The home of Australia's Chef Hat Awards and Readers Choice Awards
Sydney is home to many of Australia’s best restaurants. From pocket cafes to internationally renowned Chefs, Sydney Restaurants are as diverse as they are numerous. Long gone are the days when Sydney gastronomic reputation was all but favourable. Today Sydney’s Restaurants stand proud, attracting a plethora of connoisseurs from around the world in search of the ultimate in culinary inspiration and indulgence; and Sydney does not disappoint!
Numerous award winning restaurants are scattered throughout Sydney and surrounding suburbs providing for a veritable gastronomic paradise. Australian Good Food and Travel Guides Chef Hat’s have been awarded to discerning Chefs around Australia since 1982 (see Our History). These awards are the result of careful deliberation. Inspectors appointed by AGFG dine anonymously. Their reviews and the opinions of the dining public, who generously send in their comments throughout the year, determine these results.You will find a concentration of Sydney’s Awarding Winning Restaurants in and around the City, in the Rocks area, throughout Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and along the Northern Beaches. There are numerous other restaurants that have been awarded Chef Hats, dotted all over Sydney, and as you might expect they all produce exceptional cuisine!
The number of Chef Hats awarded to Sydney Restaurants each year is limited! There are numerous other outstanding Restaurants found right throughout Sydney to suite all occasions and styles; Many of these restaurants you will find featuring on the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (AGFG) website as Feature Listings.
Australian Chefs are recognised to be among some of the words best. Today many of Australia’s young chefs are highly sort-after and can be found honing their skills in kitchens around the world. Back home, the Sydney Restaurant scene is privileged to be home to many of Australia’s best Chefs including Peter Gilmore; Mark Best; Martin Benn; Neal Perry; Matt Moran; Ben Greeno; Peter Doyle; Sean Moran; Guillaume Brahimi; Brent Savage; James Parry and many others. Numerous other talented Chefs whose names are synonymous with gastronomic creativity and excellence also call Sydney home. A number of the Sydney Chefs we have profiled are owners and partners in the Restaurants they work in.
Be inspired by some of Australia’s culinary greats with recipes and tips by Award Winning Sydney Chefs including Tetsuya Wakuda, Neil Perry, Peter Gilmore and Mark Best. Browse through our complete range of restaurant recipes and learn how to prepare dishes that have won their Sydney Restaurants culinary acclaim.
Reader Reviews are a great way to find out what other passionate diners just like you think of the Sydney Restaurants they visited. The views and the opinions of our readers are the guiding principles behind our approach. We encourage all comments! The Australian Good Food and Travel Guide invites you to indulge your inner critic and vote for your favourite Sydney Restaurants.
Sydney restaurant range from bustling harbour-side hubs to quite suburban eateries, there is not a suburb in Sydney that does not radiate its own distinctive character and culinary individuality. Some more so than others sure; but all have something special to offer.
Sydney’s CBD – a bustling metropolis of cafés, bistros and fine dining establishment of every cuisine and style; Darling Harbour – Right on the water showcasing some of the best restaurants Sydney has to offer; Haymarket – this is Sydney’s China town; Surry Hills – avant-garde, hip and unpredictable dishing up some of Sydneys finest examples of culinary genius; The Rocks – Where Sydney began with spectacular views over the harbour and historical significance, the Rocks remains one of Sydney's great dining and entertainment destinations; Woolloomooloo – exciting and vibrant dining precinct located right on the harbour.
Balmain – offering a melting pot of boutique and exotic dining options and a lively pub scene; Glebe - an inner Sydney suburb notable for its distinct village character and heritage streetscapes; Leichhardt & Habberfield – commonly referred to as Little Italy for their numerous Italian Restaurants; Newtown – with a large student and its many pubs there exists a thriving music and theater scene.
Bondi – Australia most famous beach has an abundance of restaurant to suit any occasion; Darlinghurst - a bohemian approach with a number of jewels; Paddington, Double Bay and Woollahra is home to a number of Sydney’s long time Award Winning Restaurants.
Sydney's Crows Nest – on Sydney’s North Shore is a local’s district with some hidden treasures; The Northern Beaches – including Manly, Dee Why and Palm Beach offers a agreeable concentration of quality restaurants; Neutral Bay - is another dining hub.
Cabramatta – has a distinct Vietnamese influence; Lakemba – many restaurants in the area have Middle Eastern influences; Parramatta – the western hub of Sydney’s Metropolitan are and home to numerous restaurants.
