The Best Restaurants Near Sydney Opera House

Set under the sail-inspired architecture of the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong is the best place to enjoy award-winning dishes
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
Hannah Lewis

While visiting Sydney, a stop by the Opera House is obviously a must. If you’re hungry while on your adventures, or simply just want to admire the beautiful view of the stunning building, we have a list of the best restaurants near the Opera House.

1. Bennelong

Bar, Restaurant, Australian

Bennelong isn’t just near the Opera House, it’s in the Opera House! It is a beautiful, breathtaking setting which allows you to sit by the windows overlooking the world famous harbour in style. It isn’t the cheapest place in town but visiting here is a good excuse to dress up and make a night of it. If you want a glamorous, once-in-a-lifetime eating experience while in Sydney, this is the spot for you.

2. Opera Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Bistro, Contemporary

What better place to eat near the Sydney Opera House than under the Opera House? It is often described as the best bar in the whole city. The venue is opened from morning to night so you can feel the sea breeze in your hair while enjoying breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a few relaxed drinks. The menu has been designed by Matt Moran and offers a wide range of options to suit any taste buds.

3. Mr Wong

Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Dessert

Mr Wong is only a few short blocks away from the Opera House and is more of a local hang out away from most the tourists. It is in the bustling CBD but down a quiet, unassuming alley. Here you will find some of the Sydney’s best Chinese food, including a huge array of dumpling and delicious peking duck. Book well in advance if you can, this place is incredibly popular.

4. The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood

Before the Morrison existed, the historic corner it now occupies was home to the old Brooklyn Hotel. Paying homage to its history, the Morrison looks and feels like a New York style oyster bar and it has brought new life and energy into to the northern end of the CBD. The exposed brick walls lit up with the nude light bulbs create a relaxed, sophisticated setting to enjoy some of Sydney’s finest rock oysters. Other must try menu items include the crisp lettuce tacos filled with spanner crab and the southern fried chicken ‘lollipops’ with chilli dipping sauce. Book a table in advance or arrive early as it is one of the busiest bars in town.

5. Cafe Sydney

Restaurant, Australian, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Seafood

Customs House, Sydney, Australia - Cafe Sydney sits atop.
© Bjanka Kadic / Alamy Stock Photo

Cafe Sydney is far from your average cafe, in fact, it is one of Sydney’s most celebrated restaurants. Residing on the top level of Custom House, the venue has an incredible elevated view of the Sydney Harbour below. While enjoying incredible modern Australian food like fresh seafood, you can watch the ferries come in and out of the quay and enjoy the view of the Sydney Opera House from another angle.

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