The Rocks Restaurants

Restaurants in the Rocks

Established as one of the earliest settlements in the colony of New South Wales, The Rocks has become a major tourist and entertainment district within Sydney. Dotted with cafes, trendy restaurants and historic pubs, The Rocks is a mix of local haunts with high traffic tourist areas, all set against the Sydney's famous harbour skyline.

There are a number of pubs and bars that pay homage to the early history of The Rocks. Refurbished warehouses and art deco buildings are coupled with modern service and cuisine, creating an 'old world' charm fitting for one of Sydney's oldest settlements. With many pubs and bars using locally brewed beers and having a focus on high quality food that can be shared amongst friends, The Rocks is a great spot to meet after work or enjoy a few cocktails with a view to start your weekend.

Classic bistro service and sumptuous brasseries are also on offer at The Rocks. Whether on the ground level or elevated above the city streets, you'll be certain to enjoy these dining gems. Casual dining is coupled with five-star food to provide a unique experience while visiting The Rocks – perfect for a quick bite before heading off to see a show or explore the city.

With its wide views of Sydney's harbour and a number of 'hatted' restaurants tucked into a small area, The Rocks is haven for fine dining. Whether you're looking for some of the freshest seafood in Sydney, or a luxurious (and at times experimental) dining experience, The Rocks has a Sydney restaurant for you. With cuisines varying from modern Australian, to elegant Asian inspired dishes and everything in between, the food will only be part of the enjoyment while dining at The Rocks.

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  1. Rocks Teppanyaki

    Rocks Teppanyaki

    This restaurant has all the theatre of an authentic teppanyaki experience minus the fear of food being thrown in your face. A decidedly classy establishment, Rocks Teppanyaki is housed within an 1840s-style cottage...

  2. Sailors Thai

    Sailors Thai

    Housed in a heritage listed building in The Rocks, Sailors Thai is divided into the restaurant downstairs and the canteen upstairs. Seating is communal alongside an open kitchen, the atmosphere is turned up and the...

  3. Sake Restaurant and Bar

    Sake Restaurant and Bar

    Whether you'd like to wrap your lips around one of the most exclusive (and extensive) ranges of sake in Sydney or spectacular hot and cold Japanese fare, Saké Restaurant and Bar in The Rocks is guaranteed to satisfy....

  4. Shiki


    The longest-established Japanese restaurant in Sydney, Shiki, is located in The Rocks, in Clocktower Square. Its signature is a monthly, seven-course Japanese degustation menu. Lunch boxes are available for take away,...

  5. The Argyle Canteen

    The Argyle Canteen

    There is something vaguely sexy about the Argyle of The Rocks, an industrial-sized bar with rooms you can't see, soft-lit VIP sections, open courtyards and a restaurant for casual encounters. One of Sydney's best all...

  6. The Australian

    The Australian

    The Australian Heritage Hotel has been around for over 100 years and it's still pulling in patrons with its friendly reputation. The Edwardian architecture has been preserved so entering is like stepping back in time,...

  7. Altitude at Shangri-La Sydney

    Altitude at Shangri-La Sydney

    A first class dining experience awaits from the dizzy heights of the Shangri-La's 36th floor at Altitude. Overlooking Sydney's most iconic attractions such as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Sydney Harbour,...

  8. Appetito


    Appetito Pizza and Pasta Bar is set in The Rocks historic precinct, its handsome sandstone facade alluding to the quality of the cuisine found within. The restaurant spans three levels, encompassing a main dining room...

  9. Bar 100

    Bar 100

    Bar100 embodies the best attributes of harbour-side city, taking in the iconic views of the waterfront and the metropolitan buzz of The Rocks. The venue is set over three levels of restored heritage infrastructure and...

  10. Blu Bar on 36

    Blu Bar on 36

    Perched high above the city, 36-stories up to be exact, Blu Bar on 36 is the Shangri-La's exclusive cocktail lounge with a view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Darling Harbour. As you'd expect, the decor...

  11. Caminetto Italian Restaurant

    Caminetto Italian Restaurant

    Found in a cobblestoned street that's steeped in history, Italian eatery Caminetto is one to visit on a trip to Sydney. Housed in one of the original terrace houses in Sydney's old quarter, guests to Caminetto can...

  12. Claude's Kitchen

    Claude's Kitchen

    Tucked at the base of the historic Observer hotel, Claude's Kitchen is renowned for its hearty pub food and bistro classics. Claude's is a popular destination among suit-clad crowds who flock here during the week for...

