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529 Kent St.
Tel: 61-2-9267-2900

When you book, be sure to keep in mind the 10-course tasting menu at Tetsuya Wakuda's glamorous heritage-listed place—he's one of the world's, let alone Sydney's, top chefs. The food is complex, multicultural and brilliant; so is the wine list. Private dining rooms are available for groups, and the two main rooms overlook a Japanese garden.

4 The Esplanade
Tel: 61-2-9969-5050

This famous place in a 1920s Spanish Mission–style dressing hut on Balmoral Beach is a ferry ride away, but that's part of its charm. Modern Aussie dishes like watercress vichyssoise or lamb with cumin-honey sauce are especially delicious in the ocean ozone. There's also a next-door café with kilims, cane chairs, cakes and cocktails.

Upper Level
Overseas Passenger Terminal
The RocksTel: 61-2-9251-5600

One of the best places in Australia for everything from food to view—the best tables overlook the Opera House and harbor. Star chef Peter Gilmore's signature dishes include a stunning cube of pressed crispy duck spiced with cinnamon, but everything is worth eating, including the fascinating desserts. Another one to reserve ahead.

359 Crown St.
Tel: 61-2-9360-4762

This casual café, the sister of chef Bill Granger's Darlinghurst original, has menus chalked on a blackboard and a happy buzz that derives from the neighborly mix of celebrities, amblers and locals. Famous yummy dishes include ricotta hotcakes, corn fritters with bacon and a Wagyu beef burger. The evening ambience is more grown up and bistro-like.

108 Campbell Parade
Tel: 61-2-9130-5400

A perfect ending to a surfer-watching afternoon at Bondi is to lounge on a daybed with a Gorgeous Geisha or Tonsai Temptress (we're talking cocktails here) in this hip and sexy, dramatically lit space with polished concrete floors and an old-Shanghai-meets-Tribeca-loft vibe. Do stay on for the fabulous pseudo-Asian food: roast duck with pancakes, chili-and-black-bean beef ribs and pounded prawns on sugarcane sticks.

Lower Ground Floor
1 Martin Pl.
Tel: 61-2-9229-7700

If all the excitement is depleting your reserves, refuel with a hearty slab of red meat at the city's best steak place. The speakeasy look—high vaulted ceilings, low lights and cozy booths—suits the suits at lunchtime, but seems so romantic by night. As well as the usual suspects, there's a whole page of celebration-worthy Wagyu dishes, plus an excellent wine list.

Ground Level

Overseas Passenger Terminal
Tel: 61-2-8273-1222

In the redesigned Overseas Passenger Terminal in the area known as the Rocks is this cavernous space with giant chandeliers that look like illuminated wine trellises and a vast glass wall through which the Opera House looks close enough to touch. Fun multicultural food—from Argentine churrasco to Italian pizza—hits the spot.

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