Alberto's Lounge

4.6
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82 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 82 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
Ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere, food suggestions from the staff were terrific , very accommodating when we arrived early, tongue and anchovies were to die for !

A
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We were disappointed with our experience at Alberto's Lounge. There were too many people crowded around tables that were far too small for a place serving food - more like a very crowded noisy pub which is fine if that is what you are after. The food was of good quality but was far too rich and salty for our liking and did linger for quite a while on the palate. The staff had difficulty catering to the number of people in the restaurant and while good considering the constraints imposed on them, the standard customer lines did seem a little false.

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

We had a beautiful evening at Alberto's, the food is beautifully done, and the restaurant fit-out is warm and classy - film posters on the wall making no pretense of the taste and humour beneath everything. The wine list is fantastic and immersive, exploring contemporary edges of Italian winemaking and it's funky neighbours in Slovenia, Georgia, and Croatia. Floor staff's knowledge and enthusiasm was exciting, casual and well informed. The busyness of the service felt on the brink of controlled chaos; being greeted/seated by the bar to await our table, then feeling a little ignored as a crush of guests arrived in a crammed entrance-way. We loved the Trippa alla Romana - such a rich depth of texture and savour, faintly curry-like, then tart, sweet and warming.

MP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We spend three months every year in Lucca, Italy primarily to enjoy the food. Alberto’s Lounge could happily relocate to Tuscany and even the Italians would not complain! Complimenti. My only criticism would be the noise in the restaurant.

s
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff, very knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations.
Venue and decor was spot on too. Food is very authentic Italian, all dishes were great.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cool venue. You wouldn’t recognise the old Berta site. Excellent pasta & great Italian driven wine list. We will definitely be back.

RB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Tooooo noisy.

$5/head charges for sparking water *without* notification - it was offered together with still water, both served from recycled wine bottles.

Music was too loud for conversation without shouting.

Food was good quality but overpriced.

Service was good but pretentiously bohemian aloof.

S
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely ambience, romantic even though the tables were quite close to each other. Pasta is amazing, one of the best Italian restaurants around

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Alberto’s has a lovely atmosphere with great food and service. Loved it!

D
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food is really authentic with fabulous choice of wines

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and very enjoyable night overall and will certainly be going back.

J
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolute hidden gem. Everything you could want in an Italian restaurant. Perfect food, wines and service. Will keep going back as often as possible.

BR
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have highly recommended Alberto's to everyone that will listen.

p
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

If you don't mind a noisy environment in a cramped space you will be very happy. I was there to celebrate my partners birthday so not a great choice. The food was excellent, i even tried the tripe and was greatly impressed with the flavour. The wine list was not too extensive and reasonable priced. Tone the volume down and give me some breathing space and i will definately return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff, buzzy atmosphere and great pasta

MG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time at Alberto's and it will not be the last. Food was faultless, service was excellent and certainly not invasive.
Not the place for an intimate dinner for two!! The place is rocking and vibrant with people enjoying company of friends so conversation needs to be louder than usual.
Get some friends together and do yourselves a favour and get along to Alberto's

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent God’s and service and very friendly staff

SM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Favourite restaurant. Food, service, atmosphere without compare.

B
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic ambience, great food. Friendly staff. Menu is small but each dish is well made and balanced. Servings a little small for the price though.

JS
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and wine choices. Awesome and friendly service. No attitude which was great. We will be back ✅✅✅✅✅

SC
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Alberto’s Lounge. We loved the atmosphere - like many fabulous places we’ve dined at in Italy. Service was friendly, informative, relaxed but efficient. Food very good, but very disappointing to be charged $6 for bread - not Italian at all!

SK
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good atmosphere and service
Wine by the glass way to expensive

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and wine!

d
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place if you’re into atmosphere and intimacy. Really enjoyed Romeo’s exceptional CS too. Will definitely visit again.

GD
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic - early family dinner, was pretty busy and energetic but great fun and atmosphere
Staff were awesome and food was so good!!
will definitely be coming back

JY
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was delicious as always - fantastic pastas and the tripe is so so so good. Oh and don't get me started on the macadamia milk panna cotta!

Service was unfortunately a bit of a let down in our last visit. The entrees came pretty quickly but we had to wait quite a long time between entrees and the pastas, and then the meat dishes (around 15 to 20 mins), so we didn't finish all our mains until almost 8pm. Since our booking was from 6pm-8pm, we were being rushed through dessert and had the bill placed on the table when desserts were served. The waitress was pretty rude about it, despite it being the kitchen's fault for not serving the dishes fast enough! Oh and we spent a good 10 minutes trying to flag her down to process the credit card transaction.

Despite the poor service, everything else was great and I'll definitely be returning :)

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the cosy atmosphere. The food was authentic and delicious.

k
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Loved it..delicious pasta and I think the best martini i have ever had. Didnt enjoy the zabablione-perhaps a little too far from the original for me

LA
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Too warm in there. But has a good vibe. Could give more space to bigger groups (being a late, table we did end up having another table for us)

KB
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant! Food, service and atmosphere were brilliant. Would definitely come back.

JP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic . Genuinely great service and quality food . No issue with portion sizes

DM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Alberto is cool in a way with its fit out and music but had a grungy feel with its carpet and poor waiter staff. I question the training level of the waiter staff and why we had 3 different waiters serve us throughout the night.
The first 2 dishes were nice but we could not finish the saltimbocca as it was finished with a sweet glaze that seamed all wrong.
Overall we felt we should have went somewhere else.

R
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Among the best restaurants we have eaten at-the sensational, lip-smacking food along with the knowledgeable and super efficient staff made for a really great meal experience!

AU
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable lunch on Saturday. Friendly staff. The food is very good. One comment though - It is very inconvenient the restaurant not having a telephone. We were running late and wished to advise the restaurant but was unable to as there was no telephone. Whilst looking for a number on Google my mobile number had been captured - I ended up getting calls throughout the weekend asking to book a table at Alberto's Lounge! Very frustrating and disappointing. Now trying to get my number off Google site as the contact for Alberto's Lounge.

M
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Italian in the country.
From every angle.
Food. Booze. Service. Fit out.
Killed it.
Clap clap.
James... (Africola)

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was impeccable, atmosphere outstanding and most of the food excellent. The pasta was perfectly cooked, but there was no need for so much sauce - the crab texture and flavour was lost in the white wine sauce. Otherwise highly recommended.

HK
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing gelato. Friendly staff and very helpful. Delicious food. Expensive but a great treat

KK
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to eat very nice food and drinks professional stafg

SS
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, great night out. Service was fantastic.

OT
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Trying something new

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