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, restaurants in Sydney are truly a haven. Find recommendations for fine dining in Australia. Take a look at this foodie guide for fine dining restaurants in Sydney.
Also, I highly recommend that you try a road trip to Melbourne from Sydney, where you can find even more great restaurants.
Here are some of the best fine-dining restaurants you shouldn’t miss while on your gastronome–induced visit.
Best fine dining restaurants in Sydney
Be warned, Quay is the type of restaurant where 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 vegan ingredients that you must try. Quay is more than a novelty fine-dining experience. Its location set on the harbor 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.
Location: Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
Sydney is doing extremely well in the wine-bar-with-delectable-food setting. The dark and elegant theme here with an elegant, long, stool-lined counter that runs from the kitchen to the bar, and the walls are lined with bottles. Try the house-cured beef pastrami, made from the beef tongue, curled on a spelled crouton with pillow goat’s curd plus pickle. Their calamari is served with a black sausage purée complimented 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 by elevating Australian cuisine to previously unimaginable heights. The restaurant is housed in a 1936 Emil Sodersteen – designed Art Deco skyscraper. Here you can order a 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 decor, 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
Treat yourself and your companions or family to one of Sydney’s top Japanese restaurants and see why it’s the go-to place for those looking for 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 flavor. Delight yourself in a chilled-out environment with the 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
Found a restaurant you want to visit for a delectable meal in the restaurants in Sydney, the heart of Australia? It helps to book quickly and in advance, as all restaurants on this list often get fully booked fast. Have at it, gastronome!