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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.
1Minchinbury Restaurants NSW
Spoil friends and family with long and leisurely dining at The Distillery Woodfire Restaurant at Minchinbury Winery Estate, on the corner of Baro...
31 Jul to 30 Sep
2Richmond Restaurants NSW
Housed in a character-filled sandstone cottage, Barrels and Ashes on Windsor Street in Richmond offers a Modern Australian menu with a smokehouse twist. Reminiscent ...
Let's Do Brunch
20 Jul to 30 Sep
3North Sydney Restaurants NSW
In the heritage listed fire station of North Sydney, Firehouse Hotel offers a cosy escape for good food in warm, welcoming surrounds. Refurbished with soft glowing...
Dinner for only $12
6 Sep 16 to 30 Sep 17
4Hornsby Restaurants NSW
Located just off the Pacific Highway in Hornsby RSL, Level One Lounge fuses classy and casual dining in a venue to suit a diverse clientele. Contemporar...
10 Aug to 10 Dec
5Balmain Restaurants NSW
Alegrias Spanish Tapas delights Balmain diners with authentic Mediterranean cuisine in lavishly elegant surrounds on Darling Street. Plush décor, hardwood floori...
Functions @ Alegrias Spanish Tapas
28 Feb 17 to 28 Feb 18
6Glebe Restaurants NSW
Fulfilling cravings for tantalising spices, Darbar Fine Indian Cuisine on Glebe Point Road takes guests on an exotic culinary journey. Located on one of ...
7Manly Restaurants NSW
Those serious about fun and tasty nom’s head into Manly’s own Cuban institution, Havana Beach Café & Lounge Bar with the entrance on Victoria Parade. Radiating...
Functions At Havana
6 Sep to 31 Oct
8Rouse Hill Restaurants NSW
Enjoy modern Australian cuisine in the Sydney’s Hills district at Pandora’s Restaurant in Rouse Hill. Step foot into an open plan interior, where intimate tabl...
Come in and select from our $15 Lunch Menu
22 Sep to 3 Nov
9Mosman Restaurants NSW
A short ferry ride from Circular Quay will get you to Presso La Baia, a contemporary Italian restaurant in Sydney’s North Shore. Housed in the Mosman Rowers Club, this so...
Functions & Events at Mosman Rowers!
30 Nov 16 to 31 Dec 17
10Cronulla Restaurants NSW
Discover a culinary destination inspired by LA dining trends found in the heart of Cronulla at Gerrale St Kitchen. Light, bright and trendy, an airy space is touche...
11Terrey Hills Restaurants NSW
Step into the welcoming and modern space that is Cavallino in Terrey Hills to experience the warmth synonymous with southern Italian cuisine. Exuding contemporary Medite...
Enjoy your Thursday Evenings Apericena Style
18 Sep to 23 Oct
12Hunters Hill Restaurants NSW
On a quaint corner block of Hunters Hill, resides handsomely renovated heritage cottage turned restaurant, Bistro 54. A stylish interior awaits, each dining room moderni...
17 Aug to 1 Oct
13Seaforth Restaurants NSW
When scouring the Seaforth area for mouth-watering Italian food, head to Sale Pepe, serving up a slice of the Mediterranean on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. A rustic pizzeria w...
Sale Pepe in the Manly Daily!
17 Sep 16 to 31 Dec 17
14Woolloomooloo 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...
Archibald Price Lunch & Dinner
29 Jul to 22 Oct
15Rose Bay Restaurants NSW
16Darlinghurst Restaurants NSW
A star of the kitchen as well as the stage, former TV chef Marc Kuzma (aka Claire de Lune) lets his talents shine at his latest Darlinghurst venture, ...
17Berowra Waters Restaurants NSW
A great combination of those seeking adventure & great gastronomic experiences is found on the Berowra River at Berowra Waters Inn.
18Manly Restaurants NSW
When seeking a trendy spot to meet friends for a bite to eat, look no further than Ground Zero café set in the prominent suburb of Manly on Sydney’s coastline. Styled wi...
19Mosman Restaurants NSW
The stunning waterfront location of The Bather’s Pavilion Restaurant on Balmoral Beach draws diners with its moving views and dynamic French cuisine. Th...
20Cottage Point Restaurants NSW
21Whale Beach Restaurants NSW
22Balmain Restaurants NSW
Circa 1880, the charms of historic venue, The Riverview Hotel & Dining in Balmain remain, now frequented by locals in search of icy beverages and sumptuous...
23Rooty Hill Restaurants NSW
24Terrey Hills Restaurants NSW
25Picton Restaurants NSW
26Georges Hall Restaurants NSW
27Balmain Restaurants NSW
Those craving the exotic flavours of Vietnamese cuisine head to Tre Viet on King S...
Smart food in a relaxed setting awaits guests at Sneaky Possum on Abercrombie...
Spoil friends and family with long and leisurely dining ...
Only a short stroll from picturesque Manly Beach, situated in the Pacifi...
Restaurants Gregory Hills
Far from the rumble of inner city Sydney traffic, in quaint Gregory Hills is auth...
Diving into the fine dining scene is Dylan Carter, 15 year old aspiring chef. ...
Begin an Italian gastronomic journey while soaking up t...
Restaurants North Narrabeen
There’s so much more than pizza and pasta on the menu at Monsoon Grill in Nor...
Restaurants Neutral Bay
Tucked away from the city bustle, find hidden gem Thiq Bar & Eatery on Mi...
For a slice of Paris in the heart of Darlinghurst, locals take to Café Claudine ...
Experience an exotic caffeine kick at The Q on Harris coffee roaster and café, a...
Those looking for a child friendly cafe in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs need only he...
Turkish with a modern twist has arrived at Anatolia Clemton Park on Mackinder St...
Experience the taste of Greece without leaving Seaforth at Plato’s Republic Medi...
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