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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 to celebrate our 50th anniversary, showcasing the best food, drinks and views all in one afternoon. 

COVID-19 safety information

The health and wellbeing of everyone attending the Opera House is our top priority. We’re committed to making your experience safe, comfortable and enjoyable, with a number of measures in place including regular cleaning of high-touch areas, air conditioning systems that maximise ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations positioned in all paths of travel. We encourage you to wear a mask in indoor settings or when physical distancing can’t be maintained, and please stay home if you feel unwell. If you need to discuss your ticketing or booking options, contact our Tourism Reservations team on 02 9250 7250.

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

This tour departs at 10.45am from Stage Door. As a part of our 50th anniversary celebrations the tour will run twice in the month of October. 

Sunday 26 March
Sunday 30 April
Sunday 28 May
Sunday 25 June 
Sunday 30 July 
Sunday 27 August
Sunday 24 September
Sunday 15 October
Sunday 29 October

Running time approximately 5 hours

A dedicated guide will meet guests at Stage Door at 10.45am, and will host the group from Opera Bar, House Canteen, Portside and behind the scenes on the Boardroom balcony, 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 $349 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. 

Additional drinks may be purchased throughout the experience. 

Male digs into the sashimi platter with the cocktail he made in the class sitting next to him

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 House Canteen

Get hands on at House Canteen 

Make your way to Sydney's new all-day, canteen inspired dining venue for dumplings and beer. Then learn something new and enjoy an open air chef-led class on how to master a poke bowl. The best part? You get to eat it afterwards.

a group of 4 enjoy lunch of pasta at Portside Sydney, with blue skies and the Harbour Bridge in the background

Settle in for a leisurely lunch at Portside Sydney

Portside Sydney will dish up a braised Angus brisket served with potatoes and greens, paired with seasonal sides and matching wine from NSW. We can't think of a better spot for lunch with some of the Sydney's best harbourside views. 

A male and a female enjoy drinks on the balcony boardroom with the Opera Bridge in the background

Come behind the scenes between courses  

Entering through Stage Door, you will be led through backstage spaces and onto the Boardroom balcony, where you will be served sparkling and canapés as you enjoy the uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour. 

A man and a women are about to dig into the Bennelong Pavalova, that looks like the Opera House

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. To celebrate Sydney Opera House's 50th anniversary, indulge in the Bennelong Pavlova, a decadent dessert in the shape of Sydney Opera House. 

This indulgent dessert is paired with the Bennelong Martini and music performed by Australian jazz musicians as part of the 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. Vegetarian and non-alcoholic options are available. 

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.

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. 

Do I need to book in advance?

Yes, this is a limited tour and must be booked in advance. We will not be able to take bookings on the day. 

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 should I arrive?

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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