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The Commons Local Eating House

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32 Burton Street | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 2 9358 1487
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Description: THE COMMONS Local Eating House & DOWNTOWN Bar are simple, calm and...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
LAMB!!

We dined here during mardi gras, walked in at 10:30pm, greeted with a smile and seated at a table for 2. Ordered the lamb and the angus fillet. The lamb was out of this world!!! So flavoursome!! Like nothing we've ever had before. Steak was cooked a perfect medium rare and melted in my mouth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
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English first
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We dined here during mardi gras, walked in at 10:30pm, greeted with a smile and seated at a table for 2. Ordered the lamb and the angus fillet. The lamb was out of this world!!! So flavoursome!! Like nothing we've ever had before. Steak was cooked a perfect medium rare and melted in my mouth. Hostess was very friendly and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

My wife and adult kids took me here for my birthday dinner. Rustic, historic, heritage... what ever you want to call the decor, it had a wonderful iconic Sydney feel. Our server was professional ( had the whole menu memorised and went through it with us). That was a feel good few minutes right there with a bunch of laughs.... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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130 reviews 130 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

While searching for restaurants with the best outdoor seating in Sydney I stumbled on the Commons. As we were coming from overseas I made a booking on line. The response was very quick and they were happy to reserve a table outside for us on a busy Saturday night. We were a little bit wary that they wanted our CC... More 

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Perth, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Lovely place to meet friends before going to theatre in Darlinghurst.they have a great 2 course menu special for about 35 dollars. Service was Great. Best fillet steak I have had in ages . Highly recommended enjoy it a lot.

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Summer Hill, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place does wonderful Margaritas. The food is not too fancy but never disappoints. I love the mussels. The old sandstone building gives atmosphere. Eating in the courtyard watching the Darlinghurst crowd go by is always entertaining. The cellar bar is fab, especially when a bit of jazz is happening. This is one of my favourite places.

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Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

My beau and I celebrated his birthday at The Commons last Saturday. The food and wine was great. Our waitress was friendly and helpful with accommodating to the birthday boy's food allergies. In fact, the menu contains a range of gluten and dairy free dishes. It's a charming restaurant, but can get rather noisy when there are big groups. Space... More 

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Milan, Italy
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21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Had dinner last night at the Commons with some friends. Speaking about the location, it was great, the restaurant is really nice, located in a heritage building, cool spaces and atmosphere. A little bit noisy due to a couple of groups of customers doing birthday parties. We have to say that it was a Saturday night and we could easily... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I've been to The Commons last thursday with my family to celebrate my birthday and I have to say that was probably one of the best experience I've ever had in a restaurant. The Commons is located in a very old building, with a rustic decor and you can feel how charming that place is as soon as you walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Great Place!! Soul food in a beautiful building!! I had an amazing wagyu pie in the restaurant and I really enjoyed live music and cocktails at the bar!! 2 gems in one!!

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Sydney, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We ate here last night as part of a group and I researched everyone to find out what they felt about the experience. The food was less than average and that is being kind. Half was left on the plates. Asked for a diet coke to be told in this day and age they only have regular coke!! Seemed to... More 

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

Dear guest, thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We want customers to enjoy their time and dinner at The Commons...let me express our deepest apologies. I am sorry that you received not up to standard food. We would've loved the chance to make amendments and not leave you with an unpleasant memory. Direct feedback was seeked... 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>  > Inner East
  • Neighborhood: Inner East
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9358 1487

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 23
  • Cuisine: European, Australian

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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