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Citibank Dining Program Restaurants in Sydney

A guide to all the Citibank Dining Program restaurants in Sydney.
Because dinner should always come with free wine.

There’s something to be said about receiving alcohol for free and that something is “Yes, please”.

Citibank knows this. That's why they introduced their Citibank Dining Program, where you'll get a free bottle of wine just for using your Citibank or Citi card to pay for dinner. It’s that simple.

So where will you be dining tonight?

Let us inspire (read: sway) you with a sweet and free tipple from these fine restaurants. This content is current as of 20 August 2015 and is subject to change. The most up-to-date details of Citibank Dining Program partner restaurants can be found on the Citibank Dining site.

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SYDNEY CBD

The Cuban Place, York St

Your free wine is: a Picante Vino Blanco 2010 or a Picante Gran Meseta Tempranillo Shiraz 2011.

Try the… Pan de queso: tapioca cheese puffs with a guava and quince relish ($11.50). Note: you must order $50 worth of food per table in order to receive the wine.

Come for the latin-skewed menu, stay for the rum. You’ll be staying a while – they have over 150 varieties of rum, from Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica and Cuba. Most of the menu at this ode to 1950s Cuba is designed to share, so prepare to settle in and do the thing properly.

What you need to know

Address: 125 York St, Sydney

Opening Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 12pm-12am, Thursday and Friday 12pm-1am, Saturday 5pm-1am

Find them on Facebook: The Cuban Place

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The Bridge Room, Bridge St

Your free wine is: a Last Horizon Pinot Gris 2012 or an Armchair Critic Shiraz 2011.

Try the… ash grilled duck with pressed figs, blood plums, grilled blueberries and blood plum vinegar ($45).

This two-hatted restaurant has a slew of awards to its name: Chef of the Year (to Head Chef Ross Lusted), Hottest Chef in Australia and a place in the Hot 50 Restaurants for 2014. Find out
if the best in Australian dining really does taste better when consumed in elegance (in a 1930s heritage listed building, no less). Before drinking your complimentary wine, make sure you fully examine their stellar cocktail list, too.

What you need to know

Address: Ground level, 44 Bridge St, Sydney

Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm, Saturday 6pm-10pm

Find them on Facebook: The Bridge Room

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Sepia, Sussex St

Your free wine is: a Camino Del Pelegrino Albarino 2012.

Try the… ever changing degustation menu on Friday and Saturday evenings ($175pp).

There are many good reasons to visit Sepia. They’ve picked up the 2014 title of ‘Restaurant of the Year’, as well as dish of the year: a pre-dessert (yes, you read that right) dish called The Pearl. Tap the shell to break it and scoop up the pieces of finger lime pearls, frozen ginger, lime sherbet and lime cream. Then there’s the big names attached to the place: renowned seafood wholesaler George Costi, award winning chef Martin Benn and award winning sommelier Rodney Setter. You know you want to book already.

What you need to know

Address: 201 Sussex St, Sydney

Opening Hours: Dinner from 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday, lunch from 12pm, Friday and Saturday

Find them on Facebook: Sepia Restaurant

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The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, George St

Your free wine is: an Under and Over Pinot Gris 2014 or a Mount Pleasant High Paddock Shiraz 2010.

Try the… duck fat fish and chips with mushy peas, mint and gherkin mayo ($26).

It’s city location makes The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room the ideal place for a post work drink-that-turns-into-dinner. As the name suggests, oysters are the go here and the sommelier will match your wine accordingly. Any oyster aficionado will tell you it’s a little hard to fill up on them completely, so treat it as a pre-dinner course before you get to the main event. Pro tip: head along to $1 oyster hour every Wednesday at 6pm.

What you need to know

Address: 225 George St, Sydney

Opening times: Monday and Tuesday 7:30am-9pm, Wednesday 7:30am-12am, Thursday 7:30am-1am, Friday 7:30am-2am, Saturday 11:30am-2am, Sunday 11:30am-10:30pm

Find them on Facebook: The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

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Yama Japanese Cafe Restaurant, QVB

Your free wine is: a Tightrope Walker Chardonnay 2012 or an Evans & Tate Metricup Cabernet Merlot 2012.

