Restaurants in Sydney

Courtesy of Marriott International

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

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

Snack on the deliciously outré confections (rice pudding éclairs; Negroni macaroons) from Sydney’s flamboyant young pastry... Read More

This delightful restaurant in Newtown boasts an extensive menu of salads, dips, mix plates, meats, and wraps. Don’t worry about dietary requirements,... Read More

A swanky gathering spot for corner-office types and tourists who want a view to a thrill, Altitude stands 36 stories above Sydney atop the celebrity... Read More

Head chef Mohamad Zouhour has been cooking up authentic Lebanese cuisine for more than a decade at Arabella, an Inner West eatery that offers a mix of... Read More

Assiette, the French term for "plate," serves French-inspired cuisine. The menu is arranged in groups of five entrées, five mains, and five... Read More

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

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

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

An outpost of Darlinghurst’s iconic 50-year-old Italian café, this full-service restaurant is the perfect spot for a “flat white... Read More

This modest shopfront near the Manly Beach Wharf is an efficient choice for pavement pounders scurrying off to the area’s golden sands. Head here for a... Read More

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

The home base of Brent Savage, one of the few Sydney chefs to embrace molecular gastronomy, Bentley offers up innovative takes on mostly European... Read More

Sydney’s breakfast culture starts and ends at bills, which pioneered a whole-scale revival of the morning ritual in the early 2000s by offering... Read More

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

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

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

Located on level 36 of the Shangri-la Hotel, the Blu Bar on 36 is popular with both travelers and Sydney locals. With floor-to-ceiling windows, it has... Read More

Australia's Sydney Rock is a small oyster with a big, sweet-salty taste. There's no better place to sample it than at the ever-popular Boathouse, set on... Read More

This Spanish-inspired restaurant is what you might consider the antipodean version of New York’s Momofuku: it’s got rock-starrish, bad-boy... Read More

People flock to this popular neighborhood grill in Leichhardt, where the extensive menu features creative options like the Fancy Pants Porterhouse ... Read More

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

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

This self-proclaimed dive bar is actually a pretty nice place to grab a cold beer. A new addition to Sydney’s ever-changing food and drinks scene, it’s... Read More

Located next to the Danks Street Fratelli Fresh store, Café Sopra serves Mediterranean and Italian cuisine crafted by chef Andy Bunn. Bunn... Read More

A beloved local joint frequented by locals and visitors in equal measure, Café Sydney sits on the rooftop of Customs House facing the whole of Circular... Read More

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... Read More

This teeny-tiny flagship in Newtown is ground zero for some of the city’s most celebrated beans. It’s always crowded and you’ll have to fight for a seat... Read More

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

This newish eatery in the recently renovated Bondi Pavilion keeps popping up in the weekend gossip pages, mainly because a good number of Australian... Read More

Located in Chinatown’s Prince Centre, this no-frills restaurant is known throughout Sydney for its flavorful, homemade noodles and affordable... Read More

It’s a little touch of the country here at Chiswick, which draws in crowds that enjoy the bucolic setting in leafy Woollahra. The seasonal dishes are... Read More

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

This place has been buzzing since it opened on a street corner not far from Central Station. You’ve got six options for your patty: beef, fish, chicken,... Read More

I love this little café on leafy Bourke Street in Surry Hills. They do great breakfasts but their 808 Burger is what entices me every time. It’s a... Read More

Located in the Overseas Passenger Terminal overlooking Sydney Cove, Cruise is divided into a first-floor bar and second-floor restaurant, both of which... Read More

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

Using the Slow Food movement principles as a basis, this café, located a few blocks west of Moore Park, prepares food according to sustainable... Read More

An outpost of the popular Waterloo restaurant, the Danks Street Depot at Sydney Airport is located in Terminal T1 International, across from check-in... Read More

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

This converted butcher shop is meant to pay homage to the raucous watering holes that dot the alleys of New Orleans, but really, it’s just a great place... Read More

The waitresses here wear hot pants and zoom around on roller skates, and the whole place looks like a basement rec room that hasn’t been touched since... Read More

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

Part of the Establishment Hotel, this gourmet restaurant is helmed by local chef Peter Doyle, often regarded as a trailblazer in modern Australian... Read More

The long-overlooked suburb of Chippendale, which lies just to the south of Sydney’s central business district, is now a hot spot thanks to a huge new... Read More

