A foodie’s delight, Newcastle is home to some of the best hospitality venues and experiences in NSW. Whether you’re on a date night, seeking out cheap eats or looking for a truly unique evening, here are some of the best restaurants in Newcastle you simply can’t miss!
Guide to the best restaurants in Newcastle
Scottie’s is a Newcastle icon — renowned for its traditional fish and chips as well as high-end seafood dining.. Serving up sustainably caught local fish with an array of delicious Mediterranean-inspired sides, Scottie’s has you covered. Take a seat indoors for a fine dining experience, or soak up the coastal vibes outdoors on the lawn with takeaway and cocktails.
The Blind Monk is the perfect date spot if you like your craft beers on tap, amongst a bustling yet intimate atmosphere. A Beaumont Street mainstay, The Blind Monk isn’t just about the beers — with an amazing selection of local ciders, wines and produce on offer too. It’s open seven days, so perfect for a mid-week rendezvous.
For something a little more intimate, try Bar Petite. With its French-boutique style interior and sharing plate menu of tasty Tapas, plus classic cocktails, you can cosy up in one of the venue's many dimly lit corners and chat the night away.
Situated in Newcastle’s historic Newcastle Railway Station precinct, Signal Box combines the best of Parisian-style dining — think elegant Bistro vibes — with Aussie architectural design. Serving up modern-Australian cuisine, in a truly unique setting, don’t forget to check out the Specials board. The Signal Box is a must-try while in Newcastle and is also a great brunch spot during the day!
Bocados Spanish Kitchen offers a fresh, contemporary take on Spanish tapas — combining incredible food with a chic interior setting and great atmosphere. Grab a fresh Spanish beer or cocktail, and settle in for an incredible night.
Refined, yet casual, Flotilla is a great spot located in the up and coming neighbourhood of Wickham. The beautiful modern interior compliments the fresh and modern take on the food menu. With renowned local chef, Shayne Mansfield and Restaurant Operator Eduardo Molina at the helm, you’ll experience an incredible evening of great food, mood, and company.
With a distinct focus on locality and seasonality, Subo is a fine-dining aficionado's delight. Renowned as one of the best restaurants in Newcastle, with a six-course menu changing every six weeks, Subo offers a dining experience like no other.
Did someone say food truck? Smokin Hot n Saucy sits in an old converted Salvation Army bus alongside outdoor crate seating and good vibes in the back streets of Islington. Serving up mouth-watering Texan-style meats, as well as all the extra good bits — including fries, onion rings, and mac n cheese. Make sure you get in early, as they’re known to sell out!
For a cheap meal with a view, head to Merewether Surfhouse. Set over three levels, get bang for your buck on the ground level with cheap and tasty pizzas and gelato. Merewether Surfhouse has views to die for and is a great place for people-watching — with locals and visitors alike walking, running, skating, and biking their way down the beachfront promenade.
Antojitos — the Spanish translation for street food — is a must for anyone craving fresh, tasty and authentic Mexican food. And with everything made from scratch — even the corn tortillas and salsa — you'll be in for a treat. Think large communal tables and discount cocktails. You can’t go wrong!
Something a little more off beat
If you’ve got curious taste buds and want to try something a little bit different, book a table at Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant. Renowned for its intensely and uniquely spiced Ethiopian cuisine, Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant is a great spot for when your folks are in town or when you’re dining with the kids. You’ll be invited to take part in a traditional Ethiopian hand-washing ceremony before diving into a traditional menu of curries, eaten with the national staple, injera bread.
Karaoke fans rejoice! Jam’s Karaoke and Bar is a buzzing tachinomi (Japanese standing bar), perfect for late-night antics with friends. Book from a range of private karaoke booths out back and if you’re looking for courage, you’re spoilt for choice with a range of beer, cocktails, sake, spirits, plus nibbles, served till late.
With great drinks deals, good pub grub, and a great atmosphere, if you’re in Newcastle on a Thursday, head down to 5 Sawyers for its renowned drag bingo night. You’ll be in stitches!
Hidden down an alleyway off King Street (right by Foghorn Brewery!), you’ll find Ginger Megs. Striking murals adorn the walls, and the soft ambient lighting makes the warehouse-style space feel warm, intimate and inviting. Ginger Megs offers a variety of dining spaces suitable for group bookings or a cosy date night. The kitchen serves up Asian fusion focused cuisine, focusing on fresh and seasonal dishes. The real drawcard is the tap house cocktails served alongside its famous weekend yum cha. Don’t forget to get a quick selfie on the stairs!
For life-changing dumplings, head to Franky’s Dumplings & Noodles. Lively and intimate, Franky’s serves up a tight but authentic Chinese menu — as well as a jam-packed live music roster. Every night of the week, Franky’s hosts events showcasing the best in local talent on Newcastle’s music scene.
Still peckish? Check out this foodie guide to find more of Newcastle’s best restaurants.