Balla - The Star

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4.3
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475 Reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
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Stefano and Julie collaborated with Luigi Rosselli Architects and Frost* Design to create the split level, 170 seater Balla, which pays homage to Italy’s contribution to 20th Century cool. Impressive references to Milan’s Navigli area and the paintings of Giacomo Balla – the restaurant’s Futurist namesake – beautifully contrast with a menu built around the heart of traditional Italian. With the addition of a wood fired grill to Manfredi’s open kitchen, diners experience a true Osteria experience. While encouraged to soak up Sydney Harbour views, they enjoy the house-made breads and pastas and the generous menu inspired by the traditional food culture of Stefano’s homeland featuring Antipasti, Primi e Pasta, Pesce e Crostacei and Carne as well as the indulgent delights of desserts - I Dolci. The restaurant also includes a Private Dining Room, which seats up to 28 guests and can be closed off from the main restaurant to provide an intimate dining experience.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(02) 9657 9129
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Gabriele Taddeucci
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Secure car park underground, via Pyrmont Street and Pirrama Road. http://www.star.com.au/find-us/Pages/parking.aspx
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It’s easy to get to The Star: http://www.star.com.au/find-us/Pages/getting-here.aspx
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For information on functions and events please visit http://www.star.com.au/about/pages/functions-and-events.aspx
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Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Staff to self absorbed in each other missed customer focus
Ask repeatedly for missed drinks Food
Table not prepared

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Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Waited 45 minutes between entree and main. Waiter spoke broken English. Had a food allergy and waiter could not confirm or deny if meals had that ingredient. Champagne with limoncello came out warm - was $30, so expected it to be cool. Waiter also didn’t know the drink. We’re forgot about between entree and main and 2 x glasses wine took 10 minutes to come out. Food itself was nice. Would not return or recommend, unfortunately.

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Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The service was great and a good place to catch up with friends.

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Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I thi k the best place to eat at the Crown. The food was interesting and innovative. The service could have been a little more attentive or they could have left the wine at the table as we’d have to call their attention to our empty glasses.

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Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was OK but definitely not worth the price tag - the calamari was nice, the pasta well cooked but the lamb was half cold and lacked any flavor - the vegetable side was horrible.
Staff were not the best, I had noted in my booking that it was for my partners birthday and we would appreciate a nicer table - but were not given one - despite the restaurant being half empty. The service was fine but nothing special - not worth it if booking for a special occasion.
I would certainly not return

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Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

When we arrived we were asked if we are going to a show , which was the case , from then the food came out in timely manner , the service was great , we finished our meal on time , no rush & made it on time to the show.
They also took the time to make a special presentation for our birthday girl :)

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Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Serving size was quite generous, was full after a 4 course meal.
Place was a little loud for my liking.

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Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There were 7 of us, and we had a great evening at Balla. A lovely round table where we could all sit around and chat. It wasn't too noisy so we could easily hear everyone at the table, even though the whole restaurant had an energetic atmosphere. The food was divine. Complementary breads to begin, then entrée, mains & dessert, plus wine and cocktails. Everyone in our party was delighted with all their meals. Professional service by all staff who were happy and engaged. Highly recommend!

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Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A warm sunny table for a Winter lunch, with food and service to match.

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Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food, nice wait staff, great wine.
Would come back.

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Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was great, but it was very noisy, there were kids watching iPads very loud on the next table, that was the only nagative experience in an otherwise perfect dinner

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Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you Balla for phenomenal food and exceptional service. We enjoyed a three course meal before heading to a show at Lyric Theatre and it was simply exquisite. The value of the pre-theatre menu was incredible considering the high quality food. Would absolutely return to Balla in the future, and recommend to all foodies and friends.

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Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, staff and vibrant atmosphere. A great place to eat before the theatre

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Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue for pre-show dining

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Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

should provide more choice on your menu

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Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a fantastic pre-theatre dinner here with my husband on our wedding anniversary. I am Italian-Australian and have high expectations of the food from my parents' country. Balla did not disappoint. The quail in pancetta was as good as my father's and I will be back for this dish alone. The gnocchi with pork ragu was equally perfect. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his pumpkin ravioli, the venison not so much because he prefers his meat less rare. The atmosphere and service were sensational.

