Darwin is fast becoming a foodie destination

Darwin’s restaurant and cafe culture has boomed over recent times with funky laneway cafes and hot new restaurants and bars popping up everywhere. Here are 20 top restaurants and cafes that are a big hit with Darwin’s Foodies.

Darwin really has become quite the foodie paradise!

Do you need some tips to find the top restaurants when you next visit Darwin? Want to know where to eat, drink and be seen around Darwin?   Let me give you a few of our favourites to try.

Hidden cafes tucked away in city laneways, funky new bars and contemporary new restaurants are turning up in all the best locations in the city.

I’ve researched them all thoroughly for your reading pleasure.

Darwin’s Top Restaurants and Cafes for Foodies

Manoli’s Greek Taverna

Locals tip:  Dine after 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights for the lively Greek entertainment.

Manoli’s Greek Taverna delivers the simple fresh flavours of Greece.  Specialising in ‘Mezethes’ which means ‘plates of food to share’.  A common eating style in Greek family homes, Mezethes is where you can have a feast or just a light dinner.  Try their Seafood Saganaki!  Its divine!

Located in Smith Street in Darwin city.

Stone House Wine Bar

Stone House Bar Darwin

Darwin’s first true wine bar.  With select wines from around the world Stone House Wine Bar has hit the mark with locals for selection and atmosphere.  This bar is a popular spot to catch up with friends and if you’re lucky (and book early) there’s an opportunity to attend one of their winemaker tasting events.

Located in the original stone Sue Wah Chin building of old Chinatown on Cavenagh Street in the heart of Darwin city.

Pee Wee’s at the Point

Pee Wee's on thhe Point

Locals Tip:  Be there for Sunset!

Have you got a special occasion coming up?  The place to go is Pee Wee’s at the Point.  With it’s stunning waterfront location and creative menu, this restaurant is known to have Darwin’s best views. Pee Wee’s at the Point is the perfect place to wine, dine and relax all year round in Darwin. 

In a unique waterfront setting at East Point Nature Reserve, its no wonder it made our list of Top Restaurants in Darwin!

Seafood on Cullen

With ocean front views Seafood on Cullen is an all-you-can-eat seafood smorgasbord restaurant offering fresh shellfish, and hot and cold buffet-style dining.  A large venue with magnificent views and a casual atmosphere.

Located at Cullen Bay overlooking Darwin Harbour.

The Waterfront Bistro at Darwin Sailing Club

Sunset at the Darwin Sailing Club

Locals tip:  Arrive early to catch the sunset, the views are spectacular!

The Waterfront Bistro is a multi-award winning restaurant overlooking stunning Fannie Bay.  A diverse menu with flavours from south-east Asia, flame grilled steaks, pastas, a wide selection of local seafood and home-made desserts.

This restaurant is located on the beachfront and has the Top view in Darwin.

Little Miss Korea

Little Miss Korea in Darwin

Locals Tip:  Manchu Monday nights for the best dumplings in Darwin!

LMK is one of my favourite restaurants in town!  Little Miss Korea is a unique Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, also offering a modern take on Korean à la carte & lunches.  This funky industrial-looking space caters to locals and tourists alike.  Little Miss Korea is a gastronomic experience that should not be missed.

Located in Austin Lane and another of the Top Restaurants in Darwin.

Char Restaurant

Locals tip:  Dry season dining in the garden.

Char’s unique dining experience offers Darwin’s signature dining experience, Australian wines and innovative cuisine.  Char Restaurant features premium cuts of steak and fresh seafood.

Located in inner city Darwin within heritage listed Admiralty House and it’s grounds.

Six Tanks Brew Company

Six Tanks in Darwin

Locals tip:  Order the Charcuterie Board!

You can’t miss the 6 big copper tanks at the front of house!  This bar and eating house is a favourite with visitors and locals alike.  Six Tanks Brew Co has 26 taps of its own, brewed on site and a whole swathe of beers from guest breweries.

Located in Mitchell Street, Darwin City, its a great place to catch up with friends.

The Cavenagh

Nam Jim Oyster Shooters at the Cav

Locals tip:  Nam Jim Oyster Shots – consistently great!

This long standing pub is one of Darwin’s favourites.  The Cavenagh or ‘the Cav’ as its affectionately known, is touted as the best steakhouse in town.  The Cav has a great menu and one of the few restaurants to serve Beef Wellington.

