Nothing beats a long, leisurely lunch with the girls. It’s a time-honoured tradition that involves a lot of flow: food, cocktails and conversation. Luckily, the Sydney lunch dining scene lends itself perfectly to girly gatherings – there’s a place to match every group's tastes. So to help, we've whittled down the best lunch in Sydney for you and your girl gang. These lunch spots are guaranteed to hit the mark.
One of the shining stars on Potts Point’s foodie scene, The Butler is a perfect place to settle in for the afternoon. With high ceilings, botanical wallpaper and wicker furniture, the restaurant has a chic French colonial vibe. But its piece de resistance is its lush terrace, which has panoramic views of the Sydney skyline. The menu is made up of small and large share plates, and the cocktail list is impressive, to say the least. Our advice? Opt for a late lunch, so you’re there to watch the sun go down.
123 Victoria Street, Potts Point
There’s nothing that screams ‘Sydney’ more than sparkling sea views, and North Bondi Fish delivers. It also ticks all the right boxes for a ladies lunch in Sydney: a deck that soaks up the sun, a fresh and balanced menu (which, naturally, is all about seafood), and a huge selection of rosé. The interior is bright and airy, and the clientele is hip yet relaxed – so you and your crew will fit right in.
120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi
A beachside restaurant-slash-café-slash-bar, Bathers’ Pavilion is seemingly made for leisurely lunches with the girls. For a more casual affair, the café’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu offers Mediterranean style food in a chic, yet colourful, setting. The restaurant takes it up a notch for lunch and dinner with its French inspired cuisine, degustation menu and extensive wine list. The best part is both venues come complete with uninterrupted views of Balmoral Beach and a cosy fireplace for the cooler months.
4 The Esplanade, Mosman
Playful and pretty, The Winery is a wine bar-slash-restaurant with a serious cool factor: it takes up a whole laneway in Surry Hills. There are a few areas to choose from: the upstairs dining area, the main bar downstairs, and the garden outside, but we’d recommend upstairs if you have a large group. The Winery’s wine list, as you can imagine, is extensive, with lots of tongue-in-cheek descriptions like “mysterious reds” and “unpronounceable whites.” When it’s time to order food, you can opt for share plates or heartier main meals. For a lunch in Sydney, this one is definitely up there.
285A Crown Street, Surry Hills
A North Shore institution, The Botanist is a hangout that’s famous for its creative cocktails and classic eats – think gourmet sliders and share plates. It’s lush and a little bit quirky, and attracts a relaxed crowd. The best bit? They offer a ‘Botanist Banquet’ feasting menu for just $52/pp (available for lunch and dinner, min. 4ppl) and includes the following dishes. While you’re chatting, sip on a Fothergill Fancy Fizz with gin, Applejack ‘Berry Berry’ Amaro, coconut, smashed pineapple, lime, orange bitters and soda, whilst tucking into plates of beef cheek croquettes; smoked buffalo mozzarella, Campari melon; and fried cauliflower drizzled in tahini yoghurt, pomegranate and a scattering of smoked almonds. Delicious.
17 Willoughby Street, Kirribilli
Sydney’s most beautiful garden restaurant is a magnet for ladies’ lunches and family celebrations. Honestly, it’s hard to think of a better place to spend a sunny afternoon. Looks aside, the food is incredible. For groups of 10 to 20, Chiswick offers shared menus made up of seasonal plates and the signature slow-cooked lamb, which comes from Matt Moran’s family farm.
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
A firm Sydney lunch favourite since opening, The Grounds of Alexandria has gone from strength to strength. This destination restaurant and café has a paddock-to-plate approach, and will have you munching down on the likes of buttermilk pancakes, Turkish-style eggs and toasted crumpets, or tempting you with the hearty Brekkie Burger served with a side of polenta chips. There is also a bakery churning out all kinds of delicious breads, muffins, cakes and tarts. Get down early to snag yourself a seat as this popular joint fills up fast.
Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria