Plan the ultimate romantic lunch or dinner at one of these Sydney eateries that serve delicious flavors with culinary influences from around the world. Grab an outdoor table with a view of the Sydney Harbor, book a table in an elegant dining room with grand interiors, or have a casual lunch in the heart of the city.
1.Kitchen by Mike
© Kitchen by Mike
Kitchen by Mike opened its first location in 2012 in Rosebery and now offers several locations throughout the Sydney region, including a Bent Street location opened in 2019. The restaurant, which is helmed by Mike McEnearney, is modeled after American-style cafeterias but offers health-conscious and gourmet menu offerings throughout the day. Delicious breakfast fare such as handmade crumpets, sourdough pancakes with lemon curd, and maple-toasted muesli is available throughout the morning hours, complemented by a selection of Five Senses Coffee beverages. At lunch, diners can choose from protein options such as pot-roasted lamb shoulder, paired with garlic and rosemary focaccia pizza, spinach and goat cheese quiche, or wood-roasted pumpkin tartine. Cold-pressed juices are served up throughout the day, along with extensive beer, wine, and cocktail lists.
1/7 Bent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia, Phone: +61 2 9252 5550
Monopole is a casual eatery and wine bar with a laidback ambiance that perfectly complements the surrounding bohemian neighborhood. Chef Brent Savage and Sommelier Nick Hildebrandt (owners of Bentley Restaurant + Bar and local eatery, Yellow), and newcomer Glen Goodwin, own and manage Monopole, and they provide a creative menu of seasonal fare and an impressive wine list that features over 500 wines from around the world.
The award-winning restaurant caters for private events and functions with a tailor-made menu and wine list to suit every taste.
71A Macleay Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011, 02-9360-4410
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© Cafe Sydney
Boasting some of the best views in the city from its incredible location on the rooftop of Customs House, Café Sydney is friendly, laidback eatery with a beautiful outdoor terrace. Hailed as one of the most iconic dining venues in the metropolis, Café Sydney captures the very essence of the city in its unique and innovative menu. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters and champagne, seafood platters, roasted Tasmanian trout, and grilled swordfish against the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House.
The restaurant also offers a range of classic and signature cocktails, which can be savored in the restaurant or lounge, as well as a finely curated wine list featuring cutting edge varietals from Australia and New Zealand.
5th Floor, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, NSW, 2000, +61-2-9251-8683
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© Spice Alley
Spice Alley is a delicious globally-influenced food hall in Sydney, serving up a variety of high-quality Asian cuisine throughout the week. The hall, which is decorated with a ceiling full of glowing traditional lanterns, is home to excellent Singaporean, Thai, Malaysian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Japanese-style eateries. Alex Lee Kitchen showcases the best of Singaporean street cuisine, while New Ginger and Spice highlights fare such as chili prawns, fried rice, and kechap manis squid. Malaysian-style stir fry is highlighted at Old Jim Kee, while Thai-Vietnamese fusion fare takes center stage at Bang Luck Thai Street Food. A lovely terrace dining room is offered at upscale Japanese joint Kyo-To, while more than 80 gins, whiskeys, and scotches are served up at the hall's Gin Lane bar. Visitors should note that the hall is a cashless operation, though preloaded cash cards are available for purchase at the hall's cashier booth.
Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia, Phone: +61 2 9281 0822
5.The Spice Room
© The Spice Room
The Spice Room brings a taste of India to the heart of Sydney. Inspired by the rich and unique heritage of India and its delicious cuisine, The Spice Room serves authentic Indian food in a grand setting. The Spice Room combines mouth-watering flavors, and traditional spices present an array of tandoori delicacies, sumptuous curries, simple street food, and sweet desserts to be enjoyed and savored.
The Spice Room offers a creative lunch menu served in two- and three-tiered tiffin lunch boxes, akin to those used by workers in Mumbai in India, while for dinner, patrons can choose from a range of signature dishes are served that take all five senses on a culinary journey. A variety of menus are offered, from a regular lunch and dinner menu to take away, pre-theater, and banquet menu.
Ground Floor, The Quay Building, 2 Phillip St. Circular Quay, Sydney 2000, 02-9251-7722
6.LuMi Bar and Dining
© LuMi Bar and Dining
Named after the Italian word for “small lights,” LuMi Dining lightens up under the expert management of co-owner and executive chef Federico Zanellato. Located on the Sydney Wharf in Pyrmont, the casual eatery features a modern European bar and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that create glowing, glass-walled “lightbox” that boasts beautiful waterfront views.
Diners can choose from a four-course or an eight-course degustation menu, which include dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients and a full vegetarian option, or an a la carte menu and small plates of tasty bites. Dishes are matched with wines from the impressive wine list, which has favorite Italian wines, as well as several worldwide wine varieties.
