The CBD and Inner East
This Surry Hills spot is open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday, and lunch Friday to Sunday, with a $90 set menu and minimum spend of $150 per diner.
Rent out the CBD laneway bar and cafe for private functions, putting your $1000 tab towards drinks and pizzas for you and nine mates.
This one's only open for walk-ins at this stage – what lengths will you go to for puffy wood-fired bread? Otherwise, both the CBD and the OG Totti's on Bondi Road are still slinging takeaway.
This trendy Paddington restaurant is back serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bookings are essential for dinner only – at other times of the day, you can just walk in.
The CBD spot is back, serving up those BL burger favourites like the poutine-filled Blame Canada and moreish shoestring fries.
Sit down dining at Darlo's hip Indian diner is back from Tuesday, May 19 so you can get your roti taco fix once more.
Buffalo Dining Club
There are two seatings available on Fridays and Saturdays at this tiny Italian restaurant-bar in Darlinghurst (and Time Out Award winner), but you'll need a group of ten to book.
Bulletin Place has reopened exclusively for private hire for up to 10 people, and bartenders will design a bespoke cocktail list for each party based on a questionnaire. There's a minimum spend requirement of $1000 (+10% discretionary surcharge), but you can stay all night.
You can stop by this Redfern local for Australiana-inspired tucker from Friday onwards.
The cured meats-focused bar in Potts Point is taking reservations for the first time ever. Book in for the $50 set menu Thursday through Saturday, up to two weeks in advance.
You can book in for a 90-minute spot for lunch or dinner, Wednesday through Saturday, at this modern Asian waterside diner on Woolloomooloo's Cowper Wharf.
Dear Sainte Éloise
The Potts Point laneway bar (and Time Out Award winner for Best Wine Bar 2018) is taking bookings Thursdays through Saturdays with a $65 set menu.
This mozzarella-focussed Italian restaurant is opening its doors again – before, you couldn’t make a booking if you wanted to, but now, bookings are essential.
Don't Tell Aunty
Surry Hills' proudly non-traditional mod Indian diner is open for lunch and dinner once more, with plenty of vegan options on the menu.
Fix Wine Bar and Restaurant
The CBD institution that pioneered European-style wine bars in Sydney is back and popular as ever, especially with oenophiles who can't wait to flip through the tome of a wine list.
The swish Potts Point brasserie is offering a Chef's Table private dining experience for groups of ten, available for lunch and dinner.
The Walsh Bay fine diner is open for lunch and dinner Fridays through Sundays, offering a four-course set menu for $99 per person.
The views are as good as you remember from the top floor of the Hotel Palisade in Miller's Point. However, the kitchen is now under the purview of Cian Mulholland, formerly the sous chef at Momofuku Seiobo, who is rattling the pans for lunch and dinner, Friday through Sunday.
You can now book out this entire, swanky 120-seat venue in the CBD – but heads up, there's a $200 minimum spend per person. Email reservations@ for your spot.
Slurp down a bowl of noodles at one of the outdoor tables of this Haymarket noodle shop –the first in the city dedicated entirely to the saucy, brothless ramen style known as mazesoba.
This Merivale joint opened up before lockdown, but didn't have time to stretch its wings. Now, it's back and slinging takeaway meze, falafel and charcoal grills.
Dieu merci! Surry Hills' southern French favourite Loluk Bistro is reopening for lunch and dinner, so you can enjoy that Riviera-inspired dining room once more.
Curb your curry cravings, Long Chim in Sydney’s CBD is opening back up again to serve you Bangkok specialties.
Famed Potts Point eatery Lotus 2.0 is back and serving chef Dan Hong’s Lotus cheeseburger – but it's walk-ins only at this stage.
Love, Tilly Devine
The Darlinghurst laneway bar is offering a $50 set menu, and considering it won the 2019 Time Out Award for best bar food, you can trust that you're in good hands.
The steak and seafood stalwart on Woolloomooloo's Cowper Wharf is offering lunch bookings for groups of ten. The three-hour package costs $125 per person and includes three courses, wine and beer.
Mark and Vinny’s
Don’t be upsetti, Surry Hills vegan restaurant Mark and Vinny’s are back and ready to serve some mean spaghetti.
This Pitt Street-based Mexican is reopening from May 15 on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, with two seatings at 6pm and 8.15pm, plus two additional lunch sittings at 12.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturdays. The menu is a set ‘feast’ nine-course degustation, priced at $95pp, which includes a classic Margarita on arrival.
This Merivale-run Cantonese favourite in the CBD is back, with bookings available online. A minimum spend of $150 per person applies.
This Surry Hills pasta bar is re-opening with a bang, offering your favourite MV starters and mains, a new range of 'create your own' pasta, as well as cocktails galore.
NOLA Smokehouse and Bar
Barangaroo's Southern BBQ joint is serving dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with seatings at 6pm and 8pm for groups of eight to ten people only.
O Bar and Dining
Grab a drink with a rotating view of our glorious CBD at O Bar – and you can choose from an a la carte menu or a five course tasting menu.
This old-school Italian favourite inside the luxe QT Hotel is back – and with a brand new menu.
The Strand Arcade’s upscale Italian restaurant and wine bar has relaunched with a six-course degustation featuring plenty of premium olive oil from their retail store, and matching wines of course.
The casual pizzeria in Surry Hills is open for à la carte dinner – however, due to the capacity limits, the famous all-you-can-eat option is on hold for now.
The Surry Hills wine bar is once again taking bookings for 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and allowing limited walk-ins from 5pm.
Pizza Fritta 180
Crispy, cheesy fried pizza at this Crown Street joint might just be the perfect post-iso meal. Stop by from Friday onwards.
Prince of York
The good times-focused bar and brasserie in the CBD has a $100 minimum spend per person during the week, and a Dinner & Disco package on weekends that gets your group exclusive use of the venue for $1,000 with the option to bring in your own DJ for a post-iso party.
You can drink your coffee out of a real glass (oh, the joys) at the popular Surry Hills café.
Riley Street Garage
The Woolloomooloo garage turned sleek, Manhattan-inspired restaurant is taking customers again from June 4.
Sáng by Mabasa
Surry Hills' excellent modern Korean diner has a shared set menu for groups of up to four people, with two dinner seatings available Wednesday through Sunday.
The Potts Point taqueria and mezcal bar is once again slinging its wagyu pastrami burritos.
The preeminent Japanese fine dining restaurant is open from June 18 with two set menu options – five courses ($180; $285 with matching wines) or eight courses ($250; $415 with matching wines). Bookings are available for dinner Thu-Sat and lunch Fri-Sun, and considering this place is usually booked out months in advance, we'd suggest getting on that list quick snap.
The plant-focused Surry Hills spot is open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday through Sunday. If you can't nab a table for the 6.30pm or 8pm seatings, there's an earlybird 5pm dinner slot. Bring grandma.