Gourmet dining in Sydney
Savour the exquisite creations of Sydney’s talented chefs at acclaimed restaurants. Among the best restaurants in the world, the extraordinary creativity, precision techniques and finest fresh produce are complemented by exemplary service and excellent wine lists, as well as some spectacular vistas.
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. There are hatted restaurants dotted across this vibrant harbour city.
In 2018, three-hat restaurants in Sydney are Sepia in the city centre and Quay in The Rocks, on the edge of beautiful Sydney Harbour. Nearby are the two-hat The Bridge Room, Aria and Bennelong, which is inside a majestic white sail of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed 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.
In Pyrmont, near Darling Harbour, you can dine at two-hat Momofuku Seiobo and see a great show at the Sydney Lyric. On a wharf in Pyrmont is LuMi Bar and Dining. In hip Chippendale are Automata and Ester. For more two-hat delights, Oscillate Wildly and Sixpenny are in trendy Newtown.
Other two-hats include Monopole in art deco Potts Point, near the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, one of the longest timber wharves in the world and home to several one-hat restaurants. The wharf is popular for alfresco dining. In nearby Surry Hills are Firedoor and Porteno, both awarded two hats.
Among the Victorian terraces in Paddington are Lucio’s, Fred’s and Saint Peter. At the world-famous Bondi Beach is Icebergs Dining Room. Across the sparkling harbour is Pilu at Freshwater, north of iconic Manly Beach. Another northern delight is Ormeggio at The Spit, near a wonderful harbour walking trail.