Savour the exquisite creations of Sydney’s talented chefs at award-winning restaurants. Some of the restaurants are judged as among the best in the world. Exemplary service and excellent wine lists complement the fine dining and enjoy splendid views of iconic Sydney attractions at some locations.
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 2017, restaurants awarded three hats include the Bridge Room and Sepia in the city centre and Quay in The Rocks, on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Nearby in Circular Quay are two-hatted Aria and Bennelong, which is inside a majestic white sail of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House.
Two hatted restaurants in the city centre are Bentley, Est., Mr Wong, Restaurant Hubert, Rockpool Bar and Grill, Spice Temple and Tetsuya’s. Other two-hatted restaurants include Monopole in art deco Potts Point, near the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, one of the longest timber wharves in the world and home to acclaimed restaurants such as Aki’s Indian and China Doll. Among the Victorian terraces in Paddington is Lucio’s Italian.
Looking over the white sands of world-famous Bondi Beach is Icebergs Bar and Dining. Across the sparkling blue harbour is Pilu at Freshwater, just north of popular Manly Beach. Ormeggio at The Spit is near a wonderful harbour foreshore walking trail, the 10km Manly to Spit Bridge Walk.
Back near the city centre and across from Darling Harbour is Pyrmont, where you can dine at Momofuku Seiobo and see a blockbuster show at Sydney Lyric. On a wharf in Pyrmont is LuMi Bar and Dining. In Chippendale is Automata and Ester. In Newtown is Oscillate Wildly and Sixpenny.