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 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, Open 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, with dishes influenced by this vibrant state including the likes of smoked and slow cooked meats. 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, Open Mon – Thurs 11:45am– 1am, Fri: 11:30am- 1am, Sat 4pm – 1am, Sun 11:45am – 6pm.
Bopp & Tone
Bopp & Tone’s sophisticated private dining room is ideal for work functions, client luncheons, birthdays and engagements. The private space offers an intimate dining experience for up to 28 guests. The lavish wooden furnishings, gold details and abundance of florals create interiors which exude luxury and glamour.
Bopp & Tone, 60 Carrington St, Wynyard Park, 02 9299 9997, Open Mon & Tues 11:30am-11:00pm, Wed & Thurs 11:30am-12:00am, Fri & Sat 11:30am-1am. Closed Sun.
Nour (meaning ‘Light’ in Arabic) opened in Surry Hills in 2016 with a dream to present classic Lebanese and Middle Eastern flavors in a fresh, exciting way. And that they have done. Nour’s intimate Private Dining Room seats up to 16 guests and boasts an entire glass wall overlooking their beautiful decking. Offering two set menus for $69pp and $79pp available for groups of 7 or more. A minimum spend of $1500 applies from Tuesday to Thursday, and $2000 on Friday and Saturday (subject to change during peak seasons).
Nour, Shop 3, 490 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW, 02 9331 3413, Open Tues– Sat dinner: 5.30pm to 10pm, Thurs – Sat lunch: 12pm to 2pm.
Busby is the secret room which lies underneath Riley St Garage, tucked away for those looking for the perfect private dining setting. The versatile space can accommodate up to 36ppl seated, and is suitable for intimate events, product launches, long lunches or even business meetings. The elegant setting is complete with a private bar, and knocked back interior cleverly designed by Alexander & Co to reflect the mechanic’s workspace. Set menus range from $75pp to $110pp, with drinks packages also available.
Busby, 55 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo 2011, 0477 012 828, Open Tues- Sat: 12pm- late, Sun & Mon: Closed.
bibo Wine Bar
Bibo is an elegant yet relaxed restaurant and wine bar, offering top quality Mediterranean food with Portuguese influence and an extensive wine list. Get cosy at bibo with their private function options, available in the Upstairs Dining Room, Courtyard or Whole Venue. With Canapé Menu’s for stand up cocktail functions and the Chef’s Menus for sit down events. The menu preferences, budget and dietary requirements can also be customised for you. Their private spaces can accommodate functions from 8 to 110 guests.
bibo Wine Bar, 7 Bay St, Double Bay, NSW, 02 9362 4680, Open Mon- Thurs: 5:30pm – close, Fri, Sat & Sun: midday- close.
Restaurant Hubert serve some of the highest quality french cuisine, pour delicious wine and play live jazz. It’s no wonder this winning combo has won over so many Sydneysiders as a favourite dining spot. Hubert offers two intimate private dining rooms, and both the ‘Port Cave’ and the ‘Botero Boardroom’ private rooms fit 8-10 guests and offer a Petit Banquet $95pp or Grand Banquet $145pp with an option to add matching wines by sommelier Andy Tyson.
Hubert, Basement 15 Bligh Street, Sydney, 02 9232 0881, Open Mon- Sat: 5pm- 1am. Closed Sundays.
Located in Sydney’s diverse suburb of Chatswood, General Chao offers a premium modern Australian-Asian dining experience. With two private dining room on offer, this is the perfect solution to your next gathering. Private Dining Room 1 seats max 10 people, with a minimum spend $800 and Private Dining Room 2 seats max 14 people with a minimum spend of $1000.
General Chao, 436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW, 02 9411 7977, Open Sun- Wed: 12pm‑ 10pm, Thurs: 12pm‑ 11pm, Fri & Sat: 12pm‑Midnight.
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. The private dining room can sit up to 28 people on one table. The entire menu is influenced by healthy, natural ingredients, with specialised cocktails to match.
O Bar and Dining, Level 47, 264 George Street, Sydney, 02 9247 9777, Open Dinner: Mon- Sun from 5pm, Lunch: Fri from 12pm.
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. 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 both fitting 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. The Blue Lady Room seats up to 40ppl and works well for canapé style events. Lotus have set banquet menus available for groups of 4 or more, perfect for group dining.
Lotus, The Galeries, 500 George St, Sydney, 02 9267 3699, Open Mon- Sat: Lunch, 12pm – 3pm, Dinner, 5.30pm – 10pm, Sunday: Lunch, 12pm – 3pm, Dinner, 5.30pm – 9pm
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.
CHISWICK, 65 Ocean St, Woollahra, Open Mon- Thurs: 12–2:30pm, 6–10pm, Fri-Sat: 12–3pm, 5:30–10pm, Sun: 12–9pm
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.
Public Dining Room, 2A The Esplanade, Mosman, Open Mon-Fri: 12-3pm, 6-9:30pm, Sat: 8-10am, 12-3pm, 6-9:30pm, Sun: 8-10am, 12-3pm
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. With the option to combine the Private Dining Room and The Garden Room to seat 54. You can choose from one of three menus: their fun ‘Bring Me Food’, a share-style menu showcasing the chef’s selected dishes. The ‘4Courses’ menu, paired with prosecco and cocktails or their ‘Girls Picnic’, available only on the weekends and exclusively to the ladies.
The Winery, 285A Crown St, Surry Hills, Open Mon-Sun: 12pm-12am
Bloodwood is all about the Inner-West even in it’s design, with an emphasis on recycled and industrial interior. At this Newtown joint, you’ll get 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.
Bloodwood, 416 King St, Newtown, Open Dinner: Mon-Sun: from 5pm, Lunch: Sat & Sun from 12pm
Paddo Inn, 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. Situated next to a private open-air courtyard it’s the room for any occasion. Seating up to 20 people standing, or 30 people for a cocktail party.
The Paddo Inn, 338 Oxford St, Paddington, Open Sun- Thurs: 12pm-12am, Fri & Sat: 12pm – 1am.
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 10+ years. 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.
Toko Sydney, 490 Crown Street, Surry Hills, 02 9357 6100, Open Lunch: Tues- Sat 12pm – 3pm, Dinner: Mon- Thurs 5.30pm – 11pm, Fri & Sat 5.30pm – 12pm