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Tetsuya's

Japanese 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Down a clandestine security driveway, Tetsuya’s – rated one of the top restaurants in the world – is for those seeking a culinary journey rather than a simple stuffed belly. — Lonely Planet

Stylish premises – a Japanese timber interior and beautiful garden outside – and exquisite Japanese/French-style food created by the internationally renowned chef Tetsuya Wakuda. — Rough Guide

Both the food and the setting are well worth the long reservation period and the over-the-top prices. — Concierge

The menu changes often but never fails to dazzle. — Fodor's

So is it worth the wait? The answer is yes. — Time Out

Quay Bar

International 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Perched high above Circular Quay, this elegant fine-dining restaurant has some of the best mealtime views in the city. — Travel + Leisure

With its enviable location on top of the cruise-ship terminal, Quay offers another of the loveliest views in the city. — Frommer's

The address might scream "tourist trap," but don't be fooled. This is one of the best restaurants in Sydney. — Concierge

Peter Gilmore may be one of Sydney’s younger celeb chefs, but Quay’s exquisite menu proves he’s at the top of his game. — Lonely Planet

Peter Gilmore’s palate and palette know no bounds as he creates food that’s almost too beautiful to ruin with cutlery. Almost. — Time Out

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

Italian 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located on the southern end of Bondi Beach, overlooking the rock pool with the ocean stretched out in front of it, Icebergs offers a striking location for a meal. — Gayot

The restaurant at the Bondi Icebergs Club, a revamped old swimming club complex, overlooks Bondi Beach and is a truly fabulous place to hang out. — Frommer's

The glamorous dining room, with turquoise columns that match the sea, draws a posh, beach-bleached crowd. Some come for the scene, but the food, while pricey... is a genuine draw. — Concierge

Overlooking iconic Bondi Beach, Icebergs is arguably Sydney’s most scenic restaurant. The food lives up to the setting. — Afar Magazine

The first really swish restaurant to hit the surf at Bondi, this dining room is above the famous swimming pool. — DK Eyewitness

Longrain

Thai 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hot (and spicy) favourites on the menu, which includes vegetarian options, include bite-size betel leaf topped with trout, mint, green papaya and chilli peanut relish. — Gayot

The food can be exhilarating—and very spicy. — Concierge

Housed within a sprawling converted warehouse that is more than a century old, this Surry Hills restaurant specializes in contemporary Asian cuisine. — Travel + Leisure

A fashionable crowd flocks to this restaurant for the sup­erb modern Thai cuisine. — Insight Guides

Chilli and ginger turn up the spice at Sydney’s hippest restaurant, where the giant communal tables were one of the first in town. — DK Eyewitness

Billy Kwong

Chinese 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Kylie Kwong celebrates the flavours and textures of traditional Chinese cuisine in this intimate (tiny) restaurant. No reservations, but it's worth the wait. — Insight Guides

There’s something wonderfully egalitarian about top restaurants where queuing is required – perfect for travellers who don’t have the luxury of booking weeks ahead. — Lonely Planet

Chef Kylie Kwong introduced the masses—or more accurately, the few lucky enough to nab a table in her tiny restaurant—to Cantonese home cooking, and her star has yet to wane. — Concierge

You can’t help but want to get involved with whatever thing chef Kylie Kwong is passionate about right now. — Time Out

The Cantonese-inspired Billy Kwong, located on the hip Crown Street, showcases the culinary skill of Australian-born chef Kylie Kwong. — Travel + Leisure

Eleven Bridge

International 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Neil Perry empire now stretches to seven acclaimed restaurants in three cities, but it was here, in the dying days of the 1980s, that it all began. — Lonely Planet

The restaurant that defined modern Australian fine dining in Sydney has moved house after 23 years. And you know what? We’re glad Who won the bar awards? — Time Out

A meal at Rockpool is a crash course in what Mod-Oz cooking is all about, conducted in a glamorous, long dining room with a catwalk-like ramp. — Fodor's

Chef Neil Perry was one of the pioneers of fine dining in Sydney. Rockpool has weathered several changes in the economic climate as well as fads, trends and diner preferences. — Gayot

The prix-fixe menus (warning: they’re pricey) feature an impressive range of options, such as charcoal-grilled prawn with shiso and nam prik sauce. — Travel + Leisure

Buon Ricordo

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef and restaurateur Armando Percuoco came to Australia in 1972 and brought serious, authentic Italian cooking with him. — Time Out

Percuoco invests classic Neapolitan and Tuscan techniques with inventive personal touches to produce such dishes as warmed figs with Gorgonzola and prosciutto. — Fodor's

Let bearded chef Armando Percuoco decide whether you want the zuppa di pesce or the tagliata con rucola. — Lonely Planet

