From Italian trattorias to epic fried chicken joints, discover the best restaurants in Parramatta.
It’s often referred to as Sydney’s second CBD, and with good reason. With more Sydneysiders calling Parramatta and it’s surrounding suburbs home, there’s plenty of delicious dining spots to explore in this bustling neighbourhood. Not sure where to start? From Italian trattorias and luxe champagne bars to epic fried chicken joints, check out our guide to the best restaurants in Parramatta below!
Sydney’s humble Parramatta is going through quite the development and we are quite impressed by Willo which has opened on Smith Street. From tan leather seating, marble-like textures and chromatic hues, to a spacious bar area and an arched open-style kitchen around the dining room, we quickly notice this isn’t your usual restaurant in the area. Chef Justin Le is at the helm of the kitchen putting up dishes that draw influence from Mediterranean cuisine. With a combination of fresh, seasonal Australian produce and ingredients sourced directly from lesser-known providores in Italy, he has a basis to create high-quality dishes. Find out more here.
Enjoy the best of modern Australian cuisine at Alex & Co bar and restaurant. Finding its home in the heart of Parramatta, swing by this local favourite spot for fresh seasonal ingredients such as grilled Moreton Bay bugs, wagyu brisket tacos, truffle fries, and plenty more. Plus, you can wash it all down with a signature cocktail, a glass of wine, craft beer, or a booze-free cocktail. Find out more here.
Earning itself cult-like status, Betty’s Burgers now finds its home in the food and lifestyle destination, Parramatta Square. Swing by this beloved burger shack for the freshest, juiciest burgers, shakes, fries and so much more. Find out more here.
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It’s not often you hear of a venue serving up fried chicken and fancy French champagne and selling sneakers under the same roof, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Butter. With locations in Surry Hills, Glebe, and Parramatta, this delicious spot is the perfect place for an OG Chicken Sambo, a bucket of fried chicken tenders, a glass of bubbles or a delicious cocktail. Plus, there are plenty of vego-friendly options too, including fried mushroom pieces, spicy halloumi sandwiches and more. Butter has certainly cemented its status as one of the best casual dining restaurants in Parramatta. Find out more here.
Say hello to CicciaBella, the new trattoria and bar in the heart of the Parramatta Square dining precinct. This latest venue takes inspiration from classic Italian food (a.k.a. cucina classica), the kind of dishes you’d find on the menus of great trattorias dotted across Italian cities. Think the kind of food that’s reliable, satisfying and comforting, perfect all year around. The wine and cocktail list is Italian-focused, so you can sit back and enjoy a negroni sbagliato with your pizza or pasta. Find out more here.
Bringing the golden era of post-prohibition soirees to modern-day Parramatta, Nick & Nora’s is the 1920s style cocktail and champagne bar not to be missed. Positioned sky high over the suburb, expect world-class drinks crafted by some of the city’s best bartenders along with a delicious food menu of oysters, caviar, cheeses, and cured meats (all of which pair perfectly with cocktails and bubbles). Find out more about one of the best places to eat and drink in Parramatta here.
Since 1992, Temasek Restaurant has been bringing the best of Malaysian cuisine to the heart of Parramatta. As one of the best restaurants in Parramatta for casual dining, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a generous bowl of Laska or one of their delicious signature dishes including Beef Rendang, Nasi Lemak, or the classic Nasi Goreng. Find out more here.
For top-graded steak and world-class dining, you can’t go past The Meat & Wine Co. With bustling locations across the city, this iconic spot offers everything you need for an unforgettable dining experience. On the meat-centric menu, you’ll find a selection of skewers, ribs, and of course, steak. Take your pick from the premium lines of beef that have been exclusively sourced for the restaurant, and choose a wine to match from the extensive wine list and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable evening of wining and dining. Find out more here.
Located in Parramatta Square, Lilymu is a funky dining spot offering a menu influenced by the flavours of China and South East Asia. With a breezy courtyard and sophisticated indoor dining space, the venue is perfect for all occasions, from boozy long lunches to afternoon cocktails. On the menu, you’ll find a tantalising selection of small and large share plates, as well as the banquet menus starting at $88 per person. Our top picks include the ‘tom yum’ prawn dumplings, the wok-fried fusilli with Hokkaido scallop and Lilymu XO, and the beef cheek massaman. In our humble opinion, LilyMu is one of the best restaurants in Parramatta for special occasions. Find out more here.
Nothing quite hits the spot like a good bowl of pho, and Pho Pasteur has been serving up everyone’s favourite noodle soup since 1992. Opened by a husband and wife duo originally from the Tay Ninh province, this iconic Parramatta restaurant serves up authentic Southern Vietnamese cuisine using family recipes passed down through the generations. Signature dishes include the Pho Dac Biet, Bun bo Hue, and many more. Find out more here.
This chic casual dining venue is an ode to Yakiniku-style Japanese dining, with a menu designed to be grilled by diners themselves. A fun and interactive experience, we highly recommend Touka for special occasions and casual nights out alike. Find out more here.
For endless servings of tapas, paella, sangria and Spanish cocktails, pay a visit to Lola Cucina, one of the best Spanish restaurants Parramatta has to offer. 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.
Located on Church St is Restaurant 317, this popular Italian dining spot has been a favourite amongst locals since 2005. The extensive menu features drool-worthy entrees, bread, pizzas, handmade pasta and so much more. Plus, 90% of the menu is able to be catered to those who are celiac and gluten-free! Find out more here.
Frequently asked questions:
What are the best Italian restaurants in Parramatta?
For the best Italian in Parramatta, try CicciaBella or Restaurant 317.
What are the best restaurants in Parramatta for special occasions?
If you’re looking for a venue for your next special occasion, try Lilymu, the Meat & Wine Co, Nick & Nora’s or CicciaBella for elevated casual dining and drinks.