Best Sydney Restaurants

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The more I travel, the more I realise what diverse, and mostly healthy food is on offer in Sydney. 

Putting price to one side (eating out here in Sydney is more expensive than most major cities in the world at the moment), Sydney has some seriously good food, as well as a whole load of venues that are a lot of fun.

These are the venues I keep going back to:

  1. Filosofy Double Bay: This cute corner coffee shop serves my favourite Sydney coffee brand, Salvadore Coffee and has a great breakfast menu, a cute bar/window where you can sit and have your coffee and even fabulous vegan sweet treats. The staff are all gorgeous to look at, and remember your order. 
Picture of a cute shop with sandwiches and cakes in a window and low lying lights
Filosofy coffee shop, Double Bay

For coffee

2) Catalina; Definitely a favourite location for a special occasion lunch. The view is stunning, the oysters are great,  and the resident pelican on the balcony is entertaining. Great on Sundays when it is packed, and the people watching is off the charts, but also good on a weekday when it is much quieter.

For Glamour

Tables with white tablecloths overlooking the sea
Catailna at Rose Bay is one of Sydney’s most glamorous places to dine.

3) Bambini Trust: I have been eating – and drinking – here for over 20 years, as I worked at Bauer magazines next door for some years. I never tire of the white tablecloths, excellent service and Italian dishes to die for. The champagne bar next door is brilliant for meetings at any time of the day – or night, and you never know who you will run into. The spaghetti bolognaise is one of the best in Sydney, but I favour the daily specials.

For a European experience

Bambini Wine Room in the CBD is a glamorous European style bar and restaurant.

4) Chiswick: Chef Matt Moran has created a gorgeous venue overlooking the lawns in leafy Woollahra. The typically Australian menu of roast lamb, fish dishes and leafy vegetables is clean and healthy. Such a great spot for a girl’s lunch, and I love a drink and a bite at the high tables with my twins.

For the garden and for family

White cane chairs at tables in a posh Eastern suburbs sydney restaurant.
Chiswick is a groegosu place fro lunch overlooking the lawns in Woollahra.

5) Apollo: This sexy little spot is best on a Friday night sitting at the bar with someone you’re into. The Greek food on offer is a touch too Australian for my liking, and I wish they would add fried calamari to the menu, but I’m being difficult saying that as the food is always fresh, wholesome and tasty. Awesome cocktails too, and great service.

For a sophisticated, great night out

Rough concrete wall in an inner city restaurant
Apollo Restaurant in Darlinghurst is a sophisticated dinner venue.

6) Atavola: The original restaurant in Darlinghurst in this ever growing empire is still my favourite. Sitting out the back or at the share table at the front is the perfect place to forget about life for a while and enjoy the very best home made Italian food and gorgeous service.

For an indulgent Italian meal.

White tablecloths on tables on a courtyard.
Atavola Restaurant, Darlinghurst. PIc courtesy of Atavola.

7) Bar Reggio:This hole in the wall Italian eatery in Darlinghurst is a family favourite, where they serve great pizza, and pasta and a host of excellent no carb meals including fresh fish, and red meat options. It’s BYO only. Great value for money.

For a cheap but fabulous meal

People sitting in a restaurant
Bar Reggio is a fabulous restaurant with well priced food.

8) Christo’s, Five Ways, Paddington: My children love this local pizza place where dough is brought out for them to shape before dinner, you can BYO and the pasta and pizza is always excellent.  Super value for money.

For pizza

pizza and pasta on a table
Christos Paddington.

9) The Restaurant Pendolino: There is something overtly sexy about this Italian restaurant in the city. Hard to belie it is located in a shopping arcade, as the feel is smouldering, and the food is excellent. I never tire of white tablecloths, a great glass of wine and great food.

For fabulous Italian food

Empty restaurant tables and chairs in moody lighting.
The Restaurant Pendolino in Sydney’s CBD.
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Renae Leith-Manos

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Renae Leith-Manos travels the world writing (www.renaesworld.com.au). She has had a colourful media career as a journalist in many magazines and newspapers, and spends her time writing, consulting to new businesses, running, doing yoga, swimming & cycling.
She's likes healthy eating, but thinks chocolate cake is just as important as kale chips.
She spends most weekends hanging out with her gorgeous twins.

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