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“Outstanding Food and Wine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wine Odyssey

Wine Odyssey
39 - 43 Argyle Street | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 8114 0256
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Ranked #420 of 5,105 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $34
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Wine Odyssey is an independently owned Wine Bar and Restaurant in The Rocks, Sydney. We search every corner of Australia for the most premium, independent and family owned wineries and offer them at great value.
Austin, TX
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“Outstanding Food and Wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

We walked and walked all over the Circular Quay and The Rocks area in Sydney looking for a good place to dine. Tried a few restaurants, but not one ever left us satisfied.

While in The Rocks area, we came upon the Wine Odyssey. The sign along the side of the restaurant said it all: wine bar and fine food (or something to that effect). We walked in and had dinner. The place is an old house converted into a restaurant; not very spacious, but it was still comfortable. The first thing you notice is the wine list. It is nothing but Australian wines, and the list is quite extensive, endlessly extensive. Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, etc. Many to choose from. We had one of the recommended Chardonnays. It did not disappoint.

For the entree, we had the gratinated scallops. Carefully and perfectly presented, they were delicious. For the main course, we both had the fillet of Salt Water Marrabundi. Lying on a bed of rattatouillie with olive tapenade to the side. Folks, it was presented beautifully, and it was cooked to perfection. The Marrabundi was incredibly tasty, flaky, tender, cooked perfectly. It melted in our mouths.

There are many good restaurants in the Circular Quay and The Rocks area, and there is the Wine Odyssey. Frankly, it is in a class by itself, and you may not know it from looking at the building itself. Outstanding food and excellent wines, and not extremely pricey. We had entrees, main course, and a bottle of wine for around $150 AUD.

True, service is a little slow, but one quickly forgets that after sampling the food and wine.

This is the best restaurant we enjoyed in Sydney. HIGHLY recommended.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“something unique among tourist fare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Looking for something local among repetitive tourist grub restaurants, we stumbled into the Wine Odyssey for lunch upon the advice of their wineshop keeper. They serve a paired flight of wine with a flight of matched food (small bites) in either red or white that was most unique in presentation and quality. While primarily a wine bar, the food is local and well-done.

Visited October 2013
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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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“Excellent wine, ok food, a little slow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

The wine list is incredible, and if you're just looking for a great place to sample a wide variety of what Australia has to offer in grapes this is an excellent stop. A very cool automated self-service wine system that allows you to try all sorts of bottles from around the country. Even includes a Penfold's Grange 1996 for $175 a glass.

Food was acceptable but a bit overcooked, and the wines chosen for the red and white flights were not probably the ones I'd have chosen to represent the restaurant. Service was helpful to me but she seemed to judge a couple of the people I was with negatively and served a bit slowly. I'd probably pass on dinner here if given the option to eat and just focus on the wine.

Visited December 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Great Finger Food with an extensive wine list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Sitting outside this place with a good bottle/glass of wine accompanied by some lovely food watching the world go by, what could be better. The position of Wine Odyssey means that you are overlooking Sydney Harbor as you will be on higher ground and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday you will be in the middle of a street market, watching people going about their business.

Visited November 2013
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“Nice wine in a cozy classy place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Got Red Wine Flight and White Wine Flight (Flight = little degustation- 3 food with matching wine). Very nice! The setup is beautifully done. Friendly staff :) Nice place for dates or catching up.

Visited December 2013
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