Brown Sugar

4.8
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141 reviews
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$40 and under
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Mediterranean
Brown Sugar is a local, Bondi bistro, tucked away on Curlewis Street, just a block away form the beach. We're open for nightly dinners and breakfast & lunch on Friday, Saturday & Sundays. Brown Sugar is all about healthy, hand-made traditional dishes with influences from the Mediterranean regions of Italy and France. Our seasonal menu is composed of the finest, locally sourced, ethically harvested produce that we can get our hands on. You'll be treated to food that is creative, full of flavour and cooked with care and passion.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, French, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 6:30pm - Close
Breakfast & Lunch: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(02) 9130 1566
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Glenayr Ave.
Additional
Bar Dining, Cafe, Wine
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.6
Value
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OT
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Very unimpressed the food was oily over priced & hard to digest. All 3 of us felt sick after leaving

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the atmosphere, delicious food, consistent and always busy!! Make sure you book! Menu has something for everyone

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

By far the best cuisine in Australia! We stumbled upon this family run and owned restaurant on our last night there and were blown away. Steve, one of the waiters, is very attentive and good at what he does. If you are looking for a great intimate space with phenomenal farm to table style cuisine, then Brown Sugar is for you!

J
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So easy to walk down and enjoy a fabulous meal with wonderful attention to service by Steve. Food is consistently outstanding. Always a great night at Brown Sugar.

J
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently great yummy food. Our waiter was fabulous and very helpful. I go back time and time again and aiways fabulous. Local fav!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have eaten here quite a number of times and would have to say it seems to get better each time. The fish pie is the stand out but all the other food is fabulous. I’m already looking forward to the next time!

ND
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fish pie is awesome! We will be back and make sure you keep this signature dish !!

RC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, in fact a very high standard. Food was great! Ribeye very tender & tasty

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

This is a hidden gem in Sydney - great food, friendly and competent service - and BYO! Steve and the team are sensational, try it out. Skander

PJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and service. Unfortunately it is impossible to hear each other as the room is so noisy and it doesn’t help play it music nobody can hear.

h
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Good food, no conversation possible because of unbearable noise level

EN
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I went to Brown Sugar for my birthday lunch. We booked a table and were seated outside which was perfect as it was a really nice day. The noise level was therefore minimal. There was enough room for a table of six plus two babies. The food menu is quite extensive and everything sounded great. We ordered a variety of meals for lunch including from the all-day breakfast menu. All dishes looked really appetising and were well presented. I had the breakfast platter which was generous and really yummy. The service could have been more attentive but it was a busy day so I understand that things can get a bit hectic. They also brought the wrong meal out for my friend but corrected their error straight away and without any fuss. I'd absolutely go back and try more dishes - I thought the food was fantastic. Everyone around the table was very happy with their meals. The prices are reasonable - it's not cheap but I wouldn't call it expensive either.

JT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was awesome and the service was spectacular - helpful, attentive and enthusiastic.

J
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my most favorite restaurants. A neighborhood gem with fabulous service and delicious food always!

RL
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great BYO venue. Good food and Steve and his team are super friendly and good at their craft.

JG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and fantastic atmosphere! This is our favorite place to catch with friends in all of Sydney.

MA
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful food the fish pie is a must

OT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent from entree through to desert. The duck was our highlight of the night.

OT
Sydney / NSW
39 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite restaurant in Bondi Beach. Friendly and efficient staff, great menu and a lovely place to spend an afternoon or evening.

SB
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We really enjoy this neighbourhood local. Great service, music’s reasonably low key, you can hear your dining companion and the food is delish, the wine list is reasonable too.
The food is really good value and I always get my meat fix here. Beautiful scotch fillet on the bone!
Thank you

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Has consistently delivered for a long time with creative well cooked food fair wine list and good value for money a reliable lical

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So delicious. Exceeded expectations and want to go back asap. Very busy so make a reservation.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always superb

RW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always amazing! One of my favourite restaurants. They just know food and the staff are so friendly and engaging.

KH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Brown Sugar was the best bit about visiting Bondi Beach. Service was generally good, but we felt pressurised to order wine. Disappointed that bread that was offered to soak up dinner was charged for! Otherwise a lovely evening, great atmosphere, wouldn't recommend if you want a quiet meal!

FB
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great cozy restaurant in Bondi - the fish pie is a must try.
Outside tables are a bit quieter!

CA
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Our go-to restaurant when we stay in Bondi for Scuplture by the Sea. Over many years it has never disappointed. The quality of the cuisine is consistently excellent, the service exuberant and friendly. A small venue, cosy to the point of crowded when full, but so far never to the point of frustration for us.

CM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brown sugar was absolutely amazing as usual. All the food was absolutely incredible. The fish pie is an absolute must.

MB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A family favourite for birthdays. Never disappointed and the food this time seemed even better than before. Their steaks are without peer.

AS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food with focus on local ingredients and exceptional and very personal service! What a gem! The chocolate fondant was to die for, will definitely visit again.

LA
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Lovely meal, tasty good, well presented, helpful service. We will be back

KH
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Great food and service as always! However, the table was literally in a busy thoroughfare of staff walking briskly up and down millimeters from the table. My feet on a couple of occassions strayed outside the tiny confines of the table and I nearly tripped up a couple of staff. The location of this table definitely adversely impacted the enjoyment of our dining experience. I should have learnt my lesson by now, and always request a nice table for a special occassion, whether the occassion is special or not.

RE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had a great dinner at Brown Sugar, would highly recommend! We had the tuna starter followed by the lamb and fish pie with chocolate fondant for dessert. The highlight of the meal was definitely the fish pie, it had an amazing depth of flavour while still managing to be quite a light dish. That said the other dishes were all brilliant too and the fact that it's BYO also meant that we could bring a really nice bottle with us for a fraction of the price. The service was really good, staff were attentive without being intrusive and the free brownie at the end of the meal was a really nice touch.

KO
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great service and food.
Fish pie and steak are the obvious options and they’re great.
BYO.

TM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Steve believes in old fashion ways - good service, a smile and personally contacting you to confirm

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic

B
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brown Sugar is more than one would expect from a small neighbourhood restaurant. The fact it is always crowded is proof of the exceptional position it holds - it is very casual and the room is fairly rough, the waiting staff are all fairly relaxed but efficient (part owner Lianne and manager Steve offer a great front of house welcoming). The food naturally is what it is all about and - top quality from a top quality part owner chef). Serving sizes are generous

The fish pie is famous and the roasted tomatoes spaghettini is better than any pasta with tomatoe sauce anywhere in the world. BYO is ok, and the little chocolate brownie that comes with your coffee is the small reminder of how good Brown Sugar is!

h
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

This place is always awesome. The food I seriously good and the wait staff make you feel like old friends.

h
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I never usually review restaurants, but I have to review Brown Sugar. We went on one of the busiest days of the year - City2Surf! We had booked a table in advance and as it was understandably busy, we had to wait a while for a table. But I didn't mind as the staff and management were amazing. They were clearly run off their feet, but took the time to greet everyone with a smile, and made sure guests were looked after. I had an amazing Bloody Mary with my lunch, and can recommend the Black Stone Eggs! Will go there again.

OT
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food! Great service. I love this place.