The list of Sydney’s mid-range restaurants below includes a very broad price range mainly because the gap between cheap eats and restaurants worth the splurge is huge. For our list of mid-range restaurants we tried to stick to mains under $50. Of course once you include an entree (appetizer) plus drinks, the bill starts to add up quickly.
As with our cheap eats suggestions, we have included some suggestions on what to order, not just our suggestions but from friends and other sources.
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Located in an historic 1860s building, a converted sailors’ home hence the name. Pioneering true Thai cuisine in Australia since the early ’90s, Peter Bowyer & David Thompson introduced real Thai food to Sydney at their Darley Street Thai restaurants. Sailors Thai continues to serve traditional Thai food served in a superior manner through its commitment to authenticity.
Try: Beef ribs salad, roast duck with pickled lime salad and stir fried green vegetables with chili and yellow beans.
Lunch Monday – Sunday Noon – 2:30pm
Dinner Monday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
Mains are $15-40
The Wine Odyssey is a showcase for Australia’s best winemakers, the restaurant and bar is a place where you can appreciate and enjoy Australia’s greatest wines! The restaurant is housed in a beautiful historic building offering a modern and relaxed environment. You will be given the perfect advice from our staff as to what wine is best had with your meal.
Try: Be sure to share the mezze plate and the dessert plate after dinner. For mains consider the lamb cooked 3 ways or the prawns and gnocchi in pumpkin sauce.
Monday – 4pm to Late
Tuesday to Saturday – Noon to Late
Sunday – Noon to 10pm
Mains are $35-45
Harts Pub is the home of Rocks Brewing Company. Hart’s serves hand crafted beer, with a rotating selection on 12 taps, so there is always something new to try. The food is some of Sydney’s best pub grub around.
Try: Jalapeno poppers, good and spicy, also try the lamb cutlets and wedges.
Sunday 11am – 11pm
Monday to Wednesday 11am-midnight
Thursday to Saturday 11am-1am
Mains are $25-35
The Belgian Beer Café Sydney have become a highlight for beer lovers. The beer, expertly served and poured in the traditional way and the Belgian inspired menu in the surrounds of authentic décor are the main reasons for this well earned reputation.
Try: Mussels of course and the Kangaroo are very good but the twice cooked pork belly is a favourite.
Monday to Sunday Noon till late, Closed Public Holidays.
Mains are $25-35
Tony Bilson’s Number One Wine Bar is situated on the ground level of Goldfields House, facing onto Circular Quay, at 1 Alfred Street, Sydney. The warm bar and dining room reflect Tony Bilson’s love of comfortable, soft surrounds and of contemporary art. Wines featured have been developed together with Tony’s team and artisanal vignerons and a wide range of wines are available by the glass. The menu features around 20 small dishes and a daily menu of 6 classics including Bilson’s specialties like bouillabaisse, tripes lyonnaise & pot au feu.
Try: Swordfish nicoise or the duck confit with sautéed potato and the souffle for dessert.
Lunch Monday – Friday 12pm-3pm
Dinner Monday – Saturday 5.30pm–10.30pm
Mains are $30-40
Capital Grill is situated in the heart of the financial district in Circular Quay at the newly rejuvenated Gateway Building. A contemporary restaurant and bar, the stylish interior offers a mezzanine dining room as well as a wine bar. Set back 50 metres from the street with an elevated view over Jesse Street Gardens, the venue also offers Al Fresco dining with an outdoor covered island bar and dining area. The menu consists of daily caught fish, local premium reared beef as well as boutique farm birds and lamb all simply grilled or roasted. Capital Grill’s food focus is simple quality and value without fuss.
Try: The tasting platter was excellent to share between two people. The steaks here are a safe choice and usually cooked to perfection.
Monday to Friday Espresso Bar 8am Lunch 12pm to 3pm
Tapas and Wine Bar 5pm to 11pm
Dinner Monday to Sunday starting at 6pm
Mains are $20-40
Cafe Sydney captures the essence of Sydney from its amazing location on the rooftop of Customs House with spectacular harbour views, delicious food, an outdoor terrace, cocktail lounge and a relaxed, contemporary interior. Now celebrating its 12th year, the restaurant has become a hub for corporate clientele during the week or international visitors and celebrities wanting top notch Australian cuisine in glorious surroundings for lunch or dinner. At weekends, the atmosphere changes with Sundays a cause of celebrations as musicians play laid back music from jazz to classical conducive to sun-drenched dining.
Try: Start with a cocktail such as Jessica’s rabbit. Cafe Sydney is the best place to try a famous Moreton Bay bug, they serve it with avocado then for a main pick from the specials.
