Surry Hills Restaurants

Restaurants in Surry Hills

Sydney’s temperate climate means that café strips in Surry Hills are buzzing with people enjoying great food year-round. In Crown Street, in particular, there are stretches of restaurants, pubs and cafés.

Surry Hills has dozens of ethnic restaurants offering constantly changing variety, originality and value for money. Foreign and Australian chefs apply Asian and European cooking techniques to fresh local ingredients to produce food with different flavours and textures.

European cuisine is represented in its purest form and continues to attract a following for the quality French, Italian, German and Balkan cooking.

Thai and Vietnamese restaurants also abound and are usually modestly priced. Japanese restaurants and sushi bars offer quick, tasty, sustaining and cheap lunches and snacks.

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  1. Royal Exhibition Hotel

    Royal Exhibition Hotel

    Located directly opposite Central Station, The Royal Exhibition Hotel is perfectly a positioned meeting place. Built in 1870, the hotel retains an old worldly charm and period features, including a wrap-around...

  2. Rumah


    Housed in the ever booming food district of Surry Hills, is the Malaysian-inspired cafe Rumah. Walk into a realm of minimal timber finishings, tables with simple vases with fresh blooms of colour and a lofty space...

  3. Rustic Pearl

    Rustic Pearl

    This Rustic Pearl is a shining gem in the Crown Street of Surry Hills. People eat with their eyes, and your peepers are in for a treat. Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes seduce. Glistening gnocchi slides among...

  4. Salaryman


    Experience a fresh take on Japanese dining in the heart of Surry Hills at Salaryman, a collaboration between Flying Fish executive chef Stephen Seckold and restaurateur Con Dedes. Inspired by the mysterious izakaya...

  5. Sample Coffee

    Sample Coffee

    Holt Streets bustling food scene is now home to Sample, a delightful espresso coffee bar nestled neatly alongside Vini's. Coming from a background of roasting at Mecca Espresso, Rueben is well versed in coffee milieu,...

  6. Shenkin Surry Hills

    Shenkin Surry Hills

    From the inner west to the inner east, Shenkin has swung open its doors in Surry Hills, delivering its signature Israeli cuisine, coupled with the smooth blend of Mecca coffee. On the Oxford Street end of Crown,...

  7. Single Origin Roasters

    Single Origin Roasters

    The guys at Single Origin Roasters truly love their coffee. Opened in 2003 and affectionately nicknamed “Single O”, the cafe has become a firm favourite amongst coffee crazed customers. Passion is infused with a range...

  8. Siorie


    Right in the heart of Surry Hills, just up the road from El Loco, Soirie is a cheap and cheerful Japanese restaurant. Guests are packed in like a tin of sardines but nobody complains because the food is fresh and the...

  9. Sparkle Cupcakery

    Sparkle Cupcakery

    Cupcakes have hit the IT-crowd in inner Sydney's Surry Hills. Serving a range of freshly baked cupcakes, finished with packaging that will make your recipient swoon, Sparkle's is Sydney's go-to cupcake bakery for the...

  10. Sugarcane


    Sparkling with enthusiasm and charisma, Sugarcane is the refreshingly new modern South East Asian restaurant walking the beat of Surry Hills. Co-owners and chefs Kitsana Aunarerom and Milan Strbac both flaunt...

  11. Surly's


    Housed in a two-storey deco in Surry Hills, Surly’s is a newcomer in the growing American dive bar scene. From Parlour Group owner Brody Petersen, the brains behind Riley Street Garage and the Stuffed Beaver, paired...

  12. Surry Hills Eating House

    Surry Hills Eating House

    Renowned Thai chef Sujet Saenkham (Spice I Am) and partner Padet Nagsalab have expanded their restaurant group with Surry Hills Eating House, which adjoins sister restaurant, House. The menu departs from the authentic...

  13. Sushi Suma

    Sushi Suma

    The always packed Sushi Suma restaurant knows how to satisfy everyone's palate from the neighbouring city and Surry Hills dwellers to the most discerning Japanese family.

  14. Suzie Q

    Suzie Q

    With a quaint name like Suzie Q, it's hard not to love this café. Owned by DJ Jordan Deck, Suzie Q is full of character with a giant Elliott Landy photograph of Woodstock featuring on one wall while menu items are...

