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For cocktails and contemporary fare overlooking a poolside oasis, drop into Road...
The magnificent headland location and harbour views are distinctively Sydney, bu...
For casual dining by the beach in Dee Why, Sandbar on The Strand delivers on a p...
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...
2Blacktown Restaurants NSW
For cocktails and contemporary fare overlooking a poolside oasis, drop into Roadhouse Bar & Grill on Cricketers Arms Road in Blacktown. Nestled in the lobby of ...
Hip High Tea
4 Oct to 30 Dec
3Mosman Restaurants NSW
For those seeking a lavish dining experience just north of Sydney, allow multi award winning, Italian inspired, Ormeggio at The Spit to welcome you into their breat...
4Dee Why Restaurants NSW
For casual dining by the beach in Dee Why, Sandbar on The Strand delivers on a promise of tasty Mod Oz fare and a laidback beachside ambiance. Meet for a feast here with family...
Wednesdays is Burger & Beer only $20!
3 Oct to 3 Nov
5Darling 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 ...
Mediterranea Restaurant Melbourne Cup
6Haberfield Restaurants NSW
Boasting spectacular 360 degree water views and an exciting Modern Australian menu is UTS Haberfield Club restaurant. The venue offers a refined and relaxing env...
Melbourne Cup Day at UTS Haberfield Club
7Balmoral Beach Restaurants NSW
Offering a majestic location with views over Balmoral Beach and across Sydney Harbour to Manly and North Head is the Chef Hat awarded Public Dining Room resta...
8Circular 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
9Baulkham Hills Restaurants NSW
Sydneysiders experience gastronomical delights at Quoi Dining on Century Circuit in Baulkham Hills. Located in the rapidly expanding Bella Vista restaurant precinct ...
Gluten Free Desserts
13 Oct to 13 Nov
10Ramsgate Restaurants NSW
Indulge in elegant, a la carte dining at Omeros on the Beach restaurant, situated on the ocean side of the corner of Ramsgate Road and the Grand Parade. Surrounded...
11Collaroy Restaurants NSW
Begin an Italian gastronomic journey while soaking up the Northern Beaches vibe at Stella Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria, located on Pittwater Road. ...
Stella Italian Kitchen Gift Certificates
7 Sep to 25 Dec
12Mosman Restaurants NSW
The magnificent headland location and harbour views are distinctively Sydney, but everything else about Frenchy’s Cafe in Mosman is classically, delightfully français. Af...
13Darling 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...
Waterfront Grill Melbourne Cup Luncheon
14Parramatta Restaurants NSW
Enjoy idyllic waterfront views and creative fare at River Café Parramatta on Church Street. With sweeping vistas of the Parramatta River, this lively café is a...
15Parramatta Restaurants NSW
Parramatta locals drop into ALEX&Co on Church Street for a paradise of edibles and drinkables. Three years in the making, this foodie haven spans three retail spaces below ...
Melbourne Cup 2017
24 Oct to 7 Nov
16Brooklyn Restaurants NSW
Dine at leisure on the banks of the Hawkesbury River at Lifeboat Seafood restaurant, a Brooklyn go-to by the bridge to Long Island. For a leisurely brunch with friend...
17Woolloomooloo 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
18King 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...
28 Sep to 31 Oct
19Manly Restaurants NSW
Stroll up from the sands of iconic Manly Beach and take a seat at The Pantry to enjoy panoramic ocean views and Mod Oz fare with flair. Housed in the famous ‘Beach House...
20Walsh Bay Restaurants NSW
Gracing Sydney’s dynamic dining scene with a burst of culinary creativity is Lavana Restaurant in Walsh Bay, dedicated to fresh local fare in cruisy waterfront surr...
Breakfast or Brunch ?
5 Oct to 10 Nov
21Warriewood Restaurants NSW
Head to neighbourhood hangout, Sunrise Café perched on Narrabeen Park Parade for a tasty bite and refreshing drinks just steps away from the glistening shores of Warrie...
22Bondi Beach Restaurants NSW
While strolling the sands of Bondi Beach and hunger pangs strike, locals drop into new brunch bar Mr Monochrome on Campbell Parade. A stylish black and white décor is...
Do You Even French Toast?
5 Oct to 5 Nov
23Woolloomooloo 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...
Good Food Month Celebrations ~ Sunday 29th October
24Cronulla Restaurants NSW
Picturesque, peaceful surrounds and contemporary fare await guests at The Greenery Cronulla on the corner of Hume and Elouera Road. This family friendly restaura...
25Kyle Bay Restaurants NSW
For stunning river and sunset views, Sydneysiders visit Jaaks Bar and Grill on Merriman Street. Tucked inside The Kyle Bay, Jaaks embodies a nautic...
A taste of our menu
22 Sep to 27 Oct
26Sydney 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
27Bondi Restaurants NSW
One of Bondi’s longest established eateries, Gelbison Pizzeria is said to be a well-loved local for many diners. Operating for over 26 years, this friendly restaurant d...
To nosh on the North Shore, take to Tapas Tapas Bodega authentic Spanish...
When looking for a bite after the sun has gone down on a day at ...
To enjoy a feasting of mouth-watering Greek delights without leaving Petersh...
Restaurants Sydney City
Celebrating Spanish culture with a sip of this and a taste of that is Tapavino, sp...
Restaurants Harris Park
Walk into The Olive Greek Restaurant & Bar in Harris Park ...
Restaurants Surry Hills
Set on a cosy corner store front of Crown Street, bringing flavours of Beiru...
Experience an explosion of exotic flavours at Chao on Rosa Street in Oatley. Serving v...
Restaurants Neutral Bay
Tucked away along Yeo Street in Sydney’s Neutral Bay, is a modern restaurant with ...
Restaurants Surry Hills
A go-to hotspot for many Sydneysiders seeking a caffeine kick and sumptuous ...
A neighbourhood favourite with real food style, The Mowbray in Willoughby delive...
Succulent seafood and elegant surrounds await diners at Cod’s Gift on Ward Place...
Returning the nostalgia of charming Italian cuisine to the heart of iconic desti...
Keeping regular visitors loyal, Kelby’s Café continues to be a popular choice fo...
When scouring the Seaforth area for mouth-watering Italian food, head to Sale Pe...
Australian Good Food & Travel Guide
OCT 13, 2017
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