Sydney, New South Wales

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201 Sussex Street,
Ground floor, Darling Park
Sydney CBD NSW 2000


Sydney CBD


Tel: n/a


Modern Australian, Seafood

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Martin opened Sepia Restaurant in 2009, collaborating with renowned seafood supplier George Costi of De Costi Seafoods to supply the restaurant with the best quality seafood available.

In 2011 Martin was awarded the coveted 2011 SMH Good Food Guide - Chef of the Year and in 2012 and 2014 Sepia Restaurant was awarded SMH Good Food Guide - Restaurant of the Year and the Three Chefs Hats.


Sitting on the cusp of Cockle Bay Wharf and the CBD, this quintessential Sydney restaurant has become a talked-about dining destination. From the eclectic but accessible wine list to the seafood-focused menu, the spotlight here is on quality. Embracing warm brown tones and elegant finishes, the Sepia dining room nods towards art deco design, with a grand marble and brass bar dominating centre-stage. Dim lighting and hidden nooks craft an intimate atmosphere, full of Old World charm and sophistication. Dapper waitstaff scurry about on black-and-white floors as the day's catches are dressed to the nines.

The Sepia team is a winning match; seafood wholesaler George Costi and top chef Martin Benn have combined their passions for fresh produce, resulting in a menu full of the best catches from Aussie shores. Benn has rattled the pans in some of London's and Sydney's top restaurants, fusing modern European techniques with splashes of Japanese flavour. The extensive wine list is the cause of indecision, with page after delicious page of drops from across the globe. With more than 20 available by the glass, those who love the grape will be well sated here. A number of semi-private rooms can cater for functions of 10 to 40 guests, with set menus available for standing soirees of up to 100.
Lauren Barker

Specials & Events

This restaurant has not scheduled any event.


Please contact the restaurant for further information.
80 pax
Private Dining
Sepia offers a variety of private dining options with seating for as few as 16 guests or as many as 50 guests.


Award Winning / Hatted
Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 50-100
Private Dining Room
Romantic / Intimate
Suitable for Corporate functions
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2017
Three Chef Hats


Paul McGrath on 9/12/2014
Sepia is my favourite, the menu is always impeccable and the wine matches are spectacular. It will never fail to impress.
Danny Russo on 5/12/2014
Sepia is a stalwart. Martin and Vicky do an amazing job by providing great food and service.
Ian Hemphill on 12/11/2014
For special occasions we have rarely had a better experience than dining at Martin and Vicki Ben's Sepia Restaurant in Sussex St, Sydney. The food is innovative, delivers amazing tastes and the hospitality of the hosts and staff meet all expectations.
Franck Detrait on 11/11/2014
The best winery I've been to is in Burgundy, France – the Caveau Divin Mercurey and my favourite drop there is Château de Chamirey 1'cru
Franck Detrait on 11/11/2014
I haven't had the chance to venture out often enough to taste and test the best of our international offerings, but I am very much looking forward to dining at Sepia and will order their degustation menu!
Flavio Carnevale on 11/09/2014
Sepia is in Sydney CBD, NSW
Billy Law on 1/09/2014
Me and my partner have spent many special occasions at Sepia, always make sure to leave room for the desserts.
Chase Kojima on 28/08/2014
Sepia for sure! Great food, very thoughtful dishes, and now they have a killer bar menu, which allows people to go there even more often.
Hamish Ingham on 27/08/2014
My pick for taking visitors from overseas is definitely Sepia - it is outstanding. I love eating the bar snacks, especially anything from the Japanese charcoal grill
Zeb Gilbert on 26/08/2014
Beautiful room, fantastic flavours, lots of Japanese influence and you can get dressed up.
Paul Cooper on 26/08/2014
I have a lot of respect for what Martin Benn is doing a Sepia. His food has been taken to a new level in recent times, and I think it will not be long before he is recognized as one of the best Australia. In Victoria, Dan Hunter has one of the restaurants I would dream of owning. he has a great philosophy, and certainly does things in a way that honours the product.
Stephen Seckold on 26/08/2014
Every time I visit Martin Benn has lifted Sepia another gear. I can't really name a favourite dish as the menu evolves so quickly
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Alysin - 16/07/2015
After so much anticipation the service was average , the food nice but the experienc terrible. Begged for a wine top up. No eye contact from waiters. Special demands ignored. Treated very average. Happy to take a $ 1.1k bill for 3 diners but to be honest... Treated us like shit. Won't go back.