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Essenza Italian

#404 of 4,377 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Surry Hills
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560 Crown Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A wonderful lunch and a great atmosphere. The food varied from the high of a wonderful complex Marinara pasta to the low of a dry and unbalanced pork dish with an overpowering sauce. The pastas were all well received and the service was attentive and friendly.

Thank Biztraveller15
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really yummy italian food. We first came here for a birthday party and we loved the tapas which was served as entrees. We always get the arancini and bread, and then we choose something new to try. Great drinks also. Would recommend!

Manly, Australia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

We had planned s pub meal at the trinity pub but it was way to full so we went across the road to Essenza Excellent Italian food and good service. We had the calimari and arincini for entre which were excellent. We both had the special for main which was Naples pork Rahul with Parmesan polenta . Very rich but... More 

3 Thank Scottnoskis
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

My first visit-excellent. Food was delicious! and I specifically enjoyed the pulled pork lasagna! It was a busy evening and there was only one waitress sering the costumer. The chef came and was able to take our order. Thank you. It was like being at home as the atmosphere was relaxing. Strongly recommended..

1 Thank whosanktheboat
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100 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

A reliable go-to for a planned or spontaneous dinner in Surry Hills. The food is great, and the service matches it overtime. Keep up the good work, we will be back!

1 Thank Jeremy928
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

An all round great restaurant! Atmosphere, food and service all on point on a busy Saturday evening! And reasonably priced! Strongly recommend.

1 Thank Will L
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

A superb local Italian restaurant serving quality, homely dishes. While the arancini entree had a good consistency and accompanying sauce, it was the lamb shoulder main dish that showcases the true talents of the kitchen. The lamb was tender and falling apart on a bed of gnocchi with a satisfying garnish to match. The dish was just about flawless. Followed... More 

1 Thank Mixedtravelleraus
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111 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We stopped at this restaurant a few times - once for lunch when the restaurant is more of a café/snack bar and again in the evening when it is an Italian themed bar. On both occasions we were struck by the friendliness of the staff and also the quality of the food. Well done

1 Thank charlie46Shropshire
Perth Western Australia
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113 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We were with friends and they had this restaurant recommended to them. Very friendly warm welcome by staff and very attentive through the evening. We shared entree's - lightly battered squid and exquisite Arancini balls - both very fresh and you could have eaten more. I ordered fish for my main course and this was delicious. My husband really enjoyed... More 

1 Thank TravellingFlowers
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

These guys have such great produce and handmade pasta. Great service and such a cute setting outdoors. Worth going to... a Surry Hills gem.

Thank Natalie B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 560 Crown Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Surry Hills
  • Neighborhood: Surry Hills
  • Phone Number: 0296988907

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Surry Hills

Neighborhood Profile
Surry Hills
Once regarded as the traditional fashion area, Surry Hills has broadened its appeal. This neighborhood continues to distinguish itself as a shopping destination, offering the best collection of one-of-a-kind boutiques, designer brands and flagship stores in the city. Today, this area has evolved into a hub of media, design and professional services - a colorful and diverse place equally known for its antique dealers, art galleries, cafes and pubs. Strolling down the street on a Saturday morning, you’ll see a mix of students, artists, hipsters and a few all-nighters from Oxford Street, the “Gay Capital of Sydney”. In this vibrant neighborhood you will find bohemian chic and modern style co-existing side by side.