The Best Restaurants in Barangaroo

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The words "dining" and "Barangaroo" never used to go together. For decades the area was a shipping hub, and from the 1980s until very recently it was considered a waste of premium foreshore real estate. Yes, the area’s redevelopment has its detractors – but Barangaroo is undeniably shaping up to be one Sydney's heaviest-hitting dining precincts. Here are our favourites among the crowd.

  • It’s named for the cloud-like apartment building it resides beneath, but this fine diner by chef Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt is concerned with all things below sea level. Come for elegant seafood dishes matched with a white-heavy wine list in a handsome harbour-side setting.

  • For the theatre of a Michelin-starred meal without the stiffness, look no further than Alessandro Pavoni’s elegant Italian diner. Come for Genovese pesto pounded tableside, a roving gelato cart and sparkling harbour views.

  • Matt Moran’s Japanese-inspired listening bar has a high-quality sound system pumping out tracks curated by top Sydney artists. It’s also serving up playful Japanese-inspired dishes, two omakase experiences and a huge selection of sake.

  • An ambitious New Orleans-inspired barbeque restaurant and whiskey bar on the Barangaroo waterfront.

  • This dazzling fine diner – from the duo behind legendary CBD restaurant The Bridge Room – was worth the wait. Each kitchen of the four kitchens here harness a different element: steam, fire, smoke and ice. From the seafood kitchen, you'll find piles of caviar and roe. From the woodfire grill? Think whopping, 270-day-aged T-bone steaks.

  • A less-spicy outpost for a Harris Park Indian favourite.

  • Japanese-inspired burgers and crazy good soft-serve.

  • Nashville-style spicy fried chicken, natural wines and craft beers.

  • Contemporary Chinese meets native produce is the brief at Lotus. The group's Barangaroo restaurant takes full advantage of its waterfront location, and is a perfect spot for oysters, dumplings and cocktails.

  • Celebrated Irish chef Clare Smyth brings to Sydney the same farm-to-plate concept that earned her London restaurant three Michelin stars. Expect signature and locally inspired dishes, backed up a 3000-bottle wine list and spectacular harbour views from atop Crown Tower.

  • Ethically sourced seafood on the waterfront.

  • Efendy owner Somer Sivrioglu brings a new generation of Turkish chefs together on the Barangaroo waterfront.

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  • This is the long-awaited Sydney outpost for the beloved Japanese dining empire, and it's brought its signature miso cod along for the ride. Dine on salmon-sashimi tacos and evaporate-in-your-mouth nigiri, knock back "sushi cups" and enjoy some aged sake.

  • Nikkei fare stars at this 104-seat harbourside diner, where a nine-part crudo line-up is joined by a tight list of mains cooked on an open parrilla grill.