Monday to Friday from 12 noon until late
Saturday from 5pm until late
Sunday from 12 noon for lunch
Mains are $30-45
Located on the western end of the city, Medusa offers views towards Darling Harbour and the streets below. Medusa has gained immense popularity and rave reviews, seducing taste buds aplenty with her traditional Greek cuisine. During the day it is packed with corporate lunchers and in the evening with pre-show dinners on their way to the State Theater or Star City’s Lyric Theater.
Try: The taramosalata dip and the pita bread, moussaka, and Medusa traditional slow-cooked lamb.
Lunch Monday to Friday Noon to 3pm
Dinner Monday to Saturday 5:30pm, last meal orders taken at 9:30pm
Mains are $25-35
Redoak has specially combined food and beer to create a unique experience for the customer. The Redoak offers unique Tasting Boards – the first of their kind in Australia. The Tasting Boards each hold four canapé style dishes that are matched with four different Redoak premium beers. The boards are designed to enable diners to experience the unique cuisine and premium beers. Besides the Tasting Boards, Redoak serves modern Australia cuisine.
Try: Start with a Tasting Board followed by the Ocean Trout. Of course, sample whatever special beer or cider they have on tap.
Monday to Saturday 11am till late
Mains are $20-35
Subsolo is an amazing underground space with a ‘New York meets Barcelona’ vibe and an ambience to charm and indulge your senses. Unwind with one of Subsolo’s signature cocktails, a glass of Spanish wine or Sangria. Subsolo serves exceptional Spanish tapas and authentic Portuguese spit roasted espetada grills presented theatrically at your table.
Try: The roasted spanish olives with jamon serrano, bacalao croquettes on aioli, meatballs with manchego cheese.
Lunch Tuesday to Saturday
Dinner Tuesday to Saturday
Mains are $20-40
Located in the Spanish Quarter, Miro has served tapas for 16 years. Miro is staffed by a collection of people from all over the Spanish speaking world bringing an authentic vibe with warm and friendly service. Miro’s wine list features only Spanish labels offering styles and character quite distinct from Australian wines. Be sure to give Miro’s Sangria a try.
Try: The gambas al ajillo (prawns in garlic), champinones al ajillo (garlic mushrooms), berenjenas rebozadas (deep fried eggplant in a parsley batter) and chorizo con manzanas caramelizada (BBQ chorizo with caramelised apple). Don’t forget to get a jug of Sangria.
Monday to Sunday from 6pm till late
Tapas are $5-15
A great spot to have brunch or dinner overlooking the beautiful Sydney Harbour. Good service, good food and affordable prices plus it’s BYO. Couldn’t ask for more.
Try: Go here for brunch and try the baked Eggs ‘en cocotte’ with smoked salmon, asparagus, spinach with melted gruyere toast.
Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-4pm
Lunch Monday to Friday Noon-3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday Noon-4pm
Dinner Monday to Sunday 6pm-9pm
Mains are $25-35 BYO wine only
The Meat & Wine Co. has three levels with city views plus a view of Darling Harbour. This is the place you want to go for a steak. They serve a selection finely aged steaks for you to choose from. To round out your meal, there is a long list of wines available from different regions and prices.
Try: The kebabs for sure. Ask the waiter to point one out to you before you order just to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.
Sunday to Thursday Noon – 10pm
Friday to Saturday Noon – 11pm
Mains start at $35 and go up from there.
Japanese like you’ve never had it before! Kobe Jones Sydney combines modern Japanese cuisine with a Californian twist, attentive service, stylish interiors and stunning Darling Harbour views.
Try: The crab salad with avocado baked and Kobe’s secret sauce for starters, followed by a main of your choice just be sure to finish off your meal with the green tea tiramisu.
Lunch Monday to Friday Noon-3pm
Open for lunch Christmas Day and Mother’s Day
(closed for lunch on other public holidays)
Dinner Every night from 6pm (365 days a year)
Mains are $25-35
The Brewhouse also has a micro-brewery on-site which brews directly to the restaurant. The restaurant is spacious, you can choose from a variety of seating styles – booths, benches, comfy leather couches and of course, stools at the bar. Not your classic pub fare, the restaurant serves an array of tasty entrees, mains and desserts. The menu covers all stops, and with a number of delicious vegetarian options so no-one is left out.
Try: The black Tasmanian mussels with spicy chorizo sausage and the marinated grilled chicken breast on moroccan vegetable couscous.
Open 7 days 11am till late.
Mains are $25-35
Nestled in Potts Point, amongst the busiest eating strip in the area, the Sardine Room offers it’s patrons seafood options at affordable prices in a casual, yet professional environment. The Sardine Room specialises in a seafood dinner menu with vegetarian options available on request.
