The 50 best restaurants in Sydney
This is the definitive, ranked list of where to eat in Sydney right now. These are the top restaurants we send our friends and family to when they ask for recommendations. They’re the places that are more than just exciting food and exceptional drinks – they’re also a guaranteed good time. We’ve thrown in a mix of price points because sometimes you want to drop cash like a tourist and eat inside the Opera House, and sometimes you want a mini-treat, like some next level Bangladeshi food. If you want a better idea of how we price things there’s this helpful guide, and remember those dollar signs don’t include drinks. There’s some old faithfuls on this list that we keep coming back to, but we prioritised innovation, excitement and fun so that you can start at the top and work your way through the best restaurants Sydney has to offer. Bon appétit! If you're working on a budget try these cheap hacks for fancy places. Or maybe you just want a drink? Here's 50 of Sydney's best bars to help you along. RECOMMENDED: The 50 best cheap eats in Sydney.
The best cheap eats in Sydney
In a perfect world, we'd spend every night enjoying fine cuisine at Sydney's most indulgent restaurants. We'd be at Quay and Rockpool Bar & Grill... anywhere, really, that requires half (or all, or far more than) what's currently in your bank account for a shared plate. But we do not live in a perfect world – sometimes the stove is broken, the thought of checking your balance makes you break out in hives and skipping meals seems a viable option. But you don't have to do that! There's a host of cheap restaurants in Sydney all around our fair town serving up tasty food at prices that won't leave your wallet empty. In fact, there's plenty of fun to be had in Sydney on a shoestring budget, starting with these 25 things to do in in Sydney under $25. Or maybe you want to know where to get a cheap meal every night? RECOMMENDED: The 50 best restaurants in Sydney.
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Time Out Sydney Food Awards: Winners
The Time Out Food Awards is the one night of the year when we recognise Sydney's champions of the restaurant scene – and throw a party to remember. On September 25, 250 of the city's culinary experts, professional eaters and Time Out readers gathered at Porteno for the 2017 Food Awards. Check out the full list of winners and nominees below, and be sure to read our full recap of the night. Disappointed you missed out? Sign up to our newsletter and you'll never miss another chance to party with Time Out!
Eight Sydney institutions for your dining bucket list
New restaurants are often in the spotlight, ready for their Instagram close-up. But Sydney is also home to a host of long-running venues that are still at the top of people’s dining hit lists – hell, Time Out has been writing about them from our very first issue, back in 2007. These establishments have stuck to their mission statement, offering great food with polish and personality. They’re safety zones that don’t give in to fast-breaking fads, but they can be progressive, too – Billy Kwong was one of the earliest adopters of native ingredients. Meanwhile, places like Sean’s Panaroma, Golden Century and Fratelli Paradiso show that it’s possible to stay timeless without coming across like a dusty museum display. These are the restaurants that have stayed vital over the last ten years and belong on the Sydney dining honour roll. Want more top chefs? Check out our guide to the 50 best restaurants in Sydney. Want something a little more casual? Check out our guide to the best burgers in Sydney.
Where to eat seafood in Sydney
Sydney is a seafood city – we love our fish and chips, we've got one of the biggest seafood markets in the country and everyone is going nuts for poke. So where are the best restaurants for eating the ocean's gifts? Whether you want to get around a whole mud crab at Mr Wong, try freshly shucked oysters overlooking Blackwattle Bay or be adventurous and try fish offal at Saint Peter, these are the best seafood restaurants in Sydney. RECOMMENDED: Our guide to the 50 best Sydney restaurants
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The best cafés in Bondi
In a suburb where morning runs, dawn surfing and AM yoga are part of your daily routine, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. We got up with the sun to find the best brekkies in this clean-living corner of Sydney. For more, check our guides to the best coffee in Sydney's CBD, Sydney's best cycling cafés and Sydney's best coffee cocktails. RECOMMENDED: Our guide to the best Bondi restaurants
The best bacon and egg rolls in Sydney
Whoever first put cured, fried pork and soft, melty eggs together deserves a seriously prestigious award, in our opinion. Stuff them between two layers of soft white bread, spread on a heap of butter and you’ve pretty much got food nirvana right there. So we took it upon ourselves to traipse the streets of Sydney to find you the best bacon and egg rolls to fix any hangover, heartbreak or hard-earned snack. Man, it’s a tough job.
