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Best Restaurants in Sydney CBD

Eating well in the centre of Sydney was once difficult. There was little middle-ground between typical food-court fare and expense-account steakhouses. But things have changed in recent years, thanks in part to Barangaroo’s burgeoning dining precinct, a financial district that’s upped its game, and an eruption of restaurants in place of late-night bars and clubs. Now, there’s plenty to choose from in the city centre.

Cafe Sydney

A Sydney dining institution that serves a menu that’s (almost) as spectacular as the view.

Ragazzi

There’s 250 bottles of mainly low-intervention wine from Italy and Australia, and a rotating menu of pasta that changes daily.

Restaurant Hubert

Reviving French splendour in an old-fashioned setting.

Continental Deli, Bar and Bistro CBD

The follow up to Newtown’s distinctive tinned cocktail bar offers all the same thrills: cold cuts, cheese, canned goods, fine wine and stiff drinks.

Mr Wong

A Shanghai-style dumpling den from Dan Hong.

Forty Licks

A taste of Modern Vietnamese serving boozy coffee, crisp pancakes and rotisserie chicken.

The Gidley

Descend the stairs into a labyrinthine den of lush velvet booths, flowing booze and a menu that champions Black Angus rib eye.

Bistecca

Apart from sides, there’s only one thing on this menu: T-bone steaks, sold by weight.

The standard-setter for fine dining in Sydney. Executive chef Peter Gilmore is tireless in his pursuit of what’s interesting, new and Australian. His backyard is peppered with test plantations of rare vegetables, he works with local ceramicists on custom crockery and he’s a leading advocate for native produce. The restaurant’s theatrical tasting menus show off all this and more, bolstered by some of the city’s best harbour views.

Matt Moran’s fine-dining restaurant inside Barangaroo House.

Many of Sydney’s best restaurants are in the CBD these days. Now it’s worth hanging back after work – or even coming in on a weekend – for a great meal.