A Comprehensive Guide To New Restaurants In Adelaide • Glam Adelaide

A Comprehensive Guide To New Restaurants In Adelaide

We’ve taken the confusion out of choosing your next dinner spot by compiling our favourite new restaurants that have popped up in Adelaide’s streets recently.

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Last updated December 2019.

It’s no secret that we love trying out new eateries around the state. South Australia is blessed with incredibly fresh, high-quality produce and there is always somewhere new to visit that showcases it.

We’ve done the hard yards and compiled a list of the newest restaurants that have popped up in Adelaide’s streets recently, so that all you have to do is take your pick. We’ve also included new cafes because, hey, sometimes we aren’t feelin’ fancy.

Venues all opened within the last 12 months.

Hügel Wine Bar & Kitchen

Joshua Kleemann’s new foodie venture is the result of three years at Pike and Joyce, two years at FINO, and a love for local winemakers and producers. In its former life, Hügel Wine Bar & Kitchen was a bank, built in the 1950s, and the safe that remains in the middle of the space has been turned into a wine cellar. Hügel will serve wine-friendly food, Italian-esque in style. Read more here. (12/19)

Buk Buk

Found in Flinders Park, Buk Buk is a new eatery with a focus on Nashville Hot Chicken. Husband and wife team Emily & Kieren are the former owners of 127 Days, which they sold in 2018 and began developing Buk Buk as their latest offering. The menu includes fried chicken tenders, wings and filets paired with a variety of sides such as waffle fries, mac n’ cheese, baked beans and a coleslaw. Read more here. (12/19)

Luciano’s Marina Pier

A slice of the Amalfi Coast, Luciano’s is grandiose yet welcoming, with glowing lights complete with cobbled walls, tuscan pinks, and an Italian-inspired menu. The waterfront restaurant includes a tantalising Italian menu with a local SA touch – a signature dish is House Made Gnocchetti with SA crab meat, tomato, chilli, and mascarpone. The menu includes a prominent pizza offering. Read more here. (12/19)

Seamore’s Bar & Restaurant

Formerly Henley Kiosk, and more recently Sandbar, the building Seamore’s is housed in has been a Henley Square cornerstone for many years. The design is eclectic and unique, and includes a million dollar waterfront view. Seamore’s dining will be focused on lunch and dinner with a transition to a bar vibe in the later evening. With a New York Italian meets Australian Surf Club menu, it features handmade fresh pasta, long-ferment pizzas and hoagies. The restaurant is also looking to launch a brunch menu in the new year. Read more here. (12/19)

Aces Pizza & Liquor

From the makers of Hustle & Vine, and various superstar chefs from Africola, comes the sweet Italian food + booze joint Aces Pizza and Liquor. Almost painted with a Scorsese or Tarantino brush, Aces is an Italian American gangster film reincarnated. It is cosy, authentic, and a major destination for two reasons: 1. The food comes out in ten minutes. 2. They have a takeaway liquor store. Read more here. (12/19)

MUM CHA 

Taking over the Malozzi site (Jock Zonfrillo’s Italian wine and snack bar), MUM CHA is decidedly different to its previous host. Led by the team behind wine bar Mother Vine, MUM CHA will mark the East End’s very first dumpling bar. Expect an ever-evolving dumpling menu, Yum Cha, and a carefully selected range of wines, beers and teas. Read more here. (12/19)

Grumpy B’s House of Fried Chicken

Taking inspiration from Chick-fil-A, Hattie B’s, and Popeyes, Grumpy B’s is slated to emulate fried chicken giants in the US. Operating out of CREAM in Brighton in the evenings, Grumpy B’s menu is dedicated entirely to fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, and sides. Read more here. (11/19)

Noi Vietnamese Eatery

The masterminds behind  Shibui and Devour explore an explosion of Vietnamese flavours at their new Noi Vietnamese Eatery. Taking over the old Chopstix venue, the team have introduced new decor and a fresh, flavourful menu teamed up with an interesting drinks menu. Read more here. (11/19)

La Adelita Mexican Cantina 

Mexican fave, La Adelita, has moved on to bigger and better things — in location and menu. After a stint out on the West Lakes lakefront, the Mexican restaurant has moved into Semaphore and now boasts an enviable 180-degree view of the ocean. The menu has also received a revamp, incorporating more Mexican style grill dishes and share platters. Read more here. (11/19)

