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Restaurants in Sydney

Sydney excels at top-quality seafood, alfresco dining and ethnic cuisines. Top-end restaurants abound at the harbour around Circular Quay. Head to Surry Hills or Darlinghurst for cafés and ethnic restaurants. Waterfront restaurants like Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in Bondi make the most of Sydney's natural assets. Evening hours are generally 6pm-10pm, though Chinatown restaurants stay open later. A 10% tip is appreciated at mid-range to top-end establishments. Booking at top-end restaurants is essential.

Top-end

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  1. 1. Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Sydney. © Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

    The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay seafood restaurant is tucked away at the waterside end of Ferry Road in inner-west Glebe. The bistro-style decor is light and breezy, with Blackwattle Bay and its fishing boats visible through every window. Seasonal crustaceans, molluscs and fish are skilfully prepared and oysters and snapper pie are specialities.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Thu-Sun from 12pm; Tue-Sun from 6pm

    Address

    Ferry Road, Sydney 2037

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9518 9011

    Transport

    Glebe Light Rail Station

    Website

    The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay Website

  2. 2. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Sydney. Courtesy of Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

    Suave and sophisticated, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar is at the southern end of Bondi's famous beach. The cool aqua decor and ocean views are a perfect complement to the Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring seafood and innovative, predominantly Italian, food. Highlights include crab with polenta, wild scallops and char-grilled sirloin.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 12pm-12am (until 10pm Sun)

    Address

    1, Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach, Sydney 2026

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9365 9000

    Transport

    Bus 380 to Bondi Beach

    Website

    Icebergs Dining Room and Bar Website

  3. 3. Billy Kwong - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    It's tiny, dimly lit and you can't book but TV chef Kylie Kwong's Chinese restaurant is always jam-packed. Join the queue at the door of Billy Kwong, a chic open-kitchen teahouse in Surry Hills, and order the seasonal organic banquet. You might be treated to dishes like the ever-popular crispy-skin duck or kingfish sashimi.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6pm-10pm (until 11pm Fri & Sat and 9pm Sun)

    Address

    3/355, Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9332 3300

    Transport

    Central Train Station

    Website

    Billy Kwong Website

  4. 4. Tetsuya's Restaurant - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Overlooking a Japanese garden in central Sydney, Tetsuya's Restaurant has been voted one of the world's best. Key to its success is Tetsuya Wakuda's artful blend of Japanese tradition, French technique and pure seasonal flavours. The popular 13-course degustation is the best introduction to this imaginative chef, notably his signature ocean trout confit. Book ahead.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri from 6pm; Sat from 12pm

    Address

    529, Kent Street, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9267 2900

    Transport

    Town Hall Train Station

    Website

    Tetsuya's Restaurant Website

  5. 5. Guillaume at Bennelong - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Guillaume at Bennelong, Sydney. Courtesy of Guillaume at Bennelong

    Guillaume Brahimi's pairing of classic French technique and superb local produce is a dream combination. It's as seductive as its Opera House location and views of Sydney. Dining at Guillaume at Bennelong is a special event, whether for casual tapas or full degustation. Start with dishes like West Australian crab and follow with roasted Barossa chicken and nougat glacé.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat from 5.30pm (Thu & Fri also 12pm-3pm)

    Address

    Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9241 1999

    Transport

    Circular Quay Train Station

    Website

    Guillaume at Bennelong Website

  6. 6. Bécasse - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Bécasse, Sydney. Courtesy of Bécasse

    Central Sydney's Bécasse is the home of classic French dining. The decor is theatrical, with clever lighting and muted tones, but the atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed. Degustation and à la carte menus cater for vegetarians. Lobster with slow-cooked pork belly and the white asparagus and mushroom lasagne are typical of Bécasse's flair and precision.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-10.30pm; Sat 6pm-10.30pm

    Address

    204, Clarence Street, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9283 3440

    Transport

    Town Hall Train Station

    Website

    Bécasse Website

  7. 7. Sean's Panorama - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Sean Moran's Bondi restaurant has a beach-house atmosphere that's immediately relaxing. The short but sweet blackboard menu at Sean's Panorama changes seasonally, with warming roasts in winter and signature linguine year round. Housemade white chocolate nougat is another regular while guinea fowl with chestnut stuffing or broadbean salad celebrate the seasons. Book ahead.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Fri-Sun from 12pm; Wed-Sat from 6pm

    Address

    270, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, Sydney 2026

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9365 4924

    Transport

    Bus 380 to Bondi Beach

    Website

    Sean's Panorama Website

Mid-range

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  1. 8. Longrain Sydney - Mid-range: (A$40-A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Longrain Sydney, Sydney. Photo by Jeremy Simons, Vivid Productions, courtesy of Longrain

