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The Commons Local Eating House

#256 of 4,393 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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32 Burton St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 2 9358 1487
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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

T’was a recent dark & stormy Sydney night when we were looking for a restaurant near the Darlinghurst Theatre when we came across the delightful Commons Local Eating House restaurant hunched against the storm. We blew in at the entrance to be confronted with a Melburnite's image of 1850’s Sydney. Only two other guests… & they whispered of rum, shanghaiing,... More 

Thank mcaine44
Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting the commons for a friends 40th on a busy saturday evening.The menu had a few things I was interested in including the duck liver parfait and the osso buco.The service here is very prompt and friendly so I can't knock that part. The Duck liver parfait was smooth and creamy and enjoyed this and from that point... More 

Thank roosterman2016
TheCommonsTeam, Owner at The Commons Local Eating House, responded to this review

Dear roosterman2016, many thanks for your recent visit and for taking the time to review us. I appreciate your kind words about our friendly & prompt service but very sorry you did not enjoy entirely your meal. I am a strong believer that if expectations aren't met one is very likely to be disappointed: from your review I understand that... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Lovely restaurant with outdoor seating which is really pretty. They adapted a meat based pasta dish for me as a vegetarian, and also offered other alternatives that weren't on the menu. Staff were really friendly and I had an all round great experience for my birthday yesterday.

Thank kerrylouise89
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Great food, good vibe and great service, all conveniently located just off Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. I thought the food was delicious, together with a good wine list - varouska! Downstairs, a great bar with live music - jazz, boogie woogie. Where else can you find all this? Remember to book, it's suitably well patronised.

Thank Jim T
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Dined last night at The Commons with my family and was super impressed by the place. We were looking for something not too fussy but with character and we found it. The quaint sandstone room and downstairs bar was warm and inviting and if I didn't know where I was I could easily have been in some village in Europe.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

It was our first time to The Commons based in the recommendation of my sister who lived nearby. As I was making the reservations online and being overseas in Singapore, I was very impressed with the service as they were prompt in providing clarity and recommendation. You see we were traveling with a baby and a toddler and had 2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Here is a gem. One of my favourite dinning place in Sydney eastern suburbs. The atmosphere there is so cosy. I love the big tables in wood and the sandstone walls. The food is super fresh. They just launched their new seasonal menu which is amazing. The Pumpkin, Crisp sage & Goat cheese Risotto is a Must-Eat and the Lemon... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

Wandered for lunch and well worth the walk. We shared a burger and corn fritters. All served promptly. Service attentive but not overpowering. Last lunch in Sydney and a great choice.

Thank MGK1970
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

We went here for a friends birthday dinner and the service was really slow and some things had to be asked for repeatedly. One virgin Bloody Mary had to be requested 4 times and took over and hour to arrive. The food itself when it arrived was tasty. The Jazz doesn't start until after 1030 in a different part of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

This little hidden gem is a perfect spot for dinner with friends or even a few cocktails. I had dinner with a group of friends last night and loved it ! cannot wait to go back. Service was just right (friendly, attentive but not over your shoulder every minute) food amazing ! try the share platters to start with ,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $23
Vegetarian Friendly, European, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Takeout, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
8:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
8:30 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32 Burton St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Darlinghurst
  • Neighborhood: Darlinghurst
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9358 1487
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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Staying in Darlinghurst

Neighborhood Profile
Home of the small bar revolution in Sydney, Darlinghurst has more bars per capita than any other suburb. Themes range from American whiskey bars and 1950’s theme bars to hidden bars requiring secret passwords. Oxford Street is the "Gay Capital" of Australia, where gay and lesbian-friendly venues feature “diva shows” and dancing until the morning. Vintage lovers flock to Crown Street, and small designer boutiques can be found along Victoria and Bourke Streets. Dining in Darlinghurst is a gastronomic adventure. Food from all over the world is on the menu, from American ribs to tapas, sushi to gelato and every ethnicity in between.