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Sydney - Restaurants


Sydney Dining - Local Cuisine & Customs

What is the best part of visiting Sydney? The gorgeous views? The wildlife retreats? The Opera House or Bondi Beach? All nice, but what about the food! Besides which attractions you should visit, the question on everyone’s mind is, “Where should we eat?” Fortunately, Sydney has no scarcity of eateries that will excite your taste buds and help introduce you to the culture of this magnificent city.

Start with a wood fire grilled vegetable and goat cheese salad; savor the fresh, organic produce before trying the grass-fed English lamb cutlets and chops with mint jelly. Save room for the rich apple gallette with brown butter ice cream and candied hazelnuts. You will find these culinary delights at the Rockpool Bar and Grill, whose amazingly decadent food is only equaled by the opulent dining room. Feeling a bit less formal? Then try the Glebe Point Diner, where each item on the menu is made in-house, including the creamy butter, unbelievable pasta, and delicious ice cream. The prices are very reasonable, especially considering the wonderful food and the careful preparation. The people of Sydney named this as their favorite restaurant in 2009: treat yourself to slow roasted, succulent chicken and fresh organic vegetables.

As you can see, the culinary options are varied, as are the prices. You can dine in luxury – if you make reservations a few months ahead – at Becasse or the Rockpool. The food is worth the splurge, but you can also get some excellent dishes at less expensive restaurants. Visit the Surry Hills district for food that is prepared creatively for a good price. At one of the fabulous restaurants on Crown Street, you can sample delicious Australian, European, Asian, Mediterranean, and creative fusion dishes affordably. Try the Alchemy Café for authentic European and Polish food, the Café Mint for African, Middle Eastern, and Moroccan fare, or Dolphin on Crown Hotel for modern Australian cuisine.

For budget-conscious travelers, there is an abundance of ethnic restaurants that traditionally charge less but deliver some of the best food in the city. Harry's Cafe, near the Woolloomooloo wharf, dates back to 1938 and serves up the city's best pies and mushy peas until the early hours of the morning. Now a recognised Sydney landmark, a visit to Harry's Cafe should be on your sightseeing list alongside Sydney's other famous landmarks.

For more cheap eats, you can also try Chinatown’s Yum Cha (said to have even better food than Hong Kong), the Thai restaurants in Newton’s Kings Street, Italian eateries in Leichhardt, and many more. You can easily find Spanish, Portuguese, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Nepalese, Turkish, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Kosher restaurants in Sydney. The city’s rich diversity is on display at its many restaurants, and visitors benefit from the incredible variety. You can also visit one of the city’s wonderful farmers’ markets for fresh food and delicious treats. Do try the Sydney Fish Markets for superb, fresh seafood: perfect for a casual night of grilling.

Make sure to try some authentic Australian cuisine while visiting Sydney. Surrounded by all that beautiful water, it is no surprise that the city likes its seafood. Chefs get their inspiration from the fresh catches of the day: rudderfish, blue-eye, kingfish, ocean perch, parrot fish, prawns, shovel-nose and fresh-water lobsters, rock oysters, crab, and barramundi are often seen on menus, and they are prepared in any number of mouth-watering ways. A new fusion movement is sweeping Australian food: you can try tuna tartare with flying-fish roe and wasabi, five-spice duck, or sweet turmeric barramundi curry, which add a bit of Japanese spice to traditional Australian cuisine

Vibrant, exciting, and original: Sydney’s cuisine is second to none. The new Sydney International Food Festival will showcase the amazing quality of the city’s fare. From fine dining to farmer’s markets, Sydney will be putting its best culinary foot forward with festivals and open-air eating. The World Chef Showcase will allow the best chefs from Sydney and the rest of the world to shine and create their best dishes. If you’re planning a trip, this is a delicious time to visit!


