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Taste of the House

Calling all foodies. Wine and dine your way around the Opera House's restaurants and bars at this progressive long lunch experience, showcasing the best food, drinks and views all in one afternoon. 

 

COVID-safe tour information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during a performance and on a tour. Please bring your own mask;
  • We encourage you to purchase your tour in advance online or via phone where you’ll receive an eTicket. Please bring this with you and present it upon check-in at Stage Door;
  • To help maintain physical distancing, tours will not exceed 12 guests per tour;
  • 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. 

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the tour date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their tour.

Please check our Plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

This experience runs on the last Sunday of the month from 10.45am*

This tour departs at 10.45am from Stage Door. 

2022
Sunday 27 February
Sunday 27 March
Sunday 10 April
Sunday 29 May
Sunday 26 June 
Sunday 31 July 
Sunday 28 August
Sunday 11 September - new additional date
Sunday 25 September
Sunday 16 October - new additional date
Sunday 30 October
Sunday 13 November - new additional date
Sunday 27 November 

*April experience runs on 10 April 2022 due to scheduled events at the end of the month

Running time approximately 4 hours

This time is from when a dedicated guide meets guests at Stage Door at 10.45am, and will host the group from Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen, Portside and behind the scenes to watch a digital immersive experience, through to finishing at Bennelong Restaurant at approximately 3.30pm. 

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Tour in English

This tour operates in English only, however we welcome all visitors to experience the universal language of food on this wonderful experience. 

Standard tickets $295 per person

Please note this is an over 18s experience. It is at the discretion of the restaurant or bar to check identification at any point during the experience. 

Vegetarian and non-alcoholic options are available upon booking. 

Please note, drinks are not included as part of the Bennelong menu but can be purchased on consumption. 

Male bartender pours drink into cocktail making glass

Embrace your inner bartender at Opera Bar

Escorted by your own personal Sydney Opera House guide from Stage Door, start your journey with a cocktail-making class hosted by one of Opera Bar's master mixologists. Learn to craft a House favourite, the Sydney Sling, and then take a moment to enjoy your creation over a fresh seafood tasting plate – courtesy of their in-house Raw Bar.

Woman making a poke bowl outside at Opera Kitchen

Get hands on at Opera Kitchen 

Make your way to Sydney's newest market food hall for an appetising salumi plate with matching glass of wine and some fine views. Then learn something new and enjoy an open air chef-led class on how to master a salmon poke bowl. The best part? You get to eat it afterwards. 

Group of people silhouettes watch a 270 degree projection showing the Concert Hall theatre interiors

Come behind the scenes between courses  

A quick stop before your main is served. Behind a hidden door, watch unforgettable moments from past Concert Hall performances, and learn about the history and future of this world-famous hall in an immersive digital experience with 270-degree visuals and surround sound. 

Portside Sydney

Settle in for a leisurely lunch at Portside Sydney

Portside Sydney will dish up a succulent 12-hour braised Riverina lamb shoulder, served with sheep’s curd, sundried tomatoes and minted peas. Paired with a seasonal side dish, bread and matching wine from the Hunter Valley, we can't think of a better spot for lunch with some of the Sydney's best harbourside views. 

Woman takes a scoop out of Bennelong's chocolate crackle dessert

Indulge in dessert and jazz at Bennelong

Last stop is under the sails at Bennelong Restaurant for a signature dessert by Executive Chef Peter Gilmore. New to the menu, the Chocolate Crackle is a fun take on the classic, bringing you an epic mix of flavour, texture, and plenty of nostalgia. 

This cracking dessert is paired with tea or coffee and live music performed by Australian jazz musicians part of Bennelong Presents Sunday Jazz series. Fancy a last drink? You’re welcome to purchase as you go. 


Please note menu items at each venue are subject to change depending on seasonality and availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a COVID Safe business?

Yes. The Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.  

What safety and hygiene measures are in place at the Opera House?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. Our COVID-19 health and safety information is available on the Plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during a performance and on a tour. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contract tracing?

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Do I need to book in advance?

We encourage you to purchase your tour in advance online or via the phone where you’ll receive an eTicket. Please bring this with you and present it upon check-in at Stage Door. 

Can I make a booking for 8 people or more?

Yes, though the maximum capacity per tour is 12 people. For capacity reasons the booking must be made by calling 02 9250 7250. Our Reservations team will assist with your reservation.

There is only 1 of me, can I still attend by myself?

Absolutely! You will meet new people and make friends along the way.

Are there vegetarian options available on this tour?

Yes, there are vegetarian and non-alcoholic options available. Please select upon booking. 

Can children join this tour?

Children under the age of 18 are not able to take part in this experience. 

What happens if I can't make my tour?

Please contact our Tourism Reservations team on 02 9250 7250 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you.

What are the transport options to the Opera House?

You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 minute walk to the Opera House. If you’re getting dropped off in a car, head to the roundabout at the bottom of Macquarie Street where staff will direct you to a safe place to pull over.

Driving? Park in Wilson’s Car Park, you’re just minutes to your tour meeting point. Need a bit more info? Click here

Where do I go for the tour?

The tour meeting point is at Stage Door which is located beneath the Monumental Steps.

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What time do I need to arrive before my tour?

Please arrive at Stage Door at 10.30am (15 minutes prior to departure time) to tour check in with our staff and cloak any bags.

If I am late for my tour what can I do?

If you are going to be late for your tour please call our Tourism Reservations team on 02 9250 7250 for assistance.

What should I wear?

So long as you’re wearing shoes and a shirt, whatever you like. We’re pretty informal here at the Opera House. There’s no real dress code for tours, so you’ll fit right in with casual attire. 

Is this tour wheelchair accessible? 

Yes it is! The tour is accessible for all with ramps and lifts along the way.

Will the building maintenance works at the Opera House affect the tour?

The Opera House is currently undertaking critical maintenance works to address water leakage issues affecting the Lower Concourse. These necessary works are required to mitigate long-term water damage to the Opera House building and its structure. These works will not impact your visit, it's business as usual!

Do ensure that you arrive at the Sydney Opera House at least 15 minutes before your tour to allow sufficient time to cloak any bags and personal belongings.

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