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“Good food and beer at decent prices” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Upstairs

Upstairs
19 Kent St | The Lord Nelson Hotel, The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
61292514044
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Ranked #158 of 4,238 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $25
Cuisines: French, Brew Pub, Pub, Bistro, Australian
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Modern Australian cuisine Situated on the first floor with its large expanse of convict-quarried sandstone, the Restaurant is renowned for its innovative and eclectic Australian cuisine and expansive wine list.
Canberra, Australia
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49 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Good food and beer at decent prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Writing as a Pom away from home this has the feel of a decent English pub and it does good food at decent prices.

I just had the pie, mash and mushy peas ($14) with a pint and it must have gone down in about 3 minutes flat - fantastic.

Great place for travels/business types to sit back and read the papers over a beer and late dinner (food is on until 10.00pm most week days) - loved it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Ahoy mateys! Unique experience ahead!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Depending on who you talk to....the oldest pub in Australia. Regardless, it has class, character, and to die for pub food. A hard combination to beat! Attacts locals as well as us tourists (major points.) I didn't realize it was a hotel as well or would have stayed here for proximity to good food and beer. I'll know next time. Anyway, got great (times two) meat pie...see attached picture. And had to have not one...not two...but three pints of beer to make sure I got the best one. The material posted around the pub is museum quality. Common on...Spice the Main Brace, Won/Won/Won, Nelson's Blood. Who knows those stories? What an experience! A must see in Sydney.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Balmain, Australia
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413 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
“Great meal, great service, great venue, great location!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This restaurant continues to impress. While the menu hasn't change much over the years we've been going there, the food is consistently very good and the service very friendly (but not too much so) and efficient (as opposed to officious). The restaurant is located upstairs (away from the noisy bar crowd) in a classic, historic hotel in The Rocks and is great for either a pre-theatre dinner or a longer lazy meal. The wine list is pretty good too. The sandstone walls add to what is already an interesting ambience, and the full restaurant (by 7.00pm on a Friday night) attests to just how good this place is. It's a little hard to find (and you have to enter through the rowdy bar crowd) but it is most certainly worth the effort.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 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
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140 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Something Special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Upstairs in the historic Hotel is a great Brasserie /Dining room which has become my favourite Friday long lunch destination.The Staff here are always very friendly and have bread/olive oil/olives and beetroot paste on the table within seconds of siting down.We all started with a tin of the most unbelievable Ortiz El Velero Anchovies which is served in the can on a plate with some crisp white bread - I have never tasted anchovies like this and the simplicity of this starter really gets the taste buds going.We moved on to the Clams in XO sauce which is served in a Clay pot - another superb choice an was accompanied by more bread which was ideal for soaking up the great tasting XO sauce.Great wine list here and these guys consistently turn out great food week in week out.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Pub chow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Really great value for money. Service was good and the setting was authentic with a nice local vibe.

Visited March 2013
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