  13. Creperie Suzette

    Creperie Suzette

    Creperie Suzette aims to offer a little taste of France in the heart of The Rocks. Drop in for a light meal of sweet or savory crepes and galettes inspired by Paris' most nostalgic treats. Sample a traditional sweet...

  14. El Phoenician Walsh Bay

    El Phoenician Walsh Bay

    With waterfront views of the gorgeous Sydney Harbour, El Phoenician at Walsh Bay is located just past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Theatre Company. A stroll along the harbour will take you to El-Phoenician...

  15. Fish at the Rocks

    Fish at the Rocks

    Sydney's Fish at The Rocks restaurant has been serving fresh seafood and fine wine in a welcoming and laid-back setting for years. Housed in a historic building dating back to 1919, the restaurant's interior echoes...

  16. Fortune of War

    Fortune of War

    Dating from 1828, the Fortune of War is the oldest continuously licensed public hotel in Sydney. Whilst maintaining its old world charm, the hotel has built an enviable reputation with locals and tourists alike for...

  17. Harbour View Hotel

    Harbour View Hotel

    Aptly named, Harbour View Hotel in The Rocks is situated on the southern end of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Following from a refurbishment in 2001, the venue remains beautifully “old world” and steeped in...

  18. Harrington Restaurant

    Harrington Restaurant

    Named after the 1859 Harrington Merchants, which was located on the current site of Quay West Suites Sydney, Harrington Restaurant pays homage to history. Thomas Prior, the original operator of the merchant store...

  19. Harts Pub

    Harts Pub

    Harts Pub is a quaint old pub, in the heart of the historic Rocks. Owned and run by the Rocks Brewing Company, Harts Pub offers a superb selection of 12 local beers on tap, that rotate regularly. Located in the former...

  20. Imperial Peking Harbourside

    Imperial Peking Harbourside

    With million dollar views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, The Imperial Peking Harbourside has plenty going for it before you even look at its menu. The restaurant is housed in a heritage-listed sandstone...

  21. Jacksons on George

    Jacksons on George

    If you are looking for a funky place to have drinks with friends, dine for breakfast lunch or dinner at any time of the day, host a private or corporate function of any size, shoot some pool, or catch a sporting event...

  22. Kansas City Shuffle

    Kansas City Shuffle

    The "Kansas City Shuffle" is a Chicago gangster's trick and the cafe named for it has all the cool without the con. Set in The Rocks, on the ground floor of the former Cadbury Chocolate factory, Kansas City Shuffle...

  23. Lord Nelson Brasserie

    Lord Nelson Brasserie

    The Lord Nelson Brasserie restaurant, tucked away in The Rocks, holds an historic title as Australia's oldest pub brewery. Start with a drink at the downstairs bar with one of their award-winning beers before...

  24. MCA Cafe

    MCA Cafe

    The MCA Café, located on Level 4 has one of the most spectacular uninterrupted views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The cafe has a contemporary atmosphere where you can enjoy lunch, morning and...

  25. Munich Brauhaus Sydney

    Munich Brauhaus Sydney

    Lowenbrau Keller has reinvented itself as Munich Brauhaus, bringing to life a traditional Bavarian bierhaus where guests can dine, drink and party like it's Oktoberfest right in The Rocks. The menu pays homage to all...

  26. Park Hyatt Sydney - The Bar

    Park Hyatt Sydney - The Bar

    The Bar at Park Hyatt Sydney is a contemporary and sophisticated lounge setting featuring warm interiors and striking mood lighting. It serves a selection of fine beverages, boutique Australian and international wines...

  27. Pei Modern at Four Seasons

    Pei Modern at Four Seasons

    Pei Modern by renowned Australian chef Mark Best delivers bistro-style dining with a menu celebrating fresh, local seasonal produce and exploring unconventional food pairings. The restaurant combines the theatre of...

  28. Pony Lounge & Dining

    Pony Lounge & Dining

    Nestled on the corner of Argyle Street and Sydney’s historic Kendall Lane lies Pony Lounge & Dining. Transformed from a warehouse into a unique dining space, the interior is rustic with a dramatic open kitchen, whilst...

  29. The Fine Food Store & Cafe

    The Fine Food Store & Cafe

    When you think of The Rocks I'm sure the words ‘good value' and ‘good coffee' don't spring to mind. This iconic destination is renowned for its heritage listed buildings, and historic charm as well as its squawking...

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