Sydney is home to incredible waterfront dining; some of the best restaurants in the world; and hidden gems where you can taste authentic food from every nationality. Binge out the credit card and treat yourself to a first-class feast at one of the finest, after all, you only live once.
For refined paletes
Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House is a highlight of any visit to Sydney. Sitting beneath the ‘sails’ looking over Sydney Harbour - how could anyone ignore one of Australia’s greatest views? After a multi-million-dollar revamp, chef Peter Gilmore now reigns over this Sydney icon.
Currently ranked #58 on The World's Best Restaurants list, across the harbour at the Overseas Passenger Terminal (with the best views of the Opera House), Peter Gilmore also oversees the award-winning state-of-the-art menu here. Make sure to leave room for the legendary ‘Snow Egg’ dessert.
Sydney’s restaurant scene is often fickle, but Rockpool has been wooing Sydneysiders back for more than 25 years, thanks to its consistently great food. Its new location on Bridge Street continues to create Rockpool’s celebrated classics, while Neil Perry’s imagination keeps pushing the culinary boundaries.
The Bridge Room
Tucked away in a 1930s heritage building behind Circular Quay, this place has won a swag of awards since it opened, including recently Restaurant of the Year and three hats in the 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Exceptional food amongst elegant mid-century decor.
If you haven’t been to Tetsuya’s at least once, you’ve missed out on one of Australia’s most extraordinary dining experiences. Chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s French-Japanese fusion dishes are nothing short of masterpieces. The heritage-listed building; with Japanese-inspired furnishings and chef Tetsuya's eclectic art collection, are too.
More casual fare
Botanic Gardens Restaurant
Set amongst the surrounds of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, the Botanic Gardens Restaurant is like dining in a tropical rainforest. The modern Australian menu, like the gardens, changes with the seasons, but sitting on the wisteria covered terrace on a warm summer day is glorious.
The Bather’s Pavillion
Looking out over Balmoral Beach, the Bather’s Pavillion is a favourite of the fashionable Mosman set. Serge Dansereau’s food is as sublime as the setting, day or night. As well as the breezy restaurant, there’s a café open for breakfast, or cocktails by the beach.
Sydney Fish Market
Fresh seafood is not all you’ll find at the sprawling Sydney Fish Market, although the variety is astonishing, there’s also meat, fruit, flowers, deli items, freshly-baked bread and even wines. Learn new ways to cook the catch of the day at the Sydney Seafood School.
Harry’s Café de Wheels
Harry’s Café de Wheels in Woolloomooloo has been serving up tasty pies at its caravan café for more than 70 years and is almost a Sydney right-of-passage, especially late at night after a few drinks. Harry’s now has 10 other outlets, including Bondi and Parramatta.
Check out Sydney’s new waterfront precinct, Barangaroo, the latest ‘in’ spot for casual dining. Anason serves up the best Turkish food this side of Istanbul; while Ipoh Town is like a Malaysian hawker market. Japanese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, you’ll find it all here.