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.
The Commons Local Eating House, Darlinghurst
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. 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 -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
Bar H, Surry Hills
Husband and wife team, chef Hamish Ingham and sommelier Rebecca Lines, are a match made in heaven at their venue Bar H. With interesting, food combining Japanese, Chinese and Australian elements, you’ll be in for a treat. 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 with nearby bars including Tio’s Cerveceria, Wild Rover and Golden Age Bar & Cinema just a hop, skip and jump away.
80 Campbell St, Surry Hills
Mon – Sat: 6pm-11:30pm, Sun: closed
Glass Brasserie, CBD
Renowned Sydney chef Luke Mangan’s glass brasserie is known for it’s fine dining feel in Sydney, and is great for a corporate lunch or special celebration. You have a few private dining rooms to choose from at glass brasserie. The Kitchen Table sits up to 8 guests in a stylish room featuring Georg Jensen designs and offers a degustation or a la carte menu. The Private Dining Table is an exclusive table set on the edge of the restaurant, away from the direct view of surrounding tables and sits up to 14 people. The Wine Bar (pictured) is our favourite spot. It seats up to 38 people and overlooks the Queen Victoria Building. It sits below their towers of wine and is completely private.
Hilton Hotel, 2/488 George St, Sydney
Mon-Fri :6–10am, 12–3pm, 6–9:30pm, Sat-Sun: 6-9:30pm
O Bar and Dining, CBD
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
Lotus Dining, CBD
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
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
Public Dining Room, Mosman
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
Hotel Centennial, Woollahra
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 at Hotel Centennial in Woollahra. 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
The Winery, Surry Hills
Drink up, day or night, in one of the 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
Bloodwood is all about the Inner-West even in it’s design, with an emphasis on recycled and industrial interior. You won’t get stuffy 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
Paddo Inn Bar & Grill, Paddington
From the grill straight to the plate, is there any better way to experience meat and seafood? The Paddo Inn 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 Paddo Inn’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 Paddo Inn Bar & Grill
338 Oxford St, Paddington
Toko Sydney, Surry Hills
Toko in Surry Hills is an institution that has been gracing food lovers with their amazing cocktails and modern Japanese cuisine for over ten years. In the middle of the restaurant is a large communal table, packed almost every night. You’ll have full view of fresh sashimi being made along with hot flames from the robbata grill. At the back of the restaurant is an intimate private dining room, perfect for birthday, hens parties or entertaining clients. It seats 12-18 people and banquet menus start from $68 per person along with a 10% service charge for groups of ten or more.
490 Crown Street, Surry Hills
+61 2 9357 6100
Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12pm – 3pm, Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5.30pm – 11pm, Friday & Saturday 5.30pm – 12pm
The Squires Landing, The Rocks
This James Squire’s flagship brewhouse offers a private table for 10 with water views over the Sydney Opera House. Here you can enjoy a menu focused on produce from the sea and land and cooked over fire at one of Sydney’s newest waterfront destinations. It’s a fine-dining view without the fine-dining price tag.
The Squires Landing
Northern end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West, The Rocks 2000
(02) 8014 5661
Sun- Thurs: 10am- 12am, Fri & Sat: 10am- 1am.
NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, Barangaroo
Soak up the lively atmosphere at this New Orleans, Louisiana-inspired restaurant and bar from the comfort of NOLA’s private dining room. The space seats up to 15 and offers a shared menu for groups, including the likes of smoked and slow cooked meats as well as a selection of other dishes all influenced by this vibrant state. Come the end of the night, whiskey lovers will be spoilt for choice with NOLA bar’s 600+ bottles of American whiskey’s available.
NOLA Smokehouse and Bar
Level 1, One International Towers Sydney, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo South NSW 2000
(02) 9188 3039
Mon – Fri 11:45am – 1am, Sat 4pm – 1am, Sun 11:45am – 6pm.