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The Dining Room by James Viles, Sydney, AU-NSW

The Dining Room by James Viles

4.4
4.4
868 Reviews
$100 and over
Modern Australian
Located right on the edge of Sydney Harbour with the Opera House just beyond your fingertips…it doesn’t get any more Sydney than The Dining Room.

Our produce-driven menu is paired back, sustainable and unmistakably Australian, and shares center stage with unrivalled harbour views. Relaxed and elegant, enjoy the freshest of
seafood, seasonal Australian ingredients, and a selection of fine wines and locally crafted beers and spirits.

Lunch and dinner reservations are highly recommended. Our popular window tables are available at a surcharge when booking and subject to availability. Dress code is smart casual.

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2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $100 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Australian
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 06:30–10:30 Sun 06:30–11:00 Lunch Thu, Fri 12:00–14:30 Sat, Sun 12:30–14:30 Dinner Wed–Sun 17:30–21:30
  • Phone number
    (02) 9256 1663
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    James Viles
  • Catering
  • Private party facilities
    Located on the edge of the Harbour, with the Sydney Opera House just beyond your fingertips…it doesn’t get any more Sydney than The Dining Room.
  • Private party contact
    Andrea Enkhbold: (02) 9256 1661
  • Area
    Sydney CBD
  • Cross Street
    Closest cross street is George Street and Hickson Road
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available nearby on Hickson Road
  • Public Transit
    Circular Quay 700 metres Overseas Passenger Terminal 450 metres Ferry Terminal 650 metresTaxi available from our bell desk
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • A La Carte Experience

    Multiple dates available
    On the very edge of the harbour, book a table in The Dining Room at one of our standard tables located on the main floor and select from our a la carte menu. A La Carte menu is not applicable for group booking of more than 7 people. When selecting the number of guests for your booking, please ensure all adults and children are included in your party count. Children will have their own kid's menu, so please contact us at <phsydney.diningroom@hyatt.com> or +61 2 9256 1661 if the covers number exceeds 7 (including children) and you are not able to book online.
    A La Carte Experience photo
  • The Semi Private Dining Room

    Multiple dates available
    Private dining for up to twelve, our semi-private dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows and jaw-dropping views of the Sydney Opera House and harbour. Located within The Dining Room, this intimate space is separated from the main restaurant by a small partition – private and discreet yet with a bustling restaurant vibe. A minimum spend of $900 for lunch and $1300 for dinner will apply to bookings in The Semi Private Dining Room. Groups of 8+ guests will be offered our group dining menus. Please contact phsydney.diningroom@hyatt.com or visit Diningroom.com.au to see the group share menu. When selecting the number of guests for your booking, please ensure all adults and children are included in your party count.
    The Semi Private Dining Room photo
  • Breakfast Experience - Dining by James Viles

    Multiple dates available
    We offer buffet package for all the guests and concept is based on Continental Buffet, combined with an a la carte offering for the guests to enjoy their breakfast in three different stages, whilst overlooking Circular Quay and the Opera House.

What 868 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sydney

    Great for scenic views

  • Sydney City

    Best Ambience

  • Sydney City

    Great for fine wines

  • Sydney City

    Romantic

  • Sydney City

    Great for scenic views

  • Sydney City

    Good for special occasions

869 Reviews
  1. BigJ

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Experience was generally quite good. Couples should be placed away from family and group tables. We were place inboard having to look over groups commanding the best view. This was despite the groups spending more time inwardly focused with conversation. Being inboard takes away from the ambience and experience. More considered and thoughtful table placement for a couple would have been appreciated. The restaurant had quite a few children in it, which took away from us as a couple having a child free moment. Decor and environment is tasteful and as you would expect for a Hyatt.

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  2. Page

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined there previously with old menu that were full of vegetarian dishes. Most of them have been removed from the current menu, however the chef and service staffs were going above and beyond to accommodate our requests and made it such a pleasant night for us. We highly recommend to everyone!

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  3. AntoineS

    Gold Coast

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sauce was excessive.it took away the taste of the lovely prawns and the king George whiting.

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  4. Dissappointed

    Sydney

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I felt like I was on a scene from Ramsays' Kitchen. All I can say is make sure they can accommodate any special dietary needs, via phone before going. This may be the Hyatt and you would think they could accommodate. But, definitely do not assume this as they will not! The waiter/s were lovely, but what came out of the kitchen and chefs attitude was a different story.

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  5. JamesAmber

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wonderful and beautiful friend Amber and I had lunch there . We had the 2 and 3 course option. The food was superb,nice and tender. We would recommend this place for lunch if you happen to be considering a meal in The Rocks ...

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent location, view and ambiance. I truly enjoyed the dinner.

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  7. Rose

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing and foods were worth it. well seasoned well cooked on everything.

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  8. IanR

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The venue was chosen for our 67th. Wedding Anniversary. We sought ambience, a harbour view and a special menu. We received this and more. The visit exceeded all our expectations. We thank the staff for making our day.

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  9. KarenC

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. All dishes were executed well. Service was very good and friendly. The semi-private area was well suited for our party. Excellent view of the Sydney Opera House too.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Faultless service. Exceptional food. Fresh and stimulating variety of combinations on the palate.

