Best Sydney Restaurants
In addition to the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and over 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney is well known for its restaurants. Over the years Sydney has had its fair share of time in the spotlight but the Sydney restaurant scene deserves a shining moment of its own. The restaurants in Sydney can cater to everyone’s needs, whether it be three hatted fine dining, waterfront wonders or cheap and cheerful neighbourhood gems, you’re always spoilt for restaurant choice in this iconic city.
Whether it is an important occasion, mid week dinner or Friday knock offs Sydney City and its close surrounds are home to some of the city’s grandest and most entertaining eateries, fit for any occasion. Nestled amongst the towering pillars of the economy in the CBD are fine dining establishments, Rockpool, Tetsuya’s and Sepia, much-loved favourites Bridge Street Garage, Mejico, Steel Bar & Grill and Chophouse - plus so many more. The Rocks, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour are three lively waterside precincts in the area, rich with top restaurants such as Pony Dining, ARIA, Quay Restaurant and The Malaya. Not far away in Woolloomooloo you'll find Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse, Riley St Garage and Otto Ristorante.
The Eastern suburbs of Sydney stretch far and wide, from Bondi to Bronte, Surry Hills to Rose Bay and all the burbs in between. Home to some true culinary gems, you’ll find a mish mash of venues in the East that are sure to impress. Dining mecca, Surry Hills is home to several culinary gems such as Bishop Sessa, Bar H Dining, Queenies, Ho Mei, Baccomatto Osteria and The Winery, which also features a room dedicated to bubbles upstairs, The Champagne Room. In the leafy suburbs of Paddington there is everything from pub grub to Italian and tasty Asian fare. Stop by Buon Ricordo, Four in Hand or Eat Thai for a satisfying feed. Darlinghurst and Ruschutters Bay is bursting with intimate eateries and bars like The Owl House, Almond Bar, Claire's Kitchen at le Salon, A Tavola and Popolo. Just a stone's throw away is Potts Point, a melting point of great dining destinations such as Jimmy Liks, The Powder Keg, Hugos Bar Pizza, The Butler and Gazebo. Iconic restaurant, Catalina sits comfortably in beautiful Rose Bay with stunning views of the world’s most beautiful harbour while Bondi is littered with hip mod eateries such as Bondi's Best, Bondi Hardware, Fat Ruperts, Two & Twelve, Icebergs, Shuk, Sefa Kitchen, Dandylion and A Tavola.
Push your culinary boundaries with a visit to Sydney’s West. Home to suburbs such as Newtown, a bohemian ‘anything goes’ type vibe, Balmain, a former working class borough that became a gentrified haven for yoga and foodie enthusiasts, Leichhardt and Parramatta, this side of town is bursting at the seams with some of Sydney’s hottest restaurants. Whether it’s a unique Italian experience at Mad Pizza in Newtown or Criniti's in Parramatta, a cheesy night at The Stinking Bishops, and American feast at Hartsyard or a cracking cocktail at Vanilla Room, you’ll love your foodie experience at any burb in the West.
With such a diverse range of cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from, it’s no wonder the suburbs that hug the waters of Sydney Harbour are quickly becoming a drawcard for those looking to dine and drink. Whether you’re after tasty American cuisine with an Aussie twist, flashy cocktails or a night of fine dining, the lower and upper north shore has it all! Take a ferry over to Manly for a feed at Manly Wine, Hugos Manly, The Boathouse Shelly Beach, Jah Bar or Out of Africa. It's a smart and stylish seaside suburb worthy of more than just the standard tourist itinerary. Lap up the beauty of Balmoral Beach and its surrounds in Mosman by visiting Ormeggio at the Spit, The Bathers' Pavilion, Public Dining Room or Ripples at Chowder Bay; check out the revamped friendly north-of-the bridge suburb, Crows Nest (we love Bah-BQ Brazilian Grill) or get up close and personal with calculated cool bar/restaurants in Neutral Bay like, Firefly and SoCal.
Author: Georgia Smail, Dimmi Chief Food Writer.
Image source: Public Dining Room.