Restaurant Guide

Bentley Restaurant & Bar

Is this the best place in Australia to drink wine?
Bentley's apple cucumber, green kohl rabi, walnut and camel's milk curd

Bentley's apple cucumber, green kohl rabi, walnut and camel's milk curd


Ever since their earliest model, the Bentley crew has steadily stayed ahead of the pack. From the Surry Hills original (Bentley) where casual but clever drinking came with anything but casual food, to today’s modest empire of seafood with a view (Cirrus), fine dining without meat (Yellow) and good food-with-wine or the other way around (Monopole), this city is all the better for their work. Under a black-splashed ceiling laced with intersecting steel frames, their flagship restaurant and bar is an unlikely hotel dining room except for the city folk at many of its dark wood tables. They’re here for Hildebrandt’s seamless wine list and pairing flair, and Savage’s determinedly modern menu made up mostly of prime seafood and often curious vegetables: scallop tartare with plum, almond and lemon verbena, say, or apple cucumber with green kohlrabi, hazelnut and camel’s milk curd. Fresh, herbal, astringent flavours are offset cleverly – with the likes of a creamy smoked pil-pil sauce (with just-cooked bass groper), perhaps, or a deeply meat-like onion broth (served with WA marron). And it’s all mighty pleasurable. Right through to soft cones of pumpkin curled around sweet pumpkin curd with faintly bitter brown-butter ice-cream alongside.


(02) 8214 0505



Bookings recommended


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Wheelchair access

  • Private room

  • Impressive wine list

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Brent Savage and Aiden Stevens

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

2020 Top 50 Rank – #9

Wine: ★ ★ ★

Gourmet Traveller’s restaurant guide gives a yearly snapshot at the best restaurants to eat at right now. The best-rated restaurants, as judged by the reviewers’ first-hand experience, form our national Top 50. The wine star-ratings, which range from zero to three stars are made by wine editor Max Allen on the strength of the quality of the restaurant’s wine list. View our rating key here.

Bentley Restaurant & Bar
27 O'Connell St Sydney, NSW
Brent Savage and Aiden Stevens
Bookings recommended
Opening Hours
Lunch Mon-Fri noon-3pm Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10.30pm

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