Sydney dining’s award-winning couple, chef Ross Lusted and Sunny Lusted, have opened their latest restaurant, Woodcut at Crown Sydney.

Woodcut provides Sydneysiders with a unique dining experience that celebrates Australian produce and cooking with wood, charcoal and steam. This concept was inspired by Ross and Sunny’s travels and the memories evoked by meals cooked in a slow wood burning oven or over an open fire, and the earthy flavours it creates.

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Booking Policy
Please note a 10% surcharge applies on Sundays. A 15% surcharge applies on all Public Holidays (one surcharge fee of 15% if Public Holiday falls on a Sunday). An additional service fee of 10% applies to bookings of 10 people or more.
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Melbourne Cup Lunch

Celebrate Cup Day (2 November) with a unique dining experience at Woodcut. Take in the pristine water views as you enjoy the finest Australian produce from the à la carte or group menus. Complete with door prizes, best dressed prize and screens to watch the race, expect a memorable Cup Day celebration like no other.

For Groups up to 7
­Woodcut à la carte and Melbourne Cup additions menu available

For Groups of 8+
­$220 per person - Flemington Menu (4 course sharing menu & Woodcut signature cocktail)
$285 per person - Winner's Circle Menu (5 course sharing menu & Woodcut signature cocktail)

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Festive Dining at Woodcut

Elevate your festive lunch with a sensory dining experience at Woodcut. Immerse yourself in the theatre of the open kitchens or dine harbourside on the terrace over a specially curated Christmas celebration menu by Ross Lusted.

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New Year’s Eve at Woodcut

Elevate your NYE celebration at Woodcut with a one-of-a-kind dining experience showcasing the finest Australian produce. Immerse yourself amongst the theatre of the open kitchens or dine harbourside on the lavish terrace, for a memorable countdown to 2022.
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Food Philosophy

Honouring elemental cooking methods

At Woodcut, Lusted’s culinary creations stem from memories of food inspired by their travels overseas – meals prepared in a slow wood burning oven, seafood cooked over a charcoal fire in a cast iron pot in Croatia, trout from a New Zealand stream crusted in sea salt and smoked over embers. These experiences have emphasised the ability for food, and most importantly, their cooking methods, to tell a story; evoking memories of a time and place. 

This latest chapter in Ross and Sunny’s career has become an evolution of dining and hospitality, heroing the cooking method in an elemental culinary experience. “With each ingredient we source at Woodcut I ask, “Where would this produce most flourish? Raw? On the ash grill? In the steam kettles? In the Romertopf? In the wood oven? On the wood grill?” It’s all about finding the best way to express the ingredient. Rather than manipulating the ingredient to create a composed dish the cooking method elevates it in its elemental state.”


Guests will first eat with their eyes

Everything at Woodcut is a showcase, from the jewellery-case-like iceboxes featuring curated produce to Ross’s vertical garden. Dining becomes an experience with guests drawn to order from what they see harvested by the Chefs in the open kitchen well before they see a menu. Every detail of the Woodcut experience has been deeply considered and every seat at Woodcut is “the best seat in the house”.

Hickory Bar

Hickory Bar offers a boutique bar experience with an elemental ethos. Situated in the heart of Woodcut, Hickory Bar hosts a considered curation of beverages that tell the rich narratives of local ingredients and the dedicated suppliers who provide them.

Inspired by the philosophy of the restaurant, cocktails and mocktails are produced using traditional methods of steam, fire, smoke and ice, and alter seasonally, while a premium selection of wines, beers and sprits can also be enjoyed. Australian spirits hero on the base of every cocktail, including Woodcut’s bespoke gin with its smoked botanicals and charcoal infusion. Pull up a seat at the bar and take in the vibrant restaurant atmosphere or enjoy your drink with a side of harbour views on the outdoor terrace. No reservations required.

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Woodcut Cellar

The wine program at Woodcut is a storybook detailing an intimate background of provenance, winemakers and viticulturalists. 

It celebrates both conventional and experimental methods, braided with the intent to find different and unique expressions of the terroir in which their hands toil. The list as curated by our Head Sommelier, Kyle Poole, showcases iconic wines and historical houses balanced with the unknown and upcoming game changers. Australian regional wines are heavily featured on Woodcut’s wine list however we will also highlight international favourites in addition to an extensive cellar list.

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Private Dining

Private dining at Woodcut

Woodcut features two beautifully appointed private rooms and a Chef’s Table plus numerous opportunities throughout the restaurant to secure partial hire of the dining room.

The Woodcut experience is ideal for private events, with considered spaces both indoor and on our water view Terrace which, combined with our warm and flawless service, is the perfect way to experience Woodcut. With over eight unique spaces, please contact our events team with your requirements and we can personalise the private dining experience to suit your occasion.

