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“Iconic Spot”

Bennelong Restaurant Sydney
Ranked #133 of 6 846 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
Reviewed 28 June 2018

I took my family here for dinner last night. Ambience was fantastic and I love the fact the interior/decor has not changed for 40yrs. The set menu is nice but the serves are quite small. The Election of wines are extraordinary and expensive. Service was nice. Over all this is a very expensive restaurant, but you get what you pay for.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

I went there for a girl’s lunch a few weeks ago. The food is on par with the rest of Sydney’s restaurants but nothing really special.. I’m pretty sure the restaurant has not changed the decor since the 70s. The food and wine was expensive. Total bill was almost $1,000 for 6 people for food and wine.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Having always wanted to dine at a Peter Gilmore restaurant, and with Quay currently being closed for renovations, we thought that Bennelong might give us a taste of the fare by one of Australia's top chefs.

We secured a late seating (20:45) on a Friday night. After a fantastic boat trip to the steps of the Opera House we arrived in high spirits, looking forward to a great meal.
Having arrived about 30 minutes early, thinking we might have a cocktail at the bar, or perhaps even be seated early, we were taken aback by the incredibly rude, dismissive attitude from the front of house staff.

We had to find ourselves a seat at the bar, only to have the staff member who "greeted" us (possibly the maître d', however he never introduced himself) come over and angrily tell us to move to different seats. We were then thoroughly ignored by the maître d' for the next hour. Bar staff did offer us drinks and a bar menu, however there was no apology, or even explanation for the delay in seating us.

Eventually we were seated, and given menus. Our waitress was very nice, and the only staff member to redeem the experience in any way.

We had a 3 course set menu, and my wife had a glass of wine. The wine was very good, however the food was rather pedestrian. It was competently cooked, well presented, and tasty enough, however there was no spark, or flair to make it stand out from a thousand other restaurants. Quite aside from the abysmal service, there was nothing that would make us want to come back to try more dishes.

Overall we were thoroughly disappointed by the experience we had at what is meant to be one of Sydney's finer restaurants (having scored 2 Hats in the Goodfood Guide). How this restaurant scored the same number of hats as the incomparable Tetsuya's is a mystery, and I could not recommend it to anyone.

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Adriana B, Public Relations Manager at Bennelong Restaurant Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Good evening,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience at Bennelong. I am very sorry to hear this is what you encountered when dining with us.

General Manager Trish would very much like to get in touch personally with you to offer some resolve. Would you kindly send your direct contact details to trish@bennelong.com.au?

Kindest regards,
Adriana

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

We having dinner in this restaurant which is inside the Sydney Opera House. The food was delicious and really recommend going here especially if you are doing the Opera.

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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Dined before the opera with friends recently. We had the three set course meal and wine (one bottle between four). Very nice food – I had scallops with crispy bacon (probably the pick of the first course offerings), barramundi with hazelnuts and the signature chocolate cake – excellent presentation but very small servings and pricy at $120. Sides were extra and pricey too.

Still, worth doing as a pre-theatre treat once.

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