Even the most successful operators tend to refresh their business every now and then. From superficial renovations to completely new concepts, it’s a rare restaurateur who doesn’t feel the need to change things up.

That’s what makes the venues on this list so impressive. Many have sailed past their 50th anniversary on the same foundations they started with. Some have never changed what they do.

As a group, they’ve weathered recessions, gentrification, rising rents and fluctuating tastes. We think that’s worth celebrating.

The Oaks Hotel

Neutral Bay's favourite beer garden.

118 Military Road
Neutral Bay NSW 2089


Petersham’s other cult Portuguese chicken shop.

Shop 1 82 Canterbury Road
Petersham NSW 2049


Sydney's longest-standing Italian restaurant, running since 1956.

21 Yurong Street (Corner Stanley Street)
East Sydney NSW 2010

Golden Century

Fresh seafood since 1989.

393-399 Sussex Street
Sydney NSW 2000