The finalists of the 2019 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards

Get to know all the finalists in our Restaurant Awards: an annual round-up of the best of the best in dining, service, wine, new restaurants and more.

Awards season is upon us. Our annual stocktake of the people and places that are new, hot and pushing boundaries in Australian dining will be revealed at our 2019 Restaurant Awards later this month.

Here we present the finalists across categories including Regional Restaurant of the Year, Bar of the Year and Best New Talent, as nominated by our team of anonymous reviewers who visit restaurants across the country unannounced and pay their own way.

Tune in for all the winners – including Restaurant of the Year - on 22 August as we announce them live on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And pick up a copy of the September issue of Gourmet Traveller, on sale 23 August, for your copy of the 2019 Restaurant Guide, your little black book for the year ahead.

Words: Max Allen, Michael Harden, Gareth Meyer, Pat Nourse, David Sly and Max Veenhuyzen.

Photography: Duncographic, Andrew Finlayson, Adam Gibson, Will Horner, Julian Kingma, Will Meppem, Rob Shaw, Tim Spreadbury, Leann Timms, Jessica Wyld.