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.
Bennelong takes advantage of an indoor multi-level layout by presenting different dining options including The Restaurant, Cured & Cultured and The Bar. The Restaurant’s 3 course dinner menu is $140, while Cured & Cultured Tasting menu is $65.
While reservations are recommended and pre-show reservations are essential, walk-ins are welcome in the Bar and Cured & Cultured sections of Bennelong. To make a reservation please call (61 2) 9240 8000 or book online here.
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.
Cured & Cultured offers a relaxed, accessible dining experience that is ideal for a casual bite to eat and a glass of Australian wine with friends. The menu is driven by raw, cured and cultured produce. Those opting for this dining experience may choose to sit at The Cured & Cultured counter with a view of the chefs at work on the central level, or join the casual-seating area in The Circle on the upper level of Bennelong near the bar. The Cured & Cultured Tasting menu is available at the counter only. Diners are able to order from The Restaurant’s dessert 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.
There are a number of pre-show dining options available for guests attending a show at the Sydney Opera House. Bennelong offers a two or three course pre-theatre menu seven nights a week in The Restaurant, or you may prefer to graze on a couple of lighter plates and a glass of wine at Cured & Cultured, which is also now open post performance for Supper.
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.
Pre & post show dinner reservations need to be made in advance. For pre-show you can select either a 5.30pm or 6pm session. Your sitting will take approximately 1hr 45mins so please select the sitting that will give you at least 15 mins to get to your show.
Dine around the open air kitchen at the Cured & Cultured counter on Bennelong’s central level. Here you can experience some of Peter Gilmore’s most signature dishes in a relaxed setting, prepared by the chefs right before your eyes.