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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in New South Wales

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in New South Wales? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Bonito Peruvian Eatery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (118)
$41 to $100
Peruvian
Wollongbar
About the restaurant
Bonito brings together the many flavours of Peruvian cuisine and combines them with fresh, local ingredients. Never tried Peruvian food? Keep reading.
Peruvian cuisine harmoniously weaves together flavours from various corners of the globe. Influenced by its rich history and cultural diversity, the culinary tapestry of Peru reflects flavours from Spain, Italy, Japan, China and beyond. Peru’s unique landscape consists of an expansive Pacific coastline, the Andean mountains and the Amazon rainforest – providing access to vibrant and diverse ingredients – varieties of potato, corn, seafood, chilli, fruits and grains are used extensively in Peruvian cooking. Fish ceviche and lomo saltado are two of our classic dishes, come give it a try!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Hidden gem. Exceptional produce used creatively and showcasing Peruvian flavor. Tasty cocktails, neat wine list and great service. We will be back
A photo of Bay Pizza Lab restaurant
4.7
4.7 (31)
$41 to $100
Pizzeria
Byron Bay
About the restaurant
Welcome to Bay Pizza Lab. Nestled in a sleek, modern space in the heart of Byron Bay, our mission is to elevate pizza by combining the art of traditional Italian pizza making with an innovative, scientific approach. Our pizza, venue, and atmosphere reflect our commitment to simplicity, quality, and innovation. We believe pizza shouldn't be fancy or pretentious. And it shouldn't be "fast food" either. At Bay Pizza Lab, you'll find pizza done properly; a direct result of our passion, commitment, and dedication to our craft. We welcome you in and hope you enjoy.
Top review
JuliaG
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
Fantastic pizzas and thoughtfully designed cocktails! Make sure to leave some room for a huge serve of Tiramisu with molten chocolate core 🤤🤤
A photo of NORMA restaurant
4.6
4.6 (381)
$40 and under
Italian
Albury
About the restaurant
NORMA. Casual and warm dining. house made semolina pasta. antipasto and a house made tiramisu. Local Beechworth and Rutherglen wines. Beautiful setting. simple.


Ohhh. And a bit of Frank, Van, Eva in the background !

Top review
Dotty
Dined 6 days ago
This is a fantastic place that never fails to please. The dishes we selected were delicious and we kept looking at other dishes with envy. There is a great vibe about this place although at times it can be a bit hard to hear. The staff are cheerful and efficient. I sometimes think the dishes could be described more fully as when I show people who’ve never been they are often not inspired. Once I get them there they charge their minds. It’s also good value.
A photo of il Passaggio restaurant
4.6
4.6 (321)
$41 to $100
Italian
Bermagui
About the restaurant
il Passaggio is a licenced modern Italian Restaurant at the Fishermen's Wharf in the Far South Coast NSW sea-side town of Bermagui. You can come and have a quick glass of wine with an antipasti or pizza, or you can sit on the banquette and look at the boats in the harbour while you enjoy a three course lunch or dinner. We have a simple menu that uses as much local produce as we can find. The South Coast of NSW offers up many wonderful ingredients and our simple Italian menu aims to keep the integrity of each one.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Excellent food. Service was great but I do think the food was a little bit overpriced especially the cannolis.
A photo of Osteria Morelli restaurant
4.6
4.6 (141)
$41 to $100
Italian
Lennox Head
About the restaurant
Osterias have always been a staple of Italian dining culture. Back in the day, it used to be a place serving wine and simple food.
In the last 30 years, with the introduction of the slow food movement, Osteria got a relevant role in the Italian dining scene. Emphasis shifted to food made with local produce, shot menus and specialities such as house-made pasta, served to share in the middle of the table.
Our aim at Osteria Morelli is to showcase all the beautiful produce of the Northern Rivers, using Italian techniques and principles. On our menu, you will find homemade pasta, daily baked focaccia, fruit and veggies from amazing local farmers and only the best meat and fish available on the day.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
Meals and service were fantastic, we were a bit concerned by the amount of strong flavours in some of the dishes on the menu, but when the food came out we found that the flavours were very well balanced. We will be back again
A photo of Lagune Artisan restaurant
4.5
4.5 (37)
$40 and under
Italian
Wamberal
About the restaurant
We are excited to announce our second Lagune venue is now open.

