We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Nice meal!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe
Ranked #293 of 5,816 Restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: American, Bar, Australian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view, Special occasions
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Central Business District
West Mids
Level Contributor
30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nice meal!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

Had a lovely meal at the hard rock cafe, food was lovely, good prices and portion sizes too! We sat outside and service was good, didn't have to wait long at all for our food, also deserts are great!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank S91J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SydneyAGM, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to send me your review. I'm so happy that you had a really enjoyable experience on your recent visit to the cafe.
I will pass on your lovely comments to the staff and hopefully the next time your in Sydney you will drop in.

Kind Regards,
Dave Ryan,
Assistant General Manager.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,248 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    326
    414
    264
    137
    107
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Warwick, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
60 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great View”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

Stopped for a quick drink on our way back and decided to sit on the balcony. Wow, what a view! Darling Harbour at night is an incredible sight and the Hard Rock Cafe is the perfect place to take it all in from.

Helpful?
Thank Patscov
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SydneyAGM, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your review. I'm so happy that you enjoyed the fantastic views from the cafe, hopefully the next time your in Darling Harbour you will call in and enjoy some great food and drink.

Kind Regards,
Dave Ryan,
Assistant General Manager.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Auckland
Level Contributor
142 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Average Food, Average Service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

Merely average. I was delivered my drink in a kiddies cup - quickly rectified by the waitress but the bar staff who delivered it couldn't seem to grasp the mistake. Next they tried to deliver 2 meals to us that hadn't been ordered. Again apologies given by our waitress - someone else had appeared with the wrong meals. The burger my brother got was highly recommended by the waitress but he wasn't impressed with it. My chicken club sandwich was ok but that's all. Only my nephew's kiddy meal was well received. None of our group of 6 finished their meals, and 2 were berated for ordering a plain burger as they could 'get that anywhere'. Not a great sales strategy.

Meals were expensive, average and service was lacking despite some effort by our waitress. Oh and trying to get the tap in the ladies room to work took several minutes of trying - very odd set up and had to help the next person figure it out. Would have to wonder how many give up and don't wash their hands before returning to their table. All in all a disappointing experience and wouldn't bother again. Much better options for less or similar cost all around this area.

Helpful?
Thank Kiwidreamer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SydneyAGM, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Hello,

Thank you for sharing your comments regarding your experience here at Hard Rock Cafe Sydney.

I am sorry to hear there were so many negative issues relating to the food & service. We strive to deliver authentic experiences that rock through amazing food, drink, music, merchandise and service as you would expect from any Hard Rock Cafe. It is clear that we did not deliver in all areas upon your visit.

I will send you a direct message as I would like to obtain further information and details, this way I can take the steps necessary to ensure this type of experience is never repeated.

Thank you again for your feedback.

Dave Ryan
Assistant General Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“No Glass for water,No Cutlery for steak,Half Menu is not available,A Joke?!?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

Travel around the world for business a lot, always like to visit Hard Rock Cafe as the food and service standard are always have their levels, Had a business dinner on sun night, first our waitress told us there is no chicken no pork on the menu suggested us to order steak or burger,Its kind of disappointed as pulled pork sandwich is the reason I like to go to Hard Rock and its only 7pm! then half the beer list is not available either so we asked some water first and see which one we are going to order, after 15 mins we asked for water again and our waitress told us they dont have water glasses so have to wait and keep apologising,after a while our surf and turf arrived and this time we dont have any cutleries on the table,our waitress told us that she is going to find us some cutleries and it took about 10mins..so we enjoyed our $50 COLD surf and turf very much!!

Seriously this is not the Hard Rock cafe standard I visit often around the world, its the WORST by far and I have to say as a Sydneysider I felt very embarrassed that Sydney Hard Rock has to offer.Lift up your games managements otherwise I can see its leading the way to the end again as old Sydney Hard Rock.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Alex D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SydneyAGM, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Dear Alex,

First of all I would like to send you my sincere apologies for the negitive experience that you had on your recent visit to the cafe.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to send me your feedback, I do appreciate it.

I will send you a private message as I would like to further discuss the details of your visit so that I may investigate what occured and ensure it does not happen again.

Kind Regards,
Dave Ryan,
Assistant General Manager.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
“Great meal - Terrible service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Visited today with my husband and 3yr old son. Got placed at a table outside next to a smoker. Asked to be moved and were pointed to a table with only 2 chairs??? We found a booth inside ourselves and then waited for about 20 minutes to have our order taken - wait staff few and far between (or maybe just not interested in us). Meals were very good and arrived quite quickly after ordering. Then tried to organise to pay our bill but they couldn't locate our waiter and no-one else could print our bill... We have frequented the HRC on the Gold Coast often and it is by far superior to Sydney.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank hurleyjmh
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
SydneyAGM, Manager at Hard Rock Cafe, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with regards to the service you received during your visit to Hard Rock Cafe Sydney.

I would like to apologize for your experience as what you've described is unacceptable service.
I will send you a private message as I would like to further discuss the details of your visit so that I may investigate what occured and ensure it does not happen again.

I am glad to hear that you did enjoy the food.

Thank you again for your comments.

Dave Ryan
Assistant General Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Hard Rock Cafe also viewed

 
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
 
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
 

Been to Hard Rock Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing