Best Restaurants in Darlinghurst

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Darlinghurst is a weirdly shaped pocket wedged between Kings Cross and Surry Hills. Buzzing with galleries, an art school, boutiques and an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, it's got an energy unlike anywhere else in the city. Visit the area for a rare taste of modern Filipino food; one of Sydney's oldest restaurants; another inspired by Notorious B.I.G, and a tiny izakaya joint where you'll be enticed by the smells long before you sit down.

  • A four-level extravaganza with a retro cocktail bar with views over Hyde Park, stone-baked pizzas, and a Japanese menu by an ex-Sake chef.

  • An innovative European-Thai restaurant marrying molecular gastronomy with traditional Thai cooking.

  • The chefs behind this exacting neighbourhood diner serve what they call “Australian kaiseki”, where local ingredients are transformed into artful Japanese dishes with French touches. On the menu? Sashimi, plates of Wagyu and sushi, a signature duck yuzu ramen, and more.

  • It's all about that cold fermented sweet glutinous rice with mango and coconut cream.

  • The club’s signature cacio e pepe is served hot inside a hollowed-out wheel of Pecorino Romano, imported once a month from Sardinia, Italy. That’s how serious this slick diner is about cheese. Score a seat at the communal table with some quality European booze and get down to business.

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  • Are you game to take on T-Bone's Doom Juice, made with Carolina Reaper chillies?

  • Indian flavours used to create not-so-Indian dishes inspired by East London's Brick Lane.

  • $2 espressos in the afternoon, European share plates in the evening.

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  • A homage to the grungy izakayas of Fukuoka, Japan. It’s a little more refined than that, but the yakitori is on-point, the beer is ice-cold, and the light is low enough to obscure the fact that you’re dining at the Paris end of Potts Point.

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  • Cafe by day, wine bar by night.

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  • An all-in-one Thai cocktail bar, cafe and restaurant.

  • This is the godfather of Italian dining in Sydney. Beppi’s has been ticking-over with the same consistency, fit-out and leather-bound menus – hand-carved by the late Beppi Polese himself – since 1956. Immortal dishes include clams and mussels with garlic, olive oil, white vino and tomato; and zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, basil and mushrooms.

  • At one time, the breakfasts at Bill Granger’s sun-drenched cafe were the yardstick by which all the city’s cafes were measured. This blonde-wood institution still hits with avo on Iggy’s bread, poached eggs with elevated sides and ricotta hotcakes.

  • A small bar menu, perfect for a light meal.

  • A seafood-focused wine bar from the owners of Buffalo Dining Club.

  • Serves dumplings of all kinds made fresh in-house.

  • Sagra is one of Darlo's quiet achievers. It's laidback, it's wallet-friendly, and there's something on the menu for just about everyone. The pastas, most of which come in at under $25 a bowl, are particularly worth your time.

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  • An intimate, authentic izakaya.

  • A bar and bottle shop styled after the enotecas of Italy. And a colourful upstairs restaurant with pasta and panache. Paski is a three-part stunner by wine importers Giorgio de Maria and Mattia Dicati, and chef Enrico Tomelleri.

  • The chef behind this Japanese bistro honed his craft at a Michelin-starred Kyoto restaurant. Here he’s serving top-grade sushi, Kyoto-style duck and classic Japanese dishes that draw everyone from diplomats to Darlinghurst locals.