Cucina 837

Salena Estate Wines has officially launched their brand new cellar door and restaurant named Cucina 837 at Salena at their winery in Loxton. They have signed on their amazing Italian chef Vincenzo Gallo, which local Riverlanders may recognise from his gorgeous converted camper trailer come food truck ‘Italian Food Made with Love’. They will be serving up freshly made pasta and wood oven pizzas alongside traditional antipasto platters. Read more here. (11/19)

GAJA By Sashi

Throughout his season on MasterChef, Sashi Cheliah was vocal about his desire to open a fusion restaurant heralding Indian and South Asian flavours. And now, the MasterChef winner has opened GAJA on Pirie Street which features a mix of Asian inspired dishes, sharing plates, and Asian inspired cocktails. Patrons will even get a chance to taste Sashi’s “Cari Vit” or Lychee Duck Curry – which was an award-winning dish for Sashi on MasterChef. Read more here. (11/19)

GANG GANG

After over a year of slinging burgers in their popular food truck, GANG GANG co-owners Nina and Morgen have brought their delicious Asian-inspired menu favourites to Unley Road with their new all-day deli. Their burger favourites Cardi B chicken burger, Tinie Tempah vegan burger and Asian inspired Cheese Burger – The Spice Girl – are still hot on the menu but they’ve shaken things up with some new American comfort food additions, such as chicken and waffles, and authentic Los Angelos tacos.with their new all-day deli. Read more here. (10/19)

Jack & Jill’s

Forget the nursery rhyme, this time Jack & Jill’s is for adults only. The new restaurant and bar takes over the former Old Friend site on Pirie Street and is all about sharing good food and good times in the heart of Adelaide. Embracing the theme that life is better shared, owner Tom McLean has developed a menu that includes tasteful dishes such as Barramundi in a Sri Lankan curry sauce, gin cured trout, pork belly in a burnt miso apple puree, as well as vegetarian options. They also have an underground bar open on Friday’s and Saturday’s. Read more here. (10/19)

Cherry Burger

New burger joints are always reason for excitement. Cherry Burger is designed to be a throwback to the 80s where customers can purchase good quality burgers for a reasonable price. The burger joint is offering up fries, shakes, tater tots and, of course, burgers. Expect cheeseburgers, double cheeseburgers, hamburgers, buttermilk chicken burgers, vegan patty burgers, and lettuce cup “burgers”. All burgers are priced under $8. Read more here.  (10/19)

Hakata Ryumon Ramen & Izakaya Grill

A funky new Ramen place has joined the ranks of Hindley Street. Identifying itself as an ‘Izakaya’ (meaning relaxed and warm) Japanese Pub with a modern blend, the establishment not only stocks a diverse range of Japanese wine and beer (over 50) but specialises in Ramen. Items on the menu to circle out are the Style Miso and Signature Ramen, Hokkigai Sashimi, Chicken Karage, Momo (Teriyaki Grilled Chicken) and Grilled Calamari. Read more here. (10/19)

Seoul Sisters

Formerly of Gouger Street’s multi award-winning restaurant Mapo, celebrity chef Chung Jae Lee has spent the last several years away from Adelaide but recently returned to open Seoul Sisters. The esteemed Korean chef and author and his wife Sam named the new venture after teenage daughters Pia and Bella. The restaurant sits where Etica once was, and features a menu of sumptuous, Korean-inspired dishes, Dimattina coffee, and a curated selection of local wines and craft beer. Read more here. (9/19)

La Taberna

Rundle Street’s new vibrant Latina fusion restaurant is serving up street food, more than ten different tequilas and dancing. La Taberna is offering dishes inspired by street food favourites, designed to share, from across South America. Think tacos, stuffed jalapenos wrapped in speck, cod fish cakes, paella and a secret recipe fried chicken. Wine and dine on Friday and Saturday nights until 9:30 – then watch as the tables disappear, a DJ emerges to spin Latina music and the dining area transforms into a dance-floor. Read more here. (9/19)

