Sydney restaurants, cafes and bars will be allowed to reopen once NSW hits its 70% double vaccination target, meaning the long wait for dinner at the restaurant is almost over. After months of take out dinners and home recipes keeping us connected to our favorite bars and restaurants, the real deal is so close and we can’t wait.
With the easing of restrictions looming, a good chunk of the city’s population will be just as eager as you (and us) to head out for a Sunday lunch, Saturday brunch, or dinner date. So we strongly recommend that you book your first outing (then your second, third etc) as it is safe to say Sydney restaurants will be very busy once we get to play.
That’s why we’ve started to bring together some of the best restaurants in Sydney that are already taking reservations for you and your vaxxed double mates. Remember that these dates are tentatively based on vaccination projections (estimated around Monday, October 18) and that you will need your double-jab vaccination certificate to enter any reception location.
As always guys, this is by no means a definitive list, and we encourage you to check out the social networks of your local favorites and try a new place, too. If you would like to be included on this list or if you know of a restaurant taking reservations, please contact our editor here.
Restaurants now accepting reservations in and around Sydney CBD
Sporting one of Sydney’s most enviable locations and a gourmet menu from new Executive Chef Tom Gorringe, Aria is once again accepting reservations starting Monday, October 18. Book here.
This superb set menu on leafy Bourke Street in Surry Hills is perfect for date nights. Arthur is now taking reservations from Monday, October 18. Book here.
Missing the flavors of arancini antipasti, anchovies and zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta? De Vine Food & Wine is now taking reservations from Tuesday, October 19. Book here.
Gowings at QT Sydney is now accepting bookings for the week starting Monday October 18th. Book here.
Chef Brent Savage’s legendary hospitality duo and European-inspired CBD wine bar by sommelier Nick Hildebrandt are now accepting reservations starting Wednesday, October 20. Book here.
Roasted whole Chinese duck, garlic butter shrimp, crispy fried Balmain insects and a dedicated lunchtime dim sum menu – Chef Dan Hong’s Mr Wong is now taking reservations from Monday, October 11 . Book here.
This vibrant Darling Square izakaya is now accepting reservations for the week starting Monday, October 18. Book here.
NOLA Smokehouse & Bar
While you currently can’t make it to New Orleans, starting Friday, October 22, you can head to the NOLA Smokehouse & Bar in Barangaroo for a hell of a Southern cut of roast meat and a pinch of American whiskey. Book here.
This Middle Eastern gem in the heart of Surry Hills will reopen from Friday, October 22 for dinner Tuesday through Friday, as well as brunch and dinner on weekends. Bottomless drink packages will also be available. Book here.
If there’s one thing we really, really missed during the lockdown, it’s Tio’s and their perfect margaritas served in cups sprinkled with just the right amount of salt. Tio’s has announced plans to reopen from Wednesday, October 20, with $ 10 margaritas and their famous $ 5 happy hour on the cards every day. Head here for more information on Tio’s COVID security plans and here Reserve.
Restaurants now accept reservations in Sydney’s eastern suburbs
Ready to serve delicious farm-to-plate treats in the vegetable patch filled with seasonal produce, Chiswick is accepting reservations from Tuesday, October 19. Book here.
Coogee Wine Room
Coogee Bay Road Restaurant and Bar is taking reservations starting Tuesday, October 19, ready to serve Mediterranean-inspired sharing plates and a few glasses from its 400+ wine list. Book here.
If you fancy cocktails by the beach, Bondi’s Drake Eatery will be back for lunch Thursday through Sunday and dinner every night of the week. They take reservations from Monday October 18th. Book here.
This Mediterranean spot in Potts Point opened reservations from Sunday, October 18. Perfect for long lunches and dinners inspired by the European summer – make a reservation here.
There is nothing quite like accompanying some of the best Middle Eastern inspired charcoal chickens to Sydney with a few frozen cocktails. Henrietta from Crown Street is back and taking reservations starting Monday October 18th. Book here.
North Bondi Fish
With one of the best up-close views of Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach, you’ll want to make sure you secure a spot for an after-swim cocktail and a fish taco at the North Bondi Fish, available from Monday, October 18. . Book here.
Crown Street Nour brings a modern gourmet twist to classic Lebanese flavors. The beloved Surry Hills restaurant is once again offering reservations starting Tuesday, October 19. Book here.
Boasting one of Sydney’s most impressive herbal gourmet menus, as well as an eclectic range of natural and biodynamic wines, Potts Point’s Yellow is once again accepting reservations starting Wednesday, October 20 at its gallery of converted 1950s art. Book here.
Restaurants Now Accepting Reservations in West Central Sydney
Friendly neighborhood vibe, beef tongue and sauerkraut tacos, duck rillettes and classic steak fries: Newtown’s Café Paci is officially back and taking reservations starting Monday, October 18. Book here.
Emma’s snack bar
Homous, garlic dip, and kafta for days on end – when it’s full (which it always is), Emma’s Snack Bar is one of the liveliest spots in Sydney’s Inner West. Favorite Enmore is now taking reservations starting Tuesday, October 19. Book here.
Chef and co-owner Jarrod Walsh’s all-Australian cafe menu is officially available in-house, with Hartsyard once again accepting reservations starting Monday, October 18. Book here.
The Little Lagos Restaurant in Enmore Road is the undisputed home of Nigeria’s diverse cuisine in the Inner West, and they are officially accepting reservations starting Wednesday, October 13. Book here.
A red penny
Bar snacks, small plates, large plates, share menus or just a glass of wine, it’s hard to go wrong stopping at the historic Summer Hill restaurant converted into a post office. One Penny Red is now taking dinner reservations starting Monday, October 18. Book here.
Nestled in a corner terrace, Stanmore’s Sixpenny is quietly one of the best restaurants in the country. Discover their incredible tasting menu with reservations again available from Friday October 22. Book here.
Restaurants are now accepting reservations in Western Sydney
Parramatta’s favorite Pan-Asian restaurant is back to serve up fresh and bold flavors once again, accepting reservations starting Tuesday, October 19. Book here.
Bar & Brasserie Ruse
Fancy dining inside and outside Parramatta Square, barrel-aged Negroni, and mud crab on toast? The Ruse Bar & Brasserie is now taking reservations from Tuesday, October 19. Book here.
Handmade pasta, fresh seafood, Italian wines and the impossible choice between tiramisu or banoffee pie (tip, order both). CicciaBella resumes reservations for Parramatta Wednesday, October 20 and Bondi from Monday, October 18.
Restaurants are now accepting reservations in North Sydney and the Northern Beaches
Bert’s Bar & Brasserie
Bert’s European coastal menu is back calling you for fresh platters of oysters, crab, whole fish or lobster. You can book from Wednesday October 13. Book here.
The little robin
This Lane Cove Italian restaurant and wine bar is accepting reservations from Thursday, October 21. Book here.
Ormeggio on a spit
Fine Italian cuisine overlooking picturesque views of Middle Harbor and Pearl Bay – need we say more? Ormeggio At The Spit is now accepting bookings from Friday October 22. Book here.
What is it with the northern restaurants and the spectacular views? If you’re looking for a fresh Italian lunch accompanied by sea breezes and beachside visuals, book at Pilu At Freshwater starting Monday, October 18. Book here.
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Image Credit: Monopoly, Henrietta, Café Paci, Nikki To, Pilu