The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Restaurant Food at Your Fingertips
When the couch is calling your name and you can’t be bothered to cook, these are the takeaway food joints you need to. know about
With the current state of play, we are making the most of feasting indoors. After all, nothing beats an Uber Eats delivery to wind down after a busy day at work. In the couch v. kitchen battle, the sofa is always going to win. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, pasta, dumplings or fried chicken, Sydney has a bunch of restaurants to meet every mood and budget. And they do it quickly, so you can hurry on home as soon as you’ve ordered – which basically means you get more precious time to sprawl out on your sofa.
So to help, we’ve taste-tested our way through the best takeaway in Sydney's inner city suburbs, so you know which restaurant to have on speed dial.
These are the tastiest takeaway restaurants in Sydney, for the ultimate guide in takeaway food.
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Paddington
There’s nothing better than a Sunday roast! The Chicken Shop serves up juicy rotisserie chooks with sauces, roast potatoes, fries – the works! We recommend doubling up on the fries – they’re not small serves or anything, they’re just very good fries!
382 Oxford Street, Paddington
The lovely and literary named Tequila Mockingbird, has always done a roaring trade in lockdown. Last lockdown they sold almost 20,000 Patron glass bottled take away cocktail to the very thirsty residents of Paddington. This lockdown, they’re at it again, helping everyone to get through lockdown. With $15 cocktails made to order pick up freshly shaken margaritas, espresso martinis – you name it! You’ll also be able to score yourself some of their delicious home delivery menu, with bites such as ceviche taco, slow roasted lamb shoulder and fire roasted cauliflower. If you’d like to be a little bit extra, then why not pick up their $99 fiesta box and make your entire household very, very happy. Plus, they’re delivering within a 15km radius so everyone can get a taste of this delicious fare.
6 Heeley Street, Paddington
For the duration of this Sydney lockdown the notoriously hard to book Italian classic, Il Baretto will be offering food for take-away. Phone your order in and you’ll be able to enjoy anything from burrata to their pasta specials from duck ragu pappardelle to gnocchi and or meatballs in sugo with toasted ciabatta. Order up a storm and enjoy it at home with a bottle of red (or two – who’s counting!).
338 Oxford Street, Paddington
Paddington's healthy haven is open for delivery on Deliveroo and available for locals who make their way to their takeaway counter in Paddington's buzzy, fashionable Intersection. So, whether you're after a delicious coffee, a freshly made juice or one of their signature bowls - there's nothing stopping you!
2/16 Glenmore Road, Paddington
With pick up and deliveries available everyday, P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants are here to help you with all your lockdown essentials: natural wines, grenache, beers and small batch booze of all varieties. Their Paddington venue is also doing takeaway snacks including charcuterie and cheese packs for your next at home wine and cheese night!
Oxford Street, Paddington
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Sydney CBD
As we find ourselves facing yet another week indoors, the yearning for a particularly bougie takeaway gets stronger and stronger. Enter the Sheraton Grand Sydney and their High Tea at Home Indulgence Picnic hamper.
The Gallery High Tea box serves two for arancini with truffle aioli, spiced chicken and spinach ricotta cannoli, Moreton Bay bug quiche, finger sandwiches (of course!) and sweet treats from canelé, matcha, mango and yuzu slice and classic scones. Or, if you’re looking to spend some time in this unseasonably sunny weather pick up their picnic hamper with handcrafted cheese, chicken sandwiches and focaccia, charcuterie, cauliflower steak, sweets and optional Moet Champagne (trust us, you’ll want it!). Order by Wednesday to pick up the your basket from Friday, but get in quick because these are selling like hot cakes – or should we say hot scones!
Sheraton Grand Sydney, Hyde Park
Alpha, Sydney’s most loved Greek restaurant, is jumping aboard the takeaway train with a delicious ‘Alpha at Home’ menu. Available from Tuesday to Saturday, ‘Alpha At Home’ includes crowd faves such as meze offerings, spanakopita and succulent Greek spiced slow roasted lamb. Designed to be shared with whoever is in your lockdown bubble, this cooking will make you feel like your at Yia Yia’s table!
238 Castlereagh St, Sydney
Say oui to a spot of take away from Four Frogs. With over 30 crêpes and galettes on the menu, you can score everything from a savory ham and cheese galette to the epic stacked tartiflette galette with bacon, swiss and raclette cheese as well as potato and onion steeped in cider. On the sweet front think Nutella, chocolate sauce, honey… Or you can order a stack of ‘naked’ (scandaleux as they’d say in France) crepes and top them at home with whatever your heart desires!
