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The Commons Local Eating House

#227 of 4,624 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Darlinghurst
European, Australian
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32 Burton Street | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 2 9358 1487
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tue - Wed 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat 8:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: The Commons Local Eating House indulges Sydney locals with seasonally...
The Commons Local Eating House indulges Sydney locals with seasonally influenced, ingredient-focused cuisine. The name 'THE COMMONS' refers to the 'shared environmental and cultural resources of a city', and we are proud to support Sydney producers wherever we can. Our produce is sourced as ethically as possible, with meat coming from trusted suppliers who are committed to good animal husbandry, we make all attempts to find out where our seafood comes from, utilize fresh produce mostly from around NSW, and support local artisan food makers. The Commons is a celebration of Australia and food & wine inspired by it: the perfect convivial setting for a meal served family style. Complimenting the Chef's cuisine that combines local sensibility with European traditions, particularly those of the Italian Regions, is a value driven wine list whose focus is on small production vineyards of the Australian regions and a few cellar picks from the "Old Country", Italy. The building itself is a tribute to Darlinghurst's heritage architecture with its sandstone walls, original features throughout, convict markings still visible in the basement larder now a intimate cocktail bar "Downtown": hide away from the busy hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a good ol' drink and some of the best blues and jazz in town. We look forward to welcoming you soon at The Commons Local Eating House & Downtown Bar
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing comfort food

Everything was very homey and comfortable, and the food was amazing some items were a bit on the smaller size like the red wine risotto, but the quality was outstanding

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
717trishab
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Everything was very homey and comfortable, and the food was amazing some items were a bit on the smaller size like the red wine risotto, but the quality was outstanding

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The commons have many areas for the need of the patrons, I had my birthday celebration there was quite nice a bit pricey but nice.. The canapes selection were good however not as nice as I expected I think they can improve that, the toilets in the basement bar had a strong urine smell and I found couple of spiderwebs... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jorge d
TheCommonsTeam, Manager at The Commons Local Eating House, responded to this review

Dear Jorge, many thanks for taking the time to review Downtown Bar. We are delighted to hear you had a lovely night with us celebrating your Bday! We have contacted the cleaning company that takes care of our Venue in re to the matters you pointed out. Many thanks for making us aware of the situation. We look forward to... More 

Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem. Go eat here, you won't be disappointed! I've been here countless times and never had an issue. The wait staff are plentiful, fun and exotic!! You get to chat about their home countries; they are from many and varied places. They have a nice selection of wines and they pride themselves on using produce from... More 

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Thank DontGo4_2ndBest
Maasdijk, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Relaxed place to eat with a good mix of French, Italian and Australian dishes. Fresh and tasty food. The friendly and flirty waiter made us feel a bit like we were in southern Europe.

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Thank PJ B
Sydney, Australia
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84 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Lovely 160 year old cottage with attentive but not obtrusive service. Menu is based on whats seasonally good and fresh, and is always excellent. Very atmospheric specially in winter when theres a log fire burning. Bar on outside patio. Always buzzing, which is a good recommendation as quite tucked away on Burton Street. One to remember.

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Thank Maria S
Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

A quirky little eatery run by two Italians and a French guy. Very informal, sitting in a small courtyard on stools surrounded by plants. There was also space inside, and live music in the basement, but we preferred the outside space. The food is interesting and beautifully cooked. Service was a little haphazard, but more than made up for by... More 

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Thank ShelaghMudd
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

we waiting over an hour for our breakfast and so that was very frustrating and disappointing. I think we waited for 20 minutes for the coffee, too. When we asked if we had been forgotten, the waitress said "sorry" but there's a bit of a 'pile up in the kitchen'. Yep. So the food was ok, but not worth it.... More 

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Thank wendycarlisle
TheCommonsTeam, Owner at The Commons Local Eating House, responded to this review

Dear Wendy, many thanks for sharing your experience. This past weekend was a "particular" one in a negative way, as a few staff members were absent due to illness (barista included) and it was very hard to find staff last minute, hence a few of the waitresses were "new" to The Commons Team and our policies. It is normally our... More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We were a group of eight, restaurant had a very good ambience and waiter service was excellent. It was a Sunday night so menu was limited but there was still a lot of interesting choices, the meal I had was over seasoned for my liking and the desert although delicious was called rhubarb rice pudding, despite there being no discernible... More 

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Thank alnlyn330
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We stumbled across this place on our first night and have great tapas and whisky with wonderful service in the front garden patio. The waiters and food were so good that we can back the next night for dinner, inside. The downstairs speakeasy bar looks great too.

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Thank Olivia W
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

The Commons is a really nice place. The bar and the terrace is the main reason why this place is special. The food was good, but overpriced. The pork belly was not satisfying, with 3 bites for over 30$ bucks.

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Thank Guillaume B
TheCommonsTeam, Owner at The Commons Local Eating House, responded to this review

Hello Guillaume, many thanks for your recent review. I must agree with you that our leafy front courtyard and our hidden basement cocktail bar do give a special charm to our venue..glad you appreciate these details! I would just like to point out, if I may, a little inaccuracy, as the "three bites" of pork belly are priced $15 as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 32 Burton Street | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Darlinghurst
  • Neighborhood: Darlinghurst
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9358 1487

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 21
  • Cuisine: European, Australian

Description

The Commons Local Eating House indulges Sydney locals with seasonally influenced, ingredient-focused cuisine. The name 'THE COMMONS' refers to the 'shared environmental and cultural resources of a city', and we are proud to support Sydney producers wherever we can. Our produce is sourced as ethically as possible, with meat coming from trusted suppliers who are committed to good animal husbandry, we make all attempts to find out where our seafood comes from, utilize fresh produce mostly from around NSW, and support local artisan food makers. The Commons is a celebration of Australia and food & wine inspired by it: the perfect convivial setting for a meal served family style. Complimenting the Chef's cuisine that combines local sensibility with European traditions, particularly those of the Italian Regions, is a value driven wine list whose focus is on small production vineyards of the Australian regions and a few cellar picks from the "Old Country", Italy. The building itself is a tribute to Darlinghurst's heritage architecture with its sandstone walls, original features throughout, convict markings still visible in the basement larder now a intimate cocktail bar "Downtown": hide away from the busy hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a good ol' drink and some of the best blues and jazz in town. We look forward to welcoming you soon at The Commons Local Eating House & Downtown Bar
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
8:30 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Darlinghurst

Neighborhood Profile
Darlinghurst
Home of the small bar revolution in Sydney, Darlinghurst has more bars per capita than any other suburb. Themes range from American whiskey bars and 1950’s theme bars to hidden bars requiring secret passwords. Oxford Street is the "Gay Capital" of Australia, where gay and lesbian-friendly venues feature “diva shows” and dancing until the morning. Vintage lovers flock to Crown Street, and small designer boutiques can be found along Victoria and Bourke Streets. Dining in Darlinghurst is a gastronomic adventure. Food from all over the world is on the menu, from American ribs to tapas, sushi to gelato and every ethnicity in between.