Housed inside the InterContinental Hotel, this modern European restaurant is owned by Justin and Georgia North (also of Bécasse). Lined with... Read More

A once-neglected stretch of Cleveland Street in Surry Hills houses a clutch of well-regarded Lebanese restaurants that make up for in flavor what they... Read More

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

For years, Darlinghurst’s Fish Face was perhaps Sydney’s best-known seafood eatery—a quality spot where crowds gathered on the sidewalk, waiting for... Read More

While this small, unassuming eatery on Darlinghurst Road has the appearance of a run-of-the-mill takeout joint, the cuisine proves otherwise. Chef Steve... Read More

This elegant eatery at the end of pier 21 on Jones Bay Wharf has been dishing up lovely, thoughtful seafood for a decade, and the quality has never... Read More

Housed inside a former Schweppes factory, Foveaux showcases the progressive European cuisine of chef Darrell Felstead. The British-born Felstead, who... Read More

Frankie’s brings an appealingly scuzzy vibe to downtown Sydney, where corporate types roam by day and (until recently) not a whole lot seemed to be... Read More

It’s hard to argue with Gilt’s assertion that it is the “new pleasure centre of Sydney”. Occupying the mezzanine space that overlooks the stylish QT... Read More

Located inside the Hilton Sydney hotel, Glass Brasserie is owned by celebrated chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan, previously of Michelin three-starred... Read More

A longtime Chinatown institution, Golden Century is renowned for its authentic Cantonese cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Frequented by off... Read More

Even if you’re not staying at the Four Seasons, a visit to its gorgeous lobby bar—think wood panelling, potted plants, and a chill vibe—is a must,... Read More

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

Grab a cocktail at the Opera House's restaurant, where the bar is surprisingly little-known and the harbor views are knockout. Read More

It ain’t cheap, but when the food’s this succulent and the view’s this good, who’s to carp with a slightly higher credit card balance? For years,... Read More

Located inside the Galeries Victoria shopping center, this cash-only Japanese restaurant attracts large crowds throughout the day with its menu of... Read More

A large paper menu on the wall details the night's specials at this casual Italian restaurant in Surry Hills. The space is small, with several... Read More

One of the latest additions to the airport’s revamped food court is this excellent Nepalese restaurant, which serves the country’s... Read More

Locals book weeks ahead for chef Zahi Azzi’s eye-opening breakfast tagines and sweet couscous with rhubarb and cardamom milk. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

Housed within a sprawling converted warehouse that is more than a century old, this Surry Hills restaurant specializes in contemporary Asian cuisine.... Read More

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

Join the queue of ravenous regulars at this Malaysian food mecca, home of intricate curries, fierce sambals, and an epically flavorful roti canai, a... Read More

Located downstairs at the CBD Hilton, Marble Bar is outfitted in dark woods, impressive arches, and stained glass. This vision of Victorian opulence has... Read More

This authentic Cantonese restaurant is best known for its yum cha, a traditional midday meal of hot tea and dim sum dishes. Located on the fourth and... Read More

Chef Mark Best has been winning raves for creative concoctions like yellowfin tuna on French toast with foie gras butter. Read More

Sydney didn’t quite know what had hit it when Mary’s opened its doors in Newtown last year. They serve just three different types of burgers here—the... Read More

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

This tiny, white-tiled corner shop has been a favorite of Surry Hills locals for just over two decades. There aren’t many tables, so you’ll want to... Read More

The surroundings are spare, perhaps to keep your focus on the food—wildly inventive take on Korean dishes. Its bimbimbap, fried chicken, and bulgogi... Read More

Nada’s is another fine choice on Cleveland Street. What it lacks in atmosphere or a modern interior is more than made up for by the scrumptious dishes:... Read More

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

The fading ‘tuck shop’ holds a special place in the hearts of Australians who lived through its heyday. Historically, they’re retail shops that sell... Read More

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

Large windows frame uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour and Opera House at this modern Japanese restaurant, located on the ground floor of the... Read More

The vibe is always festive at Opera Bar, located along the concourse just below the Opera House. It has indoor tables if it’s raining, but you’re going... Read More

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,... Read More

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

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... Read More

This Woollahra newcomer has a playful side, and it starts at the wine list, where bottles are categorized as “pouring wines,” “fizzy shit,” and “big... Read More

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

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

The opening of this Argentinian steakhouse helped bring an otherwise unimpressive stretch of Cleveland Street to life a few years back; it’s still... Read More

