Best Restaurants in Sydney and which ones to avoid

Believe it or not, I had to do a lot of research beforehand and while in Sydney to discover the best restaurants in Sydney.  For the most part, we scored with the ones we chose, but there was definitely at least one choice that you should avoid.

Best Restaurants in Sydney for Breakfast

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Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important part of any day and if you are a foodie like us you want your breakfast to be tasty and delicious.  That’s why I want to make sure your experience in Sydney is such that you hit the best restaurants in Sydney to have your first meal of the day.

Our top choice for Breakfast was Baia The Italian, in Sydney Darling Harbour, their coffee and menu selection was superb.  Ben had a traditional breakfast and I had egg benedicts, both very good.
I even got to try the famous vegemite.  Don’t feel like you have to but it was fun to do.

best restaurants in sydneyOur second choice for breakfast was the Waterfront Grill, also in Darling Harbour.  We had the Waterfront Baked Breakfast and the Smashed Avocado.  Both delicious.  Their flat white coffee was amazing.

Third on the list for us for the best restaurants in Sydney for breakfast wasSocial Brew Cafe.

This neighborhood gem, located in Harris st, was definitely different in a good way.  Their menu was far from traditional but everything we tried was yummy.  The Mushroom and Parmesan bruschetta and the Eggs Benedict on charcoal brioche were an eye-opening experience.

They also had a super cool way to sweeten your coffee using liquid honey.

Best Restaurants in Sydney for Lunch

Now moving to later in the day, we have some great recommendations for the best restaurants in Sydney for Lunch.

Our top choice for sure was the Meat and Wine Co, by Circular Quay. best restaurants in sydneyI have to say for me this, was the best restaurant of all, when it comes to traditional restaurants.  I’m still debating between Meat and Wine Co and our top dinner option, but I will definitely do both for sure again.

It was super busy at lunch, so reservations are advisable.  The plates are big so make sure you have that in mind as well.

Since it was lunch, I wasn’t super hungry and I was hot because we walked there about 20 minutes from our hotel so I ordered a greek salad and a Wagyu Tartare which was actually an appetizer, but these two items were perfect for my lunch.

Ben had a steak and he was very happy with it.

You must know they have kangaroo on the menu, unfortunately, we weren’t brave enough to try restaurants in sydney

Following the list of best restaurants in Sydney for lunch, we have Toros in Darling Harbor.  This is a Spanish place, and I must say that having been in Barcelona we are very picky with our tapas.

Toros had an amazing Paella and it was more than enough for 4 people.  We really really try hard to eat it, but even when we ate more than we should have; there was still paella left for one full serving.

It was the Toros paella.  Definitely amazing.  It had seafood, chorizo, and chicken.  They also had other paellas which I’m sure were yummy too.

Third, in the list of best restaurants in Sydney for lunch, we have Adria in Darling Harbour also.  This is a Mediterranean place with super tasty food.

They have a lunch special that changes every week for $20 Australian Dollars which is about $14 USD, but also have a la carte menu every day.

I had lamb souvlaki which I really recommend, but I almost go the Tasmanian salmon because it sounded so good.  I didn’t because of living in Alaska, I eat fresh salmon all the time.

Best Restaurants in Sydney for Dinner

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Our top recommendation and the winner of the best restaurants in Sydney for dinner is the Sydney Harbour Sky Deck Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise.

We did this our last night, and since we were in Sydney shortly after Valentine’s day we decided this was going to be our Valentine’s dinner even before we left home for Sydney.

This is the perfect way to end your Sydney getaway and treat yourself to a premium dining experience.

The dinner consist of a six-course degustation dinner complimented by Penfolds Gold Selection of bin and vintage wines with each course.  All this to the backdrop of the world-famous Sydney Harbour.

This was such an amazing experience that I have dedicated an entire post to it, with more details on the food, the wines, and pictures of the evening.

I really can’t recommend you to do this enough.  But you don’t have to take only my word for it, here you can read more reviews about this amazing dining experience.

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Second, on the list of best restaurants in Sydney for dinner, we have The Ternary, located in the Novotel Hotel in Darling Harbour.  The Miso prawns were absolutely delicious, so much that I was licking my fingers.  Also, don’t forget to order dessert in this location.  The Mango delight was pretty and yummy, to say the least.

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What Restaurants to avoid in Sydney

The Star is Sydney’s leading entertainment precinct and a world-class casino.  I didn’t know that until we walked in and I definitely felt like I was in Las Vegas.  Then I realized that was the intent.

They have many restaurants, and we went to Black Bar & Grill.  Very pricey to begin with, but I can do that if the food and the service are good.

That was not the case.  The service was horrendous and the food was mediocre.  Definitely not worth the $400 AUD bill for a party of two.

My intention is not to give anyone a bad reputation, but I really didn’t enjoy this place at all and so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.


Sydney has great food and many places to eat it.  I hope our review of the best restaurants in Sydney gives you some direction and guidance on where to start your degustation journey during your Sydney getaway.

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