Try: Salt & pepper squid w confit garlic aioli & lemon and the crispy lemon sole with asian style dressed salad.
Dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm
Mains are $25-35 BYO corkage $4 per person
Arun Thai is not afraid to introduce new recipe based on Australian unique variety of flora and fauna such as Kangaroos and Emus. Arun Thai has been serving traditional Thai food in Australia for more than 15 years the food is deliciously authentic. The menu does include more usual Thai dishes like banana blossom salad or beef in chilli and spring onion sauce, but there are also more unusual dishes that the staff are more than happy to explain. It’s well worth taking their advice to get the most out of the experience.
Try: Start with spring rolls and satay chicken, then try the chili scallops and Massaman curry.
Thursday to Friday and Sunday Noon-3pm
Dinner daily 6pm-10:30pm
Mains are $20-35
Many in Sydney describe Bootleg as a New York style small bar because of it’s daily chalkboard specials, discreet lighting and hidden booths. Try and go early to snag a booth. The wine selection is excellent, ask your server for guidance. As for dinner, you can’t go wrong with the daily special.
Try: Fusilli with wild mushroom, sage, cream and truffle oil.
Open Tuesday to Wednesday 5-11pm; Thursday to Saturday 5pm-1am; Sunday 5-10pm
Mains start at $25-35 but with a bottle of wine and starters things add up quickly.
On the fringes of Sydney’s nightlife mecca, Kings Cross, this chic, intimate space provides a place for Sydney’s urbanites and visitors alike to dine, mingle and relax. The long, slender cocktail lounge serves up an original array of Asian inspired cocktails. From a delicate “lemongrass martini” to a fiery “mekong mary” the flavours are clean, fresh and sophisticated. On the long communal dining tables delicious banquets of Thai and South East Asian dishes are served; it’s peasant style fare at its best.
Try: Betel leaves burst with flavour as do the wagyu beef and pork hock. The cooked salmon and watermelon salad is a great starter.
Open 7 Nights for Dinner 6pm-11pm
Mains are $25-35
This Italian restaurant is a favourite of local celebrities, and dishes up a selection of regional favourites. Caffe Roma serves up pizzas by the slice as well as more filling three-course meals from its delectable selection of antipasti, insalate and secondi. There are plenty of quality reds and whites on the wine list, and an extensive cocktail menu to boot.
Try: Best option here is to split a salad and pizza though the pasta is also very good.
Open 6 pm till late 7 days
Mains are $15-30
Aperitif is located in a terrace building tucked away from the glare of Kings Cross, framed with a curling wrought iron fence and hidden behind an old tree adorned in fairy lights. Aperitif’s menu has French and Spanish influences plus an impressive collection of European wines The staff are very knowledgeable and passionate about wine and food and are you best bet for guidance through the menu.
Try: Anchovies on toast & chilli prawns and finish with vanilla and mango mini-creme brulee.
Monday to Saturday 6pm-3am; Sunday 6pm-Midnight
Mains are $25-50
You’ve gotta love a menu that offers German lessons at the foot of each page: Schnapps (German cure for anything); Bier (German beers, the best in the world); Erdapfel (Earth apple — better known as potato); Jodeling (Mating-call of mountain men). Throw some pork into the mix, and some schnitzel, and you’ve got the Maggie’s secret to success in a nutshell.
Try: Chicken schnitzel with mushroom sauce with a pint of German beer followed by a shot of schnapps.
Open 7 days 8am-11pm
Mains are $25-35
Decorated with live moss, Parisian furniture and imposing Turkish gates, this largely alfresco venue bears a closer resemblance to the luxe courtyard of an exclusive apartment building than your usual pine-clad beer garden. The comfortably sophisticated space is open and offers a peripheral seat for viewing the action of Kings Cross in all its splendor. The menu features the newly popular tapas-style share plates, as well as main courses. As the name suggests, there is a 300-strong wine list with 40 by the glass – including many that one would not normally see being poured.
Try: Crispy squid, Alaskan crab angel hair pasta, lamb and gruyere burger. Instead of coffee, finish off your meal with an espresso martini.
Monday to Thursday 3pm-Midnight
Friday to Sunday Noon-Midnight
Mains are $20-$35
Classic French cuisine with an Aussie casual atmosphere. If you like wine and exploring, this is a great place to drop by. The rear bar space is a cosy nook of black leather couches with an all-day menu: mussels, croque-monsieur, cheeses and charcuterie. The bistro menu is small, just nine dishes: six entrees and six mains.
Try: Rabbit and rosemary terrine with onion puree, cornichons and melba toast and gnocchi a la parisienne is a must.
