Babylon Restaurant - Sydney

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91 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Middle Eastern
Relish open air dining and ignite the senses with an exotic menu and a bar boasting 150 whiskies.
What 91 People Are Saying
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4.4
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

If you're looking for somewhere to have rooftop drinks this is a great place to go. I wouldn't recommend reserving a table here as their policy is extremely strict. We had booked a table inside for 4 people but then on the day decided we wanted to sit outside because it was a beautiful day. They wanted to charge us $25 per person to move outside so we were forced to eat inside as per our booking and then we moved outside for drinks once our food bill was settled inside. This was despite the fact that both the inside and outside sections were not even half full. Whatever the restaurant policy might be, this was just not a great way to be treated on our first visit to the venue.

However, the rooftop area is really nice and has a great vibe. Food was also really tasty but pretty pricey for the size of the dishes. I would recommend to friends for drinks and snacks from the bar menu outside.

SD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked Babylon for a friend’s bday and we were beyond impressed ! The food is middle easters/ Turkish with a modern twist and the cocktails were magic ! Can’t wait to go back!

SN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Food took a very long time to come, waiter didn’t come to fill out our glasses with water we had to ask a few times. And the noise was very loud.

SM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food beautifully presented and impeccable service

MM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

I visited Babylon recently in a group of 6. Things did not go well from the outset. No one was in attendance at the front desk to show us to our table when we arrived, which meant we had to walk down to the bar to find someone only to be told that they could not help us and we had to go back to the restaurant. We did, and once the girl behind the desk managed to tear herself away from her i-pad, she handed us to the new guy who had no clue about where we were or what to do. Finally seated in one of the banquettes, he informed us that there was no cloakroom. So I guess the alternative to male guests who want to put their coat somewhere is to throw it on the floor.....

We ordered a LARGE BOTTLE of mineral water as two of our guests did not drink alcohol. When this finally arrived, the waitress filled two glasses and took the carafe away. This meant that each time the non-drinkers wanted their glass filled, they had to wave down one of the disinterested staff members to ask for a glass. I can't tell you how irritating that was, particularly as the configuration of the banquettes meant that each time the waitress filled a glass, she had to lean across the table, over the food and over the guests to do it. JUST LEAVE THE WATER ON THE TABLE. It was ridiculous, as was the need to find a staff member every time someone needed their wine glass filled. Either leave the bottle on the table or make sure you are paying attention to your customers and their needs. This place does neither.

Service was slow, our waiter was abrupt and impolite and the overall feel was like sitting in someone's half-finished kitchen. The food, when it finally arrived, was delicious but the overall experience of rude and stupid staff and an utterly charmless interior means that I will not recommend this restaurant to anyone I know. There are so many restaurants in Sydney that deserve patronage and Babylon is certainly not one of them.

NF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Hidden gem in the Sydney cbd! Our dishes were delicious and the interior design was beautiful. Highly recommended

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Only hiccup was the Pitt St mall alarms going off twice. Made it quite an interesting night. No fault of the restaurant. Amazing food. Pretty good value for such high quality meals. I picked the right spot for a first date!

PP
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food and service excellent but too many crammed in tables too close to each other we heard ever bit of our neighbors conversation

DT
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great surrounds and tasty food. Perfect for a catchup with friends. Service was friendly and reliable.

CF
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely environment, amazing food and very professional friendly service. The food was authentic and the flavours amazing. A wonderful variety to suit all dietary preferences. The young man that looked after us was very knowledgeable and helped us choose the right amount of food so we didn't under or over order. I would highly recommend Babylon Restaurant.

DF
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were happy about the staff, table, ambience and quality of food. We were very happy about the alcoholic beverages list and the spot-on cocktails. We were not so happy about the portions of the food.

SP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here was amazing. So fresh and the flavours were divine. We had the cauliflower, tomato salad and the duck pie. The spices and flavours worked a treat. The staff were very helpful with our order. Will def be revisiting

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

Awesome food. Every dish was great - luckily we were sharing. Would be back in a flash

AL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

If you can go when it's not busy, this is the best option. There's little clarity about the role of waitstaff so some seemed pretty annoyed when we caught their attention for service. This seemed related to the fact that there are two levels of waitstaff, those that attend to tables and those that serve out food. This is fine, but there wasn't enough table staff on to ensure a smooth flow. The attitude of the serving out staff to being signalled so we could order, or gain access to wine already poured but waiting on a stand to be served out seems to indicate that better management of staff levels is needed in busy periods. This meant that though the food was delicious, the lasting memory is of poor management.

m
Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food and service was OK, good value if you have a large group. The reserved tables were in a sectioned-off area, nowhere near the bar area which resulted in a different vibe.