Sydney Restaurants

harbourkitchen
Park Hyatt Sydney, 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: +61 2 9256 1661 | Fax: +61 2 9256 1445

Mint Bar and Dining
62 Bridge Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: +61 2 9240 1210 | Fax: +61 2 9240 1240

Rockpool
107 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: +61 2 9252 1888

MG Garage Restaurant
490 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW 2010
Tel: +61 2 9383 9383

Paramount
73 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney, NSW 2011
Tel: +61 2 9358 1652

Claude's
10 Oxford Street, Woollahra, Sydney, NSW 2025
Tel: +61 2 9331 2325

Catalina Rose Bay
1 Sunderland Avenue, Rose Bay, Sydney, NSW 2029
Tel: +61 2 9371 0555 | Fax: +61 2 9371 0559

Tetsuya's
529 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: +61 3 9267 2900 | Fax: +61 2 9262 7099

The Bathers' Pavilion
4 The Esplanade, Balmoral, Sydney, NSW 2088
Tel: +61 2 9969 5050 | Fax: +61 2 9969 4626

Bayswater Brasserie
32 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, Sydney, NSW 2011
Tel: +61 2 9357 2177 | Fax: +61 2 9358 1213

Buon Ricordo
108 Boundary Street, Paddington, Sydney, NSW 2021
Tel: +61 2 9360 6729

Bonne Femme
191-193 Palmer Street, East Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2010
Tel: +61 2 9331 4455

The Summit
Level 47, Australia Square, 264 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: +61 2 9247 9777 | Fax: +61 2 9251 2539

Coast
The Roof Terrace, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: +61 2 9267 6700 | Fax: +61 2 9267 6711

Golden Century
393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: +61 2 9212 3901


Tipping in Sydney

Tipping is not as commonly practiced in Australia as it is in other places around the world, particularly the United States. You do not usually tip at cafes or food counters. If you go to a restaurant, tipping is purely voluntary. Most Australians do not leave a tip, though the wait staff may expect you to if you are American (simply because they know Americans tip at home). If you want to, a 10 percent tip is perfectly adequate, though you’ll get no complaints for 15 percent. Tip only if the service was very good.

Most other Australian service workers expect no tip. It is courteous to round up the fare for cab drivers instead of tipping. For instance, you would leave $20 for a $18.50 fare and tell the driver to keep the change. Bell hops or baggage carriers also sometimes receive a tip of $1 or $2 for each bag they handle, but again, this is up to you. Some hotels even prohibit the employees from accepting tips, so do not be surprised or offended if they refuse.





Hotels in Sydney, Australia

InterContinental Sydney Hotel

InterContinental Sydney Hotel

117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia

Welcome to the InterContinental Sydney Hotel, located next to Sydney landmarks such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and Circular Quay. The InterContinental Sydney Hotel is the ideal hotel for those who are travelling to Sydney and offers travellers access to the very best...




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Best Western Ashfields Philip Ldg Mtl

Best Western Ashfields Philip Ldg Mtl

156 Parramatta Road, Ashfield, Sydney, 2131, Australia

The Best Western Ashfields Philip Lodge Motel is located within an easy drive to Sydney's Olympic site and sporting complex, Sydney Entertainment Centre and Darling Harbour. It offers queen size beds and spa rooms, executive rooms, with some family units available. For...




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Best Western Hotel Stellar

Best Western Hotel Stellar

4 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

Ideally located in the heart of Sydney, the Best Western Stellar Suites Wentworth Syndey Hotel is a charming retreat offering affordable luxury, which is appealing to both business and leisure travellers. In a location of convenience, the Best Western Stellar Suites...




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Best Western Lidcombe Motor Inn

Best Western Lidcombe Motor Inn

Cnr Mark & Taylor Streets, Lidcombe, 2141, Australia

The Best Western Lidcombe Motor Inn is a modern three story motel with 25 units and six two-bedroom apartments. All rooms are serviced by a lift to each floor, have recently been refurbished and feature natural light from big bright windows. Our friendly staff welcomes...




