Fine dining in Parramatta
Fresh produce from local farmers, unusual dishes for adventurous diners and degustations that can be lingered over for hours, Parramatta's fine dining scene is creative and fun, yet down-to-earth. These restaurants are the cream of the crop.
Meat & Wine Co.
With its contemporary opulent interior décor and a fine-dining ambience, a meal out at The Meat & Wine Co Parramatta is an unforgettable fine dining experience for lunch or dinner. They offer the crème de la crème when it comes to cooking meat to perfection and pairing dishes with quality Australian wines.
Their top-graded beef is carefully monitored from paddock to plate and grilled with their signature African-inspired basting. You can choose between grass-fed or grain-fed beef in your preferred cut or their dry-aged premium steaks.
Lachlan's, Old Government House
For New South Wales' first ten governors, Old Government House, surrounded by leafy Parramatta Park, was a country retreat. Now, the World Heritage-listed building is open for tours and home to Lachlan's, a fine dining restaurant named after Lachlan Macquarie, governor from 1810-1821. Visitors can dine a la carte or, if travelling in a group, settle in for the chef's choice menu.
Among the stand-out dishes are Tassie salmon with thyme-infused potato purée and lychee-lime salsa, and Black Angus scotch fillet with potato puree, mushroom duxelle, toasted puffed rice and roasted onion. On warm days, the long verandah wrapped in vines is the place to sit.
Old Government House, Parramatta Park | 9687 2666 | Facebook
Reimagining modern contemporary fusion cuisine, LILYMU at Parramatta Square blends the flavours of Thai and Chinese food with different influences from Singapore and Hong Kong.
Try the full flavoured Tom Yum prawn dumpling soup or their unique take on the familiar miee goreng and wash it all down with a Dragon Sour cocktail, made with gin, dragon fruit syrup and Thai basil leaves.
CicciaBella Trattoria + Bar
CicciaBella Trattoria + Bar at Parramatta Square takes its inspiration from classic Italian food (cucina classica) often found in the great trattoria’s of Italian cities. Another restaurant delivered by Maurice Terzini and the Icebergs family, CicciaBella doesn’t disappoint.
Each day, pasta is handmade for business lunches and long dinners and the menu has been designed for you to eat in your own style, whether sharing or ordering individually
Parramatta Square, 153 Macquarie St, Parramatta | 8090 6969 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook
Every ingredient on every plate at Courtney's Brasserie is traceable to a nearby supplier. The eggs are laid by free range chickens in Quakers Hill, the butter is churned by hand in Tempe and the cauliflower grows in Werombi. Established in 1984, the restaurant was one of the first in Sydney to champion local produce. Today, owner-chef Paul Kuipers maintains this ethos.
The best way to experience Courtney's is via an eight-course degustation. However, those short on time can claim a stool at the recycled timber bar and choose from the snacks menu. Highlights include grilled Silverdale prosciutto with honey and blue cheese sauce, and Willowbrae goat's cheese and beetroot arancini.
30 Charles Street Parramatta | 9635 3288 | Facebook
ALEX & Co.
Newly renovated but still as cool as ever, the new ALEX & Co. has that distinctive Parramatta vibe – cosmopolitan, playful and individual– while bringing some Insta-worthy realness so you can enjoy their exotic range of cocktails in a stylish riverside setting.
The kitchen has been working hard to perfect the new mouth-watering dishes on their seasonal menus. With live DJ entertainment and one of the best Happy Hour deals around, this place has got it all. Kicking off from 3pm Mon - Sat and 2pm Sunday, their $5 wine & schooners, $10 Cocktails & pizza, are the perfect accompaniment to a late arvo session.
Bacar Restaurant & Bar
Try sophisticated dining at the 5 star Pullman Hotel with international cuisine and exceptional service at Bacar Restaurant and Bar, Sydney Olympic Park. Experience the seasonal menu, accompanied with an extensive wine and beverage list. This chic signature restaurant, with open kitchen to see the Executive Chef Ben Nicholls in action, is the perfect choice for that special meal or truly memorable pre-show dinner.
Pullman Hotel, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park | 8762 7959 | Instagram
Nick & Noras
With 270 degrees of uninterrupted skyline views, capacity for 300, and an 11-metre long back bar boasting more than 900 spirits, Nick & Nora’s offers an unprecedented rooftop bar experience.
Picture a private party at an awesome New York penthouse with art deco flourishes, complete with numerous champagne towers, trays brimming with Martinis and crowds of well-dressed people dancing to upbeat and eclectic funk as the sun sets in the distance.
Nick & Nora’s is located on the 26th Floor of V by Crown, has enormous capacity, and boasts killer views all the way to Sydney Harbour on one side and the Blue Mountains on the other.
Level 26/45 Macquarie St, Parramatta | 8646 4930 | Facebook