Best Coast Pizza
A local go-to for delicious, authentic Italian pizza. Open every day, the friendly team at Best Coast put their best foot forward with solid service and an array of tast-topping combos (as well as vegetarian and gluten-friendly options). What's more, they have an online delivery service, so if you're feeling lazy yet craving a pizza fix, you can order online without even leaving the house. Winning.
Set across three levels overlooking the stunning beachfront, Merewether Surfhouse stylishly blends Australian beach culture with sleek, modern design. Boasting a restaurant, cocktail bar, pizza kiosk and cafe, the Surfhouse takes patrons from the sand to the bar with effortless flair. Come summer the venue is a lively hub of activity, with swarms of locals keen to try the restaurant's famed modern Australian cuisine.
Don Beppino's Restaurant
When you see a converted house with red, white and green painted awnings, and 'The House of Lasagne' written on the roof, you know you've arrived at Don Beppino's. Take a seat in the dining area and prepare to be served just like you would at Nonna's house. Don Beppino's does not have a chef; instead, a team of Italian ladies who cook and prepare the dishes just like their Mother's did before them. Expect all the classic Italian dishes ...
Sapphire Indian Restaurant
For authentic Indian cuisine, Sapphire Indian Restaurant is the only place to go. This intimate eatery serves traditional Indian dishes with a modern twist. Make sure you arrive hungry – the delectable curries, biryani, paneer, vindaloo and korma are to-die-for.
Not your standard restaurant, a visit to Talulah is a must for any foodie. Cultivating a warm and cosy vibe, the team feel like family and the food is made with the same level of care as a home-cooked meal. The Mediterranean styled menu is split into two, day and night, but both are focused on serving up the best seasonal produce available. In the warmer months, the verandah is the place to be for both sunrise and sunset.
With endearingly old-school décor and the menu scribbled on the wall, Delucas Pizzeria is a charming, family-run Italian, that has a cosy, homely vibe. BYO your favourite red, and pair it with their namesake pizza and you’ll soon realise why Delucas is such a beloved Darby St institution.
Papillon Chinese Takeaway
Every respectable restaurant strip needs a go-to Chinese eatery – and that's exactly what Papillon 290 is to Darby Street. They offer amazing takeaway, but we suggest dining in, so you can have the full experience in this cosy, family-run diner. Sitchu pick: call a day ahead and order the Peking duck; it's served in two courses and is perfect for a group feast.
Coal River & Co
This Italian local ticks all the boxes. For a date night spot, Coal River & Co’s sleek dining room is beautifully intimate, or for groups, pull up a stool outside on one of their bar benches. The perfect place to soak up the sunset with a charcuterie board and a bottle of local wine.
The Depot on Darby
Whether it’s date night or mate night, The Depot will cater to your every whim. A laid-back, local institution that's set amongst the vibrant strip of cafés and restaurants of Darby Street. It dishes up delicious chacuterie boards, burgers, pizzas and innovative cocktails, which are sure to hit the spot no matter what the occasion.
Nestled behind iron gates on vibrant Darby Street, VietKing is a hidden gem worth seeking out. Start in the lounge area with a modern Asian cocktail – the Saigon Special is one of our faves – then head over to the dining room for delicously authentic Vientamese. Order the BBQ, for a little DIY dining.
You’ll find some of Newcastle’s best Chinese food at Canton Story. The focus here is on the food, so whilst the décor is unapologetically stripped back, each dish dazzles. Order the ridiculously plump dumplings filled with an intensely flavorsome broth, followd by the Prawns in XO Sauce – we gurantee you’ll be savoring the flavours for days afterwards.
Doppelganger Kitchen By Bernhard
Bringing something different to Darby Street, Doppelganger Kitchen brings traditional Austrian food to carnivorous Newcastle locals. Specialties include pork knuckle, schnitzels and Schupfnudel, which despite it’s impossible pronunciation, is just gnocchi – and ridiculously good gnocchi at that. Come down on Fridays to see the kitsch accordion player decked out in traditional lederhosen.
The Hop Factory
A family-owned, craft beer and burger restaurant with exposed brick and greenery galore. The drinks list proudly boasts a selection of local Hunter region wine, with an additional beer collection thatg's equally as impressive. Local breweries and craft beer reign supreme and match surprisingly well with their delicious burger menu. The bright, light-filled space is ideal for a casual weekend hangout, and it’s super pet friendly – so don't forget to bring the pups!
Dumpling Story is a humble, local restaurant that delivers simple and delicious Chinese cuisine. An all-rounder of sorts, feast on their sumptuous selection of dumplings, stir-fries, meats and tasty vegetarian creations. A favourite amongst the locals, be sure to arrive early to beat the busy dinner crowds.
In a prime position on Beaumont Street, Uber Thai serves up incredibly moreish, traditional street-style food. The modern yet laid-back restaurant dishes up a range of starters, hearty mains and delicious desserts. If you want an alfresco experience, take a seat in the courtyard.
El Nonno Restaurant Cafe
Serving up authentic Italian dishes in their relaxed restaurant, family-run El Nonno's is all about quality bites at affordable prices. El Nonno's feels just like you have stepped into your Grandparents' home, with a warm, relaxed atmosphere and hanging picture frames. With regular weekly deals, BYO, alfresco dining, and dietary friendly options, there are many so many reasons to come here time and time again.
Kimchi House of Korea
Dishing up some of the best Korean food in Newcastle, Hamilton's House of Korea is a local favourite. This humble eatery is known for its authentic fare, great service, and generous portion sizes. Sitchu tip: be sure to ask the team for their recommendations – you won't be disappointed.
At Sushi Revolution, the train reigns supreme, delivering fresh and flavoursome dishes to famished diners. Offering friendly, accommodating service, this quaint eatery provides an intimate setting for tables up to four people. Although the sushi, sashimi and nigiri that rotate on the train are the most popular dishes, go to the menu for moreish udon and karaage.
Surtaj Indian Restaurant
Feasting comes naturally at Surtaj Indian Restaurant. Famous Newcastle for their North Indian Mughlai-style food, Surtaj's sumptous plates are simply delicious. The décor is colourfully wholesome, but the focal point is the food and its warm and friendly service.
Al-Oi Thai Restaurant
Well-positioned along Newcastle’s Hunter Street, Al-Oi Thai is a firm favourite for locals who love their traditional Thai dishes and friendly service. The place is hard to miss, bright pink and yellow décor with equally colourful artwork. A reasonably priced menu and lunchtime specials draw a regular crowd.
The Junction Chinese Take Away
Renowned for their speedy service, The Junction Chinese Take Away serves up quick-yet-quality, traditional Chinese dishes for the ultimate takeawy experience. The locals swear by this place and the dishes (which cater to all dietary requirements) that they serve. Be sure to keep an eye on their lunch specials.
Rosina's Pizza Restaurant Newcastle
A charming pizzeria dominating the Newcastle foodie scene, Rosina’s Pizza Restaurant is a bustling little spot that has garnered a loyal following over the years. The menu is teeming with pizza and pasta dishes, plus they’re BYO wine only – all the ingredients for a casual evening out.
Moor Newcastle East
This local gem offers a seasonal, share-style menu that’s influenced by Middle Eastern, Spanish and North African flavours. Moor Newcastle East is predominately a breakfast and lunch destination, but come Thursday night, it’s all about the Tagine – one meat, one vegan and BYO wine. Winning.