Best New Year’s Eve Sydney restaurants for fireworks for 2020/2021

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

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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 where you can treat yourself to a final 2020 dinner, 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 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.

Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant

Soak in exclusive harbour views as you bid farewell to 2020 at Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant.

Alongside a 7-course meal featuring a charcuterie board, fresh seafood, international and local cheeses, cured meats and dessert, a DJ will be playing hits throughout the evening so you can sing the night away. Plus, enjoy late night snacks before the main event at 12am.

Address: 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks

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

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • Indoor Dining includes a 7-course menu and 5.5 hour premium beverage package (Early bird price is $450 per adult if booked before 11 December. From 12 December, $550 per adult and $300 per child)
  • Waterfront Dining includes a 7-course menu and 5.5 hour premium beverage package (Early bird price is $550 per adult if booked before 11 December. From 12 December, $650 per adult and $300 per child)

City Extra

Sydney Harbour Bridge from City Extra/Circular Quay.

Located directly under Circular Quay station and overlooking Sydney Harbour, City Extra offers one of the best seats in the house for capturing the fireworks over the Harbour Bridge.

Patrons will not only tuck into a four-course meal and open bar, they'll also have access to special ticket-only areas along the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

So you can be that much closer to all the New Year's Eve action.

Address: E4 East Podium, Between Wharf 3 & 4, Circular Quay, NSW

Opening hours (31 December): 7pm-1am

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $485 per adults / $200 per child for a 4-course dinner plus open bar

Tayim Restaurant and Bar

Enjoy contemporary Middle Eastern inspired food and exclusive access to Tayim Restaurant and Bar's terrace overlooking the fireworks on New Year's Eve.

There's two packages available, both offering a degustation dinner and a glass of champagne on arrival. If you're looking to splurge for the ultimate New Year's Eve experience, we recommend opting for the Diamond Package which includes live entertainment and a private viewing of the midnight fireworks.

Address: 14 Nurses Walk, The Rocks

Opening hours (31 December): From 7:30pm

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $299 Gold package includes a glass of champagne on arrival and degustation dinner with matching wines
  • $499 Diamond package includes canapes and champagne on arrival, degustation dinner with matching wine, live entertainment and private viewing of the New Year's Eve fireworks

Infinity Bar and Dining

Sydney Tower Eye

Bring in the new year at a whole new level as you wine and dine at the renowned Sydney Tower Eye.

Sit back and relax as the in-house restaurant of Sydney Tower Eye treats you to an evening of delicate seafoods, chocolate havens and the finest wine from Australia and New Zealand.

Address: Level 4, between Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): Seatings from 6:45pm

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $599 Package includes a glass of champagne upon arrival and at midnight as well as a 6-course degustation with matching wines.

ARIA

ARIA

Diners have been coming to ARIA for 20 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.

To ring in 2021, ARIA is offering two dining packages for New Year's Eve.

Address: 1 Macquarie St, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): Seatings from 5pm

New Year’s Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $300 Early Evening Seating includes a 4-course menu (adults)
  • $150 Early Evening Seating includes a 4-course menu (children)
  • $1,450 NYE Main Event includes champagne on arrival, a 6-course tasting menu and a take-home gift pack (adults)

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 (2020/2021):

  • $995 for a multi-course degustation menu with beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages

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 Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Hickson Rd, The Rocks

Opening hours (31 December): 7:30pm onwards

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $2,000 per person includes a glass of champagne on arrival and canapes followed by 7-course signature Peter Gilmore menu and premium wines
  • $1,400 per person includes a glass of champagne on arrival and canapes followed by 5-course signature Peter Gilmore menu and selection of wines

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 twice cooked duck breast, poached Tasmanian lobster and nitro brulee 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 (2020/2021):

  • $695 includes 8-course tasting menu with a glass of NV Louis Roederer Brut on arrival
  • $875 includes 8-course tasting menu with matching wine, guaranteed window seat and a glass of NV Louis Roederer Brut on arrival
  • $1,450 includes private dining experience, 8-course degustation menu, premium wine pairing, tea and coffee, a glass of 2012 Louis Roederer Cristal, cavier canapes, butler service, gift box of home-made petit fours and a private view of the fireworks

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.

