8 of the best family friendly restaurants

Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour
Jacksons on George
Battered Fish and Chips, Jacksons on George
Centennial Homestead
Quarryman's Pyrmont

Sit down at one of Sydney’s many family friendly restaurants where the everyone will find something to suit when dining.


Just outside of the city in the leafy suburb of Forest Lodge, Tramsheds is a one-stop shop for all things delicious. Try the American-style friend chicken at Belles, a grain-fed Queensland-raised steak at Butcher & The Farmer, or exquisite handmade pasta at Flour Water Salt. There’s also an outpost of cult favourite Gelato Messina, a refurbished heritage tram to admire and an excellent playground next door. There are a heap of family friendly restaurants to cater even for the pickiest of eaters.

Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge, (02) 9049 8885, tramshedsydney.com.au

Centennial Homestead

This sunlit, spacious cafe nestled in Centennial Park sits alongside an expansive rolling lawn and playground. There’s plenty of outdoor seating so you can keep an eye on frolicking little ones, and the menu has cafe classics such as scrambled eggs, fish and chips, and even picnic hampers.

Centennial Homestead, 1 Grand Dr, Centennial Park, (02) 9380 9350, centennialhomestead.com.au

Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour

The Darling Harbour outpost of Italian local dining favourite Fratelli Fresh is fantastic for families. Not only is it located beside the mammoth Darling Quarter playground, but it has fun food stations dishing up fresh pasta, pizzas and delicious gelato. Kids under 12 eat free on Sundays.

Fratelli Fresh, 14 Darling Dr, Darling Harbour, (02) 9259 5600, fratellifresh.com.au


Popular with Sydney families, enjoy the freshest of sushi in a modern eatery while overlooking the harbour. At Zushi, kids get their own menu – big kids and little kids flock here for crunchy honey prawns or chicken karaage served with shoestring fries, and maybe a side of baby avocado rolls. 

Zushi, Shop 10/33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo South, (02) 8072 7383, zushi.com.au/barangaroo

Gateway Sydney

A few steps from the wharves at Circular Quay, Gateway Sydney takes food court fare to another level. Tuck into dumplings from Din Tai Fung, authentic Egyptian at Bekya, flavourful noodles at Chat Thai or bulging burgers at Betty’s. Up on the roof, Bar Ombre serves up Italian classics and cocktails alongside stunning views over the harbour.

Gateway Sydney, Alfred St, Circular Quay, (02) 9256 6900, gatewaysydney.com.au

Jacksons on George

This is a new offering from the same operator as the famous Icebergs at Bondi. The new multi-level offering includes a Public Bar with all-day dining, European-influenced Bistro George and the spectacular Rooftop oasis with its simple Euro/Modern Australian menu.

Jacksons on George, 176 George St, Sydney, (02) 8027 9997, jacksonsongeorge.com.au


If you are looking for a traditional pub vibe with contemporary food and an inner city haunt to relax in pre- or post-cruise then this is your spot. Within easy reach of both White Bay and Circular Quay, Quarrymans offers plenty of craft beers to sip on as you take in city skyline views from the Rooftop.

Quarryman’s, 214-216 Harris St, Pyrmont, (02) 9660 0560, quarrymans.com.au

Quay Quarter

From morning espresso to lunch in the sun to a harbourside nightcap, this new lifestyle precinct comprises both Quay Quarter Tower and the adjacent Quay Quarter Lanes, offering a wide range of food and dining options. Book a table to enjoy Quay Quarter’s fantastic drinking and dining destinations or pick a scenic spot to snack and relax overlooking the world’s most beautiful harbour. And there are plenty of family friendly restaurants to tuck into before heading along the water.

Quay Quarter, 50 Bridge St, Sydney, no phone, quayquartersydney.com.au

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