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Service here is confident and charming, ensuring any occasion at Bennelong is just that little bit extra.
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Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point Sydney, NSW

Special occasions and Bennelong go together. Set within the concrete belly of an Opera House sail, the hushed dining room spotlights Indigenous art, brass-gold Tom Dixon lamps and lantern-lit tables with leather chairs, a long side a floor-to-ceiling harbour view. It’s a stellar stage for an assured take on event dining conducted in three succinct acts. The show might open with brown butter playing as a nutty backbeat to lemon emulsion accompanying just-cooked Moreton Bay bug, then follow with pull-apart confit duck leg that reaches a higher note amid a textural harmony of brittle skin, sweet persimmon and pickled black fungus. Come dessert, the signature pavlova, meringue sails soaring, borders on kitsch and cloying, but is kept in check by a sharp passionfruit sauce. Better to order the Neenish tart, a wafer-crisp pastry shell filled with bittersweet chocolate cut with a raspberry ripple and covered with yin-yang icing – a sophisticated coda expressed with mirror-glaze precision. The hefty wine list leans strongly Australian, ranging from renowned shiraz viognier to single-vineyard Beechworth roussanne. Service is confident and charming, perfectly in tune with the whole production, ensuring any occasion at Bennelong is just that little bit extra.


(02) 9240 8000



Bookings essential


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Wheelchair access

  • Impressive wine list

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Diners Club

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Peter Gilmore & Rob Cockerill

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

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Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

2020 Top 50 Rank – #12

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.

Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point Sydney, NSW
Peter Gilmore & Rob Cockerill
Bookings essential
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Lunch Fri-Sun noon-2.15pm Dinner Sun-Thu 5.30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm

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