10 William Street, Paddington
It was hard enough to get in when the Paradiso brothers were packing people to the gunwales in this teeny Italian wine bar and restaurant as it was. And now? Well, you can take your chances with their booking system which previously didn't exist. So big plus there, really.
10 William St, Paddington. 02 9360 3310 10williamst.com.au
Yellow is all-vegetarian all the time. Photo: Christopher Pearce
Yellow, Potts Point
Sydney's favourite plant-based fine diner by the Bentley crew are now taking reservations for up to ten people for both lunch and dinner, with a vegan set tasting menu launching on the 28th of May. They'll look to expand as June hits but get in quickly - bookings are filling fast.
57 MacLeay St, Potts Point. 02 9332 2344 yellowsydney.com.au
Catalina sits pretty over Rose Bay. Photo: Photographer: Paul McMahon
Catalina, Rose Bay
The emerald in the Sydney crown, nestled on Rose Bay, is currently taking reservations for 10 but it's lovely to think of that light-filled bayside room coming to life again with a gang. Hello, house-smoked king salmon and creme fraiche.
Lyne Park, New S Head Rd, Rose Bay 02 9371 0555 catalinarosebay.com.au
Roe boats at Restaurant Hubert. Photo: Daniel Boud
You can take the patrons out of Hubert but you can't take Hubert from the hearts of its patrons. Right now, you can reserve the French(ish) restaurant for a group of ten people which is pretty much the plushest underground dining experience you can have in Sydney right now.
15 Bligh St, Sydney. 02 9232 0881 restauranthubert.com
Is there a more beautiful bloom than Marta's blooming artichoke flower? Photo: Dominic Lorrimer
Marta, Rushcutters Bay
Is anyone missing the sounds of a dining room? The clatter of cutlery? The low-key murmur of diners? The occasional shriek and smashed glass? Well, experience some dining ASMR at this Roman trattoria. You'll feel human in minutes.
30 McLachlan Ave, Rushcutters Bay. 02 9361 6641 marta.com.au