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Sydney Restaurants Where You Can Dine at the Bar

Take a seat up front, whether you're dining solo or finally having that long-delayed catch-up.
By Concrete Playground
August 01, 2018
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By Concrete Playground
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  • Food & Drink

    Bar Louise

    This Spanish tapas bar has brought house-made chorizo and plenty of sherry to Enmore Road's Marie-Louise salon building.

  • Food & Drink

    RAFI North Sydney

    This multi-space venue has something for everyone, in the heart of North Sydney.

  • Food & Drink

    Fontana

    The Don Peppino's team has opened this Italian diner in the former digs of Ron's Upstairs, retaining all the charm from the space's previous occupant.

  • Food & Drink

    Cafe Freda's

    The Chippendale nightclub has moved to Darlinghurst and swapped late nights and neon lights for natural wines and pastel hues.

  • Food & Drink

    L'uva Pasta & Wine Bar

    A Roman-inspired spot featuring an extensive selection of wines by the glass.

  • Food & Drink

    White + Wong's Sydney

    The hatted New Zealand favourite, which boasts a menu of contemporary pan-Asian fare, has opened in one of Sydney's most iconic locations.

  • Food & Drink

    ELE by Federico & Karl

    The Star's extravagant dining experience ELE takes you on a tour of three venues during your multi-course feast.

  • Food & Drink

    Bones Ramen

    Choose from four bowls of ramen at this tiny 20-seat ramen bar tucked away down Bayswater Road.

  • Food & Drink

    Bay Nine Omakase

    Leave the decisions to the chef at this waterfront omakase restaurant offering six, eight and 11-course menus.

  • Food & Drink

    Shell House

    Discover a cocktail bar in a clocktower, a ground-floor bistro and a sky-high drinking hole in this historic former hotel.

  • Food & Drink

    Baba's Place

    A kaleidoscope of south-west Sydney food and culture inside a Marrickville warehouse.

  • Food & Drink

    La Salut

    The Love, Tilly Devine and Ragazzi crew's latest venue is bringing brilliant bar food and Spanish vermouth to Redfern.

  • Food & Drink

    Mille Vini

    An exciting overhaul of the Italian bar brings a fresh face to Surry Hills' eat street.

  • Food & Drink

    Ragazzi Wine and Pasta

    A CBD wine and pasta bar from the Love, Tilly Devine crew.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Suze

    Surry Hills' new late-night bar is serving Swedish snacks and house-made apple wine.

  • Food & Drink

    Diana

    This Korean eatery is offering late-night karaoke, sashimi salad and house made kimchi in Potts Point.

  • Food & Drink

    Bibimbar

    This corner eatery brings "Korean soul food" and soju cocktails to Chippendale.

  • Food & Drink

    Ria Pizza + Wine - CLOSED

    You can 'pimp your pizza' with caviar and truffle at this new Potts Point eatery from the Monopole crew.

  • Food & Drink

    Pepito's

    You'll find pisco cocktails and Peruvian street food at this Illawarra Road restaurant.

  • 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

    The Sunshine Inn

    The Golden Gully team's vegetarian pub is located in the former Redfern Continental digs.

  • Food & Drink

    Ciccia Bella Parramatta Square

    An Italian diner in Parramatta Square by Icebergs' Maurice Terzini.

  • Food & Drink

    Sekka Dining

    An izakaya on the lower north shore from one of Sydney's best ramen chefs.

  • Food & Drink

    Jimmy's Falafel

    This bright orange CBD spot is slinging mezze-style share plates, $16 cocktails, za'atar calamari and pitas aplenty.

  • Food & Drink

    Pilgrims Bronte

    The south coast institution is now serving up its famed vego burgers and Mexican feasts in Sydney's east.

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    Born by Tapavino

    Barangaroo's trendy tapas bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Leura Garage

    This pizzeria in an old mechanic's workshop is a must-visit when in Leura.

  • Food & Drink

    Aria

    Matt Moran's harbourside restaurant has been serving up top-notch tasting menus by the water for 20 years.

  • Food & Drink

    DOC Sydney

    You'll find crisp pizzas made with top-notch Italian ingredients and lots of cheese on Campbell Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Calle Rey

    An all-vegan Mexican and Peruvian restaurant with a dedicated pisco bar in Newtown.

  • Food & Drink

    Nikkei Bar & Restaurant

    The Tokyo Bird team is serving up a Japanese-Peruvian menu at its newest Surry Hills restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Totti's

    Your new after-work go-to for cocktails, DJs and lots of cheese.

  • Food & Drink

    Cafe Paci

    A Nordic-European restaurant in Newtown from famed chef Pasi Petänen.

