Gourmet dining in Sydney

Reserve a table at one of Sydney’s top-rated restaurants. Quay is located at The Rocks and offers sweeping views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

In regional NSW, you’ll find top restaurants within a few hours’ drive from Sydney. Biota is in Bowral in the Southern Highlands and there’s accommodation for diners who want to linger. Muse Restaurant is at Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region; find Subo in Newcastle, NSW’s second-largest city.

Bistro Molines, Hunter Valley
Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney

Excellent restaurants in Sydney

Sydney’s top-ranked restaurants serve elegantly presented dishes, created from the best ingredients. Gourmets will delight in exquisite flavours inspired by the city's cultural diversity. They’ll also be impressed by the artful plating and attention to detail.

Exemplary service and excellent local and international wines will perfectly complement the fine dining experience. Some restaurants have splendid views of Sydney’s most famous attractions. Quay, one of the best restaurants, has stunning views of the Sydney Opera House.

Quay appear on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. The owners of Quay and executive chef Peter Gilmore also run Bennelong restaurant, at the Sydney Opera House.

Each year The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide reviews restaurants in Sydney and the NSW regions and awards one, two or three chef’s hats to the best, similar to Michelin stars. Three hats is the top award.

In 2017, restaurants awarded three hats include The Bridge Room, Quay and Sepia. Two-hatted Sydney restaurants include Aria, Bennelong, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, est, Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Mr Wong, Ormeggio at The Spit, Pilu at Freshwater, Porteno, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple, and Tetsuya's.

You’ll find one-hatted restaurants in many parts of Sydney and NSW, including the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, country NSW as well as the South Coast, Central Coast and North Coast.

Hero of Waterloo, The Rocks

Pubs and Breweries

Explore Australia's oldest pubs, including the F​ortune of War,​the Hero of Waterloo, and the Lord Nelson, in the historic Rocks precinct. You'll find beautifully restored and lively pubs in inner city neighbourhoods and villages of country NSW.
Three Blue Ducks, The Farm, Byron Bay

Food and Wine Trails

Match the beauty of the NSW landscape with fresh produce, delicious wines and quality restaurants on a dedicated food and wine trail. Join an organised tour or rent a car and follow the routes at your leisure.
Icebergs Dining Rooms and Bar, Bondi


Dine at one of Sydney’s top-rated restaurants. Sample Australian wines at delightful bars. Enjoy lunch in a pub beside Sydney Harbour. Picnic in the Royal Botanic Garden, next to the Sydney Opera House, or on the beach at Bondi or Manly. Sydney will spoil you for choice.