Imagine it: you fight your way through the packed foyer, find your seat and settle in to enjoy the show. Just as the curtain begins to lift, your stomach gives a loud rumble. Now you remember – you skipped lunch.

Don't risk an empty stomach ruining the performance. At these spots you can catch a quick meal or snacks before the show, or take your time for a full de-brief afterwards.


Peter Gilmore has made the culinary vision that earned him accolades at Quay more approachable at the Opera House.

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
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Opera Kitchen

A dining kitchen in the heart of Sydney.

Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House , Bennelong Point

Opera Bar

A quintessential Sydney location.

Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House Macquarie Street, Sydney
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Bopp and Tone

A solid lunchtime dining option in the CBD, with an alfresco plant-filled terrace and a whopping 900-kilogram wood grill.

60 Carrington Street, Sydney
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Mary’s Underground

Live music with a side of oysters, natural wine, lobsters and steak frites.

7 Macquarie Place, Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill

A large experience in the best possible way.

66 Hunter Street, Sydney
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A CBD institution, loved by bureaucrats and business people.

123 Clarence Street, Sydney
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Bar Patrón by Rockpool

Authentic Mexican food, harbour views, an all-tequila spirits menu and a $100 cocktail.

2 Phillip Street, Circular Quay
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Matt Moran's fine-dining restaurant inside Barangaroo House.

Level 1 35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Kid Kyoto

A modern Japanese restaurant where ’90s grunge and rock rules.

17/19 Bridge Street, Sydney
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Apart from sides, there's only one thing on this menu: T-bone steaks, sold by weight.

3 Dalley Street, Sydney

Restaurant Hubert

Reviving French splendour in an old-fashioned setting.

15 Bligh Street, Sydney


Eighty sherries and well-executed Spanish food to match.

6-8 Bulletin Place, Sydney

Mr Wong

A Shanghai-style dumpling den from Dan Hong.

3 Bridge Lane, Sydney
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Yayoi Garden

A specialist in the reliable teishoku, a set meal commonly cooked at home in Japan that involves rice, miso soup, a main dish and two smaller dishes.

Shop 2 38-42 Bridge Street, Sydney

The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room

For a fine oyster tasting experience with innovative cocktails.

225 George Street, Sydney


This longstanding fine diner from chef Matt Moran is one of Sydney’s more glamorous restaurants, with sweeping views of the city’s most iconic landmarks and food to match.

1 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay

The Glenmore Hotel

Since 1921, stunning views of the Harbour Bridge have attracted drinkers to this pub.

96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
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Taylor's Rooftop Bar

Sit under a lush green wall, cocktail in hand.

69-73 Pitt Street, Sydney
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Another rum-heavy bar from the team at Lobo Plantation, but this time the theme is Paris Liberation Day.

16 Phillip Lane, Sydney

Bar Luca

Burgers before the ballet. Why not?

52 Phillip Street, Sydney

Long Chim

Thai cuisine by David Thompson, the world’s most lauded Thai chef.

Corner of Pitt Street and Angel Place, Sydney

Palmer & Co

Travel to another time with this prohibition-style bar.

Abercrombie Lane, Sydney


A crisp share menu and hundreds of tequila options.

105 Pitt Street, Sydney
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Bowery Lane

Bowery Lane is a sleek CBD spot offering shareable feasts.

Shop 1, Level 4 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney
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