Woodcut at Crown Sydney
Australian produce is at the centre and enjoyed with traditional methods of cooking including fire, steam, smoke and ice. Elements that consistently entice and delight.
Recently winning one prestigious hat from the Good Food Guide Awards the concept is inspired by internationally acclaimed restaurateurs and hoteliers Ross and Sunny Lusted's travels. Woodcut pays tribute to fond memories of slow cooked meals in a wood burning oven or over open fire, and the earthy flavours that were imagined in spontaneity.
A heightened sense of flavour
Woodcut’s earthy and sensory cooking methods impart a tangible element of flavour and authenticity to the cooking process.
Experience this one-of-a-kind dining experience designed and curated by award-winning Chef Ross Lusted.
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.
“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.”
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”.
Chef's counter dining
Experience the theatre of Woodcut’s open kitchens and enjoy a front row seat to “the show” at the Chef's counter. Immerse yourself amongst the bustling kitchen action as you interact with our Chefs, for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Take in the vibrant energy of the restaurant with a table in our elegant dining room. The bespoke artworks, luxe furnishings and glistening harbour views set the scene for a memorable dining experience.
Soak up the atmosphere of the ever-changing landscape and bustle of Sydney Harbour with terrace dining at Woodcut. Luxe outdoor furnishings and pristine water views ensures a unique outdoor dining experience.
Hickory Bar offers a boutique bar experience with an elemental ethos. Situated in the heart of Woodcut, Hickory Bar enable guests to experience vibrant restaurant atmosphere or enjoy a drink with a side of harbour views on the outdoor terrace.
Inspired by the philosophy of the restaurant, cocktails and mocktails are produced using traditional methods of steam, fire, smoke and ice, and alter seasonally. Australian spirits hero on the base of every cocktail, including Woodcut’s bespoke gin with its smoked botanicals and charcoal infusion. No reservations required.
Recently winning Australia’s Best Hotel Wine List Award at the Australian Wine List of the Year Awards, the list as expertly curated by our Head Sommelier, Addy Lam, showcases iconic wines and historical houses balanced with the unknown and upcoming game changers.
The wine program at Woodcut is designed as a storybook detailing an intimate background of provenance, winemakers and viticulturalists. Celebrating both conventional and experimental methods, braided with the intent to find different and unique expressions of the terroir in which their hands toil, Australian regional wines are heavily featured on Woodcut’s wine list alongside an extensive cellar list.
A one-of-a-kind dining experience
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.
Chef | Owner
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.
Sunny Lusted, Owner of Woodcut
Following their award-winning venue, The Bridge Room, acclaimed restaurateur and hotelier Sunny Lusted aims to take Sydneysiders on a journey at Woodcut. “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.”
12pm - 2:30pm (Tue - Sun)
5:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon - Sun)
12pm - 12am (Tue - Sun)
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Level 1 (Ground), 1 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney, NSW, 2000, AustraliaView on Google Maps
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A unique dining experience that celebrates Australian produce and cooking with wood, charcoal and steam. This concept was inspired by @ross_lusted and Sunny’s travels and the memories evoked by meals cooked in a slow wood burning oven or over an open fire. Follow our journey. #WoodcutRestaurant
The finer details
Discover all the finer details to make your time at Crown Sydney seamless and enjoyable.
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 12 hours prior to your reservation.
The sale or transfer of this reservation is strictly prohibited.
Crown Sydney do not accept minors under 16 years old dining without a parent or guardian.
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 12 hours prior to your reservation, or a cancellation fee of $50 per person will be charged to the card provided.
For groups of 10 or more, we require at least 48 hours’ notice to avoid a cancellation fee of $50 per person.
Allergies & dietary requests
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.
Guests must advise the venue of any dietary requirements or allergies at the time of booking.
Please view the Crown Sydney dress standards prior to your reservation
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Join our team at Woodcut
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