Restaurant Reviews

Bennelong: Restaurant review



Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Sydney, NSW


Lunch Fri-Sun noon-2pm
Dinner daily 6.30pm-10pm


2 course lunch $100
3 courses $130


It could so easily be just about the room: the sculptural concrete and metal ribbing, heart lifting dimensions, and harbour views would be enough for some. But Peter Gilmore, renowned for his work across the water at Quay, deserves a standing ovation for food that complements rather than competes with the surrounds. Taking a precisely cooked, minimal-tricks approach, the menu highlights Australian ingredients (grilled Tasmanian octopus with sherry caramel and radish or Margaret River lamb with ice plant and baby Barletta onions) in a modern-Australian style perfect for the setting. Desserts get looser - successfully so, as a gorgeous cherry jam lamington tribute framed by curls of fresh coconut attests - but service is tight as a drum and the wine list leans user-friendly without being dull. Add an elegant bar where you can eat yabbies on pikelets while drinking Champagne and you get a dining experience worthy of the location.

(02) 9240 8000

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Peter Gilmore & Robert Cockerill

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