Looking to impress a work client with a lavish lunch or dinner? Consult this guide.
Nothing helps solidify a good business relationship quite like a long, lavish meal together. Whether you’re looking to onboard a new client, or treating an existing one, here is a guide on the best spots in Sydney for a meal out with clients.
A lavish meal out is epitomised at Bennelong restaurant in the Sydney Opera House. Here, the very best of Australia’s produce and wine takes centre stage. Two and three course à la carte menus are available for lunch starting from $110, with a three course à la carte option available for dinner. Don’t forget to pre-book, Bennelong is often fully booked weeks in advance.
Bennalong, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. Open lunch Friday – Sunday 12pm-2:15pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm-6pm, Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm-9pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm – 10pm.
Enter a world of 1950s glitz and glamour at this CBD newcomer. Replacing the old Steel Bar & Grill on Carrington Street, Bopp & Tone embodies everyday opulence and grandeur while also maintaining a welcoming atmosphere. Food-wise, you can expect an Australian menu with Mediterranean influences, centred on the share-style concept.
Bopp & Tone, 60 Carrington Street, Wynyard Park, Open Mon-Tues 11:30am-11:00pm, Weds-Thurs 11:30am-12:00am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sunday closed.
This particular French restaurant needs no introduction. Open only for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays (12pm-3pm), consider this your go-to evening hangout where decadence rules and your VIP clients are suitably impressed. For those looking for added privacy over dinner, Hubert offers a couple of private dining rooms, including an intimate ‘Port Cave’, seating 8-10 guests.
Restaurant Hubert, Basement 15 Bligh Street, Open Thurs-Fri 12pm-3pm + Dinner Mon-Sat 5pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Whether you’re a beer lover or simply appreciate a waterside view, The Squire’s Landing is a great option for a client meal. If you’re looking for a more casual experience, pull up a table in the downstairs Brewhouse and take your pick from the on tap brews and pub fare. Upstairs is a more formal affair, the restaurant serving up more intricate dishes that utilise seasonal produce.
The Squire’s Landing, Northern end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West, Open Sun-Thurs 10am-12am & Fri-Sat 10am-1am.
Inspired by the top steakhouses of North America, Rockpool Bar & Grill is an iconic restaurant in Sydney’s CBD. First opening in 1989, Rockpool continues to attract a large corporate client base. Reserve a table in the main dining room or request a private space in one of Rockpool’s multiple private and semi-private spaces. For your VIP clients, take them to The Boardroom. It is completely separate from the main dining room and seats up to 8ppl.
Rockpool Bar & Grill, 66 Hunter Street, Open Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm, Sat 5:30pm-11pm, Sun 6pm-10pm
As the flagship restaurant of Barangaroo House, Bea offers unparalleled views of Darling Harbour. Native Australian ingredients shine on Chef Tom Haynes’ menu, including whole roasted duck from the Southern Highlands and a 1.5kg Tomahawk from the Ranges Valley. The wine list echoes a similarly high level of quality, showcasing global wine regions and Australia’s top wine producers. Have we won you over yet?
Bea, 35 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, Open Mon-Weds 3pm to midnight, Thurs-Sun midday to midnight.
It goes without saying that Quay epitomises fine dining in Sydney’s CBD and is the ultimate restaurant to impress your clients. Let chef Peter Gilmore guide you and your guests through a menu that celebrates Australia’s diverse landscape; the Harbour Bridge and Sydney’s Opera House floating in the background. Be sure to reserve a table, Quay books out weeks in advance.
Quay, upper level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, Sydney. Open for restaurant lunch service Friday, Saturday and Sunday (bookings from 12pm to 1:30pm). Restaurant dinner service daily (bookings from 6pm to 9pm).
With a 250+ bottle wine list at your finger tips, Fix Wine Bar will impress even the fussiest wine drinkers in your group. Situated in the heart of Sydney on Elizabeth Street, let award winning sommelier Stuart Know tailor recommendations best suited to you and more importantly, your future/present client.
Fix Wine Bar, 111 Elizabeth Street Sydney, Open Mon-Weds 12pm-9pm, Thurs 12pm-9:30pm, Friday 12pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.
While Barangaroo is known for its vibrant and diverse dining scene, choosing where to go can often be overwhelming. Take out the guess work and make a booking at Turkish restaurant, Anason. With the harbour glistening in the background make your way through their cold and hot mezze menus. Add in some Turkish wine (available by the glass and bottle) and you’ve got yourself a fail proof dining experience.