Part Time Lover

Joining the impressive clique of sought after laneway restaurants in the CBD, is Pirie Streets newest addition, Part Time Lover. Dress for the weather when you visit. The windows that are flung wide open bring in beam of natural light that illuminate the wooden features, but they also bring in the same temperature. The menu, curated by head chef Stewart Wesson, is divided into three parts; vegetarian, fish and meat. Read more here. (9/19)

Stem

The former Caos Café has finally seen a fitting takeover with huge wine bar and restaurant, Stem, set to open in two weeks (early September). Think lots of share plates, Italian influences, pastas, gnocchi (all made fresh and in house) as well as pizzas from Stem’s huge imported oven. Read about what to expect here. (9/19)

PIPPO

The team behind city eatery PUBLIC on Franklin St have secured the old Paesano site on O’Connell St in North Adelaide, where they will open PIPPO this September. The kitchen menu will include a creative, yet honest breakfast menu, and an amazing list of starters, house-made pasta, mains to share and a cheeky pizza or two available for lunch and dinner. Read more about PIPPO here. (9/19)

Quetzalcoatl Mexican Restaurant

Internationally famed but locally still a hidden gem of sorts, Taco Quetzalcoatl is expanding to the city with a restaurant on Unley Road in September. We’re told to expect bright decor, a lively atmosphere, Mexican cocktails aplenty. Think tequila sunrises, tequila margaritas and pina coladas and pair them with authentic salsas, tacos and house pressed tortillas. Read more here. (8/19)

Joybird

Set to be a 120 seater venue, Adam Liston (the chef behind Leigh Street’s popular restaurant, Shobosho) says Joybird is their modern take on the classic chicken and chip shop. While they’re not open yet, you can expect everything from charcoal and wood fired split BBQ chickens, chicken fat roast potatoes, al pastor sandwiches, toasted yiros, and of course a selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Now that’s enough to make anyone salivate! Read more here. (8/19)

Love, Stephy

If you happen to be walking down Hindley Street, you’ll likely double take when you come across Love, Stephy, a dessert cafe covered in pink. With light streaming through windows, Love, Stephy does give the same ethereal and romantic impression from namesake 2014 film Love, Rosie. Their pastry chefs work all hours to produce a delicious range of house made treats, so you’re sure to find a little something to tickle your fancy. Read more here. (8/19)

Cheeky Chook Eats

Picture a good ol’ classic chicken corner shop. Now take that picture in your mind, give it a fresh coat of paint and mix it with the genius of renown chef, Adam Swanson, and you’ll have an idea of what Cheeky Chook Eats is about. This newest venture takes the humble chicken shop to a new level, so check it out one of those nights when you can’t be bothered cooking. Read more about it here. (8/19)

Hey Darling

Joining the likes of other fan favourite cafes and lunch spots, Hey Darling has opened up on Pirie Street to bring office workers a godsend. For those particularly tough days, the Big Mama sized coffee has an astounding four shots of espresso. Read more here. (8/19)

Koi Hot Pot Buffet

The Koi Hot Pot Buffet is a new, all you can eat, hot pot and buffet experience. From Sunday to Thursday for just $32.80 per person, and from Friday to Saturday for just $36.60 per person, you can expect soups, rice, noodles, snacks, and desserts. Not to mention, for an extra $10, you’ll be on the receiving end of unlimited Coopers and Asahi beer. Read more here. (7/19)

Rucola Café

Rucola Café is a newest venue in the CBD hosting authentic Italian cuisine, delicious stone oven pizzas and a spacious dining experience. At Rucola Café the pizza dough is naturally fermented and hand-stretched in house. It’s also a new breakfast or lunch destination, offering a beautiful Italian menu with all of the classic breakfast options like smashed avo, bacon and eggs your way, pancakes or a big brekkie option. Read more here. (7/19)

Xiao Long Kan

World famous Chinese hotpot chef Master Wu’s Xiao Long Kan has brought an authentic Sichuan Hot Pot experience to Adelaide and it looks insanely delicious. Check out what you can expect here. (7/19)

Allegra Dining Room

Making its home in the space above Etica on Gilles Street, Allegra Dining Room is an authentic approach to dining, with a seasonal plant-based menu and a wine list that reflects that ethos. The full course menu includes ten dishes and is priced at $70pp. Reservations are taken online, but walk-ins will be accommodated with a bar menu. Read more here. (7/19)

