The venues shaping this city’s culinary scene.
Croissants, steak frites, escargot and more.
Many of Sydney’s best restaurants are in the CBD these days. Now it’s worth hanging back after work – or even coming in on a weekend – for a great meal.
Whether you have a strict plants-only philosophy, or just feel like something lighter, these are the best places to visit.
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Have dinner and wine upstairs, then head downstairs to party.
Dan Pepperell is back cooking Italian food, albeit a playful, subtly Australian-inflected take on the cuisine.
Burgers, craft beer, minimal intervention wine, thumping rock music and a fern-filled outdoor dining space with 30 seats. And the whole menu can be ordered vegan.
Reviving French splendour in an old-fashioned setting.
In the heart of the CBD, Bentley offers dishes that reflect a reputation for innovation.
Artful, surprising degustations by the water.
Seafood in Barangaroo with views of the harbour.
Luxurious dining with prime views.
A dumpling den with 1930s Shanghai effect.
A solid lunchtime dining option in the CBD, with an alfresco plant-filled terrace and a whopping 900-kilogram wood grill.
A deluxe ramen joint from a chef with a cult following.
Let star chef Tetsuya Wakuda guide you through eight stunning courses, while you gaze onto a peaceful Japanese-style garden.
An all-day Italian restaurant from the team at Vini and Berta.
Thai cuisine by David Thompson, the world’s most lauded Thai chef.
A beloved Manly restaurant brings a sophisticated menu – featuring fish tacos, Margaritas and a dessert called “Happiness” – to Sydney's city-centre.
A classic French brasserie experience from Merivale.
Chef Orazio D’Elia’s cosmopolitan diner, off Australia Square, has two pizza ovens, a dedicated mozzarella bar and alfresco dining.
Merivale’s fine-dining restaurant hits all the high notes.
Apart from sides, there's only one thing on this menu: T-bone steaks, sold by weight.
Fresh seafood since 1989.
Order dessert from a pastry cart and cheese from a trolley.
Have you ever eaten a poutine burger?
Mike McEnearney trades out No.1 Bent Street with his all-day canteen where you’re encouraged to bring in your own Tupperware.
A Sydney Taoist vegan institution serving yum cha and a big menu of dishes to share.
The restaurant in Angel Place has whole rotisserie beasts, homemade cheeses, an enviable wine list and charcuterie.
A Parisian-style bistro in the heart of the city.
An all-day restaurant and wine bar with an ex-Becasse fine-diner chef and 70 wines to keep you busy.
This short-order menu focuses on American-style burgers.
An ex-Gumshara chef and a ramen addict are behind this playful spot.
Jamón, morcilla schnitzel, brunch omelettes and Spanish wine by Tapavino.
House cured pastrami, Reubens done by the book and an Oreo with every coffee.
Prosciutto for breakfast, pork belly panino and the most beautiful salmon crudo in town.
Southern Indian spices and village cuisine are at the centre of Sam Prince’s restaurant.
Late-night Mexican and beats from Barrio Chino.
Tasty tapas-style Japanese.
Home-style Japanese in a space that’ll transport you straight there.
A sommelier owns this smart wine bar, where more than 200 bottles await you.
A surprisingly relaxed spot for a sophisticated vino.
A crisp share menu and hundreds of tequila options.
It’s mostly about the ramen at this Japanese noodle house.
Where plump, golden crisp-skin birds are prized and authenticity is king.
Exquisite sushi and sashimi since 1996.
Nettle spaghetti, cacio e pepe, and grilled meats, Roman style.
A modern Japanese restaurant where ’90s grunge and rock rules.
Handmade Greek delicacies in the CBD.
Bigger is better.
Jang Ta Bal helped popularise Korean barbeque in Sydney – the CBD outpost of the chain is the most raucous and fun-filled yet.
Danjee brings a fine dining experience to Korean BBQ with high-quality ingredients and a sophisticated wine list.
A sense of pride in Greece’s history and heritage comes through in David Tsirekas’s epic venue.
This Fratelli Fresh in the city is a little bit glamorous.