Leichhardt's Aperitivo is a pizzeria and restaurant that specialises in small share plates. Perfect for aperitivo hour, these appetisers pack a tasty punch. Over and above the delicious cuisine, this rustic-style venue also delivers quality with their curated menu of boutique wines.
With a name like that, you’d better believe the appetisers are bang on at Aperitivo. Located on Leichhardt’s Norton Street (aka Little Italy), the rustic restaurant-slash-pizzeria serves a curated selection of aperitivo dishes to accompany their boutique wine selection. Zucchini flowers filled with fresh ricotta, classic antipasti, sautéed mussels, and deep-fried calamari are ready to whet your appetite.
Capriccio Osteria & Bar is easily recognisable from the other Italian eateries on Norton Street with its fruity lemon motif, shown throughout the restaurant. The light, bright and minimal interiors allow the simple and approachable dishes to take centre stage. Best enjoyed with friends, Capriccio is a perfect lunch and dinner destination.
While we’re on the Italian front, Capriccio Osteria & Bar does approachable, modern Italian. It’s simple, with no fusion. The kitchen is run by former Lucio's Head Chef Nicole Bampton, with their best work in making fresh pasta and focaccia on premise. The minimalist fit out brings warmth to the venue featuring, a glass entrance and bright coloured plates. It’s an Italian pitstop worthy of both lunch and dinner. And most importantly, should be shared between friends.
Moretti Ristorante Pizzeria
Situated in Leichhardt, Sydney’s own little Italy, Caffe Moretti is often heard before it’s seen. Italians fill this Norton Street favourite and many a heated conversation can be heard spilling through the glass doors as friends and families debate the most recent soccer match or dissect the movie they’ve just seen at The Palace Cinema next door. Bursting with patrons this Inner West haunt stays true to the ‘less is more’ rule. The dough is perfectly cooked, each topping carefully ...
Creek and Cella
No matter how you spent your morning, Creek & Cella is a suitable afternoon retreat. The wine bar is best enjoyed in the later sun-kissed hours, with sliced to order charcuterie and cheese accompanying organic wines, locally sourced beer and classic cocktails. For those a little more peckish, the locally sourced seasonal menu has a range of share plates and solo meals. Reuben sandwich anyone?
The Bald Faced Stag
Whether you’re after a burger or a live gig, The Bald Faced Stag has you covered. The old hotel has been revamped to cater to the latest American burger trends as well as covering traditional pub classics. If you find yourself along Parramatta Road stop drop in to the beer garden, or time it to catch some live music as well. An old classic with a modern touch on the menu.
Grappa Ristorante e Bar
Leichhardt is the Sydney home of Italian, and Grappa is one of its many kitchens. With a southern and northern Italian menu of both fresh and hearty dishes, it has something for everyone. From grilled scampi and yellow fin tuna carpaccio to brown butter sage ravioli, seafood is at the heart of their menu. An excellent dinner spot between a big group of friends or the family, and a long lunch doesn’t disappoint here either.
Booth St Bistro
Booth Street Bistro brings modern European cuisine to the streets of Annandale. This local eatery is not only known for its beautifully plated dishes but its chic interiors. Serving all-day breakfast and lunch 6 days-a-week, at dinner be sure to upgrade your experience with wine and dessert.
White Cockatoo Hotel
Serving schnitzels so large they need a platter instead of a plate, West Village in Petersham are serious about their schnitzel. The crumbed veal specialty is tender, crunchy and served with a zesty lemon, caper and burnt butter sauce, and German mashed potato on the side. If planning to drop in on a Saturday night, take our advice and book ahead.
To eat a meal cooked by the Chef of the Year, head to Sixpenny in Stanmore. Helmed by Daniel Puskas, who was awarded for his ability to create pared-back dishes with complex yet complementary flavours. The restaurant itself won two Chef Hats, thanks to its ever-changing Modern Australian menu. It’s famous for its venison tartare, but the Rangers Valley scotch fillet with mushroom and masala is just as good. Housed in a corner terrace near Stanmore station, Sixpenny oozes elegant ...
Bar Asia (Annandale)
Bar Asia dishes up authentic Asian street food in the main hub of Annandale. Their menu is teeming with classic Vietnamese and Thai flavours and they also offer gluten-free options. Take a seat in the minimalist restaurant that has cool wall art or take your meal to go.