Agapi

Agapi’s menu features traditional Greek classics with a modern twist. Executive chef, Alex, says you’ll find the same flavours, just presented differently. Agapi is a cosy and intimate venue — the perfect place to fall in love with Greek food all over again! Read more here. (7/19)

Condesa Torrensville

Condesa Torrensville has quietly opened its doors recently, offering a new take on traditional Mexican food and bringing some vibrancy to Adelaide’s West side. The food menu includes some delicious choices, including the Hibiscus Kingfish Ceviche, Cauliflower Fito Taco, Softshell Crab Taco, 16-hour Beef Cheek Fajita, Chargrilled Ancho Chile Octopus, aaaaaaaand we’re drooling. You’ll want to check this one out. Read more here. (6/19)

Fish Sauce VietEats

Fish Sauce VietEats sits lakeside at West Lakes, with punters able to gaze out over the water whilst enjoying a meal and a cocktail. “It’s classic, Vietnamese street food with a modern twist,” says Mangal. “We’re serving rice bowls, noodle bowls, pho, laksa, dumpling soup – all that sort of thing.” Check out what else you can expect here. (6/19)

Naancho Naancho Man

Three years ago, at Tasting Australia, the Naancho debuted. Invented by Adelaide chef Ragini Dey, the fried, cheesy dish has been a hit ever since. So much so that Dey has now opened a naancho inspired restaurant on Hutt Street – Naancho Naancho Man. What is a Naancho? You’ll have to visit to find out! (But if you can’t wait, think crispy fried naan bread served with spiced meat or vegetables, and topped with tomato and fenugreek sauce and ‘torched’ cheese.) More here. (5/19)

The Donburi House

For those not in the know (which included us until recently), Donburi (which literally translates to bowl) is a classic Japanese rice bowl dish consisting of meat and vegetables and other ingredients simmered and served over rice. Strangely enough, despite our comprehensive range of Asian cuisine options, no one else specialises in Donburi in Adelaide. Read more here. (5/19)

The Banksia Tree Cafe

“Our thing is all day brunch,” says Fabian Folghera, owner of The Banksia Tree. “Local, seasonal, sustainable, all day brunch.” The menu will change with the seasons, but Folghera’s current item of choice is the XO Crab. Accompanied by an XO sauce and free-range eggs, and served on red-gum, wood grilled sourdough with house-made smoked hummus, this is the stuff of brunch dreams. The rest of the menu follows suit. Read more here. (5/19)

Madre

Madre is different to most pizzerias in SA, if not the world. In keeping with its Naples roots, the pizza will be made with seawater imported from Italy, just as it was made in Naples before World War One. Head on over to grab a taste. (5/19)

Piccoli Piatti

The modern Italian eatery Piccoli Piatti loves food and designs food for it be shared. With the owners focused on Italian flavours presented in a contemporary style, dishes such as the antopasto, seafood, and the char-grilled bread both look and taste stunning. (5/19)

Ruby Rose Cucina

From East Borough Eatery comes Ruby Rose Cucina. Described as an intimate and chic space, this new hotspot delivers dishes that are both casual, yet elegant. Expect it all from charcuterie and pizzas to iconic South Australian wine and a list of cocktails to sample for your pleasure. (5/19)

Yiasou George

Combine Mykonos and Turkey and you have Yiasou George’s mission to bring their Mediterranean party to Adelaide in the form of taste. Be transported to the Greek Islands with whitewashed walls with accents of blue and green, while being served fresh pita, wood-fired meats and a general laid-back, but welcoming attitude with service. (5/19)

Kitchensmith

Rik and Alex, of 303 by the Sea and Oar fame, have brought their delectable goodness North, and opened Kitchensmith in Mawson Lakes. Featuring some of the crowd-pleasing favourites from the menus at their other venues, Kitchensmith delivers on insta-worthy brunch goals, with some solid lunch options as well. (3/19)

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On the menu you’ll find Thai dishes with a local twist, using local produce. On the drinks list there’s local wine, plenty of Asian beers, and these Thai-inspired cocktails and mocktails with pops of colour. (3/19)

