Restaurants in Sydney

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Foodies will be in heaven in Sydney, where creative contemporary Australian cuisine celebrates local produce, European techniques, and Asia-Pacific f... Read More

Foodies will be in heaven in Sydney, where creative contemporary Australian cuisine celebrates local produce, European techniques, and Asia-Pacific flavors. This dominant style uses fresh, local ingredients—often, some type of fish, oysters, or prawns—with bold flavors, all simply presented on the plate. Try it for yourself at Acme, the Bridge Room, or Sepia. For a truly memorable experience, book a table at Sydney Opera House’s flagship restaurant Bennelong, which brings destination dining to a Scandinavian-chic space overlooking Sydney Harbour (be sure to order the Opera House-shaped dessert).

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 several of the best restaurants in Sydney. Those hungry for Chinese (Billy Kwong, Mr. Wong), Japanese (Cho Cho San), Greek (The Apollo), Turkish (Stanbuli), Argentine (Porteño), Middle Eastern (Kepos Street Kitchen), Italian (A Tavola), and French (Guillaume) fare won’t go hungry either. Wash those dishes down with wonderful wines, drawn from the nearby Hunter Valley and niche vineyards across Australia and New Zealand. Surry Hills restaurant Nomad even recreates a winery in the city.

The Old Clare Hotel’s hip restaurants Silvereye, Automata, and Kensington Street Social are creating a new reason for foodies to visit Chippendale. Innovative ingredients at Ester, Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley’s hawker market, and sweet treats at Koi Dessert Bar enhance the area’s appeal. LP’s Quality Meats and Firedoor prove that flame-cooked protein is hot right now. Cool down with oysters and vodka cocktails at Bondi’s Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, which sits atop the South Bondi cliffs.

Sydney’s cafés craft delicious, healthy breakfasts served alongside first-rate coffee and tea; try Bronte’s Three Blue Ducks, Darlinghurst’s Edition Coffee Roasters, or Bills. No matter your taste or budget, you won’t suffer from a lack of options. T+L’s Sydney travel guide will help you navigate the city’s rich dining scene and choose where to eat in this dynamic city.

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  • A Tavola Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of A Tavola
    A Tavola

    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

  • ACME Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of ACME
    Acme

    Tucked away near Rushcutters Bay a stroll from Kings Cross, Acme is a hip little restaurant that packs a serious foodie punch. Innovative young chef... Read More

  • Automata Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Automata
    Automata

    The first solo venture by former Momofuku Seiōbo sous chef Clayton Wells, Automata is one of three highly anticipated restaurants attached to hip... Read More

  • Axil Coffee Co. Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Axil Coffee Co.
    Axil Coffee Co.

    One of Sydney's most charming cafés cantilevers over the water at Kirribilli's Commuter Wharf. Take a ferry to reach Axil Coffee Co. from Circular Quay,... Read More

  • Bang Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Bang
    Bang

    Bangladeshi street food gets a funky makeover at Bang, a buzzy, brick-lined upstairs restaurant in Surry Hills, which combines industrial style with... Read More

  • Bennelong Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Bennelong
    Bennelong

    The Sydney Opera House's flagship restaurant, launched in mid-2015, Bennelong is headed up by top chef Peter Gilmore, famous for his work at award... Read More

  • Bills Bondi Cafe in Sydney Alamy
    Bills, Bondi Beach

    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

  • Billy Kwong Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Billy Kwong
    Billy Kwong

    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

  • Black Star Pastry Cafe in Sydney Courtesy of Black Star Pastry
    Black Star Pastry

    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

  • Bourke Street Bakery Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Bourke Street Bakery
    Bourke Street Bakery

    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

  • Brewtown Newtown Cafe in Sydney Courtesy of Brewtown Newtown
    Brewtown Newtown

    Brewtown Newtown might be the coolest café in Newtown, and in this funky, alternative hood that's saying something. Tucked on a side street off... Read More

  • Catmosphere Cat Cafe Restaurant in Sydney Catmosphere Sydney Space Cat Cafe
    Catmosphere Cat Café

    Finally, Sydney gets a cat café to rival Tokyo's fluffy feline hangouts. And they're not just any cats—they're out of this world! The Catmosphere Cat... Read More

  • Cho Cho San Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Cho Cho San
    Cho Cho San

    Peek into minimalist Japanese restaurant Cho Cho San in Potts Point and the cool, distressed white interiors will beckon you in straight away. An award... Read More

  • Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta
    Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta

    Its too-cool-for-school staff uniforms and all-white décor have been described as "Rick Owens comes to Bondi," but it's not just fashion types enjoying... Read More

  • Din Tai Fung Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Din Tai Fung
    Din Tai Fung

    Taiwan's dumpling wizard Din Tai Fung has popped up in several locations across town, with buzzy outlets spreading from the city center's World Square... Read More