Try the… loose leaf teas and the rest will follow.

Right in the heart of the QVB is Yama Japanese, a fusion of traditional and contemporary Japanese dining. Relax after a days shopping with a loose leaf tea from their extensive collection and a scrumptious cake. Or three. We’re not judging.

What you need to know

Address: Level 2, QVB, Sydney

Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Find them online: Yama Japanese Cafe & Restaurant

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@ Bangkok, Capitol Square

Your free wine is: an Under and Over Pinot Gris 2014 or a Tightrope Walker Pinot Noir 2013.

The idea behind @ Bangkok is fairly straightforward. It’s "Thai food for Thai people", right in the middle of Thaitown (yes, that’s a place – just next door to Chinatown in Haymarket). If you want authentic Thai cuisine without the hassle of jumping on a plane, this is the place to go.

What you need to know

Address: Shop G11, Capitol Square, Sydney

Opening hours: Sunday to Monday 11:30am-4:30pm, 5:30pm-2am, Friday and Saturday 11:30am-4:30pm, 5:30pm-4am

Phone number: (02) 9211 5232

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THE ROCKS & CIRCULAR QUAY

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, Circular Quay

Your free wine is: a McWilliams Appellation Sauvignon Blanc 2013 or a Mount Pleasant High Paddock Shiraz 2010.

Try the… oysters, naturally. With a Bloody Mary salsa (tomato salsa and vodka dressing), they’re $22 for a half dozen.

As you’d expect from a top quality oyster bar, all their oysters are sourced from the best seasonal rivers and are shucked to order. Served five ways, they’re complemented by a menu that showcases the best in Australian seafood. You'll never feel closer to the sea... literally. Dining right on Circular Quay will do that to you.

What you need to know

Address: Lot 1, Circular Quay E, Sydney

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-11pm.

Find them on Facebook: Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

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Imperial Peking Harbourside, Circular Quay

Your free wine is: a McWilliams Appellation Sauvignon Blanc 2013 or a Mount Pleasant High Paddock Shiraz 2010.

Try the… Eleven course degustation menu, including steamed prawn dumplings, salt and pepper calamari and pork spare ribs ($59.80 per person).

It’s traditional Pekinese cuisine updated for a contemporary palate at Imperial Peking Harbourside. Leave your car with the doorman and head inside for degustations of fresh seafood and dumplings.

What you need to know

Address: 15 Circular Quay West

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12am

Find them online: Imperial Peking Harbourside

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The Meat & Wine Co., Circular Quay

Your free wine is: a McWilliams Appellation Sauvignon Blanc 2013 or a McWilliam's Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.

Try the… Monte Grain Select (grain-fed 120 days) Fillet Steak ($34).

The name pretty much gives it all away. These guys do meat – and wine – really, really well. Their steak list alone stretches into the double digits and that’s before you get to the rest of the meat. What the name doesn’t give away is the spectacular views over Circular Quay, which makes it ideal for an early sunset drink that stretches on into dinner.

What you need to know

Address: Shop 12, Lobby, InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie St, Sydney

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm-11pm

Find them on Facebook: The Meat & Wine Co.

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DARLING HARBOUR

Cafe del Mar, Cockle Bay Wharf

Your free wine is: a Zeppelin Riesling 2012 or a Zeppelin Shiraz 2012.

Try the... Sauteed spanner crab, linguine, zucchini flowers and bottarga ($38).

It's like a little slice of Ibiza smack bang in the heart of Sydney. The enormous deck – with sun lounges and billowing sails – is one of the best places in Sydney to watch the sun set (which is what it was designed for, after all). Enjoy a Mediterranean feast in the early hours of the evening and while away the later hours with cocktails and Cafe del Mar's world-famous DJs.

What you need to know

Address: 35 Wheat Rd, Rooftop Terrace, Cockle Bay Wharf

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm–12am, Sunday 12pm–10pm

Find them on Facebook: Cafe del Mar

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The Meat & Wine Co., Darling Harbour

Your free wine is: a McWilliams Appellation Sauvignon Blanc 2013 or a McWilliam's Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.