Lunch Friday to Sunday
Dinner Monday and Wednesday to Saturday
Mains are $25-35
Possibly the hippest fish and chip spot in Sydney, Fish Face serves up great seafood with all your favourite combinations. The tiny space is always packed, so sit outside in the sun if you can and enjoy some tasty bites as you watch the parade of passers by. SMH Good Food Guide 2011 – Best Seafood Restaurant
Try: Blue eye trevalla rests on potato scales with roast beetroot and horseradish cream, or the ocean trout with mushrooms and leeks in filo pastry served with sorrel sauce.
Monday to Saturday 6pm – 10pm
Sunday 6pm – 9pm
Mains are $33-$40 BYO wine only with corkage fee
Almond Bar is a Middle Eastern mezze den with a sturdy Syrian heart. Long, narrow and decked out in wood and copper, this place mixes old-fashioned Arabic warmth with mod Darlo styling. Here, sharing isn’t just an option; it’s the whole point. The fun lies in being adventurous, ordering lots of separate little dishes, passing them around, tasting everything and experiencing spices and flavours together.
Try: Pita bread and baba ghanoush, garlicky toum or labneh spiced with sumac, chicken skewers, warah enab (spiced rice and tomato wrapped in vine leaves), fatayer (homemade spinach pastries), sfiha (lamb and tomato on homemade pastry) and sumbusic (golden pastries filled with a lamb and pine nut filling and spiced with mahlab).
Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday to Sunday 5pm-Midnight, Friday Noon-Midnight
Mains $10-20 but with share several it can add up quickly
Bill is a Sydney celebrity chef beloved by locals. Don’t be surprised to see a line outside especially for weekend brunch. It’s well worth the wait for the signature scrambled eggs or the ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter.
Try: Brunch for sure, the ricotta hotcakes are the best.
Monday to Saturday 7:30am-3pm
Mains are $14-$25, Breakfast $10-$20
The Commons arose from the shared aspirations of a diverse group of friends, who believed that Sydney needed another way to drink and dine. The resulting restaurant and bar is simple in its offering; a calm environment that takes pride in the city’s culinary and cultural resources. The Commons’ antipasti menu features pates and terrines of free-range poultry, heirloom tomato salads and prosciutto from local small-goods hero Pino. Lunches consist of sandwiches made with homemade coleslaw and relishes, and a select range of fresh seafood, meat and vegetarian mains. Dinner adds a number of slow cooked, traditional dishes to the chalkboard.
Try: Started with a plate of cured meats served with bread then move on to any of the specials written on the chalkboard.
Breakfast weekends from 8am
Lunch Thursday to Sunday Noon-3pm
Dinner Tuesday to Sunday 6pm-late
Mains are $12.00-$25.00
It’s all about meat at Churrasco, slow roasted on skewers. This style of cooking is called “Gaucho style” originally from south Brazil. No need to order off a menu here, just sit back and enjoy an Brazilian Beer or a Caipirinha and let the wait staff take over from there. It will cost you $35 for all the meat, rice, Brazilian beans and potatoes you can eat. Be sure to show up with an appetite.
Try: Everything. If you haven’t had Brazilian BBQ make a point to go, you’ll be talking about it for weeks afterwards.
Lunch Friday Noon-3pm
Dinner Monday to Sunday 6pm till late
$35 for all you can eat plus drinks
Beer and pizza are a way of life at The Local Taphouse, but it’s not just any ordinary beer or pizza this place dishes up. In fact, this boutique beer bar-cum-modern gastro pub brims with classic elegance akin to that of a rustic English manor, filled with antique furniture and quirky curios. And yet, it still maintains a modern style connected to its trendy clientele from Darlo and its surrounds. With 20 taps of beer, The Local Taphouse certainly earns its name, especially when you take a peek at the menu, which pairs up particular international and local beers to go with the mod-Oz pub food. As mentioned earlier, pizza is a prominent player on the menu, alongside other shareable mezze, charcuterie and antipasto bites. For a heartier feed, you can always tuck into a steak, salad, fish or burger, always keeping one hand free to hold a beer. SMH Good Pub Food Guide 2011 – Best Beer List
Try: The lamb burger is one of my favorites here. Try one of the many beer sampling plates.
Monday to Wednesday 4pm-Midnight
Mains are $15-$29
Co-owner and chef Manu Feildel’s diner at Five Ways in leafy Paddington offers a menu of classic and elegant Gallic bistro fare masterfully prepared under the deft guidance of this French native. Set in a classic 19th-century Victorian terrace, the space exudes style and sophistication with a modern twist. Imagine yourself seated in the courtyard sipping something from the impressive list of French drops while enjoying classic French fare from steak frits to confit of duck.
Lunch Friday to Sunday Noon-3pm
Monday to Sunday 6pm-11pm
Mains are $25-40