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23 Best Surry Hills Restaurants for Lunch and Dinner

Surry Hills restaurants have a certain aura around them. No shortage of dining options, from fine dining to fast food, to hole-in-the-wall East-Asian, the inner-city Sydney suburb is bursting with great eats. With something for every occasion and price point, the best restaurants in Surry Hills are aplenty so we’ve put together a few to get you started exploring Sydney’s foodie heaven.

Here is a list of the Best Surry Hills Restaurants for Lunch and Dinner.

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Firedoor Restaurant

1. Firedoor Restaurant

A culinary experiment turned fine-dining success, Firedoor’s signature style of cooking with fire is what sets it apart. Upon a visit to this Surry Hills establishment expect smokiness, plenty of meat options and a new flavour experience that will have you coming back for more. This has been a staple of the best Surry Hills restaurants for years, and for good reason.

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery
Address:
23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills
Hours: Wed-Sat 5:30-9pm
Phone: (02) 8204 0800

Firedoor Restaurant

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Poly

2. Poly

Another one of the best restaurants in Surry Hills for fine dining, Poly is a wine bar with a delicious set menu and a la carte. The menu is the very best of modern Australian dining – the grilled potato bread served with baked potato hummus is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures.

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery
Address:
74-76 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
Hours: Tue-Fri 5-11pm, Sat 12-4pm & 5-11pm
Phone: (02) 8860 0808

Poly

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Arthur

3. Arthur Surry Hills

Affordable fine dining in a relaxed space – what more could you want? The warm interior which looks out onto Bourke streets quaint terrace houses is also an essential part of the Arthur experience. A set menu paired with the finest local wines for an additional $80 is the perfect combination for a memorable evening at one of the best Surry Hills restaurants.

Service options: Dine-in · No takeaway · No delivery
Address:
544 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Hours: Wed-Fri 6-11pm, Sat-Sun 12:30-2pm & 6-11pm
Phone: 0468 991 088

Arthur Surry Hills

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Porteno

4. Porteno

For the carnivores amongst us, Porteno is your place. This Surry Hills restaurant is a taste of authentic Argentinian BBQ with a combined wine store and tapas wine bar. We suggest trying the 42-day dry-aged riverine rib eye on the Bone if you want the full Porteno experience.

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery
Address:
50 Holt St, Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 8399 1440
Hours: Tue-Sat 6–11 pm

Porteno

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Bartolo

5. Bartolo

An all-day eatery with a prime location on Surry Hills’ bustling Crown Street, stop by Bartolo at any time of the day. We recommend coming to Bartolo if you’re in the mood for a long lunch with indulgent Italian food and an endless stream of wine being poured into your glass. Yes, they offer bottomless brunch!

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
Located in:
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Surry Hills
Address:
359 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Wed-Thur 5-11 pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12 am, Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (02) 9360 5457

Bartolo

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Bills

6. bills

Bills in Surry Hills is a sleek establishment offering some of the best food in Sydney from breakfast until late into the evening. Our favourite time to visit is breakfast time for the special occasion brekky. Start your day off with a white peach bellini paired with a ‘Fresh Aussie’ breakfast complete with gravlax, poached eggs, greens, avocado and tomatoes.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
Located in:
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Surry Hills
Address:
359 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9360 4762

bills

Chin Chin

7. Chin Chin

An exotic fusion of Australian and South-East Asian flavours, Chin Chin is a bustling foodie hub. Taking up two levels, the menu matches the space in size and there are also plenty of banquet menus to fill you up. The neon lights make this the perfect spot for a fun celebration.

Service options: Dine-in
Address:
69 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Fri 12-11:30pm, Sat 11am-11:30pm, Sun 11am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9281 3322

Chin Chin

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Nour

8. Nour

One of the best restaurants in Surry Hills for authentic, delicious Middle-Eastern flavours, Nour knows no boundaries. Take a journey through Middle Eastern towns through the charred flavours and vibrant colours of the restaurants interior. Enjoy your meal with one of Nour’s signature cocktails for the full, sensory experience.

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery
Address:
3/490 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Tues-Thurs 5:30-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-2:30pm & 5:30-10pm, Sun 10am-2:30pm
Phone: (02) 9331 3413

Nour

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Spice I Am

9. Spice I Am

If you’re like most of us who have been lucky enough to visit Thailand, Spice I Am is possibly the best Thai food outside of Thailand, right here in Surry Hills. We recommend trying the seasonal specials and leaving some extra time because the ques get long!

