Chula Sydney

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4.4
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114 Reviews
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$40 and under
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Mexican
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  • Authentic
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About

Chula is a modern Mexican restaurant with a cradle of agave spirits and cocktails.

Like our name means, our beautiful restaurant flows into an outdoor covered dining space with semi-private dining options, lounge and bar.

A menu that transports you to the coast of the Baja peninsula, the streets of Mexico city, the countryside of Oaxaca and beyond. Traditional Mexican flavours combined with exceptional Australian ingredients matched with our selection of drinks inspired directly by the people, places and culture of Mexico- alive, constantly evolving and always full of surprises.

We have a focus on sustainability in the venue and many of our ingredients our house made.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Sun–Thurs 5:00 pm–10pm
Closed Mondays
Lunch
Saturdays from 12-4pm
$85pp 5 course lunch & bottomless 2hr Cocktail/Wine /Beer
Bottomless Brunch last booking time is 3pm
Bar- Sun- Thurs 11pm and Fri/Sat 12am
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Phone number
(02) 9331 0126
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Alvaro Valenzuela
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Darlinghurst Rd
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Parking Details
Parking Stations are located below the Crescent Hotel on Bayswater Rd and also on Ward Avenue in Potts Point.
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Public Transit
Kings Cross Station
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Entertainment
Monthly Agave & Wine Dinners
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
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1 review
Reviewed on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food Service Ambience

Everything was just amazing, food, drinks, service and ambiance

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OT
1 review
Reviewed on 18 March 2019
Overall 3Food Service Ambience

We booked a table at Chula for a friends birthday. The lady who helped to coordinate the booking was very helpful, and was able to get back to me quickly with any questions I had.
On the day we had the $40 set menu and $45 bottomless brunch.
We booked for 10 and had a last minute addition for part of it which made it 11.
When he had to leave half way through, they gave him a takeaway bag with tacos which was very thoughtful.
The main waitress was very helpful and did a great job with catering to the multiple dietary requirements (no seafood, gluten free and pescatarian)
Food and drinks were lovely!
The only issues we had were: 15 mins out from the two hour package they denied us another round of drinks, even though none of us were displaying behaviour that would be against an RSA (two of us have our RSA so we are educated enough to make the call) - we received the round after one of our group members talked to the manager.
And the second thing was a $100 surcharge fee. This is extremely overpriced.
Adding a 10% surcharge for bookings over 8 people is a bit ridiculous. Making it $95 per head rather than $85 which is the package we chose.
As a group we were already spending $935 for the 2 hours, and to have a significant additional cost to that amount seems in poor taste. I think Chula should reassess their policy on this.
As much as we liked the service and experience, this alone would stop us from returning and would have me advising others against a group booking here.

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J
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing thanks for a great experience very attentive a great menu and ambience

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MA
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was nice experiencing food by an actual Mexican chef. Staff were friendly. disappointed that we were rushed to move to another seat after our desert due to over booking. If we were left to rest a little after our desert it would of made our exp a little better. I felt sick after all the food and from the disappointment. We spent a lot of money for only 2 ppl. Could have been treated with more respect and valued as a customer and not a number. You guys suck at singing happy birthday as well. Take note from other bars/ restaurants who are also busy but take time to make customers feel special on their birthdays. Minor things but could brush up on these small things that could save you from dissatisfied customers. Overall food was amazing and Mexican drinks was amazing to exp. might come back with family hopefully we don’t get moved somewhere else due to over booking

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VA
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you so very much for looking after us. We were very excited having won an award and you let us celebrate in style. Apologies if we were a bit loud. The food and service was exceptional. Can't wait to come back. Thanks again.

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CD
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

We had to ask in 5 different occasions for a potatoes that we ordered as starter and it came as the last dish, even after finishing the main course.

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CV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I found the service very rushed, we ordered entree and main at the same time and it came all put at the same time. To the point that we had no time to finish what was on our plate before the staff was rushing us. Staff kept wanting to clear plates even if there weren't finished. Kept pouring us more wine every 2mon that we had to ask them to stop. Even though we had a 8.45pm booking, it Felt like they wanted to get rid of us. We also had 2 staff looking after our table who clearly didn't communicate with each other as we're were asked the same questions by both of them numerous times. I had been to Chula a couple of times and always found it nice and relaxing but this time around was stressful and not enjoyable. Will not return anytime soon! Such a bummer.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

I have been before and the service was good. This time the guy that served us was dreadful - wrong meals and very slow and quite rude. I was disappointed and won’t be rushing back

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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great Mexican, a favourite! Tacos, Tlayudas, Aguachile - all very fresh and tasty. Nice selection of wines and Tequilas too.

