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Frequently Asked Questions

In French Caveau (pronounced Ca'vo) translates to vault, and also refers to a small wine cellar. More importantly, Le Caveau was the name of the famous literary, wine & gastronomic society formed in France in 1792 (perhaps the first food & wine society), which appealed since books, food and wine are passions we share.

Who is the chef?
Peter Sheppard. He trained at Banc - a top Sydney restaurant which was awarded three hats by the SMH Good Food Guide, and was also named Best Restaurant in the SMH GFG and Gourmet Traveller. Sadly, since Peter left in December 2002, Banc has closed its doors and its great head chef, Liam Tomlin, has since left Australia.

After leaving Banc, Peter opened Reflections Waterfront Restaurant in Huskisson, Jervis Bay on the South Coast of NSW. He had Reflections for a year, during which time it attracted a loyal following and was lauded in publications including the GFG, Gourmet Traveller and Delicious Magazine. Peter opened Caveau in May 2004.

Trading hours & other info
We are open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm. Reservations are highly recommended.

We have a private dining room upstairs and the chef delights in creating special degustation menus to suit your party. We also do amazing canape functions. We love these! Giving people the freedom to move and mingle, while still providing fantastic food (even mini beefs with truffle hollandaise, and mini duck rillets!) and drinks. We recommend canape functions for groups of more than 20. Our lounge and private dining area are available, or for groups of more than 60, the entire restaurant can be booked.

Do we cater for children?
Caveau welcomes well behaved children only, and encourages families with young children to dine early, during which time we can offer your children special attention. We encourage you to encourage your children to participate in a fine-dining experience and will adapt our menu to suit their needs, but do not serve traditional "kid's meals" - such as chicken nuggets and chips. A small beef or a small piece of fish? Or a small pasta dish can be soft eating for younger children. If you have two children, encouraging them to share an entree and then share a main allows them to participate more fully in the meal.

Do we have Gift Vouchers?
We have gift vouchers for purchase at the restaurant. These make a great gift for that special someone who has everything! Please telephone or email the restaurant 24 hours in advance to arrange.