Eating well in the centre of Sydney was once difficult. There was little middle-ground between typical food-court fare and expense-account steakhouses. But things have changed in recent years, thanks in part to Barangaroo’s burgeoning dining precinct, a financial district that’s upped its game, and an eruption of restaurants in place of late-night bars and clubs. Now, there’s plenty to choose from in the city centre.

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Ragazzi

There’s 250 bottles of mainly low-intervention wine from Italy and Australia, and a rotating menu of pasta that changes daily.

Shop 3 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

Restaurant Hubert

Reviving French splendour in an old-fashioned setting.

15 Bligh Street, Sydney

Continental Deli, Bar and Bistro CBD

The follow up to Newtown's distinctive tinned cocktail bar offers all the same thrills: cold cuts, cheese, canned goods, fine wine and stiff drinks.

167 Phillip Street, Sydney
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Bacco Osteria e Espresso

Veteran chef and restaurateur Andrew Cibej is behind this modern Italian restaurant, which draws inspiration from multiple regions.

Shop 1 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

Mr Wong

A dumpling den with 1930s Shanghai effect.

3 Bridge Lane, Sydney
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Mary’s Underground

Live music with a side of oysters, natural wine, lobsters and steak frites.

7 Macquarie Place, Sydney

Forty Licks

A taste of Modern Vietnamese serving boozy coffee, crisp pancakes and rotisserie chicken.

24 York Street, Sydney
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The Gidley

Descend the stairs into a labyrinthine den of lush velvet booths, flowing booze and a menu that champions Black Angus rib eye.

161 King Street, Sydney

Bistecca

Apart from sides, there's only one thing on this menu: T-bone steaks, sold by weight.

3 Dalley Street, Sydney

Quay

Luxurious dining with prime views.

Overseas Passenger Terminal The Rocks, Sydney
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Bea

Matt Moran's fine-dining restaurant inside Barangaroo House.

Level 1 35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Felix

A classic French brasserie experience from Merivale.

2 Ash Street, Sydney
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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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Bistro Guillaume

Classic French fare delivered with panache.

259 George Street, Sydney
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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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Matteo Downtown

Chef Orazio D’Elia’s cosmopolitan diner, off Australia Square, has two pizza ovens, a dedicated mozzarella bar and alfresco dining.

20 Bond Street, Sydney

Aria

This longstanding fine diner from chef Matt Moran is one of Sydney’s more glamorous restaurants, with sweeping views of the city’s most iconic landmarks and food to match.

1 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay

Cirrus

Seafood in Barangaroo with views of the harbour.

10/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

Mercado

The restaurant in Angel Place has whole rotisserie beasts, homemade cheeses, an enviable wine list and charcuterie.

4 Ash Street, Sydney

Spiced by Billu’s

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

7/33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Bar Patrón by Rockpool

Authentic Mexican food, harbour views, an all-tequila spirits menu and a $100 cocktail.

2 Phillip Street, Circular Quay
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Bopp and Tone

A solid lunchtime dining option in the CBD, with an alfresco plant-filled terrace and a whopping 900-kilogram wood grill.

60 Carrington Street, Sydney
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Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

Enjoy a dry Martini and mussels cooked in vermouth, while looking over the water.

33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

INDU

Southern Indian spices and village cuisine are at the centre of Sam Prince’s restaurant.

350 George Street, Sydney
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Long Chim

Thai cuisine by David Thompson, the world’s most lauded Thai chef.

Corner of Pitt Street and Angel Place, Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill

A large experience in the best possible way.

66 Hunter Street, Sydney
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Bistro Papillon

A Parisian-style bistro in the heart of the city.

Clarence Street 98 Clarence Street, Sydney
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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
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Spice Temple

Neil Perry creates a romantic and innovative Asian-Australian fusion

10 Bligh Street, Sydney
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