A world of your own with Sydney’s Best Private Dining Rooms
Ahhh solace. Away from the screaming children, cute couples and messy eaters is what you get from the sanctity of your very own private dining room. If you have a special occasion coming up or simply need somewhere private to host a work dinner, take your pick from this guide of Sydney’s best private dining rooms.
For the reunion: The Commons Local Eating House
The Commons Local Eating House combines a serene atmosphere, with old-school jazz tunes, impeccable cocktails and a delicious menu to top it all off. Where else would be better for you to reunite with old friends, or get in touch with family. Their cosy private dining room will make you feel right at home, as you feast on a fresh and seasonal food from cheese and salads to handmade pastas and Black Angus sirloin. You can sit 10 to 16 people here, so it’s nice and intimate. Perfect for a birthday, hens party or small team event.
The Commons Local Eating House & Downtown
32 Burton St, Darlinghurst
Open: Tues-Wed: 6pm–12am, Thurs:12pm-12am, Fri:12pm-1am, Sat: 8.30am-1am, Sun:8:30am-11pm
For good nearby bars: Bar H
Husband and wife team, chef Hamish Ingham and sommelier Rebecca Lines, are a match made in heaven at their venue Bar H. With interesting, exotic food combining Japanese, Chinese and Australian elements, you’ll be in for a treat here. Their private dining room is housed in their intimate wine cellar space and can seat 25 people for a sit down dinner. Plus, Bar H sits in a prime location in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs with Tio’s, Wild Rover and Golden Age Bar & Cinema just a hop, skip and jump away. Be prepared for a big night!
80 Campbell St, Surry Hills
Mon – Sat: 6pm-11:30pm, Sun: closed
For the very special occasion: glass brasserie
Renowned Sydney chef Luke Mangan’s glass brasserie is one of the pinnacles for fine dining in Sydney, and is the perfect place to celebrate a very special occasion. Whether it’s a milestone, a graduation, an engagement or something else, you’ll be treated very well here. You have a few private dining rooms to choose from at glass brasserie. The Kitchen Table sits up to 8 guests in a very stylish room including Georg Jensen designs and offers a degustation or a la carte menu. The Private Dining Table is set amongst their famous wall of wine and sits up to 14 people on the edge of the restaurant. Enjoy a good meal surrounded by those who love you and celebrate the good life at glass brasserie.
Hilton Hotel, 2/488 George St, Sydney
Mon-Fri :6–10am, 12–3pm, 6–9:30pm, Sat-Sun: 6-9:30pm
For the dinner with a view: O Bar and Dining
It’s often hard to find private dining rooms with a view. But at O Bar and Dining, not only do they have an exquisite private dining room, you also get 360 degree views of Sydney Harbour as the restaurant slowly rotates during your meal. Have Sydney as your side dish at this fine dining restaurant. The private dining room can sit up to 28 people on one table. You don’t have to feel too guilty after a night here either. The entire menu is influenced by healthy, natural ingredients, with specialised cocktails to match.
O Bar and Dining
Level 47, 264 George Street, Sydney
Mon-Thurs: 5pm-10:30pm Fri: 12pm-12am, Sat: 5pm-12am, Sun: 5pm-10:30pm
For the adventurous foodie: Lotus, The Galeries
The vibrant restaurant and dumpling bar, Lotus at The Galeries has some of the best private dining rooms in the Sydney CBD. Their cuisine is a delicious combination of modern Australian and Chinese flavours. With head chef Chris Yan, previously from Sydney Asian heavyweights China Doll and Billy Kwong, you know you’re in for a treat. You have your pick from 5 dining rooms – the all glassed Fish Bowl, for a more intimate occasion seating 8 people. The White Room or the Black Room that both fit up to 12 people at a round table. The Ying Yang room sits up to 20 guests on one long table. It’s a semi private room with glass doors so you still feel like you’re in the restaurant but then glass windows overlooking the QVB. The Blue Lady Room seats up to 40ppl and is also good for canapé style events. Lotus have set banquet menus available for groups of 4 or more, perfect for group dining.
