Restaurants in Sydney

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 lack in atmosphere. Fatima is no exception: you can either dine in or order a hearty takeout meal from the front counter.

This newish eatery in the recently renovated Bondi Pavilion keeps popping up in the weekend gossip pages, mainly because a good number of Australian celebrities are rushing in to try its fresh Asian dishes like five-spice duck pancakes, prawn and sweet pea dumplings, or cuttlefish ‘chips’ spraye

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 happening at night.

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 to hang out. Cocktails are prepared in a snap, or you could boldly order the Fernet-Branca, a cult Italian liqueur they keep on tap.

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 1978. Each table is given a walkie-talkie to order old-school dishes like fondue or chicken Kiev.

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 here: they’ve got more than 150 bottles of the drop sourced from around the world.

This self-proclaimed dive bar is actually a pretty nice place to grab a cold beer.

Nestled inside a sunlit courtyard at the InterContinental Hotel (itself the painstakingly restored former Treasury Building, which dates back to 1851), the Cortile is all luxury: huge light fixtures hang from the ceiling; there are columns and copper sculptures galore; and the furnishings are gr

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 Hotel’s Gowings Bar & Grill, Gilt is noisy and fun for people who like their bars with a twist of attitude.

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 the heritage structure’s mid-section and is always buzzing with guests and locals alike.

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, especially if you’re tired from an epic day of sightseeing at nearby Circular Quay.

Located downstairs at the CBD Hilton, Marble Bar is outfitted in dark woods, impressive arches, and stained glass. This vision of Victorian opulence has been preserved to look pretty much as it did when it was built in 1893.

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 ground chuck patty with lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions served on a sesame milk bun.

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, pork, lamb, or a spiced chickpea fritter with grated beetroot and honey labne.

People flock to this popular neighborhood grill in Leichhardt, where the extensive menu features creative options like the Fancy Pants Porterhouse (grilled steak, eggplant chutney, sautéed spinach, and crumbled feta cheese), the Tender Tokyo (Panko-crumbed chicken breast with tonkatsu sauce, Jap