Top ChoiceModern Australian in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Quay

What many consider to be Sydney's best restaurant matches a peerless bridge view with brilliant food. Chef Peter Gilmore never rests on his laurels, consistently delivering exquisitely crafted, adventurous...

Top ChoiceModern Australian in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Dead Ringer

This charcoal-fronted terrace is a laid-back haven of quality eating and drinking. Graze on the short, brilliant menu that changes slightly daily and runs from bar snacks through tapas to mains. Though well...

Top ChoiceCafe in Newtown & the Inner West

Grounds of Alexandria

Grounds of Alexandria

A quite extraordinary Alexandria spot, the Grounds goes well beyond converted industrial chic. This former pie factory sports futuristic coffee technology, tip-top baking and delicious food, but it's the enormous...

Top ChoiceItalian in Paddington & Centennial Park

Marta

Set back from a showroom on its own sunny square – or should that be piazza? – this seductive spot focuses on traditional recipes from Rome and its region. Fairly priced and richly flavoured plates blend...

Top ChoiceArgentine in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Porteño

This upbeat and deservedly acclaimed Argentine restaurant is a great place to eat. The 'animal of the day' is slow-roasted for eight hours before the doors even open and is always delicious. Other highlights...

Top ChoiceModern Australian in Northern Beaches

Jonah's

Perched above Whale Beach, luxurious Jonah's has fabulous perspectives over the ocean. The food is easy on the eye too, with immaculate presentation and excellent fish dishes. For the ultimate Sydney indulgence,...

Top ChoiceJapanese in City Centre & Haymarket

Azuma

Tucked away upstairs in Chifley Plaza, this is one of Sydney's finest Japanese restaurants. Sushi and sashimi are of stellar quality and too pretty to eat – almost. Other options include sukiyaki and hot-pot DIY...

Top ChoiceChinese in City Centre & Haymarket

Mr Wong

Classy but comfortable in an attractive, low-lit space on a CBD laneway, this place has exposed-brick colonial warehouse chic and a huge team of staff and hanging ducks in the open kitchen. Lunchtime dim sum...

Top ChoiceTurkish in Sydney Harbourside

Efendy

Occupying the house and courtyard of a venerable Balmain mansion, this immersive Turkish restaurant is a buzzy place designed for sociable dining on delicious meze morsels, charcoal-grilled meats and other...

Top ChoiceFusion in Bondi, Coogee & the Eastern Beaches

Blanca

The crisp white minimalism of the decor here belies the food, where there's plenty going on. Marrying Japanese and European ideas along with quality Australian produce, there are some truly delicious morsels...

Top ChoiceItalian in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

LuMi

This wharf spot sits alongside bobbing boats, though views aren't quite knock-me-down. Hidden just steps from the Star Casino, it offers strikingly innovative Italian-Japanese cuisine in an atmosphere of casual...

Top ChoiceSardinian in Northern Beaches

Pilu at Freshwater

Housed within a heritage-listed beach house overlooking the ocean, this brilliant Sardinian restaurant serves specialities such as oven-roasted suckling pig and traditional flatbread. Your best bet, however, is...

Top ChoiceVegetarian in Kings Cross & Potts Point

Yellow

This sunflower-yellow former artists’ residence is now a top-notch contemporary vegetarian restaurant. Dishes are prepared with real panache; the tasting menus, which can be vegan, take the Sydney meat-free scene...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Paddington & Centennial Park

Saint Peter

Saint Peter

Fish has sometimes been left behind in the race for nose-to-tailery, pulled meat and burgerisation of any land-based beast. It reclaims its deserved pre-eminence here, with an inspiring, innovative and changing...

Top ChoiceCafe in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Fine Food Store

The Rocks sometimes seems like it's all pubs, so it's a delight to find this contemporary cafe that works for a sightseeing stopover or a better, cheaper breakfast than your hotel. Staff are genuinely welcoming,...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Newtown & the Inner West

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

The best restaurant in Glebe, and one of the best seafood restaurants in Sydney. Oysters are sourced from from mid-north NSW to southeast Tassie, but delivered so fresh you’d think you'd shucked them yourself,...

Top ChoiceFrench in City Centre & Haymarket

Tetsuya’s

Concealed in a villa behind a historic cottage amid the high-rises, this extraordinary restaurant is for those seeking a culinary journey rather than a simple stuffed belly. Settle in for 10-plus courses of...

Top ChoiceModern Australian in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Aria

Aria is a star in Sydney’s fine-dining firmament, an award-winning combination of chef Joel Bickford’s stellar dishes, floor-to-ceiling windows staring straight at the Opera House, a stylishly renovated interior...

Top ChoiceBakery in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Bourke Street Bakery

Queuing outside this teensy bakery, which has sprouted branches across the city, is an essential Surry Hills experience. It sells a tempting selection of pastries, cakes, bread and sandwiches, along with...

Top ChoiceModern Australian in Newtown & the Inner West

Ester

Ester exemplifies Sydney's contemporary dining scene: informal but not sloppy; innovative without being overly gimmicky; hip, but never try-hard. The menu specialises in well-sourced Australian fish, molluscs and...