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.


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

23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
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This Holt Street eatery is a throwback to Bodega (which is right around the corner) in the early noughties and Italy in the ’60s. Visit for spaghetti with ‘nduja and clams, house-made gelato and fried pizza.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills


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

74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

DOC Pizza

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

Wyno x Bodega

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

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
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The Dolphin Hotel

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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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

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

355 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Dead Ringer

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

413 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
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Chin Chin

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

69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Izakaya Fujiyama

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

54-56 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills

Tokyo Bird

Whisky, cocktails and yakitori.

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


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

Bad Hombres

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 charred cauliflower, guacamole and pickles, you won't even noticed meat's gone.

40 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills


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

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
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Don't Tell Aunty

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

A Thaitown 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. So good, it’s spun off into different locations across the city – including a Darlinghurst outpost specialising in Northern Thai cuisine.

90 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills

Vacanza Surry Hills

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

414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Maybe Frank Surry Hills

Northern-Italian pizza, pesto lasagne and cocktails.

417-421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills


Forget everything you know about Lebanese food.

490 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Bar Ume

Get your fill of Japanese-inspired burgers.

478 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Osteria Emilia

A pasta retailer turned restaurant.

259 Riley Street, Surry Hills
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Mark + Vinny's

A colourful vegan-friendly pasta and spritz bar.

52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills

Loluk Bistro

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

2/411 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Raita Noda

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


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 - Surry Hills

A Japanese dining experience with Western legs.

490 Crown Street, Surry Hills

El Loco

This Merivale bar is home to the tacos secretos – a sort of lucky dip for tacos, where the filling is a surprise until it reaches to your table. Secretos 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

Mama’s Buoi Surry Hills

Home cooking, Modern Vietnamese and communal spirit collide at Mama’s Buoi.

116 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

Via Napoli Surry Hills

Authentic Neapolitan pizza on Crown Street.

628 Crown Street, Surry Hills


Sneakers and champers to go with your fried chicken.

6 Hunt Street, Surry Hills

Madame Nhu Surry Hills

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

82 Campbell Street, Surry Hills


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

52-54 Albion Street, Surry Hills


Some of the best light ramen in Sydney.

96 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

Mohr Fish

A fresh, tasty, and simple seafood paradise.

202 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

Wow Malaysia

A tiny restaurant serving a very different kind of Malaysian food.

1/99 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

Pizza Fritta 180

Authentic Neapolitan street food in a bright, modern setting.

428 Crown Street, Surry Hills