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The Rocks Restaurants

Despite being one of Sydney’s oldest districts The Rocks is also one of the most exciting in the city, and the area is no longer off-limits to locals, appealing to those with an eye, and a stomach for fabulous food. The Rocks’ restaurants are some of the best and can be found hidden amongst the famous cobblestones or out in the open for all to see. This little historic part of town is rocking. Get around it for a feed. 

The Rocks Restaurants


Found on Bligh Street in Sydney’s CBD, Chophouse is a contemporary adaptation of the New York steakhouse showcasing Australia’s leading produce and innovations in dining, both on the plate and through the restaurant design. The building’s original substructure has been unearthed, elements have been stripped back to their raw, primitive nature and wood features heavily in the décor. Tables and booths are spread across two levels, with a bar and outdoor seating area also available to perch at while enjoying the calm ambience and tasty fare. It’s a visual and culinary experience that won’t be forgotten. Although there’s plenty of variety in the menu (the array of killer salads and sensational seafood will knock your socks off), Chophouse prides itself on its ‘meat and chops’. Head Chef, Scott Kim begins with an amazing product and pairs it with regional and seasonal produce, thinking outside the box and surprising diners with his creations. The is a restaurant for those who appreciate quality of produce, not just tasty food. You’ll never look at a steakhouse the same again. Chophouse pushes the boundaries of expectation.

Pony Dining

Located in the heart of The Rocks, surrounded by beautiful cobblestone lane ways and historic buildings lies Pony Dining, an intimate restaurant offering a unique dining experience that’s perfect for a romantic night out with that special someone. This former bond warehouse features hanging woven art on sandstone walls, glossy chocolate settings and an open kitchen decorated by a brown and white cowhide. Acclaimed head chef Damian Heads, takes inspiration from the Mediterranean and South East Asia, offering dishes designed for sharing, including innovative vegetarian options and fresh seafood thoughtfully created with seasonality in mind. One thing is for certain, Pony has distinctive style and sass.

Saké Restaurant

Home to Sydney’s best sushi, straight up. Tucked away in a heritage-listed former wool store in the harbourside suburb of The Rocks, this Sydney dining institution attracts fine diners and business-lunchers alike - all on the hunt for the best sushi in the city. ​Led by chef extraordinaire Shaun Presland, Saké serves up the clean, fresh flavours of Japanese cuisine, matched to traditional Japanese wines like sake (it has over 40 varieties). We suggest starting with the 'signature' kingfish with tangy yuzu soy, topped with green jalapeno and coriander - it’s a signature for a reason. Delicate steamed wagyu beef, ginger and chive dumplings are also a standout, as is the tempura and sushi rolls. Sydney-siders return to lap up Presland’s culinary skills time after time, and it’s not hard to see why. The sleek, contemporary interior and world class food does the trick. We’ll say it again. Best sushi in Sydney. Get there.  

Oriet Restaurant 

The place that rocks The Rocks Located in the Heritage Room on the first floor of The Orient Hotel, this modern Australian restaurant combines elegance with a relaxed atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, the menu combines the very best of local and seasonal produce with a range of French and Aussie wines. Head Chef Aaron Kingdom hails from the Hunter Valley and knows a thing or two about good grub so whether you looking for a corporate lunch spot or simply want to kick back with a few friends after work, The Orient is the place to be. Best dish: Kangaroo rump, sweet potato mash, broccolini, peppercorn sauce

Author: Georgia Smail, dimmi Chief Food Writer.

Image source: Pony Dining

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