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Best Restaurants in The Rocks

Despite being one of Sydney’s oldest districts The Rocks is also one of the most exciting areas in the city, appealing to those with an eye, and a stomach for fabulous food. The Rocks’ restaurants are some of the city's best and can be found hidden amongst the famous cobblestone alleyways 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

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. Widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the wood fire grill in Sydney, Pony offers an honest flavour driven menu that showcases prime Australian produce, a carefully crafted boutique selection of wines and a cheeky cocktail list.

Cruise Bar

If you’ve forgotten just how beautiful Sydney Harbour is then Cruise Restaurant is the perfect place to go and remind yourself. This stunning, contemporary venue is situated right on the edge of Circular Quay in the Overseas Passenger Terminal and offers sweeping views of the Opera House, city skyline and busy Quay. We'll see you there.

Belgian Beer Cafe Heritage

With soaring ceilings and mahogany panelling, this beer cafe meets restaurant is a haven in the heart of the city. Boys and girls that are lovers of beer will love this place. There are litres of beer on tap and enough bottled beer to feed an army. Grab a beer and a beer-braised stew and you’re all set.

Waterfront Restaurant

A distinctive replica sailing ship mast embellishes the outdoor dining area of the Waterfront Restaurant, paying fine tribute to the restaurant’s colonial history and seafood cuisine. As far as waterfront dining goes, visitors to the world famous The Rocks district can’t go past this upmarket seafood restaurant.

Kansas City Shuffle

Housed on the ground floor of the former Cadbury Chocolate factory in the Rocks is one cafe that’s shaking things up in The Rocks. With white, black, filter, cold drip and magic styles (a Melbourne-style double ristretto topped with milk in a small, 150-mililitre cup) of coffee available, this is not your stock standard cafe experience.

Orient Restaurant

Located in the Heritage Room on the first floor of The Orient Hotel, this modern Australian restaurant combines elegance with a relaxed atmosphere. Head Chef Aaron Kingdom hails from the Hunter Valley and knows a thing or two about good grub so whether you’re 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.

Harbour View Hotel

Tucked in a backstreet of Sydney’s historic Rocks district the Harbour View Hotel is not the place to come for a Harbour View. It’s the place for upmarket pub grub. From rustic sourdough to freshly shucked rock oysters and perfect Petuna, Harbour View has got the goods.

The Rocks Teppanyaki

First a butchery, then residential homes and now a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. This 1880s heritage listed building has certainly been around the block but we’re happy with how it has turned out. The Rocks Teppanyaki combines traditional Japanese cuisine with the freshness of Australian prime produce in a spectacular fashion - that’s oh so tasty too!

Don't forget, there are plenty more dining destinations within walking distance. Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Sydney CBD are rich with restaurants for you to try. 

Author: Georgia Smail, Dimmi Chief Food Writer.

Image: Cruise Bar

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