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.
1Zetland 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...
2Homebush Restaurants NSW
Discover a taste of authentic Oriental fare at Golden Rickshaw on Rochester Street at Homebush. Step into a traditional atmosphere of dark wood Chinese screens, white ...
3Leichhardt 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...
4Campbelltown 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...
5North 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...
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6Sydney 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 ...
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...
10Enmore Restaurants NSW
11Haymarket 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...
12Canley Vale Restaurants NSW
13Campbelltown Restaurants NSW
Why not try the Satay Chicken with freshly made Satay sauce with your choice of steamed or fried rice
14Castlecrag Restaurants NSW
15Wilton Restaurants NSW
16Blakehurst Restaurants NSW
17Drummoyne Restaurants NSW
18Chatswood Restaurants NSW
19Greenacre Restaurants NSW
20Eastwood Restaurants NSW
21Cabramatta Restaurants NSW
22Berowra Restaurants NSW
23Hoxton Park Restaurants NSW
24Bargo Restaurants NSW
25Warriewood Restaurants NSW
26Haymarket Restaurants NSW
27Eastwood Restaurants NSW
If you’re off to the Enmore Theatre then a must-do stop by is the Blue Fig Bar...
To enjoy a feasting of mouth-watering Greek delights without leaving Petersh...
Perched on the edge of Sydney’s sparkling harbour overlooking Wool...
Bringing a wave of authentic flavours to Meadowbank, Anema e Core del...
Life is a cup of tea - calming and peaceful - at Long’s Tea on Dora Street in Hu...
Chef’s Palette’s second venture has been welcomed with open arms by...
Dine beside a relaxing waterfall and lush garden at Gumtree Restau...
Restaurants Sydney City
Overlooking Market Street from level eight of the Swissotel Sydney, JPB is an urban oas...
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication at Molo Bar on Cowper Wharf Road at Wool...
Restaurants Eastern Creek
Set in the peaceful outskirts of Western Sydney is fresh food indulgence hot spo...
Restaurants Sydney City
Discover panoramic water views of Darling Harbour at Café Del Mar restaurant on ...
When hunger strikes in Chatswood, follow the locals for a bite to eat at Akira S...
For down home Texas-style slow cooked meat, Sydneysiders head to Hughes Barbecue...
For a contemporary mix of both modern and traditional Italian food in Chatswood,...
Australian Good Food & Travel Guide
FEB 15, 2018
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