Sydney Restaurants

Sydney's dining scene is as sunny and cosmopolitan as the city itself, and there are diverse and exotic culinary adventures to suit every appetite. Mod Oz (modern-Australian) cooking flourishes, fueled by local produce and guided by Mediterranean and Asian techniques. Look for such innovations as tuna tartare with flying-fish roe and wasabi; emu prosciutto; five-spice duck; shiitake mushroom pie; and sweet turmeric barramundi curry. A meal at Tetsuya's or Rockpool constitutes a crash course in this dazzling culinary language. A visit to the city's fish markets at Pyrmont, five minutes from the city center, will also tell you much about Sydney's diet. Look for rudderfish, barramundi, blue-eye, kingfish, John Dory, ocean perch, and parrot fish, as well as Yamba prawns, Balmain and Moreton Bay bugs (shovel-nose lobsters), sweet Sydney rock oysters, mud crab, spanner crab, yabbies (small freshwater crayfish), and marrons (freshwater lobsters).

There are many expensive and indulgent restaurants in the city center, but the real dining scene is in the inner city, eastern suburbs, and inner-western suburbs of Leichhardt and Balmain. Neighborhoods like Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Paddington, and beachside suburb Bondi are dining destinations in themselves. Plus, you're more likely to find a restaurant that will serve on a Sunday night in one of these places than in the central business district (the city center)—which can become a bit of a ghost town after offices close during the week. Circular Quay and The Rocks are always lively, and the Overseas Passenger Terminal (on the opposite side of the harbor from the Opera House) has several top-notch restaurants with stellar views.

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  • 1. Marque

    $$$$ | Surry Hills | French

    Chef Mark Best insists on exemplary service and great food at this elegant Surry Hills restaurant. Few chefs approach French flavors with such...Read More

  • 2. Bistro Moncur

    $$ | Woollahra | French

    This bistro in the Woollahra Hotel spills over with happy-go-lucky patrons—mostly locals from around the leafy suburb of Woollahra—who have...Read More

  • 3. Mere Catherine

    $$ | Potts Point | French

    You won't find the number of this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant in any trendy young thing's speed dial, but it is beloved by legions of...Read More

  • 4. Bécasse

    $$$ | City Center | French

    Sydney's darling chef Justin North has not only relocated Bécasse to the heart of Sydney but embraced the entire gastromic experience with a...Read More

  • 5. Forty One

    City Center | French

    The view east over the harbor is glorious, the private dining rooms are plush, and Dietmar Sawyer's Asian-influenced classical food is top-notch...Read More

  • 6. Galileo

    $$ | The Rocks | French

    This gracious, salon-style restaurant within the newly-named Langham Hotel at The Rocks will have you thinking you've been transported to Paris...Read More

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