Sydney, New South Wales

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A first class dining experience awaits from the dizzy heights of the Shangri-La's 36th floor at Altitude. Overlooking Sydney's most iconic attractions such as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Sydney Harbour, Altitude is the perfect place for a special occasion. Apart from the picture-perfect views, the restaurant is equally noted for its sophisticated Modern Australian cuisine and well-rounded wine list.
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176 Cumberland Street,
Level 36, Shangri-La Hotel
The Rocks NSW 2000


The Rocks



European, Five Star Hotel Dining, Modern Australian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Enjoy the journey not the destination – and this saying certainly rings true when the journey involves the five-star Shangri-La hotel in Sydney. Awarded the 2012 “Best Hotel in Australasia” in the Ultratravel100 Awards, this award-winning hotel, gives new meaning to the word luxury. Doormen at every entrance, polished marble floors, dress codes, dazzling chandeliers – these are but a few of the highlights involved in the dining experience at Shangri-La’s Altitude Restaurant.

Even at 6pm on a weeknight, Level 36 is in full swing. Tourists, hotel guests and corporates gather at Blu Bar, located just next door to Altitude, for a cocktail overlooking some of Australia’s most iconic attractions – Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Luna Park and Sydney Harbour. Take a sharp right turn, however, and you will find yourself in the plush surrounds of the Altitude dining room.

The restaurant's five metre high, floor-to-ceiling windows offer uninterrupted views of the city
Breathtaking, awe-inspiring, beautiful, dazzling, magnificent. You can throw around every superlative in the Oxford dictionary and it still won’t convey the view from a table at Altitude. My dining guest and I are escorted to an intimate table, perched beside the restaurant’s famous five-metre high floor-to-ceiling windows. Not for the feint hearted, my dear friend is quite nervous by the sheer drop but it is a small price to pay to experience one of the best views in Sydney.

The caramelised banana, banoffee mousse, peanut brittle and vanilla ice cream
You rarely find a decent chef behind the pots and pans at hotels, even eminent ones like the Shangri-La. At Altitude, however, things are different. Chef Steven Krasicki, formerly of Restaurant Balzac and Banc, has created a contemporary menu of Australian and European influences. For the die-hard foodie, the seven-course epicurious menu comes highly recommended however the a la carte selection is equally as impressive. An amuse bouche of white asparagus, artichoke and watercress oil, complimentary of the chef, sets the lavish-scene of the evening. It is no secret that I detest soups of any sort however the depth of flavour contained in this gloriously viscous amuse bouche is the masterwork of a refined and experienced team. A half/half order of freshly shucked Sydney rock and Pacific oysters, coupled with a glammed-up version of a nicoise salad, featuring cured yellow fin tuna, pickled white asparagus and quail eggs is a tasteful reminder of the quality of Australian seafood. A dish of crispy skin John Dory with steamed mussels, braised beetroot, blood orange and fennel is not only visually stunning but also a palate pleaser however it is the dessert that steals my heart. The caramelised banana, banoffee mousse, peanut brittle and vanilla ice cream embodies what I can only imagine is the Shangri-La philosophy – luxury and decadence. The crunchy shards of peanut brittle and the sponginess of the banana work harmoniously with the sweet-as-banoffee-pie mousse and vanilla ice cream. For lovers of subtle desserts, try the butter poached pear, but if you’re partial to caramel, then the banana and peanut brittle is a must-order.
Anna Lisle

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100 pax
Altitude Restaurant's oval-shaped, glass encased private dining room seats up to 16 guests and offers unsurpassed views from every angle. A sheer veil can be drawn around the room for added privacy and soft lighting radiates from under-lit flooring.


Award Winning / Hatted
Bar / Wine Bar
Private Dining Room
Romantic / Intimate
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Weddings
This restaurant does not have any awards.


Matthew McCool on 19/12/2014
Altitude for the great views of Sydney Harbour.
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