Address: 90 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am–3:30pm & 5:30–9:30pm
Phone: (02) 9280 0928

Spice I Am

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills The Dolphin Hotel

10. The Dolphin Hotel

The Dolphin Hotel is the answer to a classic pub that has it all – food, a wine bar, beers and a rooftop. The no-thrills menu is full of the classics, with plenty of burger and salad options. The stylish interiors and central location on Crown Street make it the perfect spot for a Sunday arvo bevvy in the sun.

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery
Address:
412 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon 24hrs, Tues-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 11:30am-12am, Sun 11:30am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9331 4800

The Dolphin Hotel

Vu best surry hills restaurants

Image: Vu Restaurant

11. Vu Restaurant

Vu Restaurant in Surry Hills is the newest venture of hospitality natives Damien Meunier and Quentin Lorentz. With 30 years of hospitality experience between them, they are ready to make their stamp on the industry with a menu that’s altogether unexpected. Featuring combinations of hero ingredients that are often unheard of, for example, the Mahi-Mahi and razor clams served with topinambour, karkalla and fumet. This is a mouthful of a dish that features some equally as explosive flavours.

Head Chef Quentin has experienced the finest culinary training under the guidance of Michelin-starred chefs who continue to inspire him to this day. If you’re looking to subvert expectations and enjoy a true culinary adventure, look no further than Vu. This is one of the best Surry Hills restaurants.

Service options: Dine-in · No takeaway · No delivery
Address:
59 Fitzroy St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Tues-Thur & Sun 5:30-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11pm
Phone: (02) 8957 8661

Vu Restaurant

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Don't Tell Aunty

12. Don’t Tell Aunty

At Don’t Tell Aunty it’s a family affair, reminiscent of the neighbourly comrade created through cooking and sharing delicious food. But here it’s a little different- Indian cuisine with a modern twist. Expect vibrant street foods, tandoori specialities and plenty of chai.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No-contact delivery
Address:
414 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Thur 5:30-10pm, Fri-Sun 11:30am-3pm & 5:30-10pm
Phone: (02) 9331 5399

Don’t Tell Aunty

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Dead Ringer

13. Dead Ringer

A cocktail bar that also has a delectable menu, you’ll be here all night long – good tunes, delicious cocktails and tasty food. The menu is seasonal and full of weekly specials. You can’t go past the Black Angus Sirloin with black garlic mustard – delish!

Service options: Dine-in · No takeaway · No delivery
Address:
413 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Thur 5-11pm, Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 10:30am-12am, Sun 10:30am-11pm
Phone: (02) 6529 0152

Dead Ringer

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Izakaya Fujiyama

14. Izakaya Fujiyama

Izakaya is one of the best restaurants in Surry Hills if you’re in the mood for Japanese. The menu is aplenty and has some delicious veggie options. Our favourite is the cauliflower Nanban for vegos or the kingfish ceviche for the ceviche lovers out there.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
Address:
38-52 Waterloo St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Thur 6-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm
Phone: (02) 9698 2797

Izakaya Fujiyama

Tokyo Bird

15. Tokyo Bird

The perfect spot for whisky, cocktails, beer and yakitori. The menu is a mix of classics and some traditional favourites with an innovative spin. The lotus root chips are a no-brainer and their Karaage chicken may very well be life-changing. For something more exciting, try their arabiki, which is a cheese sausage.

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery
Address:
Commonwealth St &, Belmore Ln, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Wed 4-11pm, Thur 4-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-12am
Phone: (02) 8880 9971

Tokyo Bird

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Bad Hombres

16. Bad Hombres

Lovers of Mexican and vegans unite! Bad Hombres may be your dream come true. Along with the tacos and nachos, there is also a long list of cocktails and great tunes. Try the cauliflower and cashew cream vegan cheese, it’s even better than the real thing!

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
Address:
40 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Tues-Sun 5:30-9pm
Phone: 0405 274 515

Bad Hombres

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills D.O.C Pizza

17. D.O.C. Pizza

You can taste the passion that is put into the pizzas at D.O.C, combined with fresh, seasonal ingredients, you can see why it’s one of the best restaurants in Surry Hills. Their pizza dough has been evolving since 1969 and there are so many delicious pizzas on the menu we can’t possibly recommend just one!

