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The Best Spots for Casual Dining in Sydney

There’s nothing better than enjoying good food and even better company for your chosen celebration. We’ve gathered our top casual dining venues to cater for all your event needs, with some of the best function rooms Sydney has to offer.

1. The Royal Exchange of Sydney, The Bar

Enjoy the summery weather for your next casual dining experience with The Bar. One of the Royal Exchange’s more informal function rooms, The Bar offers both an indoor dining space complete with AV, and a light filled courtyard area for alfresco dining. Wooden furnishings and hanging chandeliers create a rustic chic feel inside, with coloured neon lights brightening up the bar of an evening. Or, if you want to enjoy some fresh air and sunlight, the courtyard is the perfect spot to enjoy lunch in the sunshine or a balmy dinner. With a cosy capacity of 30 guests, The Bar is the perfect choice to dine with friends and family for your next dining occasion.

  • Venue: The Royal Exchange of Sydney
  • Address: 1 Gresham St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 30
  • Event Type: Private dining, Private parties, Networking venues

2. Helm Bar & Bistro, VIP Terrace

Boasting gorgeous Harbourside views just minutes from the CBD, Helm Bar and Bistro is calling your name. Located right in the heart of Darling Harbour, the VIP Terrace is one of four function rooms available for hire. Dine on fresh local seafood in one of the cushioned booth seats, and watch the boats on the harbour pass by. A capacity of 30 guests keeps the space intimate and cosy for your next birthday celebration, family dinner or weekend soiree. Combining convenience with an unbeatable view, Helm Bar & Bistro is the perfect spot for your next casual dining experience.

  • Venue: Helm Bar & Bistro
  • Address: Aquarium Wharf, 7 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 30
  • Event Type: Private dining, Private parties, Networking venues

3. The Castlereagh, Level 1

Tucked in the heart of the CBD and just minutes from Town Hall station, Castlereagh is the perfect city escape with a variety of function rooms to choose from. Both The Sun Parlour and Balcony are available for combined hire, with a capacity of up to 100 guests. Dine under the hanging garden fixture of The Sun Parlour, or enjoy The Balcony under the glittering ceiling fairy lights. With a mixture of local craft beer and beautiful cocktails, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

  • Venue: The Castlereagh
  • Address: 199 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 210
  • Event Type: Private dining, Private parties, Networking venues, Wedding

4. Vizio Caffe e Cucina, Semi-Private Bar & Dining

Enjoy the taste of Italy right in the heart of Woolloomooloo at Vizio Caffe e Cucina. The Italian restaurant and cafe has plenty of rustic, old world charm with the warm wooden interior and golden lighting. The Semi Private Bar and Dining function room provides a mixture of booth, bar and dining table set ups for up to 50 guests. Delight in the Italian cuisine and wine selection, or sample Sydney’s first grappa bar for a dining experience to remember.

  • Venue: Vizio Caffé e Cucina
  • Address: 1/52-58 William St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
  • Capacity: 50
  • Event Type: Private dining, Private parties, Networking venues

5. Chin Chin, Chii 2

As stylish as its Surry Hills locale, Chin Chin provides the perfect backdrop for your next casual dining event. The space mixes the heritage building charm of exposed brick walls with soft pink interiors, courtesy of designer George Livissianis. One of Chin Chin’s many available function spaces, Chii 2 features a gorgeous marble bar and chic pink table settings for up to 40 guests, creating a more cosy atmosphere. Dine on the South East Asian cuisine or, if your event falls on a weekend, enjoy a Yum Cha feast and teapot cocktails. If you want to host your next dining function in style, Chin Chin has you covered.

  • Venue: Chin Chin Sydney
  • Address: 69 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
  • Capacity: 40
  • Event Type: Private dining, Private parties, Networking venues, Wedding

6. The Charlie, Exclusive Hire

Right in the hub of the cosmopolitan Glebe, The Charlie is a picturesque choice for your event. The modern interior features an array of soft pinks and lavenders to create calming yet stylish surrounds, imbued with the cool Glebe style. With a variety of seasonal and delicious share plates and fun cocktails, The Charlie can accommodate up to 90 guests for the perfect lunch or dinner celebration.

  • Venue: The Charlie
  • Address: 199 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
  • Capacity: 90
  • Event Type: Private dining, Private parties, Networking venues

7. Pappy’s Bar, Cellar & Laneway

Enjoy a cosy and intimate space tucked right in the CBD at Pappy’s Bar. Their combined Cellar & Laneway function room carries a rustic charm, with exposed brick walls, wooden beam ceilings and fairy lights at The Cellar. The Laneway is designed for alfresco dining in the sunshine, with umbrellas keeping your guests shaded. Accommodating up to 55 guests, Pappy’s is the perfect spot for your next casual dining experience.

  • Venue: Pappy’s Bar
  • Address: 48 Erskine St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 55
  • Event Type: Private parties, Networking venues, Team away days

8. Fortuna, Entire Venue

Enjoy modern Italian cuisine in the heart of Darlinghurst with Fortuna. Overlooking Victoria Street, Fortuna is the perfect escape from the bustle of the city with a colourful interior filled with funky mural pieces. The entire function space can be hired to accommodate up to 80 guests, with a variety of booth and table seating to suit your casual dining needs. Perfect for a long lunch celebration, birthday dinner or catch up with friends, Fortuna ticks all the boxes.

  • Venue: Fortuna
  • Address: Shop 1/247 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
  • Capacity: 80
  • Event Type: Private parties, Conference, Meeting workshop, Networking venues, Presentation, Studio, Team away days, Wedding

When it comes to finding the best casual dining function room Sydney bookers can trust HeadBox to help find the perfect space for a memorable event. So let’s get started – contact the HeadBox team today!


1. Who can use HeadBox?

Anyone! Whether you’re a corporate booker looking for a private dining room, meeting room, Christmas or EOFY party venue or you’re a social booker looking for the perfect spot to host your birthday party, hens night or wedding – HeadBox has you covered.

2. What is HeadBox?

HeadBox connects corporate and consumer bookers with venues and suppliers and is the easy way to book, manage and deliver everything in one place. No long searches, no stress, no hidden costs.

3. How do I submit an event brief?

Submitting an event brief is an easy process. Our intuitive brief builder will take you through a series of questions collecting all the necessary details needed to host a great event. We want to know details such as where your event will take place, on what date, how many people are attending, and what your total budget is. Once you submit this information, relevant and available venues will respond to your brief!

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Our venues are super quick to respond! You should receive responses or a proposal within 24-48 business hours.

5. What are the top 5 things to consider when choosing a venue?

The cost, the location, style, capacity & catering options.