Ride the Wave into 8 of the Best Bondi Restaurants
This week we’re heading to one of the most famous beaches in the world: the one and only Bondi Beach. A mecca for Sydneysiders and tourists alike, we took a closer look into this eastern suburb’s hospo scene and found some excellent choices for when that age-old question arises: where are the best Bondi restaurants? There’s a lot to be said about this hood. As Australia’s most iconic and loved beach, its golden stretch of sand is heritage listed, a tourism destination and a playground for Sydney’s cafe, bar and restaurant lovers.
Life’s a Beach at these Top 8 Bondi Restaurants
Stretching from North Bondi where the cafes are buzzing, to the up-and-coming Hall Street area, Bondi is home to some of Sydney’s coolest dining spots. With so much choice though, it can be hard to work out where the best Bondi restaurants live. Luckily, we’ve done the hard yards. So no matter if you’re craving a beachfront view and a healthy acai bowl or a cheat meal somewhere behind the Campbell Parade promenade, this chill neighbourhood has got the perfect places to eat for every occasion. So let’s dive right in, because this place has got brunching, post-swim drinks and beachside dinners down to a fine art.
Shuk in North Bondi is as good as it gets. The ultimate slashie – cafe/bakery/deli – Shuk has become a neighbourhood institution due to its enticing selection of Israeli and Mediterranean-inspired food. The space itself is light and vibrant, with a seriously infectious vibe. The bakery walls are filled with freshly baked loaves of sourdough, cookies and pastries, while the deli section offers boxes of fruit and veg, preserved lemons and marinated olives. For the cafe section, you’ll find fresh juices in aesthetically pleasing jars, plenty of egg-based dishes, a menu brimming with some damn enticing options and exceptional coffee from Neutral Bay roasters. Sit outside at Shuk and take in the sea breeze over a delicious coffee and brunch, then grab a loaf for home. Perfect!
Must-try: Shakshuka with capsicum, tomato, onion, eggs, olives and sourdough. You can also add in chorizo, sujuk, halloumi, kale or lamb.
2 Mitchell Street, North Bondi, Sydney, 2026Sunday to Thursday, 6am – 5pmFriday to Saturday, 6am – 10pm
2. Milky Lane Bondi
When owner and operator, Christian Avant opened Milky Lane Bondi, no one could have predicted the sheer frenzy that a humble burger bar could rustle up. Milky Lane is easily the most popular place for burgers, cheat meals and decadent shakes in Sydney. Located a street back from Bondi Beach on Curlewis Street, they have been drawing the crowds since 2016 for the vibe, food and location. The menu is designed around six burgers, with inventive specials often taking centre stage. You’ll find a luxe cocktail menu alongside sides that like the famous mac and cheese croquettes and the popcorn chicken smothered with cheesy gravy dipping sauce. With live DJs on the in-house decks, regular events and one of the best dessert menus we’ve seen, Milky Lane Bondi Beach is one of our favourites.
Must-try: Chic-Kanye with crispy Southern fried chicken, crispy maple smoked bacon, double American cheese, Carolina slaw, butter leaf lettuce, ML BBQ sauce, pineapple relish, sriracha and ML sauce. Followed by the deep fried Golden Gaytime, if you can fit it.
141 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach, Sydney 2026Sunday to Thursday, 12pm – 10pmFriday to Saturday, 12pm – 11pm
3. The Corner House
Italian in Bondi means one thing: The Corner House. Perfecting the art of casual yet sophisticated dining, the team here know how to whip up modern Italian cuisine that you’ll be dreaming of long after you eat it. Yep, it’s that good. The interior is a throwback to the days when The Corner House was a tram stop, giving it a uniquely rustic feeling. Divided into three parts, you’ll find the dining room which consists of both a casual street-front area and a low-lit main room; the upstairs bar and balcony known as the living room, and the lobby, a cosy area perfect for private events and group dining. The menu is carefully designed and plays host to ever-changing specials, rich mains, wood-fired pizzas, fresh pasta and a curated drinks list. Perfect for dining, drinking or both, this is a superb choice when considering a top Italian restaurant in Sydney.
Must-try: Sweet potato and ricotta gnocchi with burnt butter, kale, pine nuts and lemon garnish.
281 Bondi Road, Bondi Beach, Sydney 2026
Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm – lateSunday, 5pm – 10pm
4. Upper East Side
Easy and breezy, Upper East Side is a tropical paradise in the heart of Bondi Beach. Fitting with the atmosphere of Bondi perfectly, you’ll find a space filled with plants, cool light fixtures and even cooler furniture. The lunch and dinner menu is a celebration of Nikkei fusion – a contemporary blend of Japanese and Peruvian food, where fresh and locally-sourced Australian produce is used to bring it all to life. Fresh, modern and delicious is how we’d sum up the dining experience here, with interesting dishes like seawood open tacos, beef asado with Japanese patatas bravas, fried oysters with yuzu aioli and so much more. And don’t even get us started on the cocktails.
