Sydney is known for its great restaurants and is considered to be one of the most exciting foodie cities in the world. Renowned for its fusion of international flavors, with Japanese, Thai, Italian, and French cuisines being particularly well-represented, Sydney’s restaurants are deliciously diverse and innovative. 

A seafood lover’s dream thanks to the abundance of fresh seafood, from oysters and juicy prawns to local rock lobsters and mud crabs, Sydney restaurants offer the chance to explore Australian cuisine through seasonal, local ingredients. Expect to pay a 10% surcharge on Sundays and public vacations. Find out more about these 10 great restaurants in Sydney and start planning your culinary adventure.

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    Restaurant Hubert

    Classic French dining with a twist

    Restaurant Hubert
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    Restaurant Hubert brings a decadent slice of Paris to a wood-panelled basement in Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD), complete with live jazz, vintage posters, and plenty of gleaming brass and red velvet swag. On the menu, expect classic French cooking peppered with Asian-inspired dishes such as a kimchi gratin and Pomme Anna with a miso beurre blanc.

    Restaurant Hubert has 3 bars, several private dining rooms, and an in-house ‘Theater Royale’ art house movie theater. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails in the Pincer Bar, whilst drooling over the dinner menu. Don’t miss their famous Chicken Fricassée or, if it’s a special occasion, why not treat yourself to the Petit or Grand Banquet tasting menus?

    Location: 15 Bligh St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 5 pm to 12 am, Thursday and Sunday from 12 pm to 12 am, Friday–Saturday from 12 pm to 12.30 am

    Phone: +61 (0)2 9232 0881

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    Aria

    Make a reservation at one of Australia’s most famous restaurants

    Aria
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    Aria, in Sydney’s central business district (CBD), has been one of Australia’s leading fine dining restaurants for more than 2 decades, and boasts show-stopping views over Circular Quay and the Opera House. Hyper-seasonality is the name of the game here, and you will find local producers on the innovative menu, as well as unique Australian ingredients such as Spanner Crab and Dusky Flathead fish.

    Pick from a la carte or the tasting menu—which also includes dedicated vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free options. If you’re dining on a budget but still want to try this famous restaurant, make an early reservation for the less expensive pre-Theatre menu.

    Location: 1 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Open: Monday–Tuesday from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Wednesday–Saturday from 12 pm to 1.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +61 (0)2 9240 2255

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    Bennelong

    Dine in Australia’s most iconic building

    Bennelong
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    Bennelong offers up a unique chance to enjoy modern Australian fine dining inside the world-famous Sydney Opera House, overlooking Circular Quay.

    Australian wine and local produce, such as super-creamy Tasmanian butter and Maremma pasture-raised ducks, are the stars of the menu. Choose from the indulgent 3-course a la carte menu or sit at the counter and enjoy 2 courses with side-by-side high bar seating. At night, you’ll be treated to glittering views of the harbor and bridge.

    Location: Floor L2, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 5.30 pm to 8.45 pm (Saturday lunch from 12 pm to 2 pm), Sunday from 12 pm to 3.30pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +61 (0)2 9240 8000

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    Quay

    Bucket list dining at one of Australia’s most celebrated restaurants

    Quay
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    Quay is arguably Sydney’s (and therefore Australia’s) best restaurant, situated on the 2nd floor of the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Circular Quay West, overlooking the Harbor Bridge and Opera House. Sister restaurant to Bennelong, a tasting menu at Quay offers a chance to experience Australian fine dining at the top of its game.

    Indulge in the 6 or 8-course tasting menu or make a reservation for weekend lunch to try the fractionally less decadent 4-course menu. It offers diners White Coral, a super-aerated white chocolate ganache frozen with liquid nitrogen, which has been winning rave reviews.

    Location: Upper Level Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

    Open: Thursday–Friday from 6pm to 8.45 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 12 pm to 8.45 pm (closed Monday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +61 (0)2 9251 5600

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    LuMi Dining

    Modern Italian with a Japanese twist

    LuMi Dining
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    LuMi Dining is a tasting-menu-only restaurant at Wharf 10 in Pyrmont. It offers innovative, award-winning, seasonal modern Italian food with a Japanese twist, with a focus on seafood. Uncompromisingly modern, with chic minimalist décor, glass walls and a ceiling of starry pendant lights, LuMi Dining is tucked away from the bustle of the city, and overlooks the superyachts moored outside.

