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The 10 Best Restaurants In Sydney
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The 10 Best Restaurants In Sydney

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Updated: 9 February 2017
As well as being home to the world-renowned Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney is also where you will find some of the best seafood and best restaurants in Australia. The central City district in particular is home to some of the Sydney’s best restaurants. Read on to discover the top places to eat in the city.
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YAYOI Japanese Teishoku Restaurant

Every element of your meal at YAYOI Japanese Teishoku Restaurant is carefully considered and precisely executed. This approach to traditional Japanese cuisine brings out the true flavour of all of the ingredients, resulting in the truly ultimate dining experience. This restaurant runs on a set menu type of service, different from the à la carte style, which is popular among many other restaurants. This type of menu allows the kitchen to provide a meal that is well balanced and delicious, and exhibit their true best.

YAYOI Japanese Teishoku Restaurant, 2/38-42 Bridge St, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 2 9247 8166

Central Sydney © Jules/Flickr
Central Sydney | © Jules/Flickr
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Garden Court Restaurant

Located in the chic Sofitel Sydney Hotel, Garden Court Restaurant provides one of the most elegant dining experiences in the centre of Sydney. The décor and fixtures of the dining area at this restaurant are contemporary and neat, and contribute to the relaxed atmosphere in which you can enjoy the brilliant French-inspired modern cuisine. A huge feature of this restaurant’s menu is the seafood that is produced locally to ensure the height of freshness, but if seafood isn’t to your taste, the menu also includes a range of great options to cater for all.

Garden Court Restaurant, 61-101 Phillip St, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 2 9228 9179

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Stacks Taverna

From the Greek isles to your dinner plate, you’ll be able to try a wide selection of Mediterranean delights at Stacks Taverna. This restaurant and bar is located on the gorgeous Cockle Bay, one of Sydney’s most romantic and beautiful spots. This venue has a large outdoor dining area for you to enjoy Sydney’s fantastic weather, incredible view, and the great food and wine in style and comfort. Don’t worry if the weather goes bad, the outdoor area is well covered and heated; but if you prefer, you can always make your way inside where the atmosphere is sophisticated and relaxed.

Stacks Taverna, Darling Quarter, 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 1300 989 989

Angus Sirloin Steak at Stacks Taverna © Jason James/Flickr
Angus Sirloin Steak at Stacks Taverna | © Jason James/Flickr
Seafood on Darling Harbour | © littleyiye
Seafood on Darling Harbour | © littleyiye
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Cyren Bar Grill Seafood

With views over Sydney’s iconic Cockle Bay from Darling Harbour, Cyren Bar Grill Seafood is a bright, fresh seafood restaurant that is the perfect place for a gourmet dinner for two. Sydney is home to Australia’s largest harbour, and is also the place where you can find the freshest and best seafood in the country, and Cyren Bar Grill Seafood serves that delicious seafood in this beautiful setting overlooking the stunning bay. This bar and grill is an example of the incredible diversity in modern Australian cuisine, with influences from European and American cooking.

Cyren Bar Grill Seafood, Shop 197, 2-10 Darling Drive, Harbourside, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 1300 989 989

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Sepia Restaurant

Since 2009, this incredible collaboration between two giants of the dining industry, Sydney Chef Martin Benn and George Costi, a renowned seafood wholesaler, has been creating some of the greatest dining experiences that tempt food lovers from inter-state and around the world to try these fantastic tasting menus. Sepia Restaurant provides contemporary cuisine using the best quality produce available to create dishes inspired by traditional Japanese gastronomy. The sophistication of the elegant monochromatic décor sets the tone for the food that is equally beautiful and delicious.

Sepia Restaurant, 201 Sussex St, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 2 9283 1990

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Adria Bar Restaurant

The flavors of Europe and the Mediterrenean are on display at Adria Bar Restaurant, located in the Darling Quarter. This bar and restaurant is European in style, and the décor is sombre and sophisticated, making it a great place to come with friends for a relaxed dinner and drinks. On top of the à la carte menu that suggests a range of chargrilled Angus fillet steaks, seafood and pasta, the kitchen also offers a range of entrées that are served in the style of tapas sharing plates, and are inspired by Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Don’t miss out on the incredible selection of cocktails that are made fresh using only the best, top quality ingredients.

Adria Bar Restaurant, Cockle Bay Wharf, 108 The Prom, Darling Harbour, Australia, +61 1300 989 989

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Glass Brasserie

One of the leaders of the Australian dining culture, chef Luke Mangan, provides incredible dining experiences, using his classical training in French cuisine mixed with contemporary twists and innovation, at his restaurant, Glass Brasserie. Located on the second level of Sydney’s Hilton Hotel, this restaurant uses classic leather seats to give an elegant feeling in the bright setting, thanks to the ceiling-heigh windows and impressive light fixtures. To accompany the great French-inspired cuisine, the wine list has compiled a selection of boutique wines from around the world.

Glass Brasserie, Hilton Sydney, 2/488 George St, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 2 9265 6068

Central Station, Sydney © Lindley Yan
Central Station, Sydney | © Lindley Yan
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Macchiato Wood Fire Pizza & Coffee Roastery

The two staples that are most important in the Italian way of life are coffee and pizza, and these two things are provided at Macchiato Wood Fire Pizza & Coffee Roastery. This venue is proud to provide their delicious coffee that is brewed using fresh coffee beans, roasted on the premises. There have also been rumours floating around that you can’t have pizza for breakfast, but those rumours have been completely put to bed thanks to Macchiato’s woodfire ‘breaky’ pizzas, which are essentially your favourite breakfast food transformed into a miniature pizza.

Macchiato Wood Fire Pizza & Coffee Roastery, World Square, 2/338 Pitt St, Sydney NSW, +61 2 9262 9525

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Bowery Lane

The oldest road on Manhattan Island in the United States, which was named in the late 17th century after an old Dutch word meaning farm, is the inspiration and the name of Bowery Lane, a rustic restaurant in the centre of Sydney that serves traditional Australian cuisine with a contemporary twist. This restaurant and bar offers a relaxing environment to start your day, with a great selection of light breakfast dishes, served in a rustic style and displaying the best produce from the region.

Bowery Lane, Shop 1, Level 4, 1 O’Connell St, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 2 9252 8017

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The Restaurant Pendolino

One of the most important elements to many different styles of cooking around the world is olive oil, and this is no different at The Restaurant Pendolino, where they use their own olive oil, made in-house, to bring out the unique flavors in each of the dishes. Pendolino takes pride in providing traditional Italian cuisine, and is dedicated to using only the best artisan products to ensure all of the incredible flavors find their place, resulting in the ultimate dining experience.

The Restaurant Pendolino, 412-414 George St, The Strand Arcade, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 2 9231 6117