North Sydney, New South Wales Food Guide: 10 Australian food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Neutral Bay

October 3, 2019 Jasper Kershner

Reviews on Australian food in Neutral Bay, North Sydney, New South Wales including Monte Alto Eatery & Bar, Woodland Kitchen & Bar, Thelma & Louise, The Botanist, Sails on Lavender Bay, The Wooden Whisk, The Gantry Restaurant, William Blue Dining, Restaurant Plage, The Tea Cosy
Things to do in Neutral Bay

10. The Tea Cosy

33 George St The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia Irish, Australian Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Table Service [email protected] +61 401 730 504 http://www.theteacosy.com.au
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4 based on 349 reviews

The Tea Cosy

Reviewed By itd-be-rude-not-to

This is hands down the best scones you'll get in Sydney. Their Grandstand tea set (similar to afternoon tea) is basic but fantastic, I prefer this to the expensive high teas around the city.

9. Restaurant Plage

U 8 255 Military Rd, Cremorne, North Sydney, New South Wales 2090 Australia French, Japanese, Australian, Contemporary Dinner Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +61 2 8384 9043 https://www.plagerestaurant134.com/
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4 based on 60 reviews

Restaurant Plage

Reviewed By bukbuk51

Exquisite Japanese subtleties and french flair are the promise and the promise is delivered in abundance. A simple suburban streetscape and decor may not adequately set the scene for the taste sensations that abound. Shared plates or bespoke dishes - your choice. We tried sublime octopus, mushrooms and eggplant for starters followed by gnocci (japanese? french?) and scampi - if we had not shared, it would have led to jealousy and food fights.

8. William Blue Dining

107 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia Australian Dinner, Lunch Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +61 2 9492 3290 http://www.williamblue.edu.au
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4 based on 374 reviews

William Blue Dining

Reviewed By TravelProNY

Based on TA review, visited this restaurant for dinner. Compare to regular fine restaurant, food was as good as others. Service on the other hand, it was obvious that they are students. Nothing is wrong about it. They are trying hard to learn and experience. No cocktails, just wine or beer. Overall you can enjoy quality food with reasonable budget. Very popular. Should make reservation far in advance.

7. The Gantry Restaurant

11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia Australian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +(61)82989910 http://www.thegantry.com.au/
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4 based on 400 reviews

The Gantry Restaurant

Reviewed By Higuma2017

The food is absolutely delicious. Heavenly fresh oysters, nice and tender kangaroo, excellent kingfish sashimi, glorious braised tongue and fried sweetbread. The prices are high, but lower than some other inferior places. I must say that service for drinks was rather slow, but compensated by that lovely ray of sunshine that brightened our dinner: Rivera. I just wish all restaurants could have such sunny service as Rivera offers. Congratulations to the Gantry.

6. The Wooden Whisk

SE 8 38-46 Albany St, St Leonards, North Sydney, New South Wales 2065 Australia Cafe, Australian Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service [email protected] +61 2 8068 0758 http://www.woodenwhisk.com.au/
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4 based on 116 reviews

The Wooden Whisk

Reviewed By scrank

We had our typically weekly visit to The Wooden Whisk today (20/March) and we quickly noticed something was very different. Apart from one recognised and brilliant waitress that again took our order today, there was not the regular smiling faces we have been so fond of for the past 3 years. We have enjoyed having our babies in prams assisted with carrying down (and back up) the stairs, informally and kindly reserving for us half of the communal table with a quick Saturday morning phone call for our team of toddler triplets, and the ultra consistent great coffee, fresh meals and the best service bar none in the area and beyond. On asking the waitress today that we have known from there for many months if there had been a change in ownership, she confirmed today was the first day under new owners. The kitchen staff remained, the one waitress remained too, everyone else was new to the Wooden Whisk. This post is just to say thank you to the previous owners and team over the past 3+ years. You did an incredible job and made a sit down at your cafe, far more than just a meal and/or coffee. Our children learned to eat at a restaurant (not always appropriately) at your great venue. I am glad I got to say to the barista (presumed part owner), whilst unbeknownst to me that it would be the last time, that she had just served me the best coffee, I had ever had…and I have 3 coffees a day for at least the past decade! Whilst obviously sad to see you go, you have absolutely nailed it with the timing I would suggest (the downturn is indeed coming and it's likely to be sharp) and we hope your next chapter is an exciting and great one. You all deserve it. To the new owners and team, the cafe atmosphere has changed for us literally overnight so we are unlikely to be back, however, you have retained high quality kitchen staff and a waitress that is as good as the WW had in all the time we visited…and they had many great ones. We wish you the best of luck and hope it goes well for you all. Cheers,Scott Crank

5. Sails on Lavender Bay

2 Henry Lawson Ave, McMahons Point, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060 Australia Contemporary, Australian, Seafood Lunch, Dinner Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +61 2 9955 5998 http://www.sailslavenderbay.com
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4 based on 541 reviews

Sails on Lavender Bay

Sails on Lavender Bay is perched on the shore of Sydney’s magnificent harbour with post card views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It is the perfect venue for those wanting to experience the quintessential beauty of the city. Sails on Lavend

Reviewed By Jinny57

I cannot fault the quality of this restaurant’s seafood. The gin cured kingfish with fresh crab was delicious as was the Pink Snapper and the Trevalla. My husband also enjoyed his seared scallops immensely. The staff were fabulous. Very professional without being intrusive. Harbour views are always a bonus. The only issue is parking which is difficult as there really is only street parking. I would recommend catching the ferry or an Uber / taxi. There is however a single disabled parking spot across the road. Very happy to recommend and to return.

