Best Sydney Dining Experiences This Summer

Now that Sydney is experiencing long-awaited freedom after lockdown, many beautiful dining experiences await discovery. Sydney hosts a wealth of incredible restaurants to suit every taste. 


Located in Stanmore, Sixpenny was founded in March 2012 by Daniel Puskas and James Parry. The restaurant prides itself on utilising local suppliers, growers and producers – genuinely capturing the Australian narrative. The restaurant offers a tasting menu “influenced by the seasons” with local Australian growers and farmers. Additionally Sixpenny, and Sommelier’s wine pairing options, featuring artisanal local and international wines. Sixpenny boasts Three Hats, as awarded by The Good Food Guide.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Perhaps Sydney’s most Instagrammable dining locations, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, located in Bondi, is the perfect destination to unwind and enjoy the incoming summer atmosphere. Icebergs absolute insistence on providing only the best quality food and ingredients ensures an indulgent experience. This restaurant is the whole package, with raving reviews attesting to the incredible views, food and service. 


Located in Bondi, Totti’s is an Italian eatery boasting an impressive lineup of specialty Italian cuisine. The restaurant has captured the attention of Sydneysiders, meaning you will need to be quick when booking to ensure you get a table. The restaurant specialises in meats cooked in a Josper charcoal grill, pasta, desserts and of course, the iconic woodfire flatbread. Enjoy the work of skilled chef’s Mike Eggert and Khan Danis under the olive trees in the courtyard or inside the sun-speckled dining room. Totti’s is the perfect restaurant to indulge in this summer. 


There are few better combinations than luxury seafood on a warm Sydney day. Cirrus is a seafood restaurant located on the water’s edge in Barangaroo, open for lunch from Thursday and dinner service from Wednesday. Cirrus offers the finest seasonal produce and sustainably caught seafood; however, it also caters to non-seafood eaters and vegetarians. The restaurant complements its menu with an extensive wine selection, focusing on the white, with a choice of light reds. The beautiful indoor and outdoor settings make this restaurant perfect for a weekend lunch to a more intimate date night. 


Located at the overseas passenger terminal at The Rocks, Quay hosts a most luxurious dining location with a panoramic view of the iconic Sydney Opera House to the Harbour Bridge. Executive chef Peter Laurel ensures that the menu continually evolves, creating progressive dishes and showing off his chef skill. Some Australian producers grow products specifically for the Quay menu. Newcastle Greens supply the red speckled peas, and Epicurean Harvest supply Japanese Tennouji turnips – adding to the exclusivity of the menu. A dish to look out for is the “Oyster Cream” created by Laurel, served in a custom-made oyster shell, with a mother of pearl spoon, the height of luxury. 

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Matt Moran’s restaurant Aria is set to come out of lockdown with a fresh new menu created by newly appointed executive chef Tom Gorringe. Aria has long been known to Sydney residents as one of the most impressive fine dining restaurants, receiving two hats from The Good Food Guide since 2013. Keep an eye out for the spring tasting menu out together by Gorringe, containing the most delicate Yellowfin tuna, Murray Cod and pork jowl and Mamerra duck.