Gourmet dining in Sydney
Savour the deliciously exquisite creations of talented chefs at Sydney’s acclaimed restaurants, among the world’s best. The extraordinary creativity, precision techniques and finest fresh produce are complemented by exemplary service and excellent wine lists, as well as some spectacular views.
Each year The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide reviews restaurants in Sydney and Regional NSW and awards one, two or three chef’s hats to the best, similar to Michelin stars. Three hats is the top award. You’ll find hatted restaurants sprinkled around the beautiful harbour city.
In 2019, three-hat restaurants in Sydney are Sixpenny in Stanmore, Momofuku Seiobo at The Star in Pyrmont and Quay in The Rocks, on the edge of beautiful Sydney Harbour. Nearby are two-hat restaurants The Bridge Room, Aria and Bennelong, which is in the majestic Sydney Opera House.
Two-hat restaurants in the city centre are Bentley, Est., Mr Wong, Restaurant Hubert, Rockpool Bar and Grill, and Tetsuya’s. On the lovely waterfront at nearby Barangaroo are more fine places to eat, including the two-hat Cirrus. You can walk along the waterfront from Barangaroo to Darling Harbour.
On a Pyrmont wharf is LuMi Dining. Nearby is the Sydney Lyric Theatre and the Australian National Maritime Museum. In hip Chippendale is Automata, in the Kensington ‘eat street’, and Ester, near the evocative White Rabbit Gallery. For more delights, Oscillate Wildly is in trendy Newtown.
Other two-hat places to eat include Monopole and Yellow in Potts Point, near the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, one of the longest timber wharves in the world. The wharf is popular for alfresco dining, with several one-hat restaurants. Two-hat Firedoor and Porteno are in nearby Surry Hills.
Among the Victorian terraces in Paddington are Lucio’s, Fred’s and Saint Peter. Overlooking Bondi Beach is Icebergs Dining Room. Across the harbour is Pilu at Freshwater and Bert’s at Newport, both north of Manly. Another northern delight is Ormeggio at The Spit, near a lovely harbour walking trail.