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Reviewed 1 week ago

I agree with previous reviews, we have previously twice eaten at here in previous years when it was Guillame. For the price paid - over $600 for two, it is completely NOT worth the money. Yes it is the Opera House but you can get...that view for free (like the many tourists outside) from multiple points around the harbour with a byo wine and picnic. All of the staff excluding our main server were excellent. But in COVID times there is a hospitality staff shortage. Main Points: 1) 5.30pm reservation - we had to wait until the restaurant opened at approximately 5.40pm. We should be able to at least enter and await to be seated by the reservation time. 2) Linen - there was none, the table is fine but for the price you pay you want a memorable and exquisite experience - no tablecloth doesn't really add a touch of the 'special' which other reviewers have mentioned. 3) Dirty lamp rim - this is a minor detail, but not for this price. Small things are noticed 4) Drinks - we received the entree while still finishing the apertif - I get this as they 'wanted these two out by 7.20' to get to our show on time. We should have been offered the wine list or asked did we want to select a wine to go with our entree - this didn't happen until after we had started eating. We asked for wine recommendations - which were all very good, however they should have brought the wine list back for us to review the choices and help with selection. Hence $150 on 3 glasses of wine. We should have asked I guess but they should have offered. 5) Spillage, I ordered the tomato salad and the cherry tomato's exploded with their seeds on the table (and hubby's white shirt) our main server giggled (not suggestion of a cloth etc) the sommelier did offer assistance (not her job) after seeing my wiping his shirt. This is not their fault. I wiped our table that had seeds still on it, this is their job, if they notice - and they did. Considering the lack of linen, it's an easy clean. Food Yes the food is good - it is not the best I have ever eaten though - but it is the most I have ever paid for a meal. There are plenty of other restaurants with as good or better food for less money in and around Sydney. The view is not a good enough reason. The lack of attention to detail, etc left this as an expensive mistake. Hubby had booked Restaurant Hubert. For us this was a very expensive night out that we only have opportunity to do every couple of years. I now regret changing our booking. $640.00 for two - in the words of PE - don't believe the hype.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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adrianabfink, Marketing at Bennelong Restaurant Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're sorry to hear of your recent experience at Bennelong. Our General Manager would like to discuss this with you personally. Please could you kindly send your email and contact number to Trish@Bennelong.com.au with details of your reservation? Thank you.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were so disappointed with Bennelong. We expected excellent ambiance, service and food to match their prices, instead we were seated by the window overheating with the sun directly on us, fruit flies around our table while we were eating our lobster and tasteless food...with a side salad of green leafs that looked like they came out of a Woolworths packet (see picture). We spent $700 for two people and left feeling ripped off from an overrated restaurant!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 27 October 2021 via mobile

Overpriced and overrated. The food was awful. We decided to go here because of all the reviews. It was a mistake. While the ambience is beautiful and the customer service was great, there was no music on a Friday night and the set menu cost...$170 pp. The entree scallops consisted of a basically a raw mashed up film of plastic on your plate. The mains were ok. John Dory was decent serving size but tasteless. And the pavlova for dessert was basically a lump of sugary whipped egg whites on your plate. Awful. The table next to us also seemed disappointed. With wine and bottled water we paid $420 for 2.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 7 June 2021

Came here last week to celebrate our anniversary and we had an amazing time. We were greeted at the door by an enthusiastic host who then showed us to our table with a wonderful view. The food, drinks and service was exceptional especially the Sommelier...Kyle. Will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 24 April 2021 via mobile

Fantastic venue. Super friendly staff from the moment you walk in. Service was amazing. Three course meal was perfect.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 21 March 2021 via mobile

The setting is always lovely, regardless of poor weather and the music was background was fitting. The staff were all exemplerary and pleasant. The set 3 course menu was varied enough with the wagyu beef tender and the Lamington rich but delicious. Servings were on...the small side and overall pricey, but a nice lunch with friends is priceless.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 10 March 2021

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Bennelomg this year (2021). The three course meal was excellent. The food very well prepared and the presentation faultless. For entree, my wife enjoyed a great summer salad featuring feta cheese and figs while I...loved the shiitake noodles with slow cooked melt in your mouth pig belly. For mains, the steamed Murray Cod was a winner for my wife just as the roasted duck that I had. Dessert was the real winner though. My wife couldn't stop talking about the five textures of Queensland mango and I was not disappointed with the lamington which was so imaginatively prepared and presented, if I wasn't so full I would have ordered another one. The champagne we had from their cellar was wonderful and reasonably priced given the venue and location. My only complaint... whilst the maitre de acknowledged that we were celebrating our anniversary as we entered the restaurant and our waiter did the same, I was somewhat surprised and disappointed that there was no small gestures (for example a plate of petite fours) with our coffee or even an (empty) plate with "happy anniversary" written with cream or chocolate. The table next to us we're celebrating a 40th birthday and we were happy for the couple when the waiter brought out a small cake with candle together with their desserts, but sadly, a wedding anniversary does not seem to count. A small gesture can go a long way and would have made a wonderful night a more unforgettable night for us. See my Aria review where we received a much warmer treatment.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 12 February 2021

A first time visitor with Benelong living up to its reputation. From the first COVID checkin, to the request for a martini to my taste, the waiters response to our questions of menu items and the gentle transition upstairs for our coffee, everything was just...fantastic. It’s an opportunity to just sit back and enjoy, the surroundings, the food and the conversation. A special place for a special dining experience. Cheap it isn’t, but you already know that.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 31 January 2021

First of all I should say that I have visited Bennelong maybe five or six times over the years so this was not a first time event. The venue and views are spectacular. This occasion was the first of the 2021 Bennelong Presents musical and...dining experiences with the brilliant pianist Lisa Moore playing Philip Glass which was a delight – two 20-minute sets between courses. The 'prix fixe' for this was $295 per person including a glass of sparkling Australian wine (Abbas). The welcome was fine as was the service throughout and the introductory glass of wine appeared quite soon. Then came the entrée, a small collection of chopped zucchini, tiny pickled vegetables and a small portion of fresh fig covered by sliced lettuce – put the tip of your thumb to your forefinger, that was the size. There were little beads of something clinging to a tiny branch of dill on top which was very pretty. It was as if the chef had forgotten about the first course and so artfully made do with what was to hand. I was asked by the waiter if I had enjoyed it and I gave my frank but polite assessment which she said she would convey to the chef. Next came the main course, sliced duck breast with new potatoes and a green salad. Acceptable but not generous and no sauce for the duck. Fortunately to stave off starvation, we were offered another serving of bread which was good in a Flintstone manner. Finally a scoop of ice cream served on a slurry of crushed ice. No need for a patissier here! All this was washed down with a bottle of Yalumba 'The Signature' 2009, not a good year on reflection (in fact I should have rejected it) for about $230 which costs about $60 in the bottle shop. No table cloths (nor at Quay or Otto) so the clean up would have been easy. So final cost? Just short of $1000. Lisa Moore was exceptional and made the night but the dining part of the evening was in a very minor key and demeaning to patrons. If this is Australian fine dining at its best, must be living on another planet.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 30 October 2020

Every time we visit for Lunch or Dinner it’s amazing ... Location,service,food,cocktails.... everything.

Date of visit: March 2020
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