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“Overpriced and very average”

Rockpool Bar & Grill
Ranked #61 of 5,943 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Sydney
Level 6 Contributor
427 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Overpriced and very average”
Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

I went to the Rockpool Bar & Grill with a small group of friends as one was visiting from overseas and had insisted on taking us somewhere nice.

The menu is huge and looks very impressive. We all opted for quite different entrees although all of us decided on steak for the main. After all, why would you go to a grill to have something other than steak. The entrees seemed to go down well with everyone. I had clams which were quite good.

The rump steak I got though, was quite poor being sinewy and tough. I would have been unhappy in a brasserie with this steak but it was terribly disappointing for a restaurant of this standard and a steak of this price. I was of half a mind to complain but the restaurant was packed and I didn't want to embarrass our host.

Desserts were well presented. I had a black forest cake ala Fat Duck but it was not that enjoyable.

Overall, disappointing for the price.

Visited August 2013
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Elgin, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
275 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Waltzin Matilda”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Pitched up late looking for a table,There was going to be a bit of a wait for the restaurant so elected to eat in the bar. We were not disappointed. We were looked after by Matilda and she was a credit to the restaurant, intelligent,informative and excellent with customers. The food was excellent and the building is iconic.

Visited August 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

LOVEEEEEE the food and atmosphere here. Unfortunately our waiter was a bit cocky towards my partner, however lovely towards me (don't know if that had anything to do with him being french?). I wouldn't think twice about taking family and friends there, its always a good time.

  • Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

What am amazing building. Grand marble columns.
The champagne list so extensive and stunning.
Food cooked to perfection. Lamb was delicious and lobster that was Devine (lobster was reviewed by my dinner companions).
The staff were friendly and attentive.

  • Visited August 2013
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Sydney , Australia
Level 6 Contributor
333 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Still stunningly good Sydney big night out!”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

This restaurant continues to put together an experience that for us cannot be faulted. Walking into the room creates an expectation given just how beautiful it has been restored. THe expectation is met - with the staff, the menu, the wine list, and then the meal. Four of us dined and every serve of each course was devoured. Pasta, fish, chicken - faultless. The sides of greens and mash were perfect compliments and then desserts were a treat - apple pie, rhubarb, pavlova all cleaned up quick smart. The service staff were brilliant - attentive and knowledgeable. We dined over 3 very enjoyable hours. World Class.

  • Visited August 2013
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