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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.
1Alexandria Restaurants NSW
Take a stroll along Botany Road, Alexandria to eat where the locals eat at GOODPIZZA. A front courtyard greets diners in through bi-folding doors, which open into a stylis...
2St Ives Restaurants NSW
Wedged in on the busy Mona Vale Road strip in St Ives is authentic Italian pizzeria and ice cream haven, Rosso Cavallino. Students and inner city foodies make...
3Gymea Restaurants NSW
Follow the scent of fresh dough and melting mozzarella downstairs to discover Leone Pizza & Gelato at Tradies along Manchester Road in Gymea. A modern fitout is styl...
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4Mascot Restaurants NSW
Topping Mad Pizza is dishing up a little piece of Brazil to the locals of Bronte. Classic chequered black and white flooring, dark wooden tables and stone walls come t...
5Wareemba Restaurants NSW
Located in Wareemba, encircled by the winding intricacies of the Parramatta River and neatly wedged in on Great North Road is Dough Delight Pizza. Hungry Sydneysid...
6Rosebery Restaurants NSW
Feeding crowds of Rosebery locals with sumptuous pizzas and more is Slices Pizza Co, a much-loved venue situated on Dunning Avenue. Head straight to the Old Favourites...
7Avalon Restaurants NSW
For a meal the whole family can enjoy, head over to Cranzgot's Pizza Café, a lively pizzeria loved by crowds of Avalon locals. Established on Sydney’s northern bea...
8Richmond Restaurants NSW
9Campbelltown Restaurants NSW
10Dural Restaurants NSW
11Waterloo Restaurants NSW
12Randwick Restaurants NSW
13Mascot Restaurants NSW
14Bossley Park Restaurants NSW
15Balmain Restaurants NSW
Only Italian toppings; only Italian mozzarella; no corkage; no ham and pineapple. With house rules like those, you know you’re in for a truly Italian experience at Ross...
16Lane Cove Restaurants NSW
17Surry Hills Restaurants NSW
18Currans Hill Restaurants NSW
19Randwick Restaurants NSW
20Casula Restaurants NSW
21Brighton Le Sands Restaurants NSW
22St Marys Restaurants NSW
23Concord Restaurants NSW
24Narrabeen Restaurants NSW
25Erskineville Restaurants NSW
26Lane Cove Restaurants NSW
27Hunters Hill Restaurants NSW
While taking in the picturesque beaches, reserves and...
Take a culinary journey through Asia’s sumptuous cuisine under the careful guid...
Restaurants Hunters Hill
On a quaint corner block of Hunters Hill, resides handsomely renovated heritage c...
A haven for Marrickville locals to indulge their foodie desires, pay Geor...
Restaurants Sydney City
Jump off the train at Central Station and make a beeline for The Bun Galler...
Whether on a quiet solo dinner mission for one after a long day, or look...
To experience creative Asian cuisine, visit Fusiopia restaurant located on Raglan ...
Bringing exciting Italian flavours and panache to Paddington’s Five Ways prec...
Opt for Sydney steakhouse dining at Osso, located at the Penrith Panthers club. Ideal ...
When looking for somewhere to dine for the whole family in southern Sydney subur...
Temasek in Parramatta has all the authentic character of your typical Singaporea...
Join the colourful crowd of locals at Newtown and head along Enmore Road to disc...
Turkish with a modern twist has arrived at Anatolia Clemton Park on Mackinder St...
It’s well worth the drive South-West from Sydney’s CBD, to arrive at Campbelltow...
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