Whether you are sitting by the window or appreciating the architecture within, this is one restaurant you would visit again and again.

Address: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

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

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $1,450 package at the Cured and Cultured Counter includes champagne and canapes on arrival 5-course menu with paired wines and a glass of champagne to ring in 2021
  • $1,690 package in the main dining room includes champagne and canapes on arrival, 5-course menu with matched wines, and a glass of champagne to ring in 2021

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 7pm

New Year’s Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $800 per person for a 5-course dinner with paired premium Australian wines, Perrier Jouët Belle Epoque and canapes

L'Aqua pop up at Campbell's Stores

L'Aqua New Year's Eve

Image: Duy Phan Photography

Owned by the Dockside Group and boasting waterfront views of the habour, L'Aqua pop up at Campbell's Stores offers an enviable opportunity to capture the New Year's Eve fireworks from the second floor of Campbell's Stores overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Kids are welcome and DJs play the evening long.

Address: 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks

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

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $320 per adult / $110 per child for a 4-course gourmet meal and a 5.5-hour premium beverage package

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 views are stunning, the food is affordable – there is no better place to be this New Year's Eve.

On New Year's Eve you have two options: an early sunset dinner for families that runs from 4.30pm-7.30pm or a dinner and fireworks event from 8pm-1am.

Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): 4.30pm-1am

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $295 per person for the early sunset dinner. This includes 3 hours of tapas and a drinks package. Children from $150 per person.
  • $700 per person for the evening event with fireworks. This includes a waterfront table, 3 hours of hot and cold tapas and 4 hours of premium beverages throughout the night.

Opera Bar

OperaBar

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-1.30am

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $450 per person with roving food all night and live entertainment

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 6pm

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • $149 per person and includes an indulgent set menu and 3-hour premium drinks package

Banksii

One of the newest restaurants to enter the market, Banksii offers water views from its home in Barangaroo that is a perfect spot to situate yourself on New Year's Eve.

Address: Shop 11, 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Opening hours (31 December): 6:15pm

New Year's Eve food packages (2020/2021):

  • Indulgent 6-course menu

Restaurants where you could watch the Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks in 2019

While we're waiting for more restaurants to update their New Year's Eve dining options for 2020, here's a glimpse of what was available in 2019.

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 canapes 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): Seatings from 7pm

New Year's Eve food packages (2019/2020):

  • $380 Farm Cove Eatery Cocktail Party which includes grazing stations and canapes and free flowing beverages
  • $600 Botanic House Dinner Party which includes a 6-course dinner with free flowing beverages

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 (2018/2019):

  • $550 (adult) and $250 (child) for a dinner seating and buffet with beverages and entertainment from 7:30pm-12:30am

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 (2019/2020):

  • $725 per person (18+ only) for champagne and canapes on arrival, a 6-course degustation menu with matching wines, late-night antipasto station and live music

360 Bar and Dining

360BarandDining

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): 7:15pm–1:00am

New Year’s Eve food packages (2019/2020):

  • $749 per person (18+ only) – Champagne and canapes on arrival followed by a 6-course degustation menu with matching wines, live music and antipasto station (NYE Signature Package)

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 Eve, 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 (2019/2020):

  • TBC

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 6-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 (2019/2020):

  • $799 Package includes 6-course dinner

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.

Address: 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Opening hours (31 December): 6pm onwards

New Year’s Eve food packages (2019/2020):

  • $200 adult, $100 child for 6-9pm seating
  • $365 adult, $180 child for 9pm to midnight seating

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.

General Admission tickets can get you in the door onto the lower levels, and 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 onwards

New Year’s Eve food packages (2019/2020):

  • $109 ++ General Admission includes glass of sparkling on arrival
  • $399 ++ VIP Package includes 3-hour food and beverage, free-flowing champagne from 6-9pm

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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)

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      NikkiJune 8, 2018

      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?

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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.
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      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

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      DeeMay 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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