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The best spots for a long lunch in Sydney

The best places in town to sprawl out and eat up

Photograph: Anna Kucera

With weather like ours, it makes sense that long lunches should be on your regular to-do list. Whether you're overlooking the Harbour, sitting by the sea or in the depths of the inner city, here's our list of where to spend your lazy days eating. 


Overlooking Chiswick's lush gardens with a glass of rosé in one hand and a spoonful of delicious food in the other is pretty much Sydney-heaven. Plus there's loads of big tables if there's a big group involved.

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Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta

You'll want to eat every item on this menu, either in one sitting with ten friends or ten sittings with one. There might be a little FOMO when you see a list of pizze, each better-looking than the last.

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Bondi Beach

Fratelli Paradiso

The casual Potts Point restaurant that boasts a full house rain, hail or shine, excellent service and a super-interesting wine list. Order the lasagne.

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Potts Point

Moon Park

It’s Korean food, but not as you know it. Probably. What Moon Park definitely is, and we can confirm that with our mouths, is a world of good eats executed with great skill.

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Papi Chulo

Papi Chulo is the restaurant that long lunches were made for. The huge, light-filled room is all Art Deco curves and smoked-glass lampshades, white-washed brick walls and old mirrors framed by rough, earthy linen curtains.

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Pilu at Freshwater

Giovanni and Marilyn Pilu have one of the most beautiful restaurants in the area – it may have panoramic views of the beach, but you may be too distracted by the suckling pig to notice.

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This tiny neighbourhood Italian restaurant is pitched perfectly for local and wandering food fans alike, offering big bang for relatively little buck (they do a weekday lunch special of a main course and glass of wine for just $20).

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Sean's Panaroma

This is the restaurant you can rely on for a good time, every time. They’re not going to refuse you if you order a single entrée and three desserts and have a party for one. They just want you to have a delicious time doing it.

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Bondi Beach


The seven-or-so course menu is produce-and-tweezers driven, with most dishes delivered to the table by the chefs. Though for the first time since they launched, all the veg has been grown on their farm just outside Mittagong.

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Jo Ward (ex-Bloodwood) is working alongside Todd Garratt in the kitchen here, and the pair are turning out dishes to spend a meal chatting over, from lambs' tongues perfumed with the sweetness of fresh curry leaf to the toastiness of potatoes baked in hay, covered in butter flecked with striations of smoked eel.

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The best restaurants for big groups in Sydney

Need to find somewhere to feed the hungry hordes? Planning a get-together with your extended family, a birthday bash or just a booze-up with your buddies? It can be hard to know where to go, but don't worry, we got you.

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By: Freya Herring