Loading

Fine-dine amongst Sydney’s icons

Quay Credit: Nikki To

Quay is the creation of leading Australian restaurant group, Fink, and Executive Chef Peter Gilmore.

#feelnewsydney

Fine-dine amongst Sydney’s icons

Quay Credit: Nikki To

Quay is the creation of leading Australian restaurant group, Fink, and Executive Chef Peter Gilmore.

#feelnewsydney

Hashtags #feelnewsydney

With landmark restaurants serving world-class culinary creativity and iconic views, fine dining in Sydney is a feast for every sense. Here, 10 standout eateries where legendary chefs, choice local ingredients and picturesque panoramas come together to serve the ultimate feel-new dining experience on the harbour.

Bennelong, Sydney Opera House 

With its gleaming pearly sails, few places inspire like the Opera House – and Bennelong offers an insider’s perspective of its stately chambers, along with the best front-on view of the Harbour Bridge. Taste the city’s timeless rhythm as Executive Chef Peter Gilmore celebrates the Aboriginal cultural significance of the restaurant’s location with an award-winning three-course à la carte menu, and the very best Australian wine.

Quay 

Revel in the exclusive atmosphere as your frameable Opera House view is enhanced by the picturesque procession of ferries pulling into Circular Quay. Indulge in the legendary eight-course degustation which highlights local delicacies like black-lipped abalone, paired with a standout selection of prestige wines expertly curated by Head Sommelier, Wilem Powell.

Aria

Your palate sings as you savour Aria’s seasonal flavours – all enhanced by the art-filled dining room’s sweeping vistas of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. One of Australia’s most awarded restaurants, Aria’s signature tasting menu is helmed by executive chef Tom Gorringe and showcases the finest local ingredients, including Gundagai lamb and Wollemi duck.

Café Sydney

Be energised as Circular Quay’s bustle and colour add an extra layer of sparkle to this legendary eatery’s extensive views of all the harbour’s icons. Located atop Customs House with a spectacular outdoor terrace and sophisticated dining room, Café Sydney is renowned for its seafood,  fine-dining vegan menu and Nipanit Intraroon’s playful desserts – keep an eye out for the Passionfruit Lemon Tart and the Black Sesame Chocolate Cremeux.

Aster, InterContinental Sydney

Feel on top of the world as you gaze across the harbour’s icons all the way to the open ocean and the Blue Mountains: Aster offers decadent 32nd floor views, elevated styling and a tasty selection of sharing plates, wines and famously creative cocktails. Don’t miss the Higher Ground: a zingy, memorable blend of Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Grapefruit and Saint Felix Bitter Aperitivo that perfectly complements the lofty views.

Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Couples enjoying an evening out at Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Opera House.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Couples enjoying an evening out at Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney Opera House.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Aster Bar Credit: InterContinental Sydney

Aster Bar, InterContinental Sydney

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Aster Bar Credit: InterContinental Sydney

Aster Bar, InterContinental Sydney

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Ploós

Nestled within the Heritage-listed warehouses of Campbell’s Cove in the historic Rocks, Ploós nourishes body and soul with imaginatively remixed classic Grecian dishes, mesmerising views of the harbour, and expansive alfresco dining areas mere steps from the water’s edge. Linger over a long lunch at the outdoor bar, feasting on chef Peter Conistis’ award-winning meze plates and breathing in the postcard-worthy scenery from the luxurious lounges. 

Sails on Lavender Bay

Renew your view across the bridge in North Sydney. This sun-drenched eatery has prime position near the McMahons Point wharf, offering Modern Australian fare and an awe-inspiring perspective of the city skyline. Saro Derderyan’s seven-course degustation stars Sydney Rock Oysters, Smoked Grimaud Duck Breast and Aquna Murray Cod, plus, there’s a sumptuous a’la carte menu and an award-winning wine list – all just a ferry ride from Circular Quay.

Opera Bar

Backed by the architectural magnificence of the Opera House, this is the ultimate alfresco spot to clink glasses and watch the sun slink down behind the bridge. Refresh your palate with their standout Cold Seafood Platter, savouring just-caught salmon, kingfish and tuna sashimi, local oysters, prawns, and blue swimmer crab. Or choose a light snack to enjoy with the bar’s signature Sydney Sling cocktail which features craft gin distilled nearby in the Rocks. 

Oncore by Clare Smyth, Crown Sydney 

Feel inspired by world-class creativity as Clare Smyth’s first international restaurant soars above the city in ultramodern Barangaroo – showcasing sustainable local ingredients, rare wines and epic views. Don’t miss Smyth’s globally acclaimed signature dish, Potato and Roe – a memorable melange of seaweed beurre blanc, herring and trout roe that demonstrates her incomparable ability to transform humble ingredients into culinary art.

Henry Deane, Hotel Palisade

Surrounded by the charming colonial terraces of Millers Point, this plush cocktail lounge boasts uninterrupted views in every direction. Cian Mulholland’s elevated menu is designed to be shared, with highlights including White Sturgeon Sterling Caviar, Sydney Pipis and Abalone Potato. Charge your glasses with a host of rare blends from across Australia, Lebanon, France, Chile and beyond while you soak up the views of the harbour at golden hour.

MORE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

More Inspirational Stories

ALL ASSETS FROM THE DESTINATION NSW MEDIA CENTRE ARE FOR EDITORIAL USAGE ONLY AND MUST BE USED IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS.


For all non-editorial usage, please
visit the Destination NSW Content Library.

REGISTER
NOW

Access assets curated for media and content creators.

For all non-editorial usage, please
visit the Destination NSW Content Library.

Already have an account?

Permission Request


Destination NSW wants to access your Destination NSW Media Centre account.


This application will:

  • View your basic account information
  • View your email address
  • View your phone number, if provided
  • View your street address, if provided
  • View basic information about your organization, if provided
  • View your site usage
  • View your asset download activity

This access will help Destination NSW manage copyright owner rights, provide you with digital assets, keep you updated with new information and improve your user experience.


Do you agree to allow this access? If yes, click the REGISTER button.


You can unsubscribe at any time.

2 + 2 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.

Permission Request

Destination NSW wants to review your registration for your Destination NSW Media Centre account.

This review will:

  • View your basic account information
  • View your email address
  • View your basic information about your organisation, if provided
  • View your site usage
  • View your asset download activity

This will assist Destination NSW manage copyright owner rights, provide you with digital assets, keep you updated with new information and improve your user experience.


By clicking REGISTER, you agree that you have read and agree to the TERMS & CONDITIONS and Destination NSW's PRIVACY POLICY


You can unsubscribe at any time.