Inside The Meat and Wine Co at Barangaroo

Best Sydney restaurants for your end of year get-together

Cover image: The Meat & Wine Co, Barangaroo.

Let’s party! 

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and this year is going to be bigger, better and more filled with festive fun than ever before. People to see, places to go... After last year’s rather muted affair, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

It’s going to be a busy festive season, so if you haven’t already it’s time to start planning your Christmas get-togethers.

Whether you’re thinking elegant sit-down dinners or sparkly cocktail soirees, there’s a perfect spot for every type of group celebration. To help you decide, we’ve put together our top picks of Sydney eateries that are great for your next group gathering. 

1. Bah-BQ Brazilian Grill, Crows Nest

Selection of food on offer at Bah-BQ Brazilian Grill

Image: Bah-BQ Brazilian Bar & Grill

This Crows Nest institution brings the fiery flavours of Brazil to Sydney’s North shore in a sleek and stylish setting. Waiters move around the restaurant with skewers, slicing meat onto your plate! A complete sensory experience, Bah-BQ Brazilian Grill is the perfect eatery for a fun feed with family and friends (just remember to wear your loose jeans!).

2. Pompei's, Bondi

If you haven’t dined out at Pompei’s in Bondi, can you even call yourself a true Sydneysider? This Italian eatery has been serving up artisanal excellence since 1999 and continues to offer the perfect setting for a delicious night out with your nearest and dearest. Dining at Pompei’s is a shared encounter where lovingly prepared food nurtures you in a way that you feel pampered, nourished and even a little surprised.

3. Balcon By Tapavino, Sydney

Inside Balcon by Tapavino

Image: Balcon By Tapavino

A celebration of sherry, wine, food and friends awaits you at this warm and cosy wine and tapas bar in Sydney’s CBD. Representing some of the most talented winemakers in Spain, Tapavino sources impressive wines stacked to the ceiling so absolutely no-one misses out! With a menu designed for sharing (and a wine list designed for socialising) Balcon by Tapavino is a no-brainer for your long overdue group catch-up.

4. The Meat & Wine Co, Barangaroo

This one’s for the serious meat lover. Pairing a delectable offering of steak and rib dishes with the most unique Australian wines, The Meat & Wine Co Barangaroo is the perfect setting for your next refined get-together in Barangaroo’s buzzing dining district. With stunning interiors and enviable views over Sydney Harbour, this is a meal out you and your group won’t soon forget.

5. The Civic Hotel, Sydney

Craving some great pub grub? This inner city gem is perfect for a relaxed and fun group get-together centred around some seriously delicious food. The best part? Celebrations can continue well into the evening as you head upstairs to the secret rooftop bar...  

6. Chat Thai Circular Quay, Sydney

Chat Thai Circular Quay interior

Image: Chat Thai Circular Quay

No list of the best group restaurants is complete without a great Thai entry. With its mix of traditional and innovative dishes, Chat Thai has become an absolute must-try for lovers of Thai cuisine and its trendy Circular Quay location offers the perfect setting for a memorable group get-together – great for when you’re in the mood for sampling everything on the menu.

7. Jounieh, Walsh Bay

Offering a contemporary approach to the Middle Eastern culinary tradition, this chic restaurant is perfectly positioned on the Walsh Bay harbour foreshore and is perfect for a more up-market celebration. We recommend checking out the banquet options, which will take you on a flavour-filled journey to Lebanon (with a twist!).   

8. The Fenwick, East Balmain

The inside of The Fenwick overlooking Sydney Harbour

Image: The Fenwick

With unspoilt views of Sydney Harbour, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful location from which to enjoy your end of year celebrations than The Fenwick. With a seasonal menu that focuses on celebrating the best Australian produce, this is the perfect place to soak up a unique gastronomical experience as you cheers to the year that was! 

9. 6 HEAD Campbells Cove, The Rocks

Looking for that really special group dining experience? Look no further than 6 HEAD. With unparalleled views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Harbour, there's just one word to sum up this dinner location: iconic. 6 HEAD’s stunning interiors, fantastic al fresco dining options and mouth-watering Modern Australian menu make it the perfect choice for a stylish end of year celebration.

10. Holy Duck!, Chippendale

Inside Holy Duck Chippendale

At home on Chippendale’s buzzing Kensington Street, Holy Duck! serves up delicious Modern Chinese cuisine that will have you saying, ‘duck, that’s good.’ Ideal for a fun and memorable group get-together, this truly unique venue offers a truly electric atmosphere - a vibrant nod to the joys of Chinese street food.

Explore our top picks in Sydney.

Of course, when it comes to group dining destinations, these options are just the tip of a very big iceberg! Check out the full list of group dining venues in Sydney for endless inspiration on where to host your next event.