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What Makes Intermezzo Italian Restaurant Special

Since opening in April 2006, Intermezzo Italian Restaurant has established itself as one of the best Italian restaurants in Sydney, Australia. This Italian restaurant has been awarded as the best Sydney Italian restaurant by the Restaurant and Catering Association for 2015 and 2010, offering:
  • Sydney’s best Italian cuisine with housemade pasta, desserts and gelato and an extensive and award-winning wine list comprising over 200 premium varieties of wine

  • The first Italian restaurant ever allowed to face Martin Place and extend onto the colonnades of the Italian Renaissance GPO building and under the 8 story glass atrium, providing al fresco dining and a world class Italian-style setting

  • A 7.5 meter temperature and humidity-controlled wine tower designed by John Perry, housing over 2,000 bottles of wine

  • An interior heritage dining room with an open kitchen and espresso bar

  • Classic Italian styling with double-clothed tables and white-jacketed waiters delivering exceptional service

About Intermezzo – the best Italian Restaurant in Sydney CBD

Intermezzo Italian Restaurant opened in April 2006 as Sydney’s ultimate Italian dining destination, offering grand al fresco dining and the best Italian cuisine in Sydney CBD.

Located in the heart of Sydney at No.1 Martin Place, Intermezzo Italian Restaurant was designed to offer a sophisticated Italian dining experience to complement the Victorian Italian Renaissance architecture of the historical GPO Building.

Guests can enjoy views of Martin Place plaza and designer boutiques from the alfresco tables on the colonnade, the sophisticated ambience under the 8 story glass atrium inside the GPO building, or the intimacy of the heritage front room amongst all the action from the open kitchen, for a memorable dining experience no matter the occasion.

Intermezzo Ristorante is p
erfect for pre or post-concert dinner or for a late night dessert a few steps from City Recital Hall.

To complement the elegant surroundings and authentic Italian cuisine, we created a wine tower in the main dining room that is 7.5 metres high and temperature and humidity-controlled to house over 2,000 bottles of wine, with our professional staff and sommelier on hand to assist you with your selection.

Since its opening, Intermezzo has been awarded as Sydney's Best Italian Restaurant (Formal) by the Restaurant and Catering Association Awards for Excellence in 2010 and 2015; Two Goblets and Highly Recommended in Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards from 2009-2017 and One Goblet in 2016; and Two Hats by Gault & Millau Australia since 2014.

Intermezzo Restaurant's Online Restaurant Butler

For a truly personalised Italian casual dining experience, book a table online using our world first Online Restaurant Butler Booking System where you can enhance and tailor your dining experience within minutes at no additional service charge. Options include half a dozen roses for your partner, champagne and amuse bouche on arrival, and a box of Prime Steak Restaurant truffles to take home. 

A la Carte Menu

Intermezzo Italian Restaurant in Sydney specialises in authentic Italian food with a modern twist, serving a variety of fresh and flavoursome housemade pasta, appetizers, mains and desserts.

Start with an entree or antipasti platter designed to be shared, including Mixed Olives, Arancini Balls and Crispy Calamari Rings served with Lemon and Chilli Oil.

Our pasta dishes are cooked to order with fresh pasta made daily in the Intermezzo kitchen. Try our signature Linguine with Western Australian Scampi, Housemade Gnocchi with Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, or Housemade Pappardelle with Black Truffle. Truffle is in season and you can now enjoy our special truffle dish available for lunch and dinner.

There is also a variety of seafood, beef, lamb and veal dishes to enjoy, including our Dry Aged Grain Fed T-Bone (400g) with Roasted Potatoes and Rocket and Parmigiano Salad, Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Smoked Eggplant Puree and Veal Jus, and our Crispy Skin Snapper with King Prawns, Sautéed Cavolo Nero and Pea Puree.

Our seasonal housemade dessert menu features our ‘Pick me up’ Tiramisu with Mascarpone, Biscotti, Espresso Coffee and Coffee Sorbet; Caramel Pannacotta served with Pistachio Brittle, Honeycomb and Buttermilk Gelato; and our traditional Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta.

Finish off your meal with our incredibly smooth premium house blend Maximus Coffee, made with 100% organic, fair-trade Arabica beans, known as the best in the Sydney CBD.

