Alberto's Lounge

4.7
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137 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Alberto's Lounge is an Italian venue in the back streets of Surry Hills. Headed up by ex 10 William Street chef Dan Pepperell and operated by the Swillhouse Group - who brought us iconic Sydney venues Restaurant Hubert, Frankie’s, Baxter Inn and Shady Pines - you’re in for a good time! Once found, the long hallway entrance opens up into a bar-restaurant space full of ambiance, wood and wine bottles. Dishes showcase the best of Italian-Australian, with plates like trippa alla Romana, gnocchi al cacio e pepe or bucatini all'Amatriciana all must tries. Local artist Allie Web features through the characterful room, above all, creating the fantastic mural covering the laneway wall outside; fully visible through large windows lining the dining room.
What 137 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even the address is perfect - just a doorway in the middle of nowhere !!
Really enjoyed the whole experience.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible, fabulous service and an overall wonderful experience!

OT
Sydney / NSW
39 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All-around great experience, from the friendly, professional attitude and attentiveness of staff, to the truly on-point dishes (the plates were left completely bare, the meal so good that we had to order bread as not to leave a drop). Adding this to one of my favourites.
Only neg is that the music was louder than it needed to be THO was adjusted when asked, just enough to keep the room quite lively and the cool tunes heard.
I love a place in Sydney with a dinner crowd after 9pm.

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friday treat with the family.

RF
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was of the highest quality.
Fabulous service, food & venue.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was excellent! Great find a hidden gem in Surry Hills

AF
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and even better service. Great ambience and drinks. Will return for sure.

LM
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable! The food incredible and the vibe in the restaurant was fun and lively.

LC
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very great restaurant, the food was amazing and the wine list as well.
We were there with our 1 year old son and the staff helped us to adjust the table so we were more comfortable!

BH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent homely Italian food with lovely, attentive waitstaff

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Family holiday lunch

BH
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Amazing experience, the veal tongue was next level as was the zucchini flower, anchovie pasta!
Wine was on point 👌🏽

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ll be back 🥳

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and cute place!

e
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific range of food and wine backed by friendly and knowledgeable staff. A great experience we’d all love to repeat. Standout dishes of veal tongue and anchovy, octopus and chickpeas and the shiitake and porcini pappardelle. The Trippa alla Romana was good too.

DD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spot-on food and service, excellent buratta and prosciutto, salad, pastas.

SG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe. Great service (Mark was brilliant). Great food. Really REALLY recommend it.

SK
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambience!! The place an an amazing bar and is in a convenient location.

f
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

we were new to Alberto's and enjoyed our lunch experience there very much. The food, service and ambiance were all very well done. The wine may be a little expensive but that seems to be typical of quality restaurants now. Everyone has to make a dollar. We plan to go back to try other dishes. Parking is a problem so allow $30 for that if you plan to stay more than one hour.

CP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was outstanding and the wine list complemented the menu beautifully. We had a great selection of dishes, deceptively simple but extremely tasty.

AF
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great find. Food was brilliant and wine pairing equally satisfying. Trippa Alla Romana is the go to dish.

FS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a very well rounded meal on Tuesday, beautifully prepared, served and paired with wine by their well-informed sommelier. The ambience of the venue suited the intimate evening with close friends. Absolutely loved every delicious morsel.

A
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

The food didn't disappoint but the noise level was seriously too loud when wanting to talk. Half the volume of the music would have still been classed as loud. We all left without dessert because we were so annoyed.

CA
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was an amazingly delicious experience combined with excellent wine advice - would have gone back on Monday but they were not open!

VC
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Cute little restaurant tucked away + delicious food!

R
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Enjoyed our dining experience. Food was excellent. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Warm ambience, cosy and intimate, romantic vibe. Highly recommend.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was so much fun - amazing service - great food and the best dirty martini EVER

GH
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An outstanding dining experience, one which we will happily repeat.

RW
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening with friends , busy vibe for a Sunday night. Great service, floor & bar.

JS
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time to Alberto's Lounge and will be back. Already told a number of friends who no doubt will try for themselves.

NS
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The music was to loud made it to hard to hear others talking

m
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience - friendly service, every dish delicious, cosy corner table and they were very patient- even with a couple in our party being late but we were not rushed out at all. It's not cheap but it really is something special.

CM
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Simple food with great flavours and a super wine list. Magnificent service

V
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service and clean with a warm atmosphere. Hidden gem

DS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Only for the young, thin and those with extremely good hearing. But seriously- great service, yum food, great cocktails.

M
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for my partner's birthday. Great flavours, attentive staff, lovely ambience.

WM
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As soon as we entered we knew this was going to be a great time! Amazing staff with exceptional service, the wine list was outstanding and then the food, WOW! Just freaking WOW! Brilliant!!! Authentic and delicious. We will definitely be back again.

JB
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There fir our daughters birthday ... everything was amazing as per usual .. even managed to put her favourite dish on as a special .. spaghetti vongole. So if course we had to order 2. Peppers amazing as usual and all of us had the tongue which was a revelation. Perfect dish

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun night out with girlfriends
Great advice on wine selections
Outstanding food
Friendly and efficient service
Great ambiance

JD
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We were five pax and were seated at a table for four, squeezed in between two other tables of two pax each, either side of us.

None of us had any elbow or leg room we would need to eat and allow blood flow to our legs. Also, our conversations would have been heard by our neighbours.

The maître d’ was unable to find a larger table and commented that our table was big enough for six pax.
So, we left without being able to sample the quality of the food, drink, or service.

I worked in restaurants in the 70’s and there was more room and less volume to the ambient music.

Maybe when my wife and I next dine one weekday evening, we might think about trying Alberto’s Lounge.

Until then, adieu.