If you’re thinking about taking a holiday in Sydney, you need to know which restaurants and eateries to visit. We’ve put together a list of our favourite Sydney places to eat so you don’t have to – open up your itinerary, and start adding these delicious diners, cosy cafés and fine-dining fooderies to your holiday plans.
Sydney’s Top 10 Restaurants and Eateries
Quay Restaurant, Upper Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks NSW 2000
12 minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney
We couldn’t write an article like this without including Quay. This stunning harbourside restaurant is one of Australia’s finest establishments, conceived by restaurant group Fink and executive chef Peter Gilmore, and dining here is sublimity manifested – perfect food, delivered in an entirely unique environment by chefs of exceptional skill.
Boasting ceiling-to-floor glass windows, the three-Hatted restaurant affords diners spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, including the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Everything is custom-designed – the spotted gum tables, the tri-legged chairs, the rich blue carpet, the timber ceiling and the individually adjustable lighting systems all work in synergy to create an unmatched dining experience.
Excellence comes at a price, though. Quay offers an eight-course menu and a six-course menu, clocking in at $290 and $240 respectively.
Gilmore opens with a hand-harvested seafood garnished with seaweed and a soy-vinegar marinade, served in a rugged ceramic bowl that’s reminiscent of coral, before moving to poached marron with green almonds, pomelo and flowers. This is, unapologetically, a seafood menu, so don’t dine here if that’s not for you.
Smoked eel cream, artfully decorated with seaweed, agretti and ice plant comes next, following by shiitake and squid noodles. Slow-cooked pig jowl and Maremma duck are the mains – both are small but flavour-packed dishes that lend themselves well to heartier red wines.
The menu finishes with two signature desserts: the ovoid delicacy Moo, decorated with dairy patterns, and Gilmore’s acclaimed White Coral, a fragile construct of coconut cream, white chocolate mousse and mango ice-cream, which emerges onto the table wreathed in wisps of liquid nitrogen.
If that wasn’t enough, you can accompany each dish with matched wines, including the AU$230 full-menu Sommelier Pairing, or explore a drinks menu populated with vintages ranging up to $5,400 a bottle (no, that’s not a typo). Fine dining really doesn’t get better than Quay.
Chiosco by Ormeggio
Ormeggio at The Spit, D’Albora Marinas, Spit Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
21 minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney
Feeling a little stunned by Quay’s prices? Don’t worry – good Sydney restaurants don’t necessarily require deep pockets to dine at.
Chiosco by Ormeggio is a perfect example of authentic Italian sans the wallet-crushing bill. In fact, it’s so casual that you can even dine at this waterfront eatery with bare feet, although that doesn’t mean the menu isn’t serious.
There’s classic antipasti like Sydney rock oysters, olives and bruschetta, along with more inventive starters like slow-cooked veal with tuna mayonnaise, but it’s the pasta and secondi that will really catch your eye.
Our advice? Go for either the seafood ragout or spaghetti and crab meat. Seafood pasta done right is a luxury worth paying for, and Chiosco’s twists on standard Italian fare are deeply refreshing. For dedicated carnivores, the restaurant offers impressive share dishes – slow-cooked lamb shoulder, the one-kilogram T-bone steak, or the $110 tomahawk rib steak.
Finish things off with a selection from the six-item dessert menu as you stretch your shoeless feet and gaze out at the yacht-lined marina.
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
18 minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney
There are a few reasons to pay attention to Icebergs.
- It’s a staple of the Bondi food scene, headed by nationally recognised restaurateur Maurice Terzini, a creative entrepreneur who’s known for establishing several iconic Australian dining venues.
- It has one of the most famous ocean views in Sydney.
- Its menu reflects the depth of Italian cuisine, created with sustainable seafood, artisanal produce and the occasional hint of native Australia.
- It’s home to the Bondi Baths, the famous ocean pool used by the Bondi Icebergs Club.
Truly iconic restaurants are hard to find, but Icebergs is one of them. Where else can you enjoy coral trout tartare while gazing out across one of Australia’s most famous beaches, as white-plumed waves crash against the swimming pools below you?
The dishes here are shaped by Terzini’s Italian heritage, but they also draw influence from the ocean – the restaurant features a line-up of rich, seafood offerings, complemented by native Australian ingredients. For vegans, there’s also a well-composed vegan/vegetarian menu available.
Start modestly with $6.50 Sydney rock oysters, and then think about whether you want to take things up a notch or three. You can keep the bill down by selecting pasta dishes like ziti with pecorino and black pepper sauce or a kangaroo tail ragu on maccheroni, or go big with fish of the day, 500-gram ribeye or black pearl beluga caviar. Yes, the beluga clocks in at $500 for 30 grams, and, yes, it’s worth it – trying one of the best varieties of caviar in a setting like Icebergs is an experience you won’t forget.
