Vegan food is having a moment in Sydney. If we're talking about the higher end of dining, there's never been a better time to go animal-products free. In 2018 we got two sharp, almost-fine-dining restaurants that just happen to be plant-based: Paperbark and Alibi. Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt, meanwhile, have begun offering vegan menus at Yellow, their lauded vegetarian restaurant.

And we still have affordable options spanning pizza, burgers, sushi, pho, gelato and pub classics. Some of our picks aren't 100 per cent vegan, but all offer a substantial selection of animal-product-free dishes.

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Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Sydney

Paperbark

A plant-based diner from the teams behind Alfie’s Kitchen and Verd, with a menu mixing cuisines, peppered with native Australian ingredients.

8/18 Danks Street, Waterloo
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Alibi

The Ovolo Hotel's in-house restaurant was set up with help from renowned chef Mathew Kenney, who's been instrumental in popularising vegan food in the United States. Try the kimchi dumplings with red cabbage puree and ginger foam.

Ground Floor, Ovolo Hotel, 6 Cowper Street Wharfway, Woolloomooloo
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Yellow

Sydney's first fine-dining restaurant devoted to plants also offers five- and seven-course set vegan menus with matched wines.

57 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Bad Hombres

Supposedly, this restaurant from Sean McManus and Toby Wilson is a pop-up. But Wilson's credible interpretation of traditional Mexican food has proven so popular, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon.

40 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
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The Gantry

Artful, surprising degustations by the water, and if you pick the vegan option, it's without a single animal product on the plate.

11 Hickson Road, Sydney
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Bodhi

A Sydney Taoist vegan institution serving yum cha and a big menu of dishes to share.

2-4 College Street, Sydney

Gigi's Pizzeria

This pizzeria was well respected and established before it went full vegan (well, almost fully) in 2015. Step in for classic Neapolitan pizzas made with nut-based cheeses.

379 Kings Street, Newtown

Mark + Vinny's

A colourful vegan-friendly pasta and spritz bar.

52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills

Little Turtle

An all-vegan Thai restaurant with “fish” curry and a special take on “Buffalo wings”.

10-14 Stanmore Road, Enmore

Otto Ristorante

Most diners just know this as the place to eat refined Italian food in the sun, but the kitchen also offers six-course vegan and vegetarian tasting menus, complete with matched wines.

Area 8 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo

The Green Lion

Sydney's first vegan pub offers everything you'd expect: burgers, schnitties, curry and more.

726 Darling Street, Rozelle

Yulli's

There's a bit of everything at this Crown Street classic, from tandoori cauliflower to san choy bow. Bonus: a brief vegan wine list.

417 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Soul Burger

With four locations and counting, Sydney's first entirely plant-based burger joint is proof you don't need beef to make and sell a good burger.

49 Perouse Road, Randwick

The Hold

If you're the kind of vegan that goes for mock meat, this dim, lively bar with an extensive burger menu is worth a visit.

Shop 4 Sydney Road Plaza, Manly