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

Restaurant

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
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Beerhaus Barangaroo

Bar

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

Scotch Row Harrington Street, Barangaroo

Mo’st

Cafe

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

Restaurant

Nasi Goreng, bakmi and flat whites.

375 Sussex Street, Sydney

Kitchen by Mike

Restaurant

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

Restaurant

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

Bar

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
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Mary's Circular Quay

Restaurant

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

Restaurant

Hearty Indonesian dishes, served to you quickly.

Shop A 432 Kent Street, Sydney

Malay Chinese Takeaway

Restaurant

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

Restaurant

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
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Yakiniku Yokocho

Restaurant

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

9 501 George Street, Sydney

Bentley Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant

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

Restaurant

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

Restaurant

$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

Restaurant

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

Cafe

Inventive dishes from the team behind Chat Thai.

1/425 Pitt Street, Haymarket

Marlowe's Way

Cafe

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

Tankstream Way, Sydney

Mr Wong

Restaurant

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

Restaurant

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

Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt Street, Sydney
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Flyover Fritterie

Restaurant

A hole-in-the-wall that's perfect for a fix of Indian fritters and chai.

1 Temperance Lane, Sydney

Above Par

Restaurant

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

215 Clarence Street, Sydney

Simulation Senpai

Restaurant

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

Kottoo

Restaurant

Try its namesake dish, kottu roti – a delicious, textural hash of chopped roti, curry and egg. Plus devilled beef-filled roti wraps, lacy hoppers and golden dosas, in a colourful CBD space.

50 Hunter Street, Sydney
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