Wild Nectre

It’s a perfect venue for breakfast visitors, muffins, croissants and more on offer. Their lunch fare holds all the classics, schnitties, burgers, wraps and super salads. If you’re not delving out of your office for lunch break, then head over after work for happy hour(s) — Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 6pm (7pm on Friday). (3/19)

Buffalo Wing Co. (Woodville)

Every suburb deserves a solid burger joint, so those of you living in Woodville — rejoice! And say hello to your newest burger and wing joint (bonus!), Buffalo Wing Co.! The menu boasts burgers, wraps, salads (for the more health-conscious), and a generous variety of Southern fried wings. (3/19)

Nutrition Republic (Glenelg)

After building its Kingdom on King William Road, and expanding to Plant 4 in Bowden, the healthy breakfast Kings and Queens from Nutrition Republic and further expanded their realm. Today the cult cafe opens its doors on Jetty Road in Glenelg, to further cement their position as one of Adelaide’s iconic foodie destinations. (3/19)

Sparkke at the Whitmore

It’s had many iterations over its 180-year history, but it’s certainly never looked like this. The team behind Sparkke Change Beverage Company have taken over the historic Whitmore Hotel, with a brewpub and rooftop bar. In the kitchen, head chef Emma McCaskill has created a menu of what she calls, “healthy pub grub”. And this is a pub where dietary requirements aren’t frowned upon, but almost celebrated, with oodles of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free options. (3/19)

Abbotts and Kinney (Croydon)

Known for their delicious pastries, popular bakery Abbotts and Kinney is expanding yet again, opening a brand new cafe in the former Red Door Bakery space on Croydon’s Elizabeth Street. (2/19)

Chu Chu

Eastern flavours meet Western dishes in this new eatery—spam meets relish and buns for an unusual burger and mushroom ragu is stuffed in a hot pocket. Mark us down as curious. Chu Chu centres on all-day breakfast (woo!) and lunch options, which are quick and healthy without compromising on flavour. (2/19)

Hibiki Yakinku

Bringing authentic Japanese barbecue to Adelaide, Hibiki Yakinku specialise in Japanese A5 wagyu imported directly from Japan! However, the menu isn’t all about beef — the mixed sashimi is particularly delicious, with the slivers of tuna, salmon and kingfish served on crushed ice to preserve the freshness. (1/19)

400 Gradi

Italian restaurant 400 Gradi made its mark in Melbourne when chef and owner Johnny Di Francesco was named World Pizza Champion for his margherita pizza in Italy back in 2004 — the first Aussie ever to do so. Then just last year, the restaurant made international headlines again, named ‘Best Pizza in the Oceania region’ at the Top 50 Pizza Gala in Naples. And now Johnny has brought his authentic Neapolitan menu to South Australia. (1/19)

The Den 

Located right in the heart of town at the Mayfair Hotel, The Den is a casual bistro with all-day dining, top quality food and drink, and a seriously stylish fit-out. It’s the third venue for the inner city boutique hotel, joining chic rooftop bar Hennessy and the upmarket Mayflower Restaurant. (1/19)

Coccobello

The crew behind Ruby Red Flamingo and Tony Tomatoes have done it again, this time bringing their popular Italian flavours to Adelaide’s East. Bienvenuto, Coccobello! The new Italian eatery is situated on Glen Osmond Road in Frewville, so eastern residents will no longer have to head to North Adelaide to get a slice of the pizza. (12/18)

Diaspora Kouzina

Welcome to one of Adelaide’s newest Greek eateries with a unique style and flair, Diaspora Kouzina. Transformed from a former tailor’s shop into a very modern and airy eatery with a chic fit-out, great vibe and look, Diaspora Kouzina serves all things Greek, which we can never get enough off. (12/18)  

If you love eating out in Adelaide, you might be interested in checking out our Hidden Gems Brunch Guide, our Vegan Hot Spots Guide, our Adelaide’s New Bar Guide and our annual Fireplace Guide for amazing dining across the state.

And if we’ve missed any of your favourite new Adelaide restaurants let us know! We always love to try something new.

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  1. steve oconnor 5 years ago

    The Pantry hahndorf is a great new restaurant wine bar with a rustic atmosphere and a great menu from a young up and coming chef. Come and see what is happening here

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