  • Edition Coffee Roasters Cafe in Sydney Courtesy of Edition Coffee Roasters
    Edition Coffee Roasters

    Japanese meets Nordic at this Darlinghurst café and roaster, where white, bright graphic interiors rule. Midcentury Scandinavian furniture (think grey... Read More

  • Firedoor Restaurant in Sydney Nikki To
    Firedoor

    Fire is all the rage in kitchens these days and acclaimed chef Lennox Hastie is a master of the art at hot Surry Hills restaurant Firedoor, launched in... Read More

  • Guillaume Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Guillaume
    Guillaume

    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

  • Kensington Street Social Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Kensington Street Social
    Kensington Street Social

    Michelin-starred U.K. chef Jason Atherton's first Sydney restaurant launched in January 2016, beside sister stay the Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale. A... Read More

  • Kepos Street Kitchen Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Kepos Street Kitchen
    Kepos Street Kitchen

    Seriously delicious Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors that feel healthy yet hearty are the name of the game at Kepos Street Kitchen. This... Read More

  • Koi Dessert Bar Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Kensington St.
    Koi Dessert Bar

    MasterChef Australia contestant Reynold Poernomo garnered a huge fan base for his amazing desserts while on the show. Now he has opened the sleek, two... Read More

  • Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley Restaurants in Sydney Courtesy of Kensington Street
    Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley

    Lovers of Asian hawker markets will go ga-ga for Kopi-Tiam on Spice Alley. A cobbled strip of four restaurant stalls and one pop-up serves a mix of Thai... Read More

  • Koskela Shop in Sydney Courtesy of Koskela
    Koskela Kitchen

    Light-filled canteen Koskela Kitchen occupies part of the Koskela design store in Rosebery, home to fab Australian-designed furniture, lighting, and... Read More

  • LP's Quality Meats Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of LP's Quality Meats
    LP's Quality Meats

    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

  • Missy French Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Missy French
    Missy French

    Josephine Perry, daughter of acclaimed chef Neil Perry, is behind this pretty French affair. Set in a converted Potts Point terrace building, Missy... Read More

  • Nel Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Nel
    Nel

    Set in a raw, exposed-brick basement dining room with leather booths and copper accents, Nel is run by U.K. chef and owner Nelly Robinson. He takes... Read More

  • Nomad Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Nomad
    Nomad

    Why travel to the Hunter Valley when the country wineries can come to you? Why travel to Hunter Valley when the country wineries can come to you? Here,... Read More

  • Paramount Coffee Project Cafe in Sydney Courtesy of Paramount Coffee Project
    Paramount Coffee Project

    If there were a prize for good looks, this place would take it—we're talking Alpine artwork, sleek concrete counters, and stylish wooden stools. Even... Read More

  • Porch and Parlour Cafe in Sydney Courtesy of Porch and Parlour
    Porch and Parlour

    With its elegantly distressed walls and perches by the open window front, this North Bondi café/bistro is the perfect place to while away a few hours.... Read More

  • Porteño Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Porteño
    Porteño

    Award-winning Surry Hills Argentine restaurant, Porteño, radiates the cool factor, with chefs Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate sporting tattoos... Read More

  • Saké Double Bay Restaurant in Sydney Jessica Hromas
    Saké Double Bay

    Saké made its name in the Rocks, but newer incarnation Saké Double Bay means the chic denizens of Double Bay—and guests of the InterContinental Sydney... Read More

  • Sepia Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Sepia
    Sepia

    The plating—with its edible flowers and herbs—is so crazily pretty it could break Instagram. Chef Martin Benn may have launched Sepia back in 2009, but... Read More

  • Silvereye Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Silvereye
    Silvereye

    British executive chef Sam Miller honed his skills as sous-chef at legendary Copenhagen restaurant Noma. Hence his love affair with prettily plated wild... Read More

  • Stanbuli Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Stanbuli
    Stanbuli

    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

  • The Boathouse Shelly Beach Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of The Boathouse Shelly Beach
    The Boathouse Shelly Beach

    Launched in 2015, The Boathouse Shelly Beach is tucked away at the southern end of Manly's main ocean beach, where intimate Shelly Beach attracts... Read More

  • The Bridge Room Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of The Bridge Room
    The Bridge Room

    A former wool factory and bank, the Bridge Room is a soothingly styled restaurant run by acclaimed chef Ross Lusted. After making his name at Sydney's... Read More

  • The Crabbe Hole Restaurant in Sydney near Bondi Beach Courtesy of The Crabbe Hole
    The Crabbe Hole

    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

  • Three Blue Ducks Restaurant in Sydney Courtesy of Three Blue Ducks
    Three Blue Ducks

    Set a few streets back from Bronte Beach, Three Blue Ducks is an institution on Sydney's Eastern Beaches, headed up by a bunch of surfing and foodie... Read More

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