Try the… Monte Grain Select (grain-fed 120 days) Fillet Steak ($34).

The fore runner of the Circular Quay one, the Darling Harbour Meat & Wine Co. is Sydney's original. Really, you only need to decide whether you'd prefer the views over Darling Harbour or Circular Quay to decide between the two.

What you need to know

Address: Level 1, 31 Wheat Rd, IMAX Theatre Complex, Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm-11pm

Find them on Facebook: The Meat & Wine Co.

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sokyo

PYRMONT & ULTIMO

Sokyo, Pyrmont

Your free wine is: a Last Horizon Pinot Gris 2012 or a Last Horizon Pinot Noir 2013.

Try the… Kurobuta Pork: thinly sliced pork belly, dashu jelly, mache, ginger salty caramel (prices unavailable).

Tokyo-buzz meets Sydney-cool, Sokyo is all about the individual dining experience. Head along to this award winning restaurant for a personalised “Sokyo Menu” from your waiter and expert advice from the Sake Sommelier.

What you need to know

Address: 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont

Opening times: Monday to Wednesday 5:30pm-9:30pm, Thursday 5:30pm-10:30pm, Friday 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm, Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm

Find them on Facebook: Sokyo

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INNER WEST

3 Weeds

Your free wine is: a Tightrope Walker Chardonnay 2012 or a Partisan by Jove Temperanillo 2012.

Try the… O’Connor pasture fed beef fillet, with teardrop cherry tomatoes, olives, crisp white polenta and tapenade ($42).

Sydney has a lot of pubs. A lot of good pubs. These guys were named as the ‘Best Restaurant in a Pub’ in 2012 and 2013, so you might want to check them out. Chef Lauren Murdoch has created a menu using fresh ingredients straight from their very own organic vegetable and herb garden. How many pubs can boast about that?

What you need to know

Address: 197 Evans St, Rozelle

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm

Find them on Facebook: 3 Weeds Rozelle

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Sir William Wallace, Balmain

Your free wine is: an Under & Over Pinot Gris 2013 or an Under & Over Shiraz 2011.

Try the… Roast of the day with all the trimmings ($16 on Thursday and Sundays).

Sir William Wallace – or, as it’s affectionately known to locals, the Willy Wally – is known for a few key things: good pub grub, quality banter and being Mel Gibson’s watering hole of choice. Take that last one as you will...

What you need to know

Address: 31 Cameron St, Balmain

Opening Hours: Monday 12pm-12am, Tuesday to Saturday 11am-12am, Sunday 11am-10pm

Find them on Facebook: Sir William Wallace Hotel

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LOWER NORTH SHORE

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Ormeggio At The Spit, Mosman

Your free wine is: a Last Horizon Pinot Gris 2012 or a Last Horizon Pinot Noir 2013.

Try the… Organic glazed lamb shoulder with goat’s yoghurt, roasted heirloom carrots and mint (two courses for $80).

Contemporary Italian is on the menu here and by that, we mean a little more than your average pizza and pasta dishes. With Alessandro Pavoni working behind the scenes, could you expect anything less? Then of course there’s the beautiful water views over The Spit. Dine in paradise and dream of the boat you’ll one day buy.

What you need to know

Address: D’Albora Marinas, The Spit, Mosman

Opening Hours: Lunch Thursday to Sunday 12pm-3pm, dinner Wednesday to Saturday 6pm-11pm, Sunday 6pm-10pm, kiosk Wednesday to Sunday 9am-3:30pm

Find them on Facebook: Ormeggio

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Ripples, Milsons Point

Your free wine is: Mount Pleasant Anne Semillon 2006 or a Mount Pleasant High Paddock Shiraz 2010.

<b?Try the> Atlantic Salmon, Balsamic Lentils and Celeriac Puree ($32).
The best bit about Ripples in Milson's Point isn't the world class yet intimate views of Sydney Harbour, or the Alessandro Pavoni (of 2 hatted restaurants Ormeggio at The Spit) designed the menu, or even the service is exemplary.

It's that it's one of the last places left in Sydney that's BYO. Go on. Get your free bottle of wine... but bring a few extra, too.

