Sydney’s CBD is home to many of Australia’s acclaimed chefs and award-winning restaurants, which are among the best in the world.
The city delivers a performance of views to excite the senses and culinary creations to delight the taste buds. Fresh produce, an eye for detail and the backdrop of Sydney’s vibrant cityscape and majestic harbour culminate in delivering the best fine dining experience a city has to offer.
From the stylish precinct of ‘The Rocks’ to the sprawling urban jungle of the CBD, Sydney’s love affair with the experience of dining is what makes this city and its relationship with food so special. Whether you are visiting for a weekend or for an extended stay, make sure you add at least one of these Sydney CBD restaurants to your must-do list.
118 Harrington St, The Rocks
The sophisticated masterpiece of celebrity chef Neil Perry, Rosetta is high-end glamour with Italian cuisine. Inspired by the Amalfi coast, the restaurant is decorated in deep ocean hues and golden fixtures. Velvet seating and marble tables takes comfort and style to the next level when combined with views of Sydney harbour. The seasonally-driven dishes are classic Italian with an adventurous twist. Squid ink spaghetti with king prawns and pistachio showcase fresh Australian-sourced seafood, and milk-fed veal sourced from NSW flavours the menu throughout in dishes such as the handmade agnolotti and polpette. The drink list features classic Italian wines, beers and spirits including playful aperitivo cocktails.
56 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
‘Lumi’ is Italian for ‘small lights’. The magical atmosphere of small hanging pendant lights that adorn the ceiling really makes this Italian-Japanese eatery special. Located on the waterfront, LuMi is an award-winning restaurant offering an innovative degustation menu. Head Chef Frederico Zaneletto draws on his Italian heritage to produce the traditional Italian pasta that features on the menu along with Japanese-infusions such as duck & koshihikari rice. The wine list is predominantly Italian, but there’s a selection of worldwide varieties as well. Wines are matched to the menu, allowing you to fully appreciate the seasonal flavours.
16 Foster St, Surry Hills
The trendy yet inviting NOMAD serves up flavoursome Mediterranean dishes in a converted warehouse. The cellar door & restaurant brings only the best in Australian wine and fresh produce together on the table. The share-plate style menu makes this eatery great for work groups looking for great food in a warm setting. Most of the menu is centred around NOMAD’s giant wood fire oven. But don’t expect the usual pizza-fare. The menu is a’la carte, featuring creative dishes of smoked wagyu beef, wood roasted rainbow trout and a selection of homemade cheeses and smoked sausage. The restaurant also offers a Banquet Menu designed for 3 guests or more that includes starters, mains and a dessert. The cellar door is extensive and boasts wines sourced from the nation’s best growers and winemakers.
3 Bridge Ln, Sydney
Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD in a secret laneway entrance, Mr Wong serves up modern Cantonese with finesse. Split between two levels, the interior of the restaurant is adorned in 1930s Shanghai decadence including polished wood floors and beams, artwork and jazz music. The banquet-style menu is an intoxicating burst of flavours with a variety of dishes including live seafood from the tank, dim sum and crispy-skin Spatchcock. For dessert, Mr Wong’s deep-fried vanilla ice cream rounds off an exciting dining experience. This restaurant is for those looking for authentic flavours highlighting Sydney’s invigorating burst of Asian influences.
1/35 Barangaroo Ave, Sydney
Occupying the first floor of the striking Barangaroo House, Bea Restaurant is the place to go for contemporary Australian cuisine. The indoor/outdoor dining setting provides stunning waterfront views to accommodate the ‘fun dining’ experience promoted by celebrity chef Matt Moran and Executive Chef Cory Campbell. Inside, the art-deco inspired design featuring timber and leather finishes covers the expansive dining room. The menu highlights Australia’s freshest produce including the signature dishes of marron gratin highlighting indigenous ingredients. In fact, throughout the dishes you will see an Indigenous influence paying homage to Aboriginal Australia including tyrant ants and native fruits.
44 Bridge St, Sydney
Modern Australian dining in a classy art-deco building just behind Sydney’s Circular Quay. The menu serves up vibrant flavours and textures and focuses on fresh vegetables and seafood with Asian ingredients. What makes the dishes special is the use of a robata grill, giving menu items such as the Kurobuta pork and ash-grilled duck a smokey flavour complemented well by the fresh vegetables. The pre-theatre menu features a set meal of four courses, an option great for corporate meetings or business lunches.
Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
With unparalleled views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Quay restaurant is an iconic location and one of the country’s most celebrated restaurants. The award-winning establishment is innovative in its design and its menu. Inspired by nature, expect organic and earthy flavours in creative and modern dishes. The menu is served in six or 10 courses, and features sand crab, smoked pig jowl and for dessert, ‘white coral’ – a frozen white chocolate ganache that is smashed over a feijoa ice cream with coconut cream. The stand-out about Quay, apart from the stunning views, is that each table comes with its own independently controlled lighting.
27 O’Connell St, Sydney
Bentley Restaurant & Bar is a fusion of contemporary Australian cuisine and globally-sourced wine in a luxurious industrial-chic setting. The selling-point of The Bentley is the bar, which has been remodelled to provide an intimate space that contrasts seamlessly with the elevated dining room. An a’la carte menu includes house-made rye bread and black sesame butter, caviar with whipped yoghurt butter, and barbecued Kingfish. The restaurant caters for vegetarians with a vegetarian menu, also. The wine list is recognised as one of the country’s finest, offering more than 30 wines by the glass.
10 Bligh St, Sydney
Known for its moody interior and zodiac-themed cocktails, acclaimed chef Neil Perry’s Spice Temple is one of Australia’s most awarded Chinese restaurants. The menu transports you to the lesser-known regions of China from the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Xingjiang. Stepping foot into the restaurant, you are welcomed with the aromatic scent of spices and a banquet-style menu that features spice-fried chicken wings with heaven-facing chillies, steamed blue-eye trevalla and a white-cut chicken noodle salad. Drinks are carefully selected to pair well with the spicy dishes, with exactly 100 wines available to complement your dining experience.
32 Market St, Sydney
In the heart of the Sydney CBD, deVine Food & Wine is the perfect wine bar to incorporate into your stay. The venue provides a diverse tapas menu and an Italian-inspired a’la carte menu featuring classic dishes handed down by the restaurant owners’ grandparents. Handmade pasta and artisan-cured meats accompany a well-rounded wine list of 400 wines, a rotating list of beers on tap and bespoke specialty cocktails. With full table service, deVine caters for all patrons and palettes. The casual fine dining atmosphere is warm and inviting, and suitable for after-work drinks or a venue for groups and parties looking for a special centrally-located setting.
King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour
Kobe Jones is located at King Street Wharf and boasts quality service, a stylish interior, and unparalleled waterfront views overlooking Darling Harbour. But that’s not all it has to offer. At Kobe Jones you’ll be treated to classic Japanese flavours with a Californian twist, as foreshadowed in the name of the restaurant where Kobe represents the eat and Jones represents the west. Fittingly, the menu is made up of an array of creative fusion dishes from Chef de Cuisine Seung Kyu (Ted) Min like Wasabi Salmon Nachos and Alaskan Crab Gyoza. The owners believe that sharing, or ‘graze dining’ as they refer to it, is the best way to enjoy food, so the dishes are designed to be shared by three people. You can also choose between a hot or cold seafood platter, or a banquet lunch filled with authentic Japanese umami flavours. The extensive drinks menu consists of spirits, champagne, white and red wine, dessert wine, and speciality cocktails including the deliciously refreshing Kobe Jones Sunset. There’s also a dedicated Sake menu so that you can have a true Japanese dining experience. Kampai!
Sydney’s banquet of culinary delights is inspired by a multitude of cultures and flavours from all across the globe. The diversity of Sydney’s cultural-influence makes it a unique destination to discover food at its finest. The restaurant scene in Sydney is among the world’s best. Quality produce, highly-acclaimed chefs and a breathtaking location makes Sydney’s fine dining scene an experience to savour.