Seeking a table for 10… or maybe 20? Not a problem. We've rounded up Sydney's best bars and restaurants to drink and dine with large groups. Simply call ahead to have your large-group celebration sorted by those who know best.
Ms G's | Potts Point
This modern-Asian eatery is as good for large groups as it is for intimate diners. Renowned for their inventive menu and crazy cocktail creations, Ms. G's is a fabulous spot for a group celebration. The menu is set into starters, raw, salads and larger plates. You should not go past: crunchy fried spatchcock; Jow's sweet & sour lamb ribs; and the "stoner's delight 2.0" of doughnut ice cream, peanut butter, raspberry jam, candied bacon, potato chips, Mars Bar slice, banana fritter…
The Nepalese kitchen | Surry Hills
Housed within a three-level Surry Hills terrace, The Nepalese Kitchen boasts ample space for large group dining. Specialising in exotic flavours of Kathmandu, the vegetarian and vegan options are extensive, but you simply cannot go past their signature goat and nine-bean Kwati curries. End the evening with some of Sydney's most authentic chai tea.
Bloodwood | Newtown
Among the hustle and bustle of King Street, sits Bloodwood—the funky Newtown eatery famed for their globetrotting flavours. Serving up delicious share plates fantastic for large groups, our recommendations include: braised lamb nuggets with pistachio crumbs; steamed pork belly with rhubarb; and for dessert you can't go past the blood orange tarte tatin with chèvre mousse and candied orange rind.
Longrain | Surry Hills
Fusing Thai and Southern Chinese cuisines, Longrain is a sophisticated, large-scale Sydney institution housed within a dramatic century-old converted warehouse. The food is designed to share—and the banquet menu offers an unforgettable group dining experience. Longrain also compromises a private dining room comfortably seating groups with 12-18 guests.
Jamie's Italian | CBD
From renowned chef Jamie Oliver comes his superb Sydney outpost, Jamie's Italian. Located in the heart of the bustling CBD, Jamie's Italian claims a large-scale industrial space making it apt for group dining. Be sure to start with the crispy tomato and mozzarella arancini—you won't be disappointed.
Hugos | Manly
Set on the picturesque Manly Wharf, Hugos Manly offers an excellent group dining experience—from its delicious cocktails to the award-winning pizza, it's the perfect location for large group festivities. The home-style Italian menu is designed to share, and standouts include: the grilled Mooloolaba prawns with goat's curd and pumpkin tortellini; crispy skin barramundi with celeriac purée; and the pizza of fresh figs, crispy pancetta and gorgonzola.
The Apollo | Potts Point
Greece is the word at this prominent Potts Point eatery. The brainchild of renowned chefs Jonathan Barthelmess and Sam Christie, The Apollo has garnered a reputation for their fabulous, hearty and generous food, plus a feel-good vibe since opening its doors.
China Beach | Manly
Serving up tantalising pan-Asian cuisine, matched with a vast cocktail and wine list, China Beach in Manly is a prime spot for large group dining. Mains are big in proportion and designed to be shared, with offerings such as: braised salted Wagyu beef ribs; twice-cooked free-range duck; and the wok-tossed Japanese eggplant with five-spiced tofu. With ample vegetarian and allergy-friendly options, every invitee will be well catered for.
Glebe Point Diner | Glebe Point Diner
With a boutique, ever-changing menu, the focus at Glebe Point Diner is on utilising only the finest of produce, where everything is made from scratch. The banquet-sharing menu is great for large groups; but the à la carte menu is also a knockout, with offerings such as Burrawong duck liver pate, Barossa Valley Berkshire shoulder, and self-saucing chocolate pudding.
Popolo | Rushcutters Bay
Hatted restaurant Popolo serves up Italian regional food via Basilicata and Sardinia. With a mantra of 'food for the people, by the people', hospitality is key—and the ex Fratelli Paradiso boys dish it up with charm and finesse. Menu highlights can include: wood-fire oven sausages and broccoli rabe; squid ink tagliatelle with poached tuna belly; and veal cheek saltimbocca with grilled asparagus. For dessert you simply can't go past the hazelnut and vanilla semifreddo with amaretto sauce and berries. And let us not forget the exquisite Italian wine list—yes please!
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