After multiple lockdowns, it’s safe to say that Sydneysiders have a whole new appreciation for venturing out to restaurants. But, if we’re going to drag ourselves out of bed and have a night out, we don’t want the same boring old chicken schnitty. Instead, we want unique dining experiences in Sydney that we can tell our friends and family about!
Thankfully, our city has its fair share of quirky restaurants and distinctive diners. That means you can create memories and have a fun night out in an array of unforgettable venues. Here’s our pick of the best dining experiences in Sydney.
Please note: we live in constantly changing times. Be sure to take note of any current restrictions in Sydney, and check event websites before making your plans!
1. Spice World
Where else in Australia can you be waited on by robots, and pick succulent slices of Wagyu beef from the bodies of Barbie dolls? Spice World is the largest hotpot restaurant in Australia, and it’s truly one of the most unique dining experiences in Sydney!
With its share-style menu, it is best experienced in a group, so you can taste a smorgasbord of different dishes. But if you’re eating alone or in a couple, you can also try the mini hot pot for one! They also offer a killer seafood platter and all the sides you could ever want to add to your hot pot. If you’re after a protein boost, this is the place for you.
Kittyhawk isn’t exactly new on the scene, but this French military-themed restaurant has quietly maintained its foothold over the years as one of Sydney’s best dining experiences.
Known for its Parisian bites, old-world vintage charm, and creative cocktail list, Kittyhawk definitely delivers. It has an extensive wine list featuring a blend of Australian, French, and Italian drops. It also has a range of rums if that’s more your fancy. Cosy up in a booth with your significant other or visit in a group. Whether you’re trying caviar, cheese, or croquettes, there’s something here to please everyone!
3. Holey Moley
It didn’t take long for Holey Moley to become an Australian institution. With a fail-proof formula of mini-golf, cocktails, and a mouth-watering menu of pub-style bites, this is one dining experience in Sydney that you won’t soon forget! Play a short 9-hole course or go for the full 27 holes. While you’re at it, marvel at the creative course inspired by classic pop culture themes like The Simpsons. And, if you get over mini-golf, you can try karaoke too! You might just want some liquid courage first, in the form of one of the delicious cocktails on offer.
With a range of Holey Moley locations around Sydney including Darlinghurst and Newtown as well as a few further afield, you’ll be sure to find one close to you.
4. The Imperial Hotel
The ladies and gents at The Imperial Hotel in Erskineville sure know how to have a good time. Book in for one of the outrageous Drag N’ Dine nights at Priscillas in The Imperial. This restaurant has a veggie-forward menu featuring fresh, tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes. But meat-eaters shouldn’t despair either, as the menu also features classic proteins like ceviche, angus beef, and even lamb ribs.
Pair this with an extensive wine list and a fun cocktail menu, and you’re guaranteed to have a cracker of a night. Drag N’ Dine from 5-10pm Thursday to Sunday or at 1pm for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
5. Via Napoli Pizzeria
After being cooped up in lockdown, there’s nothing better than the reassuring comfort of a good Italian meal. Via Napoli definitely serves up the flavour, and, with locations in Surry Hills, Hunters Hill, and Lane Cove, you’ll never be far from the heart-warming smell of hot pizza baking in the oven.
Via Napoli offers a lively atmosphere and the perfect Italian share-style feast. Start with fresh prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella, and sample some fresh seafood before moving onto heartier mains like pizza and pasta. Or, if you’re game, try their epic 1-metre pizza to share for a delicious, Instagram-worthy food moment!
What is your favourite dining experience in Sydney? Would you add any venues to the list? Remember; with changing restrictions, be sure to always book ahead. For more things to do in our beautiful city, click here.