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The Commons Local Eating House

32 Burton Street | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Inner East)
+61 2 9358 1487
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Ranked #112 of 5,199 restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $15 - $28
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Private Dining
Neighborhood: Inner East
Description: The Commons arose in 2010 from the shared aspirations of a diverse group of friends, who believed that Sydney needed another way to drink and dine.The Commons is an award-winning bar and restaurant serving honest, flavoursome food and quality drinks in a heritage farmhouse in Darlinghurst, it is a simple, calm and beautiful environment that takes pride in the city's culinary and cultural resources. Downtown is a classics bar, located in the 164-year-old larder underneath The Commons dining room. While The Commons brings traditionalism back to food upstairs, Downtown takes you back to the roots of good music and liquor. Our bar menu and music are inspired by the golden age of cocktails, jazz and blues, from the turn of the century until 1950. We offer incredible drinks in an intimate setting, accessible and friendly staff, and the opportunity to learn more about music, your friends and good ol’ drink. You provide your best behaviour and an open mind. | 2011 Small Bar of the Year – Time Out | 2012 #5 Ten Best Bars in Sydney.
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31 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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English first
London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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392 reviews 392 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
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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269 reviews 269 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
401 helpful votes 401 helpful votes
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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Hobart, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Great wholesome food. Cooking only what's available locally and in season. Organic cacciatore chicken with polenta.....mmmmmmm

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