    Italian Japanese fusion comes to life with chef Federico Zanellato’s creations such as hand-cut tagliatelle with Moreton Bay bug and a scampi XO bisque. There is a full vegetarian tasting menu, and most dietary requirements can be accommodated if you give them a few days’ notice when you make a reservation; however, they currently do not cater for vegans or dairy-free diners.

    Location: 56 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 6 pm to 8.30 pm (Saturday–Sunday lunch from 12 pm to 1.30 pm) (closed Monday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +61 (0)2 9571 1999

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    Mr. Wong

    Larger-than-life Cantonese food

    Mr. Wong
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    Mr. Wong is a bustling split-level restaurant in the 5-star Establishment Hotel, in Sydney’s CBD, serving up modern dim sum for lunch and more substantial Cantonese favorites for dinner. With more than 80 dishes on the menu and a weighty 40-page international wine list, Mr. Wong is a winner with boisterous groups looking to taste their way around the delights of Southern Chinese cuisine.

    House specials include barbecue duck—they have a whole room dedicated to it. The local rock lobster and mud crab are cooked fresh from the tank.

    Location: 3 Bridge Ln, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5.30 pm to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm and 5.30 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +61 (0)2 9114 7317

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    Fred's

    Enjoy sustainable produce with a menu that changes each day

    Fred's
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    Fred’s, in the heart of Paddington, is a cozy, unpretentious, produce-driven restaurant combining old-world Mediterranean flavors with innovative modern Australian style. The house-baked fougasse and broiled leg of lamb are staples on the ever-changing, seasonally driven menus—don’t miss these fan favorites!

    Order up a signature cocktail and sit back on one of the well-cushioned chairs to watch the team cook in the open plan kitchen. Alternately, take a seat at the counters book-ending the kitchen to get a better look at the show.

    Location: 380 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5.30 pm to 11 pm (Thursday–Sunday lunch from 12 pm to 4 pm)

    Phone: +61 (0)2 9114 7331

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    Ester

    Seasonal flavors shine at this Chippendale favorite

    Ester
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    Ester is an innovative restaurant with a menu driven by seasonal ingredients. Located in the Chippendale neighbourhood, it features a creative wine list that showcases organic and biodynamic wines from around the world. The menu of mostly wood-fired small sharing plates adds deliciously gourmet touches to simple fare such as ricotta gnudi with tea-smoked tomato and parmesan or their ‘blood sausage sanga’, a fan-favourite steamed bread with a flavorful boudin noir.

    The set menu offers up excellent value and a chance to eat your way around Ester’s current hits. Put yourself in the hands of your sommelier and ask for their suggestions for wine or cocktails as the menu features lesser-known small producers.

    Location: 46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 6 pm to 10 pm (Saturday lunch from 12 pm to 3.30 pm), Sunday 12 pm to 3.30 pm

    Phone: +61 (0)2 8068 8279

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    Yellow

    Vegan fine dining in Potts Point

    Yellow
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    Yellow is a tasting-menu-only vegan restaurant and wine bar in a converted 1950s art gallery in Potts Point, which celebrates seasonal local ingredients and features vegan wines. Heirloom vegetable varieties are the stars of the multi-course menu, which features Asian-inspired creations such as smoked carrot with whipped tofu, and black garlic.

    The tasting menu changes with the seasons and gives you a chance to try the finest, freshest produce available from local farmers and growers. Yellow was the first vegan restaurant to be awarded the prestigious 2 Chefs Hats in Australia’s Good Food Guide.

    Location: 57 Macleay St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 6 pm to 11 pm, and Saturday–Sunday lunch from 12 pm to 2.30 pm

    Phone: +61 (0)2 9332 2344

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    Saint Peter

    Special and sustainable seafood dining

    Saint Peter
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    Saint Peter is a small 22-seat sustainable seafood restaurant in Paddington. Diners overlook the kitchen from their seats at the long marble counter that runs the length of the room. If you’re looking to dine a la carte, try out their lunch time menu, but dinner is where adventurous diners are rewarded. Discover 7 exceptional courses of flavorful seafood, safe in the knowledge that not one piece of fish, from fin to scale, was wasted.

    The innovative approach to sustainable seafood and on-display cooking lets you watch as chefs remove pin bones and broil aged fish skin into crisp crackling. You can even quiz the chefs on where your mackerel fillets came from and how they were harvested!

    Location: 362 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 12 pm to 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 9 pm, Tueday–Wednesday from 5.30 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +61 (0)2 8937 2530

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