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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Sydney

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Sydney? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Rusty Penny Brewing restaurant
4.7
4.7 (138)
$41 to $100
Brewery
Penrith
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Penrith, our brand new small-batch brewing facility is open to the public and offers our visitors an immersive brewery experience. Sit and drink some of our finest craft beers from the bar and enjoy a hearty feast, while you watch our brewmasters hard at work.

As we’re a manufacturing facility and brew our craft beer on site, you’ll experience the smells and sounds of our brewing process in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere.

With plenty of seating and a large-open plan layout, our brewery is the perfect location for hosting large groups to celebrate just about any occasion in a casual fashion.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
This is our 2nd time and loved it just as much as the first time. The food is amazing. Staff are always friendly and love all the different craft beers. Will definitely be back. Keep up the good work.
A photo of Elysian restaurant
4.7
4.7 (39)
$41 to $100
Australian
Katoomba
About the restaurant
Uniquely positioned on a peaceful escarpment with stunning views into the famous World Heritage listed Jamison Valley, Elysian is a haven for the weary traveler and curious local alike. Boasting an ever-changing menu of craft cocktails and unique wines as well as delicious dishes designed for sharing, we offer a welcoming, approachable space with warm hospitality and an overall unforgettable experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
Lovely warm cosy atmosphere on a chilly and foggy night in the mountains - small tapas - a great way to eat with friends - but can’t wait to try larger meals - lovely wine list and delicious mocktails for the driver Staff were delightful and I will definitely be back as a solo or with friends - love the ambience thank you
A photo of Tokki restaurant
4.6
4.6 (413)
$41 to $100
Contemporary Korean
Surry Hills
About the restaurant
Inspired by the buzzing night life of Tokyo & Seoul in Surry Hills.

Tokki is a modern day Japanese/Korean Izakaya with an emphasis on shareable dishes accompanied with bespoke cocktails, a variety of Sake & Soju and a fine list of wines.

Top review
Rose
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Nice dishes, small servings for starters. Flavours were nice but nothing incredible or unique. Staff were very nice and overall was a great casual vibe to catch up with friends.
A photo of Duk Inn Newtown restaurant
4.6
4.6 (18)
$41 to $100
Chinese (Canton)
Newtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to Duk Inn, where each dish is a testament to flavours inspired and defined by our heritage. From the sizzling of a wok echoing the bustling streets of Newtown, every element at Duk Inn tells a unique story.

At Duk Inn, we combine the traditional Cantonese diner with the modern world to provide a cultivating experience with a journey of flavours. The signature Peking Duk dish boasts creative flavours that bring together a long-lived heritage of family recipes passed down from generations for you to try.

Duk Inn and out for a journey through flavour city.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Really excellent venue with high quality food, lovely friendly service and just an awesome place to be. We loved the peking duck and fresh crab.
A photo of KOGI Korean BBQ restaurant
4.5
4.5 (140)
$41 to $100
Korean
Haymarket
About the restaurant
The artisan way of doing Korean BBQ, Kogi's management team goes back 35 years. Donald Bae the founder was the first to bring Korean BBQ to Australia, meanwhile Hang Jun Chung has been serving up the best Galbi and Korean BBQ dishes since 1983.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Food is absolutely delicious here. There was some issues with seating arrangements and we had to share a table even though we booked well in advance. Everything else however was perfect.
A photo of The Waratah restaurant
4.5
4.5 (75)
$41 to $100
Australian
Darlinghurst
About the restaurant
Modern Australian Bar & Restaurant. World class cocktails and contemporary Australian food, championing local farmers, growers and producers.
Top review
JoseSydney
Dined 6 days ago
Loved how accommodating the staff was about vegan modifications to most of the menu. Every single dish was beautifully presented and delicious
A photo of Saga Bar restaurant
4.4
4.4 (417)
$41 to $100
International
Chippendale
About the restaurant
A mythical island oasis containing a magical hybrid of different influences from India, the Middle East & South East Asia. SAGA brings together the best of all things beautiful and delicious about these regions and combines them all in one unforgettable establishment. Let SAGA whisk you away to a haven where you can enjoy the world’s finest and most exclusive wines, unique and mouth-watering cocktails, and a perfectly seasoned and matching food menu to tie it all together.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Service was great drinks were amazing and food was good.
A photo of Hustlers. Syd restaurant
4.4
4.4 (142)
$101 and over
Asian
Sydney CBD
About the restaurant
Our menus will take you on a culinary journey throughout Asia, paying homage to our cultures by elevating traditional flavours through modern techniques. Enter underground and indulge in a mouth-watering menu of shared plates and cocktails.
Top review
MatthewK
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Very nice food! Nice staff and great atmosphere. Cocktails took a little long to come but when they did, they tasted great. Will come back for sure.
A photo of Tommy's Manly restaurant
4.3
4.3 (133)
$41 to $100
Mexican
Manly
About the restaurant
Tommy's is a Mexican restaurant & cocktail bar with a passion for Mexican/South American cuisine and agave spirits. In the kitchen, we cook over charcoals on our traditional Parrilla charcoal grill to enhance the flavours of the food. Behind the bar, we focus on freshness: every juice is freshly squeezed daily, and every syrup & cordial is made in-house, creating s truly unique list of margaritas, tequila & mezcal-based cocktails.

Head Chef: Marcus Michel has carefully curated our versatile menu. From 8hr slow roasted lamb shoulder tacos to tuna ceviche to MB2+ Ribeye cooked over charcoals, it combines authentic Mexican flavours with fresh, locally sourced ingredients to provide a truly unforgettable experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
The bottomless brunch was outstanding. We will be back!
A photo of BOM KBBQ and Soju Bar restaurant
4.1
4.1 (110)
$41 to $100
Korean
Edmondson Park
About the restaurant
Sydney’s 🔥 AYCE (All You Can Eat) KBBQ, VIP Karaoke room, Soju Bar with retro vibes.
🎤 VIP Karaoke Room
🥩 AYCE & Premium wagyu
🎵 DJs Fri & Sat Nights
🍸 Soju Bar

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Service was great, just food options are quiet limited
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