We’re excited to welcome you back to the Opera House, with two of our harbourside restaurants – Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen – now open.
We hope to have more details to share about the reopening of Bennelong, our other dining venues, theatres, tours, and shops soon.
Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support and we look forward to seeing you at the Opera House soon.
Australia on a plate
To quote The New York Times, “Bennelong may be the Holy Grail of Australian restaurants.” Named for the Aboriginal interlocutor who had his hut on this historic spot, a place for feasting and celebration for thousands of years, Fink Group's Bennelong restaurant is housed in the first pavilion that greets visitors. With its spectacular, cathedral-like interior, the Bennelong pavilion is known as the Opera House in miniature, while the menu created by a team headed by one of Australia's most celebrated chefs, Peter Gilmore, is - as one critic put it - “Australia on a plate.”
That is hardly accidental. When he arrived at Bennelong in 2015, Gilmore pledged to create “a great Australian restaurant for our greatest building.” Australian produce and wine take centre stage to showcase the flavour, diversity and quality of Australian produce. In 2015 the Good Food Guide named Bennelong Best New Restaurant and it has proceeded to receive a total of six hats. A range of dining options are available to suit the occasion: The Restaurant, Cured & Cultured, The Bar and Pre-Theatre Dining.
Peter Gilmore, pictured standing on the right with Bennelong Head Chef Rob Cockerill on his left, is the Executive Chef of Bennelong and its sister restaurant Quay.
Quay has received an unprecedented number of Australian and international awards for Peter’s creative and original cuisine. One of Gilmore and Cockerill's signature dishes, red-claw yabbies with lemon jam, cultured cream and buckwheat pikelets have been celebrated by Australian Gourmet Traveller as a dish that defines Sydney dining.
The lower level of Bennelong, known as The Restaurant, presents Australian cuisine at its finest. Seated in an intimate and upmarket setting, diners can choose from a two or three course à la carte menu.
The Bar offers an ideal place to meet before or after a show, or perhaps for a quick bite of supper. Featuring panoramic views of Sydney’s glittering harbour and 14 original Swan chairs by Fritz Hansen, diners are able to order from the Cured & Cultured menu and the restaurant’s dessert menu.
In keeping with the philosophy of Bennelong, the cocktail list focuses on local Australian produce and inspiration. Peter Gilmore has collaborated with our bar manager, Aaron Gaulke to create a list of original, show stopping cocktails.
Yes bookings for dining at Bennelong are essential as due to high demand they are rarely able to take walk-ins. However walk-ins are welcome in the Bar and Cured & Cultured sections of Bennelong. Please call (61 2) 9240 8000 or Bennelong's website to make a reservation.
Perched beside the most famous sails in the world with uninterrupted views of both the famed Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour, Opera Kitchen provides innovative and creative food for all tastes and wallets.