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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 2018 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.

New Year's Eve Sydney restaurant packages to book now:

Sydney Tower Buffet: New Year's Eve Dinner with Drinks

Sydney Tower Buffet: New Year's Eve Dinner with Drinks from Viator

Spend six hours atop Sydney on New Year's Eve dining on a 55-dish buffet, drinking wine, beer and soft drinks and watching the fireworks over Sydney Harbour when the clock strikes midnight..

  • Dine on 55 dishes in the buffet dinner of international cuisines
  • Drink unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks

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

If you are looking to splurge, consider making a reservation sooner rather than later at these restaurants before they fill up.

Then, get ready for a sensory experience like no other, with multi-course degustation menus, curated wine lists and top-notch service.

(Skip to our more affordable picks)

Restaurant Location Price for dinner and midnight fireworks Are drinks included?
The Glenmore The Rocks $349 Yes
Cafe Mix The Rocks $370 Yes
Opera Bar Circular Quay $495 No
The Calyx at Royal Botanic Gardens Royal Botanic Gardens $595 Yes
O Bar and Dining City $545 Yes
Botanic Gardens Restaurant Circular Quay $550 Yes
Sydney Tower Buffet City $550 Yes
Dockside and L'Aqua Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay Wharf $195 (Dockside), $255 (L'Aqua) Yes
Studio Sydney Tower City $699 Yes
360 Bar and Dining City $699 Yes
Cafe Sydney Circular Quay $880 Yes
Aqua Dining Milsons Point $995 Yes
ARIA Circular Quay $1,350 Yes
Opera Kitchen Circular Quay $750 Yes
Bennelong Circular Quay $1,300 Yes
Quay The Rocks $2,000 Yes
Cruise Bar The Rocks $369 Yes
The Gantry Walsh Bay $699 Yes

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

1. 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:

  • $350 Pre-Theatre Dining includes a 3-course menu (adults)
  • $150 Pre-Theatre Dining includes a 3-course menu (children)
  • $1,350 NYE Dining Package includes a canapes and premium beverage package followed by a 5-course menu (adults)
  • $650 NYE Dining Package includes canapes and premium beverage offerings followed by a 5-course menu (adults)

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2. 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): 6pm arrival for a 6:30pm start

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $550 package includes a 9-course degustation dinner and free-flowing beverages

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3. Cafe Sydney

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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:

  • $880 - Six-course dinner with matching wines.

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4. 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: Level, 4, Westfield Centre, corner of Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney

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

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $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

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5. Studio Sydney Tower

86 levels above ground, Studio Sydney Tower is an intimate space with an extraordinary view of the cityscape. It's an 18+ venue only - so clearly it's geared toward the midnight fireworks watchers - and goes all out with multi-course menus, free-flowing beverages and live entertainment.

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

Opening hours (31 December): 7pm–1am

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $699 for a dinner seating and 6-course meal with matching wines, champagne and canapes on arrival, cheese and charcuterie and live band.

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6. 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): 7pm–1:00am

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $699 per person (18+ only) - Champagne and canapes on arrival followed by a 6-course degustation menu with matching wines, live music and cheese and charcuterie

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7. 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:

  • $995 for a multi-course degustation menu and premium beverages

8. The Calyx

One of the newest function venues in the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Calyx sits high above the city offering sweeping views of the sky and its fireworks display.

For New Year's a garden party takes place amongst its carnivorous plants and artworks with gourmet meals and free-flowing drinks.

Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

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

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $611.34 for a gourmet dinner, free-flowing drinks and canapes. This is an 18+ only event.

9. 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): 7.30pm onwards

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $1,000 dinner a glass of champagne on arrival and at midnight and a seven-course menu with matching premium wines.

10. O Bar and Dining

Contemporary cuisine with a healthy twist is what you can expect from O Bar and Dining this New Year's Eve. Make no mistake though, despite its healthy influences the menu does not compromise on flavour or freshness with roasted eastern rock lobster tail, dry aged Tinder Creek duck breast and smoked hay ice cream all ready to be licked off the plate. 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:

  • $695 includes 8 course degustation and a glass of NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier on arrival with restaurant seating
  • $545 includes rolling tapas and a glass of NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier on arrival with lounge seating

11. Dockside and L'Aqua

L'Aqua New Year's Eve

Image: Duy Phan Photography

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:

  • Dockside: $195 per adult / $75 per child for canapes on arrival, share platters, a 3-course meal and 5.5 hour premium beverage package.
  • L'Aqua: $255 per adult / $75 per child for canapes on arrival, share platters, a 3-course meal and a 5.5-hour premium beverage package.

12. Opera Kitchen

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.

Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 7pm–1am

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $750 per person includes table on the lower tier, glass of Louis Roederer Brut Champagne on arrival and roving canapes and entrees
  • $1,300 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

13. 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:

  • $1,300 per person for the cured and cultured counter dining event
  • $1,590 per person for restaurant dining which canapes, a 5-course menu with matching wines and champagne at midnight

14. The Gantry

The Gantry is lauded in more ways than one. It's a hatted restaurant that has pristine views over the Harbour, making it THE place to celebrate the New Year with a drink in hand and a meal in your stomach.

This year's delight is a six-course tasting menu, unlimited drinks and access to the NYE @ Pier One Party.

Address: 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Opening hours (31 December): 6:00pm onwards

New Year's Eve food packages:

  • $699 per person for the six-course degustation menu

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 $370 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:

  • $200 per adult and $120 per child for the first seating (9pm fireworks) including a gourmet seafood buffet
  • $370 per adult and $120 per child for the second seating (midnight fireworks) including a gourmet seafood buffet

2. Opera Bar

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Opera Bar is the place to be for a relaxed night on the harbourside. Dine on food all night long set to the backdrop of live entertainment that 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:

  • $495 per person includes VIP entry to Sydney Opera House and food all night long

3. Cruise Bar

One of the most coveted positions to ring in the new year in Sydney has to be the rooftop of Cruise Bar. Housed on the waterfront under the Harbour Bridge and overlooking the Opera House, it really doesn't get too much better than this.

GA tickets can get you in the door onto the lower levels however VIP tickets give you access to the rooftop and a 3-hour food and beverage package.

No matter which tier you've booked, you'll receive a glass of sparkling on arrival and be entertained by local DJs 45.Stafford Brothers.

Address: Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West

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

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $369 per person for food and drinks from 6-9pm including Pol Roger NV Champagne and access to all floors until 2am

4. 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.

Address: 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Opening hours (31 December): From 7pm

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $349 per person for a 10 piece canape package and 4 hours of beverages from 7pm-11pm. You'll also get a glass of GH Mumm Cordon Rouge to toast the new year at midnight
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    JulieJune 7, 2018

    I am looking for a venue to have a nice meal, ideally with some lively music and somewhere outdoors to watch the NYE 2018 fireworks at midnight that also allows children (age 11)

    • finder Customer Care
      NikkiJune 8, 2018Staff

      Hi Julie!

      Thanks for visiting finder.

      While we can provide you with general information, please note that we’re a product comparison website and we do not represent any company we feature on our site. We’re here to assist you in your buying decision process hence we cannot recommend product/service that is rightfully fit for you.

      You may choose from the restaurants above and pick one that is convenient location-wise, budget-wise and one that will house your party for NYE 2018.

      Hope this clarifies.

      Cheers,
      Nikki

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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?

    • finder Customer Care
      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

    • finder Customer Care
      LouMay 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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