Looking to check out somewhere new this weekend? Discover our favourite restaurants & bars to open this year in Sydney.
We’re so lucky to have an array of incredible dining options across Sydney and each year, that list continues to grow. From waterside venues, quaint Italian eateries and fine dining spots, discover the best new restaurants & bars Sydney has scored in 2022.
For those that like the finer things in life, it doesn’t get much better than a 3-hour dining experience at Ele within The Star. Together Frederico Zanellato and Karl Firla put on a gastronomical degustation with dishes inspired by the elements of earth, wind, fire and water. Every dish is plated with precision for a multi-sensory experience and it’s common to see a pairing of delicacies and native Australian ingredients. As you move around the venue for this progressive dining experience, you’ll be delighted by the whimsical mastery of the chefs, the gastronomy on the table and the intimate restaurant feel with just 20 seats. Find out more here.
The menu is predominantly plant-based and 100% authentic reflecting the veggie-driven mezze found on the Aegean Turkish coast. Showcasing traditional dishes from the western region of Turkey, the meat will be used as a supporting act to veg. This is the third venue launch from Origins Dining Group and the first to showcase vegetables in this way. Find out more here.
Adding to the ever-growing list of reasons to stay in the Bondi-bubble, the team behind Sydney’s Shell House have opened a stylish new venue in the city’s much-loved Eastern Suburbs. Topikós Dining Room & Bar offers diners fresh, modern Greek fare that perfectly captures modern Greek dining. With an all-star squad bursting with culinary talent, the team will really flex their culinary and wine muscles. Find out more here.
Civico 47 has recently been introduced to Sydney in the original site of from Italian institution, Lucio’s. The space has transformed into a modern European Oasis, perfect for long lunches, date nights and dining slow in good company. At the helm of the kitchen is Executive Chef Matteo Zamboni (Ormeggio, Pilu at Freshwater and Jonah’s). Born in a small town in northern Italy, Zamboni’s Italian heritage shines through each dish. Find out more here.
Joining Liquid and Larder’s stellar line-up of Sydney venues (including The Gidley and Bistecca) The Rover promises to retain its former good-time Irish heritage with an added chic wine bar feel. The amber glow of the dimly-lit copper bar is sure to lure you in, and the boisterous banter from the spirited bartenders will keep you in your seat. Whether dropping in for a casual tipple or seeking a proper night out, The Rover caters to all. Find out more here.
Two years in the making, co-founders Jorge Farah and Ibrahim Moubadder are over the moon that their new venue is finally unveiled! AALIA has an Arabian soul that embodies refined Middle Eastern food in another light compared to ESCA Group’s sister restaurant, Nour. Executive Chef Paul Farag has a wealth of experience which has led him into detailing the finest techniques on the menu at AALIA. Find out more here.
Inspired by memorable meals in Tulum, the trio behind Wild Sage at Barangaroo, Miller’s Kitchen in Cammeray and Whitton in South Eveleigh heritage Locomotive Workshop have opened their doors at King Street Wharf with their dream venture, Alegre. Alegre is an upmarket Mexican restaurant bringing beats, barbacoa, mezcals and Mayan food techniques to Darling Harbour. The menu pays homage to traditional Mayan cooking methods infused with distinctly Australian native ingredients. Find out more here.
Restaurateur Andrew Becher, owner and operator of French brasserie Franca opened Parlar – a Catalan-inspired restaurant and bar right in the heart of Potts Point. The menu, designed by Executive Chef, Jose Saulog showcases an interpretation of Catalan and Mediterranean-influenced dishes utilising the best seafood Australia has to offer, served as tapas-style share plates. The share style format sets the tone for a lively experience, bringing a Mediterranean buzz to a fine dining offering. Find out more here.
To add to the repertoire of top restaurants in Campbell’s Cove, Ploos has taken up residence on the promenade. Owned by the culinary master behind beloved venues including Alpha, Omega, Eleni’s and Cosmos, Chef Peter Conistis has set out to emulate the South Aegean region and transport guests through atmosphere and taste. The alfresco dining space features cosy lounge seating and olive trees amongst a backdrop of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The space is ideal for apritivo hour and sharing meze dishes in good company. Find out more here.
After staking their claim in Avalon, hospitality duo Jack Leary and Tim Christensen have brought their popular Mexican eatery to Freshwater. With beachside charm and an eclectic mix of modern-Mexican share plates, best believe this is our new go-to summer venue. The pair have set out to emulate the best of Mexican cuisine. Christensen is at the helm of the kitchen as Executive Chef, fusing authentic Mexican flavours with seasonal ingredients that are found within close proximity of the restaurant. Find out more here.
Giuls is the first restaurant venture for Giulia Treuner, however she is no stranger to the hospitality business having spent half a decade with Rockpool. Together with Esmeralda Perez (Head Chef at Bondi’s Carbon) and Alessio Rago (Executive Chef at Manly Pavilion) they have created a female-led modern Italian restaurant. Situated amongst the main thoroughfare of Crown Street, Giuls has a buzzy but relaxed vibe. The menu is inspired by the Tuscany region that uses seasonal products, homemade pasta and fresh seafood. Find out more here.
Milpa Collective (Calita, La Palma, Sonora and Taqiza to name a few) has turned their attention to Sydney’s newest dining precinct, Quay Quarters Lane, with the addition of Londres 126. The name was inspired by none other than Frida Kahlo and her resident address in Mexico City. The restaurant has a salon-like setting and the atmosphere emulates the legendary parties Kahlo would throw in the 1940s. The menu reflects Mexico City’s diverse food scene while showcasing seasonal Australian produce. Find out more here.
We’ll continue to add to our guide as we experience more new restaurants across Sydney that are definitely worth the visit!