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Deliciousness Down Under: 20 of Sydney’s Best Restaurants   

From fine dining high above the Opera House to laidback clifftop bites in Whale Beach, as a dining destination, Sydney easily competes with the world’s best. 

Sydney's renaissance as an Australian food capital is well and truly in swing, with talented chefs flocking from across the world to make their mark. Innovation, reimagination and a commitment to sourcing only the freshest local produce set these restaurants apart – there’s never been a better time to graze your way across the Harbour.  

Read on to discover our pick of Sydney’s best restaurants. 

The best restaurants for a special occasion 

Oncore by Clare Smyth at Crown Sydney 

Clare Smyth’s first restaurant outside of London is a gastronomic and scenic delight, with a whimsical farm-to-fork menu and some of the city’s best Sydney Harbour views. 

Icebergs Dining Room 

With a dining room that unabashedly celebrates Bondi's one-of-a-kind seascape, Icebergs Dining Room features some of the city’s finest Italian plates, inspired and elevated by the region’s exceptional seasonal produce. 

Aria Sydney 

Aria’s tasting menu expresses the spectacular range of seasonally focused, modern Australian cuisine: working hand-in-hand with local growers, farmers and makers, it’s rightly considered a culinary triumph. 


Chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s venerable flagship dazzles with a breathtaking melange of French and Japanese influences, with dishes as likely to evoke the spirit of Tsukiji-style omakase shops as continental haute cuisine. 

The best hotel restaurants 

Brasserie 1930 at Capella Sydney 

Located within Capella Sydney – one of the city’s most spectacular luxury hotels – is Brasserie 1930, a lavish ode to Parisian fine dining, with a menu that serves all the classics (caviar, oysters, steak frites) and more. 

Kiln at Ace Hotel Sydney 

Ultra-cool hotel Ace Hotel Sydney hides one of the city’s best dining venues: chef Mitch Orr’s ‘Italian-ish’ modern Australian rooftop restaurant Kiln. An always-changing menu gleefully roams across culinary borders to deliver plates that are unmatched in creativity. 

Arches on Market at Swissôtel Sydney 

Eight floors above the bustle of Sydney’s CBD, Arches on Market mixes cocktails with an old-school flair that’s growing rarer of late. The dining menu is just as slick: paired back, classic and expertly presented.   

Sydney Common at Sheraton Grand Sydney 

Sydney Common’s contemporary take on woodfired cooking has earned it plenty of attention since its 2024 opening. Backdropped by views over Hyde Park, the Sheraton Grand Sydney’s newest venue brings smoke and fire to almost every dish.  

The best restaurants for a date night 

Restaurant Hubert 

If you’re the kind of couple that appreciates live jazz, easy-going French food and a three-martini lunch, there’s no date night in Sydney finer than an evening at Restaurant Hubert.  


Sourcing only ingredients native to Australia, cherished Surry Hills restaurant Arthur celebrates the flavours of the sunburnt continent; plates often include kangaroo, saltbush, fingerlime and bush plums. 


Featuring Australian seafood sourced ‘from fishers we know by name,’ Josh Niland’s acclaimed venue, Petermen, is approachable, sustainable and – above all – delicious.  


Redbird remixes the flavour profiles of beloved Chinese-Australian favourites with startling success: start with the chilli prawn crackers and let your tastebuds roam. 

The Corner House Bondi 

Wood-fired pizza, slow-cooked lamb ragu and too many cured meats: The Corner House brings laidback rustic Italian plates to beach-obsessed Bondi, and the result is something truly special. 

The best restaurants with views 

Views over Sydney Harbour Bridge at night to illustrate Sydney's best restaurants - Luxury Escapes
Sydney Harbour.

Jonah's Sydney 

Part modern Australian restaurant, part lavish clifftop retreat, Jonah's Sydney draws celebrities and sommeliers alike with an expansive wine list and showstopping Pacific Ocean views. 

The Joey 

Formerly known as Barrenjoy Boatshed, this laidback Palm Beach favourite is back with everything you loved and more – including unbeatable views over the jetty and a menu stuffed with beachside favourites. 


Fine dining with first-class views over the Opera House: it doesn’t get more iconic than an evening at Peter Gilmore’s Quay. 

The best casual restaurants 

Lucky Prawn 

What’s better than barbecue pork buns and an ice-cold brew? Tucked within Hawke’s Brewing is relaxed Chinese eatery Lucky Prawn, serving a range of takeout classics and local lager on tap. 


Flame-grilled food truck turned restaurant Firepop delivers smoky lamb skewers, crisp corn ribs topped with butter and stretchy caciocavallo cheese and a strong – if tight – wine list. 

Queen Chow, Manly 

Queen Chow brings a touch of Hong Kong glamour to Manly’s shores, with a confident old-school Cantonese menu that’s sweet, sour and nostalgic in all the right ways. 

Spice I Am 

Spice I Am is chef-owner Sujet Saenkham’s love letter to the central Thai cuisine he grew up with; think house-made curry pastes, smoke-kissed pad Thai and papaya salad so fiery and fresh it makes you want to cry.  

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Nate Robinson
About Nate Robinson
Mad for travel and an incorrigible foodie, Nate is as at home in a Mexican taqueria as he is at Tsukiji. When he's not abroad, you can always find Nate with a book in one hand and a tiki cocktail in the other.

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