Gourmet Dining in Sydney

Sometimes, you just want to go all out. Gourmet dining in Sydney is among the best in the world and has its own unique character. Sydney’s dining scene is quite casual, so many gourmet restaurants aren’t what you would consider fine dining, but the food is five star. Get ready for an extraordinary experience.

Start with the legends of the Sydney fine dining scene. Quay, Bennelong, Aria and Cafe Sydney are set around Sydney Harbour, serving innovative modern Australian cuisine with exceptional views. Go for seafood and steak at the striking art deco Rockpool Bar & Grill and indulgent French-Japanese degustation at Tetsuya’s.

Couple enjoying an evening out with friends at Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Opera House

Each year the Good Food Guide awards chef’s hats (similar to Michelin stars) to top restaurants. Three hats is the top award. In 2020 it was awarded to Quay and Sixpenny, a smart and elegant diner in the Inner West. The city’s two hat restaurants pride themselves on innovation. Momofuku Seiobo is the first Australian outpost of celebrity chef David Chang’s empire, serving contemporary Caribbean cuisine inside The Star.

There’s no gas or electricity at Surry Hills’ Firedoor, where everything is cooked over a wood fire. It's all about fire at Porteño, an achingly cool Argentinian grill, too. Chippendale’s Automata serves bold food in an industrial dining room. Yellow in Potts Point is Sydney's first fine dining vegetarian and vegan restaurant, pairing delectable dishes with an exciting wine list.

Group of friends enjoying lunch at Chiswick Restaurant, Woollahra in Sydney's eastern suburbs

There’s also serious sophistication to be found. Chiswick in Woollahra is surrounded by lush gardens and serves up a hearty menu with produce fresh from the kitchen garden. Monopole in Potts Point is dark and moody with a 500-strong wine list. Est is classic white tablecloth fine dining where delicate dishes are bursting with flavour.

Eat every part of the fish (from scales to eyeballs) at sustainable seafood eatery Saint Peter in Paddington. Embrace old school glamour at Hubert, a classic French restaurant with a dining room decked out in wood and velvet, set below ground in the city centre. Still hungry? Book dinner at the casual-but-exceptional Ester in Chippendale, Bentley with its cult wine list of more than 1,000 bottles or Pilu at Freshwater for a taste of traditional Sardinia. Bon appetit!