Paddington Restaurants

With trendy cafes, art galleries, fashion boutiques and terrace houses lining the streets, Paddington is undeniably chic. Home to some of Australia's best emerging fashion labels, Paddington is also the location of some of Sydney's finest restaurants. There is a great combination of elegant restaurants and casual dining in Paddington, alongside a number of fine local drinking establishments.

If you're looking for a luxurious dining experience, there are a number of restaurants in Paddington that have been awarded one or more 'chef hats'. Set in green gardens, hidden amongst the terraces, or along the vibrant Oxford Street, a fine dining experience in Paddington can be found to suit any plans you make.

With Oxford Street bustling to the west, you can find casual dining in Paddington to suit an early meal or a late night bite. There are loads of inviting and quick meal options at Five Ways, with pizza and Thai being local favourites. Heritage pubs appear on almost every corner, with delicious bistro meals and great vibes.

Paddington is also home to a large number of relaxed cafe style dining options. Serving great coffees and interesting variations on all your favourite cafe meals (including big breakfast cures for hangovers), cafes in Paddington are great for a spot of people watching.

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  1. Royal Hotel Paddington

    Royal Hotel Paddington

    The Royal Hotel located in trendy Paddington, is currently undergoing a major renovation. The bar and bottle shop are currently open however the upstairs restaurant is closed reopening in July.A local icon to many,...

  2. Sea Cow

    Sea Cow

    Sea Cow is the type of restaurant that you can visit night after night. It's healthy (if you want it to be), casual, BYO and value-for-money. The seafood-dedicated menu comes battered or fried, with sides of chips or...

  3. Sonoma Bakery Cafe - Paddington

    Sonoma Bakery Cafe - Paddington

    This Paddington haunt has long been providing locals with their daily sourdough fix. The first of the three Sonoma bakery cafes brought us is conveniently located at Five Ways, and is open for breakfast and lunch...

  4. Sonoma Bakery Café Woollahra

    Sonoma Bakery Café Woollahra

    The Sonoma empire has spread its wings, taking residence just down from Bondi Junction on Edgecliff Road. Sitting beside a handful of cute boutiques such as Little Joe, Sambag and Mud homewares, this burgeoning strip...

  5. St Claudes

    St Claudes

    Sleek and inviting, Woollahra's St Claudes takes French bistro dining to a new level. Sling back into the comfy black leather upholstered seats, surrounded by the ceiling to floor walls of wine bottles from around the...

  6. Sura by Ku

    Sura by Ku

    Housed in the former Claude’s space on Oxford Street, Sura by Ku presents the polar opposite of its French fine dining predecessor. The restaurant’s focus is on modern Asian cuisine, with fusion dishes such as Kimchi...

  7. Thaina Box, Paddington

    Thaina Box, Paddington

    Fast, healthy fare has made its way to Paddington in the form of Thaina Box, a no-fuss restaurant and takeaway dishing up budget-friendly Thai favourites. Starting with a Bondi Beach eatery 10 years ago, Thaina Box...

  8. 10 William Street

    10 William Street

    10 William Street's somewhat incognito shopfront says a lot about its attitude; laid-back and sans the haughty attitude that is part and parcel of other Paddington establishments. The focus here is on fast, tasty...

  9. Arts Bar

    Arts Bar

    Officially called Arts Bar, this Oxford Street pub remains one of Sydney's dependable hangouts for friendly service and good pub grub. Right across the road from the College of Fine Arts, the property is a classic...

  10. Bellevue Hotel

    Bellevue Hotel

    Recently renovated, Bellevue is a Paddington favourite offering a refined dining experience within a casual setting. The ground floor flows seamlessly from bar to dining, with a public bar at the front, and a large...

  11. Big Mama's

    Big Mama's

    Big Mama's restaurant in Woollahra is a home for families and celebrities alike, serving robust Italian meals just like mama used to make. With a cosy, fitout reminiscent of the trattoria's you'd find in the heart of...

  12. Bistro Moncur

    Bistro Moncur

    Located in Woollahra Hotel, Bistro Moncur remains a favourite of eastern suburbs clientele for its rich Gallic fare and award-winning wine list. The special thing about Bistro Moncur is its comforting stability....

  13. Brigade Dining

    Brigade Dining

    Iconic in all its art-deco glory, The Light Brigade Hotel is a signature piece of Woollahra’s bar and dining landscape and is home to the revamped Brigade Dining. New owners the Bayfield family have injected a new...

  14. Buon Ricordo

    Buon Ricordo

    This restaurant is aptly named "good memories," which is exactly what diners have been taking away from Buon Ricordo since it opened its Paddington doors in 1987. Today, waiters in trim white jackets fuss over patrons...

