Best Pub Food in Sydney

Sometimes only a good old pub lunch will do!

Whether it be a traditional fish and chips or chicken parmi, or a more sophisticated offering like freshly shucked oysters or Angus Rump Tagliata, Sydney has a fantastic range of pubs in which to get a very good lunchtime feed.

The pubs in Sydney are excellent places to go for lunch as they offer a relaxed, affordable and convenient setting to enjoy a hearty meal.

Throughout the CBD, and the wider suburbs, there are many outstanding pubs in Sydney to choose from. Here are our recommendations for some of the best of them.

Paddo Inn

The Paddo Inn is an institution in Sydney, having been a neighborhood pub since 1814.

Recently renovated, and previously part-owned by Matt Moran, the historic pub is located on Oxford Street. A big part of the Paddington community, the Paddo Inn is known for its lovely atmosphere, live music and of course excellent food.

The food is Italian in origin and made by Il Baretto. It includes a mix of old favourites like chicken schnitzel and more traditional dishes like swordfish alla Siciliana.

If you fancy something a bit lighter, try the delicious selection of cured meats you get on the salumi plate.

Kings Cross Hotel

The Kings Cross Hotel serves up top quality pub style food in a four level building that includes a street bar, balcony and rooftop terrace.

Situated in Potts Point it’s a lively setting that showcases the talents of house and hip-hop DJs, as well as up-and-coming indie bands.

Always busy, especially at lunchtime, the menu here changes seasonally. But is always full of snacks that are very easy to share.

The sliders and ribs are very popular here, while the spinach dahl is one of the many healthy options available. For a real treat, the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger is the perfect comfort food!

The Clock Hotel

Another place that has stood the test of time is The Clock Hotel in Surry Hills.

Located on Crown Street, this grandiose 150 year old two-storey pub is notable for its massive wraparound verandah, quaint interior courtyard, sizeable beer garden and cool, retro-chic style décor.

The menu here is French inspired and offers a range of dishes like moules frites, steak frites and baked snails, as well as pizza and other Australian classics.

Another venue that is always busy, the atmosphere here is relaxed and congenial. There are also plenty of beers on tap and live entertainment for you to enjoy.

Watsons Bay Hotel

One of the most beautiful locations for a pub lunch in Sydney is the Watsons Bay Hotel.

Situated on the shoreline of a stunning harbour beach, the hotel can only be reached by ferry ride from the city. But once you get there you will be treated to exquisite views of the CBD skyline and the surrounding waters of the Sydney harbour.

Seafood is the go here, with their seafood pie, freshly shucked oysters and bucket of Australian tiger prawns being the perfect lunchtime fare.

For those who prefer meat dishes their Chicken Cotoletta & Angus Rump Tagliata will certainly satisfy.

The Taphouse

The Taphouse is an institution in Darlinghurst.

Spread across three levels The Taphouse has the distinction of being Sydney’s most awarded beer venue. Offering a fantastic range of 60 craft beers sourced only from independent breweries, their selection includes brews you won’t find anywhere else in the city.

To compliment these beers they serve up a gourmet, yet eclectic range of pub food. With their menu featuring the likes of Nashville Chicken Sandwich, Andouille Doggie, Buddha Bowl and Apple Smoked Brie.

If you decide to decide to dine here, the heritage main bar is the most popular level to eat on. Though the airy rooftop garden also provides an excellent alternative setting for your meal.

Other notable locations for pub food in Sydney

Still hungry for a good pub feed? Check out this other recommendations …

The Imperial Hotel

Harts Pub

The Dolphin Hotel

Glenmore Hotel

Courthouse Hotel