The prices for main courses are high, but the food is just perfection, and authentic. — Frommer's

Channeling a fine Neapolitan ristorante, Buon Ricordo has been charming visitors for decades. — Gayot

Bills

Cafés 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A loyal brunch-hungry crowd has followed Bill Granger's legendary eggs from his Darlinghurst eatery to this offshoot, which offers courtyard seating but slightly less atmosphere. — Lonely Planet

Bills may be a 90s café, but hey - the 90s are back. Embrace them. — Time Out

Named after celebrity chef and cookbook author Bill Granger, this sunny corner café is so addictive it should come with a health warning. — Fodor's

Breakfast at Bills is a near-religious morning experience for Sydneysiders. — Concierge

Straightforward, fresh, occasionally indulgent, and just plain delicious: avocado toast, ethereal scrambled eggs, ricotta hotcakes with strawberries and buttery streaks of honeycomb. — Condé Nast Traveler

Marque

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's Mark Best's delicious, inventive, beautifully presented food that has won Marque various best-restaurant gongs in recent years. — Lonely Planet

Chef Mark Best has been winning raves for creative concoctions like yellowfin tuna on French toast with foie gras butter. — Travel + Leisure

Choose between the eight-course dégustation menu, which can also be vegetarian, or the à la carte menu. — DK Eyewitness

Molecular gastronomy has its detractors because many see it as some sort of culinary mumbo-jumbo at best; messing around with good food, at worst. — Gayot

Chef Mark Best insists on exemplary service and great food at this elegant Surry Hills restaurant. — Fodor's

ARIA Restaurant

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With uninterrupted panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Bridge, there are many options here. — DK Eyewitness

Chef Matthew Moran creates a menu of extraordinary dishes that may be your best meal in the antipodes—and a steep bill to show for it. — Fodor's

Aria is a star in Sydney’s fine-dining firmament, an award-winning combination of chef Matt Moran’s stellar dishes, awesome Opera House views and faultless service. — Lonely Planet

With front-row views of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, Aria stands in one of the most enviable spots in the city. — Frommer's

Aria serves straight-up delicious food. If you’re after envelope pushing, you might not be in the right restaurant. — Time Out

Sailors Thai

Thai 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located at the historic Sailors’ Home, chef and Thai food expert David Thompson continues to oversee the menu at this restaurant. — DK Eyewitness

Aussies love their Thai food and this stylish restaurant has been delivering some of the best in the city for 18 years. — Fodor's

Originally the brainchild of ex-pat and master Thai chef David Thompson, this restaurant was one of the first to offer really authentic Thai food in an upmarket setting. — Time Out

With a reputation as hot as the chilies in its jungle curry, Sailors Thai canteen attracts casual lunchtime crowds who come to eat great-tasting noodles, pork and prawn wonton soup. — Frommer's

Downstairs, the restaurant perpetuates the theme with colorful Thai silk-lined walls and offers Royal Thai cuisine served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. — Gayot

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Steakhouses 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

While the kitchen needs to iron out a few first-month kinks, there's no doubt Rockpool Bar & Grill is a restaurant to be reckoned with. We smell a winner. — Time Out

Taking steakhouse to new heights in a heritage-listed Art Deco building, is this 2009 addition to the renowned Rockpool stable. — DK Eyewitness

Celebrity chef Neil Perry opened this restaurant in a grand Art Deco building. The kitchen specializes in wood-fired grills and house-aged beef. — Travel + Leisure

Chef Neil Perry’s grill house inhabits Sydney's most beautiful Art Deco building. The food is excellent, the wine list one of the best in town, but you pay for the privilege. — Insight Guides

Neil Perry's long career as a chef-restaurateur has shown that he has a love of Asian flavors, seafood, prime meats and grilling. — Gayot

Porteno

Barbecue 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dishes like grilled octopus and a wood-roasted pumpkin, fontina, and almond ravioli are just as renowned as its sirloin and skirt steaks. Carnivores will love the wood-fired meats. — Travel + Leisure

Among a slew of large and small places that have popped up serving food with a Latin beat is Porteño, offering the cuisine of Buenos Aires and the south. — Gayot

Smoke; meat; salt; fire; beers; rock'n'roll and a tonne of Brylcreem all mingle in pursuit of the ultimate good time. — Time Out

The asado pit is undoubtedly the main draw at Porteño, but surprisingly for an Argentinian-influenced grill house, the raucous— almost rockabilly—vibe is also a draw. — Condé Nast Traveler

The hip lads who made their mark with Bodega have stepped up their robust homage to the foods of South America, and they've taken loads of fans along for the ride. — Lonely Planet

