Restaurants in Sydney
Nearly every type of cuisine is served at restaurants in Sydney, from Tibetan and Russian to African and Italian. Asian and Californian cooking have been hugely influential and you'll find excellent Thai and Vietnamese at many Sydney restaurants. But the dominant style is “Mod Oz,” which uses fresh, local ingredients—often, some type of fish, oysters, or prawns—with bold flavors, all simply presented on the plate. One of the best restaurants in Sydney for seafood is Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, which sits atop of the South Bondi cliffs. Another option: Head to the Flinders to check the hotel's upstairs restaurant known as Duke's Bistro. This Sydney restaurant is open late into the night and features authentic Australian seasonal menus. Although Australian wines are outstanding, many wine lists aren't limited to the southern hemisphere. Vamps Bistro on Glenmore Road offers a great wine menu and a mix of French and Australian cuisine. For those who can't begin the morning without a caffeine fix, Barefoot Coffee Traders is the spot to hit. This tiny shop in Manly, not too far from the beach, brews incredibly delicious and affordable coffee.
A few blocks west of Moore Park in Sydney’s Surry Hills neighborhood, chef Yoni Kalfus serves modern takes on traditional Middle Eastern and North African dishes like pomegranate lamb fillet, ras el hanout spiced chicken, and Tunisian tuna salad.
Sydney's fooderati favor the basement space that houses Neil Perry’s attention-worthy cuisine.
The chalkboard menu at this Italian restaurant and wine bar changes daily, depending on the freshest produce available at the local market.
A mainstay on the local dining scene, this Southeast Asian restaurant was first established in the 1960’s by Hong Kong immigrant Wong Tai See.
Housed inside a former Schweppes factory, Foveaux showcases the progressive European cuisine of chef Darrell Felstead.
Craving something sweet? Don’t miss the super-fresh gelatos at this small café; try one of its down under flavors—Queensland mango and passion fruit, Tasmanian fig, and New Zealand strawberry.
Located next to the Danks Street Fratelli Fresh store, Café Sopra serves Mediterranean and Italian cuisine crafted by chef Andy Bunn.
A longtime Chinatown institution, Golden Century is renowned for its authentic Cantonese cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood.
The young and well-heeled flock for superior sushi, sashimi, and bite-size shrimp tempura with a spicy cream sauce.
Owned by famed sushi chef Yoshii Ryuichi, this upscale restaurant serves Japanese cuisine in the traditional kaiseki style.
Chef Mark Best has been winning raves for creative concoctions like yellowfin tuna on French toast with foie gras butter.
Housed within a sprawling converted warehouse that is more than a century old, this Surry Hills restaurant specializes in contemporary Asian cuisine. The space consists of two main dining areas: one with large, wooden communal tables and another with booths and round tables.