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“Great food and atmosphere” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mary's Newtown

Mary's Newtown
Ranked #222 of 5,770 Restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: American, Bar, Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Newtown
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

I met some friends at Mary's Bar for lunch and drinks on a Sunday afternoon and thought it was fantastic. The entrance to the bar can be a bit difficult to find - you enter through the first door on Mary St after Kelly's and walk through a short corridor into the downstairs part of the bar,which opens up into a comfortable, airy space with a bar on the ground floor and table service upstairs. We arrived just after the bar opened and were greeted by the very friendly bar staff, and after buying drinks we climbed the stairs to the top floor for table service, where several tables were laid out ready for customers.

The drinks menu is extensive with a good selection of wines, beers and cider. Although the menu is very short with only 3 different kinds of burgers, 3 different sized serves of fried chicken and mashed potato with gravy available, the food was great. Everything is served as finger food in baskets with lots of napkins but no cutlery, so it's not a place to visit if you're not comfortable with eating with your hands. We ordered a selection of burgers, a basket of fried chicken and a side of mashed potato and everything arrived quickly and piping hot. The burgers were great, but the chicken was the stand-out - spicy and crunchy. The service was friendly and unpretentious and we found the waitstaff to be very helpful. The only downside is that the food is relatively expensive at around $14 for a burger and fries but it's not so expensive that we wouldn't go back. I have heard that the bar gets very busy at night but when we left at around 3pm on Sunday afternoon it was still reasonably quiet with several unoccupied tables, so that might be a good time to go.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Over rated and pretentious”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

After 3 years of study we finally graduated and our group of 16 decided to go to Mary's for our after graduation dinner celebration at the recommendation of a friend. After wasting hours looking on line and in phone books and not being able to find any contact for Mary's one of our group decided to go into Newtown personally to make a reservation. She was told they don't do reservations but on a Tuesday night we would be fine and that they would find us a table even if they were busy. We risked it (foolishly) and found ourselves in an overcrowded, overpriced excessively noisy bar/restaurant. Had we ben told we would not all be able to sit together we would have chosen somewhere else but instead a few of our group found a tiny table and then didn't want to lose it whilst the rest of us headed over to the Bank hotel (which was fantastic) and we were all separated. Such a disappointing way to finish our night and really left us so annoyed at least 10 of us wouldn't go back there again.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Beth S
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