Restaurants in Sydney


Foodies will be in heaven in Sydney, where creative contemporary Australian cuisine celebrates local produce, European techniques, and Asia-Pacific f... Read More

Foodies will be in heaven in Sydney, where creative contemporary Australian cuisine celebrates local produce, European techniques, and Asia-Pacific flavors. This dominant style uses fresh, local ingredients—often, some type of fish, oysters, or prawns—with bold flavors, all simply presented on the plate. Try it for yourself at Acme, the Bridge Room, or Sepia. For a truly memorable experience, book a table at Sydney Opera House’s flagship restaurant Bennelong, which brings destination dining to a Scandinavian-chic space overlooking Sydney Harbour (be sure to order the Opera House-shaped dessert).

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 several of the best restaurants in Sydney. Those hungry for Chinese (Billy Kwong, Mr. Wong), Japanese (Cho Cho San), Greek (The Apollo), Turkish (Stanbuli), Argentine (Porteño), Middle Eastern (Kepos Street Kitchen), Italian (A Tavola), and French (Guillaume) fare won’t go hungry either. Wash those dishes down with wonderful wines, drawn from the nearby Hunter Valley and niche vineyards across Australia and New Zealand. Surry Hills restaurant Nomad even recreates a winery in the city.

The Old Clare Hotel’s hip restaurants Silvereye, Automata, and Kensington Street Social are creating a new reason for foodies to visit Chippendale. Innovative ingredients at Ester, Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley’s hawker market, and sweet treats at Koi Dessert Bar enhance the area’s appeal. LP’s Quality Meats and Firedoor prove that flame-cooked protein is hot right now. Cool down with oysters and vodka cocktails at Bondi’s Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, which sits atop the South Bondi cliffs.

Sydney’s cafés craft delicious, healthy breakfasts served alongside first-rate coffee and tea; try Bronte’s Three Blue Ducks, Darlinghurst’s Edition Coffee Roasters, or Bills. No matter your taste or budget, you won’t suffer from a lack of options. T+L’s Sydney travel guide will help you navigate the city’s rich dining scene and choose where to eat in this dynamic city.

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  • A Tavola Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of A Tavola
    A Tavola

    First launched in Darlinghurst in 2007, A Tavola has become one of Sydney's most respected Italian restaurants, with a sociable communal table out front... Read More

  • ACME Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of ACME

    Fresh pasta stars (try the linguine with garlic and burnt chili) at this rustic-chic space. Raw concrete walls contain a mix of counter seats, sleek... Read More

  • Automata Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Automata

    Industrial-chic, moody modern interiors include a chandelier made from an old airplane engine and download lights recycled from Ducati motorcycle barrels. Read More

  • Axil Coffee Co. Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Axil Coffee Co.
    Axil Coffee Co.

    Take a ferry to reach Axil Coffee Co. from Circular Quay, then sip a latte in this laid-back, skinny wooden space with views of turquoise water lapping... Read More

  • Bang Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Bang

    Opt for the 'Bang for your Buck' set menu or share à la carte dishes 'Like a Bengali:' curry mussels and turmeric-grilled calamari, reflect Bangadesh's... Read More

  • Bennelong Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Bennelong

    A ground-floor, modern Aussie restaurant serves a three-course prix-fixe dinner, with faster options for lunch and pre-theatre meals. Desserts here are... Read More

  • Bills Bondi Cafe in Sydney Alamy
    Bills, Bondi Beach

    The original Bills corner café—communal tables in a white-walled terrace house—is a brunch time legend. The sweetcorn fritters and ricotta hot cakes... Read More

  • Billy Kwong Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Billy Kwong
    Billy Kwong

    Relocated to Potts Point in 2014, longtime Surry Hills favorite Billy Kwong now enjoys a more formal, stylish space, but the contemporary Cantonese... Read More

  • Black Star Pastry Cafe in Sydney Courtesy of Black Star Pastry
    Black Star Pastry

    On weekends the lines outside the sleepy, small Newtown branch of Black Star Pastry can get kind of crazy (news about their mind-blowing cakes must have... Read More

  • Bourke Street Bakery Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Bourke Street Bakery
    Bourke Street Bakery

    The original Bourke Street Bakery, on the corner of Bourke Street and Devonshire in Surry Hills, may be dime-size, but it always attracts a devoted... Read More

  • Brewtown Newtown Cafe in Sydney Courtesy of Brewtown Newtown
    Brewtown Newtown

    Tucked on a side street off main restaurant strip King, this place mastered industrial chic. There's a mix of wood, white hexagon-tiled tables,... Read More

  • Catmosphere Cat Cafe Restaurant in Sydney Catmosphere Sydney Space Cat Cafe
    Catmosphere Cat Café

    The Catmosphere Cat Café in Surry Hills is the first global space cat café franchise. Opened in July 2015, it lets fans settle in for a coffee and a cat... Read More

  • Cho Cho San Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Cho Cho San
    Cho Cho San

    Owned by the dynamic duo behind the Apollo (Jonathan Barthelmess and Sam Christie), this is your go-to spot for scallops, sashimi, and sensational green... Read More

  • Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta
    Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta

    These guys have a massive wood-fired brick oven, and they're not afraid to use it, serving house-made, naturally risen pizzas along with antipasti,... Read More

  • Din Tai Fung Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Din Tai Fung
    Din Tai Fung

