Characterised by sparkling waterways, immense greenery, and views of our city's most treasured icons, Sydney's northside is a place to behold. From Manly to Milsons Point, the northside dining scene is just another perk of this beautiful city of ours, and what better way to immerse yourself in all it has to offer than with some delicious food at some of the best restaurants in Sydney! Every style and budget is catered for, with cheap eats, casual options, and fine dining all well represented. Read on to discover the best places to grab dinner on the northside.
Papi Chulo | Manly
Epitomising casual dining, Papi Chulo is perched on Manly Wharf overlooking the water. This killer smokehouse expertly combines the best of North and South American flavours with smoky, sweet, and sour notes all getting a place on the menu. It's the perfect location for a long dinner with family and friends, with huge servings for sharing and top-notch cocktails. Don't miss the oh-so rich and succulent beef brisket served with soft white rolls, and make sure you get down there early—this place packs out quicker than you can say burger!
The Botanist | Kirribilli
Nowhere is better than The Botanist for post-work drinks and tucker if you're looking for one of the best restaurants in Sydney's north. A bustling diner-cum-bar, this Kirribilli establishment offers the best in tasty cocktails and share plates. Choose from sliders (the king crab and prawn variety are delish!), tacos, and pizzas for an easy snack, or delve into the sharing menu for something a bit more substantial. A sure crowd pleaser is the seared kingfish topped with sweet and spicy corn salsa and soffritto. Pair with a jug of their famous 'Turbo Pimms' cocktail—expertly blended Pimms and Tanqueray Gin with refreshing cucumber and berries topped with fizzy lemonade. The best!
Hugos Manly | Manly
Hugos Manly is a long-standing favourite in the Sydney restaurant scene and with very good reason. Offering sophisticated dining with some of the best views across Sydney Harbour, Hugos Manly is Sydney-style cool at its best and it's well-deserved spot on our list of the best restaurants in Sydney is not going to change any time soon. Executive chef, Colm Kennedy has crafted a delectable contemporary Italian menu filled with pastas, seafood, risottos, and award-winning pizzas, as well as decadent desserts (tiramisu, anyone?). Hugos' cheeseboard is also worth a mention (we heart cheese, after all). Fig jam and toasted fruit bread combine with cheeses from France, Ireland, and Victoria to create the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine from the impressive menu.
Lees Fortuna Court | Crows Nest
Brothers, William and Stanley Lee established Lees Fortuna Court way back in 1978 and have been serving Sydney's northside diners their modern Chinese cuisine ever since. Dinner at 'Lees' (as it is affectionately known by the locals) is sure to satisfy everyone looking for Sydney's best chinese food. On offer is a varied menu with heaps to choose from, including a tonne of vegetarian options. For a group feed, check out their banquet menus, which include tantalising signature dishes like Peking duck and sweet, steamed scallops with XO sauce, all finished off with fresh fruit and Chinese tea.
Aqua Dining | Milsons Point
Dinner on the northside isn't complete without a view of our most famous landmark - Sydney's Harbour Bridge, and what better place to see it than from one of the best restaurants in Sydney. Sitting just under the bridge, Aqua Dining is home to spectacular views and tasty local produce with an Italian twist. Take that special someone out for a meal they won't soon forget (sweetened of course by those awe-inducing views), and indulge in a two, three, or four-course menu that's easy on the eyes and the tastebuds. Finish off with Aqua's famous honey and hazelnut latte before a stroll around the harbour - the perfect end to dinner in Sydney!
I Love Pho | Crows Nest
If you love Vietnamese food, then you'll adore I Love Pho, in Crows Nest. From warm rice paperrolls filled with charcoaled beef and herbs, to their signature Pho, the fare at this northside Sydney eatery is authentic, fresh, and very tasty. Hungry punters stream into I Love Pho for the great hospitality, charming atmosphere, and of course, some of the best Pho in Sydney! It's also worth mentioning I Love Pho's vegetarian options, which include a full veggie banquet menu to cater for our non meat-eating friends.
Sails on Lavender Bay | McMahons Point
Another must-have for any list of the best restaurants in Sydney, and certainly one for those seeking the best views of the Harbour, Sails on Lavender Bay serves up refined modern Australian cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood—think seared scallops with jamon, pea puree, brioche crumbs, pea shoots, and maple dressing. Um, yum. For a truly special meal try the seven course degustation with matching wines, which showcases the best of Sails' seasonal menu and award-winning wine list.
Via Napoli Pizzeria | Lane Cove
On those nights when you just feel like getting down with a pizza, Lane Cove's Via Napoli Pizzeria is the Sydney nortshide go-to. Famous for producing some of the best pizzas in Sydney, this Naples-inspired eatery focuses on traditional methods and flavours to create mouth-watering delights and old-school Italian favourites. Be sure to try the margherita pizza, their signature dish, made with the highest-quality imported mozzarella and San marzano tomatoes. Molto bene!