Best Restaurants In Sydney 2024

Known for its sunshine and gorgeous beaches, there's plenty to enjoy in this city. But if you're looking for some of its top dining destinations? Then you've come to the right place, because we've got everything from dazzling rooftops to laidback, affordable eateries. Sydney is full of multicultural dining options, and was even awarded 17th place in the 20 best global cities for eating and drinking in 2024 (the only Australian city to male the cut), so there's countless options to choose from. From luxe eateries offering French cuisine with a side of live jazz to those boasting the finest Australian ingredients alongside a plethora of global flavours, these are our top picks of the best restaurants Sydney has to offer.

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Last updated on 24th July 2024




The North Spoon

The North Spoon is a McMahons Point haunt that's got you covered for all things brunch and dinner. When you're not tucking into corn fritters? Enjoy its Italian grub, including its three-course pasta feast completed with classic Aperol spritzes. And as for the venue itself, you can expect elegant, all-white interiors, with glowing lamps, rustic brick walls and lots of greenery, alongside floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the surrounding area. This local hotspot has been around since 2017, using only the finest quality ingredients to create their dishes.

The Tilbury Hotel

Searching for upscale and contemporary dishes? Then The Tilbury Hotel on Nicholson Street has the perfect restaurant. Once a neighbourhood haunt for the harbourside working-class of Sydney's Cowper Wharf, this place has been redesigned twice in 2002 and 2016 to become a fine dining destination. You can try out unique grub, such as ocean trout crudo with grapefruit or a more traditional plate of lamb shoulder. While chowing down, don't forget to try out its house wine.

The Vicar

Home to the gorgeous Rosa's, The Vicar is a top choice of Italian restaurants. This stylish space flaunts a huge outdoor area filled with plants, as well as trendy, modern interiors with high ceilings and comfy sofas. Knock back a cocktail or two while soaking up the sun, before tucking into the likes of truffle mushroom and roasted hazelnut gnocchi, roasted duck breast, Sydney rock oysters and so much more.

Beach Road Hotel

Although it may be best known known for its sports showings, cool alfresco area and live music events, Beach Road Hotel also is one of the most affordable restaurants in the area. Think $20 burger specials on Wednesdays, cheap pasta dishes or Thursday parmi specials for $25, alongside some thirst-quenching drinks. And if you stay here into the evening, you'll often find DJ sets as well.

East Village Sydney

Situated in Darlinghurst, East Village Sydney is a gorgeous place for a meal out. Their stunning rooftop terrace provides amazing views and top photo backdrops, while they also boast a classic pub downstairs and a sports bar on the middle of the three floors. Alongside an impressive selection of classic and signature cocktails, you can munch your way through a menu of hot smoked salmon on brioche, grilled chicken burrito bowls, Cajun sweet potato burgers and so much more, with main dishes starting from just $22.

Restaurant Hubert

One of the best restaurants in Sydney to visit in 2024, Hubert is a gorgeous Bligh Street basement bringing classic romance. Not only does this eatery offer sultry interiors and incredible jazz music, but it also whips up some mouthwatering French food. The stylish space is spread across three floors, with a large central dining room, private spaces and even an art-house cinema. As for the menu? You'll find everything from steak tartare cut by hand to oysters opened to order and duck parfait in maple-syrup jelly. And if you head there at lunchtime, you can get martinis for just $11.

Lankan Filling Station

Formerly a disused garage, Lankan Filling Station is one of our top picks for cool restaurants in Sydney. The small, bustling space is packed with hungry diners every weekend, all waiting to feast on a delicious selection of creamy dhals, fiery curries and signature hoppers. Yum. Their food is inspired by traditional Sri Lankan flavours, and you can even get it to take away as well.

Saint Peter

On our list of the best Sydney restaurants, Saint Peter is the place to head if you're looking for sustainably sourced seafood. This Oxford Street venue serves up an incredible menu made with nothing but fresh, planet-friendly produce, accompanied by thirst-quenching drinks. The intimate dining space seats just 22 people at a time, but its well worth nabbing a space for delicious dishes such as line caught king wildfish or tuna with roasted artichokes, all served up from their open-plan kitchen on a seven-course tasting menu - costing $195 per person.

Bar 83 and Infinity

If you're searching for the best places to eat with a view, we may have just the spot. Located 81 floors up, Infinity is a fine dining venue taking a farm-to-table approach to modern Australian cooking, with items like pulled pork belly tacos, butterfly sardine tempura and clever veggie dishes making it onto Executive Chef Darren Templeman's menu. As for drinks, it has to be a sunshine colada while looking out over the CBD area.