  • Food & Drink

    Sonora Mexican

    Wagyu burritos, handmade tortillas and lots of mezcal in Potts Point.

  • Food & Drink

    Beerhaus Barangaroo

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

  • Food & Drink

    Isabel - CLOSED

    Head to this Bondi izakaya for skewers of baby octopus and wagyu and cocktails made with finger lime, pickled cabbage and burnt miso.

  • Food & Drink

    Coogee Wine Room

    This wine bar is pouring 400 wines just one block from the beach.

  • Food & Drink

    XOPP

    The Golden Century team's new Darling Square restaurant is a homage to its famed pipis in XO dish.

  • Food & Drink

    Dopa Don and Milk Bar

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

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    Prince of York

    At this multi-level CBD venue you can start with bone marrow toasties and naturally fermented prosecco for dinner, then head downstairs to dance on tables under a disco ball.

  • Food & Drink

    Hello Auntie Darling Square

    The inner west Vietnamese favourite has opened a CBD outpost.

  • Food & Drink

    Mary's Underground

    As well as a full French-style bistro menu, this CBD restaurant from the Mary's crew has a seafood bar and jazz running six night a week.

  • Food & Drink

    The Glebe Hotel

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

  • Food & Drink

    Arcadia Liquors

    A fairy light-lit small bar with a sweet little courtyard out the back.

  • Food & Drink

    Forty Licks - CLOSED

    An underground restaurant serving Vietnamese noodle soups and fancy cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    The Sausage Factory

    Australia's first sausage cellar door also brews its own native ingredient-spiked beer.

  • Food & Drink

    Luho Restaurant

    Southeast Asian street food and creative cocktails by PS40 combine at this lower north shore spot.

  • Food & Drink

    Bopp & Tone

    Sydney CBD's elegant bar and eatery inspired by the post-WWII era.

  • Food & Drink

    Corretto Dee Why

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

  • Food & Drink

    10 William St

    This lively Paddington stalwart is a portal into some of the best wine, pasta and snacks this city has to offer.

  • Food & Drink

    Eliza Food & Wine

    A casual eatery from Michelin-trained chef Jeremy Bentley.

  • Food & Drink

    General Chao - CLOSED

    You'll find six different house-made XO sauces and giant pork buns at this lower north shore eatery.

  • Food & Drink

    Pocket Pizza Manly

    Manly's Italo-American pizza parlour has found a new home along Pittwater Road.

  • Food & Drink

    The Burwood Hotel

    This longtime Burwood stalwart is now slinging alcoholic bubble teas.

  • Food & Drink

    Alberto Lounge

    A 70s-inspired Italian enoteca from the Restaurant Hubert crew.

  • Food & Drink

    Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium

    Darling Harbour's new venue dedicated to Japanese dumplings and Yoyogi beer.

  • Food & Drink

    Sunset Diner

    A millennial pink, Miami-inspired 'shake shack' on the northern beaches.

  • Food & Drink

    RaRa

    Redfern's 28-seater neighbourhood ramen joint.

  • Food & Drink

    The Charleston

    This millennial pink-hued Glebe eatery is inspired by the coastal towns of South Carolina.

  • Food & Drink

    Poly

    The Ester team's still-very-elegant take on a casual restaurant and wine bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Ron's Upstairs - CLOSED

    The Arcadia Liquors team's restaurant is an upstairs Euro bistro full of kitsch and neighbourhood charm.

  • Food & Drink

    Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly

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

  • Food & Drink

    Arthur

    The 35-seater offers a changing 11-dish menu over two sittings each night.

  • Food & Drink

    The Bishop - CLOSED

    Surry Hills stalwart Bishop Sessa has swapped fine dining for a casual bar set-up.

  • Food & Drink

    Don't Tell Aunty

    Rule-breaking curries, retro Bollywood films flickering on the walls and a self-serve beer fridge in the old 4Fourteen site.

  • Food & Drink

    Matteo Downtown

    Sister to Matteo Double Bay, this Bond Street restaurant boasts a dedicated mozzarella bar, a weekday aperitivo hour and a terrace primed for people-watching.

  • Food & Drink

    Edition Haymarket

    Pair quality cuppas with innovative, Japanese-inspired brekkies at this inner city cafe.

  • Food & Drink

    Bonnie's Wine & Food - CLOSED

    Maurice Terzini's Bondi bar (within a bar) serving fried pizza and natural wine.

  • Food & Drink

    Salt Meats Cheese Cronulla

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

  • Food & Drink

    Katsumi Japanese Restaurant - CLOSED

    A stunning Japanese fine-diner in an lesser-known inner west suburb.

