Best Restaurants in NSW
Your tastebuds are in for a treat in Regional NSW, with acclaimed restaurants dotted along the spectacular coast and in the beautiful countryside. Many of the award-winning restaurants are in the fertile wine regions, including the Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands, Mudgee and Orange.
With talented chefs, fresh local produce, abundant seafood caught in pristine waters, superb wines, and cultural and culinary influences from around the world, Regional NSW is an enticing dining destination. And the diverse natural beauty of NSW is part of this wonderful sensory experience.
Each year The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide reviews restaurants and awards one, two or three chef’s hats to the best, similar to Michelin stars. For 2018 in Regional NSW, over 40 restaurants are featured, of which 20 wear one hat and three two hats. The three two-hat restaurants are:
- Biota Dining in Bowral, on the Southern Highlands
- Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill winery, in the Hunter Valley
- Fleet in Brunswick Heads, on the far North Coast
On the unspoilt South Coast are fun adventures, white sandy beaches and a delectable range of restaurants. A scenic way to travel south from Sydney is on the Grand Pacific Drive, through Australia’s oldest national park to Wollongong where Caveau offers an amazing tasting menu.
In charming Milton farther south is St Isidore, which uses fresh produce grown in its own garden. A short drive away is Mollymook and the seafood gem Rick Stein at Bannisters, where you can taste plump oysters from Australia’s Oyster Coast and freshly caught fish from the deep blue sea.
North of Sydney, on the Central Coast, is Pearls on the Beach, in a beach house which overlooks the sparkling waters of Broken Bay. On the North Coast are more acclaimed restaurants, including Subo and Mason in Newcastle, the Stunned Mullet in Port Macquarie, and Beach Byron Bay in Byron Bay.
The Hunter Valley has long been one of NSW’s best known and highly regarded food and wine regions, with great restaurants at wineries. Another wine region is the Canberra District, where you’ll find Clementine in historic Yass. For World Heritage views, try Darley’s in the Blue Mountains.