The home of Australia's Chef Hat Awards and Readers Choice Awards
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...
Live Spanish Guitar with special guest Manuel De Macerana
11 Jan to 22 Feb
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
24 Jan to 28 Nov
3Darlinghurst 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, ...
Kylie Bielfield + Dinner
4Manly 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...
5Seaforth 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...
6Richmond 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 ...
20 Oct 17 to 28 Feb 18
7Minchinbury 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...
8North 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...
Enjoy our Party Platters
30 Jan to 31 Mar
9Glebe 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 ...
10Hornsby 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...
Jon Stevens and Taxiride
11Berowra Waters Restaurants NSW
A great combination of those seeking adventure & great gastronomic experiences is found on the Berowra River at Berowra Waters Inn.
12Whale Beach Restaurants NSW
13Rose Bay Restaurants NSW
14Cottage Point Restaurants NSW
15Mosman 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...
16Mosman 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...
17Rouse 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...
18Georges Hall Restaurants NSW
19Canley Heights Restaurants NSW
20Kurrajong Restaurants NSW
21Abbotsbury Restaurants NSW
22Terrey Hills Restaurants NSW
23Picton Restaurants NSW
24Bayview Restaurants NSW
25Dural Restaurants NSW
26Harrington Park Restaurants NSW
27Kurrajong Restaurants NSW
Big American flavours and hearty servings are what Camden locals find at Split ...
When visiting Parramatta’s George Street, make time to visit the locally...
Restaurants Hunters Hill
For an unexpected food journey of the senses, Hunters Hill local...
Fulfilling cravings for tantalising spices, Darbar Fine In...
Restaurants Canley Vale
Putting a sizzle on the grill is the name of the game at TK Something on Canle...
Restaurants Sydney City
Truckin’ the streets of Sydney with movable Mexican fare, Cantina Movil gains...
Restaurants Harris Park
Created out of love and longing for tantalising Indian cuisine, share in mouth-wat...
Restaurants Darling Harbour
Sydney’s food hub in Darling Quarter is home to Darlin...
A haven for Marrickville locals to indulge their foodie desires, pay Geor...
Restaurants Surry Hills
Residing along the shaded green strip of Sydney’s Campbell Street, is the trendy...
Putting the hip hop in chip shop, Arthur’s Oysters and Seafood on Pittwater Road...
Restaurants Potts Point
When in Sydney’s suburb of Potts Point, and seeking somewhere to recharge and re...
Raise your stein glass to celebrating Octoberfest all year round at Jagerhaus, a...
Widely praised in Sydney as having “the best pizza outside of Italy," Gigi Pizze...
Australian Good Food & Travel Guide
FEB 15, 2018
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