  15. Taste Bakery and Restaurant

    Taste Bakery and Restaurant

    This madly multi-tasking Surry Hills' eatery juggles its daytime cafe and bakery business with its after hours activities as a tranquil Thai restaurant. A bakery in the French vein, or boulangerie, all goods are made...

  16. The Book Kitchen

    The Book Kitchen

    Equal parts belly and book, Surry Hills institution The Book Kitchen is a bookstore-cum-restaurant that has both foodies and bookworms hooked. Inhabiting the old bones of a former mechanics workshed, guests can soak...

  17. 4Fourteen


    4Fourteen is the brainchild of hatted celebrity Chef and restaurateur, Colin Fassnidge. Located in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, the restaurant offers smart, contemporary dishes. The 64-seat dining room has a...

  18. Absinthe Salon

    Absinthe Salon

    Don't be confused by the shop front entrance – this is definitely a bar and a rather unique one at that. Absinthe Salon is Sydney's very first absinthe-only bar. Don't expect to just swig your absinthe in the same way...

  19. Artificer Coffee

    Artificer Coffee

    Artificer is the union of two great coffee maestros. With a caffeine-only menu (yep, that’s right, no food), this café separates the stylish brunch set from those who take their coffee habit seriously. The minimalist...

  20. Baccomatto Osteria

    Baccomatto Osteria

    From Mauro Marcucci – the man behind Melbourne's famed Caffe e Cucina restaurant— comes Baccomatto Osteria. Attached to the Cambridge Hotel on Riley Street, just across the road from the Surry Hills Police Station,...

  21. Bang


    Find fresh and exciting Bangladesh style cuisine right in the heart of Surry Hills at Bang Street Food. Taking the flavours of the subcontinent homeland to a new level, traditional favourites and tweaked with the use...

  22. Bangbang Espresso

    Bangbang Espresso

    Bangbang is a bright, cool café at the quiet end of Reservoir Street nestled amongst the terrace houses of Surry. It does a serious weekend breakfast trade, with loyal patronage since its modest debut. A retro Brit...

  23. Bar Cleveland

    Bar Cleveland

    It's been around since 1912, but Bar Cleveland can still hold its own against the hippest drinking holes in Surry Hills. The establishment has retained its art deco charm but modern touches add comfort and atmosphere....

  24. Bar H

    Bar H

    Bar H is a bar in the Italian sense – that is, a tiny haunt in which to eat and drink well (don't go past the extensive sake list), then be on your way. The classy modern Chinese fare is consistently good and the vibe...

  25. Bar Surry Hills & Italian Kitchen

    Bar Surry Hills & Italian Kitchen

    Bar Surry Hills & Italian Kitchen is bringing a mix of authentic Italian cuisine and local craft beers to Surry Hills. Bar Surry Hills is great for a Friday night drink, nestled in the heart of Surry Hills close to...

  26. Bay Hong

    Bay Hong

    Bay Hong restaurant has strayed from the typical, bringing a fresh and authentic interpretation of Vietnamese cuisine to the streets of Surry Hills. The matriarch of the family has brought all her secrets to the...

  27. Berta Restaurant and Bar

    Berta Restaurant and Bar

    Berta Restaurant and Bar in Surry Hills is a small restaurant cocooned between the shadows of the city buildings. The aromas of the European-style dishes float from the open kitchen and through the warm décor of...

  28. Besser


    Walking into Besser at Surry Hills is like traipsing into your Italian neighbour's garage that's been set up for a party. There's a real 60s vibe about the laminex tables and the 10-metre bar made of Besser Blocks....

  29. Bills Surry Hills

    Bills Surry Hills

    With a reputation to uphold and history on its side you can pretty much assume greatness from breakfast through to dinner at Bills Surry Hills. If you dare abandon the brunch phenomenon and venture in at night time,...

  30. Biru Biru

    Biru Biru

    Biru Biru brings a little more hustle and bustle to Victoria Street, offering Japanese craft beers and a menu of izakaya style snacks ‘to soak it all up'. Order kushiyaki skewers cooked over a charcoal hibachi grill,...

  31. Bishop Sessa

    Bishop Sessa

    What's in a name? Erez Gordon, owner of Balmain's popular Bistro Bruno and now Bishop Sessa, can answer this – apparently quite a bit of money. Formerly called Crown Street Assembly, this Surry Hills restaurant has...

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