Everyone’s favourite deli and home of the famous - and very lockdown friendly – mar-tinny and can-hattan, Continental Deli is coming home to you! Available for pick-up or delivery, get yourself a delicious roll filled with the freshest ingredients, a charcuterie plate to step up your next lockdown wine night, any of their famous tinned cocktails or or bistro dishes. Still stuck for inspiration? Try the Seuss-ically named Flan in a Can.
167 Phillip Street, Sydney
Legendary laneway Mexican joint, Esteban is offering five carefully curated set menus for takeaway and delivery within a 5km radius of the CBD. Each menu (priced between $65-$85) is portioned for two and features some of their restaurant quality signature dishes. Think Byron Bay pork belly, half chickens, spinach and queso tamales, achiote grilled lamb shoulder, sweet potato tart and dark chocolate fondant. Don’t forget to wash it all down with some of their shake-at-home cocktails - $15 each or a six-serve for $90 – because every day in lockdown deserves a happy hour!
1 Temperance Lane, Sydney
Want a little bit of Italian magic but without leaving home? Enter Fabbrica. Get a little fancy this weekend with a delivery of a Fabbrica pasta pack. With fresh handmade pasta and sauces delivered via UberEats. Since Sydney's been plunged back into lockdown, Fabbrica is offering free delivery on orders over $50 for everyone who orders directly from them - they've even sweetened the deal by adding wine delivery to the mix!
161 King Street, Sydney
Located in the beautiful Harbour Rocks Hotel, Tayim is the perfect place for you to pick up a Middle Eastern feast. Guaranteed to please the whole family, the Mazetim cold mezze feast with labneh, marinated olives, cured king fish, hummus, shawarma and a whole lot more. Or you could pick up a dinner box with your choice of beef cheek or chicken shawarma, lamb kofta, flame grilled veg, chicken schnitzel and falafel.
Harbour Rocks Hotel, 14 Nurses Walk, The Rocks
The way we’ve been getting through lockdown has been threefold: walks, wine and lots of pasta. Bel & Brio are here to help with that final step offering their full menu of Italian favourites and drinks for delivery across Sydney. The extensive cellar boasts a premium range of wines, spirits and cocktails and their kitchen is churning out delicious treats from tagliatelle bolognese, crab spaghetti, slow cooked lamb shoulder and a range of Italian wood-fired pizzas. Delivery is available via the Bel & Brio app or through various delivery platforms.
300 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Potts Point
For two weeks, and for two weeks only, everyone's favourite chicken joint, Sundays is stepping up their game and serving up some seriously delicious sweet treats. Their limited edition rhubarb, pear and blood orange cobbler with Fireball butterscotch sauce is the perfect cure to any lockdown woes. At just $14 the cobbler comes ready to eat, doused in icing sugar and with a free Fireball mini to help wash everything down. These cobblers are seriously exclusive with just 100 available every week bad boys are seriously exclusive! If you miss out on the exclusive offer, don't worry, we've got the recipe so you can make your own cobbler. C'mon guys, booze with butter? It doesn't get better than this!
95 Macleay Street, Potts Point
Our favourite French restaurant in Sydney and the diamond of the Sydney dining scene, Métisse is now open for takeaway. During the first week of lockdown, the genius duo, Chef Opel and his daughter, the equally impressive, Luci were hard at work creating a takeaway version of some of their classic Métisse Experience dishes. With two set menus, each feeding two, you can choose between Métisse Comfort Food or the Métisse Experience at Home. If you’re interested in a high-end comfort feed, you can choose between confit de canard, saumon a l’oseille or a wild mushroom galette d’hiver. Or if you’re interested in the true Métisse experience you’ll score a beef Rossini with wagyu, foie gras and decadent truffle. Each menu also comes with a salad and rich chocolatey dessert as well as a bottle of wine! If you treat yourself to one fancy takeaway this lockdown, let this be the one!
5-9 Roslyn Street, Potts Point
Head to our one of our favourite wine bars in Sydney for some tasty take away treats this lockdown. Pick up a bottle of vino to help you get through this current patch of lockdown shenanigans. Or why not take home a snack or apertivo snack from burrata to burgers!
5/29 Orwell Street, Potts Point
One of our favourite spots in Potts Point, Ezra is serving up $55 care packages during the Sydney lockdown. With enough food for two, you can pick up some Ezra feeds. Think roast cauliflower with haloumi, za’atar and honey, chicken, house pita, fresh hummus and delicious desserts.
3 Kellet Street, Potts Point
Head down to Ria Pizza on the weekends to check out the Bentley Group Market. With baked goods, wine, take home cocktails, dinners, produce boxes and treats from some of Sydney’s finest restaurants this is the perfect spot to pick up some lockdown essentials.
