Sydney Restaurants

The cuisine in Sydney’s restaurants ranges from typically Australian to international.

In Sydney, a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% is calculated, which is already included in the invoice. On public holidays, many restaurants charge an additional service charge of 15%. A tip of around 10% is otherwise common.

Many restaurants in Sydney are not licensed, but you can bring your own drinks (BYO = Bring Your Own). This (and the corresponding corking fee) are noted.

The following restaurants are divided into three categories:

Expensive (over A $ 150),
moderate (A $ 50 to A $ 150),
inexpensive (up to A $ 50).

It is the average price for a three-course menu for one person and half a bottle of the cheapest wine or house wine. The GST is included, but not the service charge or tip.



If everything is going to go perfectly at a business lunch, it has to take place at the Aria, because it is the jewel in the culinary crown of Sydney.

The Aria is located on the edge of the port area. It is a cozy restaurant with innovative and modern cuisine that is only praised by restaurant critics. Guests are also extremely satisfied with the fresh seasonal ingredients and unusual dishes such as duck and pea pie.

Address: 1 Macquarie St, 2000 Sydney
Telephone: (02) 92 52 25 55.


If love goes through your stomach, you will definitely make your better half happy with the tasting menu, which is worth its (high) price.

Inside the rather inconspicuous building is a land of plenty for gourmets, in which each delicious course is followed by another. The best thing is that many of these courses fit on a fork – ideal for feeding each other.

Address: Surry Hills, 4/355 Crown St, 2010 Sydney
Phone: (02) 93 32 22 25.

Billy Kwong

This always-visited restaurant by celebrity chef Kylie Kwong serves delicious dishes that are inspired by Chinese cuisine and are always of absolutely fantastic quality.

Based on traditional Chinese recipes, Kwong’s creations are given their very own, modern style that delights their young clientele.

The house specialty, duck with crispy skin and plum jam, is just heavenly, as is Mrs. Yang’s home-style fried egg. No matter what you order, you will always be right.

Address: Darlinghurst, 3/255 Crown St, 2010 Sydney
Telephone: (02) 93 32 33 00.



Right next to the hugely popular Toko Restaurant & Bar, which is not to be confused with, is the Tokonoma, Sydney’s third restaurant by the same group of entrepreneurs. Every night the restaurant fills up with relaxed, super-cool guests from areas like Surry Hill.

Delicious Japanese cuisine and a large number of cocktails and sake liqueurs are on offer. In addition, the canapé menus and the eight-course tasting menu are highly recommended.

You should also keep an eye on the lighting made from 500,000 resin-coated lenses. Really.

Address: 490 Crown St, 2010 Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 93 57 61 00.

LL Wine and Dine

The LL Wine and Dine, a combination of a restaurant and a bar, is vital for the revitalization of the Kings Cross district.

The place is perfect for a snack and a drink after work, a Sunday tea or a long dinner.

The LL Wine and Dine, which was opened by two brothers, is based on a Hong Kong wine bar, coupled with the inimitable Melbourne dining culture.

The menu is excellent. The pancakes of duck breast smoked in black tea and star anise are particularly outstanding. There is also a short but seductive cocktail menu with Asian-inspired mixed drinks such as the chilli-coconut martini and an extensive international wine menu.

Address: Llankelly Pl, 2011 Potts Point
Telephone: (02) 93 56 83 93.

North Bondi Italian

Located on the northern edge of Bondi Beach, the well-attended restaurant is popular with locals and visitors alike. It is sometimes a bit noisy, but the relaxed atmosphere and excellent food are always worth an evening, especially if you are lucky enough to get a table outside.

The modern Italian menu includes dishes such as flat head (a type of fish) with parmesan sprinkles and farfalle with braised game, porcini mushrooms and peas.

Address: 118-120 Ramsgate Ave, 2026 North Bondi
Phone: (02) 93 00 44 00.


Harry’s Cafe de Wheels

Harry’s is not a restaurant, but just a small booth at the harbor, where meat pie with legacies, mashed potatoes and sauce has been available since 1945 , the staple food of Australian sailors, strays and party animals.

It has now become a tourist attraction and is adorned with photos of well-known visitors.

The pies, as the Australians would say, are “bloody good tucker, mate”. Open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. No licensing license.

Address: Cowper Wharf Rd, 2011 Woolloomooloo
Phone: (02) 93 57 30 74.


If you want the much-praised Sydney cuisine without the Sydney attitude, this pretty bistro is the place for you.

As a former corner shop opposite a sleepy park, the Manna has experienced staff who, through the relaxed greeting, puts you in the right mood for lightly seared scallops. Classic linguini with shrimps, garlic and chilli then round off the menu. Closed on Monday.

Address: West St & Station St, 2049 Sydney
Telephone: (02) 95 68 46 44.


Be prepared to queue up in this modern Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown, especially in the evenings and on weekends. The food here is incredibly good, especially for the price.

In the open kitchen, the chefs skillfully whirl the roti dough around in the air, watched by crowded guests who are dripping their teeth.

You should definitely try the roti-canai flatbread with two curry dips and a spicy sambal sauce, especially because it is so inexpensive.

Address: Goulburn St, 2000 Haymarket
Phone: (02) 92 11 16 68.