    Located in Surry Hills, Longrain Sydney has long communal tables to encourage Asian-style banquet dining. Staff will advise on the tricky balance of flavours when ordering multiple dishes like green fish curry and salt-and-pepper tofu. The wine list and ever-popular cocktail bar are designed to complement hot and spicy Asian flavours. Bookings are available at lunchtime only.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Lunch: Wed-Fri 12pm-2.30pm; Dinner: Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm; Sun 12pm-late

    Address

    85, Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9280 2888

    Transport

    Central Train Station

    Website

    Longrain Website

  2. 9. Pony - Mid-range: (A$40-A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Pony, Sydney. Courtesy of Pony

    Pony offers alfresco communal dining in central Sydney's oldest cobblestone laneway. Inside, the impeccably restored warehouse has warm chocolate and timber tones. Mediterranean pastas and modern Australian seafood are given a smoky blast from the Argentinean-style grill, and meat is a speciality. Vegetarians needn't despair with tapas-style entrees like baked eggplant or zucchini frittata.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-3pm & 6pm-late

    Address

    14-15 The Rocks Centre, Corner Kendall Lane and Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9252 7797

    Transport

    Circular Quay Train Station

    Website

    Pony Website

  3. 10. Red Lantern - Mid-range: (A$40-A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Surry Hills' Red Lantern conjures up old Saigon with its red and gold flourishes, polished floors and artefacts. The outstanding Vietnamese cuisine is authentic, based on family recipes, and might include duck rice-paper rolls, char-grilled pork cutlets or lemongrass vegetable curry. Choose from the chef's à la carte and vegetarian menus or take away.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 12.30pm-3pm; Mon-Sun 6pm-10pm

    Address

    545, Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9698 4355

    Transport

    Central Train Station

    Website

    Red Lantern Website

  4. 11. Sailors Thai - Mid-range: (A$40-A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Situated in The Rocks, Sailors Thai offers communal dining in the upstairs canteen, with rapid-fire noodles, Thai salads and no bookings. The pace is more relaxed in the downstairs restaurant, where bookings are essential. Try dishes like king prawns with chilli and lime in the canteen or deep-fried quails downstairs. The delectable salt/sweet/sour Thai flavours never fail to seduce.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Upstairs canteen Mon-Sat 12pm-10pm. Downstairs restaurant: Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-10pm; Sat 6pm-10pm

    Address

    106, George Street, The Rocks, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9251 2466

    Transport

    Circular Quay Train Station

    Website

    Sailors Thai Website

Budget

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  1. 12. Golden Century - Budget: (Less than A$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Walls of tanks promise fresh fish at this Chinatown institution. Open until just before dawn, Golden Century serves classic Chinese meat and noodle dishes and sensational seafood. Catch of the day might be coral trout or perch plucked live from the tank. Provincial hotpots and vegetarian bean-curd are more wallet-friendly than market-price abalone or crab.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-4am

    Address

    393-399, Sussex Street, Sydney 2000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9212 3901

    Transport

    Town Hall Train Station

    Website

    Golden Century Website

  2. 13. Mohr Fish - Budget: (Less than A$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Mohrfish, Sydney. Courtesy of Jenny and Hans Mohr

    Popular Mohr Fish in Surry Hills is certainly not your average fish and chip shop. Eat in at table or counter seating, or even take away. The choice goes beyond flake or haddock to include fish like rockling, squid, barramundi and wahoo, plus scallops for starters. Vegetable accompaniments include mango or avocado salsa and gratin potatoes.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-10pm

    Address

    202, Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9318 1326

    Transport

    Central Train Station

  3. 14. Spice I Am - Budget: (Less than A$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Spice I Am, Sydney. Photo by Kate Roberts

    Tiny Spice I Am is a cheery Thai café in Surry Hills. Local Thais missing home-style bowls of spicy prawn tom yum goong used to have the place to themselves but now everyone is queuing up to join in the feast. The chilli rating is high and the service is fast-paced.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 11.30am-3.30pm & 6pm-10pm

    Address

    90, Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 928 00 928

    Transport

    Central Train Station

    Website

    Spice I Am Website

  4. 15. Bills - Budget: (Less than A$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Bill Granger is one of Sydney's best-known chefs but his signature dishes, organic scrambled eggs and ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter, are served at breakfast. Lunch at relaxed Bills, a café in Darlinghurst, might feature seared prawns or a steak sandwich.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 7.30am-3pm (from 8.30am Sun)

    Address

    433, Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney 2010

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 2 9360 9631

    Transport

    Kings Cross Train Station

    Website

    Bills Website

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