  • Food & Drink

    Ona Marrickville

    The award-winning Canberra coffee roaster has opened its first Sydney cafe in the inner west.

  • Food & Drink

    Bistecca

    This underground CBD restaurant specialises in just one cut of steak.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Topa

    A pint-sized tapas bar serving up innovative snacks and $8 half-size cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Gaku Robata Grill

    A ramen joint by day, an innovative izakaya by night.

  • Food & Drink

    Boronia Kitchen

    Hunters Hill's new all-day eatery from an ex-ARIA chef is serving up standout in-house meals and healthy lunches to-go.

  • Food & Drink

    Carbon Mexican

    This hacienda-inspired restaurant has taken over the old Rum Diaries space.

  • Food & Drink

    Solera Bar

    Barangaroo's new small bar serving up rare Champagne and charcuterie boards.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Patron - CLOSED

    Neil Perry's harbourside eatery serving late-night Mexican fare and $100 margaritas.

  • Food & Drink

    The Duke of Clarence

    An 1800s-inspired pub with over 500 spirits and a solid menu.

  • 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

    Kid Kyoto

    A neon-lit izakaya den inspired by 90s alternative rock.

  • Food & Drink

    Chula

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

  • Food & Drink

    Chin Chin

    Sydney's first outpost of Melbourne's famed loud, punchy and queue-inviting Thai eatery.

  • Food & Drink

    Mode Kitchen & Bar

    An oasis in the sweeping Four Seasons hotel atrium.

  • Food & Drink

    China Diner Double Bay

    Fans of the Bondi favourite now have a second venue to get their share-style Chinese cuisine fix.

  • Food & Drink

    District Brasserie

    Chifley Square's 200-seat bistro serving up generous portions of French fare.

  • Food & Drink

    Sydney Park Hotel

    A local heritage pub slinging cold beers and classic counter meals.

  • Food & Drink

    Fountain - CLOSED

    A Potts Point art deco eatery with all the makings of a great local.

  • Food & Drink

    Bistro Rex

    A lavish but casual French bistro in Potts Point where you can have truffle shaved over everything.

  • Food & Drink

    Sasaki - CLOSED

    Some of Sydney's best Japanese fare is being served out of this hole-in-the-wall behind a police station.

  • Food & Drink

    LoLuk Bistro

    A quaint Provençal bistro on Bourke Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Dear Sainte Éloise

    Snack on mussels on toast and choose from over 350 wines at this Potts Point bar.

  • Food & Drink

    NOLA Smokehouse and Bar

    New Orleans-style Sazeracs and smoked meats with a view over the Sydney skyline.

  • Food & Drink

    Annata

    A gem of a restaurant stepping up North Sydney's fine dining game.

  • Food & Drink

    Calabur Cafe & Diner - CLOSED

    An all-day Asian diner that truly transforms from day to night.

  • Food & Drink

    Happy D's - CLOSED

    Redfern's hole-in-the-wall dumplings and beer bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Eastside Kitchen

    A New York-style steakhouse with acclaimed chef Stanley Wong behind the wheel.

  • Food & Drink

    Johnny Fishbone - CLOSED

    A Darlinghurst wine parlour from the Buffalo Dining Club team.

  • Food & Drink

    Redfern Continental - CLOSED

    Arcadia Liquors' European bistro is the perfect neighbourhood bistro

  • Food & Drink

    Bistro Moncur Mosman

    Guillaume Brahimi's Woollahra French bistro has explanded to the lower north shore.

  • Food & Drink

    Friend in Hand Hotel

    You'll find this lively, old-school pub in the backstreets of Glebe.

  • Food & Drink

    The Lady Hampshire

    Camperdown's resurrected pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Banksii - CLOSED

    Sydney's first dedicated vermouth bar and bistro.

  • Food & Drink

    Jangling Jack's

    Find blues, soul and cocktails inspired by the notorious historic locals of Potts Point at this neighbourhood speakeasy.

  • Food & Drink

    Fred's

    Hatted farm-to-table dishes made in a stunning Tuscany-inspired kitchen.

  • 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

    Cirrus Dining

    A cloud-shaped Barangaroo restaurant from the Bentley team.

  • Food & Drink

    Tequila Mockingbird

    A Paddington terrace filled with tequila and tasty South American morsels.

  • Food & Drink

    Milano Torino - CLOSED

    An Italian restaurant that blends the flavours of Piedmont with food photography.

  • Food & Drink

    Yakitori Yurippi

    Crows Nest's tiny six-table yakitori joint.

