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Executive Chef, Vanessa Harcourt and her talented culinary team bring a wealth of experience to Parliament House.  The freshly prepared menus showcase modern Australian cuisines and feature a wide variety of seasonal produce sourced from throughout regional & rural New South Wales. Amongst the many local delicacies on the menus include Central Coast figs and finger limes, Clarence River prawns, tasty Leppington burrata and freshly shucked oysters from Batemans Bay. Read more in Spice News Leader Forum – February 2018 Issue


Customer feedback is independently provided by Resdiary (a global online reservation reservation platform).

The Industry benchmark for excellent is 4 / 5, the venue target is 4.5 / 5. The current average score for Strangers’ Restaurant is 4.8 / 5.

The ratings are based on: Food & Drink, Atmosphere, Service and Value for Money.

Feedback is provided by those who have dined at the restaurant. A survey email is sent one day after a guest has dined at the venue.


Strangers’ Restaurant is open on Monday to Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Bookings are essential.

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Reviewed by Brooke on Sunday, 20 December 2020 at 4:21 PM
Visited on Friday, 18 December 2020 at 12:45 PM

Thanks for having us! The service was excellent. Please pass on my thanks to the woman who serviced us (I think her name was Emily?). She really made our visit special. My only tip would be that the windows need a clean so you can see the lovely view better! 🙂

Reviewed by Denise on Sunday, 20 December 2020 at 3:03 PM
Visited on Friday, 18 December 2020 at 12:30 PM

Booked high tea for two Our table had a lovely view overlooking the Domain. The high tea was well presented with delicious cakes and savouries and the scones were scrumptious And a good variety of teas and coffee Best high tea in Sydney.

Reviewed by Tabetha on Sunday, 20 December 2020 at 2:55 PM
Visited on Friday, 18 December 2020 at 12:30 PM

Excellent customer service, with lovely food and atmosphere.

Reviewed by Noel on Sunday, 20 December 2020 at 10:18 PM
Visited on Friday, 18 December 2020 at 12:30 PM

We enjoyed the meal and service was good We would have like a table near the window

Reviewed by Julie on Saturday, 19 December 2020 at 2:08 PM
Visited on Thursday, 17 December 2020 at 12:30 PM

A wonderful experience that was impressive to visitors who had never been to the Parliament before. Excellent food, beautifully presented with faultless service from the cheerful and charming staff. We will be back.

Reviewed by Stephen on Tuesday, 5 January 2021 at 12:25 PM
Visited on Wednesday, 23 December 2020 at 12:00 PM

Very interesting space, nice food, good service

Reviewed by on Sunday, 20 December 2020 at 4:20 PM
Visited on Friday, 18 December 2020 at 12:00 PM

We tried to organise accessible parking as we were bringing my mother who has mobility issues. Understandably, you have limited parking and we didn’t follow it up in time to gain access to that parking, however one of your staff kindly gave us some parking suggestions which we took up. I just think if someone requests accessible parking, it means that they have someone with them who has mobility issues and parking at the Domain as was suggested to us, was a huge problem for my mum who then had to walk to the restaurant. It’s not that far for healthy folks but the elderly, it was a huge problem. We discovered that there is a Wilson parking station directly across from state Parliament which probably should be suggested given its location. My poor mum had a fall on Macquarie Street on our way into our booking. She wasn’t injured but she was certainly flustered and embarrassed. I just think that if you people need accessible options, people who don’t know the layout of the area would appreciate knowing the closest parking for ease of mobility. Beyond that, everything was fantastic from the food to the service…… Just beautiful and we’ve recommended our outing to many. Thank you for your time and we do plan on booking the Christmas High Tea again as soon as you open bookings for 2021.

Reviewed by Sheelah on Monday, 14 December 2020 at 5:40 PM
Visited on Monday, 7 December 2020 at 12:30 PM

We have recently visited the restaurant three times and have enjoyed it every time. We will be coming back.

Reviewed by Donna Groves on Sunday, 13 December 2020 at 3:24 PM
Visited on Friday, 11 December 2020 at 12:00 PM

Exceptional!! Perfect service. The staff were just lovely and the energetic, passionate chef explaining the dishes at each table and personally thanking everyone for coming. Will recommend to everyone we know. Best high tea ever

Reviewed by Romayne on Sunday, 13 December 2020 at 5:41 PM
Visited on Friday, 11 December 2020 at 12:00 PM

What a wonderful experience. I will be recommending this place to everyone I know. terrific venue, terrific food and terrific service. thank you for making our experience memorable.

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