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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 #169 of 5,373 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $13 - $24
Cuisines: European, Australian
Neighborhood: Inner East
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Private Dining
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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English first
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
30 helpful votes 30 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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Sydney, Australia
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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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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 

New Orleans, Louisiana
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174 reviews 174 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Went there twice. Had their pie of the day one night--it does change daily; that night it was boeuf Bourguignonne Pie--which was quite nice. The next, I had their Australian cheese plate, which was even better. The restaurant has an outdoor seating area, which is pleasant, and a good selection of wine and (bottled) beer. A large percentage of their... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

this was worth a second visit. the first night, they found me a table in he downstairs bar. the room was full of cool oeople having a noisy but stylish night. I had cut of the day ribs in cider with a salad of rugula and orange, with an egg broken over asparagus to blend into to gravy juices. and... More 

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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Address: 32 Burton Street | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9358 1487
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Inner East
Average Prices: USD 13 - 24
Cuisine: European, Australian

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