Leading the charge at the Walsh Bay end of Millers Point, Ventuno is an elegant dining establishment serving contemporary Italian cuisine in a modern setting. Located on Hickson Road, the restaurant is known for its striking waterfront views over the water and its quality pizzas, even holding pizza-making courses for diners who want to know the secret behind what makes their pies so spectacular. Open seven days a week, this fine Italian restaurant is conveniently located near the Sydney Theatre Company and the Roslyn Packer Theatre, making it ideal for pre- or post-theatre dining over the other side The Rocks.
With gorgeous views over Walsh Bay from a prime location at the tip of Millers Point, it’s without any wonder that Ventuno is one of Sydney’s most romantic Italian restaurants. And the location could hardly get any better. Situated just moments from Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge and the historic Sydney precinct of The Rocks, Ventuno is right in the action; you can feel the buzzing energy of the city as you walk Hickson Road. Available for private functions including weddings, birthday celebrations and corporate events, the restaurant is ideal for any occasion. Reservations, no matter how big or small the dining party, are essential.
Head chef Robert Taffuri and his talented team are magicians in the kitchen, conjuring up homemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and hearty mains using seasonal vegetables and only the purest ingredients. Be sure to indulge in a bottle of organic Sangiovese-Sauvignon from Tuscany while taking in the view of Walsh Bay from Ventuno’s al fresco dining area, then choose from an array antipasti (scallops wrapped in pancetta, for example) before diving into your main course. We can’t say enough positive words about the pizzas – take the golosa, a decadent pizza topped with tomato, fior di latte, ham, mixed porcini mushrooms, parmesan and truffle oil. Pasta lovers will find numerous delicious options, all homemade and with gluten-free varieties available. Seaside views, perfect pizzas and incredible Italian cuisine make this Sydney restaurant a standout in the neighbourhood of The Rocks and Millers Point, so make sure to book ahead and avoid the rush.
Very prompt and friendly service - perfect for a before theatre meal. The pizza crust was thin and crisp and the toppings oozed with flavour.
With a lovely alfresco setting and excellent food, what more could you want? One of my favourites at restaurants - as well as at home - is spaghetti with some sort of seafood. Their spaghetti with seafood had an amazing flavour, which I am going to try to emulate at home tonight! A great restaurant overall.
Lovely Italian restaurant with a gorgeous water view of Miller’s Point/Walsh Bay. Relaxing as it’s away from the CBD’s hustle & bustle. Food and service was excellent. Lovely staff and lovely food. Highly recommend.
We were going to be late so phoned to let Ventuno know. They were extremely helpful and made sure that when we did arrive we were served promptly so had time to enjoy our meal before going to the theatre. The food is delicious!!
Our table of 4 had a wonderful time at Ventuno Restaurant celebrating my twin sister's and my birthday. The service was brilliant and we did not wait long for food and drinks. Everything that was served up was delicious! For a table of 4 we ordered a sharing plate to start (which was a perfect, light way to start the night), then we each ordered a pasta dish plus one pizza to share for the table - all of which was cooked and prepared perfectly, especially the pizza! Our favourite desserts were the Tiramisu and the Affogato with Frangelico. The vibe and ambience of the place was perfect, and being situated in Walsh Bay along the water was especially beautiful and not overly busy/chaotic as it usually is on a Saturday night anywhere closer in the city. We will definitely return - I think pizzas for lunch on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon here would be perfect.
What a spot for a lazy lunch on a sunny spring afternoon! Right on the water at Walsh Bay, away from the craziness of the Quay. Very relaxed Italian vibe with friendly, knowledgeable staff. We started with the melt-in-the-mouth tuna carpaccio with mixed citrus and the Caprese salad. Instead of the usual buffalo mozzarella, they used stracciatella di bufala with the consistency of a natural yoghurt. Outstanding, and even better to mop up with the crusty pane al forno! My wife had the spaghetti pescatore - brimming with fresh seafood and, as an Italian, she gave the al dente pasta the big thumbs up. Instead of my usual meaty option, I went for the orecchiette pasta with broccoli, anchovies, and garlic, served with a red-hot chili oil on the side. If broccoli tasted this good when I was a kid I would have taken it to school for lunch! The servings were generous and as much as we wanted to, we had to resist the recommended zucchini flowers with ricotta and pumpkin. Dammit. There was a bit of room left, so we shared the rich, creamy, boozy tiramisu with some great espressos. The wine list was small, with some interesting lesser-known Italian offerings and one or two local drops. We went with the Sicilian chardonnay and it was beauty. We'll be back with a bunch of friends to try the antipasti platters as they look outstanding. Grazie, Ventuno!!
Very good Italian, very good service in a very popular restaurant. We booked about 5 weeks in advance as we knew we were staying at nearby hotel, Pier One Sydney Harbour, and could only get an early reservation at 5.45pm on obviously a very busy Friday night. By 6.15pm this restaurant was full, and mainly with tables of Italians all elegantly casually attired and obviously enjoying the quality food and wine on offer. This is a lovely space, nice lighting, dark woods and a large steel wheel left over from the historic wharf era makes a nice feature. We had as a shared entree, the arancini which on the menu shows as polpette riso, which my wife declared the best she'd ever had, they we light and cooked beautifully. We both chose pizzas as we had heard they were very good here and they were, my wife had the La Messican and I had the Diavola, both delicious and cooked perfectly. We had a lovely bottle of an Italian red wine, a pinot Nero, which was very nice. Staff service was on the ball, friendly and perfectly timed. A very popular restaurant and we can see why. Highly recommended.
I was recommended this restaurant by a colleague along with a few more and I’m so happy I chose this restaurant for my partners birthday. The ambience of the restaurant was just what I was looking for, something small and private and by the water with the view of the bay. We ordered our food and didn’t wait long at all, it only took about 10 mins for the food to come out. We ordered the short pasta with eggplant and Napoletana sauce and the prosciutto pizza and it was absolutely amazing. The pasta and pizza were both full of flavour. Everything was simply amazing and would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone and will definitely be visiting again :)
My husband and I dined at Ventuno before attending a show at the Sydney Theatre Company as it is situated in very close proximity to the theatre. We received excellent, quick service and were seated in an ideal spot overlooking the tranquil waters of Walsh Bay. The food was absolutely delicious: my husband had the beef fillet and I had the pork loin with prosciutto; for dessert he had sorbet and I had creme caramel. With drinks, our meal cost approximately $100. There were only a few things that I feel could be considered by management. Whilst there were of pizza options on the menu, there were not many choices for other main courses. My husband is lactose intolerant. It would have been much easier for him if a code to indicate suitable dishes was marked on the menu; in the same way that gluten free meals were designated. We will certainly return to Ventuno when we book our next play as it was most memorable in terms of ambience and scrumptious food!
A busy restaurant even at 6.00pm but we did not feel rushed in any way. The service was great with a very prompt service of the drinks and entrée. A little slower to main course but the waiter informed us that he was aware that we were waiting for it. The entrée was delicious as was the main and desert. The only criticism I have is that the mains could have been a little hotter when they arrived at the table. The wines are all Italian and some really wonderful listings. I am already thinking we will go back when we have more time as this visit was a pre theatre dinner.