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Cnr George and Liverpool Streets, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Tapas pub

Fabulous tapas at pub prices with friendly staff and a great range on the menu. Close to accommodation and safe to walk to

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2014
NJCMelbourne
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Fabulous tapas at pub prices with friendly staff and a great range on the menu. Close to accommodation and safe to walk to

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Newcastle, Australia
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175 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Very convenient location if you're in the middle of Sydney. It's a good pub and offers up some great food. Not as busy or 'famous' as 3 wise monkeys which is just opposite, but can be a lot more relaxed if that's what you're after and can enjoy yourselves and your meal more.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Dropped in for what I thought would be some cheap drinks after meetings, based on a sign outside the pub. Indeed, they offer beers for $4.40, but they are small and only of selected (cheaper quality) brands. I had one, then went across the street to 3 Wise Monkeys for full pint of high-quality craft beer. A little more expensive... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The Sir John Young Hotel has been serving Spanish meals for decades, from when Liverpool St was considered Sydney's Spanish Quarter and before 'tapas' had entered the Aussie lexicon, though paella, chorizo and sangria were all there. Have had cause to eat there twice in the last month and, as others have reported, it is a bit inconsistent. Had tapas... More 

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Sydney
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Visited La Tapa Guapa one Friday evening with my wife. We were greeted by what looked like the manager, friendly and immediately shown to a table. The dining section is alongside the bar of the pub/hotel and drinks are purchased at the bar. We asked for a joint bar and food tab, which was accepted without any problem, leaving the... More 

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Ebor, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

I had dinner at La Tapa Guapa in the Sir John Young Hotel on 26 March 2013. I had not been there since the late 1980s when it was always busy with authentic Spanish food and I had memories of a great Spanish restaurant. Different owners now and very different food. The seafood paella was lacking salt, garlic and flavour.... More 

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Service as OK at best. Food was very average. We ordered 2 (two) items in the menu and after receiving the first of the items, we were asked if we had everything we ordered - by the person who took our order. It was not busy at all during the time we had our dinner. Sangria was average. Paella was... More 

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Australia
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57 restaurant reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

I dropped into La Tapa Guapa at the Sir John Young Hotel at the recommendation of a friend. First impressions, apart from one Spanish waiter the atmosphere was hardly that of a Spanish canteen as you'd think; it's tucked away at one end of an Aussie pub. Food was a little bland for my liking, come to think of it... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

If you want a cosy and popular pub with great tapas try this place. I hadn't been here for ages, like 10+ years and my memory didn't let me down. The service was attentive and the drinks at pub prices. Sardines were a delight and the food came very quickly. Obviously a popular after work and people feeding before a... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

Love the tapas here. It's cheap and friendly. We always get a table without having to book as food turnaround is quick. It's not a delux restaurant but is excellent value for money and great for a quick meal.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cnr George and Liverpool Streets, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish

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