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.
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.
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.
Housed inside the InterContinental Hotel, this modern European restaurant is owned by Justin and Georgia North (also of Bécasse).
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 bistro, lounge, and wine bar. Furnishings in the dining room include recycled timber tables, velvet banquettes, and antique sofas.
Located in Chinatown’s Prince Centre, this no-frills restaurant is known throughout Sydney for its flavorful, homemade noodles and affordable prices.
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 additional outdoor tables that are ideal for people watching.
Tuck into a sublime Queensland spanner crab and buckwheat risotto served under a frothy bubble of pink shellfish essence at this confident new venture from Tetsuya’s longtime chef de cuisine Martin Benn.
Australia's Sydney Rock is a small oyster with a big, sweet-salty taste.
Assiette, the French term for "plate," serves French-inspired cuisine. The menu is arranged in groups of five entrées, five mains, and five desserts, with offerings changing quarterly.
Located inside the Galeries Victoria shopping center, this cash-only Japanese restaurant attracts large crowds throughout the day with its menu of traditional, straightforward dishes.
Grab a cocktail at the Opera House's restaurant, where the bar is surprisingly little-known and the harbor views are knockout.