Where to dine before the theatre in Sydney

Dinner and a show: Where to go for a pre-theatre feast in Sydney

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Heading out to a musical, theatre performance or music gig in the Sydney CBD?

Chances are you'll want a feed either pre or post show! Thankfully, Sydney has a whole chorus line of dining options for you to choose from. Book in at these top-rated restaurants near Sydney's best theatres. 

Capitol Theatre, Haymarket

Pictured above: Holy Duck! in Chippendale

A heritage listed theatre in the heart of Sydney's Haymarket district, the Capitol Theatre has been home to some of Sydney's most memorable musicals and performances including Moulin Rouge and soon Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

With Chinatown on its doorstep, there are tonnes of great Asian restaurants nearby to try! Head to Jiu Long Ding Chongqing Hot Pot or The Dolar Shop for an unforgettable and authentic hot pot experience or Yebisu Bar & Grill for 'izakaya style' Japanese dining. Head to nearby Sydney Brewery Surry Hills for some quality pub grub and craft beer or AMBER on Pitt Street for some woodfired pizza and Italian. 

Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay

Pictured above: ARIA Restaurant at Circular Quay

An evening spent at one of Sydney's most iconic landmarks calls for a truly special dining experience. If you're heading to a performance at the Sydney Opera House, there are tonnes of top Circular Quay restaurants to try. 

Enjoy lunch or dinner with a view of the Opera House sails at the iconic ARIA Sydney or the chic Opera Bar for more relaxed vibes. The Meat & Wine Co Circular Quay serves up sensational specialty steaks, while The Quartier Restaurant & Bar offers a chic yet relaxing French dining experience. For sensational Spanish tapas, head to Tapavino or if you're in the mood for pre-show cocktails alongside a bite to eat, Cruise Bar offers sensational Harbour views close to the venue.

The State Theatre, Sydney CBD

Pictured above: Luke's Kitchen in the Sydney CBD

In the heart of the CBD on Market Street, The State Theatre Sydney is an iconic performance theatre for comedians, bands, musicians and live theatre.  With tonnes of the city's best restaurants within walking distance, you'll be spoiled for choice when choosing your pre-performance feed.

For top-notch Italian head to the iconic Gowings nearby or the more relaxed DeVine pasta and wine bar. The chic Kuro Bar & Dining is perfect for a fine dining Japanese experience, while Roast Republic is perfect if you're looking for a unique soul food fix. If you're in the mood for Chinese, Fortune Village Chinese Restaurant in Clarence Street is a Sydney institution. Head to Rubyos for a modern take on Asian and Mediterranean flavours. After something a bit special? Luke's Kitchen at the newly opened Kimpton Margot Sydney is well worth a visit. 

The Wharf Theatres & Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay

Pictured above: 6 HEAD at Campbells Cove

Walsh Bay is home to the Sydney Theatre Company's Wharf Theatres, as well as the famous Roslyn Packer Theatre. If you're heading to show in this iconic Harbourside location, there are tonnes of great restaurants to try nearby. 

Fish at the Rocks is a Sydney seafood institution, known for it's second to none seafood dishes. If you're in the mood for fine dining on the Harbour, Jounieh serves up Middle Eastern favourites with a modern twist. The award-winning 6 HEAD Campbells Cove is perfect if you're in the mood for a premium dining experience with unrivalled views, while The Bund @ Walsh Bay serves up Modern Chinese dishes in a chic setting. 

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our complete list of the best Pre-Theatre Restaurants to book in Sydney!

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