What makes a great restaurant? At Broadsheet, we’re interested in how well a place lives up to its own ambitions, regardless of its age, price point or cuisine.

Maybe it’s good value for money and a reliable source of fun. Maybe it pioneered a trend, and remains the most vital example of it. Or maybe, after several decades in operation, it still feels as fresh and relevant as ever.

All are equally valid answers when it comes to determining the best restaurants in Sydney. That’s why our list includes lively wine bars and other dressed-down eateries alongside the usual fine diners. The remit may be wide, but if you’re looking for restaurants that both define and capture our city’s culinary spirit, stop right here. These are Sydney's absolute best.

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Momofuku Seiobo

David Chang’s Korean eatery from New York.

The Star, Level G 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
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Ester Restaurant & Bar

Where a wood-fired oven is fed with produce sourced from Sydney and surrounds.

46-52 Meagher Street, Chippendale
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Quay

Luxurious dining with prime views.

Overseas Passenger Terminal The Rocks, Sydney
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Saint Peter

All-Australian seafood and wine.

362 Oxford Street, Paddington

Fred's

A wood-fired oven, an open-flame hearth and some of the country’s best produce and cocktail bar underneath.

380 Oxford Street, Paddington

Sean's Panaroma

Rickety-chic at this memorable beachside restaurant.

270 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Alberto’s Lounge

Dan Pepperell is back cooking Italian food, albeit a playful, subtly Australian-inflected take on the cuisine.

17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

On Bondi Beach's cliffside, this upscale Mediterranean restaurant flaunts its fabulous food and view.

Restaurant 1 Notts Ave, Bondi
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LuMi Bar & Dining

An intriguing restaurant in Pyrmont, with a chef that lists Noma and Attica on his CV.

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
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Restaurant Hubert

Reviving French splendour in an old-fashioned setting.

15 Bligh Street, Sydney

Bert's

Caviar, champagne, tanks of live lobsters – there’s a certain swagger to this high-end restaurant in a relaxed waterside locale.

The Newport 2 Kalinya Street, Newport
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Automata

A fun, energetic take on fine dining headed by ex-Momofuku Seiōbo chef Clayton Wells.

5 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Bodega

A slick tapas and cocktail bar with a dash of rockabilly.

216 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
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Poly

Drinks and snacks reach new heights at this not-restaurant from the team at Ester.

74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
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Ormeggio at the Spit

Classic Italian flavours are given a contemporary makeover at this waterside Sydney favourite.

D'Albora Marinas The Spit Spit Road, Mosman
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Tetsuya’s

Let star chef Tetsuya Wakuda guide you through eight stunning courses, while you gaze onto a peaceful Japanese-style garden.

529 Kent Street, Sydney
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Cirrus

Seafood in Barangaroo with views of the harbour.

10/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

Porteño

Charcoal-roasted meats and sides, paired with a choice of 300 wines.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
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Oscillate Wildly

Cult neighbourhood restaurant serving up inventive degustation.

275 Australia Street, Newtown

Sixpenny

A slow, intimate dinner of simple, local produce.

83 Percival Road, Stanmore
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Yellow

Sydney’s first fine-dining restaurant devoted to plants.

57 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Firedoor

High-quality produce cooked over a naked flame, with no sauces to hide behind.

23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
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Bentley Restaurant & Bar

In the heart of the CBD, Bentley offers dishes that reflect a reputation for innovation.

27 O'Connell Street, Sydney

LP’s Quality Meats

At the heart of this restaurant is a smoker that weighs a tonne, producing some seriously great-tasting meat.

Unit 1 16 Chippen Street, Chippendale
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Bennelong

Peter Gilmore has made the culinary vision that earned him accolades at Quay more approachable at the Opera House.

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
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Lucio’s

A classic Ligurian-style cucina that’s been kicking since the ‘80s.

47 Windsor Street, Paddington
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Paper Bird

An all-day Asian restaurant from the Moon Park team.

46a Macleay Street, Potts Point

10 William St

Find classic Italian swagger at Sydney's most-experimental wine bar.

10 William Street, Paddington

Golden Century

Fresh seafood since 1989.

393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney
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Fratelli Paradiso

One of Sydney’s most treasured spots for Italian culture.

Bakery 12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point

Mr. Wong

A dumpling den with 1930s Shanghai effect.

3 Bridge Lane, Sydney

Pilu at Freshwater

Sardinian fine-dining on the beach.

Moore Road, Freshwater
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Cho Cho San

A fresh take on Japanese izakaya dining.

73 Macleay Street, Potts Point
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Sokyo

Japanese food fit for a high (or first-time) roller.

Level G, The Darling at The Star 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont

Sasaki

Home-style Japanese in a space that’ll transport you straight there.

102 21 Alberta Street, Sydney
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