56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, 2009 NSW, 02-9571-199
7.Medusa Greek Tavern
© Medusa Greek Tavern
Medusa is an award-winning, authentic Greek tavern run by renowned chef Gregori Akridas, who brings a taste of Greece into the heart of Sydney. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients, Akridas creates a menu of classic and traditional Greek dishes such as tarama and tzatziki dips, dolmades with minted yogurt, and slow-cooked lamb. Don’t miss the stuffed baby calamari for an authentic taste of the Mediterranean. Diners can choose from a variety of menus, from a comprehensive a la carte menu to a thoughtfully arranged set menu or the special banquet menu.
A fine selection wine and beer from Greece, Australia and New Zealand provides the perfect accompaniment for your meal.
2 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000 (Corner of Kent & Market Streets), 02-9267-0799
© China Doll
Boasting spectacular views of Sydney’s beautiful city skyline, China Doll is a stylish and sophisticated restaurant that offers a complex menu of modern Asian dishes under the expert guidance of Chef Frank Shek. Located at the historic Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, this award-winning, Iain Halliday-designed eatery combines traditional oriental tastes and flavors from China, Japan, Hong Kong, and South East Asia with modern cooking techniques to create a balanced menu of seasonal and superior fare.
The cuisine is perfectly paired with Asian-inspired cocktails using the famous “five spices,” and diners can admire stunning views from the wharf during lunch and dinner.
Shop 4, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, 02-9380-6744
© Oscillate Wildly
Oscillate Wildly is a contemporary yet intimate neighborhood eatery located in the vibrant suburb of Newtown. Headed by chef and owner Karl Firla, the restaurant features a menu that takes diners on a unique culinary journey where creativity and passion merge in dishes such as scallops with rapa and foie gras with cauliflower maple. Driven to improve and develop both his skills and understanding of ingredients and cuisine, Chef Firla uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to create the menu, which is presented with a variety of wines from some the world's best-known terroirs.
The recently renovated restaurant offers a warm and welcoming ambiance that is ideal for a romantic dinner for two or a special event function.
275 Australia Street, Newtown, Sydney 2042, +61-02-9517-4700
10.Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant
© Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant
Located in the heart of vibrant Potts Point, Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant specializes in Japanese style seafood. Executive Chef Nobuyuki Ito fuses traditional Japanese flavors with modern day presentation to create a unique menu of fresh, sustainable cuisine ranging from sushi, sashimi, tempura and oysters.
The restaurant has a dark, sensual ambiance with charcoal pebbled walls, smoky mirrors, and oak dining tables, as well as a stylish sushi counter where diners can watch their meals being expertly prepared.
119 Macleay St Potts Point 2001, 02-9357-4555
© Tetsuya's Restaurant
Located in the heart of Sydney, Tetsuya’s Restaurant serves traditional Japanese cuisine in an elegant and sophisticated setting. Situated in a beautifully restored heritage-listed building, the restaurant’s décor reflects the innovative simplicity of the menu with stylish furnishings, low-lighting, and an inviting ambiance. Head chef Tetsuya Wakuda serves a 10-course degustation menu, which is based on the Japanese philosophy of using the freshest possible ingredients and natural seasonal flavors, enhanced by classic French culinary techniques.
Tetsuya’s also offers diners an unrivaled wine list presented by a team of expert sommeliers who match your chosen dishes with the best wines by the bottle or glass.
529 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, 02-9267-2900
© Nithik's Kitchen
The entrepreneurial couple of Preeti and Vikram have brought the rich history, culture, and cuisine of Chettinad to the heart of Sydney with Nithik’s Kitchen, a restaurant well known for its authentic Indian cuisine. Drawing on their innate culinary skills and deep-rooted culture, the couple creates a range of menus that combine classic and traditional Indian cooking with modern techniques.
The a la carte menu features entrées and mains while the tasting menu allows diners to enjoy a variety of small dishes and tasters. A banquet menu is ideal for larger parties or special functions, and an intimate wine list offers a good selection of wines to accompany the cuisine.
679 Darling Street, Rozelle, NSW 2039, 02-8084-8921
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- Kitchen by Mike, Photo: Kitchen by Mike
- Monopole, Photo: Monopole
- Cafe Sydney, Photo: Cafe Sydney
- Spice Alley, Photo: Spice Alley
- The Spice Room, Photo: The Spice Room
- LuMi Bar and Dining, Photo: LuMi Bar and Dining
- Medusa Greek Tavern, Photo: Medusa Greek Tavern
- China Doll, Photo: China Doll
- Oscillate Wildly, Photo: Oscillate Wildly
- Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant, Photo: Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant
- Tetsuya's Restaurant, Photo: Tetsuya's Restaurant
- Nithik's Kitchen, Photo: Nithik's Kitchen
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