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
Address:
78 Campbell St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Wed 5-9:30pm, Thur-Sat 12-10:30pm
Phone: (02) 9211 1507

D.O.C. Pizza

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Nomad

18. NOMAD

Nomad is a celebration of the world’s finest produce and best wines in a cosy dining space in Surry Hills. The menu is full of smoky flavours, inspired by the chef’s travels through Spain, Morocco and the Middle East. The wine list is an ode to small growers making sustainable wines across the globe. Fine dining with a touch of sustainability – you can’t go wrong.

Service options: Dine-in · No takeaway · No delivery
Address:
16 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Tues 6-9:30pm, Wed-Thur 12-2:30pm & 6-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12-2:30pm & 5:30-10pm, Sun 12-2:30pm & 5:30-8:30pm
Phone: (02) 9280 3395

NOMAD

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Bar Ume

19. Bar Ume

Expect lots of sake, shochu and burgers with a Japanese flair at Bar Ume on Surry Hills’ Bourke Street. Pair your burger with one of their signature sodas made with yuzu and brown sugar. There is also an entire section of the menu dedicated to sauce and mayo!

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
Address:
478 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Thur 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-9:30pm, Sun 5-9pm
Phone: (02) 9380 7333

Bar Ume

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Butter

20. Butter Surry Hills

Butter is a hybrid like no other, combining sneakers, fried chicken and champagne in one location in Surry Hills. This doesn’t mean they are complacent with their food menu though, which goes above and beyond the classics. They have Nutella fries and the ‘Butter Box’ which includes most things on the menu!

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
Address:
6 Hunt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Wed 11:30am-10:30pm, Thur-Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 12-9:30pm
Phone: (02) 8283 9146

Butter Surry Hills

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Gogyo

21. Gogyo

Gogyo’s appreciation of Japanese food and culture has cemented its spot as one of the best restaurants in Surry Hills. This isn’t just another ramen restaurant- their broths and miso stocks are life-changing. Paired with some of their delicious bar snacks and extensive bar menu, you’ll be leaving full and happy.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
Address:
52-54 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Sun 12-2:30pm & 6-9pm
Phone: (02) 9212 0003

Gogyo

Best Restaurants in Surry Hills Vacanza Pizzeria

22. Vacanza Pizzeria

If you’re missing travelling, Vacanza will transport you back to the vibrant, narrow streets of Italy. With two locations in Surry Hills and Bronte, Vacanza prides itself in its truly authentic, no-fuss pizza menu. The restaurant is also BYO so perch yourself on the outside seating and people-watch as the evening passes you by.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
Address:
414 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Thur 5:30-11pm, Fri-Sat 12-3:30pm & 5:30-11pm, Sun 12-3pm & 5:30-10pm
Phone: (02) 8964 6414

Vacanza

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23. Yulli’s

One of the first plant-based eateries in Sydney, Yulli’s has paved the way for the vegan and gluten-free fine dining scene. With plenty of events including live art, spoken word, film nights and live music, there is always something going on. And yes, the famed Yulli’s brewery was also born here- so expect an array of delicious brews as well.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
Address:
417 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon 5-9:30pm, Tues-Sun 12-9:30pm
Phone: (02) 9319 6609

Yulli’s

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General FAQs

What is the best restaurant on Crown Street in Surry Hills?

According to the most recent Google Reviews, Nour is the top-rated restaurant on Crown Street, Surry Hills. That being said, Bills and Chin Chin are regular fan favourites and worth making the trip in for.

Where is the best place for lunch in Surry Hills Sydney?

While there are plenty of great sports for lunch in Surry Hills, those after a long lunch should head to Bills. The charismatic staff and energetic atmosphere lends itself perfectly to a weekend special event.

What is the best restaurant for dinner in Surry Hills Sydney? is the best restaurant for dinner in Surry Hills Sydney?

If you are chasing a great dinner in Surry Hills, you are in luck. The Sydney suburb is loaded with great options, however, the top-rated restaurant in Surry Hills via Google Reviews is Nomad.

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Aimee O’Keefe is a Sydney-based freelance writer with a background in fashion, entertainment and technology coverage. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney and has previously worked with Universal Magazines and the Ministry of Style. She currently works as Content Writer for a leading digital marketing agency.