What makes a good CBD lunch spot?

It could be that you're meeting a prospective client and you need somewhere central and impressive to dine. Or you could be a time-poor worker looking for a place with reliable food and fast, efficient service. Or maybe you're just a tourist in the centre of Sydney looking for the kind of restaurant that Sydneysiders eat at day in, day out.

Whatever the case, there's a spot in here for you.

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Cafe Sydney


A ritzy institution on the Customs House rooftop. The menu bounces between Indian and Italian flavours to create an altogether modern Australian vibe that spans surf, turf and vegan dishes. An appropriate focus on seafood works a treat, given the jaw-dropping views of Sydney Harbour. Book ahead for the window seats.

Customs House 31 Alfred Street, Sydney

Beerhaus Barangaroo


Beer, boilermakers and barbeque – plus 40 beers on tap.

Scotch Row Harrington Street, Barangaroo



Traditional northern-Chinese food such as rou jia mo, which here are twice the size of your hand.

Barrack Place Shop 7 151 Clarence Street, Sydney

Enjoy Cafe


Nasi Goreng, bakmi and flat whites.

375 Sussex Street, Sydney

Kitchen by Mike


The best place in the Sydney CBD to have lunch. The sheer quantity of quality lunch options at this part-canteen, part-restaurant is staggering. There's pizza by the slice, healthy bowls of grains or salads, freshly carved rotisserie chicken and much more.

1 Bent Street, Sydney

Chat Thai Circular Quay


Get one of the "one-plate wonders" if you can't decide. You get a variety of different things from the menu on one plate with prices ranging from $15 to $23.

Level 5 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney
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Continental Deli, Bar and Bistro CBD


The lunch menu spans everything from mortadella sandwiches and cheese toasties to hearty bowls of spaghetti – and it all comes in below $25.

167 Phillip Street, Sydney

Mary's Circular Quay


The most iconic burger place in town now has a location smack-dab in the middle of the city. And the entire all-day menu can be made vegan.

7 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay, Sydney

The Sambal


Hearty Indonesian dishes, served to you quickly.

Shop A 432 Kent Street, Sydney

Bar Luca


Sydney's other favourite burger is also an excellent lunch choice.

52 Phillip Street, Sydney

Malay Chinese Takeaway


If you manage to get a spot at this icon (queues can be hectic), you'll be rewarded with some of the best har mee (prawn noodle soup) in Sydney.

Shop 1 50-58 Hunter Street, Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill


This place is virtually synonymous with the term business lunch. It's where Sydney's movers and shakers have dined for two decades, and it isn't likely to change soon.

66 Hunter Street, Sydney

Yakiniku Yokocho


Every option from the lunch set at this Japanese barbeque house is less than $20.

9 501 George Street, Sydney

Bentley Restaurant & Bar


One of Sydney's best restaurants runs a (relative) steal of a weekday lunch special: $65 for two courses, $75 for three.

27 O'Connell Street, Sydney
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Bopp and Tone


There's a $25 lunch deal which runs from Monday to Thursday. Past dishes on the menu have included minute steak, squid ink spaghetti and chicken cotoletta.

60 Carrington Street, Sydney

Long Chim


$25 here will get you a main and a soda. Not a bad deal for Thai cuisine from the world’s most lauded Thai chef.

Corner of Pitt Street and Angel Place, Sydney
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Matteo Downtown


Try a pizza from the extended range here, or one of the generous bowls of pasta.

20 Bond Street, Sydney

Boon Cafe and Jarern Chai


Inventive dishes from the team behind Chat Thai.

1/425 Pitt Street, Haymarket

Marlowe's Way


Choose from a home-style menu of Italian classics, from a menu which changes daily.

Tankstream Way, Sydney

Mr Wong


The dim sum – fried or steamed – here are available at lunch exclusively (they only appear on platters at dinner).

3 Bridge Lane, Sydney

Din Tai Fung


This is still one of the best places in the city for lunchtime dumplings.

Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt Street, Sydney
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Above Par


Above Par is a sleek 60-seater bistro in the heart of the CBD, serving homestyle Levantine dishes from lunch and well into the evening.

215 Clarence Street, Sydney

Simulation Senpai


A slick and sleek Japanese eatery by Sokyo's Chase Kojima. It’s serving “a treasure box from the sea”, which highlights the best finds from the markets every day, as well as sashimi and chirashi boxes. And it's open for takeaway.

The Exchange 1 Little Pier Street, Sydney

Crafted By Matt Moran


Pull up a chair at the former Chiswick at the Gallery site for mid-week and weekend brunch, long lunches, and extraordinary views over Sydney Harbour.

The Domain Art Gallery Road, Sydney