While visiting Sydney during the Sydney International Boat Show, you won’t want to miss the occasion to dine in some of the most exclusive and celebrated restaurants in the city. Whether you’re looking to impress your guests, or treat yourself to some of the finest gourmet food in the city, we’ve rounded up a selection of restaurants in Sydney that won’t disappoint.

1- QUAY (three ‘chef’s hats’)

Quay, established in 1988, was originally named Bilson’s is one of Australia’s most respected Restaurants. Perched above Sydney Harbour, Quay is a magnificent setting for a culinary endeavor with a true sense of occasion. Day or night, the views from the Restaurant are spectacular with the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the left and the Opera House to the right. Quay’s philosophy under Executive Chef Peter Gilmore is to deliver a dining experience with an emphasis on nature. The diversity and beauty of nature is his inspiration, resulting in a harmony of flavours and textures to create a sensual dining experience.

2- The Bridge Room (three ‘chef’s hats’)

The European-inspired menu at The Bridge Room lies somewhere between fine dining and bistro, and is served in a beautifully renovated art deco building just behind Circular Quay. The calming elegance of The Bridge Room’s decor is also transfused in its dishes, where you can expect the food to be lovingly draped across your plate and decorated with thoughtful details.


3- Sepia (three ‘chef’s hats’)

Located in the prestigious Darling Park precinct, just a bridge walk away from Darling Harbour, Sepia’s corporate-luxe dining room is the ultimate in contemporary cuisine with a Japanese twist. Tetsuya-trained chef Martin Benn offers guests exquisite à la carte and Dégustation menus that can be perfectly paired with an extensive international wine list.


4- Rockpool (three ‘chef’s hats’)

Rockpool is the fine dining jewel in the Rockpool Group’s crown. This iconic Sydney restaurant continues to redefine modern Australian cuisine with an evolving menu that pays homage to Australia’s most reputable suppliers. Celebrating 25 years in February of 2014, this elegant fine dining establishment is an award winning culinary destination that prides themselves on the use of the best produce in Australia and around the world, an award winning wine list, and Sydney’s most polished service. With the recent relocation signaling the beginning of a new era for the restaurant, Neil Perry AM and Executive Chef Phil Wood continue to create Rockpool’s celebrated classics, while taking an increasingly progressive approach to fine dining.


5- ARIA (two ‘chef’s hats’)

In ARIA’s curvaceous dining room that overlooks both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, you’re guaranteed to be presented with food that is as magnificent as the view. Co-owned by celebrated Chef Matt Moran, ARIA is constantly abuzz with foodies, celebrities and celebrity spotters because it delivers modern cuisine with comfort and class.