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Sydney's Best Fine Dining

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Sydney’s fine dining institutions rival Michelin-starred venues across the globe. Here is our list of once-in-a-life-time restaurants that should be on every foodie’s must-try list. Just try focus on the dining ‘experience’ rather than the bill.

Sami-Jo Adelman

  1. Quay

    The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales

    Quay's superb location, between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, is not all that makes this restaurant such a success with discerning diners. Its dishes will seduce you with high quality produce and impressive technique by famed chef Peter Gilmore.

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  2. Aria Restaurant Sydney

    Sydney CBD, Sydney, New South Wales

    In ARIA's curvaceous dining room that overlooks both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, you're guaranteed to be presented with food that's as good as the view. Co-owned by celebrated Chef Matt Moran, ARIA is constantly abuzz with foodies, celebrities and celebrity spotters because it delivers modern cuisine with comfort and class.

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  3. Tetsuya's

    Sydney CBD, Sydney, New South Wales

    Tetsuya Wakuda's name has become synonymous with exceptional dining in Australia. His heritage-listed Kent Street restaurant is a temple of restrained elegance and refined French-Japanese culinary masterpieces. The degustation menu is constantly evolving in the acclaimed chef's on-site test kitchen – it turns out dishes so extraordinary guests are advised to book a table well in advance.

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  4. Sixpenny

    Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales

    The brainchild of two SMH Young Chef of the Year recipients, Dan Puskas and James Parry, Sixpenny is a degustation-only restaurant where the chefs bring a series of small, dazzling dishes to the tables themselves. Many of the ingredients used come from the restaurant's Bowral farm.

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  5. Automata

    Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales

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