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Top 5 Restaurants in Newcastle - Uncover Newcastle's Top 5 Dining Hubs

As New South Wales' dining capital Newcastle is home to some of the finest eateries in all of Australia. From trendy bistros to family restaurants here are the city's top pick dining venues.
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Jonah on the Beach

Jonah on the Beach
Tipped to be Newcastle's favourite modern Australian restaurant Jonah on the Beach not only boasts a scenic location on the waterfront but an award winning menu as well. Tucked away in a prime waterfront locale with captivating views of the Pacific Ocean as well as Newcastle Beach the diner exudes a classy atmosphere all on its on in spite of its laid back attitude and decor. With a menu that is altered each season according to the fresh produce available during the season some of the must-try highlights at this award winning eatery are its pappardelle with king prawn and lobsters while its best desserts are undoubtedly its white chocolate and lemon terrine.
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Le Passe Temps French Lounge

Le Passe Temps French Lounge
Revered as Newcastle's premier French eatery, Le Passe Temps French Lounge is housed within a former bank structure that has been transformed to resemble a 1920's Parisian lounge. Stylishly designed with massive murals and glittering chandeliers the old world charm of the venue complements its modern take on French cuisine perfectly. Boasting an impressive wine list which includes delectable cocktails, Le Passe Temps French Lounge is the ideal venue to sample French favourites with a modern twist at leisure. Scrumptious and hearty the most coveted dishes on the restaurant's menu includes its goats cheese salad drizzled with honey and walnuts while the cheese platter and barramundi and zucchini flan are also crowd pleasers.
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Bistro Sandbar

Bistro Sandbar
Another lovely waterfront eatery with stunning views and a constant sea breeze to boot the Bistro Sandbar occupies pride of place along Newcastle City's Moroney Avenue. Seasoned patrons love to dine alfresco on the beach at this charming bistro which serves a variety of classic French bistro favourites alongside well-known international dishes. Made with locally produce in season the Bistro Sandbar's inventive menu is full of all time favourites such as goats cheese souffl├ęs and Spanish rice paella with seafood. The venue's extensive wine list contains a wide variety of Australian vintages while other must-try menu items include its summer scallop pie.
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Nagisa Japanese Restaurant

Nagisa Japanese Restaurant
Anything but your average Japanese restaurant Nagisa is a waterfront eatery that provides a sensual dining experience one is not likely to forget. Located along The Boardwalk Nagisa exudes charm and sophistication with its red and cream hued interiors, wood furniture and Teppanyaki tabletop. Expect everything from exquisite sake to fine wines at this elegant diner by the water which specializes in authentic Japanese fare. Menu highlights at Nagisa include Tonkatsu and an array of mouth-watering sushi offerings.
5

Bellini's Restaurant & Bar

Bellini's Restaurant & Bar
Revered as Newcastle's favourite Italian and Mediterranean haunt, Bellini's Restaurant & Bar occupies a strategic location on the boardwalk along Honeysuckle Drive. Ideally located in Newcastle City this modern Italian eatery provides indoor as well as outdoor dining options in its breathtaking riverfront location. A popular breakfast spot in the area some of the menu's chief highlights are tomatoes roasted with parmesan and field mushroom fishes which decorate its eclectic breakfast board. Boasting an extensive list of spirits and coffees the venue is a hit with lounge bar fanatics as well. Visitors based in a central Newcastle CBD hotel such as the Chifley Executive Suites Newcastle will be within close range of Bellini's and other popular restaurants in the city.