Best Restaurants In Sydney 2022
Sydney is blessed with a reputation for world-class dining, and it’s backed up with a neat history of culinary ingenuity, complete with stunning surroundings. From trendsetting pioneers to grand old establishments still at the top of their game, there are more than enough excellent eateries to keep you busy.
Here we’re looking at the best of the best. Must-gos, have-to-trys, places you would ensure a guest on a quick weekend trip dined at, or bucket-list special treats when you want to splash out on sheer quality. Whether that comes down to the atmosphere, the service, a stunning view, or simply the quality of the food on your plate, the best restaurants in a city are often difficult to define but you know when you’re in one.
Our fair harbour metropolis has a tonne of excellent venues spread across its sprawling landscape, which makes picking out a handful and holding them up as the pinnacle of dining fraught with pitfalls. Not everyone will agree. Some will get angry. Nevertheless, the list below contains some of the greatest to ever do it in our home town and you’d be hard-pressed to find better than what’s on offer here.
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The freshest addition to Sydney's steak scene at the close of 2021 was Botswana Butchery. The sprawling 300-seat restaurant is an import from New Zealand and Good Group hospitality—one of the leading hospo groups from across the ditch. It's also the crowning jewel in Martin Place's insane multi-million dollar transformation. Complete with a rooftop space for 350, plush interiors, an enormous menu, and a relaxed indoor-outdoor atmosphere—it's already a bit of a game-changer in the Sydney CBD.
Botswana Butchery's signature dish is a lamb shoulder so perfectly tender it is actually served with a spoon. The restaurant is home to an impressive range of Australian steak and lamb cuts from a Black Opal Wagyu sirloin to Rangers Valley Tomahawk MB3, and a lamb rack too. Pair that with a wine list of over 1,000 wines, focussing on Australian and New Zealand varietals, and one of the most delightful katsu Wagyu sandos we've ever tried—and you've got yourself a very delicious night out.
In 2016, Chef Josh Niland caused quite a stir when he opened his first solo restaurant at the age of 27 with a mission to re-invent seafood. The whole approach at Saint Peter, which has since earned Niland some serious international culinary cred, is designed to make you think differently about what fish can be and uses every conceivable part of the Aussie-only raw materials to achieve it. The current lead-actor on the menu is a whole John Dory cooked in bull’s kelp and served in a sauce made of its own bones and roe. That’s the kind of inventiveness you can expect to sample when you visit.
A sumptuous French Brasserie in dark, wood-furnished basement settings, Hubert is the place to go for a lavish night on the town when you’re feeling all 1920s. It serves classic indulgences like duck liver pate, beef tartare, and cheese soufflé to the soothing sounds of live jazz (Monday through Thursday) and popping champagne corks which makes it the perfect place for getting your Gatsby on. It’s the exact level of hedonistic indulgence you would expect from the crew behind Baxter’s and Frankie’s but in a more refined setting.
The jewel in the crown of the Merivale empire, Mr Wong is a dimly-lit, intimate establishment with serious credentials to justify the long queues. Chefs Dan Hong and Jowett Yu expertly prep the Cantonese favourites you would find on any menu in Chinatown but with an attention to detail you won’t find elsewhere. It’s Westernised, sure, but the flavours and the quality are exquisite. Soupy dumplings and crispy fried mushrooms galore, the place sets the food in a smoky 1920s opulence that transports you to another time of exotic finery.