Chippendale may be on the up, but in terms of quality and quantity, Surry Hills remains the most vital area in Sydney’s competitive dining scene. Choices here span Japanese, Vietnamese, Lebanese, French, Mexican, Indian, Italian and much more, packaged high and low, casual and formal, playful and serious. Get exploring.

Poly

Drinks and snacks reach new heights at this not-restaurant from the team at Ester.

74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
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Porteño

Charcoal-roasted meats and sides, paired with a choice of 300 wines.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
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Firedoor

High-quality produce cooked over a naked flame, with no sauces to hide behind.

23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
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The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room and Wine Room

A restaurant and a wine room run by the Icebergs team and Rootstock’s James Hird.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Arthur

An ambitious set-menu restaurant from former Farmhouse and Dead Ringer chef Tristan Rosier.

544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
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Bills Surry Hills

Another winner from Bill Granger, the man who revolutionised Sydney's cafe scene.

355 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Dead Ringer

A sharp restaurant and bar from the team at Bulletin Place. Naturally, it serves great cocktails.

413 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
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Chin Chin

Noisy, spicy and lots of fun, just like the original in Melbourne.

69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Wyno

A dim, date-night-ready wine bar from the team at Porteño.

Wine Shop – 4 50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Izakaya Fujiyama

An oversized bento box-like Japanese eatery and sake bar.

54-56 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills

Tokyo Bird

Whisky, cocktails and yakitori.

Shop 2 226-228 Commonwealth Street (enter via Belmore Lane), Surry Hills
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Caffe Bartolo

All-day Italian dining from Jared Merlino, the man behind some of Sydney's best bars.

359 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Longrain

At the forefront of contemporary Thai dining.

85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
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Bad Hombres

A plant-based Mexican pop-up with creativity at its core.

40 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
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Nomad

Brings the cellar door experience to the city.

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
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Don't Tell Aunty

The super-popular “inauthentic Indian” restaurant from Melbourne and NYC is serving naan pizza and butter chicken without the butter.

414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
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Il Baretto

A regional Italian diner that’s barely changed since 1999.

496 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
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Spice I Am

Thai restaurant loaded with energy and spice.

90 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills

Vacanza Surry Hills

Simple pizza made well with great ingredients.

414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Bodega

A slick tapas and cocktail bar with a dash of rockabilly.

216 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
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Maybe Frank Surry Hills

Northern-Italian pizza, pesto lasagne and cocktails.

417-421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Nour

Forget everything you know about Lebanese food (and restaurants).

490 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Bar Ume

Get your fill of Japanese-inspired burgers.

478 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Osteria Emilia

A pasta retailer turned restaurant.

259 Riley Street, Surry Hills
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Mark + Vinny's

A colourful vegan-friendly pasta and spritz bar.

52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills

Loluk Bistro

A little French bistro with hidden, shady courtyard out back.

2/411 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
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Raita Noda

Top contender for Sydney’s smallest restaurant, Raita Noda is an eight-seater Japanese kitchen in Surry Hills.

Shop 1 222 Riley Street, Surry Hills

Harpoon Harry

A traditional Sydney pub with a Central American twist.

Ground floor, Hotel Harry 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
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Toko Restaurant and Bar - Surry Hills

A Japanese dining experience with Western legs.

490 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Muum Maam & Tuk Shop

A lively Thai diner.

Shop 1/50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
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El Loco

Merivale's taco fiesta in a pub.

64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Mama’s Buoi Surry Hills

Home cooking, Modern Vietnamese and communal spirit collide at Mama’s Buoi.

116 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

Via Napoli Surry Hills

Authentic Neapolitan pizza on Crown Street.

628 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Butter

Sneakers and champers to go with your fried chicken.

6 Hunt Street, Surry Hills

Madame Nhu Surry Hills

Authentic Vietnamese street food and a long list of Asian beers make this mini-chain a winner.

82 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

Gogyo

Line up for luxurious, velvety ramen made with the help of science.

52-54 Albion Street, Surry Hills
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Konakara

Some of the best light ramen in Sydney.

96 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

Mohr Fish

A fresh, tasty, and simple seafood paradise.

202 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
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Wow Malaysia

A tiny restaurant serving a very different kind of Malaysian food.

1/99 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

The Burman Kitchen

Traditional Burmese food and Myanmar Lager.

614 Crown Street, Surry Hills