The best coffee in the Sydney CBD
There is a lot of bad coffee in this town. Thankfully, there’s a hell of a lot of good stuff too. In fact there’s some bloody brilliant coffee in the CBD, just waiting for you to come on in and order up. When you're in need of a city caffeine-fix, one of these ace coffee houses will see you right. Here's our guide to the best coffee in the Sydney CBD, from Circular Quay up to Wynyard, to Town Hall, Barangaroo and everywhere in between. Not in the CBD? Here's where to find the best Sydney coffee elsewhere else, plus consult our guides to Sydney's best coffee experiences, cycling cafés and Bondi cafés for more inspiration. RECOMMENDED: Sydney's best coffee cocktails
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The best restaurants in Surry Hills
From the city fringes to deep Crown Street, Surry Hills really is a bit of a hub for dining in Sydney. While Porteno and Firedoor and may be the top notch options, you'll also find plenty of places that are big on fun like Bodega, Salaryman and Bar H. Add to it cheap eats at Xage; great pub dining at the Dolphin, BYO winners and old favoruites like Longrain and and it's not hard to see why you'll often find yourself out for dinner in Surry Hills on any given night of the week.
The best restaurants in Newtown
Newtown has been bringing its A-game on the restaurant front for as long as we can remember. You can enjoy five star dining at Continental Deli Bar Bistro and Oscillate Wildly or casual but tasty as fare at Hartsyard, Jack's and Bach Eatery. You'll also find lots of great vegan options and the Thai restaurants this area has long been famous for dotted throughout the boho 'burb. RECOMMENDED: The 50 Best Sydney Restaurants
The best restaurants in Bondi
While most trek to Bondi to lap up the sun and sand, it's worth noting there are plenty of ace restaurants to check out too. Whether it's a long lunch at Sean's Panorama or Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar or a sandy-footed post-swim snack at Porch and Parlour or Pompei's you'll find somewhere great to eat in North and South Bondi and beyond.
The best restaurants in Manly
This popular pocket of the Northern Beaches is best known for its foamy shore breaks and ferries, but Manly also dishes up some good dining options for after the sun goes down and before the party vibes are cranked up to 11. Whether you want smoked meats and awesome burgers from Papi Chulo, a beautiful brunch spot or just a really good serve of fish and chips from Fishmonger, Manly has a venue for the job. Want a drink? Check out Manly's best bars while you're in the neighbourhood.
The best restaurants in Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is definitely one of Sydney's most visitor-heavy areas, packed with hotels, attractions, exhibitions and ways to while away a day in the city. When you need to refuel for more adventures these are the restaurants Darling Harbour is known for, from the ribs at Hurricane's to fine dining at Sepia and casual waterfront bites at Beer DeLuxe.
The best restaurants in Parramatta
The Parramatta precinct has been growing fast in recent years – the CBD here is now one of the second biggest commercial hubs outside the Sydney CBD – and so the restaurant scene is on the rise. Inner city slickers like Gelato Messina and Chefs Gallery have Parra outposts, and longstanding local favourites like Temasek and Nonna Maria's still pull the crowds. RECOMMENDED: Our guide to the 50 Best Sydney Restaurants
For the sweet tooth
The best patisseries in Sydney
We’re pretty lucky that here in Sydney we have some of the best darn pastry chefs in the country. From the genius that is the strawberry watermelon cake at Black Star Pastry, to that ginger tart at Bourke Street Bakery, here’s where to get a lil’sweet stuff in Sydney.
The best desserts in Sydney
We don’t know about you, but dinner ain’t dinner for us without dessert. Sometimes it’s a bowl of silky, melting gelato, or it could be a maple syrup-drenched pudding or a good old fashioned passionfruit pav. Damn it, sometimes it’s an ornate plate of food made to look just like the brittle twigs on the forest floor (that’s when we’ve got the coin to get into Sepia). Regardless, it’s the traditional way to finish a meal, and we intend to keep up that tradition for as long as our waistbands can take it.
