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Meet the Chef

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.

Restaurant menu

Chef’s recommendations Rob Cockerill

Average price $185 Special request

Scores & Reviews

based on 1135 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.9/10
Service :9/10
Setting :9.2/10
  1. Diana F.
    • 2 reviews

    Outstanding customer service! From the moment we walked in, every waiter that served us, knew it was our anniversary and congratulated us throughout the night. The cocktails were a delight and the meals were delicious!

  2. Valerie G.
    • one review

    It is a superb location and the view does it all. Service is attentive and thoughtful. Food is good, but that is the disappointing side: for that price, you expect it to be very good or even excellent. The seafood and the fish were slightly overcooked and the sauces lacked in flavour, inventiveness, .... A pity: all in all you will get much better in Sydney for cheaper, (but without the view).

  3. Minh T.
    • one review

    Impressed with the service and communication provided by our waiter. I look forward to returning for another dinner. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

  4. Stephanie Y.
    • one review

    We had a wonderful time for my Dad's birthday! The staff really made us all feel welcome and well attended to. Such a magnificent location and delicious food!

  5. A A.
    • 260 reviews

    Fantastic food! Had the three courses and had so many choices. Got to try a few of my guests dishes as well and every dish was spectacular. The xo scallops and wagyu rump were standouts. Service is also fantastic. Helpful, friendly but not in your face. Perfect for a special occasion. Views were stunning. Location top notch!

  6. Abdullah Z.
    • 2 reviews

    The view, the location, the team serving the food, the person welcoming us and above all the quality of the food. It is true price is a bit high and Bennelong will always remain to me for special occasion

  7. A A.
    • 275 reviews

    A great spot for a special occasion — impeccable service and really delightful food.

  8. Sandy K.
    • 34 reviews

    Great set menu. Oysters were perfect. Rose lovely

  9. Peter W.
    • one review

    This is really one of my favourite restaurants in Sydney. The food, service, setting, drinks list and views are just divine. Already looking forward to my next visit.

  10. Mark D.
    • 25 reviews

    Incredible food and service in an iconic location

  11. A A.
    • 253 reviews

    always perfect.. the best experience in Sydney

  12. A A.
    • 284 reviews

    Standout service, we were really made to feel special.

  13. A A.
    • 277 reviews

    Good food but not old school authentic Turkish food that I imagine that it would be. It is not their fault I just wanted to have simple ho eat authentic Turkish food .

  14. Roy F.
    • 3 reviews

    Nice place nice staff nice food but cost too much pay for the name i had NO view

  15. A A.
    • 281 reviews

    My to to place, would eat there more if I could stretch the budget

  16. A A.
    • 296 reviews

    Beautiful food and service but price is relatively high

  17. A A.
    • 277 reviews

    Great experience. Table waiters could be a little more attentive and the first 2 courses were fantastic but the sweet let the place down a little. Will definitely be back. Special mention to the guy who welcomed us FANTASTIC JOB.

  18. A A.
    • 268 reviews

    Overall good experience.

  19. Kin Hang Henry Y.
    • one review

    Staffs were really nice over there. But I would like to mention the manager over there, Nick, he had provided an outstanding customer service, which we never will expect after the dinner, especially after I paid the bill. He took us to the few spots for good photo shooting, good photos were taken by him. Overall, 100%+

  20. A A.
    • 284 reviews

    Outstanding food and service experience. Scallops are a must try!!

More information

How to get to the restaurant

Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point, 2000, Sydney, Australia

Public transport

Train & Ferry - Circular Quay Station & Wharf

Directions to get there


Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Haymarket, Sydney CBD, Sydney City, The Rocks

About the 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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