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FOOD & DRINK

The Best Sydney Restaurants and Bars with Outdoor Dining

Soak up that sun.
By Concrete Playground
October 20, 2021
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By Concrete Playground
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  • Food & Drink

    Avi's Kantini

    The Bank's new Middle Eastern-inspired eatery features a $45 Feed Me menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Re

    This South Eveleigh bar is housed in a heritage site that spent 100 years as a locomotive workshop.

  • Food & Drink

    Elm Rooftop Bar

    This rooftop cocktail bar above The Taphouse is serving a variety of hard seltzers, plus orange wine by the glass.

  • Food & Drink

    Mrs Palmer Sandwich

    This hole-in-the-wall sells sandos created by Sydney's top chefs by day, and transforms into a margarita bar after dark.

  • Food & Drink

    Cafe Bondi

    Find cafe classics, vegan treats and breakfast cocktails within walking distance of the beach at this new eastern suburbs spot.

  • Food & Drink

    Opera Kitchen

    The harbourside restaurant has a new bakery, pasta bar and Japanese kitchen dishing up ramen and katsu sandos every day.

  • Food & Drink

    Vini Divini

    This inner city bar's wine wall contains over 1000 bottles from ten different countries.

  • Food & Drink

    Cony's

    This weekend-only bar serves up South American-inspired eats and tropical cocktails aplenty.

  • Food & Drink

    Cafe Freda's

    The Chippendale nightclub has moved to Darlinghurst and swapped the dance floors and neon lights for natural wines and pastel hues.

  • Food & Drink

    Acre Artarmon

    A sprawling restaurant, bakery and urban farm on the lower north shore.

  • Food & Drink

    Esteban

    The Tequila Mockingbird team's two-storey Mexican restaurant is home to Australia's biggest collection of premium tequila and mezcal.

  • Food & Drink

    Biang Biang

    Another outpost for the popular eatery bringing Shaanxi chewy pulled noodles to Sydney.

  • Food & Drink

    Hester's

    This CBD cafe is here for your morning croissants, lunchtime bubbles and caffeine afternoon pick-me-ups.

  • Food & Drink

    La Palma

    Head to the leafy courtyard, order a daiquiri and devour a plate of jerk chicken.

  • Food & Drink

    Albion Hotel

    Parramatta's late-night, dog-friendly pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Outfield

    A parkside cafe with a picnic-appropriate menu and A-plus coffee.

  • Food & Drink

    Bathers' Pavilion

    Balmoral's historic beachside spot has scored a makeover and a terrace champagne bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Four Frogs Creperie Circular Quay

    Tuck into sweet crepes and savoury galettes with experimental fillings at this French-owned harbourside creperie.

  • Food & Drink

    Beerhaus Barangaroo

    A huge German beer hall with salty pretzels, schnitzels and schnapps.

  • Food & Drink

    Dopa Don and Milk Bar

    A Japanese take on the classic Aussie milk bar by the Devon team.

  • Food & Drink

    Next Door Cronulla

    This ever-popular cafe offers up next level eats by the water.

  • Food & Drink

    The Lord Gladstone

    Continuing the Abercrombie's legacy of deep-fried Golden Gaytimes and Chippendale chill-outs.

  • Food & Drink

    Hello Auntie Darling Square

    The inner west Vietnamese favourite has opened a CBD outpost.

  • Food & Drink

    The Glebe Hotel

    This historic pub has been given a new name and dog-friendly courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    The Old Fitzroy Hotel

    This Woolloomooloo pub has award-winning chef Anna Ugarte-Carral in the kitchen and natty wines behind the bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Babylon Rooftop & Garden Bar

    A luxe kingdom of meze, cocktails, slow-cooked meats and 300 wines atop Westfield Sydney.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Ombre

    This rooftop bar boasts a dedicated spritz menu, a daily happy hour and views of the Harbour Bridge.

  • Food & Drink

    Corretto Dee Why

    An all-day diner located a stone's throw from the beach in northern Sydney.

  • Food & Drink

    Websters Bar

    This underrated Newtown rooftop bar serves up wings and whisky aplenty.

  • Food & Drink

    Mosman Rowers

    This century-old lower north shore rowing club has reopened as a cafe and bar.

  • Food & Drink

    The Oxford Tavern

    This Petersham pub has reopened with a leafy beer garden and focus on craft beer.

  • Food & Drink

    The Old Clare Rooftop Bar

    This hotel pool bar is open to the public for cocktails and snacks.

  • Food & Drink

    Totti's

    An Italian eatery helmed by Pinbone's Mike Eggert and Rockpool's Khan Danis and located inside the Royal Bondi.

  • Food & Drink

    Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly

    A breezy indoor-outdoor Japanese diner with views out over Manly Cove.

  • Food & Drink

    Salt Meats Cheese Cronulla

    The Italian chain has opened its first outpost in The Shire.

  • Food & Drink

    Park House Food & Liquor

    The old Mona Vale Hotel has been transformed into a sleek new restaurant, cocktail lounge and burger bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Circa Espresso

    Middle Eastern-influenced brekkies and small-batch roasted coffee.

  • Food & Drink

    Bills Surry Hills

    When this Crown Street breakfast institution moved next door, it scored an updated menu and look.

  • Food & Drink

    The Alcott

    A lush restaurant and spritz bar on the lower north shore.

