The Best Restaurants in Darwin, According to Locals

Looking for the best restaurants in Darwin? It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert foodie or you’re just looking for a romantic date night – we’ve got you covered!

Our guide highlights the best of the best, as each of the restaurants on our list was chosen by actual Darwin locals! Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with a diverse array of culinary delights, from Southeast Asian cuisine to modern Australian dishes. 

Discover the Top Restaurants in Darwin

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Lizards Bar and Restaurant


Lizard’s extensive and varied stock of beers, wines and cocktails makes it a great place to enjoy a night out. Lizards have been a staple in Darwin for nearly 20 years. It’s where locals have been coming to watch a rugby game, catch up with mates for a drink or enjoy a great pub meal. It’s one of the best restaurants in Darwin for both tourists and locals.

105 Mitchell St, Darwin
Phone: (08) 8946 3000


Ella by Minoli


Offering the best contemporary Sri Lankan dinner in town, Ella by Minoli is a hidden gem in the Darwin CBD. It’s a modern interpretation of the beautiful Ella, a jungle town in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. The authentic Sri Lankan cuisine is designed to ignite your culinary curiosity, while the perfectly balanced Ayurvedic properties of the menu will leave your taste buds curious! 

20 West Lane, Darwin
Phone: 0498 369 021

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PepperBerry Restaurant


Looking for one of the best date night restuaurants in Darwin? Head to Hilton Darwin for dinner at PepperBerry restaurant. It serves Australian modern contemporary cuisine and is among the top 10% of restaurants worldwide; how epic! To top that, they won the Territory’s Restaurant of the Year award!🏆 

Some of their most popular dishes are Miso tempura crocodile, Seared Scallops with truffle pea puree, Baked Humpty doo barramundi, and Blue swimmer crab.

32 Mitchell Street Darwin
Phone: +61 8 8982 0000

Hanuman Darwin


One of the best restaurants in Darwin for Asian cuisine, Hanuman Darwin is the perfect indoor and outdoor dining place. The Southeast Asian cuisine combined with the fresh local produce makes it even more spectacular! Having been a local favourite for 30 years, this is the place to be!

It is not just the food that makes this the place to be, but the Asian wood carvings make the space feel welcoming too. They also have plenty of vegetarian dishes available too.

93 Mitchell street
Phone: 08 8941 3500

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Image by @hanuman_darwin

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These results are from our ‘Best in Darwin‘ series, where the Norther team post an Instagram story asking for people to vote for their favourite [it’s different every week!] in Darwin. If you’d like to participate in voting, watch our Instagram Stories on our account @darwinweloveyou and be sure to vote!

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