Located at the top end of Cavenagh Street in the City and well worth a visit.

Wharf One Food & Wine

Locals Tip:  We recommend the Shared Tasting Menu.

Treat yourself to absolute waterfront dining, Wharf One Food & Wine offers a fun dining experience, specialising in wood grill cooking and seasonal local produce.  Its the perfect place for lunch, dinner, special occasions or a drink or two.

Located at the Waterfront precinct, Wharf One is a short 10 minute walk from the Darwin CBD.

Hanuman

Locals tip:  Try my favourite Hanuman oysters and Chilli baked Reef Fish.

Hanuman is one of the best Thai Indian style restaurants in Darwin (and Alice Springs as well) and is is known for it’s reputation for great food with authentic Asian flavours.

Located Mitchell Street, this restaurant easily hits the Top Restaurant list.

Ally Cats Patisserie

AllyCats

Locals tip:   Try their ‘freak shake’ – it’s the ultimate no-calories treat.

A great spot to stop for breakfast or lunch is Alley Cats Patisserie is home to the best diet blowout menu items you’ll find in the Territory.

Located at the back of the Alley in Mitchell Street.

Smokey Joe’s

Brunch at the Beachfront Hotel

Locals tip:  Kick back and watch the sun set as you settle into an icy cold beer.

The Beachfront, on the foreshore at Nightcliff, attracts locals and tourists alike.   Enjoy a relaxing breakfast, brunch or lunch at Smokey J’s Bistro Brew & Que on the outside deck overlooking the Arafura Sea with dinner served seven days a week.

Located on the foreshore at Nightcliff.

Yots Greek Taverna

One of Darwin’s leading restaurants located on the Waterfront Boardwalk at Cullen Bay. Yots Greek Taverna specialises in modern and traditional Greek cuisine with fresh seafood meals our specialty.  A great wine list is available.

Locals tip:  Grab a Mezze platter and a nice bottle of wine to watch the sunset over the marina.

Located in the Cullen Bay Marina.

PM Eat and Drink

Locals tip:  Great tapas and seafood and an excellent wine selection.

Make sure you reserve a table at PM Eat & Drink. PM’s funky wall murals and industrial decor make for a great place to meet friends.  Servicing some of the best Tapas style food, PM has a great wine list and excellent selection of cocktails.

Located in the Knuckey Street on the corning of the graffiti-covered Austin Lane

The Oyster BarTop Restaurants in Darwin

Locals tip:  Wednesday is Oyster Day with discounts oysters all day.

Just a five-minute stroll from Darwin city centre is The Oyster Bar a great place to chill out and enjoy the waterfront views with a glass of bubbles and a dozen of your favourites.

Located at the Waterfront Precinct.

Thailicious

Locals tip:  Funky upstairs dinning – Thai style.

Overlooking busy Mitchell Street, diners at Thailicious enjoy a unique rooftop dining experience.  Traditional Thai cuisine, diners can choose outdoor dining on the decks or take traditional floor cushions.  Thailicious offers one of the most relaxing places in Darwin to dine. 

Mitchell Street, upstairs overlooking the busy street.

Moorish Cafe

Moorish Cafe in Darwin

Locals tip:  Their Spanish seafood hotpot is to die for.

Specialising in local Territorian seafood and produce and inspired by the flavours of Spain, the Mediterranean and Northern Africa.  A great tapas menu and fabulous liver pate.

Il Piatto Restaurant

Locals tip:  Try their lobster Ravioli!

One of our favourites, iL Piatto is an Italian style restaurant with a classic selection of favourite Italian dishes.  Soak up the ocean views while enjoying a fresh pasta dish and the perfect wine choice.

Located at Sky City Darwin overlooking the ocean.

The Precinct

Locals tip:  Check the daily specials, you may find a gem!

The Precinct is one of the favourite place to go.  The Precinct at the Darwin Waterfront, boasts 46 taps of craft beers and cider, quality wines and modern pub food or for something different pick up an antipasto picnic basket.

Located at the Waterfront, beside the wave pool.

Sweetbrew & Co

Sweetbrew in Darwin

Locals tip:  Great coffee but often very busy but so worth the wait!

A funky modern cafe serving a new age menu with delicious house cooked pies and other treats and freshly baked delicacies.

Found in Stuart Park on the main highway.

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