Grabbing a cheeky kebab at the end of a big night out is most peoples’ idea of heaven. It’s the perfect food to satisfy the grease and salty craving you get when alcohol is involved.
However, kebabs and other Turkish dishes aren’t just for the drunken messes of the world. Kebab shops can also be a great place to sit down and enjoy some authentic Turkish cuisine with a group of friends or family.
In this article, we’ll be talking about both. This is our guide to the best 15 kebab shops in Sydney. Be careful, you might be pretty hungry by the time you’ve read about all of them!
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Location: 59/7 Bourke St, Mascot, NSW 2020 Ph: (02) 8958 7737
The first shop we’re looking at is Mascot Kebab & Deli, one of Sydney’s best reviewed Turkish restaurants.
The staff here are what make it such a great place to grab a kebab. They’re welcoming and considerate of everyone’s food preferences. They’ll have no problems adding whatever sauces you like and in whatever quantities you prefer.
Not to mention, the ingredients they use in all their meals are fresh. The lettuce is gorgeously bright and crunchy, and you won’t have to worry about soggy chips because they’re all cooked fresh to order.
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Location: 186 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042 Ph: (02) 9519 6304
Another Sydney staple, Kebab On King has a super diverse menu that includes 4 different types of kebab as well as pizza, burgers and more.
Of course, one of the best things about kebab shops is that you can have your meal customised pretty much however you want it. Kebab On King is no exception to this and staff will happily add salad, chips and whatever sauce you want to your kebab meat.
In fact, with 8 different sauces and dips to choose from, the hardest part of your meal might just be deciding what to order!
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Location: 89 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2050 Ph: (02) 9516 5368
Bringing the heart of Turkey’s largest city to central Sydney, this kebab shop offers everything you could want for the end of a night out.
They offer plenty of kebab meat options, allowing you to choose between a roll, plate or combo meal.
As well as all the delicious kebabs on offer, they have a great selection of burgers. The Erica burger is a particularly interesting option – a Portuguese-style chicken burger.
That means you can enjoy all kinds of great Mediterranean food here, not just a Turkish kebab.
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Editor’s Note: We’ve heard that Istanbul on Broadway has closed. We will let you know when we learn more. As this is the case, why not try this popular kebab shop instead…?
Location: 315 Princes Hwy, Banksia, NSW 2216 Ph: (02) 9567 4194
Rated as one of the top kebab shops in Sydney, this place in Banksia has some very loyal followers. In fact, one online reviewer claimed to make the journey down from the Gold Coast to get his hands on Brothers Kebabs food. Seriously!
The wraps, kebabs and baclava all get positive feedback and the salads are vibrant and fresh.
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Location: 92 Union St, Pyrmont, NSW 2009 Ph: (02) 9552 3965
When you go for a meal at Pyrmont Kebabs, what you see is exactly what you get. It’s a simple kebab shop that offers big portions and lets you customise your order with sauces and salads however you like it.
Some customers have complained that portion sizes are a little inconsistent. Our advice? Don’t be afraid to ask for a bit more food if you feel like you’ve short changed.
However, the majority of the time you’ll be left with enough meat, chips and sauce to feed a family of 4, let alone just yourself!
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Location: Shop 3/851 George St, Ultimo, NSW 2007 Ph: (02) 9211 0195
With Metro Pita Kebab, we move into a slightly more rounded Turkish dining experience. And this means a slightly more diverse menu than most of the best kebab shops in Sydney.
For a sit down dining experience here, you can order starters like onion rings, olives with pita bread and chilli prawns. Then, you can enjoy their selection of shish kebab skewers, steak and gozleme.
These aren’t items you’d find on the menu of any old kebab shop so they definitely make this place stand out.
Not to mention, they also have a decent range of pizzas on offer, kids meals and desserts. This means the whole family can easily enjoy a full meal here and even the fussiest of eaters will be catered for.
So far, this place is definitely the best contender on our list!
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Location: Darling Harbour City, 2-10 Darling Dr, Sydney, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9212 3748
Having been around for over 20 years, Enfes Kebabs knows just how to feed the Australian public! It just has been on our list of the best kebab shops in Sydney.
Here, breads and wraps come fresh from the kitchen. This ethos extends to other aspects of their menu too. All their ingredients are only served when completely fresh and at their most delicious.
This is a spot where you can stop by for a quick takeaway meal. But more than that, Enfes is also the sort of place you could happily sit in for a couple of hours. Pop in and you may well find yourself sampling Mediterranean cuisine you haven’t tried before.
