Bathurst offers a perfect combination of history, culture, and delectable cuisine, making it a pleasantly surprising destination for food lovers.
Nestled in the heart of regional New South Wales lies the charming town of Bathurst, where locals and visitors alike can find a foodie’s paradise hidden amongst the rolling hills and heritage architecture. Bathurst restaurants offer a culinary experience that rivals that of many big cities, with a focus on fresh ingredients and a welcoming atmosphere.
Whether you’re stopping by for a special event or just passing through, make sure to add our pick of Bathurst restaurants to your list of things to do to truly experience the rich cultural and gastronomic offerings of this unique, down-to-earth town.
1. Church Bar + Woodfired Pizza
If you’re looking for a funky, rustic atmosphere and traditional pizzas, Church Bar + Woodfired Pizza is definitely worth checking out. The menu offers simple, traditional pizzas as well as focaccias and share plates (if you can go past the selection of mouth-watering pizzas).
The vibe is friendly and chilled, with cosy corners to settle into inside, and a vibrant, leafy courtyard outside. And yes – it’s a very church-like, revamped old schoolhouse oozing European ambience. There’s a good selection of wines, cocktails, craft beers and often live music, making it a popular choice for a relaxed night out with family or friends.
Open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday.
Address: 1 Ribbon Gang Lane, Bathurst
2. Kisuya Japanese Restaurant
Located at the West Point Shopping Centre, Kisuya has a relaxed and authentically Japanese feel. As the Bathurst dining scene continues to evolve, this restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Japanese cuisine and is a hit amongst locals.
Try Kisuya’s modern Japanese dishes.
The menu is designed to showcase local Australian ingredients, expertly prepared using Japanese cooking techniques and sauces with a modern twist. The dishes have been created to be shared, making it a great option for a group outing. There’s also a fun selection of authentic, Japanese drinks, including beer on tap.
Make a booking in advance for dinner on Tuesday or lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday.
Pair your meal with a glass of wine at Kisuya Japanese Restaurant.
Address: West Point Shopping Centre, Bathurst
3. Mama Mio Cafe
If you’re looking for hearty, comforting, authentic Italian food then Mama Mio Cafe will be right up your alley. This Bathurst restaurant has a laid-back and unpretentious atmosphere where the focus is on good grub that leaves you satiated.
You’ll be spoiled for choice with the extensive menu that features simple, traditional-style pizzas and more gourmet, abundant options, as well as pasta, meat dishes and all your favourite Italian desserts. You can dine in or opt for takeaway or delivery.
Though it’s technically named a cafe and certainly has that kind of vibe, it’s currently only open for dinner (4-9pm-ish every day except Monday) so we’re adding it to the restaurant list.
Address: Shop 1/2 49 William St, Bathurst
4. Maalouf’s Restaurant
A favourite amongst locals who keep coming back for more, Maalouf’s oozes authenticity, serving up healthy and delicious home-style cooking at reasonable prices. The vibe is incredibly friendly and welcoming, and the ambience is a little grungy and old-fashioned, transporting you back to the nostalgic nineties in the best way.
With dine-in and takeaway options and a hard-to-decide-cause-it-all-looks-so-good menu, you’ll be relieved to know there’s a banquet on offer so you can relax and leave the decision to the chefs. The dishes are made with a unique and diverse set of ingredients, showcasing the very best of Lebanese cuisine that’s prepared traditionally and with love. This family-run restaurant is definitely worth checking out for lovers of soul-full sustenance.
Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday.
Address: 52 George St, Bathurst
5. Vine & Tap Wine Bar
Vine & Tap is a hidden treasure in Bathurst, with cosy indoor seating and a courtyard that’s perfect for a warm weather evening. The Italian share plates are simple but packed with flavour and perfect for sharing with family and friends.
Cap off the night with a cosy dinner at Vine & Tap Wine Bar.
The atmosphere is classy but relaxed, and the staff are friendly and attentive – making for a cruisy dining experience. Their range of specialty local and imported wines, beers and cocktails is the perfect accompaniment to the food and good vibes. We can see why regulars rave about this spot.
Pair your pizza with a spritz in summer at Vine & Tap.
Open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, and for lunch on weekends.
Vine & Tap Wine Bar’s atmosphere is classy but relaxed.
Address: 142 William St, Bathurst
6. The Terrace Thai
The Terrace Thai in West Bathurst is a must-visit for anyone craving authentic Thai cuisine in a comfortable, friendly environment. The restaurant boasts a massive menu for both lunch (specials available) and dinner every day except Monday, with the option of dine-in or takeaway.
The vibrant and homely vibe, combined with the traditional decor, creates a relaxed and inviting ambience. If you can snag a seat outside (yes, on the terrace), you can enjoy looking over the lovely, landscaped gardens that will transport you to Thailand. The food is tasty, generously portioned and beautifully presented, and with friendly and prompt service it’s a great spot for a memorable meal.
