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The Commons Local Eating House

32 Burton Street | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia (Inner East)
+61 2 9358 1487
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Ranked #135 of 5,231 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $14 - $27
Cuisines: European, Australian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Private Dining
Neighborhood: Inner East
Description: THE COMMONS Local Eating House & DOWNTOWN Bar are simple, calm and beautiful environments that take pride in the city'€™s culinary and cultural resources: it's a getaway in the city, where you'€™re in the city but feel you'€™re away from it! Built in 1850 it was formerly a dairy farmhouse with convict common gardens located on the corner of the site. The Downtown section was in fact the former servant's quarters where The sandstone walls still bear convict markings: in 2011 it was transformed in a speak-easy style cocktail bar featuring only classic cocktails pre 50's, craftily brewed beers from New South Wales and fine wines of Australia. Introducing live jazz and blues in the sandstone cellar of a heritage building in the heart of Inner Sydney, the bar was immediately recognised as an ultimate destination in the Sydney hospitality scene. Awarded best small bar 2011 for Timeout magazine, nominated for best live entertainment in 2012 and featured in the Top Ten Bars in Sydney for Sydney Morning Herald. We offer incredible drinks in an intimate setting with candle-lit back bar, bookshelf, piano, wooden tables, accessible and friendly staff, and the opportunity to learn more about music, your friends and good ol'€™ drink. The "Library" is used for spirit masterclasses giving the opportunity to the guests to discover the origin and the history behind a particular spirit. Following a natural evolution the bar reinvented itself featuring its own cocktail recipes more and more and taking inspiration by the Vermouth renaissance happening globally, Downtown was tickled by the possibility of becoming Australia'€™s first Vermoutherie, hidden in the beautiful sandstone cellar featuring the largest selection of Vermouth in the country, proposing food matched vermouths degustation and offering monthly special classic vermouth based cocktail recipes. Delta Blues, Chicago Blues and East Coast Jazz are played live in The Commons'€™ cosy Downtown bar respectively every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. The Commons serves honest, flavoursome food and quality drinks: we believe wholeheartedly in doing fewer things, but doing them better. The owners Luca & Sara Capecchi and Alessandro Schioppetto together with their Chefs curate the menu with a reverence for seasonal, local produce. They have spent time setting up relationships with local suppliers and the resulting menu is made up of simple and seasonal dishes that utilise local ingredients. The Commons is a committed localvore and sources its produce from ethical and local suppliers. We have partnered up with Target 100 and Sustainable table on various occasions. We support their latest campaign "Bettertarian"€: better meals, foods that are better for you and the planet..You can feel better at The Commons knowing that we source all our produce from local, sustainable, ethical farmers and growers. Try one of our weekly cuts from our Nose to Tail Lynden farm bio-dynamic grass-fed Cowobbee Red Angus from Oberon NSW supplied by Feather & Bone, or a juicy Mirrool Creek lamb, grown on the finest natural pasture in the Riverina NSW. We choose sustainable seafood, use free-range eggs, our coffee supplier is Pablo & Rusty's, and they pursue sustainability in everything they do. All our charcuterie is supplied by Pino'€™s Dolce Vita in Kogarah since 1978. Pino himself is a 5th generation butcher. The family business include the highest quality meats from around Australia made on the premises. We pride ourselves on hand-picking some of the more interesting wines and beers in the country. We simply love craft beer and everything about it. We want you to be able to learn about and enjoy craft beer and local wines while eating great food with old friends and new. Here at The Commons breakfast and brunch are served all day from 8am until 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Come join us from Tuesday through Sunday for dinner and Thursday/ Friday for lunch. For those who like to get out there and have a drink with friends and family come down and enjoy a drink and some nibbles off our bar menu, Thursday through Sunday, from 3pm onwards. Boutique wines and beers are on offer if you wish to simply meet for a drink, and like the food menu, the wine list changes with the seasons. Downtown Bar is open Wed-Sat 6pm-late. Live music Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
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Decines-Charpieu, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

we wanted a nice place nearby our appartment in Sydney for our ast day before flying to France. We went to this place following the comments on Trip Advisor and we really enjoyed everything: Food was first quality products, cooking excellent and service perfect. it is really the best plae we went to in Australia!

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Amazing food and the staff were friendly and helpful, beautiful wagyu beef! Ended the evening with live blues and cocktails down in the basement, very cosy and romantic, although the cocktails were a little pricey. A little out of the way, but totally worth it, we felt like the only tourists in this lovely common local eating house.

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Singapore, Singapore
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is the first place that I step into and it is very cosy, relaxing and you feel that you are in a country side. The food was delicious and lay out of the table is nice and yet simple. The service staff is very friendly and fast taking our order. The presentation of the food is awesome and you... More

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Sydney, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Been back three times to work my way through all the menu options I was keen to try. Did not disappoint on any visit. Great food, excellent service. Great sandstone hideaway off of Oxford Street. Loved the mussels served in a kettle so you can pour juice on bread after - genius! Although not sure that was the intention, or... More

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North Andover, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Had a brunch "stack" of avocado, tomato, poached egg and salad that was awesome - fresh - really good. Nice casual place, not fancy, hanging plants. Would go again.

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London, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This restaurant was the perfect place for us. Quiet, casual and good value. The waiter explained the menu as if he cared about the food served. The staff were polite and keen to ensure we were looked after.

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Sydney, Australia
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279 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Next time i'll bring my own comfortable chair! Food was great, we had zucchini flowers and a board of olives with olive oil and bread for entree, followed by Risotto & gnocchi, and pinot grigio. High quality produce on the menu and good vibes on saturday night. The chairs were a real pain though & can't be unnoticed.

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Montpellier, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

My friend is MSG allergic and this restaurant has only home made and fresh food when they have a doubt they check with you . Everything is good not expensive and staff is friendly.

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Singapore, Singapore
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I had an absolutely delightful dining experience at the commons. the alfresco garden is a great place to stay. all products are soo fresh and you can feel the love that the owners put in preparing the food and making sure you have the best meal experience... after diner, one can go down to enjoy the jazz concert in the... More

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Star707, Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We were off to a play at the Eternity Playhouse and wanted to dine beforehand. The publicity for the play included suggestions about nearby restaurants. They have a deal with Commons which offers a restricted menu and glass of house wine for $34.00 per person. You could choose from a number of equally delicious main courses and then choose either... More

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