Melbourne Cup Lunches in Sydney

Dress sharp and don a fascinator for the race that stops the nation and raise a glass to an afternoon out of the office at these Melbourne Cup lunches

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Maybe you're in it because you enjoy the thrill of a cheeky bet. Perhaps it's the excuse to dress up and wear an impractical hat. Or maybe you are less into the country's most prestigious horse race and just like that you get to leave the office for a glass of Champagne and a fancy lunch. Whatever your investment in the Melbourne Cup, if you fancy making an afternoon of it these are the Sydney restaurants and bars with special offers on Cup day.

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12-Micron

Local produce will be the star of the show at this upscale Barangaroo restaurant’s cup day lunch. Enjoy a four course menu and Champagne on arrival for $139, while sweeps, door prizes and a best-dressed competition add to the festivities.

Barangaroo

Alpha

Rase some raki at a four-course Greek feast this Cup day at Alpha Restaurant. Your ticket price includes a glass of bubbles on arrival for $99pp.

Sydney
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Anason

Chef Somer Sivrioglu will be prepping a four-course Turkish set menu for $95, with dishes including cured salmon pastirma with fennel and pickled chillies; and lamb shoulder tandir with house pickles. There is also a three-hour drinks package including selected Turkish wines, beers and soft drinks.

Barangaroo
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Balla

This Italian waterfront restaurant will be doing a four-course set menu for $140 per person, with a glass of Moët & Chandon on arrival. You'll enjoy Sydney rock oysters, Mt Cook salmon, Wagyu meatballs, prawn risotto and more.

Darling Harbour

Beer DeLuxe

With the option to go upstairs for a 3-course sit down meal or downstairs for a cocktail style event, all bases are covered at this wharf-front bar and eatery. The $125 price tag covers food and a three hour drinks package.

Darling Harbour
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Bennelong

Celebrate your long lunch in the city's most famous building where you'll kick off with a glass of Charles Heidsieck Champagne, followed up with a four-course lunch menu designed by Executive chef Peter Gilmore and Head Chef Rob Cockerill for $220.

Sydney

Bentley Restaurant and Bar

If you like to indulge in the finer things, book a lunch at Bentley where for $120 you'll receive four-courses, Champagne on arrival and a chance to watch the race that stops the nation in one of the city's finest dining establishments. ​

Sydney
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Bistro Guillaume

Guillaume Brahimi's newer, more relaxed eatery is known for serving traditional French bistro fare with a twist. This Cup day, they're serving three courses for $75, and bottles of Perrier-Jouët Grant Brut Champagne for $80.

Sydney

Black Bar & Grill

Executive chef Dany Karam has created a bespoke three-course menu for the race that stops the nation. Feast on wood-grilled Wagyu. handmade semolina gnocchi and rice pudding. The set menu costs $165 per person.

Darling Harbour
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Don't need a race for a long lunch?

The best spots for a long lunch in Sydney

With weather like ours, it makes sense that long lunches should be on your regular to-do list. Whether you're overlooking the Harbour, sitting by the sea or in the depths of the inner city, here's our list of where to spend your lazy days eating. 

By: Time Out editors

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