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The Commons Local Eating House

#153 of 4,249 Restaurants in Sydney
#171 of 4,670 Places to Eat in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Inner East
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 - 12:00 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: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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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  • 2
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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
Absolute gem

If you haven't dined here, do yourself a favour and go. We felt like we were dining in an Italian home. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and the building is incredibly beautiful. The food is locally and ethically sourced and prepared to perfection. We had the vegie platter for entree and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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English first
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

If you haven't dined here, do yourself a favour and go. We felt like we were dining in an Italian home. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and the building is incredibly beautiful. The food is locally and ethically sourced and prepared to perfection. We had the vegie platter for entree and homemade mushroom and truffle pasta and trout... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We found this awesome restaurant by casuality. We ate at the courtyard in the main entrance. The risotto was delicious and the incredible beeramisú culminated the lunch. Living in Spain the good food is a must and it's too difficult to have good lunch/dinner in Australia in my opinion. But The commons is an exception.

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Sydney, Australia
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Although it is mid winter and the fire was blazing inside, we decided to sit outside as it was milder than recent weather has been. The staff kindly turned on some outdoor heaters to make sure we didn't get cold as it got progressively cooler. We ordered some food, but the waiter/owner suggested we have the special instead as it... More 

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Paddington
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The service at this place is second to none- I had my birthday here last night and loved it. Incredible food, great vibe, open fire, the private dining room was perfect and the blues band downstairs later went down well with late night cocktails. My new favourite place! Thanks guys xxx

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The highlight of the restaurant was the outdoor seating - the plants and decor provide a nice atmosphere to sit and enjoy lunch. Food was a bit pricey and limited options, but definitely tasted excellent. Left you feeling full yet wanting more. The waiter was also helpful and just a nice character overall. They also split bills which is handy... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Didn't like this place at all. The meal had a mismatch of flavours that didn't go together. It was also pricey. I wouldn't go back.

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

My understanding of a review's purpose is to not only offer an emotional reaction and opinion, but “objectively” critique, in this case, a dining out experience. We embrace negative feedback when it is constructive; we truly believe it can improve our performance and always take on board all positive and negative comments and try to make the best out of... More 

Paso Robles, California
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Landed in Sydney after 14 hour flight from LA. A quick nap and then lunch at The Commons before a bit of sightseeing. The restaurant lives up to its good reviews. Housed in a former farm house which now sits a couple blocks off Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. Coffee was great as was the food. I had the risotto with... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I have visited Sydney with my mum, when we ate here it was our last night in Sydney. We were looking for a restaurant nearby. After reading a few reviews we decided to choose this restaurant. My first impression was: "Wow, I love the entrance. Am I on vacation in Italy? *turns around* No, I am definitely in Sydney." During... More 

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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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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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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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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 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?