Whether you’re scouting potential birthday spots, got an anniversary coming up or you just enjoy the finer things in life, Sydney is home to some of the best top-tier restaurants in the country. To help you confirm your next booking and dine in style, we’ve rounded up the top 5 seriously swanky special occasion restaurants worth the splurge!
Interior junkies and foodies rejoice! This place is really something. Boasting an almost industrial-style look with cool concrete floor, high ceilings, moody pendant lights and pared back fixtures throughout, Automata invites you to a rare otherworldly experience you won’t find anywhere else in Sydney. Lead by head chef Clayton Wells, who was sous chef at David Chang’s Momofuku Seiobo in 2015 until opening his very own pride and joy, Automata.
Rub your hands together for the ultimate 5 star degustation featuring dishes inspired by Wells’ travels abroad, impeccable culinary craftsmanship and the finest local produce in town. Accompany your dining experience with exquisite foreign beverages and pairings beyond wine. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks to couple, Rebecca Littlemore and former Toko owner Al Yazbek, us Sydneysiders now get to experience the ultimate cellar door experience with Nomad. A converted-warehouse feel welcomes you upon entry with polished concrete floors, high ceilings, dimly lit light fixtures, organic furniture and distressed finishes throughout. Local seasonal produce is used to cook up a storm in the kitchen, delivering delicious house made breads, cheeses and cured meats to your plate. Treat your tastebuds to a tasty tipple from an iconic rotating wine list featuring the very best homegrown drops.
On the hunt for a memorable date spot? Esther certainly ticks all of the boxes. The mood is kind of casual yet charming, which can take the pressure off those awkward first date feels. The space is snug but cosy as it only seats 45 (make sure you book ahead). And like the interior, the menu is simple yet deliciously satisfying. Rather than creating complex dishes with one too many ingredients and otherworldly techniques, chef Mat Lindsay uses a wood-fired oven and good quality produce to satisfy your palate.
A little slice of heaven situated right on Sydney harbour, LuMi Dining is run by chef Federico Zanellato and his wife and head sommelier Michela Boncagni. Soak up a million dollar view while you dine on delicious modern Italian cuisine with a clever Japanese twist. Treat your palate to the finest Italian wines, specially sourced by Michela Boncagni herself.