71A Macleay Street, Potts Point
Having been listed in Monocle’s top 10 restaurants in the world, The Apollo is an absolute must for Greek loving Sydneysiders. The menu is one of our favourite spots for a decadent degustation and right now you can order the delicious 'Full Greek' menu to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Drawing on the joint heritage of Jonathan Barthelmess and Longrain’s Sam Christie – these dishes from roasted lamb shoulder, dips and salty oozy saganaki cheese are downright delicious. Order The Apollo at home, here.
44 MacLeay Street, Potts Point
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Darlinghurst
We just love Casoni, the cute as a button Darlinghurst eatery where Italian classics meet Asian flavours. Their delicious set menus are some of our favourites in Sydney and they’re available in lockdown with Casoni at Home offering set menus for $54 per person, per day. All their set menus are delicious but we absolutely love their miso caramelised roasted eggplant with nduja, salumi and mozzarella croquette, gnocchi carbonara with salted yolk and black garlic bread with miso butter!
371 – 373 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst
Joe’s Table is one of the true delights of the Sydney dining scene. A pint sized shop helmed by – you guessed it – Joe, all the dishes are conceived, cooked and served by one man, Joe himself! Our favourite South Asian eatery in Sydney – a big call I know! – but once you’ve tasted the food at Joe’s Table you’ll be an instant convert. Our personal favourites include the rich and delicious Hanoi-style chicken spring rolls, inventive pan-fried garlic chive dumplings, the honey lemon chicken or really anything on the menu – it’s all great! Available for pick up each day a menu is posted on their Facebook each day so take a look!
1/28 Kings Lane, Sydney
In person they're an Instagrammable wonderland, but even as a take-away joint they're a feast for the eyes. Come breakfast time you can order up all the brunch classics or their bougie French toast with brulee, hazelnut crumb and cointreau curd, burrata with crispy serrano and pomegranate or their seriously decadent Mayflower roll piled high with poached lobster.
2/303A Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
Chef Lucio de Falco has a soft spot for the city fringe. His pizzeria has outposts in both Darlinghurst and Zetland. This isn’t just ordinary pizza – Lucio is a proud member of the AVPN (Italy’s pizza police), and every slice sails out of the woodfired oven with a thin base and perfectly bubbly crust. While you’re there, grab the crab pasta for tomorrow’s lunch… Can you think of a better takeaway in Sydney?
Republic 2 Court Yard, Shop 1/248 Palmer St, Darlinghurst
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Pyrmont
Who says you can’t leave metropolitan Sydney this lockdown? With the epic five-course Italian hampers from Bar Zini, you can be instantly transported to the Mediterranean. Every Thursday and Friday, Bar Zini is offering a five-course hamper for two complete with a bottle of wine at an astounding $120 – bargain! For your Italian flavour trip, you can expect burrata with house made rosemary foccacia, pipi orecchiette and crispy pork belly. Simply pick up the phone and you’ll be on your way to Italy with one of these takeaway hampers!
78 Harris Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009
The height of luxury, order your self a bougie date night dinner from one of The Star Sydney’s signature restaurants. Available for pick up or for delivery within 5km of The Star, pick up a delicious treat from Sokyo, BLACK Bar & Grill and The Fat Noodle. Sashimi is one of the only things we just know we could never attempt to make at home so with a $140 box you can enjoy six courses including fresh Kingfish miso ceviche and snapper carpaccio and miso glazed toothfish and Japanese salsa and Wagyu flank steak with shio koji marinade with garlic ponzu and an inventive tofu cheesecake dessert or, if sushi is more your thing, check out the 16-piece Sokyo sushi box. Black Bar & Grill’s executive chef Dany Karam has delivered a five-course takeaway box with Wagyu beef jerky, Cape Grim short rib and tiramisu with crispy brown butter. The magnificent Luke Nguyen is serving up a very affordable $70 dinner box with delicious Asian dishes from Singapore seafood laksa, Hainanese chicken rice, and spanner crab pomelo salad.
The Star Sydney, Pyrmont
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Redfern
Two words, gang: finger buns. The adorable corner bakery on Cooper Street in Redfern is newly opened and is churning out nostalgic faves. They have delicious sandwiches including a refreshing cheese and apple but, where they really shine is with their delicious baked good from lamingtons, ANZAC bickies, wattleseed brownies and delicious cheese and vegemite scrolls. Expect the vibe of your primary school morning tea but ten times tastier.