Lotus, The Galeries
1, 500 George St, Sydney
For the meat-lovers: Porteño
If you’re a meat lover you have no doubt been to or at least heard of Porteńo restaurant in Surry Hills. This two-hat restaurant has two private dining rooms. For smaller groups, they have a private dining room downstairs that seats 10-14ppl. For larger groups wanting to devour slow cooked meat away from prying eyes you can book the Evita Room upstairs near Gardel’s Bar for groups of 15-40 people. Both spaces offer a banquet style Chef’s Menu.
358 Cleveland St, Surry Hills
Sun-Mon: Closed, Tues-Sat: 6pm-12am
For the garden party: CHISWICK
The private dining room at Chiswick in Woollhara will make you feel like you’re eating lunch in a greenhouse, with this beautiful set up overlooking their very own kitchen garden. With evergreen views, this country club style house is a little bit of LA meets Sydney, serving delicious food in a casual dining environment. The private dining room can hold up to 40 people on two tables and their share style menu changes seasonally.
65 Ocean St, Woollahra
Mon- Thurs: 12–2:30pm, 6–10pm, Fri-Sat:12–3pm, 5:30–10pm, Sun: 12–3pm, 6–9pm
For the beachside vibes: Public Dining Room
The Public Dining Room, overlooking the picturesque Balmoral Beach in Mosman is one of the best private dining rooms to enjoy on a clear summers day. With floor to ceiling windows showing that amazing view, you’ll be able to taste the sea salt in the air for a truly special occasion. Their private dining room can sit up to 33 people or for a bigger event, the terrace can hold up to 55 people. Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside!
Public Dining Room
2A The Esplanade, Mosman
Mon-Fri: 12-3pm, 6-9:30pm, Sat-Sun: 8-10am, 12-3pm, 6-9:30pm
For the casual dining experience: Hotel Centennial
Refined, casual dining at it’s best is what you get at Hotel Centennial in Woollahra. This large venue has several different rooms and dining areas with head chef Justin North at the helm of the kitchen. If you are looking for stylish private dining rooms that can accomodate up to 32 people, look no further than The High Table in the Scarlett Lounge. The High Table is a great place for good food, conversation and good times. Dine on a selection of comfort food with a combination of individual and share style dishes, championing Australian produce. Hotel Centennial is perfect for a laid back lunch or dinner. They also do a splendid high tea.
88 Oxford St, Woollahra
Mon: 5pm–12am, Tues-Sat: 12pm–12am, Sun: 12–10pm
For the wine and cocktail lovers: The Winery
Drink up, day or night, in one of their fabulous private dining rooms at the quirky, urban bar, The Winery in Surry Hills. In their retro-style Private Dining Room complete with portraits of Elvis Presley hanging on the walls, you can seat up to 30 people. Or their cool indoor garden space aptly named The Garden Room can sit up to 24 people. You can choose from one of three menus: their fun “Bring Me Food”, a share-style menu showcasing the chef’s selected dishes. The Four Courses menu, paired with prosecco and cocktails or their Girls Picnic, available only on the weekends and exclusively to the ladies. If your group spills to over 30 people you can combine the Private Dining Room and The Garden Room to seat 54.
285A Crown St, Surry Hills
For the inner-westie: Bloodwood
Bloodwood is all about the Inner-West even in it’s design, with an emphasis on recycled and industrial interior. You won’t get any over the top fine dining at this Newtown joint, just excellent service and a genuine, hearty menu of modern Australian food. Their banquet menu features some of their best dishes including fried chicken, BBQ pork ribs and polenta chips, paired with lots of craft beers and good wine. Their private dining room sits up to 16 people, perfect for more intimate events. So, if you agree that #InnerWestIsBest, you know where to go.
416 King St, Newtown
Mon-Sat: 5pm–12am,Sun: 12–10pm
For the lover of the simple things: The Paddington Inn
From the grill straight to the plate, is there any better way to experience meat and seafood? The Paddington Inn, or the Paddo to locals, is the known for its love of simplicity. What’s better, the private dining room is tucked away from the frivolity of the grill bar below. Bright by day, candlelit by night, the Paddy’s private room has something for every mood. Their private dining room can sit up to 20 people standing, or 30 people for a cocktail party. Next to a private open-air courtyard it’s the room for any occasion.
The Paddington Inn
338 Oxford St, Paddington