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“Expensive but memorable night out”

Rockpool Bar & Grill
Ranked #62 of 5,997 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Reviewed February 17, 2013

An old, dark, cathedral of a building, all high ceilings and polished interior, houses a fine red meat temple in central Sydney. The staff are attentive without being intrusive, led by a sommelier who introduced a wine list that will intimidate those not used to more than a fleeting selection of vino. Dozens of pages cover an exciting selection of Australian wine, and local advice will point you to something that suits your palate. It's not all Australia, though, with plenty of French, and a selection of other countries represented, included some excellent (and well-priced) Argentinean malbecs. And that was appropriate, as the wagyu sirloin was as good as any steak I've had outside Argentina: soft, rich, and welcomely decadent. The unavailability of the wagyu ribeye (my first choice) saw a complimentary round of wagyu fillet sliders by way of apology, and couple with a lovely prawn and goats cheese tortellini, and an exquisite warm quail salad, made for the best meal we had in a week in Sydney. Granted, it's a very expensive night out, particular if you the wine list justice, but it won't be a meal you forget any time soon.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Have been twice...each time exceptional. Outstanding food and service. You Mae a meal of just an entree or two.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Great restaurant - reminiscent of NY steak houses in grand building. Steaks and sides were excellent with fantastic puddings. Will definitely go there again.

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Thank Sally P
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Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

Very dissapointed in this place. Celebrity chef, beautiful venue but slow, unattentive service, and unappealing meal presentation. Basically, a piece of meat on a plate. Sides were more interesting but overall a lousy value. We had to speak to the maitre de who offered us drinks or dessert to make up for the bad service but it was already 10 PM and we had come in at 6:45. We had a large party of 12 but had made the reservations 2 months in advance but gave us one waiter and one busboy who both shared 8 more tables.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

The food was pretty average - I felt like they were trying to hard.

The service was horrible. For every course they would put the wrong dishes in front of each of us. It was like playing musical chairs with food.

For the pricing you have to pay the place is really not worth it.

Thank agarwalt
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