Sydney CBD restaurant guide

The Best Sydney CBD Restaurants

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The CBD is arguably the heart of Sydney, but could it be the stomach too? There's only one way to find out.

Discover the flavours of the CBD with TheFork's guide to Sydney City restaurants.

Whether you're after hearty Italian or innovative fusion, explore the culture hub of flavours all located in the CBD. To ignite inspiration for your next breakfast, lunch or dinner spot, here are our top restaurant picks you need to check out this weekend! 

De Vine, Market Street

Pasta at DeVine in the Sydney CBD

A wine lover's playground, De Vine has earned a reputation as one of Sydney’s best wine bars and restaurants. A quaint and elegant European-style bar, De Vine offers diners a relaxing escape from the bustle of Sydney's Market Street. Enjoy an extensive menu of traditional Italian dishes and antipasti that’s perfectly paired with an award-winning wine list. 

Infinity at Sydney Tower, Market Street

The restaurant and view at Infinity at Sydney Tower

Ascend 81 levels above Sydney for a unique culinary journey amongst the clouds. Infinity at Sydney Tower embodies the quintessential Australian dining experience, with incredible revolving views of the city skyline and Sydney Harbour. The ever-changing menu at Infinity celebrates the diversity of contemporary Australian cuisine, combining the finest local produce with international ingredients and flavours. 

Kuro Bar and Dining, Kent Street

The restaurant at Kuro Bar and Dining in Sydney

After a truly special dining experience? Inspired by Japanese design, driven by precision and executed by artisans, Kuro introduces a bar and dining experience based on the transparent root-to-stem philosophy. With a distinct menu created to share, Kuro unites familiar Japanese flavours with fresh and seasonal Australian produce. 

Rubyos, York Street

A selection of dishes at Rubyos Sydney

The mantra at Rubyos is simple - life's too short for boring food. Passionate about shaking up the norm - this York Street establishment brings a fresh take on delivering bold Asian and Eastern Mediterranean flavours with a diverse sharing-style menu, refined classics and sure fire favourites. With an extensive wine list and cocktail menu to boot, it’s the perfect venue for long lunches and special dinners.   

Gowings Bar & Grill, Market Street 

The restaurant dining room at Gowings Bar and Grill

Set within the art-lined walls of QT Sydney, the bustling Gowings Bar & Grill features a seasonal, wood-fired menu that highlights locally foraged ingredients, sourced from nearby farmers and providores. Reminiscent of a European brasserie, this fine dining restaurant in Sydney’s Market Street offers the freshest produce from a select bunch of Australian growers - don’t be surprised to see a hanging freshly caught whole tuna!

Reign at QVB, George Street

The dining room at Reign at QVB

Set inside the iconic QVB is Sydney's premium Champagne Parlour & Bar, Reign. Serving up over 150 Champagnes and sparkling wines alongside an array of seasonally-driven share-plates, this is the perfect destination for long lunches and weekend brunches. With a stunning interior filled with soft pink hues and luxurious marble surfaces, a visit to Reign is a must-do on your CBD restaurant bucket list. 

Mazzaro, Elizabeth Street 

A dish from Mazzaro Sydney

One of the city’s best kept secrets, tucked away near Sydney's Museum station is Mazzaro Restaurant. Serving up traditional Italian cuisine, Mazzaro is known for its relaxed, welcoming and elegant atmosphere and friendly, professional service. The wine list is extensive and the chefs really know how to give customers a 5 star experience. 

Balcon by Tapavino, Bligh Street

Balcon by Tapavino interior

A celebration of sherry, wine, food and friends awaits you at this warm and cosy wine and tapas bar in Sydney’s CBD. Representing some of the most talented winemakers in Spain, Tapavino sources impressive wines stacked to the ceiling so absolutely no-one misses out! With a menu designed for sharing (and a wine list designed for socialising) Balcon by Tapavino is a no-brainer for your long overdue group catch-up.

Bambini Trust Restaurant & Wine Room, Elizabeth Street

Bambini Trust Wine Room exterior

If you're after old-world European charm and a wine list filled with vin du pays, then Bambini is for you. A favourite of the corporate crowd for a post-work meal or long lunch, Bambini delivers a sense of elegance that will make you feel like a London banker (or trophy girlfriend) circa 1950. 

Want to explore more of what Sydney's dining scene has to offer? Check out our Restaurant Guide to Sydney's Eastern Suburbs for more dining inspo!

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