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The Best Restaurants in Walsh Bay & Surrounds

History aside, Walsh Bay's restaurant scene has some seriously good dining establishments that you need to check out.

The Gantry Restaurant & Bar

An evening spent along the piers of Walsh Bay or within the heritage-rich alleys of Millers Point is sure to make you fall back in love with Sydney.

With crowds now descending on the area to see the best of Sydney’s theatre and ballet industry on show, the dining scene has been quick to assume the mantle of feeding the ravenous patrons – and boy is the area flush with excellent dining choice.

We’ve explored the best restaurants Walsh Bay has to offer for food and drink, from white tablecloths to gastropubs, there is a restaurant suited to everyone in this historic quarter of Sydney.

Walsh Bay Kitchen

Walsh Bay Kitchen

Regardless of the occasion, Walsh Bay Kitchen’s sleek fit-out perfectly complements its inventive menu offering.

A two or three-course dining option ensures that patrons will make it to the show with plenty of time to spare, while the à la carte menu satisfies those looking for a more personalised experience. 

22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Ventuno Restaurants

Ventuno Kitchen

This contemporary Italian eatery is a Walsh Bay restaurant favourite for those frequenting the harbourside suburb, featuring antipasti, pasta and pizza aplenty.

Be sure to check out Ventuno's upcoming events as they always have something fun and delicious on the agenda, from a truffle dinner series to exclusive wine experiences.

21 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay



Jounieh provides a contemporary approach to Middle Eastern cuisine. Perfectly positioned harbourside in Walsh Bay, everything from the food to the setting brings an authentic yet modern twist to Lebanese culinary culture.

Beautifully fitted out in a nautical style, think wood, stone and neutral tones, this indoor-outdoor restaurant makes the perfect destination for your next romantic dinner or girly catch-up.

2/17 Hickson Road, Dawes Point

The Gantry Restaurant & Bar

The Gantry Restaurant & Bar

Sitting pretty on Sydney’s picturesque Hickson Road, The Gantry is a sophisticated Walsh Bay restaurant. The sleek bar is a tempting spot to pull up a stool for a cocktail before heading over to the dining room.

A blend of contemporary chic and classically heritage design, the refined ambience is impossible to ignore. You’ll likely decide that settling for one of their tasting menus is the right choice.

11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Lotus Dumpling Bar Image Credit: Alana Dimou

Lotus Dumpling Bar

Providing an impressive offering of Pan-Asian-inspired fare, this Walsh Bay restaurant is flocked to by theatre lovers before they bustle off to their seats.

Arrive a little after 7.30pm at Lotus and you’ll have a much easier time finding a prime seat to get stuck into some delectable cuisine.

With a variety of steamed, blanched and fried dumplings, your favourites are no doubt provided; order the Peking duck pancakes to nourish your thinking while you deliberate over the dumpling debate.

3/16 Hickson Road, Dawes Point


Lavana Restaurant

Offering a moreish range of Tapas dishes as well as a full à la carte selection, Lavana is as impressive as a quick stop-in as it is for a full meal.

We’d struggle to choose a single dish (or even just two) from their Tapas menu, so best to ask the team for their recommendations before ordering.

6/17 Hickson Road, Dawes Point

Hotel Palisade

Hotel Palisade

This boutique hotel is a favourite for those looking for a refreshingly chic place to kick off Friday night dinner and drinks.

Hotel Palisade's Public House on the ground floor boasts tap beers, a full wine and spirit offering and two entire pages dedicated to cocktails of both the classic and more inventive varieties.

If you manage to arrive before the crowds, score yourself a seat upstairs at Henry Deane for an unparalleled view of the sunset over the harbour.

35 Bettington Street, Millers Point

Loving our list of the best Walsh Bay restaurants and looking for more restaurants in Sydney to road test? From edgy Chinese restaurants and festive Mexican eateries to group dining favourites, there are endless cool restaurants to visit.

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