Restaurant Guide

~ The Top 80 restaurants in Australia for 2022

The best of the best of the nation's dining.

Tedesca Osteria in Red Hill, Victoria is GT's 2022 Restaurant of the Year. Photo: Parker Blain
Welcome to the Gourmet Traveller 2022 Restaurant Guide, celebrating the most exciting and exceptional dining experiences to be found across Australia in the year ahead. From new openings to established favourites, each of the restaurants featured in this guide can be relied upon to deliver both innovation and excellence. Together, they represent the diversity of fine-dining in Australia, presenting either something wholly original, or the very best of its kind. Service, atmosphere and ambience are critical.
This year's guide returns with a few changes. We have chosen not to rank the guide this year. Instead, you can be assured that every restaurant featured is gold standard and will deliver an exceptional experience, worthy of both your time and money.
We've also compiled separate lists for each state. Smaller states and territories, such as Tasmania, have shorter lists, while larger states, such as Victoria and New South Wales, have longer lists. In each, our editors have singled out an individual state winner.
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THE YEAR IN RESTAURANTS

The challenge and change of the past 18 months has been seismic and a new landscape is continuing to emerge.
Yet amidst this turmoil has been a current of resilience, strength and creativity. New restaurants and bars have continued to open. Side-hustles and lockdown pivots have become permanent, viable businesses. At the same time, customers have become more aware of the pressure and pain points facing restaurants, embracing small changes that make a big difference to a restaurant's bottom line. The result? Spend per head is up. Credit card details to secure bookings are standard. Two-hour time limits on tables are acceptable. And the era of walk-ins only is firmly behind us.
As Australia opens up in the coming weeks and months, there will be more challenges to come, in particular around staffing shortages and capacity. But as we've already witnessed, solutions will be found.
As diners, we can offer support by booking ahead and remaining patient. Be kind. And celebrate the small things. Because treating yourself to a meal out, or glass of something special, is the best way to support the industry right now.
Editor: Joanna Hunkin
Deputy Editor: Karlie Verkerk
Sub-editor: Grace MacKenzie
State & territory editors: Michael Harden (Vic & Tas), Karlie Verkerk (NSW & ACT), Fiona Donnelly (Qld), Tory Shepherd (SA) and Max Veenhuyzen (WA)
Reviewers: Alix Davis, Amy Diggins, Larissa Dubecki, Tristan Lutze, Jordan Kretchmer, Katie Spain.

THE TOP 80 RESTAURANTS IN AUSTRALIA, A-Z

Fico is GT's 2022 Tasmanian Restaurant of the Year. Photo: Oskar Rossi
The bar area at Melbourne's Gimlet, winner of GT's 2022 Best New Restaurant. Photo: Sharyn Cairns
Millbrook in Jarrahdale, GT's 2022 Western Australian Restaurant of the Year.
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Shōboshō in Adelaide, South Australia.