Sydney has some of the most iconic vistas in the world, from the sweeping Sydney harbor to the infamous Sydney Opera House. What better way to enjoy those views than from one of the city’s numerous acclaimed restaurants? If you’re looking for Sydney restaurants with a view, look no further than these five options you won’t want to miss.
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No list of Sydney restaurants would is complete without mentioning Aria. Even without its stunning view, Aria is one of Sydney’s best restaurants to visit. The menu features innovative native Australian cuisine. A synergy of many elements, in an unrivalled harbourside location, Aria is one of Australia’s finest restaurants. Aria brings together the vision of owners Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon, the creativity of Executive Chef Joel Bickford, the best seasonal produce and a world-class wine list in a stunning, art-filled space with sweeping Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge views.
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Henry Deane is a two-level cocktail bar atop the Hotel Palisade. It also has stunning harbor views from all angles in addition to delightful small plates. It takes reservations during the week but is walk-in only over the weekends. Sydney restaurants with a view do not get more breathtaking than this one! Henry Deane, the crown jewel of Hotel Palisade, reveals the building’s modern and sophisticated charm. Spread across two floors, the contemporary cocktail lounge provides breathtaking Sydney scenes no matter which way you look. The cocktail lounge comprises over levels 4 and 5 of Hotel Palisade, and serves both lunch and dinner with their full food menu of share plates.
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The Butler at Sydney’s Pott’s Point features probably the most beautiful terrace in all of Australia. Because of this, it is popular among Sydney restaurants with a view. This French inspired restaurant serves up lunch and also dinner daily. Nestled amongst the backstreets of Potts Point, an eclectic oasis lies waiting. Exotic themes enclose the dining area, a forest-like garden consumes the outdoors, various textures of foliage complement the original sandstone walls and a twist on the traditional colonial influence is infused throughout. Panoramic view of Sydney city skyline from the terrace, exquisite Ibero-American cuisine is accompanied by an extensive wine list and delicious cocktails. The Butler Potts Point honours historic ‘Butlers Restaurant’ that occupied this same site many years ago, paying tribute to its original structure, food and service style with a fresh flair.
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Fine dining is certainly at its best at Quay in Sydney’s Circular Quay. It has received three-hat designation for the last seventeen years in a row. Chef Peter Gilmore also received the 2018 Citi Chef of the Year designation. Quay is a progression of rare and beautiful ingredients where texture, flavour and harmony is paramount. Continually inspired by nature, the creative process for chef Peter Gilmore begins in working closely with the farmers, fishermen, producers and artisans who cultivate bespoke produce exclusively for Quay. For each dish, the growth of every element and the selection of every ceramic piece is carefully considered and crafted for its role in the dining experience.
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Finally, on our list of Sydney restaurants with a view, head to Sydney’s northern beaches to find Jonah’s, a delightful restaurant serving Australian cuisine with an Italian influence. Perhaps the only feature that can divert your attention from the stunning view at Jonah’s is the exceptional food and wine offering. The award-winning Hatted Restaurant offers excellent Contemporary Australian cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Matteo Zamboni in collaboration with Restaurant Manager Mauro Ferrari and Head Sommelier Niels Sluiman.
These epic restaurants will make your meal compete for center stage with their jaw-dropping views.