From wine bars to Mexican cantinas, discover the best restaurants in Paddington.
From the bustling thoroughfare of Oxford Street to the leafy suburban backstreets, Paddington has it all. And for foodies, this is one suburb that doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re looking for upscale pub fare, imaginative fusion cuisine or authentic Italian eats, you’ll find it all at the best restaurants in Paddington.
Civico 47 has recently been introduced to Sydney in the original site of from Italian institution, Lucio’s. The space has transformed into a modern European Oasis, perfect for long lunches, date nights and dining slow in good company. At the helm of the kitchen is Executive Chef Matteo Zamboni (Ormeggio, Pilu at Freshwater and Jonah’s). Born in a small town in northern Italy, Zamboni’s Italian heritage shines through each dish. Find out more here.
There are plenty of charming neighbourhood restaurants in Sydney, but one that seems to be the talk of the town is Ursula’s. Owned and operated by Chef Phil Wood, the menu is an interpretation of Australian bistro cuisine through Wood’s palate. Dishes include Snapper with Keen’s Curry vinaigrette and Margra Lamb Rump with brussels sprouts and mint sauce. Find. out more here.
Looking for the perfect date night spot? Look no further than 10 William Street, one of Paddington’s best wine bars and restaurants. This cosy spot is perfect for a delicious bowl of pasta and top-notch vino. Make sure to get in early before spots are snapped up (particularly on weekends). Find out more here.
Bringing a taste of Italy to the heart of Paddington, Barbetta is the perfect spot to sample classic Italian fare. This beloved Cucina celebrates the best of Southern Italian flavours, with simple nourishing dishes that pack a punch. Plus, the restaurant also hosts regular workshops including pasta classes and wine tastings to help you flex your culinary muscles. Find out more here.
As far as Paddington institutions go, Buon Ricordo would be at the top of our list. Since opening its doors in 1987, the team has been delivering a traditional menu of authentic Italian dishes and a mix of seasonal dishes that change regularly to showcase the freshest produce. With over 600 wines on their list and a delicious menu to match, this is a warm and inviting dining room you won’t want to leave. Find out more here.
Ready for a fun and flavourful dining experience? Paddington’s Chubby Cheeks kitchen is just the place to head. This modern Thai inspired restaurant delivers delicious Asian cuisine, with a modern menu influenced by Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine. Plus, this spot is BYO too for the perfect cheap eats experience. Find out more here.
Serving up farm-to-table eats at its best, Fred’s is one of Paddington’s most refined restaurants. This dining room centres around an intimate, open kitchen to give diners a glimpse at the chefs working their magic. Expect a hearty menu of familiar flavours, using fresh seasonal produce that has been sustainably farmed and fished. Grab a glass of organic wine, order a plate of roast chicken with all the trimmings and indulge in refined home cooking at its best. Find out more here.
Speaking of Paddington institutions, we can’t go past the inclusion of Paddo Inn on the list. Since opening in 1814, the Paddo Inn has been a lively neighbourhood pub and restaurant serving locals and Sydneysiders alike. Today, you’ll find a delicious menu of upscale pub eats on the menu alongside an impressive selection of wine, beer and spirits. Find out more here.
Situated in Paddington’s iconic Five Ways, Tequila Mockingbird finds its home in a restored heritage-listed 1898 terrace. Inside, you’ll find a diverse array of eats taking influence from the flavours of Mexico to Argentina. And cocktail lovers will be in for a treat, with over 32 types of tequila and 12 top-shelf mezcals on this drinks list. Find out more here.
The Paddington might be part pub, part restaurant and part cocktail bar, but this destination is all parts delicious. Guided by executive chef Ben Greeno, this venue is famous for its juicy, brown and sticky-skinned Bannockburn chickens that are hormone-free and air-chilled. Plus, The Paddington is also known for its fish, vegetables and lighter shared meals (with a late-night menu kicking off from 10:30pm). Find out more here.
For lovers of seafood, the Australian fish eatery Saint Peter is a must, owned and operated by no other than Josh Niland. Situated in the heart of Paddington, Saint Peter showcases sustainably source seafood prepared with precision and care. But fish isn’t all Saint Peter serves, with a stellar selection of sides, desserts and an impressive Australian wine list on offer. Find out more here.