Welcome to the flavor capital of Australia. Sydney’s multicultural heritage, a local passion for food, and the fresh produce and seafood on its doorstep come together to create one of the world’s best places to eat and drink. Discover an array of delicious experiences, from gourmet restaurants to alleyway cafes, bustling markets, glamourous cocktail bars and classic neighborhood pubs in Sydney.
Glass Brasserie at Hilton Sydney
Not only is this the best hotel restaurant in Sydney, it’s one of the best restaurants in Sydney, period. In a city obsessed with ‘who’s new’, Glass, under the direction of Chef Luke Mangan, is proof that not all the action is at new establishments. Mangan refuses to rest on his laurels, offering an ever-changing menu that sings of seasonality with a focus on premium Australian ingredients. Plus, there’s a wine list that boasts over 1,000 drops, which are displayed in an impressive glass column at the centre of the restaurant. A visit to Glass is not just about eating and drinking. This is dining in style.
Altitude at Shangri-La Sydney
The best fine dining establishments understand that the experience is not just about what’s on the plate; it should really come with a view. And views don’t get much better than the 36th floor of the Shangri La, which overlooks iconic Sydney attractions such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Altitude is all about reaching culinary heights, too, so the menu’s as impressive as the view.
Stockroom at Intercontinental Double Bay
The latest hotel restaurant to hit Sydney, Stockroom takes up residence on level one of the glamorous InterContinental Double Bay. Under the helm of executive chef Julien Pouteau, Stockroom’s dining philosophy pays homage to Double Bay’s farming legacy, way back when the bay was a popular haven for fisherman and farmers. Gin lover? Stop by the Stillery (next door) for a Two Sips and It’s Gone (I’m giving no clues – you’ll have to drop in to find out what it is yourself).
Aria Restaurant, Circular Quay
With its world-renowned chefs and celebrity diners, Aria is a winning spot for a glitzy date night. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, making Aria one of the most scenic places to dine in the city. The award-winning menu also boasts an array of fine wines and specially selected dishes that are sure to impress any gourmet.
The Bridge Room, City Centre
Dazzle your date with sophisticated food served in a beautiful Art Deco building in the CBD. The Bridge Room is both in demand and highly awarded, earning three Chef Hats and the title of ‘Best Restaurant in Australia’ (Qantas Business Travel) in 2017 alone. Diners can choose between one and three courses for lunch, or two to four courses for dinner, with full tasting menus and sommelier-selected wine pairings available for each.
Tetsuya’s, City Centre
The flagship restaurant of acclaimed chef Tetsuya Wakada, Tetsuya’s takes the best of French and Japanese cuisine and serves it up in an exquisite setting. The restaurant’s 10-course set degustation menu is sure to provide an unforgettable culinary experience, while the main dining rooms (which overlook a tranquil Japanese garden) provide an enchanting backdrop to the world-class food.
Restaurants Seafood Paddington
What is it? Certainly Sydney’s – and dare we say Australia’s – most revolutionary seafood restaurant, helmed by superstar chef Josh Niland.
Why we love it: The new chef’s counter format has transformed the squeezy Oxford Street space and makes for a more dramatic and interactive way to enjoy the wizardry on display – think terrine made from coral trout head, striped marlin ‘nduja, dry-aged mahi mahi and even chips made from fish eyes.
Time Out tip: While the refurb has greatly enhanced the overall experience, the set-up suits groups of two far better than threes or fours. Choose your dining companion wisely.
With the chef having grown up in Italy, you’ll struggle to find a more authentic Italian restaurant than Matteo. Every dish on the menu is bright and vibrant, with pizza being the crowd favourite. This is just one of two Matteo Italian restaurants in Sydney, so you know the owners are doing something right.
Address: 29 Bay Street, Double Bay NSW 2028
Phone: +61 02 9327 8015
Trading Hours: Tues-Wed 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11:30pm, Sun 12pm-10pm, Mon Closed