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Fort Denison Restaurant

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by Christina Brandalise (subscribe)
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Published February 21st 2017
Update August 14th 2017
Fort Denison cafe and restaurant is closed as of 26 June 2017. A process is underway to select a new venue new operator. It's expected that Fort Denison cafe and restaurant will remain closed until 2018. Please bring a picnic to enjoy on your visit.

A whole lot more than just lunch
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Lunch at Fort Denison Restaurant makes a great day out.


Sitting smack bang in the middle of Sydney Harbour on an historical little island is the Fort Denison Restaurant . It is yet another of those places I had been past a zillion times, and wondered about, but until recently had never visited. The Fort Denison Restaurant is open every day and makes a spectacular location for lunch, as well as being a popular function venue for just about any occasion. Locals and tourists should definitely pay this little gem a visit, at least once.

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Enjoy spectacular views and a passing parade of boats as you lunch


Catering to people and groups big and small, the restaurant offers an A La Carte Menu, a Group Lunch Menu (for 10 people and over) and a Little Pirates Menu for under 12's, with mains for the kids at a very reasonable $12-$14.

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My Kingfish Carpaccio Entree


On the day we visited, I tried the entrée of King fish carpaccio, Ponzu dressing, beetroot & eshallots while my partner tried the Grilled lemon myrtle Yamba prawns & celeriac remoulade, both at $19.50ea. While neither dish wowed us, I'd still rate the food as good, however, I expected it to be as outstanding as the location.

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the Kangaroo loin main


For main we both went with the Kangaroo loin, walnut salad, beetroot & gorgonzola at $35.00, which was pretty good. We also ordered a rocket salad as a side, not knowing (nor was it pointed out by the waitress), that our mains came with a rocket salad. Lucky we love rocket.

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Why not have some rocket salad to accompany your rocket salad


Dessert choices at $15 ea were Chocolate brownie, nougat ice cream & milk chocolate sauce, Sticky coconut & orange pudding with mascarpone and Passionfruit meringue, lemon curd cream & crispy wafer. We enjoyed the desserts the most.

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Desserts were yummy


Getting There
Fort Denison is only accessible by ferry or water taxi. The ferry leaves about every 30-45 mins from Wharf 6 at Circular Quay and costs $20pp return. It is also a stop on the the "hop on hop off:" ferry service. You can read more about getting there right here.

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Spectacular views


After lunch and before you take the last ferry back to Circular Quay at around 4.20pm, have a wander around the island as there are lots of interesting and historical things to see and read about as well as great scenery for some photos.

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Rooms with a View


Fort Denison also hosts Sunset Sessions at various times throughout summer, read more here. For further information about the Fort Denison Restaurant, please visit the website.


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Why? Spectacular location for lunch or an event
When: Open every day for lunch / sunset sessions selected dates in summer
Phone: 02 9361 5208
Where: Fort Denison
Cost: $20pp return ferry, refer to the menu for prices
Your Comment
Love these unique destinations!
by Elaine (score: 3|5597) 632 days ago
How beautiful is the location and the food looks just as great. Nice article
by RC (score: 3|1221) 625 days ago
Sounds like a nice place to visit!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 632 days ago
Looks like a wonderful place for a special meal. How refreshing that a restaurant actually feature vegetarian and vegan options on their menu. I will give you a 10 just for that!
by paule (score: 0|7) 628 days ago
The $20 return ferry trip to here, is what I'd pay for lunch, when I go out to lunch.
by miro_ (score: 1|79) 456 days ago
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