Sydney has a wide range of cuisines from around the world. But have you ever wonder which are the more popular restaurants among locals and tourists? While we may never know as we can't do a headcount of all the restaurants in Sydney, we were able to pinpoint the Top 10 according to Facebook check-ins.
So here we go with the Top 10 (Check-in numbers as of 8th of October):
1. Hard Rock Café - 102,182 check-ins
In a prime position at Darling Harbour, the global chain has brought cult American classics – think ribs, burgers and classic margaritas – to Sydney. Don't expect a quiet meal as the buzzing atmosphere is always loud, helped in no small part by daily live music, or miss the impressive collection of music memorabilia such as clothes worn by the Black Eyed Peas or handwritten lyrics written by members of INXS.
2. Hurricane's Grill - 77,471 check-ins
There are four branches of this classic Aussie steakhouse to choose from in Sydney, with restaurants in Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, Top Ryde City and Brighton Le Sands. The local institution's menu of premium quality Australian free range and grain fed beef steaks, tasty pork, lamb and beef ribs and Portuguese and BBQ chicken, all based in one of their secret sauces, is just the thing for those looking for a meat feast.
3. Lowenbrau Keller - 74,157 check-ins
With Oktoberfest fast approaching, expect Sydney’s most popular and authentic Munich-style restaurant to be even busier than normal. Found in the heart of the Rocks, the hearty menu offers some of the biggest meals you can get in Sydney, including roast pork belly with Löwenbräu bier sauce and a smashing schnitzel. After work, the place is packed with local workers cooling down with one of their imported beers. Prost!
4. Jamie's Italian - 71,689 check-ins
Britain's favourite cheeky chef has brought his increasingly global empire to Australia, and this branch in the middle of the CBD was the second Jamie’s Italian to open outside the UK. Expect a repertoire of seasonal and tasty pasta dishes, antipasti served on planks and an inexpensive wine list, all served by the famously friendly wait staff in a fun, lively atmosphere. They don't take bookings, so you may have to queue - but at least you get to watch the chefs making pasta in the front window.
5. Pancake on The Rocks - 71,445 check-ins
A long-term local favourite, Pancakes on the Rocks is open 24 hours a day and is found – you guessed it – at the Rocks. The original owner fell in love with American pancakes on a road trip there and decided to bring them back for his fellow Sydneysiders to enjoy. As well as the famous pancakes, the menu has ribs, pizzas and salads too. The restaurant also has three other Sydney branches in Northmead, Darling Harbour and Campbelltown.
6. Bay Vista Dessert Bar & Café - 57,724 check-ins
Sweet treats are the thing to have here, as the thousands of locals who have filled their booths over the years can testify. Open since 1991, Bay Vista's late night opening hours mean that many people head here after a night out to round off the evening with ice creams, pancakes, sweet crêpes, waffles or a huge piece of cake. If you don't have a sweet tooth, never fear: they also serve light meals.
7. Braza Churrascaria - 54,076 check-ins
This authentic Brazilian Barbecue house is not for the faint-hearted, and the heartiest of carnivores will absolutely love the concept. Serving a menu made up of local meat, the three branches of this restaurant are Rodizio in style, which means that diners can eat as much as they like: they just need to hail one of the passing passadores, or meat carvers, who move from table to table serving 24 different types of skewers. The most well-known branch is in Darling Harbour, where there is always a party atmosphere.
8. Din Tai Fung - 51,674 check-ins
Dumpling devotees have been known to get obsessed with Din Tai Fung's exquisite xiao long bao, or little dragon dumplings, but so too are the chefs who hand make each one. Each has to be exactly 6cm in diameter, and weigh between 20.6 and 21.4 grams or they get thrown out. The Taiwanese chain opened in 1974 and has been bringing steamers of dumplings and other delicious local specialities to diners around the world ever since. You may have to queue for a table, but it's worth it.
9. Mamak - 50,279 check-ins
The underrated cuisine of Malaysia has been brought to Haymarket by the owners of this no-frills canteen. If you can't get to Kuala Lumpur for street food, this is the next best thing. The classic order is the roti canai where fluffy yet crispy roti is served with curry dips and sambal sauce for just a few dollars. For more of a meal, the sambal udang, or stir-fried tiger prawns with fiery sambal sauce is unbeatable. While queuing, you can catch the chefs in action behind the front window.
10. El Loco - 50,187 check-ins
A new local favourite, this authentic Mexican cantina won the Sydney Morning Herald's Best New Cheap Eat award in 2012. Tacos are the signature dish, but forget about the cheese-laden greasy ones you may have had in the past.These ones, such as the Al Pastor – spit roasted pork with pineapple salsa or the Carne Asada (lemongrass beef with salsa verde) are fresh and delicious. The wide variety of margaritas and tequilas on offer are great too.