Home to a wide range of diverse establishments, Balmain Restaurants rank among the best in Sydney. From Japanese, Mexican and Indian, to Middle Eastern, Chinese and French, they offer gastronomic experiences to suit all budgets. Outlined below is a selection of some of the best restaurants in Balmain. Some are stalwarts that have been around for years, while others are new players that have recently burst onto the scene. All of them serve great food and are definitely worth a visit.
Chon is the Thai would for spoon. It also the name of the fantastic restaurant in Balmain that is run by owner, and head chef extraordinaire, Pacharin “Air” Jantrakool. Set with a two-storey building, Chon Thai is a 120 seater venue that offers delicious, contemporary Thai food, good wine, a friendly ambience, and excellent value for money.
300 Darling St, Balmain
Priding itself on being Sydney’s original authentic pizzeria, Rosso Pomodoro serves up wood-fired pizzas and classic Italian dishes just like you would get in Naples. Situated in the heart of Darling Street, the restaurant boasts a relaxed setting, with an open kitchen. True to its roots, all pizza bases are thin and foods are made with ‘real’ ingredients.
360 Darling St, Balmain
Conveniently located at the same address as its name, One Ford Street offers traditional Italian fare with just enough pizzazz to endear itself to the discerning diners of Balmain and Sydney. Presenting a contemporary and fresh a la carte menu, their delicious Italian dishes showcase gastronomy from regions of Southern Italy.
1 Ford St, Balmain
For a decade now Pepper Seeds has been delighting the taste buds of Balmain foodies with their exceptional modern Thai cuisine. A very trendy restaurant, notable for its exposed brick walls and chic woodsy décor, they offer a delicious custom menu. Curated by head chef, Jane Sangpoowong, its known for its heavenly flavour profiles.
10/418 Darling St, Balmain
The first thing you notice about Marina Lunga is that they are not short of confidence. Proudly proclaiming themselves to be the best Italian restaurant in both Balmain and Marrickville, they back up this belief with exceptional antipasti, pasta, and pizzas. The food is hearty, served quickly and bursting with authentic flavour.
367 Darling St, Balmain
Offering a dining experience that will transport you straight to India, Not Just Curries are an institution in Balmain. Located on Darling Street, they offer an outstanding selection of dishes that feature home ground spices. Boasting a traditional clay oven, their succulent tandoor cooked kebabs are a treat to all your senses.
235 Darling St, Balmain
Another excellent eatery on Darling Street, Dolce Napoli is known for its exquisite Italian food. Made with the freshest of Australian produce, their range of pizzas are particularly popular. Whilst their homemade lasagna is something you simply must try! A very popular restaurant, it also features a great wine list and pleasant atmosphere.
336 Darling St, Balmain
Well known for being one of the best South-East Asian restaurants in Balmain, Blue Ginger is a multi-award winning establishment that offers quality food and fantastic service. Noted for an entrance that showcases 150 year old carved temple doors that are brass bolted, this exquisite restaurant is always busy, so book ahead!
241 Darling St, Balmain
A very hip neighbourhood bar and restaurant, Wilhelmina’s is one of the best venues in Sydney to go for Australian wine. Featuring over 60 brands, they also host monthly wine tastings too. Set within a bohemian-chic venue, they also specialize in exemplary charcuterie boards and share plates that champion seasonal produce.
Shop 4/332 Darling St, Balmain
No venue in Balmain quite does Greek food like Greek Door. Offering wonderfully authentic contemporary dishes curated by the highly talented owner-chef Matina Spetsiotis, the meals here are designed to share. Cooked with love and beautifully presented they are paired with an excellent selection of both Greek and Australian wines.
191 Darling St, Balmain
If you love steak, you simply must check out La Griglia. Serving some of the finest and juiciest steaks you can buy in Balmain, their creations are always cooked with passion and bursting with flavour. Boasting world-class service and luxurious décor, the restaurant offers a very chic and refined environment in which to enjoy your lovely meal.
237 Darling St, Balmain
For a really great night out with a cracking feed, few venues in Balmain can match Sofie’s Greek Restaurant. A vibrant, family-run taverna that features smashed plates from Greek restaurants around the world, they offer an authentic dining experience complete with meze platters and fun belly dancing floor shows every Saturday night.
386 Darling St, Balmain