Eat & Drink

The Best Restaurants, Cafes And Bars That Have Re-opened In Sydney

After weeks of lockdown, New South Wales eased a number of COVID-19 restrictions last week. While social distancing is absolutely still in effect, this does mean that dining in is on the table again as Sydney restaurants re-open. What a concept!

Since March, restaurants and cafes have only been allowed to operate takeaway services. Now, though, hospitality venues can re-open, and we’ve honestly never been this excited for brunch.

A maximum of ten customers can be inside a venue at any time, and diners still need to stay at least 1.5 metres apart and wash their hands regularly.

Not all venues have re-opened just yet, so we’ve rounded up some of the best cafes, restaurants and pubs in Sydney that are open for business.

You can find more information about the current COVID-19 restrictions in NSW and social distancing regulations here.

As Sydney restaurants re-open, here are 20 of the best places to dine in.

#1. Poly

 

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Poly has re-opened for dinner on Friday and Saturdays, and it’s accepting a limited number of walk-ins from 5pm before the first bookings each night.

Book online here.

#2. DOC Gastronomia

 

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This Italian eatery is back to serving authentic pizza, salads, lasagne, and cheeses in its Surry Hills store.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 9211 1507.

#3. Shuk

 

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Bondi’s Middle Eastern restaurant is now accepting walk-ins for breakfast and lunch for up to ten people. Shakshuka is back on the menu, friends!

#4. Reuben Hills

 

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This local fave cafe is now accepting walk-ins. The menu has been condensed for the time being, but it doesn’t matter because everything here is delicious.

#5. Mary’s

 

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Mary’s in Newtown is open and serving Sydney’s best burgers to walk-in diners seven days a week.

#6. Yulli’s

 

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One of Sydney’s favourite vegan restaurants is now taking bookings for lunch and dinner. Dinner service will operate in three sittings from 5pm-6.30pm, 6.30pm-8pm, and 8pm until close.

Email [email protected] to book.

#7. Bart Jr

 

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Redfern’s Bart Jr is taking bookings for a 5-course set menu dinner with matching wine or cocktails every Wednesday through Saturday.

The restaurant will be launching an online booking service soon, but for now you can make a reservation by emailing [email protected].

#8. Yulli’s Brews

 

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Alexandria’s taproom and restaurant has re-opened for lunch and dinner reservations, which you can make by emailing [email protected] or calling 9519 0161.

#9. Don’t Tell Aunty

 

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Surry Hills’ innovative Indian restaurant Don’t Tell Aunty is open for dinner daily and lunch every Friday through Sunday. Book online here.

#10. Peppe’s

 

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Bondi’s vegan gnocchi bar is open for dinner every Friday through Sunday with a $65 set menu. Book online here.

#11. Down N’ Out

 

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Down N’ Out in the CBD is taking bookings online here. If you’re in the Inner West, they’re also serving takeaway burgers from a new food truck in Marrickville.

#12. Nakano Darling

 

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Darling Square’s Japanese restaurant specialising in chicken karaage, gyoza, highball cocktails is open daily from 11am till 10pm. Make a booking online here.

#13. Pizza Fritta 180

 

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Get your Neapolitan fried pizzas here every Tuesday through Sunday from 12pm to 10pm.

#14. Wings and Tins

 

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The self-proclaimed dive bar is open and serving a $65 set menu with all you can eat wings and fries plus plenty of drinks. Bookings are open for groups or five or ten people, so rally your mates for this one.

Call 0410 481 201 to make a booking at the Darlinghurst venue, or 0424 248 847 for Dee Why.

#15. Tequila Mockingbird

 

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Paddington’s terrace bar is taking bookings for Tuesday through Sunday with a $70 set menu of South American cuisine. Book online here, or rent out a private room for your very own ten-person party.

#16. Bibo Wine Bar

 

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Double Bay’s wine bar is open again every Friday through Sunday with a luxe $100 eight-course set menu that changes daily.

Better get in quick! It’s currently booked out for the next three weekends, but you can keep an eye on socials and enquire online to snag one of the next available spots.

#17. Prince of York

 

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The lively CBD wine bar is taking bookings for groups of up to ten people. Email the bar at [email protected] with your preferred date and time or book online here.

#18. Sonora Mexican

 

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The Potts Point Mexican restaurant is open every Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday. You can make a booking online here. The restaurant encourages anyone who can’t make a booking online to reach out at [email protected] or 0424 188 553.

#19. Love, Tilly Devine

 

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One of Darlo’s most popular bars is re-opening for dine-in customers with a $50 set menu. Email [email protected] to book your spot.

#20. Speedos Cafe

 

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The world’s most Instagrammable cafe is welcoming walk-in customers on Bondi Beach once again.

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