Finding somewhere to dine when you’re in a group can be hard. Ideally you want a restaurant where you can make a reservation and have a delicious menu that you can share around and enjoy together. We know the struggle is real and, as always, care for your eating and drinking wellbeing, so we’ve compiled a list of Sydney’s best restaurants to go with a pack of pals.
The lovely people at Bishop Sessa love it when you make a booking. None of that showing up and having to wait for a table, just drop them a line on their Twitter, Facebook or website, it doesn’t matter – they just like to know you’re coming. This is a very handy practice, especially if you’re going to be dining with a big group. Keep the ordering simple and choose the degustation, which perfectly highlights the nose to tail sustainable approach of this restaurant. Heading out on a Monday or Tuesday? Bishop Sessa offers a $49 menu, where you can choose any three dishes from the regular menu. Book us in!
If you like the sound of unlimited pizza and pasta, we’ve got you covered. Surry Hills’ restaurant Pizza Autentico is catering to the carb-hungry amongst us, with their unlimited menu options that are perfect for large groups. Menus start at just $20 or $29 for a 2.5 hour feast. Think delectable pizza toppings like spicy Italian sausage, anchovies and olives, or buffalo mozzarella with cherry tomatoes and shaved parmesan. Yum. They’re also open for lunch (hello $15 weekday special!), if you’re in need of a tasty few hours away from the desk.
Sura by Ku
Not only does Sura by Ku take bookings, which makes for a hassle free night out with the gang, the contemporary Asian menu is perfect to share with friends. The pork belly taco is a renowned favourite, with creamy apple daikon slaw, barley and shallot, as is the lemon-pepper squid and the sweet soy duck. This Woollahra restaurant is well worth checking out.
Charing Cross Hotel
Coming into winter, we can’t think of a better way to escape the cold than a Sunday lunch at the casually sophisticated Charing Cross Hotel in Waverley. Talk it out with your friends and pre-order a Sunday group special, choosing from a whole large snapper, 6 point rib of dry aged beef, haunch of aged venison, saddle of Suffolk lamb or a pot roasted pig’s head. Chuck some proper roast potatoes on the plate, surround yourself with red wine and you’ve got a perfect Sunday with friends.
Vine Double Bay
This Double Bay dining room offers a contemporary French-inspired menu, designed to share, making it the perfect venue for a long lunch with a large group. Sit at a long table in the open and bright restaurant and tuck into their large sharing plates, like heritage free range pork with roasted apples, black pudding and potato puree or New Zealand pink snapper with mussels, clams and grenobloise sauce.
The Victoria Room
Catch up with pals at the decadent and grand Victoria Room in Darlinghurst for the ultimate classy night out. The weekend high tea is excellent and a perfect way to catch up with the girls, or perhaps cocktails and the beautifully decorated bar to make you feel like a Royal. Whatever mood you’re in, and however many people who may be with you, Sydney bar and restaurant, The Victoria Room, will have you sorted.
The Powder Keg
Located in the heart of Potts Point, this new Sydney bar is blending gin-based cocktails with 17th century Dutch and English fare for the ultimate gin-fuelled experience. Inspired by the history of jenever, gin and the cocktail, The Powder Keg boasts Sydney’s largest gin collection, with over 120 types of gin sourced from around the world so the more people you have in your party, the more gins you can sample! Line your stomach with oysters with gin and tonic sorbet, quail scotch egg with smoked potatoes or larger plates like pastrami pork fillet with crackling, barley, apricot and black garlic. Whatever you do, be prepared to drink and eat, and drink some more when you visit The Powder Keg.
There’s no need to worry about splitting the bill at Vapiano, where you are given a chip card when you enter which you can charge all your food and drink on and simply pay on the way out. This makes it perfect for a quick group lunch with workmates or a delicious dinner with a big group of friends. All of a sudden ordering and the dreaded bill paying, has never been so simple. Cheers to that!
This authentic Lebanese restaurant is bursting at the seams with delicious, freshly prepared food to have you in a food coma for days. We’re talking baba ganoush, hummus, tabouleh, falafel, kofta and kibeh – grab as many friends as you can find and prepare yourselves for an epic Lebanese feast, because you’re worth it.
Get the gang together for an end-of-week chill out at Contrabando in the CBD. Stop by at lunch time for a heap of delicious, Mexican inspired specials, like $10 mojitos, buckets of four Aguilla for $20, $20 jugs of sangria and any four tacos for $20. If that doesn’t sound like a party to get the weekend started, we don’t know what does!
Image: The Powder Keg