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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.
1McMahons Point Restaurants NSW
Perched upon the edge of McMahons Point, Sails on Lavender Bay delivers much more than what the promise of its name provides. The Harbour Bridge, Opera Hou...
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2Woolloomooloo Restaurants NSW
For smart casual dining in Sydney, be sure to stop in at The Tilbury Restaurant in Woolloomooloo. A crisp, clean design typified by varnished wood, linen d...
Wednesday Summer BBQ
14 Nov to 6 Dec
3Caringbah Restaurants NSW
Boasting views to the city, delicious cocktails and fresh, modern fare, The Loft Caringbah is an exciting new dining destination at Tradies on Banksia Road. Whethe...
$13 Dinner Specials
2 Nov to 31 Dec
4Darling Harbour Restaurants NSW
Dine in style with spectacular Sydney waterfront views at Olivo Harbourside Restaurant in Darling Harbour. Situated in the city’s favourite enterta...
5Gymea Restaurants NSW
To experience a fusion of Asian cuisine visit Serendip restaurant located in Tradies Gymea on Manchester Road. Serendip focusses on contemporary Asian fusion and has prime posit...
6Sydney City Restaurants NSW
Overlooking Market Street from level eight of the Swissotel Sydney, JPB is an urban oasis in the heart of Sydney’s bustling CBD. Short for Just Pure Bistro, this refined diner ...
The Long Lunch
22 Nov to 22 Dec
7Glebe 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...
Despaña Food Truck
10 Nov to 15 Dec
8King Street Wharf Restaurants NSW
Ask any Sydney foodie where to find modern Japanese cuisine in the city and you'll most likely get the response, Kobe Jones. Stylishly upmarket and situated...
Tis the season to do Kobe, fa la la la la la la……
23 Oct to 31 Dec
9Sydney City Restaurants NSW
The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has been synonymous with glamour since 1966 and now incorporates a suave additional lounge bar and restaurant, Soiree. Choose to dine in style w...
Iced Apéro Chic
1 Nov 17 to 31 Jan 18
10Sydney City Restaurants NSW
Hotel Coronation is a Sydney institution frequented by locals and tourists alike, conveniently set on Park Street in the CBD. Enter to find the modern Park St Bar,...
All Day Dining at Hotel Coronation's Park St Bar!
15 Sep to 15 Dec
11Woolloomooloo Restaurants NSW
Perched on the edge of Sydney’s sparkling harbour overlooking Woolloomooloo Wharf is Manta, a contemporary seafood restaurant. This decade old icon is lo...
Lunch Meeting? Getting Friends Together?
6 Sep to 30 Nov
12Darling Harbour Restaurants NSW
Sydney’s food hub in Darling Quarter is home to Darling Harbour’s Latin Quarter – Braza Churrascaria. Relaxed in ambiance and rustically st...
Brazilian Carnival Show
7 Nov to 7 Dec
13Woolloomooloo Restaurants NSW
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication at Molo Bar on Cowper Wharf Road at Woolloomoolo. Bringing a taste of the Italian coast to Sydney, this sleek and trendy ‘pop u...
14Sydney City Restaurants NSW
Situated on the edge of bustling East Circular Quay, Q Dining offers an evolving culinary journey in an iconic Sydney waterfront setting. Impressive floor to ceiling glass...
Christmas Lunch On The Quay
15The Rocks Restaurants NSW
Blurring the lines between pub and fine dining, Upstairs at The Lord on Kent Street in The Rocks, serves up Mod Oz fare with flair. Nestled on the first floor of...
16Circular Quay Restaurants NSW
Offering around the clock meals and an ever-changing view of one of the nation’s most famous icons, the celebrated City Extra in Circular Quay is a must ...
12 Oct to 24 Dec
17Darling Harbour Restaurants NSW
Since opening in 2000, Sydney’s Waterfront Grill restaurant and steakhouse has remained a staple dining destination in Darling Harbour’s vibrant scene, perched...
The more ribs, the better
3 Nov to 8 Dec
Lunch Dinner Late
18Darling Harbour Restaurants NSW
Set against the stunning backdrop of Sydney’s Darling Harbour is the celebrated Mediterranea Restaurant. The natural surroundings are brought inside by ...
Problems come and go, but Pizza is forever
3 Nov to 8 Dec
19The Rocks Restaurants NSW
Located at Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal, with sweeping views from the Opera House to the Harbour Bridge, Quay Restaurant is found in what many consider to be Sydney's fi...
20Milsons Point Restaurants NSW
Boasting prime views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, La Capannina in Milsons Point effortlessly combines its iconic Australian location with a taste of modern Italian cuis...
Weddings & Events @ La Capannina!
1 Mar to 31 Dec
21Barangaroo Restaurants NSW
When sightseeing at picturesque Sydney Harbour, jump straight off the ferry and head to Spiced by Billus to experience modern Indian cuisine at Barangaroo. Step ins...
Christmas Lunch at Spiced by Billu's
22Sydney City Restaurants NSW
Escape the chaotic CBD and venture to Rockpool Bar & Grill in the 1936 Emil Sodersteen American style art-deco skyscraper and be awed by the towering ce...
23Woolwich Restaurants NSW
When only the best will do, head to Cucinetta perched on top of Woolwich Road, overlooking Lane Cove River, where guests embark on a culinary journey like no other. Offering...
24Sydney City Restaurants NSW
From the magnificent heritage architecture to Peter Doyle’s beautifully orchestrated dishes, Sydney’s est. makes just the sort of impression you’d expect of one of the nation’...
25Sydney City Restaurants NSW
Located in bustling inner city Sydney, not too far from the captivating Royal Botanical Gardens is the renowned Parliament of New South Wales. Formally a privi...
High Tea at Parliament House
26Sydney City Restaurants NSW
Discover the beauty of the Mediterranean without leaving Sydney city at Cafe Del Mar. Providing an ideal location to enjoy spectacular Cockle Bay Wharf sunsets, Cafe D...
Lovebirds at Cafe del Mar Sydney
27Blacktown Restaurants NSW
Feel on top of the world dining at Cucina Locale Revolving Restaurant, taking time to soak in 360 degree views of the Blue Mountains and Sydney’s b...
Lovingly restored, be sure to visit the iconic Cauliflower Hotel, establi...
When in Sydney, join the fast paced crowd of Mascot and head to locally loved...
Picturesque, peaceful surrounds and contemporary fare await guests at...
A stylish Strathfield hotspot for locals in need of caffeine and a memorably...
A neighbourhood favourite with real food style, The Mowbray in Willoughby deliv...
When looking for a bite after the sun has gone down on a day at ...
Restaurants Gregory Hills
One-stop shop, Orangeville Meat Co is a carnivore’s delight, incorporat...
Enjoy fresh seafood delights and more in Penrith at CJ’s Crab Shack, situat...
A local hotspot for families and groups of friends to share a meal, Firehou...
Restaurants Sydney City
Enjoy an authentic Italian meal in the surrounds of a classic late nineteenth ce...
Restaurants Balmoral Beach
Offering a majestic location with views over Balmoral Beach and across Sydney Ha...
Restaurants West Pennant Hills
Specialising in a vast variety of sweet fudge treats, Brownie Bar Café brings mo...
To refuel with coffee and casual bites in Collaroy, be sure to drop into Persia ...
Restaurants Sydney City
Inner-urban cool restaurant Mach2 by Machiavelli is a hipster haven for Sydneysi...
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