What is it? Sydney’s supreme fine diner and a world-class culinary experience in almost every respect.
Why we love it: Where to begin? The dress-circle Harbour views? The exquisite works of art on each and every plate? The custom-made crockery? The cornucopia of produce grown exclusively for the restaurant? The service team’s unrivalled professionalism? Some restaurants are engineered for special occasions and totally worth the splurge – this is most definitely one of them.
Time Out tip: Historically, cruise ships sometimes obstructed the Opera House, but in current times there's nothing to get in the way of planning a picture-perfect marriage proposal.
December 2021: After a rocky year, the hospitality industry has come back swinging, with re-openings (and grand openings) filling up social calendars across the town. There has never been a better time get out there and support your old favourite or try something new – and when you do, be sure not only to treat the staff with kindness and respect, but also to accept whatever regulations and restrictions with patience and understanding. Things continue to evolve at a rapid pace, and while we make every effort to ensure the details below are correct, we encourage you to contact venues directly or check social media accounts before popping in for the most up-to-date info.
Here is Time Out's pick of the best places to dine in Sydney right now, from hot newcomers to time-honoured institutions, ranked by our expert local editors. We’re looking for fun, flavour, creativity and value for money at every price point. So yes, of course, you’ll find a fine diner inside the Opera House here, but you’ll find neighbourhood pizza, hole-in-the-wall Thai and lunch-only ramen, too – and that’s what makes our city such an awesome place to get watered and fed. Bon appétit.
Want to see the people's picks for Sydney's favourite venues? Make sure you check out the winners of our Time Out Bar and Restaurant Revive Awards!