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The Commons Local Eating House

#211 of 4,194 Restaurants in Sydney
#231 of 4,609 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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Today
8:30 am - 1:00 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: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Sydney lunch

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Paso Robles, California
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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131 reviews
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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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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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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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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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3 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about The Commons Local Eating House

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
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 22
Cuisine: European, Australian

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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 15 - 22
  • 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?