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Best New Year’s Eve Sydney restaurant packages to catch a view of the fireworks

Find the best splurges 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 this 2017 but unsure of where to go? Read on for restaurants with the best vantage points and New Year’s Eve packages in Sydney.

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 that you can book a table for now:

New Year's Eve Darling Harbour-side Degustation with Drinks from Scoopon

Feast on a 13-course New Year's Eve dinner complete with Moet, wines and beers at Kobe Jones, King Street Wharf. The package comes with dishes like crab salad, Hawaiian-style sashimi, Alaskan crab and wafu lobster thermidor. Note: To view the midnight fireworks, the second seating (8:45pm-11:45pm) should be booked.

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New Year's Eve at Sydney Tower Buffet from Viator

Dine on foods from around the world more than 250 metres above the Sydney streets. The New Year's buffet package includes free-flowing drinks from 7:30pm until 12:30 am and features panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour and Darling Harbour fireworks.

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$550

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

If you are looking to splurge, make a reservation at any of these fine dining restaurants. Expect a sensory experience like no other, with multi-course degustation menus, curated wine lists and top-notch service.

Sure it’s a little pricey, but we promise that it’s well worth every cent.

(Skip to our more affordable picks)


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:

$680 per person (18+ only)

  • 6-course degustation menu with matching wines and live music

More info: 360 Bar and Dining


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:

  • $895 for a  multi-course degustation menu and premium beverages inclusive of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the night

More info: Aqua Dining


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:

  • $140 Pre-Theatre Dining includes a 3-course meal by Matt Moran (Adults)
  • $75 Pre-Theatre Dining includes a 3-course meal by Matt Moran (Children)
  • $1200  General seating includes a glass of champagne on arrival and canapes followed by a 4-course dinner with matching wines (Adults)
  • $600 General seating dinner includes canapes followed by a 4-course dinner (Children)

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: TBC

  • $600 Cocktail party at the Green Room at Quay including cocktails and sparkling wine followed by canapes with entertainment and dancing before the fireworks.
  • $1500 Start with a glass of Charles Heidsieck with canapes followed by a ix-course signature Peter Gilmore menu with matching wines, plus 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): 7:00pm–1:00am

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $495 includes 6 courses, a cocktail upon arrival and guaranteed window seating
  • $450 includes 6 courses and a cocktail upon arrival
  • $450 includes tapas, a cocktail upon arrival and guaranteed window seating
  • $395 includes tapas and a cocktail upon arrival

More info: O Bar and Dining

6. Waterfront, Wolfies

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Located in a refurbished sandstone storehouse in The Rocks, Wolfies dishes up contemporary Australian cuisine with over 30 years of experience. The private rooms exude colonial charm with mahogany floors and exposed timber beams. With unparalleled views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Wolfies is a choice venue for weddings, intimate dinners and cocktail parties.

Address:17-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks

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

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $620 per adult / $420 per child for a 4-course gourmet menu and a 5.5-hour premium beverage package: sparkling, red and white wine, beer, juice and soft drinks

More info: Wolfies


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.

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

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

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $1,200 per person for window table and a 7-course menu with matching wines, plus Champagne upon arrival and at midnight
  • $1,000 per person non-window table and a 7-course menu with matching wines, plus Champagne upon arrival and at midnight

More info: 36 Levels Above


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, this garden party just might be your new favourite place to herald in the new year.

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: Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

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

New Year’s Eve food packages (2015):

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

More info:  Botanic Gardens Restaurant


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:

  • $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

More info: Opera Kitchen


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 (2015):

  • $1,250 per person includes a 6-course degustation menu with matching wines with canapes and champagne upon arrival

More info: Bennelong


11. Fort Denison

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Fancy ringing in the new year on an island instead of the usual restaurant? This historical building is over 150 years old and was a former penal site. Today, diners take a short ferry ride from Circular Quay to dine at its exclusive island restaurant. A specially prepared menu and extensive wine list are available to diners. Private taxi transfers can be arranged as well.

Address: Sydney Harbour, New South Wales

Opening hours (31 December): 6:45pm–12:45am

New Year’s Eve food packages:

  • $1,250 per person includes transport to and from Fort Denison, French Champagne throughout the evening, canapes upon arrival, a 5-course dinner with cheese selection  and choice wines and imported beers

More info: Fort Denison


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 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: TBC

  • $810 - Six-course menu with matching French and Italian wines by executive chef James Kidman (Minimum of six guests required for table reservations. Tables on the terrace are no longer available.)

More info: Cafe Sydney


2. 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.

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: 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Opening hours (31 December): 6pm onwards

New Year’s Eve food packages (if any):

  • $190 per adult and $95 per child for the first seating (9pm fireworks) including a gourmet buffet with a selection of mains and desserts
  • $335 per adult and $125 per child for the second seating (midnight fireworks) including a gourmet buffet with a selection of mains and desserts

More info: Cafe Mix


3. Opera Bar

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Opera Bar is the place to be for relaxed vibes, great pizzas and cocktails at the al-fresco dining area. Dine on seasonal local produce while taking in the panoramic views 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.

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

Opening hours (31 December): 6:00pm–3:00am

New Year’s Eve food packages (2015):

  • $390 per person includes VIP entry to Sydney Opera House and a 5-hour canape package

More info: Opera Bar


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.

While this year’s New Year’s Eve offerings haven’t been finalised yet, The Glenmore has assured us that this year’s will be similar to last year’s. The details of which we’ve included below.

Address: 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks

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

New Year’s Eve food packages (2015):

  • $295 per person for food and drinks from 7:30pm–10:30pm and Champagne at midnight

More info: The Glenmore


Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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