Gourmet dining in Sydney
Reserve a table at one of Sydney’s top-rated restaurants. Quay is located at The Rocks and offers sweeping views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
In regional NSW, you’ll find top restaurants within a few hours’ drive from Sydney. Biota is in Bowral in the Southern Highlands and there’s accommodation for diners who want to linger. Muse Restaurant is at Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region; find Subo in Newcastle, NSW’s second-largest city.
Excellent restaurants in Sydney
Sydney’s top-ranked restaurants serve elegantly presented dishes, created from the best ingredients. Gourmets will delight in exquisite flavours inspired by the city's cultural diversity. They’ll also be impressed by the artful plating and attention to detail.
Exemplary service and excellent local and international wines will perfectly complement the fine dining experience. Some restaurants have splendid views of Sydney’s most famous attractions. Quay, one of the best restaurants, has stunning views of the Sydney Opera House.
Quay and Sepia, in Sussex Street, appear on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. The owners of Quay and executive chef Peter Gilmore also run Bennelong restaurant, at the Sydney Opera House.
Each year The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide reviews restaurants in Sydney and the NSW regions and awards one, two or three chef’s hats to the best, similar to Michelin stars. Three hats is the top award.
In 2016, restaurants awarded three hats included The Bridge Room, Quay, Rockpool (now called Eleven Bridge) and Sepia. Two-hatted Sydney restaurants include Aria, Bennelong, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, est, Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Ormeggio at The Spit, Porteno, Spice Temple, and Tetsuya's.