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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 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

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. 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.

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.

Wine Odyssey

Wine Odyssey pleases the masses with their wine bar, restaurant and online store focused on quality Australian wines. Who wouldn’t love that! Here you are encouraged to take your time and taste some of the best Aussie drops. The wine aficionados know a lot about wine and will happily share their knowledge with you. Bonus!

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.

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 source: Pony Dining

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