After the sun sets and the stars come out, Sydney comes out to play. A perfect night starts with a perfect dining experience, and while there is no shortage of remarkable dining experiences to be had, it’s worth taking the time to find something a little different, a little unique and oh so very Sydney.
If you are interested in a bit of history then the latest addition to the vibrant Rocks dining scene, ‘Scarlett Restaurant’ would be a great choice. The restaurant is located within the historical Harbour Rocks Hotel and takes its name from a famous Sydney “madam” who, during the late 1800s, plied her trade from neighbouring terrace houses. You can enjoy fine dining in the HRH Private Dining Room for intimate dinners, or important corporate lunches. If cocktail parties are more your thing, book out the Private Terrace for up to 50 guests, overlooking the historic Nurses Walk – a reminder that the striking heritage building housing the Scarlett Restaurant is located on the site of Sydney’s first tent hospital.
To make sure you can take advantage of their extensive wine list, you may want to book a room to end your night. You will also be within walking distance of all Circular Quay’s attractions which makes it easy if you are spending the weekend!
Another memorable dining experience is at Front Restaurant at The Sebel Pier One. This is alfresco dining at its best. Right on the water, overlooking the most spectacular harbour in the world, it’s the perfect place to savour the modern Australian menu which includes a bountiful selection of fresh seafood. With amazing views of the harbour it’s hard not to enjoy your meal. Front restaurant is also close to all the main city attractions so you can either kick on after your meal at their very own Front Bar or head off in the city and make a night of it!
Venturing a little further afield – just 45 minutes from the centre of Sydney you will discover the beautiful Berowa Waters Inn. This unique restaurant is situated in luscious bushland on the Hawkesbury River and offers a degustation menu in architecturally awarded surrounds. It can only be accessed by boat so grab a water taxi, take the restaurant’s private ferry service or, for an exceptional experience, catch a seaplane all the way from Rose Bay. Be sure to book ahead!
If you prefer dinner with altitude, head to 36 Levels Above the Rocks, located (obviously) 36 levels above the Shangri-La Hotel. You will be wowed with a panoramic view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House while dining on the finest modern Australian cuisine – the restaurant was the recipient of the Chef’s Hat by the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide in 2012.
If the harbour is Sydney’s most iconic feature, why not get out on the water for a unique perspective on this famous waterway? Combine luxury dining with sightseeing on a Sydney Show Boats dinner cruise, you will be shown the harbour’s breathtaking vistas at night and all its famous landmarks.
A trip to Sydney is not complete without riding the elevator to the heights of Sydney Tower. If you have not seen Sydney by night this will be an unforgettable experience. The extensive banquet menu will be perfect for everyone including families or large groups. You will dine whilst enjoying 360º revolving views of this magnificent city and there is something on the menu to please everybody.
For those seeking something a little more low key and quiet, hidden right in the heart of the bustling city is a gorgeous restaurant that is worth seeking out! Nestled in the beautiful surrounds of the botanical gardens, the Botanic Gardens Restaurant offers tranquil open-air dining, making it perfect for long summer nights. The secluded and relaxing location is also ideal for weddings and functions.
With so many unique experiences to be had in Sydney, don’t let your next dinner turn into just another night out. For a fun and unforgettable evening, seek out one of Sydney’s unique experiences, especially if you want to surprise a friend or a loved one – give them a night out they will always remember.
Author Bio: Carla C. Burton is a self-employed Travel and Hospitality writer with a BBA in Business Administration from Bond University. Although a Gold Coast native, Carla moved to Melbourne in 2008 to further her writing career in the Travel industry. Carla has become a top contributor to many Travel blogs world-wide and thoroughly enjoys the freedom that self-employment has provided her.