Somehow straddling the balance between deep-fried indulgence and feel-good fare, fish and chips is a year-round favourite in Sydney/Eora—whether you take 'em battered, grilled or crumbed.
These are Urban List's picks for the best fish and chips in Sydney.
Bondi Pavilion, 4a Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach
Image credit: Promenade | Leigh Griffiths
Packing a few dining options under the same roof, Bondi stunner Promenade has just started slinging seaside fish and chips from its takeaway kiosk in time for summer—meaning you can now step directly off the sand in Bondi to perfectly salted chips.
The restaurant-quality fish and chips go for an easy $24, and the kiosk stays open until 3pm every day.
670 New South Head Road, Rose Bay
Image credit: Charcoal Fish | Instagram
From award-winning chef and pioneer of sustainable seafood Josh Niland, Charcoal Fish is a totally new idea for Sydney. It's a fish and chip concept that pairs the nostalgia and simplicity of charcoal chicken with his new-school approach to seafood. The idea is to plate up accessible, restaurant-quality chargrilled fish that’s just as impressive as we’ve come to expect from the renowned chef.
Plan on waiting for a table, or take away and enjoy on Rose Bay Beach around the corner.
98-106 Audley Street, Petersham
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Jose Silva and Manny Paraiso wanted to draw on the nostalgia of after-school snacks (like potato scallops and hot chips), and give it a little more polish without forgoing the casual essence of fish and chips. And, since opening in 2018, FICH has earned itself a rep for dishing out some of the crunchiest and tastiest fish and chips in Sydney.
We love that FICH has a sustainable mindset, and you can get all the classics plus new-school creations like scallop tostadas, popcorn fish bites, and the fish shish with mixed spice marinade, flat bread, radish, dill pickles, chips and garlic sauce.
Out Of The Blue
2/272 Clovelly Road, Coogee
Home of the famous deep-fried Mars Bar, this Sydney icon is fresh, family-run, and a little bit French. When Jean-Marc and Sophie Gubian arrived in Sydney in 1986 they fell in love with the Aussie way of life and our love for a classic fish and chips.
Continued by their son Julien and his partner Matiou, the legend of Out of the Blue (or OTB—if you know, you know) lives on. For locals, it goes without saying that these guys do one of the best fish burgers in Sydney—basically the best post-beach feed possible.
87 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
Image credit: FISH SHOP | Instagram
FISH SHOP is a modern riff on the fish and chip shop, with the same sea breeze vibe but slightly more polished offerings and a Mediterranean influence on the menu.
Led by head chef Joel Bennetts—who you'll know from Peppe's, Bistrode and Three Blue Ducks—the fish at this shop is sustainable and the menu is seasonal, so you can expect Sicilian-style crudo and fancy prawn toast sitting alongside an epic fish burger, fish pasta, and your staple fish and chips.
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Fish At The Bay
14 Dover Road, Rose Bay
Fish At The Bay is Rose Bay's local and family-owned seafood joint serving up everything from high-quality, market-sourced seafood to old-school fish and chips and plenty of kid-friendly eats.
For big gatherings, order up the prawn, oyster and sashimi platter, an ornate spread of all good things from the ocean (and don't forget a few large orders of chips).
Image credit: Costi's | Instagram
With four locations scattered across the CBD and a Coogee fish and chip shop, Costi’s is a reliable favourite known for its affordable prices (a box of battered fish and chips from Costi’s will only set you back $8.90) and healthier grilled options, including octopus skewers, Tassie salmon and Thai-style prawns.
116 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
Located on an unlikely stoop in Surry Hills, the fish and chips at Mohr Fish is lightly fried and fleshy, and with a team having churned out the good stuff for more than a few decades—our heart will always take us back to this central gem.
208 The Grand Parade, Monterey
Image credit: Just Hooked | Instagram
Just Hooked is not your average fish shop. Here, the sun shines brightly on the signature Greek-style golden kataifi prawns which get drizzled in honey.
We also need to shout out the potato scallops—a salty halo that goes down a treat after a beach swim. You can also crunch into the Barra Schnitz box with herb-crumbed barramundi with chips or brown rice and salad and, look, throw in a side of fish tacos too.
367 Bay Street, Brighton-Le-Sands
Oceanheart Seafood is a family-run haunt that has been thriving in Brighton Le Sands since the late '80s. Famous for their secret house recipe calamari, you can order anything from a couple of fish cakes to a whole lobster, or go to town on great value fillet combos which all come with chips, sauce and a drink.
250 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
This little Eastern Suburb institution (which recently relocated from Paddington to Darlo) has made a name for itself by making fish and chips, just the way they were intended. Because you don’t mess with perfection, the menu at Sea Cow rarely changes. They’ve got bottles of vinegar on the tables and it’s BYO—what more could you want?
388 Oxford Street, Paddington
Image credit: Fish Butchery | Paddington
Another entry for Mr Niland on this list, Fish Butchery is the takeaway shop (sort of) adjoined to the restaurant that started it all, Saint Peter. Just a few doors up the road, this gem serves fish and chips executed to perfection, with the unexpected treatments and twists Sydney has come to expect from the groundbreaking chef.
As well as the deep-fried deliciousness, you can pick up Niland's fish burger patties, cuts of hard-to-find sustainably caught fish, massive raw and cooked prawns, and so much more.
South Beach Seafood
1/20 Gerrale Street, Cronulla
At South Beach Seafood, the fish and chip snack pack reigns supreme. Taking up prime real estate in official Chiko roll country, the ocean snacks you can nab here are undisputed champions, so keep your eyes out for the crumbed oysters at $2, Tasmanian scallops for $2.90, and the marinated octopus for $10.90.
Old Fashioned Fish And Chips
172 Alfred Street, Narraweena
This nostalgic little shopfront has been going hard for more than 20 years, and sports a classic, no-frills menu bound to amp you for post-beach-day feeds.
All your favourites are here, from the classic beer-battered fish and chips to potato scallops, calamari, and more. It may not be by the seaside, but Old Fashioned Fish and Chips is a favourite for a reason.
109 Johnston Street, Annandale
Image credit: Fat Fish | Instagram
What happens when three generations of a family make fish and chips for over thirty years? Fat Fish happens, that’s what. This seafood shop slash fish and chippery with a cabinet piled high with vibrant salads is a local favourite, and their mammoth potato scallops are a must-try—we reckon they're some of the best potato scallops in Sydney.
Salmon And Bear
105 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Salmon And Bear does most of its seafood in a Mibrasa oven: a certified coal-fired beast that seals the fish on the outside, crisping fish skin to absolute perfection, while keeping everything moist on the inside and imparting epic charcoal flavour.
Dining with friends who don't do seafood? These guys also do a ripping charcoal-grilled steak.
57-59 Beach Road, Bondi Beach
Everybody knows that if you’re looking for a quality take on ye ol’ fish and chips after a Bondi dip, Fishmongers has the staple Aussie combo down pat. Order up battered or grilled hoki with hand-cut chips and tartare sauce, or go all out and dig into an epic Mongers Box filled with all the battered goods.
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Main image credit: FICH | Petersham
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