Mimi's

Head up to the second floor of Coogee Pavilion and you'll find Mimi's, making many people's list of the top 10 restaurants in Sydney. Offering stunning sea views over Coogee Beach and Dunningham Reserve, this hotspot specialises in Mediterranean plates and old-school service. This is the ideal spot for date night, with a menu that ranges from freshly shucked oysters to dry-aged duck crown with sausage or toasted cheese with black truffle.

NOMAD

A strong contender for the best Sydney restaurant, Surry Hills dining destination NOMAD is great for date nights or those special dinners, thanks to its gorgeous minimalist interiors. A bright and airy space that gets slick after dark, the Foster Street space venue serves up a mouthwatering menu of modern Australian eats with Middle Eastern flavour. We're talking date-glazed wagyu tongue, cauliflower coated in fennel honey or raw kingfish with avocado to name just a few of their dishes, and they offer a number of set sharing menus too - starting from $110 per person.

Sonora

A Potts Point location with a passion for Mexican fare and a party atmosphere, Sonora is fast becoming one of the best places to eat in the city. Their a la carte menu features a wide range of tasty plates, from wagyu steak with mushrooms and palm heart to tender cactus tempura or salmon gravlax. Alternatively, book in for a weekend fiesta to enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless tacos and all-you-can-drink margaritas for $91 each. Sign us up.

Medusa Greek Taverna

Home to Mediterranean bites, Darling Harbour's Medusa Greek Taverna is a great option for tasty grub. Touting a selection of authentic eats, from traditional mousaka to a coconut ravini cake with poached berries and a generous helping of Chantilly cream, this eatery will impress all your friends and family. You can treat yourself to a lunch special for $42, or try their three-course sharing banquet for just $63.00 per person.

Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse

You certainly won't be disappointed with Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse, found in the CBD area. Fronting stunning interiors, including cathedral ceilings, swanky beams and stone walls, this is the ideal eatery for those sultry date nights or celebratory dinners. As for the menu? you can get your hands on all sorts of juicy cuts of beef, alongside grilled kangaroo loin, ricotta gnocchi, Caesar salad and so much more.

Untied

Untied is first on our list for the Barangaroo area, thanks to its stunning terrace and interiors filled with indoor trees, laidback seating and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the streets below. This rooftop haunt is home to a plethora of contemporary Aussie dishes and boozy brunches, with everything from sticky pork belly bites to pulled mushroom burgers and spicy cauliflower bowls making their way onto the menu.

Porteño

Home to Argentinian flame-grilled meats alongside an extensive list of South American, Italian and American wines, Porteño is a Surry Hills location worth visiting. Enter its gorgeous space decked out with chequered black and white flooring and dark wooden furnishings, for that oh-so-sultry date night. This place has been been awarded 2 hats for 13 consecutive years, as well as making its way onto the world's best steak restaurants list, so you know you're in good hands here.

Mr Wong

On the hunt for the best restaurants in Sydney right now? Then Mr Wong could be just the thing for you. This Cantonese eatery is spread across two levels, with exposed brick walls, traditional Chinese artwork and simple wooden furnishings throughout. Their huge menu features a whopping 80 different dishes, so there really is something for everyone, with the likes of lobster and scallop dumplings, barbecue pork buns and crispy eggplant featuring on the list.

Kiln

Looking for the best restaurants in Sydney to book right now? Run by Chef Mitch Orr, Kiln is an elegant rooftop restaurant perched at the top of Ace Hotel in Surry Hills, 18 floors up from the streets below. Their innovative approach to cooking has produced a menu that's rooted in Australian cuisine, using only the finest regional produce to create, with nods to Italian, Japanese and Southeast Asian recipes too. Expect the likes of coral trout crudo, lamb rump in a rosemary jus and wagyu carpaccio, or try out their set menus - starting from $65 per person.

Fratelli Paradiso

Located in Potts Point, Fratelli Paradiso is a welcoming restaurant serving up authentic Italian eats all week long, having been local favourites since opening in 2001. Expect traditional vibes from the friendly service to the menu written on a blackboard across the wall, with dishes ranging from a classic lasagne to butterflied spatchcock chicken or porcini mushroom risotto. And whatever you do, don't miss out on the tiramisu for dessert.

AALIA

An absolutely stunning spot in the CBD area, AALIA reimagines Middle Eastern cuisine in gorgeous surrounds - think curved wooden columns with touches of gold and cosy booth seating, with an open kitchen and pretty outdoor terrace to boot. Expect a bright and airy eatery during the day, followed by low lighting at night that screams date night. As for the menu? You can tuck into everything from king prawn skewers with tamarind to Lebanese zucchini and dry-aged duck - all thought up by Executive Chef Paul Farag and inspired by cookbooks dating back to the 10th century.