A locals guide to restaurants in Sydney’s Potts Point : A LOCAY guide
This past year has certainly been a wild ride and a particularly challenging one for the hospitality industry. Yet, through it all, Potts Point continues to shine brighter than ever.
With no shortage of restauranteurs pushing the boundaries of innovation and creativity, Potts Point remains one of Sydney’s premier dining destinations. From simple, no-fuss BYO street eats to exquisite fining dining or late-night nitrogen cocktails, there are a dizzying number of dining options to choose from, which is why we have done the hard work for you.
Your culinary adventure awaits, read on!
If you’re staying at The Jensen, you’ll be lucky enough to have these guys as your neighbours. A modern take on the Izakaya-style eatery, the award-winning minimalist interior provides the perfect backdrop for this fast-paced restaurant. From more traditional dishes to modern twists on Japanese cuisine, the eclectic menu really packs a punch when it comes to flavour.
It is hard to choose just one dish (trust us!), so we recommend getting a few plates to share and taking your tastebuds on a journey. Communal benches and large tables make this spot ideal for large groups or solo diners. Pull up a stool at the concrete bar and get eating!
Best washed down with a sake or two …
Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a large feast, these guys have got you covered. And even better, it’s BYO, so grab a bottle of your favourite wine from the shop round the corner and you’re all set!
This popular restaurant can get busy but tables open up quickly. However, if you want to be certain of getting a seat we do recommend booking in advance.
Dumplings and Beer has been doing a roaring trade since opening in late 2014, so it’s little wonder then that the owners have opened two more venues in Sydney.
Comfort food and drink at its best.
Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in the area and a veritable Potts Point institution. If you’re looking for authentic Italian food and hospitality, you don’t want to miss this.
The restaurant is buzzing from early morning breakfast or brunch, right through to late night dinners. You’ll find their alfresco dining is just as good for an early morning espresso as it is a late evening Aperol. Or if you prefer inside, the stylish modern take on old-school vinyl seating and booths will transport you back to the heyday of Italian dining that this restaurant celebrates
Mouth-watering ragu and lasagnetta will transport you to the Amalfi coast – almost! Paired with an extensive hand-picked wine list featuring everything from Australian Pinots to Italian Orange wines, this really is too good to miss. Oh and we dare you to resist a slice of their ‘oh so decadent’ tiramisu for dessert.
Enter as a stranger, leave as a friend. No frills authentic Italian that won’t break the bank.
A Jensen favourite, since literally forever. And very much an important player in the history of Potts Point.
First opening in 1943, the Roosevelt was a popular haunt for American soldiers taking their Australian girlfriends for a night out. In 1947, Abe Saffron, referred to as the “King of the Cross”, purchased the nightclub. Looking to bring the glamour and class of Las Vegas New York to Sydney, he frequently flew in big names such as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr to perform.
When you walk through these doors, you step back in time – traditional cocktails, crystal glassware, velvet booths and low lighting provide the ambience of a bygone era. Wash down a long lunch with a martini, or a late dinner with classic cocktails, followed by a top-shelf whisky, the choice is yours.
Located just off Orwell Street, this laneway is host to some of Potts Point’s top casual dining restaurants. Neon signage galore brings back memories of the once-famous Kings Cross red-light district just round the corner.
With so many mouth-watering delights to choose from it’s hard to decide.
Some Locay favorites include:
Comfort food that celebrates the exquisite flavours of Asia. Open since 2019, the menu combines the exotic and rich taste of asian spices with a Japanese touch.
Adventurous Asian fusion food that is both delicious and affordable.
We recommend sinking your teeth into a pillowy pork belly bao or tucking into a bowl of tender wagyu beef rendang.
Celebrating the humble grape from cellar door to your glass, this quirky wine bar has a phenomenal selection of wines from Australia and around the world. Pop in for a glass or try out their creative, seasonal menu and let the knowledgable staff guide you through pairing the perfect drop with a bite to eat.
Although they do allow walk-ins, it’s advised to book a table if you’re looking to dine here.
Sometimes simple is best, and you can’t go past a cafe that does breakfast and lunch really well. At Room Ten, you can be sure to find great coffee, classic salads, breakfasts, and sandwiches. Their all-day breakfast features many of the usual suspects, but the Brekkie Rice, with creamed red rice, quinoa, walnuts, pepitas, stewed rhubarb and dukkah is a local favourite. And watch out for the weekly rotating single-origin coffee.
If you’re looking for a good lunch fix with quality produce, you’ve found it. But be prepared to wait, this is arguably THE most popular place for brunch in the neighbourhood. We promise you, it is absolutely worth it.
With new bars and eateries popping up all over the place, along with so many well-loved institutions, there has never been a better time to eat and drink your way through Potts Point. Whether you are on the hunt for a late-night feast or a primo morning brew, Potts Point truly does have it all covered.
BOOK your next LOCAY stay at The Jensen and enjoy your own ride through flavour town!