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Martinez Restaurant, Terrace and Bar

Martinez serves up a view-heavy rooftop bar and a luxe French dining room in Circular Quay.
By Ben Hansen
January 19, 2024
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By Ben Hansen
January 19, 2024
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Located in the Quay Quarter Tower, Martinez is a stunning two-parter from the Hinchcliff House and Promenade team. For casual drinks and al fresco dinners with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, head to the rooftop bar. Or, for more intimate meals, grab a spot indoors in the Martinez dining room. Either way, you're in for a bang-up time.

Let's start with the rooftop. As you walk out onto the terrace, you'll catch a glimpse of the harbour. It's the kind of view that makes you go, "Oh wow". The bar is designed to facilitate any occasion — there are intimate two-person tables and long benches designed for group catch-ups. Emilie Delalande of Etic (Barangaroo House) has led the colourful design work across the venue, with both the terrace and the dining room containing odes to artist residencies in the south of France.

Once you've found your spot, you'll be presented with a versatile menu ranging from spritzes, rosé and oysters to negronis and steak frites. Highlights from the feeds available on the terrace include grilled swordfish steak, blue swimmer crab pasta, whipped roe and raw scallops with white soy and fennel pollen.

A late of steak frites on a deep red table with a glass of wine

As the sun sets, the tables on the terrace light up from within, adding to the magic. It's a perfect inner-city spot for a glass of wine paired with snacks at sunset.

Then there's the dining room, serving up French and Mediterranean eats for lunch and dinner. If you're in the mood for a big night with your mates, opt for the plateau de fruits de mer — a delectable selection of the best seafood of the day, both cooked and raw, such as scallops, oysters, mussels and Moreton Bay bugs.

Further down the menu, there are plenty of exciting entrees, including gnocchi Parisienne, tuna niçoise and steak tartare, as well as playful takes on French mains, like the aforementioned steak frites and swordfish steak, a crumbed pork cutlet with jamon and brie fondue, and a next-level wagyu burger topped with gruyère and maple bacon.

Rounding out the myriad offerings at Martinez, you'll find a fun and sophisticated drinks list in the dining room. House Made Hospitality's producer-led approach to wine continues here, with a selection of drops that the team had a hand in crafting themselves, sitting alongside a variety of Australian and European whites, reds, and rosé.

There's also a range of petit martinis, all of the cocktails from the rooftop bar, and magnums of wine. If you're a fan of your wine bright and pink, pair one of these generous bottles of rosé with the seafood platter, and you're in for a truly luxurious night of group dining.

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