The Travelling Foodie: Top Fine-Dining Restaurants in Sydney you Shouldn’t Miss

Foodie Guide - Restaurants in Sydney

The beautiful city of Sydney is filled with everything anyone would like to experience in a world-class metropolis. For the traveling foodie looking for out-of-this-world and delightfully tasty food offerings, Sydney is truly a haven.

Here are some of the best fine-dining restaurants you shouldn’t miss while on your gastronome –induced visit.

Quay. Be warned, Quay is the type of restaurant that you make reservations far in advance and even pack an outfit for the occasion. This restaurant, with its world-famous chef Peter Gilmore, draws a crowd of reality cooking show fans and serves a heavenly fusion of food with experimental ingredients that you must try. Quay is more than a novelty fine-dining experience. Its location set on the harbour directly across the Opera House allows a panoramic view of the iconic Sydney highlight.

Quick tip: Don’t forget to try the strangely delicious snow egg, a mix of lychee, coconut, vanilla, and rose. Also, the menu changes with the seasons so expect a delectable surprise every visit.

Top Fine-Dining Restaurants in Sydney

Location: Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks

Monopole. Sydney is doing extremely well in the wine-bar-with-delectable-food setting. The dark and elegant theme here with elegant, long, stool-lined counter runs from the kitchen to bar, and the walls are lined with bottles. Try the house-cured beef pastrami, made from beef tongue, curled on a spelt crouton with pillowy goat’s curd plus pickle. Their calamari is served with a black sausage puree complemented with fresh broad beans.

Location: 71A Macleay St, Potts Point NSW

Rockpool Bar & Grill. Run by one of Australia’s best-known chefs, Neil Perry truly earned his reputation through elevating Australian cuisine to previously unimaginable heights. The restaurant is housed in a 1936 Emil Sodersteen – designed Art Deco skyscraper. Here you can order delicious introduction to Australia’s bounty, from freshly-shucked Sydney oysters to free-range chicken and dry-aged beef cooked in a rotisserie oven. You won’t want to miss this one.

Location: 66 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Four in Hand. This gutsy pub-side restaurant boasts a loyal local following and incites new ones due to its honest cooking. Colin Fassnidge’s bistro is a rather unfancy yet fantastic dining experience. The menu is filled with immaculate renditions of nose-to-tail food. The pub-style have décor, a wall-long mirror bordered by an inky drawing of a squid, is a comfy and sophisticated match for the food.

Try the suckling pig with crisp tail, parsnip and sprouts and I guarantee you’ll have it again the next time you come.

Location: 105 Sutherland Street, Paddington NSW 2021

Sokyo (Japanese). Treat yourself and your companions or family to one of Sydney’s top Japanese restaurant and see why it’s the go-to place for those looking for an authentic Japanese food. Indulge yourself to be lost in the world of Chef Chase Kojima and his impeccable union of traditional craftsmanship with a state-of-the-art take on contemporary flavour. Delight yourself at a chilled out environment with fantastic sounds of the resident DJ while enjoying delectable Japanese inspired dishes.

Quick tip: Eat lunch at Sokyo every Friday and Saturday and experience the very best in traditionally inspired Japanese cuisine.

Location: Level G, The Darling, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street

Parting Note
Found a restaurant you want to visit for a delectable meal in the heart of Australia? It helps to book quickly and in advance as all restaurants in this list often get fully-booked fast. Have at it, gastronome!

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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