Last updated September 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 are listed from those which opened most recently, to least recently (all within the last 12 months).
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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’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 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 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)
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)
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)
“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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 Tracey Archer 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Under the name of Uncle, the former fish and chips restaurant is putting authentic Hainanese Chicken Rice on the table. (11/18)
This is one of Adelaide’s sexiest new venues with incredible ocean views. Little Shoo is a 1900s house in Henley Beach, which has been converted into a sophisticated new restaurant right next to the beach. Gorgeous views and delicious tapas style share food. (11/18)
The Golden Wattle has taken over the space formerly occupied by The Office on Pirie Street. The all-day venue will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s also be great coffee and a bar for those looking to have a cheeky drink. Read more here. (10/18)
Hyde Park’s favourite Greek donut bar opened in Henley Beach! With gelati, Halloumi chips, and of course, delicious sweet, gooey lukoumades to enjoy, this sweet treat will become a local favourite in no time. (10/18)
One of our favourite South East Asian food trucks has set up a permanent camp in Walkerville, which means you can satisfy your cravings much more easily! Currently they’re focusing on breakfast and lunch, but once they settle in they hope to liven up the night time foodie scene with some feature nights. So if you’re in the mood for Cambodian/Laotian/Thai/Viet influenced food — this needs to be your destination. (09/18)
Fries and burger lovers, you might need to take a seat for this news—a brand new American-style restaurant has opened its doors in the north-east suburb of Modbury! King Fries are serving up burgers, hotdogs, shakes, and of course their famous loaded fries. They’ve also introduced the Flaming Texan burger, a combination of double beef, double cheese, bacon and onion rings topped with ketchup and BBQ sauce—umm g’day. Read more about this great venue here. (09/18)
You may have seen and/or heard of the market food stall Bob Bowls Catering Co. at various markets and events around Adelaide. Bob Bowls brick and mortar store is the first eatery for creative co-working space Cult & Harper. The space houses various shops including a variety of visual arts, fashion, youth culture, journalism and music businesses… and now you can fill up on a mouth-watering meal as well. Bob Bowls offers 100% vegan, allergy friendly, organic when possible, local, sustainable and ethical food. Judging by their menu, we’re in for a treat. If you wanna know more, click here. (09/18)
There are so many reasons to love the new version of Propaganda. Unlike in its previous life, this is now a venue that’s serving lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. They’ve transformed the centre area into a fully functional restaurant which can also be closed off for functions. Their dining menu is superb and there’s even a $20 five-course lunch too! Well worth revisiting. More details here.
While ol’ Regattas at the Adelaide Convention Centre has been around a while, it was closed recently for renovations, and has reopened with a tweaked name, new menu, and new fit out. It’s a brand new waterfront experience to enjoy alongside the Homeground bar/cafe precinct on the Torrens! (09/18)
If you love Vietnamese food, you’re probably already acquainted with NNQ. Now they’ve taken over a small hole-in-the-wall shopfront on Military Road in Grange, which adds to their growing empire of take away food joints. A fantastic, tasty option for those in the West. Read more here. (09/18)
Ben McLeod from Peel St, along with Quentin Whittle and Paul Tripodi from Stone’s Throw, have teamed up for Herringbone, which has opened on Halifax Street where Panacea used to be. With a focus on lunch and dinner, their vision is to bring people together, like the joining of the herringbone pattern. (09/18)
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.