The Salisbury Hotel is a historic pub in the heart of Stanmore. A community watering hole, as you enter be sure to check out the framed portraits of locals hanging on the walls. This recently renovated, kid-friendly venue is made up of the Public Bar, The Salisbury Kitchen and outdoor Brew Truck Bar. The menu has all your favourite classics and there are different events each night throughout the week.
The legendary Oxford Tavern has been lovingly restored to its former glory as Petersham’s local pub. The new ‘Tav’ sports a list of locally owned and independent brews, alongside a revamped food menu that has excited locals queuing at the door. Maintaining its pub charm, the team have reintroduced free live music sessions every week and wild weekend parties. Inspired by its rich and colourful history, this is a venue that doesn't take itself too seriously, so look forward to ...
In Haberfield, this izakaya (a tapas-style bar) is buzzing every night of the week thanks to its authentic yakitori. The skewers are roasted over traditional Japanese grilling tables, and the long list of aged whiskies and sake is a Japanophile’s dream. While you’re there, order the steamed gyoza and enoki mushroom and thank us later.
Renowed for its traditional Italian cuisine, La Disfida is a popular Haberfield eatery. Serving wood fired pizzas fresh out of their stone oven, all meals at La Disfida are designed to share and the weekly menu specials are worth a look at. This restaurant is fully licensed, with BYO wine available, making it a perfect spot for your next group dinner.
The Annandale Hotel is one of the most iconic pubs in the Inner West and is known for its friendly and welcoming vibe.There’s always something happening at The Annandale with great tunes providing the soundtrack to a typical night at the pub. The classic pub fare has been curated by Burgers by Josh and no visit to The Annandale is complete without sampling one of their cocktails.
Gloria's Portuguese Restaurant
The restaurant that ignited Petersham’s love affair with Portuguese fare, Gloria’s Café has been a staple on Petersham’s foodie map since it opened nearly 30 years ago. Gloria Belinha is the heart, soul and original pastry chef behind Gloria’s mouth-watering menu that includes hearty Portuguese classics such as feijoada, red bean stew, salt dried codfish, and Porco Alentejana, diced pork with clams. And of course, you need to wash it all down with a glass or two of Sangria. The ...
Renowned for its range of Italian sweets (don’t go past their famous ricotta cannoli), this Italian bakery-come-deli also sees crowds gather each morning to stock up on home-baked breads, pizza slices, Sicilian style sandwiches and antipasti - so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Originally founded in Haberfield, Pasticceria Papa has now expanded to include branches in both Bondi and Five Dock. You’d be loath to call yourself a Sydneysider if you haven’t had the pleasure of sampling Haberfield’s proudest export, ...
Another contender for best Portuguese chicken in Sydney, Silvas takes authentic charcoal chicken to another level, as well as grilled sardines, buttery pipis, garlic prawns and other seafood dishes they’re famous for. So famous in fact, you can expect to see a line out the door for takeaway orders and a waitlist to dine in. The locals aren’t complaining though and always come prepared for the heartiest of feasts, with monster servings and often a side of chips and rice ...
Costa Do Sol
If you’re looking for a home-cooked meal from the heart, book a table at Costa Do Sol. Family owned and run by Braga and Lisbon natives, Joao and Maria, Costa Do Sol serves up modern twists on traditional Portuguese dishes to well-fed locals and visitors looking for a true taste of Portugal. Seafood paella, salt dried codfish, and chargrilled quail are regular crowd pleasers, as is the Portuguese steak skewer or bife a Portuguesa. Served with ham, egg and potato ...
Housed in a converted post office, Haberfield's Il Goloso Cafe serves up authentic Italian cuisine. This casual eatery has both indoor and outdoor seating with an undeniably classic Italiano vibe. Il Goloso's menu draws on influences from traditional Central and Northern Italian dishes, and the locals can't get enough!
UTS Haberfield Club
Boasting panoramic bay views through the large windows and terrace, UTS Haberfield Club is a sports club-cum-dining destination. Serving up refined pub bistro food, there is something for everyone to enjoy from share plates and burgers, to seafood and steak. For the best seat in the house, head for the deck and be sure to check out their weekly specials for a reasonably priced meal.