The Best Restaurants in Sydney
Collected by Serena Renner , AFAR Contributor
While a dinner out in Sydney can often induce sticker shock, you get what you pay for—meaning fantastic meat, seafood, and produce prepared with a playful Australian spirit.
130 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
After 30 years at the forefront of Sydney's fine-dining scene, Quay Restaurant underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation and reopened in 2018. The restaurant swapped white linens for Tasmanian spotted-gum wood tabletops and exchanged the...
66 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The most stunning dining room in celebrity chef Neil Perry’s restaurant empire has got to be Rockpool Bar & Grill in Sydney. Seated amid soaring green marble columns and Art Deco windows in a space designed by Emil Sodersten, diners can...
362 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
In a spare sandstone space in Paddington, Saint Peter puts all the emphasis on the seafood. Whether chef Josh Niland is working with fillets of snapper, Petit Clair de Lune oysters, whole urchin, or tiny herring, he applies the same care and...
19 Kent St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
One of Sydney’s oldest “hotels” (watering holes with rooms), this Rocks favorite was built out of convict-quarried sandstone in the 1830s and ’40s. The Lord Nelson added a brewery in 1987 and now produces English-style...
1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge NSW 2037, Australia
Housed in the revitalized Rozelle Tramway Depot, Tramsheds has fast become one of the city’s most exciting culinary destinations, thanks to new concepts from some of Sydney’s favorite chefs. Bodega 1904 (from the team behind...
270 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
A North Bondi Beach institution since 1993, Sean’s Panaroma is known for unpretentious yet delicious fare, served in a homey dining room alongside fresh-cut flowers and views of Australia’s most famous beach. The simple chalkboard...
79 Hall St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Chef Bill Granger started his first restaurant in Darlinghurst at age 24. Since then, his sunny Aussie eatery (most famous for its creamy scrambled eggs, ricotta hotcakes, and crunchy corn fritters) has spread to Surry Hills as well as Honolulu,...
141/143 Macpherson St, Bronte NSW 2024, Australia
Three Blue Ducks draws a queue of Bronte beachgoers every weekend for its famous orange yogurt pancakes and scrambled eggs with black sausage. Besides the friendly staff, graffiti-meets-indie-music vibe (especially cool at dinner), and the...
379 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
After nearly 10 years of serving some of the best wood-fired pizzas in Sydney, Gigi in Newtown did the unthinkable—it went vegan. Some customers panicked but the restaurant continued to thrive anyway, adding momentum to the...
50 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
The Argentine restaurant that took Sydney by storm in 2010—and even rose from the ashes of a fire that originated in its charcoal grill—finally outgrew its Cleveland Street Surry Hills digs and reopened on Holt Street in late...
35 Oxford St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Slide into a sexy booth or black-velvet armchair at this award-winning French restaurant on happening Oxford Street and admire the grand chandeliers, antique flower pots, oversized clock display, and fabulous French staff. Founded by the famous...
1/28 MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia
Long a supporter of organic, fair-trade, and biodynamic food, star Aussie chef Kylie Kwong even took her former restaurant on Crown Street carbon-neutral in 2007. She’s also a pioneer of native Australian ingredients and is responsible for...
46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Since bursting on to the scene in 2013, this Chippendale hotspot has multiplied its loyal fans along with its awards—chef Mat Lindsay was even named Australian Gourmet Traveller’s 2018 Chef of the Year. Surrounded by stucco...
Corner of Pitt Street &, Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
What he lacks in Thai heritage, Australian chef David Thompson has made up for with decades of Thai travel, research, and reverence. At his restaurant Long Chim—a shadowy bunker decorated in disco balls and animal-themed paintings...
10 William St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
This hole-in-the-wall wine bar in Paddington pours experimental reds, whites, rosés, sparklings, and skin-contact orange varietals and also cooks some of the most inventive cuisine in the neighborhood. If the wine list overwhelms...
35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000, Australia
This architectural wonder perched on the Barangaroo waterfront looks like a stack of bowls overflowing with herbs. The interior of the three-level building—owned by prominent restaurateur and chef Matt Moran—is more fancy cruise ship...
ground, 2-10 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
The second Chippendale restaurant opened by rising-star chef Clayton Wells is the more-down-to-earth offspring of its sophisticated mother, Automata, down Kensington Street. The light-filled space fills with everyone from tattooed locals to...
393-399 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
This two-level Cantonese palace—connected by an escalator—is lined with tanks of live fish, crustaceans, and bivalves, which the staff will stir-fry, steam, salt-and-pepper, and douse in XO sauce to your heart's delight. There are many...
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