Sydney’s culinary scene ranks among the world’s best. Fresh seafood, especially Tasmanian scallops, tuna, and barramundi, rules on menus city-wide and across culinary genres (international options range from Burmese and Lao to Italian and French). Note that many restaurants are BYOB, so call ahead if you’d like wine or beer with your meal.

Top Restaurants in Sydney

Chinese Noodle Restaurant

Savor delicious homemade noodle dishes at this hole-in-the-wall Chinatown spot.

8 Quay St., 011-61-2-9281-9051
Tags: budget | chinese

Rockpool Fish

Innovative, super fresh seafood dishes are still the draw at re-designed Rockpool Fish, with specials like Korean-style tuna tartare making frequent appearances on their rotating menu.

107 George St., 011-61-2-9252-1888,
Tags: seafood | expensive

Sydney Fish Market

Stalls sell excellent fish-and-chips and fresh oysters; it’s an amazing sight on early mornings when the daily catch of 100+ species is up for grabs.

Bank Street Pyrmont, 011-62-2-9004-1100,
Tags: budget | seafood | editor pick


Sydney’s star chef conjures up Japanese delights with a French twist at his eponymous restaurant. Try the double cooked spatchcock with braised daikon and bread sauce. Reservations required.

529 Kent St., 011-61-2-9267-2900,
Tags: expensive | french | japanese

The Malaya

The best Asian fusion can be sampled in the swanky oceanfront interior of Darling Harbour’s long-running establishment (they’ve been going strong since 1963).

39 Lime St., 011-61-2-9279-1170,
Tags: expensive | editor pick | asian fusion

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