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18 Hatted Restaurants in Sydney You Should Book a Table at ASAP

From local legends to unlikely culinary heroes, we pick our favourite hatted restaurants in Sydney we can't get enough of!

Automata
Automata

For foodies with their finger on the pulse, the annual release of the Australian Good Food Guide’s Chef Hats is a pretty big deal. For chefs and restaurants, getting a ‘hat’ is the highest honour. To score a hat, a restaurant needs a minimum grade of 15 out of 20, which takes into account factors like ingredients, taste, presentation, technique, value and consistency. As for two or three hats, the competition is stiff. 

So for food with all the frills, tip your hat to these award-winning, hatted restaurants in Sydney– which ones will you be booking? 

*In light of current COVID-19 restrictions make sure you follow the NSW Government guidelines for dining out. If you are unsure, chat with the restaurant when you're making a booking to find out what rules and procedures they have in place. For Northern Beaches restaurants, delay making a booking at this current time and plan ahead for a future visit.

Hatted Restaurants in Sydney: Three Hats

Quay
Quay
Quay

Headed up by celebrity chef Peter Gilmore, Quay has held onto its three Chef’s Hats for the 18th year in a row, making it one of the best hatted restaurants in Sydney. The menu is imaginative and indulgent, and every dish is a work of art. For the ultimate Sydney dining experience, the ten-course tasting menu is one to add to the bucket list.

Overseas Passenger Terminal, Hickson Road, The Rocks

Sixpenny
Sixpenny
Sixpenny

Helmed by Daniel Puskas, the restaurant itself won three Chef Hats, for a second year in a row, thanks to its ever-changing Modern Australian menu. It’s famous for its venison tartare, but the Rangers Valley chuck tail with mushroom and masala is just as good.

83 Percival Road, Stanmore


Hatted Restaurants in Sydney: Two Hats

Pilu
Pilu
Pilu at Freshwater

Freshwater’s mainstay and one of our fave hatted restaurants in Sydney, Pilu, does modern Sardinian style dishes like none other. Giovanni Pilu takes local, seasonal ingredients and creates masterpieces that have been consistently recognised with hats year on year. Depending on the occasion, dine from their degustation or a la carte menus. 

Moore Road, Freshwater

Ester
Ester
Ester

A destination restaurant for foodies, Ester’s menu offers a communal fine dining experience with share plates. This intimate venue, tucked away in Chippendale, has a minimalist touch, while the dishes are seafood and meat-heavy. Date nights are done well here.

46-52 Meagher Street, Chippendale

Automata
Automata
Automata

One of the finest establishments along Chippendale’s Kensington Street is Automata. The industrial, minimalist fit out offers a blank canvas for the food – European inspired dishes created from predominantly local produce, and the wine list is curated with a mix of international and Australian wines.

5 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Bert's Bar & Brasserie
Bert's Bar & Brasserie
Bert's Bar and Brasserie

Housed on the grounds of Merivale’s The Newport, Bert’s Bar and Brasserie, with its upscale cuisine and cocktail offering has retained it two hat status. The premium wine list and European-inspired menu pay homage to grand hotel dining of the 1930’s. With beautiful views of Pittwater and grand vintage-styled interiors, Bert’s is one of the Northern Beaches' premier fine dining destinations.

2 Kalinya Street, Newport

LuMi Dining

In Pyrmont, LuMi Dining dishes up delicious Italian/Japanese fusion, and it has the accolades to prove it. Dining here is a commitment – there are only tasting menus available, and they’re worth every course. While you admire the waterfront views, chef Federico Zanellato will send your taste buds soaring with the help of exotic dishes like chawanmushi and toasted white chocolate and sudachi.

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Ormeggio
Ormeggio
Ormeggio at The Spit

In Mosman, Ormeggio has two coveted Chef’s Hats to its name. That’s thanks to Executive Chef Alessandro Pavoni, whose menu leads diners on a culinary tour around Italy and Spain. There is a five- or seven-course degustation menu featuring Ormeggio’s signature dishes, along with BYO wine for lunch bookings.

D’Albora Marinas, Spit Road, Mosman

Fred's
Fred's
Fred's

Another Paddington gem, Fred’s scored two Chef’s Hat for its innovative French fare. The kitchen is led by farm-to-table legend Danielle Alvarez, who sources her ingredients from local farmers. Here, almost everything is cooked with fire (courtesy of a custom-made hearth) for the utmost flavour. Think grilled butterflied King George whiting with curry leaf butter, and deliciously tender lamb shoulder served with roasted carrots, mint salsa verde and broad beans. Be sure to order the dark chocolate mousse for dessert.

