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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 Barbara on Saturday, 23 April 2022 at 3:29 PM
Visited on Thursday, 21 April 2022 at 12:00 PM

Our waiter Nick was fabulous

Reviewed by Greg on Sunday, 24 April 2022 at 3:08 PM
Visited on Friday, 22 April 2022 at 1:30 PM

We were very impressed with the service and quality of food. Staff were accommodating and catered to our requests. We would definitely recommend.

Reviewed by Jan on Sunday, 24 April 2022 at 7:50 PM
Visited on Friday, 22 April 2022 at 1:15 PM

I had my two teenaged grandchildren with me so they could experience the atmosphere, history and ambience of Parliament House and it’s dining options. High Tea was definitely the High-light. Thank you.

Reviewed by Lorraine on Sunday, 24 April 2022 at 4:08 PM
Visited on Friday, 22 April 2022 at 1:00 PM

This was my 7th visit to High Tea and as usual, I was extremely happy with all aspects of the most enjoyable experience. Thank you

Reviewed by Vanessa on Monday, 25 April 2022 at 4:02 PM
Visited on Friday, 22 April 2022 at 12:30 PM

Everything was lovely; except: The waiter who put the tiers on our table did not give us a breakdown/indicator of what each treat was, or what each treat contained (and unfortunately our menus had been removed by then). Also, at no point during the booking process, or in the lead-up to my booking, or even once placing tea orders at our table in your venue were we asked about dietary requirements. This should have been imperative, as we had a guest with an egg allergy. After our food was served, we had to wait for the chef to be free to come out (approximately 10/15 minutes) and tell us what treats our allergic guest could and could not eat. He very considerately brought out some additional treats that were egg-free. Even though he was busy, he put time aside to chat with us, which was very kind of him. A very professional chef indeed.

Reviewed by Vivienne on Monday, 25 April 2022 at 9:25 AM
Visited on Friday, 22 April 2022 at 12:00 PM

What a wonderful hidden gem Strangers is. We enjoyed everything about the restaurant and parliament house as well..perfect

Reviewed on Wednesday, 13 April 2022 at 3:18 PM
Visited on Monday, 11 April 2022 at 12:00 PM

Sometimes if the restaurant is quiet there is little or no atmosphere and it would be good to have some soft background music playing. It’s also hard not hear other people’s discussions on the next table at times.

Reviewed by Jennifer on Tuesday, 12 April 2022 at 8:43 PM
Visited on Friday, 8 April 2022 at 12:00 PM

When our afternoon stand was presented at the table there was no discussion on the food. Out yea order was taken and served and that was it in terms of service. No one came near us to ask if we wanted more tea or anything. I thought it would have been much more professional.

Reviewed on Saturday, 9 April 2022 at 4:28 PM
Visited on Thursday, 7 April 2022 at 12:00 PM

Wonderful day thank you

Reviewed by Douglas on Saturday, 9 April 2022 at 9:13 AM
Visited on Wednesday, 6 April 2022 at 12:30 PM

Feedback Ask people if they want sauces/ gravy with dishes

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