Fine dining at Parliament House

Reopening Wednesday 1 December 2021

Strangers’ Restaurant
Monday to Friday | 12 pm to 3 pm

Strangers’ Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Domain, provides a rare opportunity for the public to experience fine dining at New South Wales Parliament House.

Executive Chef, Vanessa Harcourt and her very talented and passionate culinary team, have designed a seasonal menu that showcases the wonderful delicacies and unique regions of New South Wales. The Restaurant proudly supports local farmers who practice ethical and sustainable farming methods.

The matching wines on the menu are designed to highlight a wide variety of award winning and unique wineries from across the state.

The Restaurant is open on Monday to Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, with the last seating at 2:00 pm.

The menu rotates throughout the year to accommodate the seasonal change of local produce. Menus are usually available by the start of the month.

An a al carte lunch menu is available on Monday to Thursday and Traditional High Tea is held every Friday.

Bookings are essential.

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Australian Wine List of the Year Awards 2020 by Gourmet Traveller Wine

The Independent Drink Journal – Gourmet Traveller Wine

  • RESTAURANT: Strangers’ Restaurant at NSW Parliament, Sydney
  • RATING: 
  • CUISINE: Contemporary
  • WINE LIST: Lee Kwiez
  • WINES ON LIST: 59 (22 by the glass)
  • WINE PRICES: $ ($6 – 24 by the glass)
We expect no less than a 100% NSW-strong wine list in the dining room at the NSW Parliament, and that’s what we have here. The state focus (which takes in the ACT) covers major and emerging regions, from the Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Orange to Yass Valley, Lake George and Hilltops. Choice of pour from glass to carafe and bottle opens up the options, as does the use of Coravin to discover icon wines such as Lake’s Folly Chardonnay and Usher Tinkler Reserve Shiraz. Prices are super attractive.


Restaurant Reviews by Resdiary  4.8 / 5 


To view testimonials, please click here.
To purchase a Restaurant Gift Voucher, please click here.
For information on accessibility access​ at NSW Parliament House, please click here.

Dining with history

Dine with history at Strangers’ Restaurant – a place where Members of Parliament meet and greet their guests.

Historically, guests to Parliament, which may include visiting dignitaries, consulate representatives or even members of the Royal family were referred to as ’strangers’, thus the restaurant became known as the place ‘where strangers become friends’.
Today, we invite you and your guests to continue this tradition.

“There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met”.
William Butler Yeats – poet

Dine and Discover NSW Vouchers

The vouchers cannot be redeemed at Strangers’ Restaurant, for a full list of eligible businesses, please visit the NSW Dine and Discover website below.

The Strangers’ Restaurant located within NSW Parliament House is managed and operated by the Parliamentary Catering Branch, of the Department of Parliamentary Services.

As a public agency funded by the NSW Government, Strangers’ Restaurant has not participated in the Government’s Dine and Discover program. The initiative is designed to principally support businesses who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available venues to use the vouchers

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