Best New Restaurant Openings Of 2020 (So Far)

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 18 March 2020

Now, more than ever, Sydney restaurants need our patronage. So, why not visit some of the best?

Estate Coogee

Estate, Coogee

It might technically be home to three venues, but we couldn’t go past including Coogee’s new mega venue on this list. Find its home on the street level of Coogee Beach’s Crowne Plaza (which recently scored a multi-million dollar refurb), Estate brings together three distinct dining concepts, all inspired by upstate New York in the sunny summer months. Inside, you’ll find Kitchen (a formal Hamptons-inspired restaurant and dining room), Taqueria (a buzzy Mexican cantina and bar) plus Terrace (an alfresco beach club bar). Find out more here.

Firegrill Restaurant and Bar

Firegrill, CBD

Unlike its more casual neighbouring venues, Firegrill Restaurant and Bar is set to deliver an elevated steak and seafood-focused dining room. The venue commands attention, split across two levels and running the entire length of the Barrack Place laneway between Clarence and Kent Street. At the Clarence Street end, you’ll find a more casual street-level bar and restaurant kitted out with an eight-metre tall wall of wine. Upstairs, you’ll find dedicated spaces for events as well as private dining rooms. Find out more here.

Raphael’s Restaurant + Bar, CBD

As one of the new restaurant finding its home in the lavish Raphael Place dining precinct, Raphael’s is an unmissable all-day Italian restaurant and bar. What can you expect from this new venue? Click here to find out.

Bar Tikram

Bar Tikram, Darling Harbour

Bar Tikram is the daring new venue on the foreshore of Darling Harbour at The Star Sydney. In an effort to raise the profile of Middle Eastern-inspired dining in Sydney, Bar Tikram has curated an accessible menu of mezze-style eats designed to passed and shared among friends. Here, communal dining is a must. Find out more here.

DOC Sydney

D.O.C Pizza + Mozzarella Bar, Surry Hills

As the latest outpost for this thriving Melbourne-based restaurant group, D.O.C Pizza + Mozzarella Bar finds its first Sydney home in the heart of Surry Hills. For diners, D.O.C. delivers a simple Italian classics served in a unique bar-style setting. Expect crispy, springy pizza bases topped with simple ingredients, along with an ever-evolving list of pizza specials. Find out more here.

Don Pedros Paddington

Don Pedros, Paddington

Say hello to Don Pedros, the new modern Mexican and Southern Californian share-style cantina now open in Paddington. This casual eatery is a bold new approach for the Paddington-based space, with an emphasis on simple dishes served in a colourful, buzzing atmosphere. Find out more here.

Henrys Neutral Bay

Henrys, Neutral Bay

Henrys Neutral Bay finding its home in the former digs of the award-winning Woodland Kitchen on Grosvenor Street. This new opening comes off the back of the success of Henrys Cronulla, a favourite in the Shire since opening its doors in 2015. This casual eatery and bar have been welcoming locals into its lofty, light-filled dining room for years, with a Japanese-inspired share-style menu perfect for enjoying among friends after a day at the beach. Find out more here.

Best New Restaurant Openings 2020
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Una Más, Coogee Pavilion

After five years in the works, Merivale opened the doors to Coogee Pavilion’s highly anticipated middle floor in early January 2020. One of this trio of new venus is Una Más, a local wine and tapas bar with perfect for those looking for a ‘walk off the beach’ venue. With an undeniably Mediterranean soul, the venue’s uncomplicated menu fuses Spanish and Australian influences with dishes like anchovies on fresh bread, freshly shucked oysters and seafood off the plancha. Find out more here. 

TOKKI Surry Hills

TOKKI, Surry Hills

Say hello to TOKKI, the new bustling Asian eatery taking inspiration from the izakayas of Seoul and Tokyo. Proudly positioned on Foveaux Street, this vibrant venue is set to serve busy Sydneysiders with an unmissable dose of snacks and share plates washed down by well-made cocktails, sake, Japanese whiskey and so much more. Find out more here.

No 92 GPR Glebe

No. 92 GPR, Glebe

Introducing No. 92 GPR, a neighbourhood wine bar, café and kitchen with a rich history to share. The venue is proudly positioned on the corner spot of 92 Glebe Point Road, a terrace that has been home to everything from a merchant tailor to a grocer and even a private investigator in its past. The spot was first opened as the Waratah in 1874 by Henry Taylor, marketing the first pub on Glebe Point Road. Find out more here.

Best New Restaurant Openings 2020

Freddie Green’s, Alexandria

Set in one of Sydney’s emerging cultural hubs, Freddie Green’s delivers all-day Italian eats to Sydneysiders. The venue is led by Chef James Metcalfe, who was inspired to launch the venue after jetting abroad to central Italy to research and master authentic culinary techniques and traditional flavours. The result? Expect a casual and welcoming dining destination celebrating the best eats and drinks Italy has to offer. Find out more here.