Anason, 5/23 Barangaroo Avenue Barangaroo, NSW. Open Monday to Sunday 11:30am-10:00pm
Another gem down by the streets of Barangaroo is Cirrus. Offering stunning views across the northern end of Darling Harbour to Pyrmont and Goat island, the menu here is seafood focused fine dining. Good news for those keen on a lunch meeting, as Cirrus is open seven days from 12pm to 6pm.
Cirrus, 23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW, Open 7 days from 12pm to 6pm.
Tapavino have made their mark in Sydney with not one but three CBD restaurants. Tucked away on Bligh Street is the biggest of the three restaurants, Balcon by Tapavino. Its impressive wine list can only be matched by its quality Spanish tapas menu. The 80-seater venue comes with a sun-drenched outdoor courtyard, making it ideal of a long lunch.
Balcon by Tapavino, 17 Bligh Street Sydney, Open Monday – Friday 12pm-10pm.
Take your next client dinner to new heights with a visit to O Bar and Dining. Located on the 47th floor in Australia Square, you will always have the best seat in the house. The revolving restaurant gives you panoramic views of the city entire. O Bar and Dining is a great place to take out-of-town clients.
O Bar and Dining, Level 47 Australia Square, 264 George Street Sydney, Open lunch Fridays from 12pm & dinner 7 days from 5pm.
Tuscany’s revered cut of steak is celebrated at Bistecca on Bridge Street. You’ll want to steer clear of this restaurant if you have any vegetarians in the group, as this menu is solely comprised of the Bistecca alla Fiorentina cut of meat (available per 100gm) and a few simple sides. Match this with a robust red and you’ll be in meat-lovers paradise.
Bistecca, 3 Dalley Street, Sydney, Restaurant open Monday 6pm-10pm, Tues-Fri 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm, Saturday 6pm-10pm
Chef David Thompson doesn’t compromise on flavour at this Sydney rendition of Long Chim. Here, you’ll find Thai food done at its very best. Be warned, quite a few menu items are particularly spicy, so if you’re unsure as to your client’s tolerance, perhaps take heed. For those with a propensity for all things fiery, get ready to have your taste buds set alight for all the right reasons.
Long Chim, corner of Pitt Street & Angel Place, Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-late, Saturday dinner from 5pm.
This Parisian-style brasserie ticks all the boxes. Buzzy atmosphere? tick. Decadent French menu? tick. Impressive wine offering? Triple tick. Taking its cues from the city of love, you and your client will fall hopelessly for this Merivale restaurant.
Felix, 2 Ash Street, Sydney, Open Mon-Fri 12pm-10:30pm, Sat 5:30pm-10:20pm, Sun 12pm-9:30pm.
It’s only slightly out of the CBD, a short stroll through the Domain and you’re in Wolloomooloo but picture this. A big bowl of spaghetti, a crisp glass of wine and an unparalleled view of Finger Wharf. Otto Restaurant is all about decadence, making it the perfect destination for your VIP clients. While you might typically associate BYO with cheap and cheerful, Otto offers a special BYO menu option for groups of 8 or more guests. Bring along your favourite drop and while the hours away (while tactically closing deals).
Otto, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, Open Monday to Sunday 12pm – 10pm.
Another Woolloomooloo gem is China Doll. First opening its doors in 2004, this veteran in the dining scene continues to draw in a big corporate crowd. Big and bold Cantonese flavours take the centre stage, while Finger Wharf will offer a particularly appealing backdrop for your next business lunch.
China Doll, 4/6 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo, Open for lunch 7 days from 12pm-3pm, open for dinner 6pm-late.
Contemporary Indian flavours are celebrated at AKI’s in Woolloomooloo. Take your pick from either the a la carte menu or otherwise sit back and let the team feed you with their set banquet. One thing’s for certain, no one leaves hungry after a visit to AKI’s.
AKI’s, 1/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, Open Sun-Fri from 12pm. Open for dinner all nights from 6pm.
Half the fun of dining at Mr Wong is finding the restaurant. Hidden away on Bridge Street, this Cantonese hotspot is all about big punchy flavour combinations and hospitable service. Seating up to 240 guests over two levels, enter a buzzy world and dine on dumplings, duck, stir fries, seafood and beyond.
Mr Wong, 3 Bridge Lane, Sydney. See opening hours here.
After delighting Double Bay, Matteo next made its presence known with the opening of Matteo Downtown. Taking queues from the sexy and sophisticated streets of Milan, Matteo Downtown is an all-day Italian eatery, opening up possibilities for a sophisticated breakfast, lunch or dinner with your client.
Matteo Downtown, 20 Bond Street, Sydney. Open 7am-12am Monday – Friday, 5pm-12am Saturday, Closed Sundays.