Pre or Post-Concert & Theatre Menu

For those attending a show at the City Recital Hall or State Theatre nearby, Sydney's Intermezzo Italian Restaurant offers a special pre or post-theatre package. Choose from an entrée and main, or main and dessert with a glass of wine for the perfect way to start or finish your evening. Intermezzo opens 5:30pm for Pre-theatre dining when City Recital Hall performances begin at 7:00pm

Intermezzo Theatre Special:
One Course with a Glass of Wine ($52.00)
Two Courses with a Glass of Wine ($76.00)
Three Courses with a Glass of Wine ($90.00)

Intermezzo Late Night Dessert Special:
Dessert accompanied by Tea or Coffee ($19.90) or a Glass of Wine or Dessert Wine ($24.90). This offer available from 9:00pm.

Wine List

Intermezzo – Sydney Italian Restaurant's award-winning wine list is comprised of over 200 premium wines, hand-picked by our sommelier to complement our authentic Italian menu, and presented to you by area and region for easy selection.

The list features a collection of wines from renowned wine regions of Italy, with a focus on classic varieties and styles. Also featured are 13 wines by the glass and premium Australian selections including Clare Valley Riesling, Barossa Valley Shiraz and Margaret River Chardonnay.

Our wine list has been recognised in Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards for 10 years in a row, including Two Goblets in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and One Goblet in 2007, 2008 and 2016.

Media Quotes

"Intermezzo Italian Restaurant in Sydney is all elegance."

“The perfect place for a business lunch meeting, special night out or a quick and delicious after-work meal.”
-          Southern Courier

"I could be in Italy."

“Everything about Intermezzo is impressive.”
-          9 to 5

 “The grand surroundings and traditional Italian cuisine makes it feel like a brief trip to the city of love.”
-          Travel Guide

“Using fresh quality produce and ingredients, the restaurant, which specialises in Neapolitan cuisine, creates a casual ambience that’s ideal for a long lunch on the balcony.”
-          Where Magazine

“The best cannoli we’ve ever had.”
-          Cheap Eats

“A culinary triumph… Old fashioned European feasting at its finest.”
-          The Sun Herald Diary

“Fringed by Italianate columns and looking out over the designer boutiques of Martin Place, the addition of a sleek Italian restaurant to Sydney's GPO building seems oh-so-fitting. The restaurant is packed with enough tortoiseshell-hued marble, soaring arches and glowing timber to make even the most harried office worker feel like Sophia Loren or Rudolph Valentino.”

“Feels like being in Southern Italy.”
-          Sunday Magazine


Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence
2015      Intermezzo - Best Italian Restaurant in Sydney (Formal)
2010      Intermezzo - Best Italian Restaurant in Sydney (Formal)

Australian Gourmet Traveller - Fine Wine Partners - Tucker Seabrook Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards 
2017 Two Goblets - Highly Recommended
2016 One Goblet
2015 Two Goblets - Highly Recommended
2014 Two Goblets - Highly Recommended
2013 Two Goblets - Highly Recommended
2012 Two Goblets - Highly Recommended
2011 Two Goblets - Highly Recommended
2010 Two Goblets - Highly Recommended
2009 Two Goblets - Highly Recommended
2008 One Goblet
2007 One Goblet

Gault and Millau
2019 - 2 Hats
2018 - 2 Hats

2017 - 2 Hats
2016 - 1 Hat
2015 - 2 Hats
2014 - 2 Hats
Ospitalita Italianà Certification

2016-2017 - Certified by The Italian Chamber of Commerce
2017-2018 - Certified by The Italian Chamber of Commerce

Concessional Parking Vouchers

GPO provides concessional parking vouchers for dinner patrons. Please request a concessional voucher from our restaurant staff to receive discount.  

Monday – Friday Entrance after 5pm until 2am          $20 (Regular pricing $40)
  Entrance after 6pm until 2am   $15 (Regular pricing $30)
Saturday – Sunday    Entrance at any time up to 8 hours   $15 (Regular pricing $30)

Please comply to the above time otherwise the carpark will charge the full price.

Please note:
1. Enter the Secure carpark 1 Martin Place via the Pitt Street entry.
2. Collect ticket for boom gate to open and entry to the carpark.
3. Park your car as normal (keep ticket with you).
4. Take the carpark lifts to the floor of your venue.
5. At the end of your meal, please ask the restaurant manager to provide you with the concessional parking voucher.
6. Take the lift to level C3 and proceed to the paystation machine. Place your original entry ticket into the machine, it will then display the full price at which time you insert your concessional voucher for the discount to be shown and the concessional rate showing on the machine.
7. Please pay the concessional amount and the ticket will be discharged so you can use it on your exit. 

By Bus:

    Any bus travelling along George Street.

By Walk:

    No. 1 Martin Place is only a few minutes walk from the
    Sydney Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building train and bus terminals.