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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in New South Wales

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 No Bones Byron Bay restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1216)
$41 to $100
Vegan
Byron Bay
About the restaurant
No Bones is the brainchild of Tahlia, Yasmina and Laurie. In an attempt to change the way we think about what we put in our mouths, we opened our doors in April 2018 with a vision of bringing meat eaters and vegans together over good plant-based food. With each passing year, No Bones has evolved, driven by the determination to do better for both our community and the environment.

We are part of a plant-based movement and invite you to join us on our expedition to save the Earth one Brussels sprout at a time.

#brusselsnotbeef

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Top review
Evie
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
We did the set menu and all the food was incredible :) Lili and the team were so friendly - we'll definitely be back
A photo of DUX restaurant
4.7
4.7 (23)
$41 to $100
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Albury
About the restaurant
Dux sits proudly in the heart of Albury, serving share food, boozy cocktails and an enviable choice of quality beer and wine. Take a front row seat at the bar, find an intimate corner, or grab a table with the family - once inside you will immediately feel the Dux culture.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious cocktails. The dux dragonfruit cocktail was amazing!! Will def stay for a meal next time.! Great vibe and warm setting!
A photo of Devil's Hollow Brewery restaurant
4.5
4.5 (759)
$40 and under
Australian
Dubbo
About the restaurant
Where good people meet great beer!

Devil’s Hollow Brewery is a Dubbo based craft brewery, pub and hospitality venue. We offer a core range of beer styles on tap and brew seasonal beers that suits our local market taste. Each month we host a tour and tastings event where you come on a guided tour of our brewery, learn how beer is made, and explore the stories behind our beers.
Our brewery has three simple mantras;
Wow! with our atmosphere
Wow! with our product
Wow! with our service.

We have something for everyone at the brewery -whether you're needing to kick-start your morning with a coffee, to filling your belly with scrumptious food or just wanting to enjoy a cold brew..... then look no further!
We hope to see you soon.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
The environment was pleasant. Service very good. Food was very good and the range of beverages pleasing
A photo of Dulcie's Cottage restaurant
4.5
4.5 (666)
$40 and under
Australian
Merimbula
About the restaurant
Dulcie's is a reimagined family cottage turned restaurant bar. The menu consists of a small selection of tasty burgers, oysters, seasonal cocktails, delicious wine, and friendly chat. Dulcie’s has a long bar to sit at, a beer garden to hang in, a fireplace to warm up next to. All of our menus consider local produce and the atmosphere we aim to create is cosy, fun and comfortable. Think cool grandma crossed with cheeky grandpa vibes.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Amazing atmosphere! Food was limited, but incredible! Loved the Dulcie burger!! Partner had a few cocktails and loved them.
A photo of Husk Distillers Cellar Door restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1146)
$41 to $100
Australian
Tweed Heads South
About the restaurant
We are farmers and distillers, making Husk Rum and Ink Gin on our beautiful 150acre family farm.

Husk Rum is a rare style made from farm to bottle using the finest quality freshly crushed cane juice grown and bottled at Husk Farm.

Ink Gin is boldly unconventional, sparking conversation & making people take note. A true original, Ink brings colour & art to people through gin.

Visit Husk Farm Distillery to learn & discover our spirits, enjoy good drinks and food and relax and connect to this ancient land.

The Husk Distillery Bar & Planter’s Kitchen is open Wednesday-Sunday from 11am with a full cocktail and lunch menu available until 3pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends (subject to change), and an all day menu available until the kitchen closes.

We are open Mondays & Tuesdays from 11am. Join us and enjoy small plates and grazing boards off our all day menu and have a full choice of tasting flights and cocktails.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great food, great drinks and great atmosphere! definitely recommend.
A photo of The BOX on the Water restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1780)
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Ettalong Beach
About the restaurant
The BOX on the Water is situated in prime position on both the Ettalong foreshore and beach. Its absolute waterfront location has panoramic views out across Broken Bay to its namesake, Box Head, and over to Sydney's northern beaches.

Architecturally designed with a stylish, modern aesthetic, The BOX on the Water restaurant, bar and beach kiosk is just an hour and a half drive from central Sydney or twenty five minutes on the passenger ferry from Palm Beach.

Both the restaurant and kiosk offer fresh, modern Australian cuisine and friendly, efficient service. Experience stylish, casual, 'fun dining' with arguably the best outlook on the Coast!

Top review
Samalamsta
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Had a beautiful lunch with Dad and extended family. The service was fabulous. Whilst I personally thought the menu was a bit limited, we still thoroughly enjoyed what we had! Thank you.
A photo of Wharf St. Distillery Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (521)
$41 to $100
Australian
Forster
About the restaurant
Wharf St. Distillery is a two-level distillery and casual dining venue. We serve fresh, seasonal and modern classics for lunch and dinner. Open from midday to late seven days a week, you can also come along for dink in our bar or try one of our gin-tasting paddles. We distil our own spirits on-premise and have the best wine and cocktail list on the coast.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Would highly recommend this place. The food was excellent, the service was extremely friendly and quick. I really loved their cocktail choices especially the More Mandy. Excellent drinks menu. The only thing I’d have to fault is that the way the restaurant is set up, it makes it difficult for people to know where to wait to be seated. Otherwise classy, fine dining. 5 stars.
A photo of The Concord restaurant
4.2
4.2 (30)
$40 and under
Croatian
Concord
About the restaurant
A Croatian-inspired Community Club brings good times back to Concord. The Croatian Club in Sydney has been a vibrant community club for Australian Croatian Families since 1951. Originally founded in Surry Hills then moved to Marrickville in 1972 and in 1983 relocated to the old Sundowner at Punchbowl. The Club has now secured premises in Concord – the former RSL Club with a rich history and local community of its own. The new Concord Community Club, or simply “The Concord” is the latest incarnation in the geographic heart of Sydney close to the shores of the Parramatta River.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Great ambiance on a Monday Night… with a table of guests that want to talk… looks like bedlam on a Friday Night when I dropped in to buy my membership… Food is good value for money… obviously typical Croatian Food which looked unappealing in appearance but was very tasty… I was disappointed when my $18 Chocolate Torte dessert arrived with the wrong ice cream, should have been hazelnut not vanilla… ran out? Really!!?? Poor form especially when I asked the Cashier to check if there was definitely hazelnut ice cream… Will go again.
A photo of Don Pedros Umina Beach restaurant
4.0
4 (37)
$40 and under
Mexican
Byron Bay
About the restaurant
If you like your margs spicy, your music loud & tacos with a crowd, Don Pedro's is the place to be! We bring the vibes, food and keep the drinks flowing all night long. With three venues across Sydney and Byron, rest assured we have you covered for your celebrations. With set menus are available, we’re perfect for any function and venue hire needs.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Fantastic experience, such yummy food & cocktails! Exactly what Umina needed. Looking forward to coming back!.
A photo of Amigos Mexican Restaurant Wollongong restaurant
4.0
4 (42)
$40 and under
Mexican
Wollongong
About the restaurant
Comida. Bebida. LaVida. Amigos, eat, drink, live! Bringing the authentic flavours of Mexico in a vibrant atmosphere, Amigos passion for Mexico is evident through the diversity of flavours and decor. Since 1973, Amigos has served the Illawarra and surrounds, and our dedication to bringing the Mexican spirit to our customers has never wavered. We hope to serve you soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Great service, good food and great value. Would highly recommend
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