Address: 263 Durham St, West Bathurst
7. Tamarin Indian Restaurant
If you’re on the lookout for Bathurst’s best Indian, Tamarin will hit the spot. This hidden gem offers all your Indian favourites in a vibrant and authentic atmosphere that transports you to Bollywood.
The service is friendly and very accommodating, and all dietary options and tastes are catered for. Meals are hearty and great value, and you have the option to BYO.
They’re open for lunch and dinner for dine-in, takeaway and delivery, every day except Sunday.
Address: 126 William St, Bathurst
8. Anam Restaurant
If you’re craving an authentic Vietnamese experience, you’ll love Anam Restaurant. This small, family-owned restaurant is tucked away in an aging Bathurst arcade, but don’t be fooled by its humble exterior. Inside, you’ll find a cosy and authentic atmosphere with friendly, fast service and amazing food.
The menu is full of fresh, tasty dishes that won’t break the bank, and the BYO option makes it even more affordable. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s vibrant, comfortable and the real deal. A popular place for group gatherings.
Open for lunch and dinner, dine-in or takeaway. Closed Sundays.
Address: 177 Howick St, Bathurst
9. B Town BBQ
If you’re in the mood for some classic American-style BBQ in Bathurst, you’ll be stoked to stumble upon B Town, located in one of Bathurst’s iconic pubs, The Oxford Hotel.
They offer Texas-style BBQ and southern-inspired dishes to drool over in a cosy, modern pub atmosphere. They’re open seven days for lunch and dinner, and the menu is as abundant as you’d expect, boasting everything from smoked meats to pizza and salads (there’s even a ‘Byron bowl’ for vegans).
Address: 170 William St, Bathurst
10. Cobblestone Lane Restaurant
Cobblestone Lane Restaurant is the Bathurst go-to for fine dining, offering a charming and character-filled experience, perfect for date night or a special occasion. Housed in a heritage-listed former department store, the restaurant offers a glimpse of the talented culinary team through its open kitchen. The exposed brick, timber floors and decor create an old-fashioned, romantic, and elegant atmosphere that invites relaxation and intimate conversation.
The Asian and European-inspired modern menu features standout dishes like Szechuan pepper squid, pistachio dukkah lamb, and Italian marinated beef fillet – and of course, the dessert menu is to die for. Open from Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.
Address: 2/173-179 George St, Bathurst
11. El Guapo Cantina
El Guapo Cantina delivers a unique Mexican dining experience with its funky, moody but welcoming ambience, cool decor and on-point food. There’s indoor and outdoor seating and a diverse and tasty array of inimitable yet traditional Mexican dishes.
The menu is abundant but not overwhelming and there’s something for everyone – making it a great choice for groups. You might even think you’ve been transported to a charming restaurant in the heart of America’s South, where Mexican restaurants are authentic and plentiful.
This friendly, family-owned gem is a favourite amongst locals and travellers who appreciate its fun, vibrant, charm. And the margaritas are magnificent! They have a sister restaurant in Neutral Bay, so this place is sure to entice Sydneysiders.
Open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday and for lunch on the weekend.
Address: 49 Keppel St, Bathurst
12. Dogwood BX
If you’ve heard the hype about Dogwood BX, we’re here to confirm that it’s justified. Even the Texans would agree – this American-style eatery has the perfect blend of melt-in-your-mouth comfort food, tasty cocktails, and friendly, attentive service.
The owner’s passion comes through in the friendly atmosphere and the vibrant flavours and presentation of food. The vibe is chilled-out-Texan with low lighting, funky decor, and a cute outdoor area to enjoy your meal under the fairy lights. The menu boasts everything from hot wings to mac and cheese and the famous Dogwood burgers, and the portions are generous.
Perfect for an intimate evening or dinner with friends, they’re open from Wednesday to Sunday for dinner, and on Sundays for lunch. Dine in or takeaway.
Address: 87 Keppel St, Bathurst
13. 9inety 2wo
9inety 2wo is a fine dining, modern Australian restaurant located in one of Bathurst’s beautiful heritage buildings. The mindful interior design, vintage decor, low lighting, and high ceilings create a simple, elegant atmosphere, perfect for a romantic dinner.
The menu is simple and decadent, with delicious and creative dishes all made with fresh local produce – and plenty of options to suit all diets and tastes. The eye fillet with duck pate and enoki mushroom, and chocolate tart with candied pistachios are a stand-out. The ambiance is perfect on a cold night with the crackling fire adding to the charm. Service is, of course, friendly and prompt – as you would expect from such an establishment.
You can choose to sit inside or outside, and they’re open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.
Address: 92 Bentinck St, Bathurst