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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.

Guillaume at Bennelong, Sydney. Courtesy of Guillaume at Bennelong
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Sydney. Courtesy of Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
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Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Cool Bondi Italian

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.



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

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Tetsuya's Restaurant

World-class Japanese

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.



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

Bécasse, Sydney. Courtesy of Bécasse
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Bécasse

Classy French restaurant

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.



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

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

Waterside fine seafood restaurant

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.



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

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

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Billy Kwong

Chinese teahouse

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.



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

Kylie Kwong Website

Guillaume at Bennelong, Sydney. Courtesy of Guillaume at Bennelong
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Guillaume at Bennelong

Opera house dining

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.



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

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Sean's Panorama

Stylish beachhouse dining

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.



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

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Red Lantern

Authentic Vietnamese

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.



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

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Sailors Thai

Legendary Thai

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.



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

Pony, Sydney. Courtesy of Pony
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Pony

Secluded laneway grill

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.



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

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

Modern Thai banquet

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.



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 Sydney Website

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Golden Century

Chinatown classic

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.



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

Spice I Am, Sydney. Photo by Kate Roberts
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Spice I Am

Cheap and cheerful Thai

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.



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

Mohrfish, Sydney. Courtesy of Jenny and Hans Mohr
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Mohr Fish

More than fish and chips

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-10pm

Address

202, Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

Telephone

+61 (0) 2 9318 1326

Transport

Central Train Station

Website

Mohr Fish Website

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Bills

Breakfast specialities

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.



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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