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Best New Year’s Eve Sydney restaurants for fireworks for 2018

Find the best treats and best bargains at Sydney restaurants to see the fireworks from on 31 December.

Want to catch the world-famous Sydney fireworks and ring in the new year with a bang but unsure of where to go? As part of our ultimate guide for New Year's Eve in Sydney, we've highlighted the best restaurants to treat yourself to a final 2017 dinner at, followed by the unforgettable midnight fireworks show.

Whether you are looking for something fancy or more budget-friendly, this list will guarantee you front-row seats to the spectacular display and help you celebrate the new year in style.

Best restaurant to catch the New Year’s Eve fireworks from

Most of the popular New Year's restaurants - we're looking at you, Opera Bar - have now been announced, and we've listed all the details and prices right here.

If you are looking to splurge, consider making a reservation sooner rather than later at these restaurants before they fill up. Expect a sensory experience like no other, with multi-course degustation menus, curated wine lists and top-notch service.

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34% off: Sydney New Year's Eve Cruise with Food + Drink

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Valid on New Year's Eve for a 5-hour cruise on Sydney Harbour including beer, wine and soft drink, plus canapes and a buffet dinner before the fireworks.

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Save $230: New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner with Möet in Sydney

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Valid for one person and includes a 13-course Japanese feast with wine, beer and Möet. Views of fireworks from King Street Wharf. Discounted to $169 from the regular price ($399).

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RestaurantLocationPrice for dinner and midnight fireworksAre drinks included?
The GlenmoreThe Rocks$349 (2018)Yes
Cafe MixThe Rocks$365 (2018)Yes
Opera BarCircular Quay$460 (2018)No
O Bar and DiningCity$595 (2018)Yes
Botanic Gardens RestaurantCircular Quay$500 (2018)Yes
Sydney Tower BuffetCity$550 (2018)Yes
Dockside and L'AquaDarling Harbour and Cockle Bay Wharf$255 (2018)Yes
Studio Sydney TowerCity$699 (2018)Yes
360 Bar and DiningCity$699 (2018)Yes
Cafe SydneyCircular Quay$820 (2018)Yes
Aqua DiningMilsons Point$950 (2018)Yes
AltitudeThe Rocks$1,150 (2018)Yes
ARIACircular Quay$1,350 (2018)Yes
Opera KitchenCircular Quay$1,200 (2017)Yes
BennelongCircular Quay$1,200 (2018)Yes
QuayThe Rocks$1,650 (2018)Yes

More info about these New Year's Eve restaurant packages:

1. 360 Bar and Dining

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This elegant restaurant is within Sydney’s tallest structure and offers diners 360-degree revolving views of the city’s famed skyline. Indulge in modern Australian cuisine with a French twist and top-notch service.

The stunning dining room with its mahogany finishes is the perfect setting for parties, intimate dinners and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Address: Level 4, Sydney Westfield Centre, 100 Market St, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 7:30pm–1:00am

New Year’s Eve food packages:

$699 per person (18+ only)

  • 6-course degustation menu with matching wines and live music followed by cheese and charcuterie


2. Aqua Dining

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Located above the North Sydney Olympic Pool, this elegant restaurant serves up a contemporary Italian menu and sweeping views of the harbour. Pastas are made fresh in-house and only the best seasonal ingredients are used in the creative menu. Pair your mains with an extensive wine list for an unforgettable dining experience.

Address: Paul St and Northcliff Street, Milsons Point

Opening hours (31 December): 7:00pm onwards

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $950 for a multi-course degustation menu and premium beverages inclusive of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the night


3. ARIA

ARIA

Diners have been coming to ARIA for over 15 years for the stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

You are guaranteed a meal as breathtaking as the views at this award-winning and two hatted restaurant.

Sample a menu showcasing the best of seasonal ingredients and extensive list of boutique and well-known wines from all over the world.

Address:1 Macquarie St, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): Seatings from 5pm

New Year’s Eve food packages (2018 pricing):

  • $350 Pre-Theatre Dining includes a glass of champagne on arrival and canapes followed by a 5-course menu (adults)
  • $150 Pre-Theatre Dining includes a glass of champagne on arrival and canapes followed by a 5-course menu (children)
  • $1,350 NYE Dining Package includes a glass of champagne on arrival and canapes followed by a 5-course menu (adults)
  • $650 NYE Dining Package includes a glass of champagne on arrival and canapes followed by a 5-course menu (adults)


4. Quay

Quay

Peter Gilmore’s three hatted restaurant is the most decorated in Australia – and rightly so. The menu is daring, fun and innovative featuring the best of seasonal produce.