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Food and ambience was great, loved the décor - everything was delicious however the service was not great - our drinks were forgotten, our mains lamb & chicken came out before our drinks did.
Our complete order of food came out within 10 mins of each other (for 4 people) - not great for a late booking 8:30pm, we wanted to enjoy our meal, take our time drink our cocktails, share a bottle of wine - we didn't even have the opportunity to as our meal was almost over before we got our first drink. We received an apology that the staff misplaced our drink order.
Once we were winding down we then wanted to order dessert with a cocktail. The waitress handed the menus back so we could decide, then no one came to take our order. We sat for another 20 mins trying to find the waitress- we were almost ready to pull the pin and just grab the bill when finally we were able to flag someone down. I was considering a birthday dinner would be nice at Babylon however I'm not prepared to work hard for a nice meal, just want something relaxing with staff that know how to look after a table.

F
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went there for girls night out. Friendly staff welcome us. Decor is beautiful and feel cozy. Food was beautiful. Oysters were beautiful presented with beautiful sauce. Duck pie is must on a try list. Highly recommended to everyone who after bit different food with real flavour.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time.
Helpful staff, amazing food, a good ambience - easy conversational level noise; will definitely go again

j
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love this place! The food is amazing, staff are very friendly and attentive.
Tried the Pan fried snapper fillet this time which was cooked perfectly with a crispy skin. Duck Pie is a must, as is the hummus for starters.
As always, great place to go for client entertainment!

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

Loved it, delicious food, attentive service and lovely atmosphere.

CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I came here for a casual business lunch. The food and wine was great but the acoustics were terrible, so it made having an intimate conversation quite difficult. The wait staff were lovely and knew the menu well, but unfortunately forgot one of our tea orders. Also, the business lunch was for an early birthday celebration, which I wrote on our booking request, but our dessert didn’t come out with any special writing or sparkler etc. No big deal but not 5 stars. I would still come again.

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

Absolutely superb, the food was incredible and a beautiful setting with fabulous service! Can't recommend more..

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Babylon never disappoints. Food is simply fantastic

CF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious, authentic Turkish flavours with a unique approach. Ideal for sharing and fast service.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful interiors and decor, food was good but service was better!

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday here, and the food, service and environment is amazing! Drinks are a bit on the pricier side, but I will definitely be dining here again.

A
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great food, nice wait staff, nice ambience. We hsdthe tasting mrmu which was perfect. We will be back for sure!

AM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything has been thought out when the set this restaurant up. Beautiful to look at food incredible that duck pie!! Even the Prosecco is from a cool winery in Adelaide. Very impressed

AT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food experience & great service. Really unique tastes and quality fresh produce. Was a great experience. Will be coming back again!!

MY
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food! However some portion sizes are very small.

SD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food. Good service. Polite staff. Yes would recommend to others. Keep up the good food standard. Thank you.

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

Delicious food, good service and lovely ambiance - I would certainly recommend

JF
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was absolutely outstanding. I can highly recommend the Cauliflower dish and the Duck Pie. Service was excellent and value was good. Will be going back there soon.

AN
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing, 4th time here at that great restaurant. Love it! Keep bringing new friends and family here and the feedback from all has always been a great experience. Amazing lamb shoulder, cabbage kebab, broccolini, tomato salad, fish siyadieh, Turkish delight dessert. Not to mention the incredible rooftop terrace.

TM
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went for lunch last week and the food was amazing. The wagyu beef was so soft it just melted when you cut it. Going back again for dinner tonight.

L
Sydney / NSW
11 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very welcome addition to the Sydney CBD. The decor is stylish and relaxing and noise levels are restrained. On arrival, the fabulous aromas from the open kitchen provide a mouth watering preview of the tastes to follow.
The hummus and smoked eggplant salad are a level above the usual offering around the city.
The sardine dolmas and the kingfish (ceviche style) are standouts .
Service balances efficiency with friendliness and the wine list includes a good range with reasonable prices - although a few examples of Turkish wines - possible as 'specials' would be welcome.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, great food, cocktails amazing. Would love to try the rooftop terrace next time, looks incredible.

A
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience and service. The team was very attentive and helpful.
Food was fab, would love to see more salad options being middle eastern inspired cuisine, especially for those who are on diet restrictions.

Overall a great experience.

D
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

The venue is great however the food was very disappointing

A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Second Visit. Our first visit was amazing, and the food was outstanding. This time, the fish was delicious, but the rest was not consistent or up to par. We booked for lunch this time, so we asked to be seated outside as it was such a beautiful sunny day out on the balcony. However, we were told that we could not sit outside because we had booked online. The balcony is just for walk ins. If we were to cancel our booking, our credit card would be charged $ 100 (25/person.) This would make sense if the place were busy, but it was near empty. It seems unfair that we were being deprived of that experience simply for being organised and for booking ahead. The solution is to have that option clear when booking.

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