Shop 1, 20 Cooper Street, Redfern
Kepos Street Kitchen is offering take-away with made to order breakfast and lunch which is all but guaranteed to make your day in lockdown! Along with the made-to-order meals, the deli fridge will be stocked with hummus, eggplant dip, shakshuka sauce, moussaka and marinated chicken. Or pick up a to-go treat like a pita, braised brisket or treat yourself to a salted caramel churros.
96 Kepos Street, Redfern
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Surry Hills
Run by the truly awesome Rebecca, Sweet Chick is our favourite bakery in Sydney and quite possibly the home of the best babka in all of Australia. During the lockdown they’re offering free delivery to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs on all orders over $50 or you can stop in and pick up your order from their cute as a button Surry Hills store. Pick up their weekday dinner specials full of winter warmers like eggplant parmigiana, winter vegetable soup or cannelloni as well as winter dessert from individual apple crumble and sticky date puds. And – we cannot stress this enough – if she’s got babka, buy it! It’s so, so good!
45 Hutchinson Street, Surry Hills
Hatted dining at home? Yes please! The menu from esteemed Surry Hills restaurant Arthur is now available for you to enjoy in your own home. The menu for the week is posted each Monday so you can look at the week ahead and plan when you might need a fancy feed. Available for pick up between 5-6:30pm each night don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a taste of one of Sydney’s best degustation menus in your own home.
544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
We love a good greasy delivery as much as the next person but, sometimes it can be nice to have a break and move onto something plant-based. Bad Hombres and Chef Greg Molinaro have designed a delicious plant-based, vegan, gluten free menu which doesn’t skimp of flavour. Make sure you order up their delicious charred chipotle corn, Bad Hombres cauliflower with cashew crema, and their eggplant crocante with delicious sauces.
40 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Flavoursome and succulent, Henrietta is the perfect spot for charcoal chicken. Available for delivery on UberEats or for pickup from their Surry Hills takeaway window, order up a storm from their charcoal chicken meals served with rich garlic toum and Lebanese bread or treat yourself to some of their famous homemade dips. However, if you're looking for something quick and greasy - we highly recommend their fried chicken burger!
1/500 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Head to this Surry Hills institution and order up a brunch fit for a queen. With takeaway available through the window order up a takeaway treat, a delicious barista-made coffee or their famous katsu burger
413-415 Crown Street, Surry Hills
If you can handle the heat, Spice I Am offer pick up or delivery for lunch or dinner. Takeaway in Sydney doesn't come much better than this. Chef Sujet Saenkham is famous for his authentic Thai menu, and for growing much of the restaurant’s produce on his farm in the Kangaroo Valley. As the name suggests, most dishes are on the spicy side – but the Thai iced tea or fresh coconut juice will cool you down!
90 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
Trust us, a bagel makes everything better. Available for pick up or on Deliveroo, order yourself a legendary lunch from The Bagel Co., their New York bagel with thick-cut pastrami-cured salmon and house-made cream cheese is absolutely to die for. If you’re stuck is serious iso or if you’re impacted by the latest outbreak – you can get in touch and they’ll organise a free Shabbat package or bagels.
38 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
No matter what you need to get you through the lockdown, they’ve got it as Shenkin. Chocolate chip cookies, coffee, shakshua, labneh plates – they’ve got you covered. Their Enmore outpost also offers delicious dinner menus from teriyaki eggplant, hummus, lamb spare ribs and other delicious dishes with a unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Australian flavours.
290 Crown Street, Surry Hills
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Roseberry
Some days you just want to smother yourself in melted cheese and enjoy delicious guilty pleasure feeds. NASH Big Brother Burgers offer delicious Americana classics think dirty fried chicken topped with melted cheese, chilli sauce and bacon bits, greasy and delicious burgers and soul soothing mac and cheese. Look, we don’t need to convince you that burgers, chicken and fries are god-tier level takeaway feeds, get on it and order up a storm!
61-71 Mentmore Avenue, Roseberry
While some people have been busy panic buying toilet paper (don’t do that, by the way!) we were out stocking up on cheese. Available for take away and delivery pick up cacio e pepe mixed inside a 38kg cheese wheel, drenched in a healthy amount of pepper, a raclette or a twisted toastie, three cheeses and loaded with your choice of mushrooms, pickles, tomato or potato and chives.
The star of this industrial-chic restaurant is the bright red pizza oven, a three-tonne masterpiece shipped over from Naples. Da Mario has the AVPN’s seal of approval, and the pizzaiolos flip woodfired pizzas like the pros they are, topping them with a range of fresh ingredients. They’re all available for takeaway, along with handmade pastas, antipasti and salads.
