From anniversaries and birthdays to girls’ gatherings and engagements, there are plenty of occasions that demand the appropriate levels of pomp and ceremony. In Sydney, this means securing a reservation at a beautiful restaurant where you can leave the hard work to someone else. Whether you’re after a private dining experience, full-venue book out or an intimate table for two, these are the top celebration restaurants in Sydney that are guaranteed to get the party going.
Situated in one of the city’s most impressive locations, Quays incredible harbour views set the backdrop for a beautiful dining experience. Peter Gilmore’s fresh and innovative menu suits any occasion worth celebrating. For a long lunch, the six-course menu with Sand crab and Malted barley crumpets sets the perfect ‘we just got engaged’ tone. Got extra time? Opt in for the ten-course dinner and upgrade your dinner to include the wine pairing.
Overseas Passenger Terminal
Romantic and French, what’s not to love? Restaurant Hubert has been setting hearts aflutter since its opening in 2016. A firm favourite for proposals, engagements and anniversaries, Hubert’s has a beautifully finessed old-world vibe with glamorous ruffled drapes, opulent styling and a jazz crooner soundtrack to match. Coupled with classic French brasserie dishes and a swathe of French wines, each element drives up the romance levels to the max.
15 Bligh Street, Sydney
This two-hatted, harbourside restaurant delivers ‘haute cuisine’ with a gastronomic artistry rarely matched in Australia. The inventive food paired with its incredible harbourside location, makes Aria a first choice for special occasions. The elegant interiors, private dining space and Matt Moran’s beautifully presented, local produce-focused menu, gives Sydneysiders many reasons to celebrate.
1 Macquarie Street, Sydney
A lush oasis, The Botanica Vaucluse sets the perfect scene for occasions worth remembering. From the pink velvet seats, crisp white tables, scattered greenery and tropical print wallpaper, it’s an insta-worthy haven just waiting to be snapped. The botanical aesthetic – a natural hit amongst the girls – filters through to the intricately curated menu. Their paddock-to-plate offering features produce from their Jamberoo Valley farm and local providores, plus a selection of gin cocktails (their gin is made in-house) that pairs perfectly with the food.
2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse
Only opening at the end of last year, Bea is the flagship restaurant of three-storey dining destination, Barangaroo House. Enjoy the indoor-outdoor setting as the dining room spills out onto a lush landscaped verandah overlooking Barangaroo. The art-deco design and intricate contemporary menu sets the scene for a fun and exciting dining experience. Promising the faff of fine dining in a less formal setting, this is where to celebrate, in true foodie style.
35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
More than just your typical fine diner, Automata is one of Sydney’s most talked about restaurant venues. Industrial-styled décor runs throughout – the space is a minimalist’s dream – with an impressive menu that lets the food to do the talking. Creativity and innovation is this Chippendale restaurant’s calling card, and the constantly updated menu will wow even the most discerning palates. The communal tables are perfect for smaller groups or go ahead and book out the whole venue, for a night to remember.
5 Kensington Street, Chippendale
A two-hatted fine dining icon, Celebrity-chef Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill is a hotspot for any foodie. Its beautiful art-deco setting wows from the start, with high ceilings and original design features that will give your next celebration a sophisticated elegance. Their woodfired steaks and sumptuous seafood offering are all delicious (and what they’re known for), but for those wanting a slightly more extravagant affair, book one of their private dining rooms and go for the three-course menu.
66 Hunter Street, Sydney
An interior lover’s haven, Chin Chin’s private dining are the place to be. The restaurant itself occupies the 100-year-old Griffiths Tea building in Surry Hills, with an eclectic warehouse-style design courtesy of George Livissianis (who also did The Dolphin). The cult menu is equal parts traditional and creative, with fiery Asian flavours that keep diners coming back for more. Don’t be shy when ordering drinks, the cocktail menu is a list of must-tries.
69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
A flavour-filled romance marrying European flavours with Japanese cooking, Blanca knows how to celebrate- good food, quality wine in a beautiful setting. While all the food on the menu is designed to be shared, Blanca’s ten-course tasting menu featuring the chefs’ favourite dishes, elevate any occasion into a special one.
75 Hall Street, Bondi Beach