The Top 10 Restaurants In Sydney

Sydney Opera House with city in background ©Corey Leopold
Sydney Opera House with city in background ©Corey Leopold
Photo of Andrew Kingsford-Smith
9 February 2017

Australia’s culinary culture is relatively unknown when compared to its Pacific neighbors and European settlers. With its multicultural population and young identity, modern Australian cuisine encompasses a wide range of dishes created through a freedom in creative license. We look at 10 of the best Australian culinary experiences in Sydney, highlighting their cultural prestige and artistic merit.

Red Lantern

Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
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Decadence and conscience connect at Red Lantern, not only one of Sydney’s most awarded Vietnamese restaurants, but also a pioneer in the sustainability movement. Here visitors can enjoy fresh, line caught fish or succulent free range pork, complemented by perfectly cooked organic vegetables. The restaurant is powered by renewable energy and serves Vestal Water, which is an innovative system that eliminates the need for bottled water.

Tetsuya's

Restaurant, Japanese, French, $$$
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Transporting its guests to Japan through both its creative, delicate dishes and its stunning design, Tetsuya’s is renowned for serving the best Japanese food in Sydney. Chef and owner Tetsuya Wakuda has previously been awarded the prestige of three chef hats 17 years in a row and has especially designed a ‘test kitchen’ in the restaurant to continue his exploration of gastronomy.

Est

Restaurant, Contemporary, Australian, $$$
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Awarded three chef hats every year since 2004, Est has been catching the attention of restaurant goers with its creative menu of contemporary Australian cuisine. The backbone of Est’s luxurious dishes is head chef Peter Doyle. Regarded as one of the most significant figures in modern Australian food, Doyle brings imagination, experience and artistry to the table through every dish served.

Glass

Brasserie, Restaurant, Australian, $$$
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Burger and chips
Burger and chips | ©Katherine Lim
Opened by the internationally renowned Australian chef Luke Mangan, Glass provides visitors an incredible experience in both its flavours and visuals. Tony Chi’s design explores the transparent and elegant aspects of the restaurant’s name with a floor to ceiling glass wall and its sophisticated modern interior. Meanwhile, Mangan’s kitchen constantly pushes the boundaries of Australia’s culinary culture with inspiration from French and Asian cooking.

Quay

Restaurant, Australian, Contemporary
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The restaurant also offers breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour
The restaurant also offers breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour | © Courtesy of Quay / Credit: Nikki To
With a plethora of awards including Restaurant of the Year by The Australian Gourmet Traveller, the dishes served at Quay are forefront examples of artistic gastronomy. Experimenting with rare plants and organic ingredients, Peter Gilmore crafts his meals into stunning sculptures inspired by nature. The restaurant also offers breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, further adding to this unforgettable experience.

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Restaurant, Bar, Steakhouse, $$$
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Steak and sides at Rockpool © David-Griffen _ Rockpool
Steak and sides at Rockpool | © Courtesy of David Griffen/ Rockpool

Priding itself on being Australia’s most beautiful dining room, Rockpool Bar & Grill is set within an American-style art deco skyscraper, designed by Emil Sodersten in 1936. This awe-inspiring aesthetic continues through to the interior design, with its high ceiling and beautiful marble pillars. Meticulous with quality, head chef Neil Perry dry ages the restaurant’s beef on the premises, allowing Rockpool Bar & Grill to consistently serve some of Sydney’s best steaks.

Moo Gourmet Burgers

Moo provides outstanding burgers in a more relaxed, iconic Australian setting. Facing Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, visitors can enjoy their specialty burgers such as the 100 per cent kangaroo, or the double decker wagyu beef. Moo also prepares a range of shakes and cocktails, making it a perfect lunch spot for those hot Sydney beach days.

70A Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia, +61 (02) 9300 8898

Bar and Dining

Bar, Restaurant, Australian, $$$
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Set in Sydney’s tallest standing structure, 360 Bar and Dining provides breathtaking panoramic views of New South Wales’ capital. Diners are able to see Sydney in all directions as the whole restaurant rotates around the Sydney Tower. The sophisticated and modern interior adds to this unforgettable experience, while the kitchen impresses with standout modern Australian dishes.

Gastro Park

Restaurant, Australian
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Gastro Park | ©Lucy Deng
During a select season of the year Gastro Park combines culinary innovation with popular culture with its Game of Thronesinspired menu. Each of the five courses pays homage to climatic moments in HBO’s popular TV show through both aesthetics and flavour. Outside of this event, the restaurant prides itself on serving artistic meals inspired by the concept of ‘old meets new’.

Bennelong

Set under the sail-inspired architecture of the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong is the best place to enjoy award-winning dishes before seeing a show. Guests can indulge in fusions of contemporary French and Australian cuisine while admiring the blissful views of the surrounding Sydney Harbour, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Circular Quay. Exactly 18 months after the doors closed on Guillaume Brahimi’s Bennelong in 2013, chef Peter Gilmore and restaurateur John Fink re-opened in 2015 for the first official customers to walk through the door after a multi-million dollar refit.

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point/Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Sydney, NSW, Australia, +61 (02) 9241 1999

Set under the sail-inspired architecture of the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong is the best place to enjoy award-winning dishes © Courtesy of Bennelong / Brett Stevens

Set under the sail-inspired architecture of the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong is the best place to enjoy award-winning dishes © Courtesy of Bennelong / Brett Stevens