9 Best Restaurants in Darwin, The Outback

Hanuman

$$ | City Center Fodor's choice

Hailed as one of the best eateries in Darwin, Hanuman offers an Indian-fusion menu with a firm focus on seafood. Indoor seating is air-conditioned, with low lighting and a sophisticated feel once the sun sets. The alfresco seating is a great choice for lunch. This is the sister restaurant to the Hanuman in Alice Springs but the menu isn't the same.

93 Mitchell St., Darwin, NT, 0800, Australia
08-8941–3500
Known For
  • great atmosphere on the weekend
  • incredible prawns
  • excellent service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekends, Reservations essential

Crustaceans on the Wharf

$$ | Wharf Precinct

Located at the end of Stokes Hill Wharf, and in a great spot to catch the sunset, this casual restaurant specializes in all things seafood, with dishes like local wild-caught barramundi, lobster mornay, and crumbed calamari on the menu. Kids ages 10 and under eat free for every adult main meal purchased.

Eva's Botanic Gardens Cafe

$ | City Center

Found within Darwin's picturesque Botanic Gardens is Eva's Cafe, inside the Heritage-listed Wesleyan Church. Here you'll find excellent coffee, healthy smoothies, and freshly made juices. The menu is packed with healthy eats that are suitable for breakfast or lunch. But it's perhaps the interiors that stand this café apart. It's a retro treasure chest.

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il lido BARpizza

$$ | Darwin Harbour

This polished pizzeria and bar in Darwin’s vibrant Waterfront Precinct provides reflective views as you drink and dine in the open air. With toppings like truffled mushrooms and roast pork belly with smoked bacon, toffee apple jam, and crackling, this isn’t your average pizzeria.

3/19 Kitchener Dr., Darwin, NT, 0800, Australia
08-8941–0900
Known For
  • European-style pizza, with tarte flambée, crème fraîche, bacon, and onion
  • burgers, braised lamb shank, and barbecue beef short ribs
  • outrageous cocktails

Kopi Stop

$

It might not look much from the outside, just a simple hole-in-the-wall. But there's a reason why there's always a queue snaking down the street. Kopi Stop is often seen as one of the most superior coffee spots in Darwin. There's a limited takeout menu that changes every day, but there's always something sweet and freshly baked. But the reason people come here is because of the bean.

Laneway Speciality Coffee

$ | Parap

The menu might be tight but each dish is packed with the finest and freshest of ingredients. This is one of Darwin's trendiest cafés. There's a few seats to grab outside but most will grab their breakfast to go, with freshly baked treats and brilliant coffee the order of the day here. 

Lola's Pergola

$ | Cullen Bay

Named after the owner’s daughter, this whimsical waterfront spot along the Cullen Bay Marina serves pub-style favorites like burgers, pizzas, and, of course, chips, in a circus-inspired setting complete with carousel horses (some which can be used) and other retro-style, nostalgia-inducing decor. It’s a great place to take the kids and your young-at-heart friends.

48 Marina Blvd., Darwin, NT, 0800, Australia
08-8941–5711
Known For
  • an excellent craft beer selection
  • family-friendly atmosphere
  • mango chicken burgers
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

MERAKI Greek Taverna

$$

Darwin’s got a vast Greek community and this foodie hot spot is a celebration of Kalymnian cooking traditions handed down from generation to generation. With a simple white and blue decor, the focus here is on the food, and the approach is mezethes-style dining, or having plates of food to share with your friends and family.

4/64 Smith St., Darwin, NT, 0800, Australia
04-8603--0985
Known For
  • live bouzouki music on Friday and Saturday night
  • tender fried calamari (kalamaraki)
  • classic Greek sweets like baklava and galatobouriko
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No lunch Sat.

Pee Wee's at the Point

$$$ | Fannie Bay

Uninterrupted views of Darwin Harbour at East Point Reserve, Modern Australian fare, and a carefully considered wine list make this restaurant a favorite with locals and visitors wanting a special night out. Dine inside with views of the harbor through large glass doors, or sit out on the tiered timber decks beneath the stars.

Alec Fong Ling Dr., Darwin, NT, 0800, Australia
08-8981–6868
Known For
  • oven-baked, wild-caught NT saltwater barramundi
  • spicy threadfin salmon wings
  • a deliciously decadent dessert called Fifty Shades of Chocolate
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. Closed during the wet season (late Jan.–mid-Mar.), Reservations essential