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Marriott Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay

Marriott Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay

30 Pitt Street, Sydney, NW, Australia

Hotel Description: The Sydney Harbour Marriott is ideally located in the central business district just one block from Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour. Guests can enjoy views of the botanical gardens, the city skyline, historic Macquarie Park,... more
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Park Hyatt Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

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Sydney Hilton

Sydney Hilton

488 George Street, Sydney, Australia

Chic and central, the Hilton Sydney hotel boasts stylish bars, the city's largest health club and fine dining at its famous brasserie. Soak up harbor views from the Executive Lounge, do business in one of 23 meeting rooms or unwind with a dip in the pool or indulgent... more
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Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Sydney

Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Sydney

Corner Arden&Carr Streets Coogee Beach Sydney, NSW 2034 AUSTRALIA

Just ashore the Pacific Ocean, Sydney's Coogee Beach boasts of the magnificent terrain of sea and sand, and amidst this enchanting scenery stands Crowne Plaza Sydney Hotel Coogee Beach, offering star class accommodation to the holiday-maker and business traveller... more
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Crowne Plaza Hotels - Norwest

Crowne Plaza Hotels - Norwest

1 Columbia Court, 2153, Baulkham Hills

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Sofitel Wentworth Sydney

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney

61-101 Phillip Street, 2000 Sydney, Australia

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Swissotel Sydney

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

Swisstel Sydney boasts a vibrant inner city location, offering relaxed and luxurious surroundings right at the doorstep of some of the best dining, shopping, entertainment and landmarks Sydney has to offer. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the historic Rocks, the Sydney Opera... more
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Best Western Twin Towers Inn

Best Western Twin Towers Inn

260 Pacific Hwy, Artarmon, Sydney, 2064, Australia

Just 10 minutes away from the commercial and tourist heart of Sydney, Twin Towers provides superb 4 star accommodation, a restaurant with panoramic views open for all meals, a pool and spa, ample free parking and friendly, profesional service from our attentive staff. We... more
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Grand Mercure Apartments One Darling Harbour

Grand Mercure Apartments One Darling Harbour

50 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Hotel Introduction110 luxury apartments located in Darling Harbour. Direct monorail link to CBD and a short stroll to the Convention Centre and Casino. Surrounded by premier Sydney tourist attractions including the Sydney Aquarium, IMAX Theatre and Powerhouse... more
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Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Hotel

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Hotel

68 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour,PO Box K1205, Haymarket 1240,Sydney NSW,2000 AUSTRALIA

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Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Holiday Inn Old Sydney

55 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia

Holiday Inn Old Sydney is a unique hotel nestled between Sydney's famous Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, in the historic Rocks area. Magnificent views, by day or night, of the world's most stunning harbour from our rooftop pool. During the day, the deep blue... more
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Holiday Inn Potts Point, Sydney

Holiday Inn Potts Point, Sydney

203 Victoria Street,Potts Point,Sydney,2011 AUSTRALIA

290 guest rooms and 7 suites 8 floors Complimentary parking for in-house guests or conference guests. The hotel car park has approximately 120 car spaces available. It is an undercover security car park, with access by room key card or intercom to reception.... more
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Holiday Inn Rooty Hill Hotel

Holiday Inn Rooty Hill Hotel

Cnr Railway and Sherbrooke Streets,Rooty Hill,Sydney NSW,2766 AUSTRALIA

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Holiday Inn Sydney Airport Hotel

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport Hotel

Bourke Road and Oriordan Street,,Sydney 2020,,Australia,

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Mercure Sydney

Mercure Sydney

818-820 George Street, Po Box 7082, Nsw, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Hotel IntroductionLocated in the heart of the entertainment district next to Central Railway Station. Within walking distance of Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Easy access to the CBD. 2 restaurants, 1 bar, rooftop indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym. Conference... more
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Novotel Brighton Beach

Novotel Brighton Beach

Cnr Grand Pde And Princess St, 2216 Brighton Le Sands, Australia

Hotel IntroductionA 296 room hotel opposite Brighton Beach with sweeping views across beautiful Botany Bay. Located only 15 km from Sydney City and 5 minutes from Sydney Airport. All 296 rooms boast a private balcony and the hotel offers a variety of leisure... more
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Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour

Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour

100 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 2009 Pyrmont, Australia

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Parkroyal Darling Harbour

Parkroyal Darling Harbour

150 Day Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

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Hotel Ibis Darling Harbour

Hotel Ibis Darling Harbour

70 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Hotel IntroductionIbis Hotel Darling Harbour is centrally located. Many of the 256 rooms offer spectacular views of Darling Harbour. Star City casino, and the Sydney Aquarium are both within walking distance of the hotel. Hotel facilites include a restaurant,... more
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Ibis Sydney World Square

Ibis Sydney World Square

382 -384 Pitt Street Sydney 2000 Australia

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