In terms of quality and quantity, Surry Hills remains one of the most vital areas in Sydney’s competitive dining scene. Choices here span Japanese, Vietnamese, Lebanese, French, Mexican, Indian, Italian and much more, packaged high and low, casual and formal, playful and serious. Get exploring.

Firedoor

Restaurant

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

23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills

Porteño

Restaurant

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

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Bastardo

Restaurant

This Holt Street eatery is a throwback to the original Bodega on Commonwealth Street in the early noughties and Italy in the ’60s. Visit for spaghetti with ‘nduja and clams, eggplant parmas and house-made gelato.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
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La Salut

Bar

Inside the Norfolk Hotel’s former sports bar is a vibrant wine nook inspired by the Barcelona suburb it’s named after. Expect a range of vermouths, plus mussels and chips, crackers topped with Cantabrian anchovies, and skewers cooked over a flat grill. From the team behind Love, Tilly Devine.

305 Cleveland Street, Redfern

Chin Chin

Restaurant

Noisy, spicy and lots of fun, just like the original in Melbourne.

69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Nomad

Bar

After a fire, a pop-up and a Covid-19 shutdown, Nomad has returned to its original Foster Street home. Enter for duck mortadella, wood-roasted eggplant with flatbread, and a six-week dry-aged rib eye.

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
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Poly

Restaurant

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

74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Wyno x Bodega

Bar

Bodega has joined up with Wyno, together the venue is now known as Wyno x Bodega. There’s a bigger focus on vino, a smaller menu and fan favourites, the fish fingers and banana spilt, are still available.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Bar Suze

Restaurant

A European-style bistro with a particular focus on Scandinavian flavours. Come for smorgasbord (snacks) such as barbequed octopus with bullhorn peppers, chilled strawberry soup with Iberico jamon and oysters spiked with a punchy house sauce.

54 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

The Dolphin Hotel

Restaurant

This Surry Hills pub got a shake-up in 2020 – but it’s still one of Sydney’s best all-in-one wine bars, restaurants and boozers.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Nikkei

Restaurant

A restaurant and bar focusing on the melding of Japanese techniques and flavours with Peruvian produce.

216 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Arthur

Restaurant

An ambitious yet down-to-earth set-menu restaurant from former Farmhouse and Dead Ringer chef Tristan Rosier.

544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Bills Surry Hills

Cafe

Another winner from Bill Granger, the man who revolutionised Sydney's cafe scene.

359 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Dead Ringer

Restaurant

A sharp restaurant and bar from the team who brought us Bulletin Place. Naturally, it serves great cocktails.

413 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Nour

Restaurant

Forget everything you know about Lebanese food.

490 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Tokyo Bird

Bar

Whisky, cocktails and yakitori.

Shop 2 226-228 Commonwealth Street (enter via Belmore Lane), Surry Hills

Bartolo

Restaurant

Settle into the handsome dining room to tackle the 180-bottle-strong wine list, or grab some takeaway slushies from the old coffee window. Plus, there's excellent house-made pasta.

359 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Izakaya Fujiyama

Restaurant

An oversized bento box-like Japanese eatery and sake bar.

38-52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills

DOC Pizza

Restaurant

The pizza bases here are proved for four days so they’re light and easy to digest, then topped with only a couple of ingredients, including buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy.

78 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
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Bad Hombres

Restaurant

This Mexican diner's menu is entirely plant-based, and it's all the better for it. If you're a veg-lover and a fan of Mexican flavours, this is the spot for you. When your tortilla's loaded with pastor-style mushrooms, pico de gallo and pineapple; you won't even notice the meat's gone.

40 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills

Don't Tell Aunty

Restaurant

The super-popular “inauthentic Indian” restaurant from Melbourne and NYC serves up butter chicken without the butter.

414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Spice I Am

Restaurant

A Thai Town fixture since 2004. This slamming, unpretentious little BYO joint has all the classics you know. There’s also a strong Thai following to rival the corporates and students dropping in for an affordable lunch and dinner.

