The Best New Restaurants in Sydney

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“What good new restaurants should I try?”

Broadsheet’s editors field this question, or a variation on it, almost every day. While we’d just as soon recommend one of Sydney’s straight-up best restaurants or a long-standing institution, the pull of a hot new place is hard to deny. So here it is: our edit of the best new restaurants in Sydney, updated monthly. Some of these places are redefining the way we eat and will go on to become classics. Others will be shorter lived. Either way, these are the spots we’re enjoying eating and drinking at right now.

  • The family behind The Fold is taking on Surry Hills with this Sri Lankan wine bar and diner. Get a front-row seat at the hopper bar, and share fragrant curries featuring native Australian ingredients.

  • Thanks to a glowing custom hearth, this 180-seater is firing out premium steaks dry-aged in house and beautiful Aussie seafood. Don't miss the dessert reminiscent of a summer’s day Splice.

  • A beloved one-man operation moved into a bigger space earlier this year – and some old favourites are back on the menu. Visit to see why Joe Kitsana might be the hardest-working chef in Sydney hospo.

  • Toby Wilson now serves his Sydney-famous tacos out of a century-old corner pub – and we’re stoked about it. Come on Sundays for carne asada in the leafy courtyard, or head upstairs for drinks and disco till late.

  • The overhaul of this once notorious late-night dive was a long time coming. And the chic public bar, elegant European bistro and sunny rooftop were all worth the wait. The best part? You’ll actually want to be there during daylight hours, too.

  • This “unapologetically Indian” diner packs in all the colour and fun you’d expect from the Ezra team. Its ex-Firedoor chef is repping the best of the country’s cuisine, with dishes like a scene-stealing mud crab that requires a bib to tackle.

  • Potts Point just scored this two-storey Parisian restaurant and wine bar from the team behind Bar Suze. The menu here is all about French fare with a twist, and the wine list balances natural drops with classic French varietals.

  • Just like a roadside eatery in the Philippines, this open-air diner serves up marrow-rich beef soups, homemade pork sausage and Cebu-style lechon: roast pork belly with plenty of crackling.

  • This immersive Korean diner has pinched a chef from a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Seoul. He’s uniting Korean and European influences inside a futuristic space unlike anything else in the CBD.

  • In the old Golden Century site, this huge Cantonese diner is ushering in a new era for Chinatown. The seafood tanks are full, the yum cha trolleys are back in action and late-night dining runs until 3am.

  • The Hartsyard team have turned the old Automata space into a coastal-inspired diner that’s all about repeat visits. Your first might involve à la carte hits like sand whiting bathed in XO pipi butter. The next? An experimental 10-course snack flight.

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  • Innovation meets affordability at Otogo. Cutting-edge tech is the key to its sharp prices – but quality is still king. Come for onigiri made with premium Japanese rice, soba with Kyoto-style duck, and housemade vanilla soft serve.

  • Celebrating life's big moments is what it's all about at this sumptuous diner above Eau de Vie. Come for tableside theatrics, premium Aussie beef and complimentary cocktail amuse-bouches on arrival.

  • The first Sydney location for the global ramen chain. Come for 10 takes on the Japanese noodle soup, from a signature tonkotsu with 12-hour pork bone broth to the spicy, choose-your-own-heat-level “God Fire”.

  • This polished sake room is inspired by a popular Japanese manga. Hear the story behind each sake as you sip, and don’t hold back on the nostalgic snacks. We still can’t get over those Kewpie mayo-shaped chopstick rests.

  • The best of New York inspires the Pellegrino 2000 crew's seafood grill and steakhouse. Seafood towers, irreverently executed classics and cocktails inspired by the “daggy drinks” of the ’80s await.

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  • The Swillhouse Group has taken on a heritage space in The Rocks and installed an alluring Med-inspired menu, a cracking wine list and a massive Italian-made mosaic. But those views of the harbour have been there since forever.

  • This casual diner by social enterprise Plate if Forward is providing hospitality training and support to Ukrainian refugees who’ve found a home in Sydney. Chicken Kyiv and handmade dumplings are highlights on the home-style Ukrainian menu.

  • Stroll in off the sand for a Med-style menu by a former Totti’s chef. Split between a beach club-slash-kiosk and a dining room proper, this twin-hitter is the perfect place to watch the waves roll in with a spritz in hand.

  • There’s no velvet or faff at this humming diner from the team behind Bistecca and the Gidley. Order a Riverine sirloin steak – butchered and aged in-house – and it’ll be on your table in 15 minutes. The brutalist, art-filled space also packs in a bar with the energy of east London, and serves what might be the coldest Martini in Sydney.