Balmain Restaurants

Balmain is a hip inner city enclave just to the east of Sydney's CBD. With some of Australia's best chef's taking up residence in the suburbs kitchens, Balmain has established itself as one of the best dining strips beyond the city centre filled with great restaurants.

With a rich multicultural history, the main strip of Darling Street is filled with Italian eateries, as well as a growing group of East Asian, South Asian and Mediterranean restaurants. Located in old Victorian era buildings, or tucked into corners of this historic suburb, the dining experience in Balmain is heightened by the wondrous settings.

If you're looking for a taste of something sweet, there are a number of a number of bakeries and patisseries in Balmain. With hand-crafted parcels of flaky goodness on offer at one of Australia's most famous patisseries, Balmain will sate the cravings of even the most ravenous sweet-tooth.

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  1. Rosso Pomodoro

    Rosso Pomodoro

    Renowned across Australia for its authentic pizza, Rosso Pomodoro is a stalwart in the Balmain dining scene. Awarded the best "BYO Restaurant of the Year" in the 2012 Good Food Guide, Rosso Pomodoro is great for...

  2. Soho Balmain

    Soho Balmain

    Soho Balmain brings a modern twist to 1920s glamour in its home on Balmain's Darling Street restaurant strip. The menu features an array of share plates inspired by traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, with ingredients...

  3. Spice I am Balmain

    Spice I am Balmain

    With queues lining out onto Darling Street, Spice I am Balmain is the latest addition to this renowned Thai- restaurant family. Spreading its wings from the East to the West, this Balmain outlet offers the "best of"...

  4. Stars at Gigis

    Stars at Gigis

    Gigis is a family owned pizzeria operating in the heart of Balmain for over 20 years. Serving traditional Italian food, all ingredients are fresh, with pasta and pizza dough made in house. Perch al fresco and enjoy a...

  5. The Balmain Hotel

    The Balmain Hotel

    The Inner West is home to the hip Balmain Hotel. With its weatherboard-beach-shack meets inner-west-bar feel, The Balmain Hotel offers three bar areas, plus, the quirky pink flamingo room, which was built specifically...

  6. Alegrias


    Located on Balmain’s vibrant Darling Street, Alegrias brings authentic Spanish tapas to Sydney shores. Chef Javier Sevilla has fashioned a menu of bold classics like gambas al ajillo, the famous king prawn dish...

  7. Balkan Bake

    Balkan Bake

    Balmain's Darling Street is home to specialty pastry shop, Balkan Bake. As its name suggests, Balkan Bake's artisan pastries are made from age-old recipes originating from the Ottoman Empire. Known for their layers of...

  8. Bar Contessa

    Bar Contessa

    Bar Contessa is a local favourite, serving up dishes that take their influence from cool cafe culture in New York and owner Marco Adoncello's Italian background. You can find classic burgers, meatballs and risotto...

  9. Bertoni Casalinga- Balmain

    Bertoni Casalinga- Balmain

    There's always a line at Balmain's Bertoni Casalinga, but what's inside is worth queuing. Found in the heart of Darling Street, this warm and welcoming eatery serves excellent coffee and home-style Italian fare made...

  10. Bistro Balmain at Exchange Hotel

    Bistro Balmain at Exchange Hotel

    The Exchange Hotel is the largest hotel in Balmain; built in 1855, the iconic establishment has long been a local favourite. The Dining Room is located on the first floor with an outdoor veranda and chic decor and an...

  11. Blue Ginger Restaurant

    Blue Ginger Restaurant

    Some say Blue Ginger serves up the best Asian food in the inner-west area; foods with freshness, speed and friendly service, teamed with casual style in a buzzy ambience. Blue Ginger, one of the most popular Asian...

  12. Bovine & Swine Barbecue Company

    Bovine & Swine Barbecue Company

    It's all about the Texan barbecue at Bovine and Swine. The Enmore restaurant boasts a custom-built smoker that turns out Carolina-style chopped pork and brisket that has its own cult following. This is an eatery...

  13. Brioche Organic Bakery

    Brioche Organic Bakery

    Organic, chemical-free, dairy-free, additive-free, low GI and gluten-free – Brioche Bakery in Balmain is a health nut's paradise. Under the direction of Fiona, a coeliac herself, the menu at Brioche offers a range of...

  14. Chon


    A South East Asian flavour is infusing the tables of Balmain at Chon, a betel leaf and chilli decorated feast attracting diners from all corners of the city. Authentic Thai flavours can be found in this snug space,...

  15. Efendy Restaurant

    Efendy Restaurant

    Standing proudly in a restored Victorian mansion on the corner of Darling and Elliot Streets, Efendy restaurant is one of Balmain's most popular eateries. The modern Turkish menu is one of the best in Sydney. Great...

  16. Indian Palace

    Indian Palace

    Balmain's very first Indian Restaurant, Indian Palace, opened its doors in 1984. Since then it established a solid reputation as a sophisticated Indian restaurant with a relaxed dining experience at very reasonable...

  17. Kazbah - Balmain

    Kazbah - Balmain

    Kazbah is a fabulous North African, Middle Eastern and Moroccan restaurant in Balmain. It's more of an evening affair, however the breakfast menu, available on weekends, is a welcome departure from traditional bacon...

  18. La Sangria

    La Sangria

    Diners of Balmain are making friends, Spanish-style, over delicious plates of La Sangria restaurant's authentic tapas with, of course, a drop of sangria.

  19. Little Darling Diner

    Little Darling Diner

    Littler Darling Diner is a charming cafe by day, lively French bistro by night. The old world interior, checker board tiles, timber floors and chocolate leather couches take guests to a more sophisticated era, while...

  20. Mantecato


    While the phrase ‘authentic Italian’ is bandied around a lot, twin co-owners and managers Paolo and Marco Orso have the personal heritage and professional experience to back it up. Marco has just returned from five...

  21. One Ford Street

    One Ford Street

    Located in the centre of Balmain's Darling Street restaurant and retail strip, Cricketers Arms Hotel houses an intimate 50-seat restaurant called One Ford Street. The Italian-focussed eatery has a cool neighbourhood...



    Balmain's Darling Street is home to many a restaurant but none with a kitchen that pushes the boundaries quite like One6eight. The brainchild of Chef Leigh McDivitt, who cut his teeth at Rozelle's 3 Weeds Hotel,...

  23. Our Place on Darling

    Our Place on Darling

    Our Place Cafe is fast becoming Balmain's regular haunt for the locals and visitors to the Balmain markets next door which are held each Saturday. The courtyard overlooking the church is perfect for private functions,...

  24. Pellegrini's Seafood Restaurant

    Pellegrini's Seafood Restaurant

    The old fashioned Aussie seafood restaurant lives on in this romantic, if somewhat quirky, establishment. Pellegrini's Seafood restaurant is set in a lovely location in Balmain overlooking the westerly reaches of the...

  25. Picada


    Just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay to Balmain East Wharf, Picada is located in a beautiful, heritage listed building with some serious kitchen credentials. The kitchen is run by Vladimir Alemany and Roberto...

  26. The Cottage Bar and Kitchen

    The Cottage Bar and Kitchen

    Set in a Victorian building, this charming colonial-style small bar in Balmain features a domed pizza oven out the back and a casual, breezy atmosphere. The interior has been designed by none other than Luchetti...

  27. The Riverview Hotel Dining Room

    The Riverview Hotel Dining Room

    Dawn Fraser's old pub, The Riverview Hotel Dining Room has been meticulously renovated, combining modern yet classic design elements to create an elegant space. Spanning over two levels, with dining, lounging and bar...

  28. The Workers

    The Workers

    From the team behind Darlinghurst hot spot Lo-Fi comes The Workers Bar & Kitchen on Darling Street. The fit-out is a mash-up of eclectic styles including portraits of Bob Hawke and Gough Whitlam, green feature walls,...

  29. Unity Hall Hotel

    Unity Hall Hotel

    Nestled within the vibrant hub of Darling Street, inside one of Balmain's oldest hotels, The Unity Hall Hotel is an iconic Balmain figure. With recent renovations, Unity Hall Hotel has re-established itself as one of...

  30. Wilhelminas Liquid and Larder

    Wilhelminas Liquid and Larder

    Located in Balmain on vibrant Darling Street, Wilhelmina’s Liquid and Larder is a hip restaurant-cum-bar from the dynamic duo behind Grandma’s and The Wild Rover. James Bradey and Warren Burns together with chef Yulan...

  31. Claire's Gallery

    Claire's Gallery

    Perched on the main dining strip of Inner-Western Sydney suburb of Balmain is Claire’s Gallery, a modern fusion dining experience where Aussie meets Japanese cuisine. Contemporary, cool and relaxed, the atmosphere is...

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