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Festival UnWrapped, Sydney Opera House’s new showcase of original contemporary performance work, is coming from May 3-19. The festival's program is made up of cabaret, dance and theatre, showcasing a diverse selection of independent works that champion contemporary Australian talent. First up is Yma Sumac: The Peruvian Songbird, a cabaret show performed by acclaimed singer Ali McGregor channelling the enigmatic mambo singer known for her incredible vocal range in a performance that explores the highs and lows of Sumac’s life and fame. Other female-lead shows at the festival include My Urrwai, an autobiographical dance theatre piece from Ghenoa Gela, a Torres Strait Mainlander from Rockhampton. She weaves dance, storytelling and comedy to take you on the captivating journey of her political and cultural identity. In Playlist, five women from Western Sydney mix political protest with Beyoncé in a fusion of dance, music, and culture. Directed by PYT Fairfield's Karen Therese and choreographed by Larissa McGowan, performers Ebube Uba, May Tran, Tasha O’Brien, Mara Knezevic, and Neda Taha get you thinking about the state of feminism in this country today. For something a little different, celebrate the history of Sydney’s queer underground parties through William Yang’s iconic photographs in Party (verb). Alongside live music by the DJs Stereogamous, Yang's work will reveal a period of time in Sydney’s history that shaped the spaces and faces of the queer community today.
Melting Pot Luck
You’re invited to come participate in Australia’s first multicultural game show, live on stage at Giant Dwarf Theatre. Devised by comedian and MC Sam McCool and the Chaser’s Julian Morrow, Melting Pot Luck has four teams from different cultural backgrounds competing to win. But there’s a twist – to win this comp, everyone has to pull together. After a successful trial show in March, a run of four dates have been announced, the first being on Monday April 29. Billed as a way to learn more about ourselves and each other, the show aims to reframe the discussion around multiculturalism and cultural identity in a fun and lighthearted way. Contestants will use their background, knowledge and adaptability to bring about victory for their team. Melting Pot Luck has an apt host in McCool, who speaks five languages and labels himself as one of Australia’s most multicultural entertainers. Paired with Morrow, who is decidedly less multicultural but well known for being part of the satirical team the Chaser, the duo will present a night full of TLC (travel, language, and culture). If you’re ready for a good time, we have some fantastic news for you – enter code 'timeout' when you buy tix online and you’ll score 20 per cent off the price.
Raise money for youth mental health at this year’s City2Surf
Batyr, a charity which supports young people’s mental health, is getting together one of the largest teams at the City2Surf race on Sunday, August 11, and you can join their cause. The organisation focuses on both the stigma around speaking up about mental health, as well as education about services available for struggling youth. They are aiming to raise $100,000 which would allow 5000 high school kids to take part in mental health awareness training through their school program. If you register before May 18, you’ll be able to nab the sweet early-bird pricing of just $68. Joining means you’ll be decked out in a branded singlet and cap, as well receiving support and motivation from personal trainers in the lead up to your run. If you think you’ll be able to smash it out of the park and raise $500 for your run, you can register as a charity superstar here. These spots are limited, but you’ll get some great perks such as your entry fee being waived, a personalised bib, being part of the special start wave, a limited edition finisher’s medal, and other exclusive merch. City2Surf is the largest fun run in the world, with 80,000 walkers, joggers and serious runners coming together to traverse the very hilly course from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach. Starting at very near to the crack of dawn at 7.50am, the 14km run will finish up about 3pm. Register for Batyr’s team and check out more info about their initiatives here.
Eat, drink and be merry this chilly season at the Ternary
The Ternary at the Novotel in Darling Harbour is putting on three special events throughout winter to lay out the best of their seasonal food and drink menu. Over three nights, the dining room will play host to three different six-course menus – a lush dinner by candlelight; one paired with craft beers; and another alongside Scotch whisky. On Thursday May 23, while the lights dance outside during Vivid festival, there will be nothing but candlelight inside the Ternary dining room for Unlit. Ternary’s director of culinary Anthony Flowers has put together a dinner of highlights, including Indian spiced kingfish with lentils and a gorgonzola dolce latte with poached apple and maple syrup. There'll also be a live acoustic guitar performance to match the mood lighting. The view of Darling Harbour from the dining room will also mean a free light show as the colours from Vivid play along the walls while you dine for only $169pp. Prefer beer with your fancy food? The Ternary delivers with a dedicated night to craft beers called Batch on Thursday June 20. For $169pp you'll be treated to a six-course tasting menu with matching beers brewed by local Batch Brewing Company. The food will be substantial enough to match the six beers on offer, including naan bread made from beer, Korean BBQ beef ribs, and pan-fried barramundi and crispy beef croustillant. The last of the events is Spirited, a night in association with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society where for $209pp, you’ll enjoy six dis