Split Bills? Yes Please! Your Guide to Group Dining in Sydney

October 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm

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Us Sydneysiders like to think of ourselves as social butterflies, and at times it can be difficult navigating eateries that not only cater for groups, but welcome them with open arms! From Spanish tapas to Chinese share plates served on a rotating table, we bring you the greatest selection of Sydney restaurants that are perfect for group dining via Posse.

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Via Napoli Pizzeria

The infamous 1 metre pizza! Photo: grabyourfork.blogspot.com.au

The infamous 1 metre pizza! Photo: grabyourfork.blogspot.com.au

Via Napoli is more than just a pizza place, it is the closest thing you’ll find to authentic Italian cuisine nestled in the heart of suburban Lane Cove. What started off as a small local has grown into a well known and much loved restaurant for its superb quality and service. This venue is perfect for groups with its one metre pizza and 5kg fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese! What more can I say, this venue speaks for itself.


Xage cabbage and pea sprouts in buttered soy sauce. Photo: facebook.com/XageVietnamese

Xage cabbage and pea sprouts in buttered soy sauce. Photo: facebook.com/XageVietnamese

 Although you may be surprised to find such a tiny restaurant on our list of places perfect for groups, Xage has earned its spot! Group friendly venues and BYO are a Yoko Ono/John Lennon type marriage and this venue takes this to another level with perfect shareable plates, a number of fresh rice paper rolls, bench seating and intuitive wait staff (no need to ask for a wine bucket… voilà!)

The Carrington

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Spanish pinxtos at The Carrington. Photo: oystersandoxtail.wordpress.com

Don’t underestimate the glorified pub, a common rookie error with detrimental effects! If you overlook the Carrington you’re overlooking a cool Spanish bar in the form of a pub, with an excellent wine/cocktail list and even better function room. When I say function room, what I really mean to say is ‘apartment’, and that’s what you get when you book at the Carrington, a real life Spanish apartment to hang out in with friends without having to clean up the mess!

The Beresford Hotel

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Fine dining at the Beresford. Photo: merivale.com.au

At times Sydney can feel like a concrete jungle, so a courtyard bar is a refreshing zone to hang out, catch up and, catch some rays! The Beresford is a large venue but don’t let this deceive you in finding a large table past 7:30pm. As part of the Merivale chain this venue is often busy, but for good reason. When socializing with a large group this place is ideal for dinner which will most likely turn into extended drinks and a cab ride home!

Hugos Lounge

Hugo's Pizza. Photo: facebook.com/hugosbarpizza

Hugos Pizza. Photo: facebook.com/hugosbarpizza

With such a central location, Hugos Lounge is the perfect destination for gathering a large group to line the stomachs and head out for some serious drinking! Hugos is known for its cheap and cheerful pizza on a Sunday night. What you would usually pay around $25 for, you will pay only 5 bucks for on a Sunday night! And, on your birthday you and all your friends can enjoy a free cocktail on arrival and free pizzas too! Can this deal be any better, I hear you ask?

Non La Vietnamese

Pork with vermicelli at Non La Vietnamese. Photo: www.sydneyfoodieblog.com

Pork with vermicelli at Non La Vietnamese. Photo: www.sydneyfoodieblog.com

 A relatively unknown gem in the heart of trendy Surry Hills, Non La Vietnamese provides for all occasions, especially groups! Another fantastic marriage of group dining and BYO along with the added bonus of an outdoor courtyard, this venue cannot put a foot wrong. The wait staff are more than happy to help you navigate their extensive menu and the portions are ideal for sharing!

El Bulli

El Bulli feast. Photo: elbulli.com.au

El Bulli feast. Photo: elbulli.com.au

Spanish tapas is by nature created for group dining, however El Bulli takes the decision making out of your hands and lets you enjoy the live music and atmosphere whilst serving you their finest selection via their set menu. And don’t forget their Sunday roast, available every Sunday from midday!

Golden Century Seafood

La mian beancurd. Photo: foodspotting.com

La mian beancurd. Photo: foodspotting.com

Chinese is an obvious choice for group dining with dishes made for sharing and tables made for turning! Golden Century is most famous for its unusual hours- it’s open daily until 4am! So when deciding on the next group get together why not start with the drinks and end with dinner!? 

Author: Kate Phelan is one of Posse’s Sydney Ambassador’s- follow her here.