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Gracing Sydney’s dynamic dining scene with a burst of culinary creativity is Lav...
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.
1Windsor Restaurants NSW
Windsor locals are abuzz about Bazz’s Whine Bar on George Street. A hidden gem in a historical mall, Bazz’s offers an exciting and sophisticated new dimension to winin...
2Walsh Bay Restaurants NSW
Gracing Sydney’s dynamic dining scene with a burst of culinary creativity is Lavana Restaurant in Walsh Bay, dedicated to fresh local fare in cruisy waterfront surr...
3Glebe Restaurants NSW
Celebrating Spanish culture, Despana on Glebe Point Road in Glebe draws a lively crowd. With wooden oak barrels and bright red geraniums, a cheery vibe entices diners to relax by...
4Beecroft Restaurants NSW
Nestled among delicately flowering blossoms of Beecroft's Hannah Street, Sevardi Wine & Tapas Bar has been serving up flavoursome Italian cuisine since its es...
5Maroubra Restaurants NSW
For an exciting and modern dining experience in Maroubra, visit El Toro Tapas & Pizza Bar on McKeon Street where the spirit of sharing is encouraged. A warm ...
6Surry Hills Restaurants NSW
Menu may include: CORDERO A LA CRUZ - 8 hour Woodfired Milk Fed Mirrool Creek Lamb or REPOLLITOS DE BRUSELA FRITO - Crispy Fried Brussel Sprouts with Lentils and Mint.
7Darlinghurst Restaurants NSW
Darlinghurst locals relive their youth at Rumpus Room on Burton Street. This funky wine and tapas bar celebrates an eclectic ambiance with a geometric tiled bar and mi...
8Castle Hill Restaurants NSW
9Como Restaurants NSW
10Pyrmont Restaurants NSW
11Roseville Restaurants NSW
12Gladesville Restaurants NSW
13Camden Restaurants NSW
14Potts Point Restaurants NSW
15Neutral Bay Restaurants NSW
16Collaroy Restaurants NSW
17Windsor Restaurants NSW
18Turramurra Restaurants NSW
19Erskineville Restaurants NSW
20Marrickville Restaurants NSW
21Annandale Restaurants NSW
22Castlecrag Restaurants NSW
23Maroubra Restaurants NSW
24Glebe Restaurants NSW
25Westleigh Restaurants NSW
26Cammeray Restaurants NSW
27Bondi Restaurants NSW
When in Miranda, just short of the famous Botany Bay on the banks of Georges River a...
Restaurants North Ryde
When it’s time to drop after shopping in North Ryde’s...
For a taste of the exotic in Annangrove, head to Meze Me Grove restaurant, ba...
A fusion of Asian style tapas finds a home in Castlecrag at Yang and Co restaur...
Restaurants Mona Vale
Unwind with a glass of wine and European-style tapas at Paddock & Vine on Bu...
Restaurants Bexley North
Sample the exotic flavours of the Middle East at Anater Lebanese...
Restaurants Sydney City
Truckin’ the streets of Sydney with movable Mexican fare, Cantina Movil gains...
Nestled in among the boutiques of Balmain’s Darling Street, stumble acro...
Stroll up from the sands of iconic Manly Beach and take a seat at The Pant...
Restaurants Freemans Reach
When travelling north from Richmond be sure to make a pit stop to refuel at Free...
Restaurants Surry Hills
Upmarket neighbourhood bar Iris Black, on Cleveland Street in Surry Hills, attra...
Restaurants Walsh Bay
Gracing Sydney’s dynamic dining scene with a burst of culinary creativity is Lav...
Exotic flavour combinations to savour and devour await at Rey’s Place on Crown S...
Dine beside a relaxing waterfall and lush garden at Gumtree Restaurant & Bar on ...
Australian Good Food & Travel Guide
JAN 15, 2018
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