Lunch to Impress: Sydney’s Best Business Lunches
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Power lunching in Sydney? Even if you’re from out of town, you can still host your guests like a local. Whether you’re entertaining clients or toasting to a team success, our guide to Sydney’s best business lunches is sure to impress.
The gold standard of hospitality in Sydney, est.’s seamless service leaves no room for distraction. The polished waiters at this power lunching favourite have mastered the art of quiet attentiveness, with courses from their prix fixe menu seeming to appear from thin air. And with sister venue Establishment Bar located downstairs, you’ll be happy to hang around long after the deal is done.
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If you’re not the only one at the table from out of town, few restaurants in Sydney offer a more spectacular setting than Bennelong. Staring out to the Harbour Bridge from inside the Sydney Opera House, there’s no shortage of scenery at this fine dining restaurant to help spur on conversation. Doing some serious schmoozing? Reserve The Table for up to ten people for a semi-private setting with the same sweeping views.
The Bridge Room
As suited to long professional luncheons as it is to quick corporate catch-ups, The Bridge Room’s versatility has cemented its place as a go-to for the business crowd. Indulge in plates of Hunter Valley quail and Fraser Island spanner crab in the brightly lit dining room, then sweeten the deal with one of four decadent desserts. If the Art Deco setting doesn’t win your lunch companions over, the award-winning menu almost certainly will.
No stranger to the suit-and-tie crowd, this upscale Greek eatery acts as a pseudo boardroom for the city’s office workers, with everything from client meetings to team lunches taking place in its stylish banquettes. Feast on shared plates like baby snapper, spanakopita and spiced lamb shoulder, then get down to business over a glass of Greek wine. No time to sit in? Alpha offers a paired down menu to go, so you can impress your team with a gourmet lunch without having to leave the boardroom.
Looking to close a deal with discretion? Tucked away two stories below ground, this modern French bistro is a welcome change from the high-rises that dominate Sydney’s CBD. Descended the winding staircase to reach the dimly lit dining room, then order a bottle of Chenin Blanc to get things started. Pair pleasantries with the caviar service, move to the steak tartare and escargot for serious negotiations, then toast your new partnership in the post-war themed bar.
Travelling to Sydney on business? Book flights with Virgin Australia now and start planning your power lunch before take-off.