  • Food & Drink

    Hacienda

    Sydney Harbour's Cuban-inspired vista bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Kittyhawk

    Combining a French military aesthetic with an end of war party vibe, and stocked with over 900 spirits — expect banging cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Brooklyn Depot Burgers & Brew - CLOSED

    A gleeful burger-laden homage to the city that never sleeps.

  • Food & Drink

    Deus Bar & Kitchen

    Deus Cafe has moved into more mature territory — with an ex-Bistro Moncur chef no less.

  • Food & Drink

    Restaurant Hubert

    High-class French food in a subterranean space on Bligh Street, where the steak is the stuff of legend.

  • Food & Drink

    Bibo Wine Bar

    Double Bay gains another quality vino spot, helmed by an ex-Guillaume head chef.

  • Food & Drink

    Sunset Sabi

    Watch the sun go down with some killer sushi rolls.

  • Food & Drink

    The Crossing - CLOSED

    Creative snacks and cocktails in a damn good-looking bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Mamasan

    A tempting fusion of Taiwanese street food and Japanese deliciousness.

  • Food & Drink

    The Paddington

    This is the Oxford Street pub like you've never seen it before.

  • Food & Drink

    Rosso Antico Pizza Bar

    Perfect pizzas have arrived on Enmore Road.

  • Food & Drink

    Continental Deli Bar Bistro

    Where drinking cocktails gets that much better because they're served in cans.

  • Food & Drink

    Mamasan Surry Hills

    Bondi's beloved Asian-fusion joint has expanded to the Hills.

  • Food & Drink

    Bennelong

    Bennelong's food is somehow just as show-stopping as its views.

  • Food & Drink

    Firedoor

    No gas. No electricity. Only wood-coal fire and some very punchy flavours.

  • Food & Drink

    Pelicano - CLOSED

    Like partying at a wildly rich grown-up’s house.

  • Food & Drink

    Casoni

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

  • Food & Drink

    Ester

    With a woodfired oven as the restaurant's core, Ester's hearth produces food with heart.

  • Food & Drink

    The Winery

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

  • Food & Drink

    One Penny Red

    The location is great, the atmosphere is just what you want and the food? More than worth the journey.

  • Food & Drink

    Cho Cho San

    In a minimalist, well-designed setting, you’ll enjoy Japanese cuisine in a reimagined izakaya style.

  • Food & Drink

    The Stinking Bishops

    A place where cheese gets the recognition it deserves.

  • Food & Drink

    Momofuku Seiobo - CLOSED

    Put your Blackjack money back in your wallet and save it for a fantastic night of unconventional eating.

  • Food & Drink

    Bentley Restaurant + Bar

    The loved CBD fine diner has a dedicated vegetarian tasting menu.

  • 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

    Riley St Garage

    Raw, edgy and impossibly chic, Riley St Garage brings a slice of the New York Meatpacking District to Woolloomooloo.

  • Food & Drink

    Spring Street Social

    Spring Street Social is Bondi's next big thing, a hole in the wall hiding an underground club.

  • Food & Drink

    Neighbourhood

    Next time your throat is dry and sunstroke has you seeking shelter, grab a Neighbourhood Bloody Mary.

  • Food & Drink

    Nomad

    'Nomad' appears to be a misnomer: this is one place we'd be very content to set down some roots.

  • Food & Drink

    Lotus Dumpling Bar

    A Walsh Bay ode to the dumpling.

  • Food & Drink

    Batch Burgers and Espresso

    Devour an American burger and shake, just down the road from the Prime Minister's lodge.

  • Food & Drink

    Yebisu Yakitori

    Regent Place continues to flourish with this party room where the sake flows.

  • Food & Drink

    Bondi Hardware

    Bondi is not just for summer, with a Notorious P.I.G and mulled Batlow cider there to lift winter spirits.

  • Food & Drink

    Mary's

    A rock 'n' roll Newtown stalwart, with standout Maccas-style burgers and natural wines.

  • Food & Drink

    Glebe Point Diner

    It's perfect for a casual graze, an intimate first date or a well-overdue catch up with mates.

  • Food & Drink

    Sokyo

    Sokyo does elegance extraordinarily well.

  • Food & Drink

    The Roosevelt

    A refined, NYC-inspired bar sending you back to the 1950s with champagne, plenty of cocktails and oysters.

  • Food & Drink

    Jah Bar

    Take a typical tapas bar in Barcelona then polish slightly, adding cut crystal glasses and a pinch of Almodóvar references.

  • Food & Drink

    Porteño

    Doors have shut on Cleveland Street as a new chapter for the meatmasters begins.

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