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FN
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

The restaurant itself is fantastic, and certainly has lots of potential.
Service was super slow, not very energetic and quite rude by the staff members. When the bill came we gor charge for 7pax, 14 bottles of water (that we did't order). The staff member mentioned that they just keep bringing the water during the night even tho we didn't order.!
We also got in the first bill 2 extra entrees that were not ordered. It's hard to understand how can service be so inefficient in a almost empty restaurant. Food was ok

Chula Sydney
Responded on 2 November 2018

Thanks for your feedback,We have taken your feedback on board and addressed with the team for our lack of efficiency on the day.. it was an honest mistake of doubling on the button when it was 14 guests charged not 7 guests, we do free flow sparkling water on tap at $5 per head, which was immediately taken off from your bill on the night along with the entree, sorry for the inconvenience.

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LO
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved this place. So cool with chill vibes. Tasty food and great decor

Chula Sydney
Responded on 2 November 2018

Muchas Gracias

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CC
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Authentic Mexican with weekly specials, great service and.... Oh my the margarita's.
We'll be back.

Chula Sydney
Responded on 2 November 2018

SI : )

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J
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cannot fault this place. Staff friendly and attentive, food and drinks amazing. Great range of tequilas. Will definitely return

Chula Sydney
Responded on 2 November 2018

MUCHAS GRACIAS

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LG
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Diego behind the bar was amazing. He really took the time to make my dining experience (I was travelling for business and dining on my own) a pleasant one with both food and drink recommendations and conversation. The maître d'hôtel on the other hand was too busy thinking overly highly of herself and her nose ring to know anything about service. I wouldn't go back.

Chula Sydney
Responded on 2 November 2018

Thanks for the postive feedback regarding Diego. Our Maitre d on the other hand may have been pre occupied with other guests and running the venue as a whole, she is sweet person so Im sorry you didn't get to experience her usually warm personality. Its a shame you wouldn't return based on someone who didn't spend the evening looking after. Im curious if you could provide more detail to what exactly she did to make your evening so terrible that you wouldn't return to our venue. Regards, Nicole

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DT
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I was very disappointed as I called through to explain we were celebrating my daughter in laws birthday. They confirmed they would make a note and bring 2 desserts with sparklers.
I told the waiter in the night also as we were ordering dessert as he preordered dessert never arrived.
The dessert arrived with no sparklers, I was very annoyed and we spent $200 per couple.
I would not go for a celebration ever again.

Chula Sydney
Responded on 2 November 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback. Im 100% regretful this was your experience of events- Our visit notes from our reservation team to management on the evening were lost in translation. Unfortunately the next part related to your waiter was when a food runner ran the desserts rather holding back for your server on the evening to bring them with the candles. So our sincerest regrets on this. These service issues have been addressed based on your feedback- apologies again.

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G
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked online for an early dinner on Saturday, staff were welcoming and efficient. There was a happy hour - i think it is 5-6pm every day, so I got $10 margarita and my partner got $5 draft beer, both of which were quite nice especially for this price!
We ordered cevice, tuna tostadas, taco and churro sandwich for dessert.
I did not expect much as I know usually mexican is not the best in australia but i was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food - nice fresh ingredients, i liked every single dish we ordered and finished everything! Would definitely recommend and go back!

Chula Sydney
Responded on 2 November 2018

THANK YOU!! ; 0 We hope to see you again.

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BO
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is amazing here!!! Every time I go I’m scraping my plate clean. The food, the cocktails ... everything is amazing!!! I will keep coming back. One of my fav restaurants.

Chula Sydney
Responded on 2 November 2018

GRACIAS ; )

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S
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Not a bad joint. Smallish servings nice fit out. Came for tacos which were yum But heavily filled with union and sauce

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SD
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to try some of the best authentic Mexican food in Sydney. Lovely ambiance and decor. Attentive and knowledgeable staff. The food was absolutely amazing! Try the ceviche and the lamb barbacoa. To finish your meal on a high: ask the bartender for some great mezcal. Would hilghly recommend!!

