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.
The newest addition to Mucho Hospitality Group (Cantin OK!, Tio’s) shifts the team’s laser focus from margaritas to martinis. The bar itself has been designed with a distinct Newtownian twist, brought to life by the team behind the fit-out of Hubert and Alberto Lounge. Interpreting a design brief of ‘twisted bistro’, Bar Planet is a subtle, psychedelic re-imagining of mid-century bistro and martini ephemera lost in time. 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.
From the team that brought us Sinaloa, Potts Point has landed an all-new, not quite restaurant, not quite nightclub experience. Vibe-seeking Sydneysiders can now enjoy Greek meze, playful cocktails and bottle service, before partying the night away. Find out more here.
AALIA, Martin Place
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.
If you’ve ever walked the streets of Tokyo, you’ll know it’s not uncommon to stumble across a bustling vinyl bar. Matt Young (founder of Black Market Sake and ex-sommelier at Fratelli Paradiso & 10 Willam St) and Jemma Whiteman (ex- Pinebone, Billy Kwong & Lankan Filling Station) have set out to emulate this culture in the heart of Newtown. Ante is located on King Street with a 60 strong sake list, Young’s very own collection of 2,500 vinyl records and a delectable Asian meets European food menu executed by Whiteman. 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.
To add to Sydney’s ramen repertoire, Farmhouse founder Michael Mu Sung and Head Chef Jacob Riwaka have opened Bones Ramen in Potts Point. Located on Bayswater Road, Bones provides traditional Japanese ramen and take your tastebuds on a trip to Tokyo with every visit. Riwaka has spent three years in the kitchens of Rising Sun and Cornersmith and admires the culinary ethos behind ramen noodle dishes. The intimate restaurant emulates a traditional ramen experience in Japan with just 20 seats total. 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.
After earning consecutive Chef’s Hats in the 2020 and 2021 Good Food Guide Awards, Tristan Rosier has turned his attention to a lavish new venue located a stone’s throw from his restaurant Arthur. The restaurant is named after Rosier’s adored grandmother, Jane and emulates the spirit of a 1970s brasserie. Arthur Sous Chef Victoria Scriven (formerly Ester) is at the helm of the kitchen. Together, Rosier and Scriven execute an all-Australian menu highlighting sustainably farmed ingredients and innovative ways to ensure a zero-waste policy. 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!