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“Nice Surprise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Orginal Balkan Restaurant

The Orginal Balkan Restaurant
249 Crown Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
02 9331 7670
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Ranked #782 of 5,306 Restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: Croatian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Original Balkan Restaurant grill in Darlinghurst was first fired up in 1964 and has been run by the same Croatian family ever since. The Balkan has been known for over 47 years for its great atmosphere, excellent European style dishes and large servings.Famous for its authentic European style food, some of the special dishes that have come to hold the pride of place as the specialties of this restaurant are cevapi, raznici, poached Tasmanian mussels, and whole Barramundi. Our simple, stylish menu also offers freshly prepared salad of cabbage and potato which is served with the meats and seafoods barbecued on the "Balkan Grill". Some of our other dishes can include the Balkan Vienna Schnitzel, Spaghetti Marinara and bean soup, all which can be washed down with a celebrated shot of Sljivovica.
Mackay Qld
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Nice Surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We were in Sydney for the Baseball at the SCG and were just roaming the streets looking for a place to have dinner when we came across the Balkan Restaurant. We were lucky to have arrived at 7pm because not long after we were seated the place quickly filled up with what were obviously regular customers. It is also quite obvious that this is a family run restaurant as you could see the generations of the family going about their business of providing great customer service. We had questions about some of the menu items that were answered clearly and efficiently.

My wife and I decided to share the Mixed Grill of meats and seafood and we were glad we did. The seafood was obviously fresh and the meats grilled to perfection. The accompanying salad was both tasty and generous in its portions. A recommended red wine to accompany the meal was inexpensive and just right. All in all this was a nice night out eating great food and watching group after group of dinners being welcomed at the door like the good friends and customers they obviously were. If I lived in the area this is a restaurant I too would visit again and again.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Fabulous family owned”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Had my 50th here last night. Could not fault it . All fabulous . Beautiful staff and owner. Best steak , best coffee . Great atmosphere and authentic. Thanks guys. Xxx

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Consistently good !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I've been going to the " Original Balkan" for some 23 years...Its a family run restaurant which you can tell from the minute you walk through the door. The staff are super friendly, helpful and nothing is a problem. If friends come from over seas to visit this is one of the places to visit. I also have friends who come to sydney on a regular basis and this for them is a must. Prices are good, with lots of variety. Its a great place to for just two, a party or a family dinner. Children are well looked after here. For me my fav dishes are the potato salad, sardines for an entree and the salmon..oh yes and the hand cut chippies to share with the table are yum. You can take your own wine, or they also sell wine etc.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Always fine quality fresh food, friendly service and good value for money. There is well cooked seafood, meat and plenty of salad.

Visited January 2014
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Perth, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great place for shared meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The reviews for this place are confusing - this Balkans is the original, just off the corner of Crown and Oxford Streets. We just had delightful experience there, good service, excellent menu that would suit any budget, wine list variety of local and imported. We shared selection of starters and two mains, didn't quite manage to finish all of it, and all for $36pp. Including wine. You could ramp this up to three or four courses, and spend a lot more, but if you like smokey succulent grilled meats and seafood, good service, pleasant atmosphere, then you won't find better. The waiting queue out in the street says it all.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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