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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.
1Marrickville Restaurants NSW
Tucked into Marrickville’s bustling streets is Hello Auntie restaurant providing a trendy take on Vietnamese inspired cuisine from a venue on Illawarra Road. Steel pi...
2Macquarie Park Restaurants NSW
Set along the bustling streets of the Macquarie Centre in the sought after Sydney region of Macquarie Park, resides the little yellow restaurant with a big perso...
3Crows Nest Restaurants NSW
It seems Crows Nest has been lured by the simply sweet I Love Pho – tucked neatly in the bustling hub of Willoughby Road – just as smoothly as the broth itself...
4Redfern Restaurants NSW
A Redfern haven for those focussed on healthy eating habits, pay a visit to the eccentric Nourishing Quarter restaurant found on Cleveland Street. A charming setting...
5Castlecrag Restaurants NSW
A fusion of Asian style tapas finds a home in Castlecrag at Yang and Co restaurant, located along Edinburgh Road. A trendy interior is warmed by the glow of exposed drop...
6Paddington Restaurants NSW
Find the fragrant delights of modern Vietnamese cuisine in Paddington with a visit to Mr. T Vietnamese Restaurant on Glenmore Road. Warm and inviting in appearanc...
7St Leonards Restaurants NSW
esiding along Atchison Street in Sydney’s St Leonards, sits a little taste of Vietnam at Le Saigon café and tapas restaurant. A stylish fitout has created a sophisticated...
8Waterloo Restaurants NSW
Spreading the vibrancy of Vietnamese cuisine to outer-Sydney suburb, Waterloo is Mr T Vietnamese Restaurant on Potter Street. Sleek and trendy inside, Mr T’s is fit o...
9Balmain Restaurants NSW
Experience an explosion of exotic flavours at Pho Xpress Foodhouse, a trendy restaurant tucked into Balmain’s busy Darling Street precinct. Drawing in a crowd of s...
10Marrickville Restaurants NSW
Escape the daily grind of busy Sydney streets and enter authentic Vietnamese restaurant, VN Streetfoods in Marrickville. Reminiscent of a Hanoi street food cafe, im...
11Willoughby Restaurants NSW
12Newtown Restaurants NSW
Rice Paper Vietnamese Cuisine offers a contemporary ambience with a focus on traditional Vietnamese dishes. Why not try the Wrap and Roll; a mixture of ve...
13Coogee Restaurants NSW
14Bankstown Restaurants NSW
15Green Valley Restaurants NSW
16Chatswood Restaurants NSW
17Cremorne Restaurants NSW
Vietnamese food. No reservation due to limited tables. Walk in only.
18Mosman Restaurants NSW
19Canley Vale Restaurants NSW
20Canley Heights Restaurants NSW
21Blacktown Restaurants NSW
22Blacktown Restaurants NSW
23Hornsby Restaurants NSW
24Artarmon Restaurants NSW
25Glebe Restaurants NSW
26Crows Nest Restaurants NSW
27Chatswood Restaurants NSW
Those looking for a child friendly cafe in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs need onl...
A short ferry ride from Circular Quay will get you to Presso La Baia, a cont...
Find Chill Café at the southern end of King Street, popular with a breakfast and...
For smart casual dining with a personal touch, take to Rubyos in Newtown. A contempo...
Restaurants Terrey Hills
Nestled into Terrey Hills Flower Grove is where locals and visitors from af...
Restaurants Sydney City
The pleasant hum of conversation amidst an energetic working day ambience greets...
Restaurants Lane Cove
For a pre-theatre dinner or mid-week gathering, meet at Lodge Tapas restaurant ...
Restaurants Crows Nest
The surprises of Spanish cuisine await at Lola Cocina café, ...
Restaurants Surry Hills
Tucked into a maze of streets in Surry Hills just a short walk south of Hyde...
Restaurants Sydney City
Sydneysiders looking for Mod Oz fare in the CBD visit Urban Paddock, in tower tw...
Restaurants Surry Hills
A go-to hotspot for many Sydneysiders seeking a caffeine kick and sumptuous fare...
Tantalising offerings of Malaysian hawker food can be enjoyed in full at Ipoh Cl...
A local hotspot for families and groups of friends to share a meal, Firehouse Gr...
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