5 of the best new restaurants in Adelaide

Whether it’s classic Italian flavours or ingredient-led Mod Oz cuisine, these hot new restaurants take the dining scene in the South Australian capital to the next level.

2 chefs preparing food at Nido restaurant
  • Alexis Buxton-Collins
  • April 2020

Adelaide punches well above its weight when it comes to great restaurants so you don’t have to go far for delicious food. Here are the hottest new spots in town where the locals love to dine.

Best for pasta: Nido

Handmade pasta is the highlight of the traditional Italian fare at this cosy Hyde Park venue. But there’s also room for innovation in dishes such as the deliciously rich rootello bonnato – an Australian twist on the classic Italian vitello tonnato in which kangaroo replaces veal.


Best bistro: Part Time Lover

Hidden down a laneway near Victoria Square, this breezy bistro is all about escaping the nine to five. The airy interior is filled with upbeat tunes from breakfast onwards and the food is equally light. Korean bossam wraps swap pork for pulled barbecued eggplant on a menu that ditches courses for plants, seafood and meat sections so you can get straight into the good stuff.


A woman's hands over a plate of food at Part Time lover restaurant.
The food is light yet delicious at Part Time Lover.

Best for pizza: Madre

Come for the millennial pink and midnight blue interior, stay for the pizza. Seawater imported from Naples and a seven-year-old sourdough starter go into a fluffy, lightly singed base worth lingering over. With just seven flavours, ordering is simple at this CBD haunt.


An interior shot of Madre restaurant with leather banquettes, and art on white-washed walls.
The classic yet on-trend interiors of Madre provide the perfect backdrop for their authentic pizzas.

Best for Mediterranean cuisine: Stem

Everything at this cavernous 180-seat wine bar and restaurant, on Hindley Street in the CBD, is designed to impress. Abundant greenery separates the booths and communal tables, and the Mediterranean-leaning menu includes treats such as “lasagne-style” gnocchi with osso bucco baked in the woodfired oven. If you’re searching for a wine pairing, visit the 1400 bottle walk-in cellar.


A plate of lasagna style gnocchi at Stem restaurant.
Lasagna meets gnocchi in this marriage made in Italian food heaven.

Best for wine: Fino Vino

After delighting diners in Willunga and the Barossa for years, Fino finally has a city outpost. And while the location may be new, the formula is the same. Food and wine from small producers highlight simple, fresh flavours, such as tomatoes with garlic and bone marrow vinaigrette. Add in the attentive service, an open kitchen and long communal tables and dining here feels like being invited into someone’s home.