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Tetsuya's

Japanese 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It would be impossible to catalogue the accolades heaped on this humble and unassuming chef whose melding of Japanese and French cuisines has set new standards in this city and elsewhere. — Gayot

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

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

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

Australia’s most famous chef for close to a decade, Tetsuya Wakuda continues to wow foodies with his deft, eclectic Japanese-by-way-of-French cuisine. — Travel + Leisure

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

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

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

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

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

Poised above the famous Icebergs swimming pool, Icebergs’ views sweep across the Bondi Beach arc to the sea. — Lonely Planet

Quay Bar

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

In his take on Mod-Oz cuisine, chef Peter Gilmore masterfully crafts a four-course à la carte menu including such dishes as mud crab congee with Chinese-inspired split rice porridge. — Fodor's

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

Jutting out over the harbour like yet another mighty ship, Quay understandably has one of the best views in Sydney. — Gayot

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

Longrain

Thai 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Sydney has always done Thai food well, but Longrain takes it one step further. — Condé Nast Traveler

Diners slurp Longrain's signature modern Thai specialities, such as pork and prawn-filled eggnet or caramelised pork hock with chilli vinegar. — Lonely Planet

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

Eleven Bridge

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

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

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

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

Billy Kwong

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

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

If the long queues are not a dead giveaway then the smell when you walk in the door will tell you that this place is special. — DK Eyewitness

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

Go for the prawn-and-ginger-stuffed eggplant, organic chickpeas with cuttlefish and caramel tomatoes, free-range pork san choy bow, or caramelised oxtail --- it'€™s all good. — Gayot

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

Buon Ricordo

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

Ask a Sydney chef where he goes on nights off and the answer is likely to be this small restaurant. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

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

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

Bills

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

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

Owned by celebrity chef Bill Granger, this sunny corner café-restaurant in the quieter Darlinghurst backstreets is one of Sydney’s favourite breakfast spots. — Rough Guide

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

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

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

Marque

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

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 and owner Mark best... fuses classical French technique with surprising food pairings. When he succeeds, the results are exceptional. — Concierge

The winner of the Best Restaurant in Sydney in the 2011 Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide, Marque is seriously sophisticated. — Frommer's

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

ARIA Restaurant

International 86 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

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

Dine for lunch when the bustling harbor and quay is at its best, or come by night when the Sydney Opera House glows white against the lights of vessels on the water. — Gayot

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

Views of the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge? Check. Native A-listers like Nicole Kidman? Check. A local celebrity chef? Check. — Concierge

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

The bar is famous for its dry-aged, full-blood Wagyu burger... but carnivores will be equally enamoured with the succulent steaks served in the grill. — Lonely Planet

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 →

Food of the Buenos Aires locals displaced to Sydney, this Argentinean grill is hearty and super authentic. — On the Grid

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 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

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

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

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

Pressed-tin ceilings, huge columns, oversized windows and modern furniture make the interior design almost as interesting as the food. — Lonely Planet

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

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

With its soaring columns and moulded ceiling, and ranks of formally set tables and banquettes, here is a choice place for any occasion, from sealing a major deal to the setting for a proposal. — Gayot

Anything Doyle cooks with scallops is divine as is his salad of spanner crab, cauliflower, white radicchio, and nasturtiums. Seafood lovers will relish the Murray cod with shaved abalone. — Fodor's

Sailors Thai

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

Wedge yourself into a gap between arts-community operators, politicians and media manoeuvrers at Sailors' long communal table and order from the fragrant menu of Thai street-food classics. — Lonely Planet

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

Cheaper version of the much-praised, pricey downstairs restaurant housed in the restored Sailors’ Home. — Rough Guide

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

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

Sepia

International 83 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

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

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

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

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

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Yellow

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

This local marigold-hued landmark in Potts Point serves lovely, creative dishes. The weekend breakfast and brunch menu has all the Australian classics and some surprises (toasted... — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

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Spice Temple

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

Sydney's fooderati favor the basement space that houses Neil Perry’s attention-worthy cuisine. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

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

Glebe Point Diner

French 82 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

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

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

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The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

Seafood 82 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

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

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

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

With such a waterside ambience it is a foregone conclusion that the menu will feature seafood, and few restaurants do it better. — Gayot

Sean's Panaroma

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

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

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

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

Chef Sean Moran has always been passionate about good food, and not too concerned about what people think. — Gayot

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