Diners rave about the famed Quay Snow Egg dessert, top-notch service and full views of the harbour and quay that will make you fall in love with Australia all over again.

Address: Upper, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Hickson Rd, The Rocks

Opening hours (31 December): TBC

New Year’s Eve food packages (2018 pricing):

  • $700 cocktail party at the Green Room at Quay including cocktails and sparkling wine followed by canapes, premium wines, entertainment and dancing before the fireworks.
  • $1,650 dinner in the restaurant with a glass of Charles Heidsieck on arrival followed by canapes, a six-course signature Peter Gilmore menu with matching premium wines and champagne at midnight.


5. O Bar and Dining

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Contemporary cuisine with a healthy twist is what chef and owner Michael Moore is dishing up at O Bar and Dining. Make no mistake though, despite its healthy influences the menu does not compromise on flavour or freshness. With its unique circular dining room on the 47th floor of Australia Square and a revolving level lounge bar, a meal here is an unforgettable experience.

Address: Level 47, Australia Square, 264 George St, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 7pm-late

New Year’s Eve food packages (2018 pricing):

  • $595 includes 8 courses, and a glass of NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier on arrival with restaurant seating
  • $475 includes rolling chefs tapas and a glass of NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier on arrival with lounge seating


6. Dockside and L'Aqua

L'Aqua New Year's Eve

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Both owned by the Dockside Group and boasting waterfront views of the habour, Dockside and L'Aqua offer an enviable opportunity to capture the New Year's Eve fireworks from their balconies. Kids are welcome and DJs play the evening long. There's often a theme in play with this year's being masquerade.

Address: Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 7pm–1:00am

New Year’s Eve food packages (2018 pricing):

  • $255 per adult / $95 per child for canapes on arrival, share platters, 3-course alternate-serve menu and a 5.5-hour premium beverage package.


7. Altitude

Altitude

A dining experience like no other awaits diners on the 36th level of the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel. Modern European cuisine is prepared by capable hands in this three hat rated restaurant with an award-winning wine list to boot. Floor to ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of Sydney’s most iconic structures. Altitude will satisfy even the pickiest of diners.

This year's event features seats at a view or window table and a seven-course meal that includes Canadian scallops and fois gras brule.

Address: Level 36, Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 7:00pm onwards

New Year’s Eve food packages (2018 pricing):

  • $1,300 per person for window table and a 7-course menu featuring Canadian scallops with beluga caviar, fois gras brulee and Flinders Island lamb loin, plus a glass of vintage Champagne
  • $1,300 per person for a non-window (viewing) table and a 7-course menu featuring Canadian scallops with beluga caviar, fois gras brulee and Flinders Island lamb loin, plus a glass of vintage Champagne


8. Botanic Gardens Restaurant

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For something a little different give the Botanic Gardens Restaurant a try. This picturesque restaurant is nestled in the Royal Botanic Gardens and is one of the best vantage points with views of the fireworks. With a wide verandah and a classy, modern Australian menu, kicking off with canapés this garden party just might be your new favourite place to herald in the new year.

Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 7:30pm–1:00am

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $500 per person for a 7-course degustation menu with beverage selection throughout the night and canapes upon arrival


9. Opera Kitchen

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Opera Kitchen is one of Sydney’s best loved eateries. Situated on the popular strip along the concourse of the Opera House, this fancy food court has something for everyone. The venue is family-friendly and accommodates groups of all sizes. The views are stunning, the food is affordable – there is no better place to be this New Year’s Eve.

While there’s no details on this year’s offering yet, we have included last year’s dining experience as an idea of what to expect this time around.

Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 7:00pm–1:00am

New Year’s Eve food packages (2016 pricing):

  • $1,200 per person includes VIP access to the Opera House, guaranteed seating with views of the fireworks and continuous food offerings and premium beverages throughout the night


10. Bennelong

Bennelong

Bennelong is a stunning restaurant, from its menu offerings to the dining space. Helmed by executive chef Peter Gilmore, the menu is sophisticated with an unmistakable Australian flair.

Bennelong is easy on the eyes and wallet, so whether you are sitting by the window or appreciating the architecture within, this is one restaurant you would visit again and again.

While there’s no details on this year’s offering yet, we have included last year’s dining experience as an idea of what to expect this time around.

