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Recommended restaurants in Sydney


Sydney
Ampersand, Cockle Bay Wharf Complex at Darling Harbour
The flagship restaurant of Australian culinary leading light Tony Bilson, Ampersand offers some of the most inventive modern Australian cuisine around.
French influences abound and only the freshest ingredients are used. The dining room is attractive and service is good. You'll need to book this one well in advance.
Phone:  02.9264.6666
Reservations required
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 6PM
to 11PM Monday
through Friday;
6PM to 11PM
Saturdays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   32AUD

Bather's Pavilion, 4 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach
Right on gorgeous Balmoral Beach, Bathers has one of the most beautiful locations anywhere. The restaurant was recently renovated and now it's as striking inside as out. Lunch here on a pretty day can be a religious experience. New chef Serge Dansereau offers a modern Australian menu with a few surprises. If the restaurant's too pricey, the adjoining cafe -- where you can enjoy a wood-fired pizza -- is more affordable. But the fixed price lunch menu is a good deal.
Phone:  02.9969.5050 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 6PM to 10PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Two-course dinner from :   75AUD
Three-course dinner from:  95AUD

bel mondo, 18-24 Argyle Street, The Rocks
This restaurant on the third floor of Argyles Department Store serves some of the best Northern Italian cuisine in Sydney. The antibar has killer appetizers. The old Rocks building with its exhibition kitchen is simultaneously hip and atmospheric. And there's a good wine list. There's jazz in the bar on Friday nights. Try the gnocchi.
Phone:  02.9241.3700
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 6:30 to 10:30PM weekdays; 6:30PM to 11PM Fridays and Saturdays; 6:30PM to 10PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   33AUD

Bennelong, In the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
In a city of stellar restaurants, you may find better food and friendlier service, but nothing can compare to the thrill of dining at the Sydney Opera House. The huge windows provide wonderful views of the harbour, and the interior is different and dramatic. The menu is now vaguely Mediterranean and shellfish is your best bet. An added bonus here is the terrific upstairs bar, and jazz on Monday and Saturday evenings
Phone:  02.9250.7548 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM Fridays; 5:30PM to 11:30PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   30AUD

Boulder's at the Rocks, 143 George Street, The Rocks
This restaurant in the Russell Hotel offers modern Australian cuisine in a very attractive dining room. The food exhibits Asian and Mediterranean influences. We enjoyed grilled chicken with proscuitto, spinach and balsamic vinegar, Thai green curry chicken, and Tasmanian salmon. Informed and friendly service.
Phone:  02.9241.1447
Hours:  Breakfast daily 7am-10.30am 7AM to 10:30AM, Noon to 2:30PM and 6PM to 10:30PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   25.50AUD

Brazil, 46 North Steyne, Manly
This is your best bet in Manly. The long dining rooms has views of the beach and the pastas, curries, and sticky rice here are good choices.
Phone:  02.9977.3825
Hours:  8AM to midnight daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   19AUD

MCA Fish Cafe, Circular Quay West
This stylish restaurant in the Museum of Contemporary Art is a great spot for lunch when you're near Circular Quay West. The views from the terrace are among the best in town, and if you're a seafood lover, you'll swoon over the line-caught fish prepare with a Mediterranean flair.
Phone:  02.9241.4253
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   19AUD

MOS Cafe, 37 Phillip Street
This restaurant in the Museum of Sydney is a good choice for lunch in the Central Business District. If you can get a table on the shady courtyard, grab it. The modern Australian menu is more adventurous than you'd expect.
Phone:  02.9241.3636
Hours:  7AM to 10PM Monday through Friday; 8:30AM to 10PM Saturdays; and 8:30AM to 6PM Sunday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   22AUD

Pumphouse Brewery Tavern, 17 Little Pier Street, Darling Harbour
Phone:  02.281.3967
Credit cards accepted:  

Rockpool, 107 Geroge Street, The Rocks
Rockpool has been one of Sydney's best restaurants since opening in 1989. Superstar chef Neil Perry has continually refined his menu -- and every other aspect of this restaurant -- and now it borders on perfection. Expect to be wowed by a meal here. Order seafood.
Phone:  02.9252.1888 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 6PM to 11PM Monday through Friday; 6PM to 11PM Saturdays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   45AUD

Sailor's Thai, 106 George Street, The Rocks
There are actually two places to eat in this restored sailor's house -- a restaurant and a casual canteen with one long stainless table. There are several tables out on the balcony overlooking Circular Quay. Terrific Thai food and great value for money in the Rocks. If you enjoy Thai food, don't miss it.
Phone:  02.9251.2466
Hours:  Noon to 2PM and 6PM to 10PM Monday through Friday; 6PM to 10PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   14AUD

The Australian, 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
This cozy pub serves beers from all over Australia. The adventurous can get a passport at the bar and drink their way across the continent.
Phone:  02.9247.2229
Hours:  11AM to midnight Monday through Saturday; 11AM to 10PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V

The Hero of Waterloo, 91 Lower Fort Street, Millers Point
One of the two oldest pubs in Sydney, the Hero of Waterloo has atmosphere in spades. Hand-cut sandstone walls add to the appeal and there's frequently live music.
Phone:  02.9252.4553
Hours:  10AM to 11:30PM Monday through Thursday; 10AM to 11:30PM Fridays and Saturdays; 10AM to 10PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Schooners of beer:   6.90AUD

The Lord Nelson Brewery, 19 Kent Street, The Rocks
Opened in 1841, this is one of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The beer, English-style ales brewed right on the premises, is the big draw. But there's plenty of atmosphere here too.
Phone:  02.9251.4044
Hours:  11AM to 11PM Monday to Saturday; Noon to 10PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V

The Wharf, Pier 4, Hickson Road
Dine here is you attend a performance at the Wharf Theater
Phone:  02.9250.1761
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 6PM to 10PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V

Watermark, 2A The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach
It just doesn't seem fair that one small beach should have two wonderful restaurants within spitting distance of each other. Watermark -- Balmoral's other choice (the first being Bather's Pavilion) is almost as good. Great views, good service, a wonderful wine list. No wonder it's an American Express Hall of Fame winner.
Phone:  02.9968.3433
Hours:  8AM to 10:30AM, Noon to 3:30PM, and 6:30PM to 10PM daily
Email:  admin@watermarkrestaurant.com.au
Web:   www.watermarkrestaurant.com.au/
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   28AUD