Fathom Favorites : Sydney Restaurants

1. The Fish Shop

The Fish Shop

Upscale fish and chip shop where the waiters wear blue-and-white striped shirts and diners post photos of their best catch on the fishing club wall.

22 Challis Ave.
Potts Point , NSW 2011

2. The Apollo

The Apollo

A favorite of design lovers, the restaurant’s rough concrete and desaturated colors are a great stage to show off Australian-Greek cooking. Order the full Greek menu, a mélange of classics like saganaki cheese, Greek salad, and slow cooked lamb.

44 Macleay St.
Potts Point, NSW 2011

3. Chiswick


Gardenside dining with a menu designed for sharing. The bright white space is naturally lit with floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors. Much of the produce is grown in their 150 square-meter vegetable garden, and the wood-roasted lamb comes from the owner’s farm.

65 Ocean St.
Woollahra, NSW 2025

4. Chargrill Charlie's

Chargrill Charlie's

Gourmet take-away chicken shop that is a favorite of locals and known for their use off fresh and wholesome ingredients. 

134 Queen St.
Sydney, NSW 2025

5. The Boathouse

The Boathouse

Charming seaside shack in the northern most suburb of Sydney. Sit on the deck at one of the outdoor picnic tables and watch the seaplanes land while enjoying classic beach fare like fish and chips, crab cakes, and burgers. Make an afternoon of it and visit one of the local beaches or take a walk up to Barrenjoey lighthouse.

Barrenjoey Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park
Palm Beach, NSW 2108

6. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

A can't miss Sydney dining experience serving modern Mediterranean cuisine. The panoramic views of Bondi Beach are what you're really paying for. Book in advance and ask for seating next to the window.


One Notts Ave.
Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

7. El Loco

El Loco

Any night of the week this Mexican pop-up (that's staying for good) is jam-packed with all of the city's trendies. They have tacos, jalapeno margaritas, colorful stencils in sunset colors, Mexican oil-cloth, and a DJ spinning on weekends.


64 Foveaux St.
Sydney, NSW 2010

8. Momofuku Seiobo

Momofuku Seiobo

Chef David Chang's first restaurant outside of New York does not disappoint. A new kind of fine dining experience for Sydney with its semi-casual atmosphere, loud hip-hop music, and single menu offering of a multi-course digestion tasting. Those lucky enough to be seated at the counter will enjoy a behind the scenes show as each of their dishes are prepared and plated. Like Chang's other restaurants, reservation are necessary and tricky, but those in the know are aware of the five seat bar, with it's special menu that ranges for AUD$4-25 and only accepts walk-ins.

The Star, 80 Pyrmont St. Level G
Sydney, NSW 2009

9. Adriano Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo

Futuristic Willy Wonka-esque dessert shop located in The Star Casino & Hotel complex. Pop in for a treat to go or stay and enjoy the sushi train style dessert bar, where Zumbo's sweets wiz by on a conveyor belt for your taking. Don't miss the zambarons (macarons), which come in a range of inventive flavors like salted gianduja caramel, watermelon and orange, and cola.

The Star, 80 Pyrmont St.
Sydney, NSW 2009

10. Bills


Australian chef Bill Granger's specialty is breakfast and specifically scrambled eggs. His secret: he uses cream instead of milk, making them the fluffiest you'll ever taste. Things get crowded during peak hours, so arrive early or plan to wait. Additional outposts are in Surry Hills and Woollahra.

433 Liverpool St.
Sydney, NSW 2010

11. Bourke Street Bakery Surry Hills

Bourke Street Bakery Surry Hills

A neighborhood bakery known for artisan bread, fresh sausage rolls, and delicious meat pies. Lines are long but move quickly. Try the ginger brûlée tart — it will more than make up for the time you spent waiting.

633 Bourke St.
Sydney, NSW 2010

12. Harrys Café de Wheels

Harrys Café de Wheels

Historic pie cart that's been around since the 1930s. Try their signature beef pie, Harry's Tiger, which is topped with a scoop of mash & gravy and a heaping pile of mushy peas.

Corner Cowper Wharf Rdwy. & Brougham Rd.
Sydney, NSW 2011