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...
Paella Masterclass & $5 Sangria's and Seafood Paella Plates
2Darlinghurst 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, ...
New Autumn Cocktail
9 to 30 Apr
3Richmond 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 30 Apr 18
4Seaforth 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...
Pizza in the garden!!
12 Apr to 12 May
5Woolloomooloo 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
6Manly 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...
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...
$12 Chicken Schnitzel
25 Mar to 25 May
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...
ANZAC Day 2018
11Berowra Waters Restaurants NSW
12Cottage Point Restaurants NSW
13Rose Bay Restaurants NSW
14Whale Beach 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...
16Manly Restaurants NSW
17Georges Hall Restaurants NSW
18Terrey Hills Restaurants NSW
19Kurrajong Restaurants NSW
20Canley Heights Restaurants NSW
21Dural Restaurants NSW
22Camden Restaurants NSW
23Abbotsbury Restaurants NSW
24Harrington Park Restaurants NSW
25Camden Restaurants NSW
26Picton Restaurants NSW
27Bayview Restaurants NSW
Returning the nostalgia of charming Italian cuisine to the heart o...
Darlinghurst locals relive their youth at Rumpus Room on Burton Street. This fu...
Inlakesh is a Mayan greeting meaning “I am you and you a...
Established more than 28 years ago, The Big Mexican Rancho charms Gy...
Restaurants Five Dock
Cravings for Greek inspired delights can be satisfied with a visit to Gyros Fix r...
For a meal the whole family is sure to enjoy, head to The Courtyard restauran...
You may be on Ramsay Street, Haberfield in Sydney, but with one bite...
Belfield on Botany in Rosebery is the imaginative burger bar born from t...
Staying true to the name, Spice of Life Authentic In...
Restaurants Surry Hills
From handmade hats to hip tunes, be entrapped at Surry Hill’s cool and welcoming...
Restaurants Denistone East
Home to the two metre long pizzas in Denistone East, book in group catch-ups for...
Newtown locals looking for smart casual dining with a personal touch, take to Ru...
Restaurants Summer Hill
Join those with a taste for adventure and detour into The Hungry Eye to find ful...
For a meal the whole family is sure to enjoy, head to The Courtyard restaurant i...
Australian Good Food & Travel Guide
APR 16, 2018
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