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Pendolino

#141 of 5,443 Restaurants in Sydney
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Shop 100-1-2, Level 2, 412-414 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
02 9231 6117
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 38
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  • 7
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent service; great food; well worth a visit.

Having dined at Pendolino a number of times, I've always found the food and service to be amongst the best Sydney has to offer. This visit was no exception. Mains (including duck leg, beef, and pasta dishes) were excellent. Desserts were very good. And the wine selection was comprehensive and quite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
nick164
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
251 reviews 251 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Having dined at Pendolino a number of times, I've always found the food and service to be amongst the best Sydney has to offer. This visit was no exception. Mains (including duck leg, beef, and pasta dishes) were excellent. Desserts were very good. And the wine selection was comprehensive and quite reasonably priced.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Only one word sums up this restaurant perfectly - pretentious. The food is mediocre and incredibly small in portion size in complete contrast to their wine prices which are ridiculously high. Service is poor and their attitude should you choose not to tip is cool. A huge disappointment.

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86 reviews 86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This was an unexpected surprise on the 3rd floor of the Strand Arcade. It is like stepping into a restaurant in Rome. Hidden away up here I have never been before so it was a very pleasant treat to be taken here. The atmosphere and service are old school Italian and very very good. The wine list, excellent Italian wines... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

A place I remebered was good but having been out of Sydney for a while, this was just as great as a few years back. Service was informative and friendly. Pasta was impeccable. Beetroot salad starter was great. Yum!

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Caifornia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We had asked at our hotel for a quiet Italian restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday. They recommended Pendolio, and it turned out to be a horrible mistake that left my wife in tears. We arrived on time and were escorted to a "special" table. The only thing special about it was that it a horrible table near the bar,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It's been a while since I've been to Pendolino and I realize the error of my ways after my recent visit. Outstanding pasta, extremely tasty and also a little different to the usual Italian fare on offer all around Sydney. We had 2 fishy pasta dishes, one with black squid ink and one with prawns and chilli and both were... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The papperdelle with wild mushroom sauce and truffled egg yolk was so delicious, I think this is most authentic and best pasta dish I have had outside Italy.A wonderful selection of breads and olive oils are provided and replenished as required. A good selection of Italian wines are available but they certainly come at a cost. Overall a very enjoyable... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

What an amazing take on Italian food. We went with family on their recommendation and from the minute you enter the staff show how professional they are. Your waiter for the night introduces himself and puts you at ease instantly. All our group of 6 ordered different meals and we were all impressed with what we were served, both in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This restaurant is tucked away on the top floor of the strand arcade. On entering it, you are transported to a trattoria where the wine recommendations are reliable, and will encourage you to try something different. Good, hearty Italian food. Great date night restaurant.

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London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Pendolino which is on the 2nd floor of the Strand Arcade in George Street, Sydney. You wouldn't believe such a beautiful restaurant with terrific atmosphere was hidden away in this attractive oldie worldy multi storey arcade. Loved the pumpkin lasagne and partner went back another for another visit to enjoy again the three cheese and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Shop 100-1-2, Level 2, 412-414 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: 02 9231 6117

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 57
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?