcastle’s more unique restaurant offerings Habesha Ethiopian at The Junction. Best described by owner and head chef Lidya Stapleton as being, “Different from anything you have ever had before.” The open kitchen allows you to watch the chefs prepare before you get stuck into your dish with your hands. Each and every dining experience is kicked off with the traditional hand-washing ceremony that is customary in Ethiopia, allowing you to dip, soak and sop up every inch of your dish.
Where: 50 Glebe Rd, The Junction