Gourmet dining Sydney


Sydney’s hatted restaurants

Each year, the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide awards the honour of one, two or three 'chef’s hats' to leading restaurants across Sydney and NSW. Receiving even one hat is considered high praise indeed, with very few restaurants attaining a three-hat status. In the 2016 Good Food Guide, only four restaurants were awarded three chef’s hats.

  • Quay Restaurant, The Rocks
  • Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney

Sydney's Best Restaurants

Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney

Sydney offers many award-winning dining experiences with outstanding food, wine and ambience. This year four Sydney restaurants received a coveted 'three hats' award in the SMH Good Food Guide Awards for 2016.

Quay is one of these, currently ranked as number 58 on The World's Best Restaurants list. Located on Sydney Harbour, it offers sweeping views from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on-point fine dining.

The Bridge Room is another three-hatter, with next-level dining that would be at home anywhere in the world, it's ranked 84th on The World's Best Restaurants list, and is winner of the Good Food Guide's Restaurant of the Year for 2016.

Leading Australian chef Neil Perry launched Eleven Bridge in 2016, after years of helming the celebrated three hatted Rockpool. Eleven Bridge's elegant menu offers a diverse selection of modern Australian dishes and is complimented with an award-winning list of over 1200 wines.

Sepia has the honour of three hat status, winning the SMH Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year thanks to Australian Gourmet Traveller Chef of the Year Martin Benn’s food artistry, Vicki Wilds award-winning special front-of-house service and an expert sommelier.

There are currently 24 two-hatted restaurants in Sydney. Highlights include the famous Aria, Bennelong, named Best New Restaurant for 2016, Cafe Paci, with head chef Pasi Petanen named Citi Chef of the Year, avant-garde LuMi Bar and Dining, upmarket Chinese Mr Wong, Newtown degustation wizards Oscillate Wildly and perennial favourite Tetsuya’s.

With more than 40 single-hatted restaurants, it’s hard to decide where to start. Standouts include ACME, Catalina Rose Bay, Cho Cho San, Firedoor, Moon Park, Nomad and Ume.

Experience Sydney harbourside dining

Enjoy fine dining and spectacular waterfront views overlooking the Sydney Opera House in Sydney's harbourside restaurants.