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Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had a great experience at Balla. We dined a la carte before the theatre and had plenty of time. Service was friendly and prompt. Good wine recommendations based on our brief. We all very much enjoyed our food and it was good value for money. We'll be back.

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Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Solid option at the casino for a quality meal. Hard to order an average meal. The wine list is excellent.

The service at lunch service (this time) was not as attentive as i would have liked, but was friendly.

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Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous for a pre show dinner. Prompt friendly service and great flavours

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Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location inside Star City Casino, very attentive staff & good food but will have to try the pasta next time.

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Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Went with 4 people for pre-theatre dinner however we ordered from the a la carte menu. Food was very average - disappointing - gone downhill since our last visit. Main courses did not arrive all at the same time - some 5 minutes or more between first 2 then remainder - sides took another 5+ minutes.

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Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Extremely accomodating for coeliac’s, and the best gluten free dining I’ve experienced thus far.
The fresh gluten free pasta and pastries were absolutely delicious.
Service time for food was excellent. Wait staff were a little slow, however they were extremely friendly and knowledgeable and the experience was not bad enough to deter me from visiting again.
Porchetta was a highlight, however the spinach was very salty.

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26 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Food here is always good, and service was friendly, but super slow, not responsive to requests, I had to ask twice to order and for the bill - and chase up wine ordered but not delivered. Shame. I will go again, but in the hope it is much better. It's too expensive to not have top notch service.

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Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The lunch was very enjoyable, only comment I have is, I had booked the table as a birthday lunch for a work colleague and requested a candle or cake as such. This never arrived and was disappointing.

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Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great pre theatre option. Unfortunately the service on the evening was average; if you can’t remember the order, don’t act as though you’re able & not write it down. A few mistakes were then made. The food was nice though & prompt which allowed for us to exit on time...

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Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous fine Italian dining!! The meal started with a complimentary bread basket, containing three different types of bread, plus olive oil for dipping. We took advantage of the seasonal truffle menu, ordering the seared scallops and black truffle. For main, we had the porchetta slow roasted suckling pig to share and oven roasted vegetables. Dessert was a tasting plate of tiramisu, cannoli, profiterole and lavender sorbet. Amazing experience!!

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Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We were disappointed with the quality of our meals and service in comparison to other previous visits to Balla.

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Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good meal prior to theatre. Staff very good.

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Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Seemed to really be Italian. ( Olive oil instead of butter. Wait staff probably Italian.) Maitre'd VERY helpful.

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Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Service was excellent. Food was very ordinary

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Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food, friendly and professional staff.
Lovely corner table at the window.
Pre-theatre dinner where were not rushed and still had plenty of time to get to the Lyric.
Would have been great if the bar had been open for a drink before dinner.

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Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Well priced 3 course menu with matching wines. Not spectacular & service was inconsistent (ok to good). Nice ambience/outlook & a good pre theatre option.

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Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

great food, great service lovely place.

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Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Disappointed. Service wasn’t great considering they knew we had to get to a show.
Food was nice but wouldn’t call it amazing. My main was warm, not hot.

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Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took the theatre dinner with 3 course and it was perfect in taste & timing.

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Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible service, incredible views, incredible food ❤️❤️❤️

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Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Gorgeous food, lovely wine list. Will definitely be back.

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Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had dinner at Balla prior to seeing a show at the Lyric Theatre and the fact that they provided a pre theatre menu was fantastic as we were served and out in time but didn't feel that we were rushed.

Staff were friendly and knew their stuff!

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Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and service. We love this restaurant 🙂

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Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Came her for a pre theatre dinner, and was very pleasantly surprised! The food was delicious, the service very attentive and the wine list was great.
It was a little noisy, but we booked late and ended up next to 2 large groups..
Can't wait to come back..

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