Fresh Crows Nest Cafe
This café’s motto is “Eat well, Be well” and we think they make it pretty easy to do both at Fresh Crows Nest. Located just off the main strip of Willoughby Road, we think this cosy café is one of Crows Nest’s best-kept secrets. With a strong focus on organic and biodynamic food, they serve up breakfasts and lunch that will help with your healthy eating game.
For award-winning espressos with a side of barista banter, start your morning at Bean Drinking. The cafe roasts its beans on-site and offers a range of brewing methods, like cold-drip, pour over and syphon, but its pride and joy is the Slayer Espresso Machine – one of only 40 in the world.
Tarboosh Lebanese Restaurant
This is Lebanese food as it’s meant to be, fresh, delicious and shared with the whole family. Well that’s what it feels like at Tarboosh, the buzzing 130 seater restaurant in Crows Nest’s foodie precinct. Expect mezze plates, grilled meats and lashings of garlic.
Montezuma's Mexican Restaurant & Bar
Montezuma’s is the place to go on the North Shore for an authentic Mexican feed. Grab your sombreros (actually they give them to you) and prepare for a fiesta the moment you walk in the door. From the vibrant kitsch décor, to the mariachi music, these guys have got the Mexican theme down pat. On the food front, expect Mexican classics and large portions.
Elegant and innovative, Annata is the brainchild of Christian Blair, the former bartender behind Eau de Vie and Rockpool. Unsurprisingly, the drinks list is stellar – think seasonal cocktails, and over 70 wine varieties. Thirst-quenchers aside, the restaurant offers a fine dining experience with a menu made for sharing – which changes all the time.
Northern Indian food meets the North Shore at this long-standing restaurant. Raavi’s Cumin is a foodie institution, known for serving up Punjabi crowd pleasers with sophistication. The dishes really deliver when it comes to originality and flavour, and the dishes themselves quite literally deliver as well, to your door.
I Love Pho Restaurant
I Love Pho brings honest and authentic hawker style eats to the bourgeoning Crows Nest eating scene. As the name suggests, this Vietnamese restaurant knows how to do Pho, and knows how to do it in a soul-warming kind of way. Incase it's not soul-warming enough - for every meal you purchase, a portion is donated to build schools in Vietnam.
Xenos is a popular Greek café and restaurant just off the main strip of Crows Nest. It’s a destination in itself though, serving up brekkie, lunch and dinner to 'Crows Nesters' for nearly 50 years. Here you’ll find anyone from office workers getting their daily dose of Vittoria to long-lunchers, seated outdoors, diving into their souvlaki.
The Stoned Crow
With bucket loads of rustic charm, The Stoned Crow doesn’t have to try hard to earn its effortlessly cool stripes. With exposed brick walls and hanging foliage, this hip hangout is a trendy oasis this side of the bridge. Here the pub fare comes in hefty portions and cocktails come frozen.
The Foxtrot Inn
Inside, the intimate space is Gothic-themed, with dim lighting, comfy couches, a toasty fireplace, and a courtyard. The wine and cocktail list is simple yet delectable, and there are plenty of craft beers on offer. There’s a DJ spinning on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as live music most Thursdays.
C9 Chocolate & Gelato
C9 Chocolate and Gelato Bar makes for an excellent after dinner treat on the bustling Crows Nest eating strip. Though it’s definitely worth a trip in itself for their generous scoops of classic flavours, or for their unique blackboard specials. Their dessert offering is equally as delectable with waffles, cakes and brownies which you can sandwich with a scoop of your choice!
BahBQ Brazilian Grill
At this Brazilian-inspired grill, all eyes are on the BahBQ offering - carefully selected meats, poultry and seafood. The menu, which is a South American and Australian fusion, offers the traditional Churrasco menu alongside smaller dishes. With a wide-ranging kid’s menu and expansive space, the restaurant is also a suitable destination for the family and groups.
Mama's Buoi 2
Mama Buoi dishes up Vietnamese homecooked goodness in the heart of Crows Nest. Owner Bao Hoang’s eatery is inspired by his childhood – from the communal tables to the pho, which is simmered for seven hours every day. The ingredients are incredibly fresh and fragrant and their generous portions are perfect for sharing, that is, if you want to share.
St Malo Bakery
Situated amongst bustling Willoughby Road in Crows Nest, the Parisian bakery inspired, St Malo, has shelves piled high with glazed pastries and deliciously sweet gourmet delights. Everything is gluten-free and organic, and the alfresco area out back is the perfect setting on a sunny afternoon.
Small Bar Crows Nest
A slick yet cosy bar that specialises in Australian and New Zealand drops, with a few European wines thrown in for good measure. The fairy-lit terrace is a popular hangout and the Small Bar’s tapas share plates always pair nicely with their wine selection. If you can’t wait until evening, they’re also open for breakfast and lunch.
The newest addition to Crows Nest’s burgeoning dining scene, LUHO is the fun, vibrant Asian fusion eatery you’ve been waiting for. Everything about LUHO is warm, and inviting. From the hawker-style eats to the Asian fusion cocktails, this restaurant knows how to entertain.The menu is designed to share, with dishes ranging from small bites to larger traditional-style curries and stir-fries. A visit to LUHO wouldn’tt be complete without tasting the moreish prawn and wonton tacos topped with mango and chilli, ...
The Sushi Counter
The Sushi Counter offers deliciously fresh sushi on the main restaurant strip in Crows Nest. You won’t be able to stop at just your usual 4 plates here, but luckily there’s a constant stream being added so you can eat till your heart’s content, or your belly’s full.
Johnny Bird, once known as the seafood joint Johnny Lobster, changed it’s name after they realised that their fried chicken was their most popular item on the menu. Located in the lively eating hub of Crows Nest, this American style eatery dishes up delicious free-range fried chicken alongside craft beer and cocktails.
A local bistro serving up classic French cuisine in a classy, yet rustic space. The restaurant is warm and intimate and has a private dining space that lends itself well to a romantic dinner for two. The menu is refined and sophisticated with all the rich and decadent flavours you know and love from the region.
Flannerys Crows Nest
Flannery's is the queen of health food stores and at their Crows Nest outpost, you can enjoy their fare fresh from the cafe. The menu works to exhibit the best (and most inventive) creations without sacrificing on flavour. Almost any grain you can think of makes an appearance while providing you with a nourishing meal without fail. Primarily a wholefoods grocer, their self-serve food bar allows you to create your own meal from their wide range of hot and cold ...
Street Market Asian Tapas Restaurant
Where Spanish culture meets Asian cuisine. Street Market is Crows Nest’s very own Asian-style tapas restaurant and it’s fun and upbeat. The menu is unique, floating from China to Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. There are cold, hot and charcoal tapas plates on offer, as well as main courses.