Went to See the Gypsy
Went To See The Gypsy | Alexandria, 76 Mitchell Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
11 minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney
An offshoot of Potts Point staple Gypsy Espresso, Went to See the Gypsy has a name inspired by Bob Dylan’s 1970 song and cuisine that matches: café classics, reinvented and redelivered.
Scan the menu, and you’ll find standard fare like toasted muesli bowls and toasted sandwiches, but there are enough clever twists to keep things interesting.
The muesli bowl, for example, uses buffalo yoghurt, adding a richer, more mellow finish to the dish. The toasted sandwiches defy the conventional ham ’n’ cheese stereotype (although there’s a luxury version of that too) – instead, Gypsy serves bread packed with mushrooms, braised leeks and provolone.
As quality as the meals are, do you come to Gypsy for food? Maybe – but you stay for the drinks. It is a coffee bar, so you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the sleek, minimalist Mod Bar (characterised by under-the-counter barista equipment) is the source of some truly excellent brews. Our recommendation? Have it pure – a long black or an iced espresso. If you’re craving something a little different, try the fruity cold ‘flash’ brew.
Wyno x Bodega
Bodega Tapas Bar, 214 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
2 minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney
A tapas bar and a wine bar. Wyno x Bodega excels because it creates a symbiosis between two key offerings that elevates it above the average inner-city dining experience.
The original Bodega was one of Sydney’s top tapas joints, but, in 2019, it merged with Wyno, a sophisticated, vino-focused space just minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney. Perhaps ‘transplanted’ is the more accurate verb – after all, the B x W menu is still very much grounded in its roots, featuring a melange of Euro-influenced tapas that are now complemented by truly excellent wine.
Select from playful dishes like chorizo with cider sauce, or fill up on heartier offerings like lamb cutlets with sweet potato croquette or ricotta dumplings and fioretto. The restaurant’s staff won’t let you wallow in the choice-dense wine menu, either. It’s here that Wyno’s experience shines through – they’re available to help you pair appropriate vintages with your meal.
As you eat, take in the atmosphere. The long, narrow eating space offers an atypical experience, and remnants of Bodega’s former home (a quirky mural, dissected and reassembled as a mosaic on the wall) is a nice touch.
Tetsuya’s Restaurant, 529 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
5 minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney
Can a list of Sydney’s best restaurants be assembled without including at least one Japanese-inspired fooderie? And would there be any other more suitable than Tetsuya’s, the restaurant created by world-renowned chef Tetsuya Wakuda? The answer to both questions is a resounding ‘no’.
French-influenced, thrillingly creative and offering a set-course dining experience, Tetsuya’s was first opened in 1989, before migrating to its current location in 2000. It has regularly featured among lists of the world’s top 50 restaurants, a distinction attributable to Wakuda’s mastery of food; his other restaurant, Waku Ghin in Singapore, has been awarded two Michelin Stars.
Just like Quay, dining here is an incredible but costly experience. The five-course degustation menu clocks in at $180 per person, and the eight-course comes to $250 for the food alone – paired vintages cost an additional $165.
The dishes, if they need a classification, are Japanese fusion, with strong French influences and creative uses of seafood. The result? Combinations of flavours that don’t make sense on paper but somehow still work perfectly. Sashimi with orange and ginger, scampi tails with lemon zest and vanilla, and wagyu sirloin with pickled shiitake and radicchio are great examples of experimentation perfected.
Of course, the stand-out is the confit of ocean trout. Arguably Wakuda’s most famous creation, the fish is cooked with the utmost delicacy to preserve both its colour and texture, before being served on a bed of apple and endive shavings. Capped with a crust of konbu flakes and paired with a WA gewürztraminer, it’s almost worth the set menu’s price tag on its own.
Yellow, 57 Macleay St, Potts Point NSW 2011
9 minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney
So far, we’ve gone over fine dining joints dominated by seafood, but Yellow is the opposite – plant-based cuisine designed to cater to Sydney’s burgeoning vegan/vegetarian populations. This Potts Point establishment is very much a unique entry in the white tablecloth scene, and it embraces its differences right from the start.
Approach from along Macleay Street, and you’ll have no trouble finding Yellow. The terrace house it occupies is, quite literally, a vivid shade of mustard, setting it apart from more drably painted neighbours. The interior, designed by Pascal Gnomes-McNabb, rejects the luxe modernism of Quay or the austere serenity of Tetsuya’s, instead offering a warm-toned ambience characterised by a soft saffron and chocolate palette. If the tasting menus didn’t clock in at $85 a head, you could be forgiven for thinking you were dining in an upscale café.
