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Rob Cockerill

Robert Cockerill was born in Sydney but spent his childhood living in Europe. Rob began his apprenticeship at a local café in Newcastle, and began working in hatted Sydney restaurants in early 2000. Following a move to Far North Queensland, Rob was approached by the Soho House Group in London. Upon his return in 2008, Rob approached Quay and worked under Peter Gilmore. In July 2015, he became Head Chef at Bennelong, delivering the very best Australian produce within a uniquely Australian space.

1504 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

8.8
1504 reviews
Recommended
(8.9)
Food
(8.9)
Service
(9.0)
Value for money
(7.8)
Atmosphere
(9.1)

dined on Thu, 15 Aug 2019

(4)
We were thoroughly underwhelmed by Bennelong. The pork belly entree was bland, Wagyu was forgettable, and the pork main unexciting. We've had better food at half the price across a string of restaurants in Sydney. The venue is of course beautiful, but not worth the price.

dined on Mon, 12 Aug 2019

(10)
We celebrated a special birthday with the Big Night Out special - a five course degustation with matching wines. View is spectacular, service was friendly and efficient and the food and wine were perfect. Couldn’t ask for a better night out. Price is high-end, but worth it for a special occasion. The normal a-la-carte menu offers less-extravagant options.

dined on Sun, 28 Jul 2019

(10)
Food was fabulous Restaurant space busy, specially with visitors to Opera House looking in on diners
Lucy Day

dined on Thu, 25 Jul 2019

(10)
Amazing food in a brilliant setting

dined on Tue, 9 Jul 2019

(10)
Absolutely top notched service and amazing food. The best view and experience you can possibly get for this type of dining. Highly highly recommended for any special occasion.
Nicolas

dined on Wed, 19 Jun 2019

(10)
Came here for my anniversary with my partner and couldn’t be more impressed! The food was impeccable and the service just as incredible! Cannot recommend enough!!!

dined on Tue, 18 Jun 2019

(9)
Outstanding views with food to match. What an wonderful, enjoyable evening! Our overseas visitors loved it too.

dined on Sun, 16 Jun 2019

(10)
Very enjoyable overlooking Sydney harbour. Loved the desserts
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Specials

The Big Night Out - A Taste of Australia

Dubbed "The Holy Grail of Australian Restaurants" by The New York Times, Bennelong is known for its playful take on Aussie icons. To celebrate The Big Night Out, Bennelong has curated an exclusive five course menu that takes the diner on a journey of Australia's favourite foods. All enjoyed within one of the great wonders of Australia, the iconic Sydney Opera House. "This is an ode to Australia on a plate, our greatest hits rolled into one tasting menu" says Head Chef Rob Cockerill. 5 courses- $170pp. Credit card details are requested for all reservations at Bennelong. Should you cancel your reservation within 24 hours of your reservation time, a $60per person late cancellation fee will apply.
Max. people
8
When
01 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Fri, Sat 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
When
01 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
When
01 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Sun, Fri, Sat 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
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Melbourne Cup Lunch at Bennelong

Melbourne Cup at Bennelong- Take to Sydney's most iconic waterside setting for an elegant, all-Australian Melbourne Cup affair. Guests will enjoy a glass of Champagne on arrival, canapes, and three course lunch menu. $240 per person. Full payment by credit card is required for all reservations at the time of booking, at a charge of $240 per person plus a processing fee of $6.60 per person. Should you need to cancel your reservation or reduce guest numbers within 7 days of the event date your payment will become non-refundable. All cancellations must be made in writing to reservations@finkgroup.com.au. Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
When
05 Nov 2019
Tue 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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The House Lunch

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, Bennelong will open for Thursday lunch from the 5th of September. To mark the extra lunch service, Executive Chef Peter Gilmore and Head Chef Rob Cockerill have curated a special lunch menu, aptly named ‘The House Lunch’. This special menu will be available on Thursday and Friday lunch only. 2 courses - $85pp / 3 courses- $115pp Pre-book here or simply request this menu when you arrive. View our menu on our website. Cancellation Policy: Credit card details are requested for all reservations at Bennelong. Should you cancel your reservation within 24 hours of your reservation time, a $60per person late cancellation fee will apply.
When
05 Sep 2019 - 30 Dec 2019
Thu, Fri 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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New Years Eve at BENNELONG

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT BENNELONG: Bennelong will host an unforgettable New Year’s Eve dinner celebration from beneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House. The evening will celebrate the very best of Australian produce and wines whilst offering front row seats to the main event: fireworks off the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The evening includes entertainment, Champagne and canapés on arrival, five course menu with matched wines, and glass of Champagne to ring in 2020. Full payment by credit card is required for all reservations at the time of booking, at a charge of $1690 per person plus a processing fee of $46.75 per person. Should you need to cancel your reservation or reduce guest numbers within 21 days of the event date your payment will become non-refundable. All cancellations must be made in writing to reservations@bennelong.com.au Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
When
31 Dec 2019
Tue 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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About Bennelong Restaurant

At the base of the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong delivers produce-driven cuisine, showcasing the best Australia offers. Nestled within the Sydney Opera House on the harbour foreshore, it’s the ideal location for pre- and post-theatre dining, as well as an exceptional meal for life’s most important celebrations. Executive Chef Peter Gilmore and his team work closely in partnership with a network of farmers, breeders, fishermen and providores to harness the best of what’s in season, as well as develop ingredients especially for Bennelong’s menu. The menu is designed to let the key elements shine, with integrity and purity, rather than just technical mastery. Enjoy the two or three course a la carte menu featuring choices like seared tartare of wagyu, wild Cape York barramundi, and cherry jam lamington. Accompany your food with exceptional Australian wines for a meal you won’t forget. Best dish: Macleay Valley suckling pig

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