The Best Restaurants in Sydney's CBD

The Bennelong Restaurant is inside the Sydney Opera House
The Bennelong Restaurant is inside the Sydney Opera House | © Zoltán Csipke / Alamy Stock Photo
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24 September 2020

Sydney’s CBD is home to some of the city’s best fine-dining restaurants, so dress up, head out and make your way to these restaurants with spectacular views, hidden doors and, of course, delectable cuisine. Here’s our pick of the best restaurants in Sydney’s CBD.

Mr Wong

Bistro, Australian, Asian, $$$
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Walking down the isolated laneway into Mr Wong augurs wonderful things to come. Exposed brick and dim lighting provide a trendy ambience that is perfect for date nights or special occasions with a large crowd. Asian cuisines dominates the menu at this Shanghai-inspired den, and the fried rice is spectacular. The menu is designed for sharing. Be sure to book your table, as this popular restaurant gets booked up.


Restaurant, Australian, $$$
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Interior of Sydney Opera House at the Bennelong restaurant
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Bennelong is famous for its location inside the iconic Sydney Opera House, while the menu boasts the finest Australian produce and wine. Celebrated Australian chef Peter Gilmore is at the helm. The restaurant is named after Woollarawarre Bennelong, an Aboriginal man who was an interlocutor between the British and indigenous Australians.

Café Sydney

Restaurant, Australian, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Seafood, $$$
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Customs House, Sydney, Australia - Cafe Sydney sits atop.
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This CBD restaurant is a Sydney institution, and with views of the entire harbour and Circuital Quay, it is easy to see why. Perched on the top floor of Custom House, the al fresco dining area looks out to the Sydney Harbour Bridge; Café Sydney is a popular choice for New Year’s Eve for the views alone. Frock up before your visit, as formal dress is on the menu here.

Spice Temple

Bistro, Asian, $$$
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Notable chef Neil Perry has created something special with this menu, which showcases Chinese provinces. The Australian Asian fusion food is designed to be shared. Long wooden tables with padded chairs line the room, while Asian-inspired artwork adorns the walls. Dim lighting helps to create a romantic atmosphere perfect for date nights.

These recommendations were updated on September 24, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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