Top Places To Eat During Vivid Sydney 2023

Winter blues got you down? Not to worry! Vivid Sydney 2023 is arriving just in time to light up your life - literally! With the theme ‘Naturally’, this year’s Vivid Sydney will bring its biggest, boldest, and brightest event to date. But this year it won’t just be the 3-D light sculptures, thought-provoking stories, and soulful music. With the launch of its new pillar, Vivid Food, the festival is bringing a smorgasbord of culinary experiences to the table!

From boujee dinners on the waters and wholesome streetside suppers, to once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences and banquets that celebrate First Nations produce, indulge in a creative delight that makes Sydney a culinary giant that it is.

Vivid Sydney Dinner
When: 3 June 

Amazing dinner on vivd cruises

After a highly-successful inaugural year in 2022, Vivid Sydney Dinner is coming back to the ivy Ballroom for a multi-sensory experience combining light, music, ideas and food! Led by top-hatted chefs Ben Greeno and Danielle Alvarez, and presented by Eddie Perfect, the night’s theme will centre around ‘rewilding’. The culinary giants will curate a specially crafted menu showcasing their mutual love for fresh seasonal produce of NSW, complemented by wines. And it wouldn't be a Vivid Sydney experience without a string of uplifting performances, thought-provoking ideals and immersive lighting!

Fine Dining Cruises
When: From 26 May

People enjoying dinner on a vivd cruises

Vivid Sydney Cruises are the go-to vantage points for both Sydneysiders and travellers looking to enjoy the best views of the ‘Lighting of The Sails’ of Sydney Opera House. These floating restaurants also offer decadent dining experiences which perfectly complement the Vivid Sydney sightseeing experience.

Australian Cruise Group offers a range of experiences serving up both local and international cuisines, all while enjoying the stunning views of the Vivid lights from the water. From premium glass boats, and a vintage paddlewheeler to a budget-friendly catamaran, there’s something for everyone!

When: From 26 May

People having wine while enjoying vivid sydney

Sydney’s premier steak and seafood joint, is bringing back their multi-sensory dining experience to Vivid Sydney 2023. Overlooking the brilliantly-lit Sydney Harbour, this premium restaurant will embrace the festival theme by transforming the interiors with two unique light-and-sound scapes. One, showcasing the beauty of our true blue seas and golden coasts, and the other paying homage to the lush green forests and bushlands. Choose a custom menu presented by head chef Sean Hall, or dine a la carte and savour the finest of cuisine right under the dazzling projections, inspired by our very own Mother Earth.

Here Now
When: 11 June

DJ party on a vivid cruise

Here Now is a one-day only, day-to-night gathering at Macquarie Place Park, celebrating togetherness, abundance, and life, along with incredible food and wine! A collaborative effort by the connoisseurs of Mary’s Underground, and co-curated by Sydney legends Palisa Anderson and Mike Bennie, this mini festival will make use of the iconic venue with a smashing food and drinks program. And along with the unique dining options, there’ll be genre-defining music, live sets, and roaming art performances throughout the venue!

Vivid Residence
When: From 6 June

Chef preparing amazing dinner for a vivid cruise

The introduction of Vivid Food will bring along numerous world-renowned chefs to the Sydney CBD, but perhaps one of the most anticipated appearances is of the New York culinary maestro Daniel Humm. The chef/owner of Eleven Madison Park will take over the kitchen in the iconic Aria Sydney, for a series of exceptional lunches and dinners. Humm’s restaurant made headlines back in 2021 for its extraordinary transition to an entirely plant-based fine diner and will bring this approach to the fine dining at Vivid Residence. He’ll team up with Aria’s Matt Moran to bring a one-off dining experience utilising NSW’s fresh and local ingredients – resulting in a long 9-course dinner menu and a short lunch menu!