What you need to know
Address: Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
Opening Hours: Breakfast Monday to Friday 8am-11am, Saturday and Sunday 7:30am-10:30am; Lunch Monday to Sunday from 12pm; Dinner Monday to Sunday from 6pm
Find them on Facebook: Ripples Restaurants
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Aqua Dining, Milsons Point

Your free wine is: a Mount Pleasant Anne Semillon 2006 or a Mount Pleasant High Paddock Shiraz 2010.

Try the… Pork scotch fillet with mustard, braised shallots, puffed grains and nasturtium leaves (two courses $69).

Sydney views don’t get much better than this. Located just above the North Sydney Olympic Pool, next to the iconic Luna Park face, Aqua Dining is an award-winning restaurant looking out over Sydney Harbour. Come expecting innovating Australian dining, leave with a full stomach and satisfied dining companions.

What you need to know

Address: Corner Paul & Northcliffe St, Milsons Point

Opening Hours: Daily, lunch from 12pm, dinner from 6:30pm

Find them on Facebook: Aqua Dining

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Public Dining Room, Balmoral

Your free wine is: a Camino Del Pelegrino Albarino 2012 or an Evans & Tate Metricup Cabernet Merlot 2012.

Try the… Market fish (check on the day) with caramelised witlof, charred squash, elderflower and white zucchini puree, lime gel, crispy kale and brazil nut crumble ($39).

You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque dining spot in Balmoral. Huge open windows, the Balmoral wharf and the enormous fig trees the area is known for. Food wise you’re looking at modern Australian with Italian influences, with a to-be-expected emphasis on fresh seafood. You are at the beach, after all.

What you need to know

Address: 2A The Esplanade, Mosman

Opening Hours: Lunch Monday to Sunday from 12pm, dinner Monday to Saturday from 6pm, breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 8am

Find them on Facebook: Public Dining Room

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UPPER NORTH SHORE

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The Cook’s Garden, North Turramurra

Your free wine is: a Last Horizon Pinot Noir 2013 or a Tightrope Walker Chardonnay 2012.

Try the… Wood fire roasted Spatchcock, hummus, spiced carrot and currant salad, Persian feta, toasted pistachios and lemon thyme oil ($35).

The Cook’s Garden has the charm of an English-style pub, minus the less-than-charming English weather. You can actually sit in the garden or courtyard without the need for several layers of clothing, which is as good a reason to head down for a glass of wine and meal as any. If that’s not enough, maybe the live music every Sunday night will do the trick.

What you need to know

Address: 272 Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra

Opening Hours: Restaurant – lunch and dinner, Wednesday to Sunday, breakfast on Sundays. The Garden Tap: Cafe/Bar – Tuesday 9am-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday 9am till late

Find them online: The Cook’s Garden

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NORTHERN BEACHES

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Pilu, Freshwater

Your free wine is: a McWilliams Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.

Try the… Ravioli of potato, mint and pecorino with burnt butter, sage and black truffle paste ($28).

Two chefs hats, Sardinian flavours and picturesque views of Freshwater beach… there’s a reason Pilu is picking up award after award. To sample a little of everything, work your way through the six course tasting menu. Coming in straight off the beach? You’ll definitely be happiest outside in the garden kiosk for an afternoon lunch.

What you need to know

Address: “On the beach”, Moore Rd, Freshwater

Opening hours: Lunch from 12pm Tuesday to Saturday, dinner from 6pm Tuesday to Sunday

Find them on Facebook: Pilu at Freshwater

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GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

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4 Responses to Citibank Dining Program Restaurants in Sydney

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    Nina | December 17, 2015

    Hi. Is BayblueSeafood Restaurant in the Citibank dining program.

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      Shirley | December 21, 2015

      Hi Nina,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately we couldn’t find the restaurant in the program.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    Alexandra | October 16, 2014

    Is Otto’s Restaurant still on the Citibank Dining Program?

    Thank you
    Alexandra Magoffin

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      Alex | October 16, 2014

      Hi Alexandra,

      Yup, Otto’s is still very much in the program. Enjoy your free wine!

      Cheers,
      Alex

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