On most nights of the week, Sydney’s restaurants are flooded with diners. On Mondays, however, many of them shut for a well-earned rest.

Thankfully, there's still a collection of restaurants where chefs don their whites and throw open their doors to ensure we don't go hungry. Bless them.

El Loco

Vibrant, colourful traditional Mexican food, with a side of Tequila.

64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room and Wine Room

From the team behind Icebergs, this is not your ordinary neighbourhood pub.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Mr Wong

Cantonese cuisine by Justin Hemmes.

3 Bridge Lane, Sydney

Opera Bar

Sip on cocktails and dine on fresh produce under the sails of the Opera House.

Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House Macquarie Street, Sydney

Mama’s Buoi Surry Hills

Vietnamese comfort food with a modern twist.

116 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

Bei Amici

A neighbourhood trattoria with friendly service.

2b Mona Road, Darling Point

Daniel San

Eat sashimi from a platter resembling a boat.

55 North Steyne, Manly

Tandoori Hut

Where Sydney’s in-the-know taxi drivers go for late-night Pakistani.

93 Enmore Raod, Enmore


Morteza Hemmati has been serving traditional Persian food for almost 10 years at Darband, in Auburn.

9 45 Rawson Street, Auburn

Kebab Abu Ali

All the Iraqi flat breads at Abu Ali are made by hand and cooked against the side of a traditional tandoor oven.

1/41 Spencer Street, Fairfield

Dead Ringer

Share-plates and killer cocktails by the guys behind Bulletin Place.

413 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
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Alphabet Street

Thai food, in a non-traditional setting down south.

5/8 Kingsway, Cronulla


The veggie garden isn't the only thing worth sticking around for in this Woollahra hot spot.

65 Ocean Street, Woollahra

Bistro Papillon

French food, hidden in a small spot in the city.

Clarence Street 98 Clarence Street, Sydney


The team behind Bentley Restaurant & Bar and Monopole make their mark on this historically colourful landmark.

57 Macleay Street, Potts Point

The London

A dog-friendly, laid-back pub with burgers upstairs and pizza downstairs.

85 Underwood Street, cnr of William Street, Paddington
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A Tavola Bondi

Run here for a bowl of ragu, any night of the week.

Shop 2 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi

Mama’s Buoi Surry Hills

Vietnamese done family style, right on the corner of Devonshire and Holt Streets.

116 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

Dumpling and Noodle House

Simple, no frills and damn delicious.

Shop 1 165 Victoria Street, Potts Point

Mamak - Chatswood

Malaysian highlights (don't miss the roti)

P9 1-5 Railway Street, Chatswood

Mamak - Haymarket

The best roti in town in found at Mamak, just get in early to beat the queue.

15 Goulburn Street, Haymarket


Not your typical Thai.

72-76 Archer Street, Chatswood

Baodao Taiwanese Kitchen

Bao! And other Taiwanese treats in Chatswood.

Shop 8 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Rosie Campbell's

A Jamaican diner and bar with jerk chicken sliders and mocktails if you're not up for booze tonight.

320 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Moorish Blue

Co-owner Jamil Ben Hassine wants diners to experience Tunisian hospitality as well as the cuisine.

139 Blues Point Road, McMahon's Point, North Sydney

Mary’s Newtown

With two locations, you're covered for burgers wherever you live.

6 Mary Street, Newtown

Din Tai Fung

Three words: xiao long bao.

Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt Street, Sydney

Harpoon Harry

Harpoon Harry is going beyond the tired old burrito to show us the breadth of Latin food.

Ground floor, Hotel Harry 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

Beach Burrito - Bondi

Burrito yourself back to health at this Bondi local's haunt.

252 Campbell Parade, North Bondi


A Newtown stalwart that's hard to fault.

416 King Street, Newtown

Chat Thai

Open till 1am, if you're still going strong.

20 Campbell Street, Haymarket

Fratelli Fresh Parlamento

Stop here on your way out of the city to be transported to Milan.

229-231 Macquarie Street, Sydney

The Forresters

A cosy corner pub.

Corner Foveaux and Riley Streets, Surry Hills

Fratelli Paradiso

Always the right decision.

Bakery 12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point

The Apollo

Tamara and slow-cooked Greek-style lamb, good enough for the Gods.

44 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Cho Cho San

Elegant, refined Japanese dining, in the heart of Potts Point.

73 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Ryo’s Noodles

Ramen how the Tokyo locals love it.

125 Falcon Street , Crows Nest

The Henson

Marrickville's most welcoming pub.

91 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville