Best Sydney Christmas And New Year’s Eve Dining Experiences 2019

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Tired of cooking? Celebrate the festivities with an upscale meal at one of the best restaurants in Sydney.

Not every restaurant is open on Christmas Day. After a quick ring around, the five star hotels including The Park Hyatt and The Four Seasons all have special events on you can book.

Bill’s at Bondi is also opening with a special Christmas Day lunch, and in addition, we found the following, but book now, if you want to ensure you wont have to cook ( or clean) this Christmas.

O Bar and Dining

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Take Christmas to new heights.

O Bar and Dining is a contemporary food experience unlike any other.

Located on George Street, this restaurant offers revolving panoramic views of the Sydney skyline.

Chef Michael Moore, owner of O Bar and Dining is known to be one of Australia’s more respected chef’s in the industry.

His menu takes a modern spin on some of Australia’s highest quality seasonal produce. 

Each dish is curated to appease to both sight and taste.

Not to mention the bar offers a generous selection of cocktails to choose from.

Take Christmas to a whole new level with an undeniably delectable 4 course lunch at one of Sydney’s finest restaurants.

O Bar and Dining is also open for New Year Eve.

For more details click here.

Spice Temple

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Spice up New Year’s Eve at Spice Temple with delicious food from Neil Perry.

Spice Temple is one of Sydney’s most famous underground restaurants.

Hidden behind a giant door on Blight Street in the Sydney CBD, guests are made to walk down a flight of stairs to which at the bottom they are met with the buzz and moody red lighting of Spice Temple.

The intimate dining space has an oriental-style atmosphere to accompany the Chinese inspired menu.

Neil Perry, owner of Spice Temple, specifically chose to centre the menu around the food of lesser known Chinese provinces such as Sichuan, Yunnan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Xingjiang.

The restaurant also pays homage to the famous Chinese zodiac signs by having a signature cocktail for each one.

Served banquet-style, meals are made to share around the table making this the perfect New Year’s Eve dining experience. 

Spice Temple is not open Christmas Day.


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Dinner with stunning views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge at Aria, Sydney.

On 2019 New Year’s Eve the Aria Restaurant will be celebrating 20 years since opening.

Owned by well-known chef and restauranteur Matt Moran, the restaurant will be putting on a special one off event which offers a 5 course tasting menu, premium drinks and access to the exclusive Aria Terrace to watch the fireworks from.

The Aria restaurant is located in Circular Quay with amazing views of both the Opera House and The Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Known for its contemporary Australian haute cuisine, the menu is carefully created to show off the beautiful local produce.

This spectacularly unmatched harbour-side restaurant is guaranteed to provide a night of luxury to ring in the new year.

The Aria Restaurant is also open Christmas Day.

Nick’s Seafood Restaurant

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Decadent seafood is perfect for the festive season.

Located at the heart of Darling Harbour in The Promenade just off Cockle Bay Wharf lies the infamous Nick’s Seafood Restaurant.

This restaurant is always buzzing with guests eager to enjoy a wide selection of freshly sources Australian fish and crustaceans to indulge in, accompanied by stunning waterfront views.

Nick Manettas’ (owner of Nick’s Seafood Restaurant) love for seafood developed at a young age when he would help his father sell fish at the markets as a teenager.

From humble beginnings, the pair grew their local business into a company which now has 6 restaurants dotted around Sydney’s CBD.

Last year Nick’s Seafood Restaurant celebrated 20 years of success and will continue to do so for as long as their sea-to-plate dishes remain delicious.

On Christmas Day Nick’s Seafood Restaurant offers a special 4 course lunch that highlights the most sought-after dishes on the menu.

With complimentary bon bons, this culinary landmark is the perfect spot to experience an exquisite Christmas lunch with family.

Nick’s Seafood Restaurant is also open for New Year’s Eve. For more information click here.

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