Try Darwin’s local tastes at the best casual and fine dining spots the city has to offer.
Darwin has a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafes throughout the city with many choosing to focus on local produce.
Many specialities include seafood while attention to detail is given to steaks.
Asian, African and Mediterranean influences can also be found alongside traditional pub menus at the top restaurants that we recommend.
Pee Wee’s At the Point
Pee Wee’s At the Point provides a unique fine dining experience among a natural environment. It’s nestled within tropical flora for both inside and outside dining.
The menu embraces the Northern Territory’s multiculturalism and climate, using only fresh local produce and specialising in saltwater barramundi.
Lot 5775, Alec Fong Lim Drive, East Point Reserve
Located within the grounds of the heritage-listed Admiralty House, Char Restaurant offers Australian cuisine though, if you really want to do it right, you have to order the steak.
Helmed by a national beef judge, each Char steak is aged for five weeks for optimal taste.
For those not inclined toward red meat, the menu also includes fresh seafood.
Cnr The Esplanade and Knuckey Street, Darwin City
Crustaceans is a casual steak and seafood restaurant with a stunning view. Dining looking out over the wharf, sunset is prime time as it sets over Frances Bay.
Wine and beer is enjoyed along with seafood and crocodile.
Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin Wharf Precinct
Neat attire is expected at this fine dining restaurant. Indian and Thai dishes fill the menu including beef masaman, eggplant pachadi and Hanuman oysters.
Locals recommend this top spot for its mouth-watering aromas and stylish dining area.
Mitchell Street, Darwin City
Laneway Speciality Coffee
This coffee shop rivals those in Melbourne. The industrial style and rave reviews bring in locals and visitors alike.
The cafe has an all day dining menu which includes breakfast, with dishes such as smoked belly bacon and egg roll and the wagyu burger.
4/1 Vickers Street, Parap
The quirky interior of subway tiles and striped wallpaper is paired with a menu that includes brunch, lunch and dinner.
This bistro and bar serves traditional Aussie dishes with a French twist for trendy tastes alongside cocktails, wine and beer.
Shop 9, The Vic Complex, The Mall, 27 Smith Street, Darwin City
Moorish Cafe is filled with warm colours for a relaxing atmosphere.
The dishes are a mixture of flavours from Spain, Northern Africa and the Mediterranean and use fresh local ingredients and Territorian seafood.
37 Knuckey Street, Darwin City
Monsoons Restaurant and Bar
Monsoons serves classic pub-style dishes along with Mediterranean-style tapas and unique twists such as the barramundi brioche burger.
Pair your meal with a wine from its extensive local and international wine list or try a fishbowl cocktail on the terrace.
46 Mitchell Street, Darwin City
The Deck Bar
The Deck Bar is a casual hangout providing shelter from the tropical rains on its covered deck. It’s located in the CBD, though tucked away from the busiest part of the street, and has views of Northern Territory Parliament.
It’s one of the top spots to party in the city or to relax at for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are over 80 beers available as well as a wide variety of cocktails.
22 Mitchell Street, Darwin City
The Darwin Ski Club
The Darwin Ski Club is a popular spot located on Darwin Harbour.
Its outdoor Bali Bar is the perfect place to catch the sunset while listening to live music, particularly on Friday and Sunday afternoons.
This bistro serves standard Australian pub food from midday until late.
20 Conacher Street, Fannie Bay
Cafe21 serves healthy food at an affordable price, making it a hotspot for locals.
All of the food is fresh and can cater to any dietary restrictions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
28 Smith Street, Darwin City
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Feature image: Darwin Ski Club