Lagune Artisan is our new sit-down restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and soon to follow for dinner. Experience delicious freshly baked focaccia sandwiches, vibrant salads, authentic in house made pastas, and our signature woodfire pizzas. Also featuring coffee, craft beer on tap and a selection of local and Italian wines.

Our intentions remain the same – Italian inspired cuisine infused with artisan passion and woodfire flavors. All crafted with care and made with local quality produce and authentic Italian ingredients. Simple.

Whether you're joining us for a mid-morning feast, a leisurely lunch, or a satisfying take-away pizza – we’ve got you covered.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Top review
LeanneA
Dined on May 16, 2024
Lovely place to go for a catch up with friends. Although a bit more on the pricey side the food and coffee were worth it.
A photo of Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.4
4.4 (160)
$40 and under
Australian
Tamworth
About the restaurant
We have put a lot of time and care into developing quality food and drinks that provide a great opportunity to bring together family and friends. Located in the Tamworth Regional Playground right next to the splash pad.
Top review
Hollyk
Dined 1 day ago
Very friendly staff, delicious food and coffee. Always a favorite lunch spot. Very lovely atmosphere.
A photo of Ettalong Diggers restaurant
4.3
4.3 (386)
$40 and under
Bistro
Ettalong Beach
About the restaurant
For classic bistro-style dining with something for everyone, this is the place! Juicy steaks from the grill, schnitzels, succulent fresh seafood, pasta, salads and kids’ meals….with beautiful views to match.

Choose to dine on the sun-drenched Tallow Beach Terrace or Bistro 51.

While you dine at Bistro 51, the kids can enjoy our Starfish Kids Play Zone which features an enclosed play area for younger children plus arcade games.


Top review
LouiseM
Dined on May 6, 2024
The club is great The staff are all excellent However give this club a miss if you are vegetarian. The offerings for a vegetarian are minimal, boring and lacking any real thought or input.
A photo of The Broadwater Restaurant, Davistown RSL Club restaurant
4.3
4.3 (273)
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Davistown
About the restaurant
The Broadwater Restaurant overlooks the foreshore and stunning Brisbane Water. You are welcome to sit inside along the windows or outside on the deck where the sunsets are spectacular! Bookings are recommended. Enjoy a cruise to Davistown RSL Club with Central Coast Ferries. If you would like to stop and have some lunch simply inform the Captain and he will notify the club of your arrival in order to have the Courtesy Bus meet you at Central Wharf.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 3, 2024
The salad was very mediocre and one I would never serve. Tart not that much better
A photo of La Trattoria at The Fraternity Club restaurant
4.3
4.3 (123)
$40 and under
Italian
Fairy Meadow
About the restaurant
With its cosmopolitan menu and an authentic Italian flavour, the La Trattoria is the perfect place to unwind with family and friends over a steaming bowl of pasta or one of our succulent seafood dishes. The La Trattoria is quickly becoming famous within the Illawarra as a different club dining experience, with large portion sizes of quality meals at very affordable prices. With a dedicated bar and room to comfortably seat more than 300 people, the team in the La Trattoria pride themselves on the quality of their food, cooked and served fresh by our fantastic staff.

​Pull up a chair in our beautiful Al Fresco dining area and enjoy a meal outside while the kids play in the enclosed outdoor playground!

Open for lunch and dinner dining with sun and shaded areas, it’s that relaxed restaurant experience enjoyed outdoors, with quality food and drinks the whole family can enjoy!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
Visitors here from overseas We’re very impressed with this place
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