  15. Buzo


    One of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the Eastern Suburbs. Perch on a stool at the bar downstairs before retreating to the upstairs dining room for hearty Italian fare at this Paddington favourite. On...

  16. Café 1812

    Café 1812

    Housed above Berkelouw bookstore on Oxford St, Paddington's Café 1812 facilitates the winning combination of good food, and a good book. Nurse a morning cup of Campos coffee whilst you read in solace, or meet up with...

  17. Cafe Nino

    Cafe Nino

    Cafe Nino is the sort of restaurant everyone wishes was just around the corner. Located in the heart of trendy Woollahra, Café Nino is described by their loyal regulars as a "gem of a restaurant". Serving simple,...

  18. Captain Cook Hotel

    Captain Cook Hotel

    The Captain Cook Hotel is over 100 years old, but it's young and hip at heart; it's a leading live music venue, with local, national and international talent performing regularly. The hotel is perfectly positioned for...

  19. Cheeky Burger

    Cheeky Burger

    Who’s up for an unapologetic burger? Throw in root beer, peanut butter and jam shakes and a dartboard out the back, then slam us with half price burgers on Tuesday and we’re sold. While the exposed brick walls,...

  20. Chiswick


    Located in the stunning surrounds of Chiswick Gardens in Woollahra, CHISWICK is the mastermind of Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan. The menu embraces a simple approach with a range of dishes – from seafood to Matt Moran...

  21. Christo's Five Ways Pizzeria

    Christo's Five Ways Pizzeria

    Friendly and cosy, neighbourhood eatery Christo's has been putting the Italian flavour in to Five Ways for over 20 years. Offering a classic pizza and pasta menu plus a number of gourmet options, Christo's knows how...

  22. Cipri Italian

    Cipri Italian

    The Cipri brothers are well-known among Sydney foodies and their latest restaurant, Cipri Italian, is another great eatery to add to their repertoire. Combing the extravagance of Milan and the taste of Tuscany, Cipri...

  23. Eat Thai at Five Ways

    Eat Thai at Five Ways

    Right in the heart of Paddington’s buzzing Five Ways, with tables that sprawl onto the pathway outside, this Paddington stalwart functions as a Thai restaurant by night and café by day. Open seven days, the authentic...

  24. Flat White

    Flat White

    Flat White is a chic and trendy Eastern Suburbs hangout. Tucked under an art gallery in Woollahra, Flat White is renowned for serving some of Sydney's best chicken sandwiches. Beyond sambos, there is also a beautiful...

  25. Four in Hand Dining Room

    Four in Hand Dining Room

    Located in trendy Paddington, Four in Hand's dining room offers a warm, bistro-style atmosphere with European-inspired fare. The restaurant is the stomping ground of superstar chef Colin Fassnidge and every dish that...

  26. Franchi Brothers Italian Bar

    Franchi Brothers Italian Bar

    An Italian Bar is all about a great atmosphere and good music, where the best food and drink are nonstop served all day. The Franchi Brothers Italian Bar is creating a single place where you can socialise from the...

  27. Fred's


    A produce-driven restaurant in Merivale's Oxford Street dining and drinking hub, Fred's is all about top-notch Australian ingredients cooked with care over a flame. The kitchen is built on forging relationships with...

  28. Fringe Bar

    Fringe Bar

    Establishing itself as a Paddington institution The Unicorn is a popular local watering hole, offering a cracking pub menu, nightly events and delicious cocktails. Also below deck, Unicorn Cellar offers top-notch...

  29. Grand National Hotel

    Grand National Hotel

    Named after a UK steeple chase, the Grand National Hotel is a local Paddington favourite hidden in a historic building in the suburb's backstreets. The front pub area is clean and simple with ample standing room, tall...

  30. Guillaume


    French chef Guillaume Brahimi has moved from the Opera House to the leafy Eastern Suburbs, taking over the historic Darcy’s Restaurant. The menu at the 90-seat restaurant reflect Brahimi’s passion for high quality...

  31. Hotel Centennial

    Hotel Centennial

    Chef Justin North is set to take charge at Oxford Street favourite, Hotel Centennial. The Hotel contains two bars and a restaurant; the latter offers casual, brasserie-style dining mostly for adults during the week,...

  32. Infinity Bakery

    Infinity Bakery

    Infinity Bakery is baking up a storm in the old Charlie Brown store, just past Glenmore Road on Oxford Street, Paddington. Baked delights line the walls and the counters, from hearty creations like a selection of...

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