    Alongside dumplings, you can also fill up on buns, soups, noodles, and Taiwanese rice dishes. Wash your meal down with a Japanese beer or signature... Read More

  • Edition Coffee Roasters Cafe in Sydney Courtesy of Edition Coffee Roasters
    Edition Coffee Roasters

    Midcentury Scandinavian furniture (think grey upholstery and sleek wood) set the tone at Edition Coffee Roasters, which has an open kitchen, ceramic... Read More

  • Firedoor Restaurant in Sydney Nikki To

    Australia's first 'fire-powered menu' showcases the beauty of wood-fired cooking with different timbers—from cherry to chestnut; even wine barrels—to... Read More

  • Guillaume Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Guillaume

    Set in a historic two-story townhouse in upscale Paddington, this fancy Gallic affair serves classic-meets-modern French dishes drawing on seasonal... Read More

  • Kensington Street Social Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Kensington Street Social
    Kensington Street Social

    A relaxed all-day diner, Kensington Street Social is open from breakfast to lunch and dinner, with lofty ceilings and an inviting industrial-sleek... Read More

  • Kepos Street Kitchen Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Kepos Street Kitchen
    Kepos Street Kitchen

    Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it's the kind of food Yotam Ottolenghi would love; think greens, grains, and fish kefta with smoky eggplant salad... Read More

  • Koi Dessert Bar Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Kensington St.
    Koi Dessert Bar

    Glassy and glam, it serves delicious cakes, tarts, desserts, and coffee from the counter downstairs, including a gorgeous green mango and yuzu mousse... Read More

  • Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley Restaurants in Sydney Courtesy of Kensington Street
    Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley

    A cobbled strip of four restaurant stalls and one pop-up serves a mix of Thai (Bang Luck), Malaysian noodles (Old Jim Kee), prawn dumplings (Hong Kong... Read More

  • Koskela Shop in Sydney Courtesy of Koskela
    Koskela Kitchen

    This welcoming eatery is led by chef Michael Box (of Nomad and Momofuku), and serves simple dishes that change daily depending on what's fresh from the... Read More

  • LP's Quality Meats Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of LP's Quality Meats
    LP's Quality Meats

    Discover serious protein treats down this Chippendale back street at LP's Quality Meats. LP stands for chef/owner Luke Powell, whose specialty is cured... Read More

  • Missy French Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Missy French
    Missy French

    Set in a converted Potts Point terrace building, Missy French is decorated in sophisticated monochromes, with raw grey walls, silky curtains, and mosaic... Read More

  • Nel Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Nel

    We detect a slight British-Indian influence in combinations such as kingfish tandoori, smoked cucumber raita, and a dessert of Eccles cakes and lemon... Read More

  • Nomad Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Nomad

    Why travel to Hunter Valley when the country wineries can come to you? Here, local produce is paired with Australian wines and Mediterranean flavors—a... Read More

  • Paramount Coffee Project Cafe in Sydney Courtesy of Paramount Coffee Project
    Paramount Coffee Project

    The sister café to nearby Reuben Hills, espresso-focused Paramount serves coffee sourced from Guatemala, Brazil, and Ethiopia. The menu is just as... Read More

  • Porch and Parlour Cafe in Sydney Courtesy of Porch and Parlour
    Porch and Parlour

    Open for breakfast and lunch daily, and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, Porch and Parlour was renovated in 2015 and the food's looking up-to-the-minute... Read More

  • Porteño Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Porteño

    There's a dash of the Zorro courtyard about the atmospheric, high-ceilinged venue and its old-school Hispanic decor. Upstairs, elegant Gardel's Bar... Read More

  • Saké Double Bay Restaurant in Sydney Jessica Hromas
    Saké Double Bay

    Hang with Saké sushi masters at the counter or take a table and order from the custom-built robata charcoal grill. They're seafood stars here, but you... Read More

  • Sepia Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Sepia

    Set in the city's Darling Park precinct in an Art Deco-inspired monochrome space, Sepia is all about Japanese-influenced, modern Australian dishes and... Read More

  • Silvereye Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Silvereye

    Tuck in for an epic 17-course tasting, or opt for an abridged 11-courses. Both can be paired with sustainable (of course) wines. We love the hand... Read More

  • Stanbuli Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Stanbuli

    Stanbuli offers a contemporary take on Turkish food—think a mezze speakeasy—in a retro former hairdresser's salon on hip Enmore Road. Chef Ibrahim Kasif... Read More

  • The Boathouse Shelly Beach Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of The Boathouse Shelly Beach
    The Boathouse Shelly Beach

    This charming café is sister to the Boathouses at Mosman's Balmoral Beach and Palm Beach in Sydney. It brings the same winning formula of coastal-cool... Read More

  • The Bridge Room Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of The Bridge Room
    The Bridge Room

    Influenced by Japanese and Scandinavian techniques, many of the dishes here are prepared over binchotan charcoal and slow-smoked Japanese robata-style. Read More

  • The Crabbe Hole Restaurant in Sydney near Bondi Beach Courtesy of The Crabbe Hole
    The Crabbe Hole

    This alfresco café, perched above Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach, is a bit of an insider secret. Follow the steps below the Icebergs bar and bistro, and... Read More

  • Three Blue Ducks Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Three Blue Ducks
    Three Blue Ducks

    With street art indoors and alfresco alley seats, this popular spot serves coffees, smoothies, and juices from 6:30 a.m. (ideal for morning runs),... Read More

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