Darling Harbour Restaurants: Find The Best Restaurant For You

There are literally dozens and dozens of Darling Harbour restaurants.  Darling Harbour itself is pretty vast and there are many different sections within it. It’s enough to confuse the most discerning diner!

In this post we give you the low down on the best of all the different types of restaurants at Darling Harbour, then we give you ideas of where is good to eat in each of the different areas and buildings within the entire Darling Harbour area.

Check the table of contents here to skip straight to the type of Darling Harbour Restaurant you’d like to find out about.




Darling Harbour Italian Restaurants


Olivo Harbourside

Level 1 Shop 295-297, Harbourside, Darling Harbour

Phone: 02 9280 4200

Olivo Harbourside website here

Fresh and wholesome Italian cuisine is always on offer at Olivo Harbourside. From breakfasts featuring omelettes, ricotta buttermilk pancakes and homemade baked beans to the very extensive lunch and dinner menus covering all the Italian dishes you love like superb pastas and risottos, with vegetarian options, share platters and kangaroo burgers for an Australian twist. 

Olivo offers a large dining space with fabulous views over Darling Harbour to Cockle Bay and the city centre.




Darling Harbour Asian Restaurants


The Malaya

King Street Wharf, 39 Lime Street, Sydney

Phone: 02 9279 21170

Malaya website here

This is my favourite Asian restaurant down at darling Harbour and for not only sentimental reasons. The Malaya is a Sydney institution, founded in 1963 by Wong Tai See, a merchant seaman from Hong Kong.  One of the earliest restaurants to bring Asian cuisine to Sydney (and Australia) my favourite item on the menu has been the laksa… for 30 years!  The Malaya serves a huge variety of dishes from the cuisine of Southeast Asia, seafood is a speciality.

The Malaya now calls a beautiful space at King Street Wharf home, you’ll find glorious views here. A bit noisy sometimes, but then the bustle is one of its appeals.



Dragon Boat Chinese Restaurant

Level 2, Shop 445-451/2-10 Darling Drive, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour 

Phone: 02 9282 9922 + 0432 698 119

Dragon Boat website here

Choose the Dragon Boat for modern Chinese and Asian fusion food at Darling Harbour. Dragon Boat is a large and spacious restaurant with live seafood on offer and many healthy choices. There are many vegetarian options as well as lactose free and gluten free dishes. There are beaut views of the city centre skyline, and of the fireworks on Saturday nights,

Check the website for details of a special parking deal too.



Nok Nok Thai Eating House

Address: 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9267 7992

Nok Nok website here (but it is not up to date so book a table using The Fork here)

This Thai restaurant serves cuisine from all over the Thai kingdom with an emphasis on street style food and home style cooking. Being close to Tumbalong Park and the terrific darling Quarter playground, Nok Nok is especially good for families. 



Darling Harbour Seafood Restaurants

Many diners visiting Sydney will be looking to enjoy the fresh and delicious seafood that is caught daily outside Sydney Heads.  Visiting the Sydney Fish Market itself is always a treat for seafood lovers, of course. Here are the top three seafood restaurants Darling Harbour has to offer. 

Blue Fish

Shop 287 Harbourside Shopping Centre Darling Harbour 

Phone: 02 9211 0315

Blue Fish website here

Blue Fish started as a small cafe more than 20 years ago and is now a darling Harbour icon. Serving the freshest sustainable seafood, you’ll find simple favourites like the Bucket of Prawns costing $26 to enormous family sharing platters costing up to $265.

Vegetarians and vegans can avoid the seafood and enjoy Salt and Pepper Tofu, Grilled Haloumi and other dishes. 

Breakfasts, including waffles, mushrooms on toast and green eggs are served from 8am and lunch starts at 12 noon. 



Cyren Bar Grill Seafood

Harbourside Shopping Centre, 2-10 Darling Drive, Sydney
Cyren Bar Grill Seafood website here

Opne Monday – Wednesday 11.30am – 10pm and Thursday – Sunday 8am – 11pm

Cyren has a wide menu with a focus on seafood, steaks and burgers plus plenty of pizza options. This makes a terrific venue for groups and families with some passionate seafood lovers and others who like to choose from a large menu.

