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“Be ready to pay up !!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bacchus - CLOSED

Bacchus
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Be ready to pay up !!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Loved the old theatre, the ambiance, the ability to sit in comfy chairs with a drink before dinner, the food is extremely well presented, and service with a smile - staff ready to talk about the building and explain the dishes. You can also score Qantas FF points here. Downsides are, as other reviewers have said, small serves and extremely pricey. I suggest you check out the menu and prices before you book!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Mooffy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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  • English first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Staying at the novotel over Australia Day Weekend. Decided to Check out Bacchus as it was on the same street and had a Hat on the GFG SMH. Wasn't sure what to expect but really glad we went.

The restaurant is an old theatre converted and atmosphere was great. The waiters were patient and we had a few drinks before sitting down for dinner.

We went for the 6 course degustation with matching wines. The reds and dessert wines were simply amazing. And the Peach Melba dish at the end was simply magical.

Would definitely recommend this place to my friends and return here again whenever I am in newcastle. Definitely deserves its status on the GFG.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank PhilHuang
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Maitland, Australia
Level Contributor
31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Gastronomical Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Fantastic food which delights the senses - try the degustation menu but leave yourself plenty of time to savour it's delights. Staff were attentive but not intrusive providing top class service. The ambience of being located in an old theatre just adds to the overall atmosphere. A treat not to be missed!

Visited December 2012
Helpful?
Thank megmeisterrules
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Newcastle, Australia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Degustation Delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

My husband and I went to Bacchus for our anniversary and it was wonderful! We had the Degustation Tasting Menu with the added cheese course, and matching wines. What can I say- it was fantastic! The food was exciting and different- the wines were exceptional- and the service was second to none! All of the waitresses we encountered were friendly, charming, professional and well informed and a different waiter came out with every wine to explain where it was from, what it was like and why it would compliment the particular food we were about to eat. Overall, a top notch experience, highly recommended!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank ItalyLover2008
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Not up to scratch”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

In spite of reviews and word of mouth feedback, our first impressions of Bacchus were not fabulous. While the old theatre setting offers lots of potential, the 'let downs' start straight away. The lighting doesn't make the most of the heritage building, and the foyer in particular looks shady and not in the least charming. LED downlights anyone? The carpet is awful.

We were shown to the 'lounge' which was OK, and the drinks were lovely, but they took ages to arrive. When we were shown to our table, the menus were presented but it took forever for our orders to be taken. I needed help with the wine list (which is exorbitant) and this took a long time to materialise. We chose the degustation menu, and to the restaurant's credit we were asked whether any variations were required to account for our individual preferences, and these were duly accounted for.

On the other hand, we the delays between courses was excessive. I also think that a restaurant of this standard should offer to decant a bottle of wine that cost $160 and was 11 years old, which it didn't. We were left with sediment in our glasses, which was galling.

The food was tasty and nicely presented. However, at not point did any of our party get a 'wow' moment. It just lacked magic, which is an unfortunate thing to report about restaurant at this price point and in this (potential) setting. The service is, in a way, similar. Polite and friendly, but that's just not good enough.

If you choose to dine at Bacchus, please don't expect 'Sydney 1 hat' standards, in spite of the prices.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Tim W
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