36 Morley Avenue, Rosebery
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Rushcutters Bay
If, like most people in Sydney, you’re taking a lot of walks right now, why not walk by one of our favourite food trucks in Sydney. Scramble & Bean, known for their delicious buttery and fluffy scrambled eggs and epic cheese toasties – this is the perfect way to combine your daily exercise with a carb-tastic snack.
Waratah Street, Rushcutters Bay
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Zetland
This pretty in pink café, located under the towering SKYE Suites arch, is available for delivery on Uber Eats and the Skip App. Order up everything from brunch classics to their famous popping hot cakes or treat yourself to a comforting savory feed from burgers to chicken and waffles. They’re adding a bunch of great new deals throughout the week so keep your eye on their Instagram to see what’s on offer.
Infinity Square by Crown Group, 7 Ebsworth Street, Zetland
Seafood is the unofficial cuisine of Sydney, and this sustainable eatery serves up some of the best. Pop online and pre-order the daily catch or some good ol' fashion fish and chips, and pick it up at their Alaskan-inspired log cabin, which the chefs cook over charcoal. If you’re craving something light and fresh, go for the salmon, tuna or sweet prawn poke bowl on a bed of salad or rice. Hands down, one the best takeaway Sydney has to offer.
6 Defries Avenue, Zetland
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Alexandria
Sydney’s answer to Melbourne’s iconic Lune croissants, Textbook Patisserie from pastry chef John Ralley is one for the ages. With fresh bread, cakes and danishes – this is the perfect spot to pick up a sweet treat for afternoon tea.
274 Botany Road, Alexandria
The Best Takeaway in Sydney: Various Locations
To help you cope with the latest lockdown, the Lotus Dining Group has introduced a brand-new takeaway menu that will be available for pick-up from today from Madame Shanghai, Lotus Dumpling Bar and Lotus Double Bay. Enjoy all the Lotus classics from Japanese scallop siu mai, truffle fried rice, Kung Pao chicken and their delectable tea-smoked duck with Davidson plum sauce. Between now and 9 July you’ll also be able to score 20% off your order with the code LOVEDOWN20* because we could all use a little win this lockdown.
Lotus at Home is available for pick-up or via delivery through Uber Eats.
There's few things better than a delicately folded, warming dumpling on a chilly winter night. Cult dumpling destination Din Tai Fung, is now offering their items takeaway. Stop into one of their stores to pick-up delicious hot dumplings or go full DIY and order frozen dumplings to cook at home. From their famous xiao long bao to shrimp and pork shao mai and even sweet chocolate lava mini buns, this make at home treat is as fun as it is delicious.
Is coffee the only thing that’s been getting you through lately? Same. If you drop into Single O, they’re offering you a double jab (get it?!) of caffeine. With a punchy and excitable Ethiopian and Columbian blend, the Single O team is offering a free booster shot of a 250g bag alongside every purchase of two 250g bags of their Double Jab blend. The offer is available until everyone in the country has had their jab so… you’ve probably got a bit of time!
CBD, Carriageworks and Surry Hills
Chargrill Charlie's is hands down, one of Sydney's best takeaway joints. Upping the game of the local chicken shop, you can pair your bbq chook with their gourmet salads and decadent sides. Although they’re a takeaway food chain, they have put in further measures to keep everyone at a safe distance, like contactless pick up, cashless payment and handwash stations.
14 locations across Sydney
The ultimate mash-up, The Grounds is a fresh produce market, florist, café, restaurant, bar and bakery all rolled into one pretty package. To skip the queue, you can pre-order your breakfast or lunch online and pick it up at the designated takeaway food window. The ‘to-go’ menu is almost identical to the usual one, with wholesome meals, plus coffee and chilled drinks.
Shop 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
Setting up its own direct delivery service, Grill'd are ensuring fans can continue to satiate their burger cravings without having to leave the safety and comfort of their own home. Customers simply need to sign up for free to the Grill’d Relish loyalty program via the website or app to be instantly eligible.
20 locations across Sydney
Some of the best takeaway in Sydney is actually the cheapest, but what Zueus lacks in price, it makes up for in flavour. When your tummy’s growling, Zeus Street Greek, which has locations all across the city, is the place to be. Be warned, you’ll want to order everything, and there’s zero judgement in that. Leave with a feast of spanakopita, halloumi chips and feta filo fingers drizzled with honey and sesame, or load up on the souvlaki. It comes in chicken, lamb, pork and vegetarian varieties.
Balgowlah, Broadway, Drummoyne, Dulwich Hill, Gladesville, Rosebery and Sydney CBD
Just a little outside of your jurisdiction? Check out the best takeaway in the Inner West and the best takeaway in the Eastern Suburbs. Looking for something further afield? Check out the best takeaway on the Northern Beaches or the best takeaway on the North Shore.
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