Brighton Le Sands – has a wonderful relaxed coastal feel; Cronulla – right on the beach, has a plenty of casual, cheerful dining establishments.
1Leichhardt Restaurants NSW
Leichhardt locals looking for dumpling delights head to Fantong on Norton Street. New kid on the Italian block, Fantong welcomes diners through the door into a sleek interio...
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11 Oct to 23 Nov
2North Ryde Restaurants NSW
When it’s time to drop after shopping in North Ryde’s Macquarie Centre, shoppers make their way to the brightly lit sign of Lok Lok Dumpling Ba...
ONLINE ORDERING & PICK UP SERVICE!
29 Mar 16 to 31 Dec 17
3Campbelltown Restaurants NSW
Whether on a quiet solo dinner mission for one after a long day, or looking for a place to dine in large groups with ease, Mama’s Wok Yum Cha in Campbelltown is...
4Sydney City Restaurants NSW
Jump off the train at Central Station and make a beeline for The Bun Gallery to get a fix of authentic handmade Chinese buns and dumplings on Quay Street. Intimate ...
5Chatswood Restaurants NSW
Shanghai Stories 1938 epitomises Shanghainese cuisine and sophistication in Chatswood’s The Concourse precinct. Conveniently located on Victoria Avenue, the res...
18 Sep to 4 Nov
6Zetland Restaurants NSW
Discover a taste of authentic oriental cuisine in Zetland at East Phoenix Chinese Restaurant, a cultural hot spot in Sydney’s diverse dining scene. A warm fireplace, a bol...
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19 Sep to 25 Dec
7Sydney City Restaurants NSW
8Sydney City Restaurants NSW
Neil Perry is the founder of Spice Temple located in the sub basement of the Art Deco Mutual Building. Tall, dark and mysterious…sound familiar? Probably not, b...
9Potts Point Restaurants NSW
Its narrow Surry Hills street front position is the perfect setting for Kylie Kwong’s Restaurant, Billy Kwong. With a focus on simplicity diners can expect a casual & p...
10Haymarket Restaurants NSW
You might want to dine with a group when you visit East Ocean restaurant; this means you can taste & enjoy more modern Cantonese & Chinese dishes off the extens...
11St Leonards Restaurants NSW
12Hoxton Park Restaurants NSW
13Warriewood Restaurants NSW
14Castle Hill Restaurants NSW
A friendly restaurant and a meeting place for the locals. Bookings preferred.
15Wilton Restaurants NSW
16Greenacre Restaurants NSW
17Bargo Restaurants NSW
18North Ryde Restaurants NSW
Head over to North Ryde and indulge in a sensory feast at Open Kitchen Yum Cha restaurant and bar at the Macquarie Centre just off the Hills Motorway. Moody sop...
19Canley Vale Restaurants NSW
20Blakehurst Restaurants NSW
21Campbelltown Restaurants NSW
Why not try the Satay Chicken with freshly made Satay sauce with your choice of steamed or fried rice
22Eastwood Restaurants NSW
23Cabramatta Restaurants NSW
24Drummoyne Restaurants NSW
25Wolli Creek Restaurants NSW
26Canley Heights Restaurants NSW
27Castlecrag Restaurants NSW
Restaurants Terrey Hills
Step into the welcoming and modern space that is Cavallino in Terrey Hills to exp...
Old school coffee culture meets new at Café Ridahz on Thomas Street in Haymarke...
In a heritage building, circa 1840, sits Biviano’s at Windsor, an Ital...
Restaurants Beverly Hills
Not too far from the airport in busy Beverly Hills, is Spago Sydney on King Ge...
Diners don’t need a passport to taste the exotic flavours of the Me...
A haven for Marrickville locals to indulge their foodie desires, pay Geor...
Restaurants Surry Hills
Embrace sensational Sydney nightlife views while dining at Silver Spoon...
Restaurants Sydney City
Overlooking Market Street from level eight of the Swissotel Sydney, JPB is an urban oas...
Restaurants Surry Hills
Residing on Crown Street in trendy Surry Hills, Mad Spuds Café can be found....
Restaurants Sydney City
Sydneysiders follow the smoky aroma of burgers and ribs to Burnt Ends BBQ food t...
Situated in the centre of Sydney’s trendy Newtown district, Thai Pothong Restaur...
Restaurants Dee Why
Dee Why locals ask for more at Oliver’s Twist Espresso on Howard Avenue. Take a ...
Lovingly restored, be sure to visit the iconic Cauliflower Hotel, established in...
Established more than 28 years ago, The Big Mexican Rancho charms Gymea locals w...
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