Australia’s 2019 Award Winning Restaurants: Chef Hats Announced

As Australia's first national food guide, celebrating over 40 years, we continue to enjoy a great talent of Chefs and restaurants to the Australian name. The year of 2018 brought with it much reflection and deliberation surrounding the changes and advancements we have witnessed in food over the decades.

Australia’s 2019 Award Winning Restaurants: Chef Hats Announced

Our country has set the culinary benchmark high for the 2019 Chef Hat season without hesitation, offering a year of distinguished moments for our judges, now awarded and acknowledged, so you too can share in the experience.

2019 sees 375 restaurants awarded Chef Hats around the country, down 15 from 2018.

2019 Chef Hat Winners by State: 

  • Chef Hat Award Winning Restaurants in Queensland (53)
  • Chef Hat Award Winning Restaurants in New South Wales (125)
  • Chef Hat Award Winning Restaurants in Australia's Capital Territory (12)
  • Chef Hat Award Winning Restaurants in Victoria (93)
  • Chef Hat Award Winning Restaurants in Tasmania (17)
  • Chef Hat Award Winning Restaurants in South Australia (43)
  • Chef Hat Award Winning Restaurants in Western Australia (32)
  • Australia’s 2019 Award Winning Restaurants: Chef Hats Announced 

    Notable Openings/Newcomers to the Awards List this year:  

  • The Dining Room at Lindenderry Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula, VIC (15).
  • Ishizuka, Melbourne, VIC (15).
  • The d’Arenberg Cube Restaurant, McLaren Vale, SA (14).
  • Shelter, Northern Rivers, NSW (13).
  • Birch, Moss Vale, NSW (13).
  • Labart, Burleigh Heads, QLD (13).
  • Bea, Barangaroo, Sydney, NSW (13).
  • Garum, Perth, WA (13).
  • Coya, Cromer, NSW (12).
  • The Woodhouse, Bendigo, VIC (12).
  • Urban Tadka, Sydney, NSW (12).
  • Restaurant Moon, Sydney, NSW (12).
  • Manjits Wharf, Sydney, NSW (12).
  • Mudbar and Restaurant, Launceston, TAS (12).
  • Nineteen at The Star, Broadbeach, QLD (12).
  • Cape at Schanck Resort, Mornington Peninsula, VIC (12).
  • Orpheus Island at Orpheus Island Lodge, Great Barrier Reef, QLD (12). 
  • In 2018 there were some notable closures:  

  • Sepia (Sydney)
  • Neil Perry’s Jade Temple (Sydney)
  • Oter (Melbourne)
  • Fen (Port Fairy)
  • Papa Goose (Melbourne)
  • Esquire (Brisbane)
  • The Blue Door on 5th  (Gold Coast)
  • Knee Deep in Margaret River (WA)
  • Now it’s your chance to share your memorable moments of the past year:

    Good food and exceptional food are truly subjective terms; we acknowledge that what AGFG may consider the latter, you may consider average, and just like that, the never-ending food critic debate is born. If you’d like to know more about what makes an AGFG Chef Hatted restaurant award-winning, you can find our rating criteria here.

    Social media has given rise to a new kind of review diner, one that opens up the doors for anyone to tell their story to everyone. By opening up our site to your comments, the whole process becomes more democratic and open to debate. Supporters can reinforce positive assertions and contenders can argue their estimations; after all, a ‘well-thought-out’ diner comment has proven to hold just as much weight in the public perspective.

    We encourage all budding food enthusiasts to vote for their favourite establishments and contribute their opinions on the establishments they visit. To do this, read about our separate, Readers’ Choice Awards, the 2019 awards, of which, will be announced later this month.