On the ground floor at Harbourside with plenty of outdoors seating, Cyren has marvellous views and is an excellent choice for sunny days. 



Darling Harbour Brazilian Restaurants

Braza Brazilian BBQ House

Harbourside, 1 – 25 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour 

Phone: 02 9572 7921

Braza website here

With indoor and outdoor seating, enjoy the tastes of South America and this Sydney favourite which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a yummy dessert selection too. BBQ dishes are available at every meal, and there is an emphasis on meaty meals, however vegetarians can find some options too and there are some very healthy bowl meals available too. And try the Avocado Super Drinks too and other South American superfood drinks like cupuacu and caju.

For lunch and dinner there are all you can eat churrasco offerings with many sorts of grilled meats and salads available (and veggie grills too.) The a la carte menu offers the same terrific variety, with burgets and sandwiches on offer too.



Darling Harbour Indian Restaurants

Lal Qila

King Street Wharf, 30 Lime Street, Darling Harbour 

Phone: 1300 525 745

Lal Quila website is here – 

Actually this is a Pakistani restaurant really, serving the best of Mughal cuisine and dishes from the wider sub continent too. Enjoy the exotic decor as well as the exotic dishes. Do ask for your spces to be adjusted as they will be happy to oblige. 



Darling Harbour Steakhouse Restaurants

There are several steakhouses at Darling Harbour, I definitely need to get out to explore some more.

Steersons Steakhouse

King Street Wharf, 17 Lime Street, Sydney

Phone: 02 9295 5060

Steersons Steakhouse website here

This is a family run business which has been running restaurants in Sydney since 1966. The focus is firmly on beef steaks, with many varieties to chose from and knowledgeable staff to help advise. Two local suppliers source the best Australian beef and you will not be disappointed in the wide range of steak options.

There are other options on the menu, so those who do not want steak can choose from a range of seafood, poultry and vegetarian dishes. 




darling harbour chocolate cafe guylian

The Guylian Cafe beside Darling Quarter playground is a kids fave, and mine too

Kid Friendly Restaurants: Darling Harbour


Fratelli Fresh

Address: Tenancy 2, 14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour
Phone:  02 9259 5600
Opening hours:  Monday – Sunday: 7am – 12am

Fratelli Fresh website is here

Right opposite the Chinese Gardens and close to Darling Quarter playground, is this large, airy and spacious Italian restaurant. All of the Fratelli Fresh venues are very family friendly.  Fratelli Fresh always has some cheaper pasta dishes and a kids eat free policy, one under-12 child’s main dish is free for every adult  dining.  Here you’ll fine a pizzeria, and a gelato bar plus a wide range of other Italian options.


Yots Cafe

 2 Murray St, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Yots Café is just outside the Australian National Maritime Museum. It is a very relaxed café with a good kids menu, space for prams, toilets with baby change facilities, and a big connect 4 game to entertain bored brats.


Danieli Cafe

Kiosk 1, 1-25 Harbour Street Darling Quarter,, Sydney NSW 2000

Near the Darling Quarter playground we recommend the cute little kiosk smack bang in the middle of the play equipment called Danieli Cafe. It is right near the toilets and is a great spot to have a little munch if you don’t want to leave the playground.

Their menu is reasonably priced and includes a good assortment of kid’s toasties as well as cupcakes, lollipops and icy poles.


Vesta Cafe + Ristorante

15/1-25 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000

Vesta is another really good option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This Italian inspired café has a kids menu, space for prams and offers quick service. There is also a large chess game right next to the café to entertain the offspring.


The chess board at Vesta


Hard Rock Cafe

Harbourside Centre, Darling Harbour, Level 1/2-10 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000

Another notable mention is the Hard Rock Café, read a full post here. This famous cafe offers loads of family friendly facilities and kids eat for free on Sunday arvos from 2pm – 6pm and they will also love the free face painting.

