Sydney’s best Restaurants

 Sydney's best Restaurants

Sydney’s best Restaurants

The culinary ingenuity of Sydney’s chefs and the stunning surroundings give it a world-class reputation when it comes to dining. There are more than enough excellent restaurants to keep you busy in this city, from trendsetting pioneers to grand old establishments.

We’re taking a look at the best restaurants in Sydney. Whether it’s bucket-list special treats for when you want to splash out on sheer quality, or places you would ensure a guest on a quick weekend trip dined at. Whether it’s the atmosphere, the service, the view, or the overall quality of the food, the best restaurants in a city are often difficult to define, but you know when you’re in one.

10 Sydney’s Best Restaurants

1. Shell House Dining Room & Terrace

Shell House Dining Room & Terrace

CBD

Sydney dining scene is complemented by Shell House by The Point Group, soaring sky high above Wynyard. Each bar is as beautiful as the next, including Menzies on the ground floor, Sky Bar upstairs, and Clock Tower Bar on the third floor. The Dining Room & Terrace, however, is Shell House’s stunning rooftop brasserie where the food is just as opulent as the decor. Start with choux pastry cruller donuts filled with oyster cream or WA spanner crab with turnip, caramelized cream, and yuzu. Two seasoned fine dining experts are behind the menu: culinary director Joel Bickford (ex-Aria) and head chef Aaron Wood (ex-Sixpenny). The menu continues with butternut ravioli with buffalo ricotta, mushroom risotto with optional truffle, a spectacular coal-roasted beetroot with blueberry and chive, and caviar-served whiting. There are pages of top-tier drops to discover on the award-winning wine list.

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2. Oborozuki

Oborozuki

Oborozuki is located within Opera Residences at Bennelong Point, one of Sydney’s most luxurious apartment buildings. A teppanyaki and kaiseki restaurant and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, private teppanyaki rooms, and Australia’s largest kaiseki dining room, Oborozuki is as fancy as its address. 

Oborozuki’s take on kaiseki (a chef’s table degustation experience, similar to omakase, though more formal) is fusion-style. A sequence of cold to hot dishes is served over ten courses, with each one an original work of art created by head chef Kei Takamatsu. Kaiseki highlights include blacklip abalone, Tasmanian lobster, and grilled Ozaki A5 ribeye.

Chef Felix Zheng oversees the luxury teppanyaki restaurant. In your own private room, 10 immersive courses are served. Oborozuki translates to “hazy moon” and features a separate bar beneath a clear glass ceiling and twinkling moon-inspired lighting. Although Oborozuki has some gaudy touches (a glowing Louis Vuitton trunk containing delicate custom crystal saké glasses), it hits all the right notes. 

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3. Beckett’s

Beckett's

Glebe

Chef Jeff Schroeter (Bistro Moncur, Bayswater Brasserie) and playwright-director Wendy Beckett came up with Beckett’s in a semi-subterranean sandstone venue off Glebe Point Road. Think lamplit tables, green leather banquettes, plush cocktail chairs, velvet-lined colonnades, and a baby grand piano (which is played every night). It’s the perfect place for a date night.

Among the seasonal bistro menu, Schroeter offers bespoke dishes like the chef’s signature vanilla lobster and seared strawberry foie gras, along with gin-cured salmon and Yarra Valley salmon pearls. Beckett’s martini, made with Widgets gin and Scarpa Vermouth di Torino Superiore, is a must-try. The wine list at Beckett’s is also extra special, thanks to sommelier Sasha Siljanovic (NOMAD, Spice Temple, St Isidore). 

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4. Restaurant Hubert

Restaurant Hubert

CBD

When you’re feeling like a lavish night on the town, Hubert is the place to go for a lavish dinner in a dark, wood-furnished basement setting. Live jazz (Monday through Thursday) and popping champagne corks make it the perfect place for getting your Gatsby on with classic indulgences such as duck liver pate, beef tartare, and cheese soufflé. You can expect the same level of hedonistic indulgence from the crew behind Baxter’s and Frankie’s but in a more refined setting.

