Set within Waverton’s leafy village along Bay Road, Bay Tandoori, with its outdoor seating and intimate white-cloth interiors, sets the scene for leisurely Indian dining. Their menu is teeming with traditional dishes, and they have plenty of vegetarian options. And although licensed, you can BYO your favourite drop.
Along leafy Bay Road and steps from Waverton Train Station, this little Thai joint is well-positioned for you to grab dinner on your way home from work. Packed full of flavour, Tamarind Thai is a cosy eatery with warm wooden interiors and a menu with all the traditional dishes, including curries, stir-fries and salads.
Monte Alto Eatery
Monte Alto is kind of a jack-of-all-trades eatery. By day, you’ll find creative brekkies served alongside Toby’s Estate coffee, and by night, an extensive cocktail menu and an up-market dinner offering. We’re pretty sure this is the largest collection we’ve seen of Whisky and Gin on the North Shore, so if gin is your thing, then Monte Alto is a must-try.
Specialising in Southern Indian flavours, Malabar is a local favourite in its two locations, Darlinghurst and Crows Nest, and for good reason. In an area that loves food that hails from across the Asian region, Malabar is a stand out with a menu that is rich in authentic flavours. As for the fit out, they’re intricately decorated and atmospheric.
The Japanese food scene in Crows Nest is next-level, and Yakitori Yurippi is one of its shining stars with it’s homely vibe and authentic menu. If you’re with a group (or not), go for the share plates of skewers, you won’t regret it. Try and snag the seat facing the kitchen, because the smells and sight of the charcoal grill will really help you work up an appetite.
BoThai is one of those eateries that is constantly busy. Just walking past this packed Crows Nest eatery is enough to make you want to find out what all the fuss is about. Authentic recipes are combined with well balanced Thai flavours (albeit spicy ones) to create mouth-watering dishes. The space is casual and relaxed with a distinctive jungle aesthetic that complements the exotic menu.
Last Train To Bombay
Last Train to Bombay has been serving up authentic Indian cuisine to Crows Nest locals for over 20 years. Unlike the typical curry house, the décor is sleek and stylish with exposed brick walls and indoor plants. The food still comes out compartmentalised on a silver tray, but that just adds to the charm.
The Union Hotel
Another enduring watering-hole that has evolved with the times, the Union Hotel is located away from the business precinct of North Sydney, but has been drawing the crowds once again for its Parisian-style bistro. The light-filled interiors and courtyard are begging for long leisurely lunches every day of the week.
Xenos is a popular Greek café and restaurant just off the main strip of Crows Nest. It’s a destination in itself though, serving up brekkie, lunch and dinner to 'Crows Nesters' for nearly 50 years. Here you’ll find anyone from office workers getting their daily dose of Vittoria to long-lunchers, seated outdoors, diving into their souvlaki.
Johnny Bird, once known as the seafood joint Johnny Lobster, changed it’s name after they realised that their fried chicken was their most popular item on the menu. Located in the lively eating hub of Crows Nest, this American style eatery dishes up delicious free-range fried chicken alongside craft beer and cocktails.
Northern Indian food meets the North Shore at this long-standing restaurant. Raavi’s Cumin is a foodie institution, known for serving up Punjabi crowd pleasers with sophistication. The dishes really deliver when it comes to originality and flavour, and the dishes themselves quite literally deliver as well, to your door.
Montezuma's Mexican Restaurant & Bar
Montezuma’s is the place to go on the North Shore for an authentic Mexican feed. Grab your sombreros (actually they give them to you) and prepare for a fiesta the moment you walk in the door. From the vibrant kitsch décor, to the mariachi music, these guys have got the Mexican theme down pat. On the food front, expect Mexican classics and large portions.
Tarboosh Lebanese Restaurant
This is Lebanese food as it’s meant to be, fresh, delicious and shared with the whole family. Well that’s what it feels like at Tarboosh, the buzzing 130 seater restaurant in Crows Nest’s foodie precinct. Expect mezze plates, grilled meats and lashings of garlic.
I Love Pho Restaurant
I Love Pho brings honest and authentic hawker style eats to the bourgeoning Crows Nest eating scene. As the name suggests, this Vietnamese restaurant knows how to do Pho, and knows how to do it in a soul-warming kind of way. Incase it's not soul-warming enough - for every meal you purchase, a portion is donated to build schools in Vietnam.
Hooked Gourmet Seafoods
Hooked has been servicing the Lower North Shore with quality seafood for years. Catering to both the A.M and P.M crowds, you can swing by in the morning to pick up some gourmet lunch on your way to work or drop by on your way home to grab some fresh seafood for dinner.
Elegant and innovative, Annata is the brainchild of Christian Blair, the former bartender behind Eau de Vie and Rockpool. Unsurprisingly, the drinks list is stellar – think seasonal cocktails, and over 70 wine varieties. Thirst-quenchers aside, the restaurant offers a fine dining experience with a menu made for sharing – which changes all the time.
A local bistro serving up classic French cuisine in a classy, yet rustic space. The restaurant is warm and intimate and has a private dining space that lends itself well to a romantic dinner for two. The menu is refined and sophisticated with all the rich and decadent flavours you know and love from the region.
Mama's Buoi 2
Mama Buoi dishes up Vietnamese homecooked goodness in the heart of Crows Nest. Owner Bao Hoang’s eatery is inspired by his childhood – from the communal tables to the pho, which is simmered for seven hours every day. The ingredients are incredibly fresh and fragrant and their generous portions are perfect for sharing, that is, if you want to share.
Street Market Asian Tapas Restaurant
Where Spanish culture meets Asian cuisine. Street Market is Crows Nest’s very own Asian-style tapas restaurant and it’s fun and upbeat. The menu is unique, floating from China to Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. There are cold, hot and charcoal tapas plates on offer, as well as main courses.
The newest addition to Crows Nest’s burgeoning dining scene, LUHO is the fun, vibrant Asian fusion eatery you’ve been waiting for. Everything about LUHO is warm, and inviting. From the hawker-style eats to the Asian fusion cocktails, this restaurant knows how to entertain.The menu is designed to share, with dishes ranging from small bites to larger traditional-style curries and stir-fries. A visit to LUHO wouldn’tt be complete without tasting the moreish prawn and wonton tacos topped with mango and chilli, ...
Small Bar Crows Nest
A slick yet cosy bar that specialises in Australian and New Zealand drops, with a few European wines thrown in for good measure. The fairy-lit terrace is a popular hangout and the Small Bar’s tapas share plates always pair nicely with their wine selection. If you can’t wait until evening, they’re also open for breakfast and lunch.
BahBQ Brazilian Grill
At this Brazilian-inspired grill, all eyes are on the BahBQ offering - carefully selected meats, poultry and seafood. The menu, which is a South American and Australian fusion, offers the traditional Churrasco menu alongside smaller dishes. With a wide-ranging kid’s menu and expansive space, the restaurant is also a suitable destination for the family and groups.