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Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney, AU-NSW

Bennelong Restaurant

4.6
4.6
559 Reviews
$101 and over
Modern Australian
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. We offer a 3 course menu with sides for $180 per person.
Our cooking is not overly technical and tricky – it’s robust and direct – allowing the pure flavours of the ingredients to sing. We’ve enjoyed developing a whimsical dessert menu based on traditional Australian sweets, and the wine list, similarly – is a reflection of the best of Australia – without taking itself too seriously", Peter Gilmore.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–2:15 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 9240 8000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Australian produce and wine take center stage at Bennelong. 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. The Bennelong menu has been inspired by conversations with the most passionate and dedicated farmers, fishermen, breeders and providores nationwide.

  • Private party facilities

    Bennelong Restaurant is built on a site enriched with history of communal eating and telling stories. We invite you to create your own story and event in one of the most recognisable buildings in the world.

  • Private party contact

    our functions team: (02) 8275 8290

  • Neighborhood

    Sydney CBD

  • Parking details

    Parking is at the Sydney Opera House Car Park managed by Wilson Parking.

  • Public transit

    Circular Quay for Trains, Ferries, Buses & Taxis.

  • Additional

    Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

Experiences

  • Sunday Lunch - Live at Bennelong.

    A$35.87 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    * Live at Bennelong provides guests with the opportunity to enjoy a perfectly paired musical and dining experience at Bennelong. * Dining from our 3 course a la carte menu - $180 per person. * A $35 cover charge for the performance is payable at the time of booking, plus a non-refundable processing fee of 2.5%. * Reservations of 1-4 guests are booked on a 2 hour dining time with the table re-booked shortly after. * Should you cancel your reservation within 48 hours of the arrival time, or fail to arrive for the booking, your $35 cover charge payment will become non-refundable.

What 559 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. CC

    CherylC

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was like nothing I have ever tasted and won the evening. Amazing! The service was also first class. For regional travellers, this was definitely an experience we don't often get.
  2. JO

    JamesO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    great service & location food could be better for the price but overall a special experience
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    FOH manager was amazing! His service was spectacular.
  4. GF

    GeorgetownFan

    Washington DC

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful venue for a special occasion dinner. My fine dining experiences in the past have been different than the experience I had at Bennelong. That doesn’t mean that the restaurant was off, it could have a cultural misinterpretation on my part. The meal lacked some continuity with regard to the servers and service. Entrees and main courses were served staggered to our party, not at the same time. One entree was partially dropped on the floor just as it was being served, but they recovered nicely and had a replacement within 3-5 min. The food was very good, but with 5 glasses of wine for a party of 3, I don’t know that it was worth AU$900. The real reason to dine at Bennelong is the venue.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful! My husband and I visited Australia for the first time and wanted to have a wonderful experience. Bennelong did delivered and the servers are wonderful, though they forget to give us utensils when we had our deserts. But all is forgiven. Next time we are back in town, we are sure to come by again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was a special treat during our visit to Sydney! It was a once in a lifetime experience in an unbelievable venue. The food matched the atmosphere and was phenomenal! I hope we get to go back and experience this again!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely day out, lovely food, attention to detail, the service was all fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed by us. Our waitress - Ashlyn was very professional in her service, very friendly and courteous. We wish her well for the rest of her stay in Australia. I advised the restaurant that a member of my party was celebrating a special birthday and we were given a table with a lovely view and a cupcake as a birthday cake complete with a candle. And all very discretely done too - beautiful!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bennelong was the best restaurant I’ve ever visited! Though pricey, the dishes were outstanding and well worth it!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    3.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The 'eating' experience was not as good as we hoped. Food was good but by no means exceptional. The service was average (we had to keep asking to get our wine and water topped up).
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Brilliant produce prepared with care and precision served with style in a stunning space. Perfect for an iconic venue.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bennelong is exceptional. We have often gone there for cocktails but this was the first time dining and we will be back. It’s friendly and relaxed yet the food and setting are exquisite. Brilliant value for the quality and service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, views & atmosphere.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This iconic Sydney restaurant should be visited at least once, the experience is lovely. Gorgeous food with fabulous and friendly service. A little slow taking our order but apart from that no complaints at all. The tartare Wagyu was delicious and the infamous pavlova had to be a highlight. We asked for sommelier matched wines with each course, the pairings were excellent. Yes, it’s expensive but worth every cent.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Again a wonderful experience. We are from Perth and always try to visit when we are here. Thsnkyou yo all.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    3.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Knew it would be expensive, but service and food were not worth that much
  16. S