  • Food & Drink

    The Vic On The Park

    This old Marrickville gem has been given the full Merivale treatment and it's totally working it.

  • Food & Drink

    Maybe Frank Randwick

    Serving pizza and award-winning cocktails up the hill from the beach.

  • Food & Drink

    Barangaroo House

    The jewel in Barangaroo's ever-growing crown, Barangaroo House is made up of three levels — we reviewed them all.

  • Food & Drink

    Marta Osteria

    A Roman osteria and bar from the team behind Popolo.

  • Food & Drink

    Chula

    Offering regional Mexican dishes in wicker chairs and a packed menu of tequila and mezcal cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    et.al

    Share a meal with friends, family, lovers et al at this Lankelly Place bar and cafe.

  • Food & Drink

    Jardin St James

    Find a slice of Parisian paradise in a CBD church's courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    Matteo

    A 150-seat eatery from Orazio D'Elia with a pizza oven, an Italian cocktail list and an outdoor aperitivo deck.

  • Food & Drink

    Cuckoo Callay on Crown

    A second outpost for the team behind one of Newtown's busiest (and best) brunch spots.

  • Food & Drink

    Botany View Hotel

    This iconic south King Street watering hole has been revamped by The Lord Gladstone team.

  • Food & Drink

    Rocker

    A new all-day Bondi coffee spot, restaurant and bar from Three Blue Ducks co-founder Darren Robertson.

  • Food & Drink

    LoLuk Bistro

    A quaint Provençal bistro on Bourke Street.

  • Food & Drink

    No. 1 William

    Look over Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour from the Australian Museum's terrace restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    Devon Barangaroo

    The Devon crew is plating up its decadent breakfast items and katsu sandos in Barangaroo.

  • Food & Drink

    Queen Chow

    Merivale reinvents Chinese pub food at Enmore's Queens Hotel.

  • Food & Drink

    Gallon

    Wine and crumbed soft cheese in a leafy courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    Cairo Takeaway

    An Enmore eatery doing full Egyptian breakfasts and full-on falafel.

  • Food & Drink

    Nour

    Contemporary Lebanese food with a twist.

  • Food & Drink

    East Village Hotel

    The three-tiered Darlinghurst pub gets a new life with an upstairs sports bar and rooftop terrace.

  • Food & Drink

    Zushi Barangaroo

    The Sydney sushi masters' third offering brings their acclaimed offering to Barangaroo.

  • Food & Drink

    Three Blue Ducks Rosebery

    This big, bright outpost of a Bronte fave brings farm-to-table ethos and darn good coffee to Rosebery’s up-and-coming food precinct.

  • Food & Drink

    Sushi on Stanley

    This well-priced Japanese joint has stood the test of time.

  • Food & Drink

    The Dolphin Hotel

    Maurice Terzini's revamped version of the pub.

  • Food & Drink

    The Newport

    Merivale's northern jewel in the crown.

  • Food & Drink

    Since I Left You

    This courtyard bar could be your CBD paradise.

  • Food & Drink

    Bill & Toni's

    A Sydney institution known for big bowls of pasta (and free cordial).

  • Food & Drink

    Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

    Waterside food and views worth a million bucks.

  • Food & Drink

    Public House Petersham

    The Newington has had one helluva reno.

  • Food & Drink

    Dead Ringer

    The Bulletin Place team reinvent Bacardi Breezers, Redskins and so many nostalgic favourites.

  • Food & Drink

    Ivy Pool Club

    Sydney's super glitzy rooftop pool bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Catalina

    Casual diners now have a place at waterfront Catalina, with the bar having undergone an invisible transformation.

  • Food & Drink

    Casoni

    Fresh pasta plus Aperol spritzes and negronis on tap equal Casoni's formula for a good night.

  • Food & Drink

    The Greens

    Prepare to be bowled over.

  • Food & Drink

    Coogee Pavilion Rooftop

    Life's a beach at the imaginative Coogee Pavilion's beachfront rooftop bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Opera Bar

    A must-do with out-of-towners or when you're seeing a gig at the Opera House.

  • Food & Drink

    The Royal Hotel

    Rise to the top of this Five Ways pub for incredible views over the city.

  • Food & Drink

    The Bearded Tit

    Turn left at the crocheted penises and enter Redfern's brazen art bar.

  • Food & Drink

    The Winery

    Drinking classy means having a 'champagne bell' alert the waitstaff when your glass gets empty.

  • Food & Drink

    Chester White Cured Diner

    Dig into moreish cured meats, cheese-wheel cacio e pepe and braised beef cheeks at this charming converted cottage.

  • Food & Drink

    Sweethearts Rooftop

    Consider this the Cross's openair diamond in the rough.

  • Food & Drink

    Newtown Hotel

    A King Street stalwart with a wrap-around balcony.

  • Food & Drink

    The Glenmore

    This pub in The Rocks has a rooftop with one of the best views over the harbour.

  • Food & Drink

    The Beresford Hotel

    A Surry Hills pub with one of the best courtyards in town.

  • Food & Drink

    The Courthouse Hotel

    The unpretentious, grungy gem of Newtown with one of the finest outdoor courtyards in Sydney.

  • Food & Drink

    Zushi

    Sushi as it should be, and so much more.

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