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  11. PriscillaB

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal and service. Highly recommended 😋

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  12. JadeW

    Brisbane

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The steak was well cooked , potato side was too salty and oily. Fish main had a bit of fishy smell. Environment and service were excellent. If just after food and a view, try out restaurants outside . Their food looked more delicious 😋

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Although this was difficult to find, it was well worth the search! Service was over the top, food, while different than what we are used to, was excellent. Wine selection was special as was the liquor on hand. Overall just a great experience. (It is next to the Park Hyatt)

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  14. BrendaL

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was nice. Dishes were creative. Staff was friendly and sincere, providing good and welcoming services.

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  15. StephenH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and delicious food. Thanks for easily and kindly accommodating a guest in a wheelchair.

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  16. TamaraS

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is very good. The place is great. The service is excellent. Highly recommended restaurant to visit especially if you want to celebrate an event.

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  17. KyleL

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The server seemed like he was still learning which was fine. However, the manager should’ve been there to help him more. We were sitting for a long time waiting for more drinks and food throughout the evening.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Expensive Food is avarage Service is poor View is good Never again

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time, perfect food and amazing view of opera house.

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  20. DerekC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals my wife & I have had. Window seats right in front of the Opera House, service was above & beyond from waitstaff. The Sommelier was next level - could not have done more for us. I cannot wait for our next visit

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  21. AdrianoA

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service with an incredible view.

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  22. TrevorT

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food , first class service and Highly Recommended

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Good was hit and miss. Duck as main was over cooked, tough and skin not crispy. The server - and a senior one at that - did not know that the ‘mash’ was actually not mash but had brisket as a base. Basically service was below ordinary especially for a 6 star location and hotel. Seafood was excellent and no complaints here. The ham course was fine but nothing special. The service from all felt at most times like a neighbourhood restaurant and not a special Christmas event opposite the Opera House. Put simply I will not recommend nor return again.

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  24. StellaH

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have come here for Christmas every year since 2015. This year the food was extremely poor. My sister and cousin had food poising from the seafood. We didn’t enjoy the duck or the desert. Overall the meal was poor for the price payed. We generally thoroughly enjoy it here and still did this time, but want to see some serious improvement.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I understand that with bookings of 8 or more that it’s only by set menu. We chose the $225 per head sharing menu. With the service charge it came to nearly 250 per head not including drinks. I have no problem with paying that but we left hungry. I’ve been here on 2 previous occasions and was always satisfied. Total bill for the night was nearly $3000 for 9 people with drinks and then I paid $90 for my car to be valet parked in the driveway in front of hotel. Service was ok from Leonie and Eric but whole night left a sour taste in my mouth. Food was tasty though but not nearly enough for 9 people. A shame really as the venue has great views but unfortunately Sydney has become like that with high prices, small meals and cookie cutter service from robot staff who all start your evening with……..”still or sparkling “.

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  26. Inspired2Me4You

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall good experience. Views exceptional Food very good

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While the gf options were more limited than expected compared to previous visits, the wait staff and kitchen were helpful providing a lovely option.

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  28. RussellH

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and food. Amazing view of the Opera House too!

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  29. RachaelS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Emmaline was excellent in looking after our group. We had an amazing and memorable lunch due to her efficient and unobtrusive service. Excellent experience and we will be back

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  30. MandyM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful place to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner whilst enjoying the magic of Sydney harbour.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming staff. Good food (breakfast). Great view.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant and service, food could be improved

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  33. GK27

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and a stunning location. The only disappointment was the inattentive nature of the service. Our glasses stood empty on the table for 10-15 minutes before the waiter returned with our bottle of wine and topped them up.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there to celebrate our combined 50th birthdays with my girl friends. Needless to say, the view was great and customer service was impeccable. We had the chef's table experience, and all the food was fantastic. The sommelier was so helpful. I would love to go back again.

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  35. Greenbutton

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful location with fabulous views and friendly service. We celebrated a fantastic birthday here. The food was not only beautifully presented but also perfect for a light and refreshing summer lunch. The wine list was impressive and the sommelier was very knowledgeable. Plus they had an excellent children’s menu. Overall, it was a fantastic lunch experience.

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  36. VArnold

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best steak ever, best vegetarian options, best food, best ambience, best service, highly highly highly recommended, we got the best seats with the best views, absolutely loved every bit of it, the pricing was absolutely right. We are recommending this to everyone and we will be coming back here soon.

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  37. JennyR

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was Ah-mazing! The food did not disappoint again. This is now our go to for special dinners !

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  38. LaurieV

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Will definitely visit again!!!!!

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  39. AlanN

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service to match. Great cocktails and wine list.

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  40. Rich

    Sydney

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic lunch at The Dining Room, having the 3-course set menu. I recommend the lamb.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Dining Room by James Viles is rated 4.4 stars by 868 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Dining Room by James Viles

Hickson Rd, The Rocks, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Closest cross street is George Street and Hickson Road
  • Area
    Sydney CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 06:30–10:30 Sun 06:30–11:00 Lunch Thu, Fri 12:00–14:30 Sat, Sun 12:30–14:30 Dinner Wed–Sun 17:30–21:30
  • Price
    $100 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Australian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available nearby on Hickson Road
  • Public Transit
    Circular Quay 700 metres Overseas Passenger Terminal 450 metres Ferry Terminal 650 metresTaxi available from our bell desk
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    James Viles
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (02) 9256 1663
  • Catering
  • Private party facilities
    Located on the edge of the Harbour, with the Sydney Opera House just beyond your fingertips…it doesn’t get any more Sydney than The Dining Room.
  • Private party contact
    Andrea Enkhbold: (02) 9256 1661
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