Private dining rooms combine the best of both worlds: the food and service of a restaurant, and the privacy and relaxed atmosphere of your own home. You'll pay handsomely for it, but for a birthday or other celebration to remember, these spots can't be beaten. The best bit? No one has to do the dishes.

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Best Special Occasion Restaurants in Sydney

The Gidley

Descend the stairs into a labyrinthine den of lush velvet booths, flowing booze and a menu that champions Black Angus rib eye.

161 King Street, Sydney

Hyde Park House

A four-level extravaganza with a retro cocktail bar with views over Hyde Park, stone-baked pizzas, and a Japanese menu form ex-Sake chef.

47 William Street, Darlinghurst

Nour

You can hire any part of this smart Lebanese diner, starting at the 18-seat private room, up to the entire venue.

490 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Long Chim

Pack 14 into the semi-private room for David Thompson's uncompromising Thai cooking.

Corner of Pitt Street and Angel Place, Sydney

Pilu at Freshwater

Three rooms to enjoy sharp Italian fare in, seating 18, 28 or 60 (or 70 standing).

Moore Road, Freshwater

Mjølner

Take up to 40 people to this Viking-themed, cocktail-slinging den from the Eau De Vie crew.

267 Cleveland Street, Redfern

Bentley Restaurant & Bar

You could host a small wedding at this stately spot, which can seat up to 70 guests in a separate room.

27 O'Connell Street, Sydney

Lotus Galeries

Like a true mainland Chinese restaurant, this warren-like dumpling specialist has five private rooms, seating between six and 40 of your friends.

500 George Street, Sydney

Beppi's

Parties of six, eight or ten – make for the intimate cellar. Groups as large as 32 can book a larger room near the entrance.

21 Yurong Street (Corner Stanley Street), East Sydney

Bennelong

Okay, it's only semi-private. And "only" seats ten. But when the restaurant is Bennelong, the experience is going to be special.

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

Four in Hand

Four private dining options to choose from.

105 Sutherland Street, Paddington

Hotel Centennial

An older crowd will love this elegant, 32-seat communal table and the classic menu.

88 Oxford Street, Woollahra

The Apollo

The semi-private chef's table gives you a front-row seat next to the kitchen.

44 Macleay Street, Potts Point

The Lock In

A "secret" bar within The Grounds of Alexandria, seating up to 18.

7A 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

Chiswick

Grab 40 mates for a semi-private English garden party to remember, courtesy of Matt Moran.

65 Ocean Street, Woollahra

The Roosevelt

How many whisky lovers do you know? This old-timey cocktail bar can seat ten, 12 or 32 for drinks, dinner or poker.

32 Orwell Street, Potts Point

Bellevue

Gastro pub fare with three private dining rooms to choose from.

159 Hargrave Street, Paddington

Aria

A Sydney classic, where up to 54 guests can dine in private.

1 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay

Otto Ristorante

Book the historic Wool Lift for up to 14 people.

Area 8 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo

Spice Temple

Can accommodate 12 to 50 guests for fiery, numbing Sichuan cuisine.

10 Bligh Street, Sydney

Saké Restaurant and Bar - Double Bay

Between 6 and 26 guests can enjoy Japanese in private here.

33 Cross Street, Double Bay