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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 to treat yourself to a final 2020 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 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.

Note: The 2020/2021 details haven't been announced yet, but if you're keen to start planning early, take a look below at what the 2019/2020 events had in store.

1. 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.

Address: 1 Macquarie St, Sydney

Opening hours (31 December): Seatings from 5pm

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

  • $300 Pre-Theatre Dining includes a 3-course menu (adults)
  • $150 Pre-Theatre Dining includes a 3-course menu (children)
  • $1,450 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)

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): 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

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.

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

  • $1,000 per person for a six-course dinner with paired premium Australianw wines, Perrier JouĂ«t Belle Epoque and canapes

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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 (2018/2019):

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

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 (2019/2020):

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

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): 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)

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 (2019/2020):

  • $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 (2019/2020):

  • TBC

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): 6:00pm onwards

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

  • $2,200 Package includes a glass of Champagne on arrival and canapes followed by 7-course signature Peter Gilmore menu and 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 (2019/2020):

  • $875 includes 8 course degustation and a glass of NV Roederer Brut on arrival and matching wines
  • $695 includes 8 course degustation and a glass of NV Louis Roederer Brut on arrival
  • $545 includes rolling tapas

11. 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 (2019/2020):

  • Dockside: $195 per adult / $75 per child for 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 (2019/2020):

  • $1,295 per person includes VIP area with full-table service guaranteed, hot and cold canapes 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 (2019/2020):

  • $1,690 Package includes champagne and canapes on arrival, 5-course menu with matched wines, and glass of Champagne to ring in 2020

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 (2019/2020):

  • $799 Package includes 6-course dinner

Best 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.

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

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 (2019/2020):

  • $499.50 with food all night and live entertainment

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 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

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 (2019/2020):

  • $385 Includes a 4-hour beverage package and roaming canapes

5. Banksii

One of the newest restaurants to enter the market, Banksii offers water views from its home in Barangaroo. It's also one affordable option with a six-course banquet putting you back just $160 per person.

Want to catch the fireworks? While you might be able to catch a few sparkles from the restaurant, your best bet is to book priority access to Barangaroo Reserve with the restaurant. The cost? Just $45 more. Worth it.

Address: Shop 11, 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Opening hours (31 December): 6:15pm

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

  • $160 Includes 7-course dinner with champagne on arrival

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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.
      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

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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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