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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Sydney Restaurants

  • The Bennelong Restaraunt, Sydney Opera House
  • Icebergs Dining Room and Bar


Waterfront dining in Sydney

Home to some of the world’s best waterfront dining, many of Sydney’s finest restaurants can be found perched on the water’s edge, overlooking the glittering Sydney Harbour or the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean. 

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Longrain Restaurant, Surry Hills

Sydney has kept the pressure on this year to maintain its reputation as the nation’s dining capital. Whatever your flavour or style, there have been a number of exciting new openings to whet your appetite. There’s nowhere better to get to grips with the lobster roll craze than Waterman’s Lobster Co in Potts Point. But if crustacean on a bun isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more on the menu to like ‐ kingfish tartare with radishes and seaweed, anyone? You’re in safe hands on the wine side, too: Waterman’s co‐owners are also behind acclaimed sommelier‐speakeasy Love Tilly Devine in Darlinghurst.

Back on the spicy side of things, team Longrain has rebooted its Surry Hills basement bar space as Subcontinental, complementing a menu of clever dishes such as coconut curry and crisp‐skinned barramundi with smart cocktails and hip tunes. Up on Crown Street, Bang has made a splash, celebrating the food of Bangladesh in rare style and with a flair for flavour.

For smoke and flame of a more literal kind, it has to be Firedoor. One of the most hotly anticipated openings in many a year, the Surry Hills dining spot is unusual in that 100 per cent of the savoury cooking is done over the coals. It’s smokin’ stuff.

Exploring Sydney’s Dining Scene

Couple dining, Cafe Sydney, Sydney

In the heart of the city you’ll find some of Sydney’s best and most well-known restaurants. Neil Perry’s fine dining venture Rockpool is a true Sydney institution, as is the famed Quay at Circular Quay, its food matched only by its stunning Sydney Harbour views. Tucked beneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House, Peter Gilmore’s Bennelong also offers great harbour vistas, accompanied by a menu filled with fine Australian produce.

For a dining experience nothing short of transcendent, book in at the exceptional Tetsuya’s on Kent Street, renowned for its delicate, elegant fusion of French and Japanese cuisine. Cafe Sydney’s spectacular view remains a must-see, while the kitchen delivers an expert menu of modern Australian cuisine built on fresh, quality ingredients - especially seafood. 

Across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, on the north side, you’ll find Aqua Dining, where you can take in the sweeping cityscape views while dining from an impressive modern Australian menu. On Sydney’s Northern Beaches there’s a wealth of celebrated dining options to choose from. Local favourite Jonah’s Whale Beach serves upmarket, succulent seafood overlooking the ocean, while nearby Barrenjoey House is ideal for a special occasion, chic yet relaxed, with a menu to match. And Mosman icon The Bathers’ Pavilion at Balmoral is stylish and comfortable, with beautiful ocean views.

To the city’s east, head to Potts Point and check out The Apollo, Monopole and Ms.G's. Catalina Rose Bay has unobstructed harbour views and a perfectly executed seafood-heavy, european-influenced menu. Don’t miss Icebergs at the southern end of Bondi Beach, which overlooks Bondi Beach’s ocean pool and the beach itself. Unsurprisingly, seafood is the star of the menu, which uses seasonal produce and is strongly Italian influenced. And on Bondi Beach’s northern tip is the impeccable Sean’s Panorama, a small, homey restaurant driven by fresh local produce and with a constantly changing, quality menu.

  • Quay, Sydney Restaurants

    Sydney chef Hatted restaurants

    Sydney is bursting with restaurants that have received the prestigious Chefs Hat Award. They combine prime settings with award-winning, internationally recognised menus. Don't miss Otto Ristorante on Woolloomooloo Wharf, Sepia in Darling Park and Tetsuya's in the CBD. With celebrity chefs at the helm, Est, Marque and Quay also consistently rate as Sydneysider favourites.

  • Bourke Street Bakery, Sydney Restaurants


    Sydney's summer, with its laid-back vibe, blue skies and sun-filled days makes a cool cafe the ideal place to soak up the local atmosphere. Bills Darlinghurst is great for brunch and lunch, the Bourke Street Bakery is very popular and nearby Reuben Hills has become a favourite haunt for serious coffee drinkers.

  • Formaggio, Sydney Restaurants

    Fresh produce

    Unleash your inner foodie at one of the growing number of Sydney eateries that combines a great meal with a browse through the finest fresh produce, charcuterie, handmade cheeses and other gourmet goodies. Be sure to visit Fourth Village Providore in Mosman and Cafe Sopra at Fratelli Fresh in Potts Point.

Top summer tips from Sydney's Insiders

Peter Gilmore, Quay

Some of Sydney's best chefs and food personalities share their hot tips on the city's dining scene, from favourite coffee spots to the most scenic picnic locations, great food bargains and much more.