02 Oct 2020

Special occasion coming up? Celebrate with dinner at The Rocks

Looking for things to do in Sydney for a special occasion? The Rocks is home to some of the city’s best restaurants and bars for a night you’ll remember.
Special occasion coming up? Celebrate with dinner at The Rocks

For a special occasion you need a special location and there’s nowhere quite like The Rocks. Amidst the century old heritage buildings, on the edge of the Harbour you’ll find some of the best restaurants and bars in Sydney - perfect for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and graduations (or just the fact that it’s Friday!).

Make your night one to remember with the best special occasion dinners in The Rocks.


Sake Restaurant & Bar is one of Australia’s most awarded Japanese restaurants, serving traditional Japanese cuisine with a contemporary twist. Their menu includes elegantly executed sushi, alongside larger meals such as an impeccably marbled Tajima Wagyu striploin steak. If you’re not sure about what to order, grab the Omakase or ‘trust the chef’ menu, a five course banquet featuring all the highlights.

Pony Dining

Almost everything at Pony Dining is cooked on a blazing Argentinian wood fired grill. But this is not barbeque as you know it - this is contemporary Australian cuisine with a creative twist. The dining room is just as stunning as the menu, set in a historic sandstone building in Sydney’s oldest laneway.

The Cut

In a heritage listed basement underneath Argyle Street in the heart of The Rocks, you’ll find Sydney’s best steak. The Cut is a meat eater’s mecca, known for their signature Slow Cooked Prime Rib off the Bone - an impossibly delicious meal that will ruin all other steaks for you.

Sergeant Lok

The 120 year old building that houses Sergeant Lok, one of Sydney’s best cocktail bars, was once the city’s biggest jail. The former jailhouse retains most of its character features and serves a luxe menu of delicious modern Asian cuisine, featuring highlights like herb oil blanched blue eye cod with chilli or salt and gunpowder squid with lime cheek. Unlike the building’s former occupants, you’ll want to stay all night.

Pancakes on The Rocks

It’s your special occasion, you can eat whatever you like - and that includes a gigantic stack of peanut butter and chocolate pancakes for dinner. Pancakes on the Rocks is a brilliant special occasion restaurant, perfect for all those big kids who still love pancakes.

6 Head

Dining with a view is easily one of the best things to do in Sydney to celebrate any special occasion. Views don’t come much better than those from the expansive outdoor terrace at 6 Head, which opens up to the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. This luxury steakhouse is more than just a jaw dropping view though - their grain fed Wagyu steak MB6+ is known to be amongst Sydney’s best.


Tayim features a menu inspired by the Israeli street food chef Ran Kimelfeld loved when he was growing up, with an added twist of modern elegance. Meals like the 18 hours lamb shoulder on the bone with white bean masabacha express that concept perfectly and are unlike anything you’ll taste in Sydney. Plus the heritage location, golden sandstone walls and expansive wine menu don’t hurt either.

Alpha Pop

Take a trip to the Greek islands without leaving Sydney with a meal by Peter Conistis, an award winning chef who’s been called the pioneer of modern Greek food. His restaurant in The Rocks, Alpha Pop, has a prime harbourside position, stunning views, and a menu inspired by Greek cuisine that is at once traditional and innovative. Add a couple glasses of ouzo to the mix and you’ve got a celebration on your hands.