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The Best Private Dining Rooms In Sydney For Special Occasions

By Georgia Condon

Private Dining Room Sydney

Sydney/Eora is endowed with world-class restaurants—but sometimes special occasions call for a little exclusivity.

At Urban List we love a party (especially when there's fantastic food and drinks involved), so we’ve collected the best private dining rooms in Sydney to consider booking for your next Christmas party, birthday celebration, milestone event, or just-because dinner party.

New: Totti's Bondi

283 Bondi Road, Bondi

a rustic private dining room at Totti's in SydneyImage credit: Totti's | Steven Woodburn

Totti's might be Sydney's most popular restaurant—and while the leafy olive tree-lined courtyard is a top pick for a long lunch with a group of friends, you'll be sharing that space with droves of other Totti's fans. For a more private affair, Totti's has just revealed its very own private dining room. 

Hidden within the Totti's courtyard behind a vine-covered wall, this private spot has been styled like a proper Italian trattoria and can seat up to 18 guests. Light filters through the seagrass ceiling as the sun sets and large pendant lights create a warm glow, giving a true European summer feel. You'll have access to the full Totti's menu, including the famous signature wood-fired bread. 

Jacksons On George

176 George Street, Sydney CBD

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Jacksons on George | Tom Ferguson

Once a buzzy late-night CBD pub, Jacksons on George is in a shiny new era as a three-storey precinct with a rooftop bar, a casual public bar, and a Euro-style bistro with a private dining room for up to 26 guests.

Bistro George is a modern Euro eatery and offers three set menus packed with favourites like chicken liver parfait with bitter orange and toasted brioche, corn-fed rotisserie chicken with lemon thyme stuffing, and heritage beetroot with buffalo milk curd and fermented honey. There’s a 250-strong wine list to pair with your meal, featuring classic European drops as well as exciting new Australian upstarts.

Ursula's

92 Hargrave Street, Paddington

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Ursula's | Instagram

You've likely seen the stunning interiors of the Paddington restaurants splashed across your Instagram as one of the most beautiful restaurants in Sydney, but Ursula's private dining room, The Blue Room, is so much more than a pretty face.

This excellent Sydney restaurant does private dining perfectly, hosting up to 12 lucky guests in this intimate space for chef/owner Phil Wood's retro, modern, native, and nostalgic Australian cuisine and hand-picked wines, with a private balcony with Sydney city views to top it all off.

A’Mare

1 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

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a'Mare | Instagram

Chef Alessandro Pavoni is behind this refined, classic Italian spot in Crown Sydney, which we reckon is one of Sydney’s best Italian restaurants.

With serious polish and impeccable service, a’Mare is a no-brainer for special occasions, with private dining rooms including The Wine Room (for up to 10 seated guests) The Library (for up to 12) and The Harbour View Room (for up to 55) and semi-private dining spaces for larger groups.

The fresh, seasonal Italian fare on the set menus is well suited to group dining, with elevated snacks and starters, house-made pasta, and a top-tier tiramisu on the cards.

Restaurant Hubert

15 Bligh Street, Sydney CBD

Restaurant Hubert is an old-school, Paris-inspired restaurant with big jazzy energy, bucketloads of charm, and a much-loved chicken fricassée.

As well as the lively main dining room, Hubert has two private dining rooms (The Botero Boardroom and The Port Cave), and the beautifully restored Theatre Royale: a functioning cinema/performance space that can host up to 45 seated guests between the tiered seats and stage.

NOMAD

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills

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NOMAD Sydney | Instagram

Celebrating 10 years in September 2023, NOMAD knows all about hosting a good time, especially in its private dining room. The Wine Cave is an intimate, bottle-lined space that can seat up to 26 guests, and NOMAD's main dining room can also be split into semi-private dining spaces for groups of up to 70.

The house-cured charcuterie (which might include trout pastirma, Wagyu pastrami and duck mortadella) and beloved olive oil ice cream sandwich bookend banquet dining options, with beverage packages featuring NOMAD's unique wine selection available.

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Chiswick

65 Ocean Street, Woollahra

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Chiswick | Instagram

A gorgeous garden oasis, Chiswick has a pretty private dining room that can host up to 40 guests, with a menu overseen by Matt Moran, featuring his own Moran Family Farm produce.

Looking out to the kitchen garden that grows seasonal veggies and herbs that feature across the menu and leafy Chiswick Gardens, the private dining room feels like a countryside greenhouse, and the communal-style dining is perfect for jovial celebrations with friends and family.

Icebergs Dining Room And Bar

1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach

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Icebergs Dining Room and Bar | Steven Woodburn

A heavyweight of Sydney's special occasion dining scene, Icebergs' private dining room has to be one of the world's most beautiful, with sea-blue elements and all-glass balcony railings that make you feel immersed in the powerful Pacific.

Gather a crowd of up to 40 guests to soak in the glory of the Pacific Room, where, typically, you'll start with Maurice Terzini's modern Italian, share-style entrées, before being silver-served mains by a team of dedicated waiters while enjoying drinks from the Pacific Room's own private bar—luxe.

Armorica Grande Brasserie

490 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Bringing the fun, energy and excitement of Paris to Surry Hills, Armorica has a spacious 18-seat private dining room hidden behind its main space's expansive wine wall, with timber-detailed ceilings, hand-crafted European oak joinery, and patina-flecked mirrors throughout.

The best of Aussie seafood and meat is prepared with respect to the techniques and heritage of Northern France, with luxe seafood towers, steak frites, and decadent desserts on the set menus available for your group from $85pp.

Bopp & Tone

60 Carrington Street, Sydney CBD

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Bopp & Tone

With an opulent, vintage-inspired aesthetic that packs a lot of grandeur, Bopp & Tone is an ideal CBD spot for any celebration, but its private dining room takes things up a notch.

Accommodating up to 28 guests on a convivial long table, the private space's style takes inspiration from Perrier Jouet’s Champagne Belle Époque, with lavish wooden furnishings, gold details and florals aplenty, and it has private access to an outdoor terrace.

As for the food, the generous, share-style group dining menus have Mediterranean influences and offer seafood, premium steaks, and satisfying sides your guests will love.

Promenade Bondi Beach

Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach

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Promenade | Instagram

Promenade is a sprawling beachfront spot built into the historic Bondi Pavilion, complete with a beachfront verandah, a sunny terrace bar, and a private dining space called The Grotto with its own ocean views.

Suitable for up to 12 guests, The Grotto feels like a chic coastal space, and offers two banquet menus spanning Promenade's ocean-forward fare like Sicilian crudo, charcoal-roasted proteins, and house-made pasta perfect for sharing.

Pearl

50 Bridge Street, Sydney CBD

Pairing Sydney Harbour Bridge views with a reimagined Cantonese menu, Pearl is an elevated CBD restaurant from the beloved Lotus Dining Group with a few private dining rooms.

Taking inspiration from Hong Kong, Pearl's menu spans the three main elements of dim sum, barbeque and seafood, with roast duck (which takes three days to prepare), char siu pork and seafood dishes integrating plenty of premium ingredients. A 200-bottle wine list and signature cocktails round out the offering.

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Image credit: Totti's | Steven Woodburn

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