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Sir John Young Hotel Tapas Bar

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Cnr George and Liverpool Streets, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    2 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Good location, pretty decent pub

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2014
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Newcastle, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I visited this place many times over the last 30 years and it was always a great meal, so we decided to go there on Saturday night, the place was very quiet when we got there. We ordered the paella and was told a 40 minute wait, that was ok we knew from past visits, we ordered the small tapas... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

So disappointed we have eaten here so many times over 30 years the food was forgotten or very ordinary shame .wont be back.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Probably the most disappointing experience I have had in many years. Got to the pub early on a Sunday night to grab some food before a show. No problems, the tables were plentiful. I soon discovered why. Yikes, this place has seriously gone downhill. There were three other tables with patrons and yet it... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Used to go to this restaurant years ago and the food was always good. Perhaps we chose badly but the 'grilled whole fish of the day' came out deep fried and so overcooked it was hard to cut with the knife. The mussels tasted like a bottle of passata had been poured over them with some undercooked onion and red... More 

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

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  • 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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