Best Restaurants in NSW
Your tastebuds are in for a treat in Regional NSW. With talented chefs, fresh local produce, abundant seafood, superb wines, and cultural and culinary influences from around the world, it’s an enticing dining destination. And the diverse natural beauty is all part of this wonderful sensory experience.
Each year the Good Food Guide reviews restaurants around Australia and awards one, two or three chef’s hats to the best, similar to Michelin stars. For 2019 in Regional NSW, 22 restaurants are featured, of which 18 wear one hat and four two hats. The four two-hat restaurants in 2019 are:
- Biota Dining in Bowral, in the Southern Highlands
- Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill winery, in the Hunter Valley
- Fleet in Brunswick Heads, on the far North Coast
- Paper Daisy at Halcyon House in Cabarita Beach
For incredible farm to fork dining, Leura Garage is an ideal choice, with every ingredient sourced from within a 100-mile radius of the restaurant. Experience the beauty of Katoomba Falls and enjoy fine dining at Darley’s, in Lilianfels Resort & Spa. In nearby Blackheath, enjoy Asian-inspired food made with seasonal produce at newly hatted Fumo.
The Hunter Valley is one of NSW’s top food and wine regions. Try European cuisine overlooking the vines at one hat Bistro Molines, an experiential tasting menu at EXP. or Modern Australian with a view at Restaurant Botanica. The Muse team has two tasty options; the two hatted Muse Restaurant and one hatted Muse Kitchen.
Head to the coast for exceptional fresh seafood. Fins in Kingscliff specialises in sustainable seafood while the Stunned Mullet in Port Macquarie has beach views and incredible food and wine. In Mollymook on the South Coast you’ll find Rick Stein at Bannisters, the first Australian restaurant from the UK celebrity chef.
You’ll be spoilt for choice in Country NSW. Racine Restaurant, just outside of Orange, overlooks a vineyard on the foothills of the famous Mount Canobolas. The award-winning Graze Restaurant at the Willow Tree Inn near Quirindi is best known for its locally grown, dry aged Black Angus beef.
Clementine Restaurant in historic Yass is set in a 1950s weatherboard cottage, serving French and Italian style cuisine. Enjoy artisan smoked meats at the Poachers Pantry, complemented by wines from the Wily Trout vineyard. BAY85 offers a unique fusion dining experience in the heart of Wagga Wagga’s main street.
Many of the State’s top restaurants are committed to growing their own produce. Harvest is a restaurant, bakery and delicatessen in the historic village of Newrybar, and ingredients are grown in the restaurant’s gardens and foraged in the surrounds. St Isidore in Milton and Bells at Killcare also pick fresh produce on site.