There's a right occasion for trying new restaurants. Business lunches aren't it. You want somewhere more classic. Somewhere safe, quiet and a little bit sophisticated. Attentive service is a must.

We've collected the city's best and they're bookable right here on Broadsheet. Stick to the top half if you're looking for something conservative. Further down the list, the white table cloths disappear and things get more fun and informal.

The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

Fresh fish, shucked oysters and a panoramic view.

123 Ferry Rd, Glebe

The Wilmot at Primus Hotel Sydney

You’ll dine in Art Deco style at the refurbished Sydney Water Board HQ.

339 Pitt Street, Sydney

Spice Temple

Neil Perry creates a romantic and innovative Asian-Australian fusion

10 Bligh Street, Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill

A large experience in the best possible way.

66 Hunter Street, Sydney Barangaroo

Ethically sourced seafood on the waterfront.

7 23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Golden Century

Fresh seafood since 1989.

393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney

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


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

4 Ash Street, Sydney