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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.
1Balmain Restaurants NSW
Alegrias Spanish Tapas delights Balmain diners with authentic Mediterranean cuisine in lavishly elegant surrounds on Darling Street. Plush décor, hardwood floori...
2Sydney City Restaurants NSW
Celebrating Spanish culture with a sip of this and a taste of that is Tapavino, splashing onto Sydney’s dining scene in many a shade of sherry. Famous for its Spanish fort...
3Sydney City Restaurants NSW
For a celebration of flavours, join a lively Sydney city crowd at Casa Asturiana an all-in-one tapas bar, restaurant and events venue on Liverpool Street with a dist...
4Surry Hills Restaurants NSW
5Surry Hills Restaurants NSW
The undeniably eccentric spirit of the Latino soul is abundant at this Surry Hill tapas bar called Bodega. Zesty limes have sprayed the walls with their col...
6Lane Cove Restaurants NSW
7Crows Nest Restaurants NSW
8Darling Harbour Restaurants NSW
9Penrith Restaurants NSW
10Barangaroo Restaurants NSW
11Sydney City Restaurants NSW
12Willoughby Restaurants NSW
13Manly Restaurants NSW
14Alexandria Restaurants NSW
15Cronulla Restaurants NSW
16Redfern Restaurants NSW
17Sydney City Restaurants NSW
18North Bondi Restaurants NSW
19Sydney City Restaurants NSW
20Moore Park Restaurants NSW
21Sydney City Restaurants NSW
22Avalon Restaurants NSW
23Newtown Restaurants NSW
24Sydney City Restaurants NSW
La Tapa Guapa located in the Sir John Young Hotel offers a casual airy dining option where you have the option of joining with other diners or dining with your own gr...
25Glebe Restaurants NSW
26Sydney City Restaurants NSW
27Sydney City Restaurants NSW
A blend of sleek, contemporary style and award-winning food sees a loyal f...
Restaurants Mona Vale
After an early round of golf at Mona Vale Golf Club, head to Three Doors D...
Specialising in gluten and lactose free delights, Café Free is a popular Mosman p...
Just off of the Pacific Highway and a short walk from Gordon Station is tradi...
Restaurants Rouse Hill
Enjoy modern Australian cuisine in the Sydney’s Hills district at Pand...
Find Chill Café at the southern end of King Street, popular with a breakfast and...
Restaurants Neutral Bay
Situated in Sydney’s lower North Shore, in the sought after locatio...
Restaurants North Ryde
Follow the health conscious to Macquarie Shopping Centre on the corne...
Treat yourself and friends to a delectable brunching experience at The Lit...
Let Mama’s Wok take the hassle out of deciding tonight’s dinner and instead, off...
Texan burger fans are herding in to Barlow & Co on William Street in Earlwood, f...
Newly opened Sugarsalt café is the latest brunch drawcard in Sydney’s southern s...
Turkish with a modern twist has arrived at Anatolia Clemton Park on Mackinder St...
Restaurants Darling Harbour
When wandering the iconic Darling Harbour precinct and seeking a cool place to e...
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