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TL
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyable experience however the overall chilli level of dishes was too high for 8 out of our group of 10. My recommendation is that they waiters ask you for your preferences, and if they don’t, make sure you stipulate what you can tolerate

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MM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

the food was lovely, however the service seemed a little rushed and stressed- while the waitress was taking our order, another came up to her and asked to speak with her while we were in the middle of ordering - she walked away and then didn't come back for 3 minutes. We found this was quite rude, and hope the management can see that while taking down peoples orders, other staff shouldn't interrupt the waitress who is speaking with the customer. other than that, the food was lovely and the interior looks fantastic.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

When booking there was no notification we would be sat outside I wouldn’t of booked it otherwise. We rushed through our dinner as so cold outside. Wouldn’t book again.

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BL
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice atmosphere....food light on heartiness....for price didn't leave full at $45 head...margaritas good but $18 each. 4 gulps and gone.....a bit concerned on the waitresses poor handing of our water glades as she cross contaminated by touching all rims of glasses!!! As a previous food handler trainer...I freaked to

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PM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I had a decent dining experience but I think this could be BETTER dialled back a notch. The Spanish club soundtrack (at 6pm) and wordy drink descriptions were both a bit cringe worthy. I think the authentic flavours of Mexico are very present in the dishes we ate, however, at times it felt exaggerated with complex descriptions you had to use google to understand. In my opinion cocktail jugs aren't a suitable fit with the rest of the vibe and I think that sums up my point of loosing the credibility with poor choices. However, great venue the interior fit out is incredible (I loved the painted tiles).

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CC
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great authentic Mexican.
Food - way above average, verging on amazing. Need to try more the next time we visit.
Drinks - Cocktails were out of this world. Get a margarita (especially on Sunday as they are $10)

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U
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Arrived at a very busy time. Food took well over an hour to come out. Often got disregarded when asked for assistance

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RS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Food that is just different enough from other good Mexican restaurants to make it distinctive. There was a great buzz that contributed to the overall experience.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We had terrible service at Chula. My husband waited 45 minutes for a drink. I waited at least 25 minutes. We were a group of 12 and half the table wasn’t even offered a drink till they chased down the waitress. This is less of a restaurant and more of a bar with food options. The set menu was kind of all the same - there wasn’t much variety. And at the end of the night the staff kept bringing out drinks we didn’t order. The per head cost was really high - so I think a lot of those drinks made their way into the bill. The service experience was simply a mess. After reading other reviews I was expecting a lot more. We won’t be back.

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GM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

There’s a dearth of good Mexican places in Sydney and this one ticks all the boxes with good food, ambience and service. Not your usual guac, tacos and everything overloaded with cheese. I think the comments re the slow service have made an impact as we definitely didn’t feel things coming too slow and the staff were very on the ball. Will be back.

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LP
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food but service can be a little spotty

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NP
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great Mexican food with good service. Food came out fast, drinks slightly longer. Will definitely be returning

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JR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best authentic mexican food in Sydney! Completely impressed about the quality and how traditional the dishes are!
Totally recommended!!!

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AL
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning!! As a coeliac, it was awesome!! Definitely will return

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CD
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was outstanding - and the cocktails too! Friendly staff - we went on a Wednesday night so it wasn't too packed out (it is winter) Have been on a Friday before and the atmosphere is great!

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MM
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love love love it here. Cannot get enough of the incredible food, fabulous service and incredible margaritas!

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ED
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our date night.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great margaritas and even better food! I’ll definitely be back!

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FM
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Food was excellent as always because I’m a regular but the service was very slow like never before
We waited half an hour to get 3 margaritas and guacamole,we stayed for more than 2 hours until dinner was done!

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MF
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great restaurant for those that love Mexican cuisine but want to add a little more class and style to their dining experience away from the cheap and cheerful restaurante mexicano. Food was delicious and filling so much sure you come with an empty belly ready to sample as many menu items as possible.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best Mexican in town - authentic, incredibly well thought out environment and fantastic food and margaritas.

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