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The Establishment

#201 of 4,572 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
Australian, Bar, Gluten Free Options
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252 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Penrith, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

nice space to sit and have a drink, also ordered food from the garden, enjoyed the fish n chips, prices average given location very relaxing and spacious

Thank phillirit
Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great spot to grab a quick bite and a glass of wine. Mains are well priced and arrive quickly with enough range to please most. There is a full bar and not a bad little (short) wine list.

Thank PeterGP71
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190 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here for a drink with a friend as it was near where I stayed. It's popular and noisy, had plenty of places to sit and relax. Large and roomy premises.

Thank Shrek-loves-Fiona
North Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

My experience was not pleasant, as a just over 50 yr old with friends looking to have a pleasant post Melbourne Cup after dinner drink it was shocking to be asked to leave soon after arriving, after walking 1 km to get there and for no apparent reason, I was on my way to the loo . RSA laws were... More 

Thank Suzie S
Caloundra, Australia
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Arrived slightly early for a Business trip but the staff were great and allowed us to checkin. Once the paperwork was completed we were escorted to our room to be shown where to go and how to use the in room automation. The Studio room was great, mid afternoon turn down service including chocolates which was a nice touch. Would... More 

Thank Chad W
Marton, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

It started with a very warm welcome at the lift by a very cheery young woman and continued on with excellent service and the butter fried John Dory was cooked to perfection. Fab food beautifully presented and loved the service a great place for a special occasion

Thank susanfQ7815SN
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Busy lively atmosphere. Good quick service st the bar. We snacked on hot chips and other nibbles. Good range of drinks available too

Thank DMG747
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I heard about the Establishment from a lot of people as being the place to go. It was decent and had a good crowd but definitely wasnt the best place to grab a drink.

Thank Daniel B
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

If you wanna have a great night with cool Latin music and dance salsa with friends this is the place. The place is beautiful and the bouncers are not annoying, from my point of view at least

Thank Mélisande C
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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768 reviews
549 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

The restaurant's management asserts that you can have a great, upscale place without losing your casual clientele. It has very posh decor with high ceilings, but the smiling staff make you feel comfortable and at ease immediately, waiting until you call them, but rushing to help you find a table you'll like and answering any questions you might have. They... More 

Thank gabykouchacji

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Australian, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 am
7:00 am - 11:00 am
7:00 am - 11:00 am
7:00 am - 11:00 am
7:00 am - 11:00 am
7:00 am - 11:00 am
8:00 am - 11:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 252 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 6192403000
Classic elegance meets a pitch-perfect party atmosphere at the ground floor Establishment Bar. Flanked by lines of magnificent iron columns and a 42-metre-long marble bar centrepiece, the former George Patterson House retains much of its formal glory. A space packed with heritage features that make this historic venue a unique place to enjoy a drink. Quick bar service, an experienced staff and a multi-award winner all add up to a true Sydney icon. Step inside for a cool drink, a light snack, or a delicious meal from our extensive bistro and Thai menu.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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