Luckily, Yellow is anything but. Forget about culinary cringes like facon and other ultra-processed meat alternatives – executive chef Brent Savage has put together a menu that maximises natural flavours and skips the nasty stuff. Combinations like pumpkin, pepitas and curry leaves are delicately flavoured and creatively plated, paired with wines selected by sommelier Nick Hildebrandt.
Even though Yellow’s dishes lack the heft of meat-based offerings, it’s still an excellent option for a more laid-back, inexpensive style of fine dining.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Rockpool Bar & Grill, 66 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000
6 minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney
Rockpool’s website claims they have Australia’s best dining room. The catch? They’re probably right. Eating here is an exercise in ‘grand dining’, and you’ll be tempted to gaze around, awestruck, at the pillars of serpentine marble and the massive glass windows. There’s an atmosphere here that’s evocative of an earlier, more elegant time, probably because the heritage-listed building Rockpool occupies was built in 1936, embodying some of the best Art Deco designs of the time.
The Rockpool Dining Group was founded by star Aussie chef Neil Perry, and his ethos of ‘simple but stylish’ manifests in Rockpool Sydney’s menu. Sure, you can order things like caviar and toast with crème fraiche, but the bulk of the menu isn’t too exotic – lamb cutlet with mint jelly, Bolognese on fettucine, oven-cooked coral trout and Bangalow pork chop.
Of course, you go to Rockpool to get excellent steak and even better wine. Full-blood Wagyu, Angus, Friesian, English Longhorn and Cape Grim are all available from the wood-fired grill, including the intimidatingly expensive Wagyu Scotch fillet ($260 for 400 grams). If you’re not a wine buff, don’t try to navigate their 3,000-item wine list by yourself. Instead, ask the Rockpool sommelier team for matches with your meal.
Rockpool’s à la carte menu makes it great fine dining choice if you want to keep the bill down, although that doesn’t mean you can’t spend big if you want – there are still plenty of pricey options that are well worth the cost.
Pizzeria da Alfredo
Pizzeria Da Alfredo, 331 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
11 minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney
Sydney has lots of pizza. Lots. Pizzeria da Alfredo made our list for three reasons:
- It’s a very versatile dining option, offering dine-in, takeaway and set menus, with deeply affordable prices.
- This is real Neapolitan cuisine. Chef Alfredo Repole is Neapolitan native, and he infuses his dishes with an authenticity that many of his competitors lack.
- There are one-metre pizzas up for grabs. No, that’s not a typo – you can actually buy pizzas that are one metre in diameter.
Although Alfredo is just nine minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney, making takeaway and Netflix a serious option, we recommend dining in-house. The interior design of the restaurant is excellent, perfectly capturing the classicism Repole’s menu strives for. The exposed brickwork, suspended lights, grape-decorated walls and varnished timber furnishings all create a very Italian atmosphere.
The menu works through antipasti (which are priced like mains, but not quite as filling), primi piatti (a good range of traditional pasta dishes, including Naples favourite paccheri Genovese), insalata (salads, with one vegan option), a very extensive pizza selection available in 13-inch, half-metre and one-metre sizes, and dolci (desserts, with Italian classics like cannoli, pannacotta, tiramisu and affogato).
Drinks are available too; choose from a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks, or sample their relatively large selection of liqueurs.
SHUK BONDI, 2 Mitchell St, North Bondi NSW 2026
18 minutes from Club Wyndham Sydney
Drawing inspiration from the owners’ Israeli roots, Shuk is Middle Eastern- and Mediterranean-influenced café cuisine delivered in a comfortable North Bondi setting. Unlike most of the other establishment we’ve featured on this list, things here are decidedly family-friendly, with a choice of indoor or al fresco seating that complements the laidback suburban surrounds.
That doesn’t mean the menu falls flat, though. The usual breakfast combinations are all here – bacon, eggs, sourdough bread, tomato – but Shuk twists them up in refreshing ways by adding bold, exotic flavours. Sure, you can get pancakes, but they’re made from teff flour and served with fruit, ricotta, sweet dukkah and maple syrup. No, the cholesterol-loaded English Breakfast isn’t available, but you can have a very tasty Israeli Breakfast (eggs with Israeli salad, jam, tahini, granola and more).
There are also plenty of good lunch options, including the excellent Shuk shakshuka, which can be beefed up with extra lamb and chorizo. The extensive drinks menu also deserves a mention – choose between everything from fresh-pressed juices and herbal teas to classic cocktails and a not-too-shabby selection of wines.
Oh, and if you enjoy your meal, we recommend grabbing a loaf of bread on the way out. Shuk’s Bondi branch is home to a specialist traditional bakery, and there’s nothing better than a fresh rye sandwich to fuel a couple of days of Sydney adventuring.
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