5 of the best restaurants to drink wine in Sydney

5 of the best restaurants to drink wine in Sydney

by McWilliam's Wines, 17 October 2017

With some of the best sommeliers working in Sydney, here is our list of 5 unmissable places to eat beautiful food and drink great wine. 

Manta Restaurant 

Manta Restaurant & Bar offers diners the chance to experience Australia’s finest produce. Executive Chef, Daniel Hughes and Head Chef, Steve Hetherington work with local farmers and artisans to ensure only the best is sourced for their customers. From 100% grass fed beef grown on the Rubis’ family farm in Queensland, to the sustainably caught local seafood – Manta is committed to showcasing what Australia has to offer. Located on the iconic Woolloomooloo Wharf and boasting some of the city’s best Sydney Harbour dining experiences and city skyline views, there is not a finer location to drink or dine.

What to eat: Sourdough crumbed King George whiting

What to drink: McW 660 Reserve Tumbarumba Pinot Noir

A view to envy while sipping on some stunning wines from our extensive award winning wine list. There’s a perfect drop for you. #mantawinelist

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Steel Bar and Grill

Steel Bar and Grill offers a unique dining experience within a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. The open plan kitchen is central to the experience which provides a theatre-style preparation with the modern Australian menu delivering everything from a light meal to an impressive range of steaks prepared on the Argentinean wood-fire grill.

What to eat: O’Connor premium black Angus scotch fillet

What to drink: McW 480 Hilltops Shiraz

Read more: In conversation with Always Wining at Steel Bar and Grill

No.10 Bistro

No.10 Bistro is a superb contemporary bistro located in the CBD’s oldest public building, The Mint. Guests can enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the elegant dining rooms or alfresco on the balcony overlooking the Macquarie Street precinct. No. 10 Bistro offers a sophisticated and innovative wine list showcasing unique, handcrafted Australian wines developed by leading Sommelier, Samantha Payne.

What to eat: Housemade potato gnocchi

What to drink: Hanwood Estate 1913 Series Vermentino

Otto Ristorante

Vivi Bene, Mangia Bene’, meaning ‘to live well, is to eat well’, has always been the focus at Otto Ristorante. Friendly, welcoming and impeccable service, sensational views and a waterside location added to simple, fine food make Otto Ristorante a great venue for any occasion. Chef Richard Ptacnik reinvents the flavours of Italy, embracing all that is local, seasonal and artisanal, with a spirit that is distinctly Italian.

What to eat: Duck breast, grapes, rhubarb, radicchio, pistachio, sherry

What to drink: McW 660 Reserve Tumbarumba Pinot Noir

Read more: 9 Essential Wine & Seafood Pairings

Aqua Dining

A refined award winning restaurant, both modern and minimalistic in design, that boasts unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour. The menu and extensive wine list are matched with professional service to complete the dining experience.

What to eat: Blue cod, broad bean, mulberry, smoked soy

What to drink: McW 480 Tumbarumba Sauvignon Blanc


This article is in partnership with the Citibank Dining Program, enjoy free wine every time you dine!

  1. Mention you’re a Citibank cardholder at partner restaurants.
  2. Choose your free bottle of wine from the Citibank selection.
  3. Pay for your meal with your Citibank card.

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