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International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Peter Doyle is considered the father of Modern Australian cuisine. His innovative treatment of native ingredients is served with panache in a surprisingly sterile dining room. — Insight Guides

Part of the Establishment Hotel, this gourmet restaurant is helmed by local chef Peter Doyle, often regarded as a trailblazer in modern Australian cuisine. — Travel + Leisure

The chichi elegance of the restaurant inside the Establishment Hotel... is aptly matched by the sophistication of chef Peter Doyle's food. — Concierge

Head chef Peter Doyle is widely regarded as a founding father of modern Australian cuisine, with a career spanning 30 years, he has been referred to as a “home-grown legend”. — DK Eyewitness

This restaurant... is elegant proof that there's still a place for fine dining in Sydney. — Time Out

Sepia

International 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The white plates are gone, the Japanese grills are fired up and Sepia are offering a new menu that pops and sizzles Who won the bar awards? — Time Out

There's nothing washed out or brown-tinged about Sepia's food: Martin Benn's picture-perfect creations are presented in glorious technicolour, with each taste worth a thousand words. — Lonely Planet

Located at the intersection of tourist and business-end Sydney, Sepia is ideally placed to serve all comers. — Gayot

Tuck into a sublime Queensland spanner crab and buckwheat risotto served under a frothy bubble of pink shellfish essence at this confident new venture from Tetsuya’s longtime chef de cuisine Martin Benn. — Travel + Leisure

With Tetsuya's former chef running the show, interest in Sepia ran high even before the ink on the contract was dry. — Concierge

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Spice Temple

Chinese 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Open the video-screen door and enter a modern Chinese marvel that draws inspiration from provinces throughout China. — DK Eyewitness

Spice Temple is an exciting restaurant – not just because it's Neil Perry's amazing food in a casual, fun environment. It's unlike anything Sydney's seen before. Bravo. — Time Out

The culinary focus of chic basement eatery—another of the restaurants owned by Neil Perry of Rockpool fame—is regional China. — Fodor's

A recurring theme in Neil Perry'€™s restaurant history is his involvement with Asian cuisines. The heat, the spiciness, the endless palette of ingredients suit his love of diversity. — Gayot

Tucked away in the basement of his Rockpool Bar & Grill, owner/chef Neil Perry runs this darkly atmospheric temple to the cuisine of China's western provinces. — Lonely Planet

Yellow

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Once a sunflower-yellow symbol of all things Bohemian, this former artists’ residence is now a top-notch contemporary restaurant serving sophisticated bistro dishes and, on the weekend, a mean brunch. — Lonely Planet

This local marigold-hued landmark in Potts Point serves lovely, creative dishes — Travel + Leisure

Before the lamb shoulder ever hits a customers place, ti's brined for 24-hours to evenly distribute moisture through the cut. — Frommer's

The famous Yellow House has been a patisserie, an Italian restaurant, a pop-up and now, a mod bistro. — Time Out

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Glebe Point Diner

French 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A sensational neighbourhood diner, where only the best local produce is used and everything from the home-baked bread and hand-churned butter to the nougat finale is made from scratch. — Lonely Planet

The success of this compact place (it seats only 42) testifies to the profound pleasures of simple cooking. — Gayot

This place is the antidote to bad dining. Think roast chook with bread sauce and super sweet corn kernels, black fig tart, peach Melba and honey ice-cream. — Time Out

Contemporary, upmarket dishes – try the duck “to share” for starters and save room for the amazing desserts. — Rough Guide

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The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

Seafood 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Housed in the upper level of a boatshed, it looks out at the fish markets and busy traffic of trawlers and pleasure crafts. — DK Eyewitness

Atmospheric restaurant above Sydney Women’s Rowing Club, with fantastic views across the bay. — Rough Guide

Australia's Sydney Rock is a small oyster with a big, sweet-salty taste. There's no better place to sample it than at the ever-popular Boathouse. — Travel + Leisure

For a peerless Saturday lunch, our clams are on this one. — Time Out

The best restaurant in Glebe, and one of the best seafood restaurants in Sydney. — Lonely Planet

Sean's Panaroma

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's been there since the mid-1990s and owner Sean Moran now graces his table with fresh produce grown on his farm in the Blue Mountains, aptly named "Farm Panaroma". — Fodor's

Like an oversized family dining room, Sean’s is intimate and friendly. — DK Eyewitness

A totally unique eatery with a menu that changes daily to reflect what’s fresh in from the local farms and docks. — Insight Guides

You don't get much more Sydney than Sean's Panaroma. — Time Out

Sean Moran’s ever-changing menu hangs on swinging squares of chalked blackboard in this modest but romantic diner. — Lonely Planet

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