Darling Harbour dining: What’s hot on the waterfront
DARLING HARBOUR is one of the premier dining and entertainment precincts in Sydney. It’s the place not only for Sydney’s first time tourists but also for experienced travellers. Whatever is on your ‘to do list’ when you come to Sydney—rest assured that Darling Harbour has it. Whether you pop down during the day or at night, Darling Harbour never sleeps. This waterside hub is filled with a variety of dining experiences from fine dining to cheap eats.
Harbourside is a very popular precinct where you’ll soon discover cuisines from all over the world. At Harbourside you’ll find Zaaffran’s awardwinning contemporary Indian cuisine. Zaaffran serves authentic Indian food, brilliantly presented, with breathtaking harbour and city skyline views.
Try Criniti’s for Southern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on traditional cooking methods to create flavoursome dishes. Spanning across the balcony level of Harbourside Shopping Centre and boasting the most desirable location in Darling Harbour, head to Harbour Bar and Kitchen for a celebration of all things smokey, charred and succulent, served directly from the roaring coal oven. As day turns into night and you are looking for a little entertainment visit Kingpin Bowling and test your skills, or for those that like the idea of relaxing late into the night, Cohibar is the perfect location for a harbourside cocktail.
Nearby, Darling Quarter is a vibrant community precinct. Walk through Darling Quarter and close your eyes to be transported to every corner of the world via an incredible range of cafés, wine bars and eateries.
On the city side of Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf ensures visitors will have little trouble finding a great place to eat. Steersons Steakhouse combines top quality Australian beef and wines with spectacular water views. The open plan waterside venue gives diners a modern and sleek steakhouse experience.
Georges Mediterranean Bar & Grill offers mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine using the finest and freshest ingredients. This modern waterfront haven offers bar dwellers and diners an inviting fresh ambience.
Feast on fantastic Italian fare inspired by simple, fresh ingredients at Casa Ristorante Italiano. Enjoy fresh seafood as you dine alfresco at Bungalow 8, or relax in the spacious outdoor beer garden at Cargo Bar, with its famous gourmet pizzas. Dine on tapas at The Loft, also home to a sophisticated and stylish cocktail bar, or for succulent seafood head to Nick’s Bar and Grill.
If you are in the mood for Asian, King Street Wharf has you covered, with the exotic aromas of India at Manjit’s @ The Wharf, authentic Malaysian cuisine at The Malaya and delicious Japanese dishes at Kobe Jones. Be awed by the culinary showmanship at Wharf Teppanyaki, or the mouthwatering ‘paddock to plate’ menu at Meat District Co., then head to Beer Deluxe for a cold craft beer and great entertainment. Vessel offers three distinctive spaces; a café, bar and Italian dining. Whether you’re after a quick breakfast and espresso, dinner with friends, or a relaxing drink by the harbour, Vessel has something for everyone.
There are plenty of places to party in King Street Wharf, home to some of Sydney’s hottest nightclubs and bars. Splash out on cocktails by the water, shout a round for your friends or just sit back and soak in the atmosphere.
There’s no better way to experience Sydney’s iconic harbour than to explore the culinary playground that is Cockle Bay Wharf. Located on the CBD side of Darling Harbour just a few minutes’ walk from Chinatown lies this exciting precinct bustling with energy.
There are a variety of restaurants and cafés with menus you can really sink your teeth into. From fresh seafood, authentic Italian dishes, and hawkerstyle Malaysian cuisine, to modern Australian—each venue offers a truly unique experience.
Cockle Bay Wharf offers you some of Sydney’s best restaurants, with a picturesque waterfront view to match!
For meat prepared by the crackles of a fire, or cooked on a spit rotisserie head to Hunter & Barrel. Dine out on a modern take of ancient rituals and the elements of nature. Feel like seafood, check out Nick’s Seafood or sandwiches and snacks at Nick’s Café & Bar.
While away the day and sip on exotic cocktails at Blackbird, which overlooks breathtaking Darling Harbour. Their menu caters for all tastes from steak to Italian and Asian. Grab some delicious Italian at Baia The Italian, and finish off with a sumptuous chocolate-filled dessert at the Lindt Chocolate Café.
If after-hours entertainment and cocktails at an electrifying cosmopolitan nightclub is more to your liking, the bars and nightclub at Cockle Bay Wharf will have you dancing ‘till dawn. Head to Home Nightclub, or grab a drink at Pontoon to end your night at Cockle Bay Wharf with a bang!
So whether it’s a catch up with friends or an intimate dinner for two, Darling Harbour is the perfect place for your next meal.
Left: Darling Quarter. Photo: John Marmaras.
Top left: Georges Mediterranean Bar & Grill.
Left: Hunter & Barrel, Cockle Bay Wharf.