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Silver Ash

With a golden cloud sculptural installation by Carly Scoufos, harbour views, soaring woven wood and steel walls and an intimate setting perfect for a business lunch or elegant celebration, Silver Ash private dining  is the perfect way to experience Woodcut. Book up to 12 guests with a curated menu from our four open kitchens.
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Chef's Table

The Chef’s Table offers a party of 10 guests an exclusive opportunity to experience a unique journey with Woodcut. This special dining space with harbour views provides the intimacy of a private room and simultaneously allows guests to connect with the vibrant energy of the dining room as they witness the theatre of Woodcut’s four open kitchens.
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With pristine harbour views and soaring sculptural ceilings, Ironbark private room is bathed in natural light and opens onto the Garden Terrace allowing for the option of privacy or to be part of the energetic dining terrace. Ironbark is the ideal destination for your next intimate dinner or business lunch. Book up to 7 guests with a curated menu from our four open kitchens.

Yellow Box Dining

Nestled in between our Fire Kitchen, Seafood Counter and Pastry Kitchen, this luxurious event space is the perfect location for parties of up to 24 guests. This is one of Woodcut’s only indoor dining spaces that may be booked out for larger parties. With views, the theatre of the open kitchens and Tracey Deep’s magnificent woven hemp art installation, Yellow Box Dining is situated to provide your guests with an intimate dining space while enjoying the bustle and energy of the restaurant.


Ross Lusted, Chef at Woodcut 

Acclaimed chef, sculptor, designer and restaurateur, Ross Lusted has distinguished himself in the culinary landscape through a thirty-year career that has earned him a myriad of highly regarded accolades such as Chef of the Year and Hottest Chef in Australia. Alongside his wife Sunny, Lusted’s latest venture Woodcut has now launched as part of Crown Sydney’s highly anticipated gastronomical line-up. “At the heart and soul of Woodcut is fire, steam, smoke and ice. Beautiful ingredients, simply cooked. The earthy and sensory cooking methods impart a tangible element of flavour and authenticity to the cooking process.”

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Sunny Lusted, Owner of Woodcut 

Acclaimed restaurateur and hotelier Sunny Lusted has launched her latest venture, Woodcut, alongside her husband Ross in Crown Sydney’s highly anticipated dining precinct. Following their award-winning venue The Bridge Room, Woodcut takes Sydneysiders on a new journey. “One of the most important elements of dining is how it makes you feel. We want guests to feel welcomed, excited by the buzz of the environment and theatre of the open kitchens, and most importantly we want our guests to feel at home at Woodcut.”

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12pm - 2:30pm (Mo - Su)


5:30pm - 9:30pm (Mo - Su)

Hickory Bar

12pm - 12am (Mo, Tu)

12pm - 12am (We - Su)

Please note lunch will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays on the 18, 19, 25 and 26 October.
Lunch will resume on Mondays and Tuesdays from the 1st and 2nd of November.
Online reservations recommended.
For reservations of 13 or more guests, contact Crown Restaurant Reservations on 02 8871 7171.
To amend an existing reservation, please email info@woodcutrestaurant.com.au or call 8871 6500.


Level 1 (Ground), 1 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

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Join our team at Woodcut

If you have a true passion for food and warm genuine hospitality together with a background of working in Premium and Hatted restaurants please email your CV to careers@woodcutrestaurant.com.au.

"One of the most important elements of dining is how it makes you feel… we want guests to feel welcomed, excited by the buzz of the environment and theatre of the open kitchens and most importantly we want our guests to feel at home at Woodcut.” - Sunny Lusted, Owner/Operator

Crown Gifts

The perfect gift

Spoil a loved one with Crown Gifts. Crown Gift cards are available in denominations from $50 to $500 and are redeemable in all Crown Hotels, Crown Spa and restaurants including Woodcut. Purchase your Crown Gift card online or visit hotel reception at Crown Sydney where you can also request a personalised Woodcut note with your purchase.
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The finer details

Discover all the finer details to make your time at Crown Sydney seamless and enjoyable.

Please be advised that on-site parking is limited. Discover your most convenient way to visit through the various public transport options offered close by. Learn more

Booking policy

Please note a 10% surcharge applies on Sundays. A 15% surcharge applies on all Public Holidays (one surcharge fee of 15% if Public Holiday falls on a Sunday). An additional service fee of 10% applies to bookings of 10 people or more.
We take note of your table preference; however, table location is subject to change. Your seats will be held for 15 minutes post your reservation booking time. Should you wish to cancel or amend your reservation, contact us at +61 2 8871 7171 at least 24 hours prior to your reservation.

Please view the Crown Sydney dress standards prior to your reservation.

Cancellation policy

Credit card details are required to secure this reservation. No charges will be processed on your card at the time of booking. Should you wish to cancel or make changes, please contact us at +612 8871 7171 at least 24 hours prior to your reservation, or a cancellation fee of AU$100 per person will be charged to the card provided.

Allergies & dietary requests

Due to the potential of trace allergens in the working environment and supplied ingredients, Crown Sydney cannot guarantee completely allergy-free dining experiences.