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BEST Regional Restaurants in New South Wales 2023

04/02/2023

As a new generation of ambitious chefs make organic and artisanal produce their focus, inspired regional restaurants are popping up across the state. And what does that mean for us? Two words: destination dining. We’ve scoured the NSW countryside for the regional eats you can’t afford to miss.

  1. The Zin House

    Mudgee, Central West, New South Wales

    Zin House is located on the biodynamic and organic Tinja farmlands of Mudgee. You won’t find foams, droplets, smears or deconstructed dishes on the menu here. The kitchen is about serving real food cooked freshly, from scratch. Seating is all communal, at large farmhouse tables, with plenty of personal space and a long leisurely approach to dining.

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  2. Rick Stein at Bannisters Mollymook

    Mollymook, South Coast, New South Wales

    ‘Fresh-off-the-boat’ seafood and a warm South Coast charm are the draw cards at Mollymook’s Rick Stein at Bannisters. Blending classic French and English seafood dishes with hallmark Mediterranean and Asian ingredients, the only thing that may trump the menu are the ocean views.

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  3. Darley's Restaurant at Lilianfels

    Katoomba, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

    Perched on the edge of the magnificent Jamison Valley and overlooking the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park is Darley's Restaurant. The fine diner is located inside the luxurious Lilianfels Resort & Spa, and the dining room has a reputation for being both elegant and comfortable, with warm plates and open fires to keep the mountain chill at bay.

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  4. Osborne House

    Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, New South Wales

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  5. Eschalot

    Berrima, Southern Highlands, New South Wales

    Just 90 minutes from Sydney, the quaint village of Berrima is home to Eschalot, one of NSW’s finest restaurants. Housed in an historic sandstone cottage, the art-filled dining room delivers an innovative French-inspired Modern Australian menu.

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  6. Saddles

    Mount White, Central Coast, New South Wales

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  7. Bendooley Estate Restaurant

    Berrima, Southern Highlands, New South Wales

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  8. Paper Daisy

    Cabarita Beach, North Coast, New South Wales

    Set in a former surfer motel on Cabarita Beach, Paper Daisy is the in-house restaurant of boutique hotel Halcyon House. Overlooking the resort pool, the airy dining room is graced with views of the beach and its spiky pandanus trees. Coastal fare and earthy dishes from the wood fire grill feature on Ben Devlin’s Modern Australian menu.

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  9. Shady Palms

    Avoca Beach, Central Coast, New South Wales

    A relative newcomer to the restaurant scene, Bombini is quickly making a mark on the North Coast food scene with its modern Italian fare and home-grown ingredients. Chef Cameron Cansdell (formerly the head chef at Bells at Killcare), together with his wife Hayley Hardcastle (who ran front of house at Bells), have perfected a classy but casual atmosphere inside an old weatherboard house in Avoca.

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  10. Pipit Restaurant

    Pottsville, North Coast, New South Wales

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  11. Ates

    Blackheath, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

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  12. Charred Kitchen & Bar

    Orange, Central West, New South Wales

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  13. Birches Restaurant

    Mt Mee, South East Country, Queensland

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  14. Graze Willow Tree Inn

    Willow Tree, New England and North West, New South Wales

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