From fried chicken to French dishes, discover the best restaurants in Crows Nest.
Nestled in the heart of the Lower North Shore, Crows Nest has a thriving culinary district full of delicious spots to wine and dine. Whether you’re looking for a casual pub-style feed or a refined wine bar experience, here are the best places to eat in the lively suburb of Crows Nest.
For an unforgettable dining experience in Crows Nest, you can’t go past a visit to Annata. Step inside this local favourite for delicious seasonal dishes, top-notch drinks, and expert service. Whether you choose the Chef’s Set Menu or a la carte option, get ready for a flavourful feast.
Chef Jordan Garcia updates the menus constantly in line with the fresh seasonal produce that is supplied by Australia’s best ethical producers and suppliers. And to match your delectable dishes like the yellowfin tuna crudo or the Mooloolaba swordfish Milanese, an expert sommelier will be on hand to recommend the perfect wine. Whether you head upstairs for a delicious set menu or sample your way through their bar menu downstairs, you’ll be in for a treat. Find out more here.
Whether you’re in the mood for afternoon drinks or a flavourful family dinner, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at Garfish Crows Nest. As one of Sydney’s best seafood restaurants, expect a menu that celebrates the freshest catches alongside a varied wine list of matching drops.
We highly recommend choosing one of the Market Fish options from the blackboard menu, which are freshly sourced each morning. To accompany your award-winning seafood meal, take your pick from the extensive beverage menu featuring signature and classic cocktails, wine and so much more. Find out more here.
For when the burger cravings hit, head to Johnny Bird, rated as one the best burger restaurants in Crows Nest. When only a crispy chicken burger will do, this is the spot to head. Swing by this fun, casual spot for Johnny Bird’s famous fried chicken, BBQ chicken and loaded burgers. Using locally sourced ingredients, they create some of the best fried chicken you can find in Sydney! Be sure to order a side of mac and cheese, popcorn chicken, and perhaps a frozen margarita to complete your experience. Find out more here.
Bringing the best of French cuisine to the heart of Crows Nest is Le Bouchon, the all-day cafe and bistro. Taking inspiration from Lyon, France’s capital of gastronomy, expect authentic French dishes from breakfast to dinner. Start your day with a sweet French crepe and round it out with a confit duck leg and a glass of French wine. Find out more here.
The Lower North Shore has recently received another spicy addition to its bustling dining scene, with the opening of the new pan-Asian eatery, LUHO. Expect plenty of share-style dishes inspired by Vietnam and Malaysia’s hawker-style street food stalls. These dishes will sit alongside inventive large plates and more traditional-style curries. Find out more here.
For some of the best ramen Sydney has to offer, you can’t go past a visit to Ryo’s Noodles. This local institution has been attracting crowds for years, scoring itself the title of one of the best restaurants in Crows Nest. It delivers a no-frills dining experience that’s all about slurping bowls of authentic ramen noodles. Find out more here.
Discover our guide to the best ramen in Sydney here.
For a delicious pub feed, you can’t go past a visit to The Stoned Crow. This bustling local favourite offers top-notch beers, cocktails, wines and spirits along with daily pub specials that have you covered from lunch to dinner. Expect gourmet Angus beef burgers, plates of tapas, loaded pizzas, giant plates of chicken schnitzel and so much more. Find out more here.
For an authentic taste of German cuisine, make sure to visit Crows Nest’s Stuyvesant’s House. This dining room has been around for over 50 years, complete with a 4,000-bottle strong cellar and top-notch pork knuckle. Find out more here.
Score delicious Japanese eats at Yurippi. This Crows Nest restaurant serves home-style yakitori and Japanese dishes as well as a stellar selection of beer, wine, sake, whiskey and more. Find out more here.
For a taste of Greece in the heart of Crows Nest, look no further than Xenos. The long-running restaurant, bar, and cafe has been serving up delicious dishes from the Mediterranean since 1969. With outdoor seating and plenty of space for celebration dinners, there are endless reasons why Xenos has made it on our best restaurants in Crows Nest list. Find out more here.
For the meat lovers, be sure to pay a visit to BahBQ Brazillian Grill, one of the highest rated restaurants in Crows Nest. Inspired by South American and Australian cuisine, take your pick from the Churrasco menu, spit roasted over natural charcoal and iron bark. Whether you choose the beef, chicken, lamb, pork, seafood or vegetarian options, the waiters will come and slice your meal onto your plate. A unique dining experience we highly recommend. Find out more here.
Perhaps the best spot for cocktails in Crows Nest, Small Bar is a local favourite. The warm, intimate setting is perfect for after-work drinks, catch-ups with frends, or even to celebrate special occasions. Take a seat under the fairy lights and enjoy one of their signature cocktails and made-to-share dishes. Our picks include the Finders South Side, the Japanese Elder, or Rhuby Twist cocktails. Find out more here.
For endless servings of tapas, paella, sangria and Spanish cocktails, pay a visit to Lola Cucina. This lively venue is quite frankly a vibe, with regular flamenco and live music nights. Where better to eat and drink the night away in good company? Find out more here.
Serving up delicious Kashmiri inspired cuisine is WaazWaan, a favourite among the Crows Nest dining scene. With a lively atmosphere and great service, it is easily one of our top picks. On the menu you will find the Indian classic dishes you know and love, but be sure to try the Chef’s specialties, like the Taramind Chicken, Lime Coriander Prawns or Spicy Khadai Paneer. Find out more here.
Melding Middle Eastern and Japanese cuisine harmoniously is Chef Hesam Nouifard of No 32. Restaurant & Bar, Crow’s Nest’s best-kept secret. Chef Hesam Nourifard is at the helm of the kitchen bringing his Middle Eastern roots to each dish. There’s also an element of Japanese cuisine present with umami-rich flavours and finessed culinary techniques. The beautiful decor and buzzing atmosphere are the cherry on top of this unmissable dining experience. Find out more here.