4. The Botanist

17 Willoughby St, Kirribilli, North Sydney, New South Wales 2061 Australia Bar, Australian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music +61 2 9954 4057 http://www.thebotanist.com.au
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4 based on 296 reviews

The Botanist

Reviewed By HedleyRoman

We arrive at 6pm knowing our table must be free for 8pm service. We are advised that they need the table back at 7.30 - seriously. We argue for 8pm at 7.45pm we are told to finish up - we need the table back - you think?? Then when we try to split the bill we have to do our own maths - apparently dividing a bill in half is too difficult at 7.53pm when YOU NEED THE TABLE BACK. Never again.Firstly, please let me apologise for the experience you at The Botanist Kirribilli Friday night, I was a extremely saddened to hear of this and to know that's the impression you left with, which is a million and one miles from the experience we deliver here. I have just returned from annual leave and would be very grateful to get the opportunity to hear about your visit. If you wouldn't mind to reach out direct at [email protected] and provide me with a contact number so I can talk through this with you. I very much appreciate your time in advance. Warmest regards, Matty - General Manager

3. Thelma & Louise

Shop 1 1 Hayes St, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, New South Wales 2089 Australia Cafe, Australian Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +61 2 9953 7754 http://www.thelmaandlouise.com.au
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4 based on 286 reviews

Thelma & Louise

Reviewed By graham t

This restaurant has been here in one guise or another for ages. It is situated next to the ferry wharf and has great views of the bay. It is decorated in wild colours and sells cakes, pastries and gnomes.The menu is small and distinctly Italian with the usual entrees and mains and a few specials. We ordered an antipasto for four with some breads. It was way too big for and entree but filled with the usual meats, cheese and vegetables. The accompanying bread was over cooked and almost inedible. For mains one ordered lamb mince, another pork mince in iceberg lettuce leaves (Italian san choi bow) both of which we deemed excellent by our friends. My wife and I ordered the risotto which had very little seafood, just 3 smallish prawns, about half a dozen muscles and a somewhat weird tasting risotto. Not recommended. We called it quits and went home for coffee and cake. The wine we ordered was rather a poor chardonnay and certainly not worth the price. I had beer.Service was rushed as the place was full for Saturday lunch and a bit cursory. The restaurant was very noisy and conversation with our friends almost impossible.Perhaps I ordered unwisely but I will not be going back.Thankyou for your feedback tho it seems very confusing!!! Firstly we are not “distinctly Italian” we are Australian with a middle eastern flair in our menu hence “labne zaatar sumac Fatoush felafel” clearly written on our menu! 2ndly I served you and you ordered a beer as you did not want wine! So it had nothing to do with the Chardonnay taste as it was a beer you went straight too! We are a small local cafe and offer a limited variety of wine and beers as we do not open at night and we choose not to carry a large wine selection as it would not fit our trading hours! I’m sorry we are being reviewed negatively for running a successful business that was at full capacity on a Saturday lunch it may suit you better to pack some sandwiches (and lots of seafood) and pack a tally and head to your local park and sit somewhere with your friends (that is very quiet) so you can enjoy a lunch that isn’t to big or “Italian”?????? Peace and love M

2. Woodland Kitchen & Bar

19-25 Grosvenor St, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, New South Wales 2089 Australia Contemporary, Australian Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +61 2 9904 3400 http://www.woodlandkitchen.com.au/
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4 based on 152 reviews

Woodland Kitchen & Bar

Reviewed By Trevor B

A night out in Sydney to a recommended place. Absolutely well worth the visit. The food was great and the service too. I'm not a great steak eater as it often disappoints, but very happy to report that the medium rare that the chef produced was superb... seems it is cooked on a wood grill... great. Coul;dn't fault all the fare.Thank you for taking the time to review us Trevor. We are delighted to hear that your enjoyed your dinner with us - especially since you were recommended to come here. I am really happy to see that your expectations were met, perhaps even exceeded. We are known for our amazing steaks, so i am pleased we got this right for you. Next time you are in Sydney, hopefully you will come back to see us again. Until then, maybe you could also recommend us to others? We are a small business to we always appreciate the word of mouth advertising! thanks. :) Warm Regards, Jenni

Top 10 restaurants in Neutral Bay, Australia

1. Monte Alto Eatery & Bar

300 Pacific Hwy Shop 3, Crows Nest, North Sydney, New South Wales 2065 Australia Australian Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Table Service [email protected] +61 2 9438 2750 http://montealto.com.au
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4 based on 39 reviews

Monte Alto Eatery & Bar

Monte Alto is a Modern Restaurant & Bar, located in Crows Nest, in Sydney’s Lower North Shore. Serving creative Modern Australian cuisine, with high quality produce, providing premium coffee, a wide range of cocktails and a selective collection of Whisky

Reviewed By tecp85

The food was average. For Entre we had the crostini and meatballs. Main we shared the coffee rubbed pork and garden salad. Desert, we shared the brownie and panna cota. If it wasn't half price i would have rated tonight's experience less than average. Everything was served so fast there is no way it was made to order...None of the dishes were memorable. Deserts were way below par... Could have been a really cute venue. If only the food lived up to its standards.

Top 10 Things to do in Neutral Bay, Australia

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