Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Mason

Restaurant Mason
3/35 Hunter St Newcastle, NSW


This buzzy bolthole in downtown Newie is a real delight: the vibe is relaxed and the food by talented Chris Thornton is top-notch. Soft pillowy gnocchi is glammed up with sweet shredded Fraser Isle spanner crab, chopped asparagus and fried onions adding crunch and texture. Scope out the fish of the day on the compact menu – if it’s snapper fillet with a kaleidoscope of heirloom tomatoes, steamed zucchini flower and braised octopus, go for it. The seafood is treated sensitively and is lip-smackingly good. And the wine options? There’s an Australian-leaning list with a fine selection by the glass. The deconstructed cheesecake is a standout experience, presented in a see-through bowl like a terrarium. The baked vanilla goat’s curd adds a twist to the ubiquitous dessert, while the addition of fresh peaches, gingerbread crumb, raspberry snow and buttermilk white-chocolate ice-cream ensure it tastes as good as it looks.


(02) 4926 1014



Bookings essential


  • BYO

  • Licensed

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Outdoor dining

  • Private room

  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Chris Thornton

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

Food: ★

Wine: ★

Gourmet Traveller’s star-ratings, which range from zero to three stars, reflect reviewers’ first-hand experiences. The best-rated restaurants form our national Top 100. Our wine ratings, from zero to three stars, are made by wine editor Max Allen on the strength of the quality of the restaurant’s wine list. View our rating key here.

Restaurant Mason
3/35 Hunter St Newcastle, NSW
Chris Thornton
Bookings essential
Opening Hours
Lunch Thu-Sat noon-3pm Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-9pm

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