Address: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 7:00pm onwards

New Year’s Eve food packages (2018 pricing):

  • $1,200 per person for the cured and cultured counter dining event
  • $1,490 per person for restaurant dining which canapes, a 5-course menu with matching wines and glass of Charles Heidsieck champagne


11. Sydney Tower Buffet

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The Sydney Tower Buffet affords you plenty of options day and night to ring in the New Year for a budget price. Towering above the city, it boasts one of the most panoramic views of the city and its buffet indulgence is ideal for the whole family.

Address: Leve, 4, Westfield Centre, corner of Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 7:30pm–12:30am

New Year’s Eve food packages (2018 pricing):

  • $550 (adult) and $250 (child) for a dinner seating and unlimited buffet including seafood specials, including a sushi and sashimi station, plus beverages and entertainment from 7:30pm-12:30am

12. Cafe Sydney

CafeSydney

This rooftop restaurant atop Customs House has million-dollar views, a cocktail lounge and a fine seafood spread.

Seafood and meats are locally sourced and the wine list is extensive.

Book early for a seat on the balcony and treat yourself and loved ones at one of Sydney’s most iconic dining destinations.

Address: Level 5, Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): Arrivals from From 7pm-9:30pm. Closes at 1am.

New Year’s Eve food packages (2018 pricing):

  • $820 - Six-course dinner with matching wines.

Best (more) affordable restaurants to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks

For something a little more laid-back and friendly on the wallet this New Year’s Eve, consider these more affordable options. Make no mistake that these restaurants still offer great views of the fireworks, delicious food and impeccable service for a fraction of the above prices.

1. Cafe Mix

CafeMix

Cafe Mix Sydney is all about freshness and variety. The restaurant’s full gourmet buffet offers Asian and Japanese selections, a live cooking station and the ever popular dessert section with chocolate fountain. Located in Shangri-La Hotel with harbour and city views, this is a great choice for families and the budget-conscious.

This year's event includes two sittings, one from 6-9pm for $200 per person and the second from 9pm-midnight for $365 per person. The meal includes a seafood buffet of Sydney's freshest and views of the fireworks from the cafe's third floor vantage point.

Address: 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Opening hours (31 December): 6pm onwards

New Year’s Eve food packages (2018 pricing):

  • $200 per adult and $100 per child for the first seating (9pm fireworks) including a gourmet seafood buffet
  • $365 per adult and $180 per child for the second seating (midnight fireworks) including a gourmet seafood buffet


2. Opera Bar

OperaBar

Opera Bar is the place to be for a relaxed Miami-inspired night, complete with palm trees and flamingos. Dine on food all night long set to the backdrop of the harbour. The live entertainment at the Opera Bar will have you dancing the night away and starting the new year with a bang.

The event is 18+ only and tickets include entry, food and entertainment.

Address: Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House, Macquarie St, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 6pm-2am

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $460 per person includes VIP entry to Sydney Opera House and food all night long


3. The Glenmore

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The Glenmore Hotel is located within the heart of The Rocks and has been an Aussie icon since 1921. Locals and tourists alike flock to the famed rooftop bar for cold beers, gourmet meals and postcard-worthy views. The Glenmore is proof that we do not need a second mortgage to celebrate the new year in style.

While this year’s New Year’s Eve offering features killer views and premium food and drink as well as a glass of champagne at midnight.

Address: 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Opening hours (31 December): 7pm-2am

New Year’s Eve food packages (2018 pricing):

  • $349 per person for food and drinks from 7:30pm–10:30pm and GH Mumm champagne at midnight

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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    MichaelJune 29, 2017

    I am interested in dining/events for New Years Eve 2017.
    We will be traveling from England via Perth and will arrive
    in Sydney on 30 Dec 2017, so need to book something in advance.
    Are there any venues where I can register an interest?

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      RenchJune 29, 2017Staff

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      You may also want to check these pages to get more ideas on what you can do on a New Year’s Eve in Sydney and discover restaurants.
      New Year’s Eve Sydney 2017
      Where to eat and drink

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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    germaineMarch 25, 2017

    we have booked to stay in Sydney for new years and wanted to show the children 6 & 9 the fireworks we were thinking of Dudley page reserve as it looks child friendly
    were staying in Kingford

    when do tickets go on sale for Dudley page reserve please as we wish to book earley
    thanks

    • Staff
      AnndyMay 8, 2017Staff

      Hi Germaine,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, we don’t currently feature any sale for Dudley Page Reserve. Their tickets start from just $15 a pop for kids. They also have tickets from $35 for one adult and up to one child, $15 for concession (additional children younger than 16, pension card holders, aged pensioners and registered carers). You can also add on a hamper from $100 (with dinner for two and a bottle of wine).

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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