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Bennelong

The Sydney Opera House is excited to be welcoming patrons back to Bennelong. 

The health and safety of everyone at the Opera House is always our top priority. Bennelong will be operating in line with the NSW Public Health orders, staff will be wearing masks and check-in processes will be in place for verifying proof of vaccination.

We look forward to seeing you at the Opera House soon.

Bennelong serves to celebrate the Sydney Opera House and its extraordinary architecture by offering a culturally significant and inspiring menu showcasing a most magnificent production of Australian food and wine.

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’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.”

A range of dining options are available at Bennelong including The Restaurant, The Bar and Pre-Theatre Dining. 

COVID Safe Measures

Bennelong is committed to being a COVID safe environment. View their COVID Safe plan here.

Opening hours

Dinner
Wednesday to Saturday
Reservations from 5.30pm to 8.45pm
Closed on Wednesday 26 January 2022

Lunch
Saturday
Reservations from 12pm to 2.30pm

Sunday
Bennelong Presents Sunday Jazz
Reservations from 12pm to 3.30pm

Menu

With one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, Peter Gilmore, at the helm, Bennelong showcases the flavour, diversity and quality of Australian produce within the shell of one of Australia’s most iconic buildings.

View the menu here.

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Three course à la carte menu
$180 per person

Bennelong Presents Sunday Jazz 
Three course à la carte menu $180 per person with $30 cover charge per person. 

 

Make a reservation

Bennelong is reopening on 21 October. Bookings for dining at Bennelong are essential. Please call 02 9240 8000 or book online here.

Lunch

Saturday (from October 30)
Reservations from 12pm to 2:30pm

Sunday
Bennelong Presents Sunday Jazz
Reservations from 12pm to 3:30pm

Dinner

Wednesday (from October 27)

Thursday to Saturday
Reservations from 6pm to 8:45pm

Location

Bennelong is located on level 1 of Sydney Opera House.

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Pavlova at Bennelong
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Australian cuisine reimagined by Peter Gilmore

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.

Executive Chef of Bennelong, Peter Gilmore (right), pictured with Chef de Cuisine Rob Cockerill (left)
Bennelong Chef de Cuisine Rob Cockerill and Head Chef Peter Gilmore

Dining Options

The Restaurant

Interior Bennelong Restaurant

The lower level of Bennelong, known as The Restaurant, presents Australian cuisine at its finest. Seated in an intimate and upmarket setting, diners can enjoy a three course à la carte menu.

The Bar

Bennelong Bar

On the top level of the restaurant, Bennelong Bar offers an ideal place for guests to meet before or after a show over a drink. 

Bennelong is proud to offer a uniquely Australian wine list with over 200 of the country’s favourite small scale labels from an eclectic collection of wine-makers. In keeping the philosophy of Bennelong, Bar Manager Taka Shino has also created a list of showstopping cocktails with a focus on local Australian produce.

Frequently Asked Questions

What safety and hygiene measures has Bennelong Restaurant put in place?

Bennelong Restaurant is committed to being a COVID safe environment. View their COVID safety measures here.

Does Bennelong Restaurant require proof of vaccination? 

Yes, from 15 December until at least 31 January 2022, the Opera House will continue to require that all visitors aged 16 years and over entering the building including Bennelong Restaurant, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. 

Does Bennelong Restaurant require QR code check-in?

Yes, all patrons and their guests must check-in using the Service NSW QR code when attending Bennelong Restaurant.

Are there restrictions on the number of people allowed into Bennelong Restaurant?

Bennelong Restaurant will adhere to a maximum capacity of one person per two square metres, in line with NSW Government requirements.

Is wearing a mask compulsory?

Bennelong will be following the Public Health Order of the NSW Government. All staff will be wearing a mask while in the venue.

Patrons aged 12 and over are required to wear a face mask at all times while inside our foyers and other indoor areas. Please bring your own mask. 

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 

Do I need to make a booking in advance?

Yes, bookings for dining at Bennelong are essential. Please call 02 9240 8000 or book online

Do you cater for gluten/nut/other allergies?

Bennelong can cater for all dietary requirements with advanced notice. Please advise your dietary requirements when making your reservation. 

What happens if I'm feeling unwell or displaying symptoms prior to arrival and I need to cancel?

It is vitally important that you stay home if you feel unwell and/or are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough, fever, sore throat, and/or runny nose.

In the event of unexpected illness, please contact Bennelong Restaurant via 02 9240 8000.

Will Bennelong Restaurant be taking cashless payments?

Cashless payment will be provided to enable guests to remain seated. 

Is the restaurant wheelchair friendly?

Yes, the restaurant and bar at Bennelong is wheelchair friendly, with lift access into the main dining room and into the bar area. 

How do I get to the Sydney Opera House? And how do I find Bennelong?

The Opera House Wilson car park is open and operating. We encourage patrons and visitors to consider prepay parking options. Where practical, we encourage patrons to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport. If you need to use public transport, please follow the travel advice from Transport NSW.

Bennelong will have a single entry and exit point to ensure registration and venue capacity are effectively managed. This is located under the Monumental Steps.

We ask that you please follow the directions of our staff at all times.

Do you cater to pre-theatre dining?

Yes! Our reservations team can assist in booking a time to ensure you make your show.

Can I come in just for a drink?

Yes, at Bennelong Bar. Located on the upper level of the venue, Bennelong Bar is the perfect spot to meet before a show, or to simply enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail beneath the sails. 

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