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5. Sean’s Panorama

Sean's Panorama

Bondi

Since 1993, Chef and owner Sean Moran has been supplying his Bondi diners with farm-reared goods from his 20-acre rural hideaway in the Blue Mountains. In addition to daily specials, Sean’s offers three-course menus with two options per course that combine the best of the country and the ocean. Featuring fresh veggies, eggs, and whatever else is in season, the farm plate offers the best of the harvest. If you ask nicely, his white chocolate and rosemary nougat is available on request.

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6. AALIA

AALIA

CBD

AALIA is the most luxurious restaurant from the ESCA Group, the same team behind Nour in Surry Hills and Lilymu in Parramatta. AALIA loosely translates as elevated or exalted, so you can expect a heightened version of the polished, creative Arabic and Levantine-style cooking the group is known for. There is a unique coastal theme to the menu, a lighter vibe not typically associated with Middle Eastern food. A few raw and mezze dishes will be served first, followed by richer mains and sides, says executive chef Paul Farag. A la carte menu items include Moonlight Kiss oysters, Persian caviar service if you’re feeling extravagant, quail and king prawn skewers, and Pharoah’s foie gras. AALIA’s ballooned Khorasan pita is made in-house and served hot, ready to be torn and dipped to your heart’s content. 

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7. Botswana Butchery

Botswana Butchery

CBD

Botswana Butchery was the newest addition to Sydney’s steak scene at the end of 2021. A sprawling 300-seat restaurant is imported from New Zealand and managed by Good Group hospitality. This is also the crowning achievement of Martin Place’s multi-million-dollar transformation. Featuring a rooftop space for 350, plush interiors, a huge menu, and a relaxed indoor-outdoor atmosphere, it’s already proving to be a game-changer in the Sydney CBD. 

Lamb shoulder served with a spoon is Botswana Butchery’s signature dish. From Black Opal Wagyu sirloins to Rangers Valley Tomahawk MB3s, and a lamb rack, the restaurant offers an impressive range of Australian steaks and lamb cuts. This is paired with a wine list of more than 1,000 wines, many of them Australian and New Zealand varietals, and one of the best katsu Wagyu sandos we have ever had. 

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8. Bennelong

Bennelong

CBD

Bennelong is arguably the most famous of the city’s fine dining establishments, seated within the hallowed shells of the Opera House. With inspiration taken from this broad brown land and its waves of migrants, it makes sense that this restaurant showcases the best of Australian cooking. Murray cod, pork belly koji, and three-curd ravioli are currently on the menu. Dining here is a special occasion only savoured on the grandest of occasions. The New York Times called this place the “Holy Grail of Australian Restaurants.”

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9. Quay

Quay

CBD

Quay, another titan in the Australian foodie scene and headed by the same chef, Peter Gilmore, is just around the corner from Bennelong. In Gilmore’s cooking, heirloom varieties are given their time in the spotlight, using artisan-sourced ingredients and natural oddities. Quay celebrates Australian culture and showcases the connection between the plate and the ingredients harvested from the ground, rivers, and seas of Australia. If Bennelong celebrates Australian culture, Quay celebrates Australian beauty. There’s also an expertly crafted wine list that features some of the country’s best and world-class wines.

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10. Kiln

Kiln

CBD

A new entry for our Best Restaurants list in 2023, Kiln is Ace Hotel Sydney’s rooftop dining destination with a spectacular and rare view across Surry Hills, Central Station, and the city. Featuring retractable ceilings, glass walls, and chef Mitch Orr at the helm, it’s the hotel’s crowning jewel. The hotel lobby elevators will take you to two spacious terraces, the center of which is the kitchen with a woodfired hearth.

With fiery native ironbark and assorted fruitwoods, Orr flames and smokes a neat list of fun, yet inventive dishes. There are snacks like Jatz with smoked butter and anchovies, as well as larger plates like grilled Abrolhos Island scallops with preserved lemon butter, and Marron with desert lime and long pepper. Kiln is considered one of Sydney’s best restaurants thanks to its corn ice cream with popcorn and salted caramel and its steamed chocolate cake with poor man’s orange sorbet.

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