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.
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.
Chef Mark Best has been winning raves for creative concoctions like yellowfin tuna on French toast with foie gras butter.
Owned by famed sushi chef Yoshii Ryuichi, this upscale restaurant serves Japanese cuisine in the traditional kaiseki style.
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.
The traditional Italian fare (ravioli with spinach and mushrooms; risotto with chicken, bacon, green beans, and arugula) at this casual restaurant is decent, but the real reason to come here is the large beer garden/sundeck set outside beside the runways.
An outpost of Darlinghurst’s iconic 50-year-old Italian café, this full-service restaurant is the perfect spot for a “flat white” (latte) and sandwich—go for chicken and avocado on a potato-and-rosemary roll.
The Cantonese-inspired Billy Kwong, located on the hip Crown Street, showcases the culinary skill of Australian-born chef Kylie Kwong, who draws on her mother’s cooking to create inventive takes on classic Chinese cuisine.
Large windows frame uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour and Opera House at this modern Japanese restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Join the queue of ravenous regulars at this Malaysian food mecca, home of intricate curries, fierce sambals, and an epically flavorful roti canai, a crisp-edged, flaky flatbread that transports you straight to Kuala Lumpur.
This authentic Cantonese restaurant is best known for its yum cha, a traditional midday meal of hot tea and dim sum dishes.