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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.
1Annangrove Restaurants NSW
For a taste of the exotic in Annangrove, head to Meze Me Grove restaurant, bar and function venue nestled among the serene Regal Gardens. With a spacious design, this ...
2Surry Hills Restaurants NSW
Set on a cosy corner store front of Crown Street, bringing flavours of Beirut to the trendy food precinct of Sydney in Surry Hills is vibrant Lebanese eatery, Le Sou...
3Surry Hills Restaurants NSW
Take a sensory journey to the Middle East at the suave Zahli Restaurant, nestled into Elizabeth Street in Surry Hills. Adopting both name and vibrant culture of an...
4Darlinghurst Restaurants NSW
Traditional Lebanese share plates infused with modern, unique twists is the focus of Embers Mezze Bar in Darlinghurst’s bustling Oxford Street. Embers' decor of c...
5North Strathfield Restaurants NSW
Take tastebuds on an exciting adventure at Zenobia Lebanese Cuisine, a popular North Strathfield restaurant trending an exotic vibe. Rustic rendered ...
6Newtown Restaurants NSW
Located on lively King St, Arabella is a wonderfully popular Lebanese restaurant bustling with loyal visitors since first opening in 2002. The decor follows a sleek Lebanese t...
7Lane Cove Restaurants NSW
8Dural Restaurants NSW
9Glebe Restaurants NSW
A myriad of colours greets you upon entering the dining room of Almustafa, located in Glebe. Fabric styled tents decorate the ceilings and colourful wall mounts and original oi...
10Pyrmont Restaurants NSW
11Liverpool Restaurants NSW
12Cromer Restaurants NSW
13Parramatta Restaurants NSW
El-Phoenician in Parramatta is a warm, contemporary and modern restaurant that offers a relaxed ambience during the week; with weekends featuring exotic bel...
14Lindfield Restaurants NSW
15Randwick Restaurants NSW
16Bondi Restaurants NSW
Recommendations may include: Raw Kingfish, or Duck, freekah, roast beets & carob glaze. BYO Tuesday and Wednesday.
17Bankstown Restaurants NSW
18Rouse Hill Restaurants NSW
19Baulkham Hills Restaurants NSW
20Castlecrag Restaurants NSW
21Walsh Bay Restaurants NSW
22Ryde Restaurants NSW
Recommendations may include: Tagines Served with Carrot Steamed Couscous Seven Vegetable Casablanca
Chicken, Chermoula, Lima Beans, Potatoes, Green Olives
Lamb Shank, Pr...
23Crows Nest Restaurants NSW
24Parramatta Restaurants NSW
25Bankstown Restaurants NSW
26Campbelltown Restaurants NSW
27Surry Hills Restaurants NSW
A relaxed, family friendly atmosphere.Signature dishes may include the Mixed Mazza Banquet
A variety of: Humous, Tabouli, Baba ganouge, Falafel, Lady F...
Restaurants Surry Hills
Romancing diners with classic French charm, LoLuk Bistro on Bourke Street in S...
Set on Darlinghurst’s busy Crown Street and Kings Lane junction, happily serv...
Restaurants Mount Colah
Retreat to The Ladybird Café in Mount Colah and enjoy a moment of tranqui...
Restaurants Oran Park
Tucked away in the busy Oran Park Podium on the corner of Oran Park Dr...
When on the hunt for delicious Thai flavours in South East Sydney, venture to Glen...
Restaurants Mona Vale
Just a few steps back from the waves that roll into Mona Vale Beach, is restau...
Located in Wareemba, encircled by the winding intricacies of the Parram...
When seeking a trendy spot to meet friends for a bite to eat, look no furt...
It’s well worth the drive South-West from Sydney’s CBD, to arrive...
When looking for somewhere to dine for the whole family in southern Sydney subur...
Located just off the Pacific Highway in Hornsby RSL, Level One Lounge fuses clas...
When breaking bread with family and friends, head to Pheast on Bronte Road in Wa...
Let Mama’s Wok take the hassle out of deciding tonight’s dinner and instead, off...
Restaurants North Ryde
Follow the health conscious to Macquarie Shopping Centre on the corner of Waterl...
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