The 10 Best Restaurants In Sydney's Balmain And Birchgrove

Photo of Chloe Hanschen
9 February 2017

Balmain and Birchgrove in Sydney are home to many diverse restaurants. From Japanese, to Turkish, and Thai, they have it all. Explore our guide to the best restaurants in Sydney’s Balmain & Birchgrove neighborhoods.

The Cottage

Restaurant, Australian, $$$
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The Cottage is one of the most charming restaurants in Sydney. People describe the restaurant as ‘grandma’s farmhouse.’ The wait staff treats you like family, the atmosphere and decor make you feel right at home and the interior of the restaurant includes rustic wooden tables and chairs and vintage fixtures. There is also a unique courtyard, and the menu consist of large dishes that are meant to be shared and a complementary wine selection.

Spice I Am

Restaurant, Thai, $$$
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Spice I Am offers creative and authentic Thai food. Although they use some vegetables, herbs, and spices imported from Thailand, more than 90% of their ingredients are locally sourced. Be sure to try their spicy and tasty curries as well as one of their creative stir-fries. The interior of their restaurant is modern and trendy – large light fixtures hang from the ceiling and the decorations are minimal. This is the perfect place for a casual night out with friends or famlily.

Rosso Pomodoro

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, $$$
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Rosso Pomodoro
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Rosso Pomodoro offers authentic Italian pizzas, which are made with imported ingredients and then wood-fired. The pizza dough they use is made from locally sourced flour and is then proofed for 72 hours, and the restaurant follows their traditional recipe that comes from Bologna, Italy. Enjoy authentic Italian pizza in a casual and informal setting.

Bertoni Casalinga

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian
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Family run Bertoni Casalinga is a restaurant which offers traditional Italian food and authentic coffee, using only the freshest ingredients while everything is cooked on-site everyday. Locals love this little cafe for its friendly and fast service. Be sure to check out their delicious all-day breakfast at weekends.


Samurai offers traditional Japanese food at affordable prices. The interior is decorated with parasols on the walls, and their menu consists of authentic noodle dishes and sushi. Check out their special menu, which includes a sushi platter, samurai course, and lunch menu. They also offer vegetarian options.
Address & Phone Number: 493A Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia +61 2 9810 1426

Satasia Restaurant

Restaurant, Asian, Thai, $$$
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Satasia Restaurant, Australia
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Satasia Restaurant is a large restaurant that offers various dishes from Asia which is spread out over a main dining room, a private upstairs area and a balcony with views of the town. This is the perfect place for a large party or special night out. In addition to their creative Asian dishes, they also offer gluten free options. With over 200 different options on their menu it can be hard to choose, so ask your waiter for their favorites!

Kazbah Balmain

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, $$$
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Kazbah Balmain
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Kazbah Balmain offers traditional Middle-Eastern cuisine. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – be sure to try their unique breakfast menu and their famous Sinful Chocolate and Raspberry Pancake. For groups larger than eight try their set menu selection. In addition to their flavorful cuisine, they also offer a global wine selection. Be sure to make a reservation, as the restaurant gets crowded at weekends.

Restaurant, Seafood, Vegetarian, Australian, $$$
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© Courtesy of Love Fish serves fresh and local seafood. At the heart of their restaurant is their commitment to ethically and sustainably sourced seafood and by remaining dedicated to this cause, they hope to reduce their carbon footprint. In addition to their seafood, they also offer an organic wine list. Be sure to check out their weekly specials and their take-home menu.

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