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Sydney’s Top 10 New Restaurants for 2018…so Far

Across Sydney, the newest eateries to join the culinary ranks have caused a stir. From plant-based dining and authentic Mexican cuisine, to neighbourhood eateries and lush, botanical hideaways, there are plenty of venues to pick from.

Here are our top 10 restaurant openings for the 2018 so far. 


Situated within Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Alibi is far from your stock standard hotel restaurant, we’re talking an entirely plant-based food and cocktail menu. The creativity and scope of the menu is broad with dishes like heirloom tomato and zucchini lasagne, and kimchi dumplings. Our advice? Try the spiced rum, Blazin the Chester cocktail. It comes in an old fashioned, glass smoking pipe.

6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo


Castlecrag has revitalised its Quadrangle Shopping Village and apera has joined in the party. The shared dining menu features a selection of delectable small plates, alongside hearty rotisserie and wood-fired mains. From the food to the drinks, their love for Australian producers is highlighted in their strong menu of local spirits, sodas and liqueurs.

23-26/100 Edinburg Road, Castlecrag

Bert’s Bar and Brasserie

Set within Merivale’s The Newport, Bert’s is an elegant yet relaxed brasserie and bar boasting beautiful views across Pittwater. An ode to grand hotel dining of the 1930’s, the pink and jade hued restaurant serves up classic dishes from the raw bar, grill and charcoal oven. The premium wine list and definitive cocktail menu are well suited to the European- inspired menu.

2 Kalinya Street, Newport

Carbón Mexican

Bondi’s latest restaurant, Carbón Mexican, is all about charcoal textures. This family run eatery draws inspiration from their Tulum roots and serves up their cuisine direct from the woodfire oven. Leaving the creativity to the diners, the make your own tacos are popular with succulent fillings like Hampshire suckling pig, roast lamb shoulder and octopus to choose from. As far as drinks, margaritas reign supreme.

288 Bondi Road, Bondi

The Botanica Vaucluse

A lush oasis, The Botanica Vaucluse gives us serious interiors envy; from the pink velvet seats, crisp white tables, scattered greenery and luxe wallpaper. The botanical aesthetic translates across to their paddock-to-plate menu that features produce from their Jamberoo Valley farm and local suppliers. Their cocktail menu pairs well with a strong focus on their house-made gin.

2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse

Bellucci Cucina

Popular with the 9 to 5 set, Bellucci Cucina is the latest contemporary Italian eatery to set up shop in the CBD. This vibrant restaurant offers authentic, full-bodied Italian cuisine from breakfast to dinner time, with the venue really coming alive around aperitivo hour. Just like in Italy, diners are invited to sip on spritzers while enjoying classics like caprese salad and marinated olives.

Australia Square- Podium 1, Upper Plaza, Level 5, 264- 278 George Street, Sydney

The Stables Restaurant and Bar

Feeling right at home in Paddington, The Stables Restaurant and Bar evokes the vibe of its surroundings through its chic marble, polished concrete and brass interiors. The modern Australian menu is perfect for sharing, featuring a variety of free-range meat and specialty seafood, alongside moreish sides. For wine lovers, the menu boasts some of Australia’s finest drops.

1 Victoria Street, Paddington


Serving modern Turkish cuisine, Turka is the newest café, meze and bar to enter the Crows Nest foodie scene. From breakfast to dinner the dishes are deeply rooted in traditional flavours and are tapas style, so be sure to go hungry. The classic dips, rolls and wraps are delicious and if you can’t make up your mind, you won’t be disappointed with the chef’s selection tasting menu.

4/6 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest

Mark & Vinny’s

Mark + Vinny’s is an inventive Italian spaghetti and spritz bar serving up traditional favourites and innovative creations. This is seen throughout their food menu where old-school classics like cacio e pepe spaghetti with pecorino, sit alongside vegan carbonara. Boasting an enormous spritz menu with over 50 variations, you will have a challenging time picking only a few to sample.

G08, 38-52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills

Bar Patron by Rockpool

Set in a tropical oasis within Sydney’s concrete jungle, Bar Patron is a collaboration between festive tequila brand Patron and Rockpool Dining Group. It’s all about quintessential Mexican flavours with an innovative flair. Of course, tequila plays a starring role, with a core range of cocktails derived from the Patron range…a perfect accompaniment to any taco, empanada and quesadilla. 

2 Phillip Street, Sydney

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