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 in the Overseas Passenger Terminal overlooking Sydney Cove, Cruise is divided into a first-floor bar and second-floor restaurant, both of which provide sweeping views of Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour, and the Sydney Opera House.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
While this small, unassuming eatery on Darlinghurst Road has the appearance of a run-of-the-mill takeout joint, the cuisine proves otherwise.
Sydneysiders are fanatical when it comes to coffee, so when they endorse a brand, like the 51-year-old Sydney-based Vittoria, it’s been carefully vetted. Viaggio makes a great cup (with Vittoria, naturally) and sells muffins, pastries, and croissants to go.