As well as the great savoury dishes on offer, they even have a selection of handmade Turkish sweets. Yum!
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Editor’s Note: We’ve heard that Enfes Kebabs has closed. We will let you know when we learn more.
Location: Stockland Piccadilly Shopping Centre, Shop 32/210 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000
The expertise built up by the staff at Ottoman Grill over many years makes them one of the most reliable kebab places in the city.
It’s pretty tough to find a bad review of this kebab shop. This is because the staff always cut plenty of meat, serve a generous portion of chips and allow you to add whatever sauces and salad items you want to your meal.
Many locals herald this joint as being one of the best kebab shops in Sydney. So it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
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Editor’s Note: We’ve heard that Ottoman Grill has closed. We will let you know when we learn more.
Location: 94 Liverpool St, Sydney, NSW 2000
As the name suggests, this place isn’t just known for its great kebabs but has a variety of pizzas on offer too.
In fact, there are dozens of pizzas on their menu, all available in a good range of sizes. Similarly, the kebabs on their menu can be ordered in a few different ways. Enjoy your meat in a roll, on a plate or as a gozleme.
However, one thing that sets this place apart from the competition is its rice packs. There aren’t many kebab shops in the world that offer this, so it’s definitely an interesting option to check out.
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Location: 600 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000
A slightly lesser known kebab shop, George’s has a prime location, right in the centre of the city. Clearly, this makes it the perfect place to end a night on the drinks.
It’s a tiny ‘hole in the wall’ style takeaway restaurant that offers friendly, fast service of their tasty food.
Plenty of customer reviews have highlighted how well priced the food here is compared to the average in Sydney.
It’s definitely not the kind of place where you could enjoy a sit down meal. However, on the way home from a bar, you certainly can’t get much more satisfying food.
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Location: 46/38 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 8385 6667
As the name suggests, the ethos at this kebab shop is all about a communal atmosphere. That’s why, as soon as you walk in through the door, the staff will be on hand to help you in any way they can.
All of the food here is made fresh and to your specifications, leaving you with no surprises about what you’re getting.
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Location: 86A Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Any kebab shop that describes itself as a palace has some pretty high expectations for itself. Those high standards certainly translate to the quality of the food that’s served here.
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With a few tables in the indoor seating area, you could easily enjoy a meal here with a group of friends. Especially if you’re a fan of freshly made kebab meals.
The menu doesn’t contain anything you won’t have seen before, but the staff know what they’re doing when it comes to the simple stuff. We reckon you won’t be disappointed.
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Location: 43 Goulburn St, Haymarket, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9280 0440
Again, the name of this place tells you a lot about what kind of kebab shop it really is. It’s another ‘hole in the wall’ style shop, located right in the heart of the city. So it’s super easy to walk past this place on your way home from the bar.
Once here, you’ll be met with the dazzling lights on the front display and a gorgeous array of sauces, salads and other meal accompaniments you can add to your favourite dish.
This place has no illusions about being the fanciest kebab shop in the city but it will definitely provide you with a full, hearty meal to end the night with.
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Location: 1/52 George St, Parramatta, NSW 2150 Ph: (02) 8677 7337
This place is definitely more of a daytime meal affair, with plenty of tables inside for you to eat your meal in situ.
The shop gets very busy around lunchtime because of its popularity with locals. So make sure you get here quickly to beat the queues!
Part of the reason it’s had so much success is the stunning food that’s served here. Trays of meat and chips are stacked so high you can hardly close the lid. Even better, the whole meal is drenched in as much sauce as you’d like.
This place is certainly one of the best kebab shops in Sydney.
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Location: 25 Market St, Sydney, NSW 2000
As we near the end of our list of the best kebab shops in Sydney, we come to a lovely, basic kebab shop that covers all the bases well.
It has an inviting, open-facing counter that allows you to see all your food being cooked and prepared before it’s served to you.
They have all the kebab shop classics here and a few little Turkish snacks you might be trying for the first time.
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Location: 250A Cleveland St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 8367 4975
As you might have guessed, this kebab shop is located on Cleveland Street.This puts it a little further away from the centre of Sydney but still pretty close to Central Station.
You can order food online or use the digital menu to navigate through their selection of unique burgers and mouth-watering meat dishes.
However, you choose to order, your food will be made with all the care and attention of an experienced Turkish chef.
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Those were our picks for the 15 best kebab shops in Sydney. Of course, there are still plenty of smaller kebab joints that didn’t quite make our list but will still provide you with a tasty meal.
Next time you’re heading home after a night out, just remember these kebab shops. You’re sure to be taken care of!