This is the perfect choice when you want to bask in the sunshine (or sit under the stars, if you’re dining at night) and feast on some of the freshest seafood in the city.
Must-try: Enoki fries with truffle oil to start, followed by beef asado with aji verde and Japanese patatas bravas (shichimi butter and smashed potatoes).
14 – 16 O’Brien Street, Bondi Beach, Sydney 2026Thursday & Friday: 12pm – 10.30pmSaturday & Sunday: 11am – 10.30pm
5. Greek Feast Bondi
There’s a lot to love about Greek culture’s way of wining and dining – and when you need your fix of that Mediterranean lifestyle, there’s one Greek restaurant that always comes to mind. Opened by brothers Marek and Jan, Greek Feast Bondi is a celebration of how the Greek community gathers around the dining table. The interior is simple but slick, with that relaxed neighbourhood vibe that will make you feel right at home (your dream Santorini home that is). It’s all about generous portions, fresh produce from the land and sea and mouth-watering meze to share. The drinks list is great, but it’s also a BYO restaurant so feel free to pick up your favourite bottle on the way.
Must-try: ‘Greek feast for four’ with slow roasted lamb, spiced chicken, beef kofta, falafel, grilled halloumi, spiced chickpea crunch, Greek salad, rosemary potato, pita bread and Greek dips. The bougatsa with lemon curd is the perfect ending.
191 Old South Head Road, Bondi__Monday to Sunday, 5pm – 9.30pm
This upscale sake bar takes Japanese food up a notch. Think of any word synonymous with ‘hip’ and you’ve just described Mamasan. A ruby-red theme interweaves through the space, with a ceiling of autumnal leaves, low-hanging glowing lights and an eclectic mix of ornamental art. It’s Moulin Rouge meets 1920s Shanghai and we love it. Open for dinner during the week and lunch on the weekend, the menu is pan-Asian tapas style with small tasty morsels ranging from slow braised bbq octopus and duck carrot salad to tempura prawn maki and perfectly grilled bites. Now, let’s talk drinks – a serious strong point at Mamasan. There’s Asian-inspired and classic cocktails, local wines, sake available at all temperatures, plum wine and sochu.
Must-try: Dengaku eggplant: slow cooked eggplant in dengaku miso.
57/59 Beach Road, BondiWednesday, 5pm – 11pmThursday & Friday, 5pm – 12amSaturday, 1pm – 12amSunday, 1pm – 10pm
So, you want to know where the locals hang out in Bondi? This is it. Neighbourhood is the spot for beach goers, locals and tourists with golden sand still between their toes. With a recommended dress code of ‘party shirts’, it’s a holiday every day at Neighbourhood. The interior is super sleek with exposed brick, warm wooden furnishings, an extensive bar shelf glistening with the good stuff and a beachy vibe they’ve managed to pull off without the slightest hint of kitsch. For those spicier Sydney days, the shady courtyard is the best place to hang ten in over a cold brew, local wine or cocktail if you’re feeling posh. We haven’t even got to the best part yet. As well as burgers, roasts, fresh salads and seafood, this eatery toasts jaffles all day long. What a bunch of legends. Don’t forget to BYO dog.
Must-try: Sexy Señorita jaffle with spicy pan-fried capsicum, house cheese, onion, garlic and salsa.
143 Curlewis Street, BondiTuesday to Thursday, 5pm – 11pmFriday, 4pm – 11pmSaturday, 12pm – 11pmSunday, 12pm – 10pm
8. Bondi Hardware
Housed in what was formerly a long-standing hardware store by the beach, the only tools found these days are some kitchen utensils getting put to good use. Bondi Hardware is where crowds go for cocktails with a fun bang (try the spicy margarita) and a colourful array of dishes inspired by various continents, from Europe to the Americas and all the way back back to Australasia. There’s pizza and seafood, sliders and jerk chicken, flavour-packed salads and flame grilled sirloin steak and spectacular brunch options on the weekends. Although it’s a bustling spot, it has a relaxed vibe with plenty of nooks to rest your tush – whether that’s under the lush hanging greenery, on a long bench up against the cool brick walls or outside in the sun soaked courtyard.
Must-try: Grilled halloumi with scorched cucumber, dried tomato, olive, oregano and honey.
39 Hall Street, BondiMonday to Friday, 4pm – 12amSaturday, 8am – 12amSunday, 8am – 10pm