90 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills

Vacanza Surry Hills

Restaurant

Vacanza embodies the Italian “less is more” approach to pizza. There’s a neat list of pies, a calzone for good measure, plus a dedicated mozzarella bar brimming with imported Italian cheeses. Need we say more?

414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Sang

Restaurant

Contrasting colours and layered textures –Sáng pushes the boundaries of Korean cooking.

98 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

Osteria Emilia

Restaurant

A pasta retailer turned restaurant.

259 Riley Street, Surry Hills

Mark + Vinny's

Restaurant

A colourful vegan-friendly pasta and spritz bar.

52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills

Loluk Bistro

Restaurant

A little French bistro with hidden, shady courtyard out back.

2/411 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Raita Noda

Restaurant

Top contender for Sydney’s smallest restaurant, Raita Noda is an eight-seater Japanese kitchen in Surry Hills.

Shop 1 222 Riley Street, Surry Hills

Harry’s

Restaurant

A traditional Sydney pub with a Central American twist.

Ground floor, Hotel Harry 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
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Toko Restaurant and Bar

Restaurant

A Japanese dining experience with Western legs.

490 Crown Street, Surry Hills

El Loco

Restaurant

This Merivale bar is home to the tacos secreto – a sort of lucky dip for tacos, where the filling is a surprise until it reaches to your table. Secreto or not, each taco is around $7. We recommend the DIY platters, which are better value for money (and more fun). Try fillings such as baked eggplant and soy-chilli bean sauce or sirloin steak and chimichurri.

64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Via Napoli Surry Hills

Restaurant

Authentic Neapolitan pizza on Crown Street.

628 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Butter

Restaurant

Sneakers and champers to go with your fried chicken.

6 Hunt Street, Surry Hills

Madame Nhu Surry Hills

Restaurant

Authentic Vietnamese street food and a long list of Asian beers make this mini-chain a winner.

82 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

Gogyo

Restaurant

Line up for luxurious, velvety ramen made with the help of science.

52-54 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Konakara

Restaurant

Some of the best light ramen in Sydney.

96 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

Pizza Fritta 180

Restaurant

Authentic Neapolitan street food in a bright, modern setting.

428 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Soul Dining

Restaurant

Too Korean to be called modern Australian, but not traditional enough to be called classic Korean.

204 Devonshire St, Surry Hills

Masala Theory

Restaurant

A colourful restaurant showing India’s whimsical side.

545 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Pizza al Taglio

Restaurant

Not every pizzeria can say it has an Italian flour technician at the pass. And the proof is well and truly in the dough here (there’s more than one kind depending on what you order). But it’s the genre-bending toppings that truly stand out: past pizzas on the menu have been loaded with anything from pureed pea to smoked turkey.

102-104 Albion St, Surry Hills

My Zakaya

Restaurant

A cosy, izakaya-style Japanese bar diner with a downtown vibe.

316 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Bamboo Dumpling Bar

Restaurant

Dumpling dinner with a happy ending.

140 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Forresters

Restaurant

The team behind Bopp & Tone, The Butler and The Botanist have given this institution a $1.5-million makeover that pays tribute to its past.

Corner Foveaux and Riley Streets, Surry Hills

The Blue Door

Restaurant

At every turn, chef Dylan Cashman’s smart 20-seater is guided by provenance and zero waste. Whole beasts are used from nose to tail; fresh produce comes from the garden out back; and local winemakers are placed front and centre. Ask for the “secret” drinks menu – it’s got super rare French drops and cocktail specials.

8 38 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills

Pellegrino 2000

Restaurant

At this garage-style trattoria, you can disappear into delicate prawn ravioli in rich brown butter and sage sauce, a list of mainly Italian vino and a lively soundtrack spanning afrobeat and Italian pop.

80 Campbell Street, Surry Hills