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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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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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  • POLY

    The Ester team's highly anticipated Surry Hills restaurant and wine bar.

  • RON'S UPSTAIRS

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

  • SAKE RESTAURANT AND BAR MANLY

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

  • ARTHUR

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

  • THE BISHOP

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

  • DON'T TELL AUNTY

    $10 lunch specials, retro Bollywood films flickering on the walls and a self-serve beer fridge in the old 4Fourteen site.

  • 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.

  • EDITION HAYMARKET

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

  • BONNIE'S WINE & FOOD

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

  • SALT MEATS CHEESE CRONULLA

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

  • KATSUMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

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

  • BISTECCA

    An underground CBD restaurant specialising in one cut of steak.

  • BAR TOPA

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

  • GAKU ROBATA GRILL

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

  • 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.

  • CARBON MEXICAN

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

  • REY'S PLACE

    One of Sydney's most under-represented Southeast Asian cuisines gets a shot in the spotlight at this Darlinghurst eatery.

  • SOLERA BAR

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

  • BAR PATRON BY ROCKPOOL

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

  • THE DUKE OF CLARENCE

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

  • MAYBE FRANK RANDWICK

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

  • BARANGAROO HOUSE

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

  • MARTA OSTERIA

    A Roman osteria and bar from the team behind Popolo.

  • STANTON & CO.

    The Riley Street Garage team's new Rosebery restaurant.

  • KID KYOTO

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

  • CHULA

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

  • CHIN CHIN

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

  • MODE KITCHEN & BAR

    An oasis in the sweeping Four Seasons hotel atrium.

  • CHINA DINER DOUBLE BAY

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

  • DISTRICT BRASSERIE

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

  • FOUNTAIN

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

  • BISTRO REX

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

  • ALLEGRA DINING

    Waterloo's newest Italian eatery is dishing out expertly executed traditional cuisine.

  • SASAKI

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

  • LOLUK BISTRO

    A quaint Provençal bistro on Bourke Street.

  • DEAR SAINTE ÉLOISE

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

  • 12-MICRON

    Barangaroo's sprawling 230-seat restaurant (with a late-night dessert bar).

  • THE GRAND NATIONAL HOTEL

    Paddington's friendly neighbourhood pub.

  • NOLA SMOKEHOUSE AND BAR

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

  • ANNATA

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

  • CALABUR CAFE & DINER

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

  • FONZARELLI'S

    Surry Hills' 1950s-inspired bar dedicated to The Fonz.

  • HAPPY D'S

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

  • EASTSIDE KITCHEN

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

  • JOHNNY FISHBONE

    A Darlinghurst wine parlour from the Buffalo Dining Club team.

  • BISTRO MONCUR MOSMAN

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

  • FRIEND IN HAND HOTEL

    A lively, old-school pub in the backstreets of Glebe.

  • THE LADY HAMPSHIRE

    Camperdown's resurrected pub.

  • BANKSII

    Sydney's first dedicated vermouth bar and bistro.

  • JANGLING JACK'S

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

  • FRED'S

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

  • NOUR

    Contemporary Lebanese with a twist on Crown Street.

  • EAST VILLAGE HOTEL

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

  • CIRRUS DINING

    A cloud-shaped Barangaroo restaurant from the Bentley team.

  • TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD

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

  • MILANO TORINO

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

  • YAKITORI YURIPPI

    Crows Nest's tiny six-table yakitori joint.

  • HACIENDA

    Sydney Harbour's Cuban-inspired vista bar.

  • KITTYHAWK

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

  • BROOKLYN DEPOT BURGERS & BREW

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

  • DEUS BAR & KITCHEN

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

  • RESTAURANT HUBERT

    High-class French food in a subterranean space on Bligh Street. The chicken fricassée is the stuff of legend.

  • BIBO WINE BAR

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

  • SUNSET SABI

    Watch the sun go down with some killer sushi rolls.

  • THE CROSSING

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

  • MAMASAN

    Dine in your own private opium den

  • THE PADDINGTON

    Roast chook, parmesan custard and a cocktail bar — this is the Oxford Street pub like you've never seen it before.

  • ROSSO ANTICO PIZZA BAR

    Perfect pizzas have arrived on Enmore Road.

  • CONTINENTAL DELI BAR BISTRO

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

  • MAMASAN SURRY HILLS

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

  • KAGURA

    A Surry Hills izakaya that nails the brief.

  • BENNELONG

    Bennelong is more casual and relaxed than ever before — but that doesn't mean the food isn't show-stopping.

  • BANG STREET FOOD

    Spiked lassis, '90s R&B and fancied-up Bangladeshi street nosh in Surry Hills.

  • FIREDOOR

    No gas. No electricity. Only wood-coal fire.

  • PELICANO

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

  • CASONI

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

  • REDFERN CONTINENTAL

    Arcadia Liquors' European kitchen and a GDR-themed back bar with a relaxed vibe and highly impressive menu.

  • ESTER

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

  • ACME

    An Italian restaurant challenging traditional ideals of how the cuisine should be executed.

  • THE WINERY

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

  • ONE PENNY RED

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

  • CHO CHO SAN

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

  • THE STINKING BISHOPS

    A place where cheese gets the recognition it deserves.

  • MOMOFUKU SEIOBO

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

  • BENTLEY RESTAURANT + BAR

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

  • CHESTER WHITE CURED DINER

    Dig into moreish cured meats, cheese-wheel caccio e pepe and wines from the Buffalo Dining Club team in this charming converted cottage.

  • MILLE VINI

    An authentic Italian bar vibe on Surry Hills' eat street.

  • RILEY ST GARAGE

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

  • SPRING STREET SOCIAL

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

  • NEIGHBOURHOOD

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

  • NOMAD

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

  • LOTUS DUMPLING BAR

    A Walsh Bay ode to the dumpling.

  • BATCH BURGERS AND ESPRESSO

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

  • YEBISU IZAKAYA

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

  • BONDI HARDWARE

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

  • MARY'S

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

  • GLEBE POINT DINER

    Glebe Point Diner is perfect for a casual graze, an intimate first date or a well-overdue catch up with mates.

  • SOKYO

    Sokyo, the Star's Japanese child, does elegance extraordinarily well.

  • ARCADIA LIQUORS

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

  • 10 WILLIAM STREET

    From the team behind Fratelli Paradiso comes Paddington's beloved converted storefront eatery.

  • THE ROOSEVELT

    A refined, NYC-inspired bar sending you back to the 1950s with champagne, plenty of cocktails and $1 oysters every Thursday.

  • JAH BAR

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

  • PORTEñO

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

  • EATHOUSE DINER

    Red vinyl stools, a curved bar and the chalkboard menu conjure 1950s Americana at this throwback eatery.

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