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.
The home base of Brent Savage, one of the few Sydney chefs to embrace molecular gastronomy, Bentley offers up innovative takes on mostly European flavors.
It may not be the healthiest snack food, but it surely is the tastiest: a meat pie from the legendary Harry’s, a take-out restaurant that began in 1938 as a late-night food truck parked outside the Woolloomooloo naval dockyard.
Grab a cocktail at the Opera House's restaurant, where the bar is surprisingly little-known and the harbor views are knockout.
Celebrity chef Neil Perry opened this restaurant in a grand Art Deco building. The kitchen specializes in wood-fired grills and house-aged beef.
Owned by husband-and-wife team Ken and Amy Tai, this small restaurant specializes in traditional Chinese barbecued duck, as well as char siu (barbecued pork).
Part of the Establishment Hotel, this gourmet restaurant is helmed by local chef Peter Doyle, often regarded as a trailblazer in modern Australian cuisine. Lined with large windows, the dining room is bright and airy, with tall white columns, a high coffered ceiling, and deep gray banquettes.
Located on level 36 of the Shangri-la Hotel, the Blu Bar on 36 is popular with both travelers and Sydney locals.
Hands down, the best fast food in the Sydney Airport is Oporto’s Portuguese chicken Bondi burger in a chile piri-piri sauce with ginger, lemon, and garlic.
Enjoy some of the finest water views in town at this polished dining room overlooking Rose Bay, a 20-minute drive from Sydney's Central Business District.
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.