This is the favourite Darling Harbour dinner for my teenagers and is a great spot for birthday treats.



Bungalow 8

3 Lime St, Sydney NSW 2000

If the day has got all too much for you, we thoroughly recommend Bungalow 8 down on King St Wharf. This bar/pub is a place for the young and beautiful to hang out in by night, but on weekends you will find weary families in here relaxing over a cold vino or beer and they make yummy ice cream sodas for the little people.

They have a decent kids menu that doubles as a colouring sheet, and also on Sundays there is entertainment for kidlets.

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Kids loving Bungalow 8

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Kids menu and activity sheet at Bungalow 8


The Ternary at the Novotel

100 Murray St, Pyrmont NSW 2009

For a special family lunch or dinner, have a look at The Ternary Restaurant at the Novotel Darling Harbour which Seana recently reviewed here. 


The Ternery Restaurant Novotel Darling Harbour (1)

Delicious desserts at The Ternary



Pancakes On The Rocks

Harbourside Shopping Centre, Shop 230, Darling Dr, Darling Harbour NSW 2000

Kids love the old fashioned feel of this diner-style restaurant, and they adore the huge pancakes to eat too. You can get savoury as well as delicious sweet pancakes here, plus other types of meals too, so all the family should be kept happy. 


Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.

Shop E-04, International Convention Centre, 14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour

 Step into this retro burgers shack and enjoy a good old-fashioned burger with all the trimmings. The ‘concretes’ are for dessert, they are frozen custard ice cream with a wild variety of flavours and toppings. A great treat for the kids and close to the darling Quarter playground.




Brunch + Breakfast Darling Harbour 

Blackbird Cafe

Balcony Level 1, Wheat Road, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000.

Phone: 02 9283 7385

Blackbird Cafe website here

Blackbird Cafe is a large and airy restaurant serving the best of Modern Australian cuisine. One of its greatest attractions is the view over Darling Harbour especially from the balcony. The brunch menu is available from 11am – 3pm and at weekends from 8.30am – 3pm. You’ll find all the Australian classics, including smashed avocado, of course, plus full breakfasts and hearty lunch options too. The 3pm onwards menu is vast with a huge variety of entrees and mains plus pizzas of all descriptions. There are always vegan and vegetarian options too, of course.

Cockle Bay Wharf has 12 dining venues, it’s a real foodie hub. Visit Blackbird Cafe if you are looking for a Modern Australian meal.


Simplicity Cafe

King Street Wharf, 6/19 Lime Street, Sydney 

Phone: 02 9299 1486

Simplicity cafe website here

Open from 7am every morning except Sunday 8am opening.

This small cafe serves terrific takeaway or sit in breakfasts, it’s the place to come before you take any of the cruises from King Street Wharf. The coffee is great and the super healthy menu has all the old faves plus lots of healthy bowls and vegan and vegetarian options. 


Darling Harbour Moroccan Restaurant


The Kazbah 

Harbourside, 10 Darling Drive, Sydney

Phone: 02 9555 7067

Founded by Penny and Zahi Azzi, the Kazbah has been spicing up the lives of Sydneysiders for 10 years. You’ll find a huge range of Moroccan dishes, plus others from throughout the Middle East.

The waterfront views are lovely and the large tables make this a good venue for banquets with family and friends. You’ll find kebab swords. lots of different types of tagines, and all the breads and dips that Moroccan and Middle East cuisines are famous for. Expand your taste buds with a visit to Kazbah, go on Saturday  night to watch the ancient art of belly dancing too.

Kazbah website is here




Darling Harbour Vegan + Vegetarian Restaurants

I cannot find a single Darling Harbour restaurant which offers solely vegan and vegetarian food. What a surprise!  If you know of one, please please do let me know in the comments below.



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King Street Wharf Restaurants

Darling Quarter Restaurants 

Harbourside Restaurants 


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