Perched high above Circular Quay, this elegant fine-dining restaurant has some of the best mealtime views in the city: to one side is the Opera House;... Read More

A frequent visitor to those Best Restaurants in the World lists, Australia’s most decorated dining experience puts you center stage on Circular Quay,... Read More

This Vietnamese kitchen in Surry Hills places an emphasis on environmental sustainability, from its menu of organic ingredients to its use of eco... Read More

It doesn’t get much better than a morning stroll down the grand boulevards of Annandale, a beautiful suburb in Sydney’s inner west. And Revolver is a... Read More

The enduring standard bearer of fine dining in Sydney relaunched in 2014 to huge praise. The term “Modern Australian” can seem elusive to outsiders, but... Read More

Celebrity chef Neil Perry opened this restaurant in a grand Art Deco building. The kitchen specializes in wood-fired grills and house-aged beef. Read More

Craving something sweet? Don’t miss the super-fresh gelatos at this small café; try one of its down under flavors—Queensland mango... Read More

This laid-back joint is located in Darlinghurst on Stanley Street, long the city’s epicentre of Italian eating. The menu at this impressive seasonal... Read More

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

The young and well-heeled flock for superior sushi, sashimi, and bite-size shrimp tempura with a spicy cream sauce. Read More

The baristas take their coffee very, very seriously at this Bondi outpost, where the beans are prepared on a state-of-the-art Probat Coffee Roaster. The... Read More

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

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

The Star casino in Pyrmont gets a bad rap, which is too bad because it’s a glistening complex worth a visit, especially if you want a choice Japanese... Read More

Not far from the central business district, this tiny Surry Hills restaurant is renowned for its authentic Thai cuisine. The brainchild of a former... Read More

Sydney's fooderati favor the basement space that houses Neil Perry’s attention-worthy cuisine. Happiness here means crunchy salt–flecked,... Read More

This cozy corner café on a pretty corner in Redfern serves awesome breakfasts and soul-reviving coffee. Grab a newspaper and order a hearty meal. I’m a... Read More

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

It isn’t much to look at—and there are plans to overhaul the whole shebang—but that shouldn’t keep you from dropping by this Sydney institution on the... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Australia’s most famous chef for close to a decade, Tetsuya Wakuda continues to wow foodies with his deft, eclectic Japanese-by-way-of-French... Read More

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

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

An old reliable in the heart of Darlinghurst, The Burger Joint is a thumbnail-sized operation that caters to every taste. You can snag one of the tiny... Read More

Nestled inside a sunlit courtyard at the InterContinental Hotel (itself the painstakingly restored former Treasury Building, which dates back to 1851),... Read More

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

This buzzing joint located in a heritage-listed warehouse on Sydney’s south side draws in customers on any day of the week thanks to a laidback... Read More

Still never been to Cuba? No matter: this well-hidden basement bar does a fine job of recreating life in the Pearl of the Antilles. Rum is the specialty... Read More

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.... Read More

This restaurant is located on the ground floor of the 3 Weeds Hotel in Rozelle, a building that also houses a multi-room entertainment center with a... Read More

This quaint little bistro in Potts Point offers up lovely dishes that marry great ingredients with quality cooking—stuff like smoked eel and cheddar... Read More

It’s always a scene at this jam-packed, two-level spot in the heart of trendy Surry Hills, where fashionable young ladies, groups of guys, and couples... Read More

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

This pretty little gathering spot in Redfern is part of a complex that houses the well-heeled Garden Life plant proprietor and an upstairs yoga studio,... Read More

The chalkboard menu at this Italian restaurant and wine bar changes daily, depending on the freshest produce available at the local market.... Read More

The airy and wide-open atrium of the BLUE Sydney hotel at Woolloomooloo’s legendary wharf provides a picturesque home for Waterbar, which slices down... Read More

Cubicle dwellers line up at all hours of the workday at this shoebox-sized shopfront at the foot of the gorgeous Galeries Victoria shopping center in... Read More

This local marigold-hued landmark in Potts Point serves lovely, creative dishes. The weekend breakfast and brunch menu has all the Australian classics... Read More

Owned by famed sushi chef Yoshii Ryuichi, this upscale restaurant serves Japanese cuisine in the traditional kaiseki style. Named after a heated... Read More

This sparkling new eatery in Surry Hills—formerly a branch of the popular Al Aseel restaurant—boasts that it serves “modern Middle Eastern,” but truth... Read More

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