380 Oxford Street, Paddington

Firedoor
Firedoor
Firedoor

In the back streets of Surry Hills in a heritage-listed building, Firedoor has a well-earned reputation for their woodfired cooking. So much so, that head chef Lennox Hastie was awarded Citi Chef of the Year 2020. Here, everything is cooked over wood coals - they burn a collection of different woods to create coals that bring out the foods natural flavours. Trust us, you’re in for a real treat here.

23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills

Bennelong
Bennelong
Bennelong

Set within the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong takes advantage of their multi-level layout with three dining options available for seating ensuring that every patron takes in a full view. Having only just reopened after being shut for 8 months. Their new Bennelong Ensembles experience is the perfect way to dine out in style. The experience allows guests to enjoy an intimate musical performance whilst dining in Bennelong.

Bennelong Point, Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Hatted Restaurants in Sydney: One Hat

Cottage Point Inn
Cottage Point Inn
Cottage Point Inn

This picturesque inn on the banks of the Hawkesbury is home to one of the best hatted restaurants in Sydney. Head Chef Kevin Soloman has created an enticing degustation menu featuring octopus, quail and Tajima Wagyu beef. 

2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point

Sean's Panaroma (Photo credit: The Society Inc. by Sibella Court)
Sean's Panaroma (Photo credit: The Society Inc. by Sibella Court)
Sean's Panorama

Sitting up away from the Beach, Sean's Panaroma Restaurant is a small dining room with a menu that’s kept simple, but the meals are always delicious with a focus on home-style cooking. If you’re having trouble deciding, you can always opt for the five course Chef’s Choice degustation.

270 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

Photo Credit - Hubert
Photo Credit - Hubert
Hubert

It was one of 2016’s most hotly anticipated openings, and now, Restaurant Hubert is a firm favourite on Sydney’s French dining scene. The bistro is a Parisian post-war wonderland, complete with velvet, draped and fringed finishes. In typical French style, the wine list is illustrious, with drops available by the glass, carafe or bottle, and the food is exceptional.

15 Bligh Street, Sydney

Cirrus
Cirrus
Cirrus

From the dream team behind BentleyMonopole and Yellow, Cirrus is a standout on the Barangaroo strip. The fine-dining restaurant retained its two Chef’s Hat for its sustainable seafood menu. If you’re feeling as flush as the harbourside location, start with a serve of caviar, before moving on to the Queensland mud crab with housemade XO and fried bun. The Jerusalem artichoke, date and walnut ice cream, albeit strange, is definitely worth saving room for.

23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Rising Sun Workshop
Rising Sun Workshop
Rising Sun Workshop

Unlike the other hatted restaurants in Sydney, this communal motorcycle workshop and café leaves pretentiousness and the door. Serving up some of Sydney's best ramen and dripping with cool vibes,  this inner west hangout has a cult following. With three options; ‘The Darkness’, ‘The Light’, and ‘The Monk’ you’ll be tempted to return and sample each ramen variation, especially if a Katsu Burger makes you weak at the knees.

1C Whateley Street, Newtown

Alberto's Lounge
Alberto's Lounge
Alberto's Lounge

Newcomers to the Sydney hatted restaurant club, Alberto's Lounge is the neighbourhood Italian restaurant and wine bar from the team behind local favourites Hubert and Baxter Inn. Stylish, yet warm and inviting, Alberto's Lounge features a heavily curated menu of hero dishes and classic eats from pappardelle alla bolognese and Bistecca, to burrata caponata and prosciutto e parmigiano. All of which are delectable. Intimate and refined, you need to get in early to get a seat.

17-19 Alberta St, Sydney

Hotel Centennial
Hotel Centennial
Hotel Centennial

Not your average pub, Hotel Centennial does relaxed sophistication faultlessly. Overlooking Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, this hatted gastropub boasts beautiful interiors and a cracking menu to match. Showcasing modern comfort food with that fine dining flair Sydney has come to adore, Hotel Centennial opens its arms to those looking for a touch of gastronomical TLC. 

Corner of Victoria Ave and, Oxford Street, Woollahra

The Dolphin Hotel
The Dolphin Hotel
The Dolphin Hotel

The Dolphin Hotel provides the swish setting and restaurant quality food without the price tag. For fuss-free eats, the Public Bar is where its at... chicken ‘Cotsu’ burger anyone? Head deeper and you’ll find the Dining Room serving dishes like Randall Family risotto of saffron, slow-cooked beef cheek and bone marrow vinaigrette. You need to visit the Wine Room - a beautifully intimate setting that offers fine wine and charcuterie boards.

201 Sussex Street, Sydney


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