    Stephen

    Sydney

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 19th anniversary at the Bennelong. The food was perfection, the service attentive and professional, and of course the setting is sensational. It was a flawless night.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a very nice lunch at Bennelong, however the food lacked the wow factor that we were expecting, after we had enjoyed an amazing lunch at sister restaurant Quay. Service was excellent, the view spectacular, and nothing to complain about - it was all very nice. Our disappointment was in the nice, but not spectacular food.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was exceptional and creative. Friendly service
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best restaurant in Sydney. The food and service are to the highest standard. The views are amazing and you are dining in one of Australia's most famous cultural icon.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I'd highly recommend Bennelong to other people. Their service was exceptional, staff were attentive and always offered service with a smile. Food wise - I love the snapper dish. The fish was cooked to perfection. Crispy skin, soft and juicy meat. However, the dessert let down my experience abit. I think the lamington was too sweet and too creamy. I also organised a mini birthday cake for my partner, the cupcake was just a standard one, nothing special.
  21. f

    foodaficionad0

    Montreal

    64 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Over priced, far better values & food in Sydney ie The Malaya (recommend their tasting menu) & Mr Wong A 3 course dinner for two with a bottle of wine ( not an expensive bottle)at Bennelong was $400. We found it excessive!!! Suggest you visit the Opera House tour & skip dinner at this restaurant
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s difficult to put in to words how gorgeous and delicious bennelong is - the setting and the food together are hard to beat. This is fine dining but relaxed with super service. I had the octopus starter where the pickes pop on your tastebuds, the lamb main the flavour of which makes you think you’ve never had lamb before, and Peter Gilmour’s famous cherry jam lamington for dessert which just makes you want another portion immediately. Yes it’s expensive, but I was stuffed - so worth it!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Bennelong is an exceptional Sydney restaurant: imaginative food and attentive service in an iconic venue.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a wonderful experience at Bennelong. We had three courses from the a la carte menu, accompanied by house made bread and butter, side salad and seasoned potatoes. We also shared a bottled of wine. Service was welcoming and friendly. Ambience was lovely. Highly recommend.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    3.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2017

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    Location good food was good not excellent. The service was terrible for the price of this restaurant the ambiance was very kaotic and cold. For these prices the waiters should be much more personable and way more attentive. There’s no extras that you should expect from a fine dining experience.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing service! A restaurant we have wanted to visit for a long time. Fulfilled all our expectations. A magnificent location in the Opera House overlooking Circular Quay and stunning weather
  27. CD

    ConnorD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came all the way from scotland to so a friend in sydney for 2 weeks and as part of her Birthday i suprised her with a dinner at the opera house. The service was absolutely outstanding. Amazing skills which was noticed that the staff had. Such a beautifal place with by far the best food i have ever tasted. Literally cannot fault it at all. Absolutely Fab
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Thank you to the staff for taking good care of my husband and I. We had a great night being his birthday. I requested a table by the glass and was given that, which was wonderful. The staff were very attentive and friendly. I was a little bit dissapointed with the main dish which was the Snapper and the John dory. Both dishes were too salty. We ended up drinking so much during and after the meal. Dessert and entree were amazing. Otherwise was a great experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. Food and service was excellent.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2017

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food and waiters were great but service felt a bit rushed
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bennelong was fantastic. The theatrics with the cocktail service was the best :)
  32. O

    Ozefish

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Celebtrated our 30th wedding anniversary and what a night it was. Peter gilmore is an outstanding chef and his quality and attention to detail were evident in every dish. Every element was perfect in the presentation and the flavors combined into a symphony of enjoyment. The room is dark and the volume tends toward noisey but the views of the quay and the harbor coupled with the great food make it an experience not to be missed.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought the food was amazing, service was attentive
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Despite the unique setting, the food and service was a letdown. Slow service because of a nearby event (which I'm surprised slowed them down as one would think they'd be used to being in such close proximity to the Opera house) and the food was uninspiring in taste for the accolades of the chef. I can't recommend it, especially for its price. I think most of the food options along the opera house are poor, akin to what you would find in any touristy area, which I was hoping was not the case here given its pedigree but it wasn't the case.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb as always
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice views, good service , good food, parking plenty, nice weather
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Could no complain about the taste of food - beautiful. The quantity of food very small for the price you have to pay, probably paying for the location.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2017

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The setting is beautiful. The food was very good but not mind blowing, for the price. The service was very friendly and attentive but actually a little too efficient. Our meal felt somewhat hurried and the wait staff came and went so quickly I couldn't quite hear what they said, even when describing the food being served. We were looking forward to this meal as it was a special occasion and the evening was pleasant but not as special as we'd hoped it would be. The restaurant did nothing wrong at all, it was just a little impersonal.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Upon arrival we we're greeted by the host who was very welcoming and then shown to our seats. The food and service was excellent and the building interior is beautiful. We all fully enjoyed the experience at Bennelong and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a memorable meal in an iconic setting in Sydney. My wife and I will definitely be returning. Two big thumbs up!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked the Bennelong to celebrate a 21st birthday. Special place for a meal, great location, great ambience, staff are excellent and the food is exceptional. It is not a low cost restaurant but you are getting a world class experience. Was a night that will be remembered for all the right reasons and would recommend the food, staff and the restaurant for a special event.

FAQs

Bennelong Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 559 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bennelong Restaurant

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sydney CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–2:15 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is at the Sydney Opera House Car Park managed by Wilson Parking.

  • Public transit

    Circular Quay for Trains, Ferries, Buses & Taxis.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (02) 9240 8000

  • Catering

    Australian produce and wine take center stage at Bennelong. 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. The Bennelong menu has been inspired by conversations with the most passionate and dedicated farmers, fishermen, breeders and providores nationwide.

  • Private party facilities

    Bennelong Restaurant is built on a site enriched with history of communal eating and telling stories. We invite you to create your own story and event in one of the most recognisable buildings in the world.

  • Private party contact

    our functions team: (02) 8275 8290

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