When it comes to lunch, more is definitely the merrier. Team lunches are always a perfect opportunity to bond and share… And, of course, eat! Make the most of it without compromising on taste or atmosphere with our list of Sydney’s best restaurants for team lunches.
A lunch with the team doesn’t need to be boring or expensive, especially if you head to Small Bar on Erskine Street. It’s the perfect spot for groups, even if you’ve got 10 or 60, and there are four spots in the bar to choose between. But what about the food, we hear you ask. Patience, Listers, we’ve got you. There are plenty of burgers (cheese, pulled pork, or grilled chicken), a haloumi salad, and a delicious dish of smoked salmon toast. If you’re leaning towards a function, there are cold platters, hot platters, burger platters and, well, just… lots of awesome platters, really. Booze-wise, they’ve got you more than covered, with tap beers, 35 wines by the glass, and a great whisky selection. Because what is a work lunch without a drunk Steve from accounts?
The stunning views and tempting menu at The Butler is perfect for long lunches. This eclectic oasis is nestled in the backstreets of Potts Point and dishes out cocktails and food with a French colonial influence and modern flair. Let the skilled chefs take you on a journey through the French Caribbean with dishes such as Tabasco prawns with mango salsa and coconut quinoa, and black bean boulettes with couscous and collard greens. The spacious dining area at The Butler is perfect for every crowd, with high ceilings, botanical wall coverings and a richly luxe green space out on their balcony overlooking the Domain. Relish in the afternoon warmth as you take in the beautiful city skyline illuminated by the sun’s natural light.
The best foods are often shared, which is exactly what Barrafina in Sydney’s CBD is all about. Tapas style dining is their specialty, with small plates of soft shell crab sliders, crispy zucchini flowers and chicken liver parfait, that’s perfect if you want a taste of everything. If you’re overwhelmed by the variety of delicious choices, they also offer a $30, $40 or $50 set menu, or $44 corporate menu for groups of six or more. They also do a $20 express lunch every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12pm-3pm.
Martin Place Bar
This laid-back pub in the middle of the CBD is a perfect spot for a casual team lunch. You know, the kind of lunches that involve a quality schnitty and a whole lot of fries. Their seasonal weekday lunch menu features locally sourced produce with everything from free-range chicken, to grass-fed Cape Grim rib sirloin, and a pie that’s totally worth Instagramming. If you’re lucky enough to be in for lunch on Wednesdays, join in The Great Aussie BBQ from 12pm-2pm which is hugely popular (so make sure you book!).
If you ask any Italian, eating is all about sharing and enjoying delicious food. Casoni knows this, which is why their dishes are best shared with friends (or team mates in this case). Usually only open for dinner, Casoni will open their doors exclusively to your team for Friday lunch, provided you book in advance. Just think, all of that glorious hand made pasta, arancini, and lamb shoulder could be yours, and only yours on Friday. Organise this for your team and office glory and corporate high fives shall be yours!
Pizza is the ultimate party food in our books, and when you don't have to worry about how much you're ordering, it's even better. At Pizza Autentico in Surry Hills, you can share unlimited pizza for $15 a person at lunch with your teammates, for your whole lunch hour. Want to turn it into a a cheesy team bonding exercise in the best sense of the word? Upgrade with arancini (why yes, hello) and other sides for $29 a person and two and half hours to indulge in as much pizza, caprese and salad as humanly possible. Now that’s what we call a long lunch. And don't let the vegans or gluten intolerant down - for a little extra the Pizza Autentico crew can happily accommodate their needs too.
Miranda and CBD
Mejico’s philosophy is based on market-to-table Mexican food, meaning they source the freshest ingredients directly from producers to create all of their dishes. Grab a group of friends, family or colleagues to enjoy a vibrant and exciting lunching experience. Choose from small plates of three-bean dip, corn lollipops or pork belly to whet the appetite, followed by bigger plates of vegetable paella, lamb adobo or achiote chicken. You’ll be sure to leave with a bit more spice in your step! There are locations in Miranda and the CBD, so you shouldn't have to travel too far for a good feed.
When everyone is bombarded with heavy workloads and looming deadlines, there isn’t always time to venture out for team lunches (boo!). Youfoodz is here to the rescue by offering healthy meal deliveries to ensure your sad desk lunch will be sad no more. Choose from light superfood salads, to warm butter chicken with coconut and capsicum, everything is made fresh and delivered straight to you. Easy!
Co-owners Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan offer a casual dining venue in the beautiful Sydney suburb of Woollahra. All dishes at Chiswick are a reflection of the changing seasons and the simplicity of great produce. Start off with the Cloudy Bay clam with garlic and rosemary, or prawn popcorn with spiced mayonnaise and lemon. Follow this up with the roast pork cutlet, cauliflower and garden broadbeans, or Cone Bay barramundi, roasted onion and thyme. There are also share plates, sides and sweets to satisfy any and all tastebuds.
Grab your gang and escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a relaxing lunch at The Winery in Surry Hills. Enjoy a host of dishes that are brimming with flavour as you soak in the casual and friendly ambiance. They also have a range of group menus to suit any size gathering so you can avoid the fuss of split bills and shared payments. If you’re looking for something more intimate, The Winery also do private rooms which come complete with its own bar, music system, set menu and total privacy.
The Lock In
For a group lunch in Sydney that’s a little bit different, don’t go past The Lock In at The Grounds of Alexandria. Make a booking and this private and secluded space will be yours to do whatever you will. Nothing leaves the doors of The Lock In, so feel free to speak your truths in this decadent atmosphere. Drink packages are available to loosen those lips and top notch food can be arranged to silence your stomach. Bookings are essential, so visit their website for details.
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