Whether you want to dine in peace or stay connected to the action, we’ve brought together the best private dining rooms in the city.
This Italian restaurant is the longest-standing restaurant in Sydney with the same family owners, in the same location. You and your party will be ushered towards the back, through the pale-terracotta dining room, and towards the famous wine cellar. The charming, cave-like space is lined with history.
Justin Hemmes’ The Paddington was brought to life by design team Kelvin Ho of Akin Creative and stylist Amanda Talbot. The private dinning room upstairs is completely surrounded by a floor-to-ceiling landscape mural by Sydney artist Desmond Sweeney.
This Middle Eastern restaurant in Surry Hills has helped change the way Lebanese food is perceived in Sydney. Their take on the age-old cuisine is creative and modern. The space is lit up in rose gold, light timber and marble with lush plants outside. They’ve put a lot of consideration into the private dining room, which is separated from the main dining area by terracotta and glass. Inside there’s a grand marble table with wooden chairs, ceramic plates and soft-pink candles.
The charcoal octopus with olives and harissa oil is a highlight or go for the lamb shoulder with Israeli couscous, lamb’s tongue and date dressing. For dessert try the deconstructed baklava with pillows of marshmallow.
Arguably one of Sydney’s best Cantonese-style restaurants, Justin Hemmes’ 240-seater features timeless colonial furnishings. You can take the Juliet-style private balcony, overlooking the restaurant, or the semi-private dining room separated by a curtain of beads. The room is slightly raised above the main seating area giving guests a great view of the venue. It sits between 12 and 14 people comfortably.
This Greek restaurant in Potts Point was designed by George Livissianis and has an industrial feel to it, with rough concrete and marble. A lot of the food is cooked over wood and charcoal. Try the grilled swordfish with capers and mint; sardines with chilli, lemon and parsley; or the Apollo sausages with chickpeas and saffron.
The chef’s table sits beside the kitchen, seating up to 12 guests. You’re placed right front and centre, while still feeling somewhat separate in the rustic and homely space. The room feels as if you are sitting in a real home in Greece, with kitchen wears and antiques.
Overlooking the Freshwater Beach, this Sardinian restaurant is a great place to dine with a group. The heritage-listed beach house has a Hamptons feel, with lots of natural light. The balcony room, with panoramic views of the beach, can fit up to 18 guests. It’s just you, the beach and Giovanni Pilu’s creations.
You can’t really top a private dining experience at Bennelong. Executive chef Peter Gilmore’s food is innovative, fresh and incorporates a diverse range of native-Australian ingredients.
The restaurant has a semi-private dining room, with deep red chairs and sculptural lighting, and can seat between six and 10 people.
A brand new dining concept has arrived at Billy Kwong, called 'Kylie's Table'. Groups of ten or more can book the restaurant's intimate back room for a banquet featuring menu highlights like seared marron and crispy-skinned Burrawong duck. Kylie Kwong will personally welcome guests, and share her insights into the dishes and ingredients.
Located upstairs in the restaurant, the private dining room at The Paddington Inn accommodates for both bigger and more intimate groups. For up to 28 people there's a cocktail-style option, or you can sit down and dine for groups up to 18. The brightly-lit modern space features earthy tones, low hanging feature lamps and lush indoor plants.