Dead Ringer

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341 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
We are a neighbourhood restaurant & bar in Sydney's Surry Hills, dedicated to Australian produce, wine, beer & cocktails.
We are located in a heritage townhouse just off Taylor Square at the axis of Paddington, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills with comfortable counter-top dining, a garden terrace and an intimate dining room, also available for private hire.
We are thrilled to have one of Australia’s most experienced chefs, Jamie Irving (previously Berta, Est, Pearl) heading up our kitchen. Together our goal is to champion the exceptional ingredients of this great continent through a changeable menu of sharing plates.
Our kitchen stays open throughout the day and late into every evening.

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What 341 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
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Brooke
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The team at Dead Ringer are absolute legends! I cannot speak more highly of them and the restaurant and bar itself is in my TOP 3 of all time.

The food, drinks and service never disappoints. If you’re looking for a great spot for food and cocktails, Dead Ringer has you sorted.

Thank you Dead Ringer for making our night so special with the amazing service, incredible cocktails and making us feel so welcome.

Through this time of uncertainty with what is going on in the world, thank you for providing light, laughter and great drinks on our Saturday night.
We love and support you 100% !
#supportyourlocal

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AnnelieseP
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you so much for making my birthday lunch something special! The food, the drinks and the service were all amazing!! Thank you again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the feed me menu.

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KayR
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and wine at a good value. The service is excellent and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Excellent gluten free options.

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IsabellaB
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, good serving sizes and lovely, attentive staff. Would definitely go back.

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Isabelle
Hong Kong
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

The restaurant is really lovely and we enjoyed the lamb shoulder, burrata and potatoes. Unfortunately, the scallops were quite undercooked and the fritters were a bit bland and didn’t have any texture. All that would have been fine if the experience of sitting at the bar wasn’t so poor. I enjoy cocktails as much as the next person, however I’m not sure the barman needs to slam glasses on the bar so aggressively or shake a cocktail within an inch of its life. The noise was just super annoying. When we finished our mains we waited ages for anyone to offer dessert menus and by that time we were ready to leave (even if I had been eyeing off the sticky toffee pudding). It was a nice evening but wouldn’t rush back or recommend to a friend.

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NaomiB
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

From the minute we entered the staff were very attentive and the amazing service continued all evening... The food was delicious and good servings for all five of us.
We will be back!

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Sanna
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food, accommodated for multiple dietary requirements, service attentive. One of my favourites now in Sydney!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Brunch with friends .
Gets very noisey when a few people arrive .
Staff attentive .
Meals small for the price.

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EC901
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Dead Ringer had a very cool vibe to it however the brunch menu was lacking the core items. It seems the team was focused on re-inventing brunch however the options that we had, left us wanting a second brunch (which we did) and the price we paid for it was higher than its competitors. It could be a good option for dinner but a la carte brunch was lacking substance.

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Kate
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an excellent time at Dead Ringer. The staff were very accommodating for our big group and the tasting menu was very generous. On top of that the cocktails were excellent, the wine list well selected and the food was very tasty. Would recommend to anyone looking to treat themselves to a fun night out.

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LauraS
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The service was absolutely fantastic. We felt there could have been more food for the money we paid however the food was good quality

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SallyM
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, Allergan friendly and attentive and fun wait staff.

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Angela
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! I have been here multiple times now and it never disappoints. Food is always amazing, great selection of drinks and service is always friendly. Will definitely be going back and never hesitate to recommend.

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Alexis
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time dining here for my daughters 18th birthday. The food and cocktails were delicious, and the staff fabulous. We will all be back soon. xo

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Berny
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service to match the food. Will definitely be back again. We had a group of four people and we had a great time. We tried pretty much everything on the menu and it was delicious.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really amazing little bar and restaurant. Service was really nice and friendly with good recommendations. Nice list of good local Australian beers and couldn’t fault any of the dishes! Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Brunch was disappointing. Overpriced food and poor service. Won’t be returning.

Dead Ringer
Responded on 11 February 2020

Hey there, we're really sorry to hear you didn't enjoy brunch on Sunday! I'd love to hear more about this - could you email me directly? adam@deadringer.wtf Thanks! Adam Dow General Manager

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Andy
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Dead Ringer has great drinks, good food and a great vibe. It can be a little loud for easy conversation.

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service. Been twice and had the tasting menu both times. A little gem.

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TaraM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a brilliant meal and great service. We had a group of eight and chose the ‘feed me’ menu / brilliant.

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AlizaH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great menu and food.
Service and vibe nice for a Tuesday night.
Would come back!

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing for gluten free. Can recommend the feed me option!

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CameronM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food service ambience.
Good variety of food and even had some delicious vegan options!

Dead Ringer
Responded on 13 January 2020

Thanks for the kind words Cameron!

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AngusM
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

We had a poor experience. We booked an outside table for 830 and our table was not ready on arrival. We were asked to stand and wait but I suggested we get a drink and come back. The waiter offered to call me when our table was ready. I didn’t hear from the restaurant for 40 minutes so called back and was told they were just about to call me, but also that our table was still not ready. After being called and told our table was ready we were seated at the back of restaurant near the toilets. I reminded the staff we had requested an outside table and had been waiting almost an hour and we were moved.
The restaurant offered us a free round of drinks in return for waiting. Food was good, but at the end of the night after paying the bill we noticed we had been charged for a bottle of wine we hadn’t ordered. We got a refund for this. Overall it was a bit of a shambles and pretty disappointing.

Dead Ringer
Responded on 6 January 2020

Hi Angus, sorry to hear about your experience at Dead Ringer. As Open Table has a character limit I've reached out directly to you. We'd like to have you back and make this right! Regards Adam Dow General Manager

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JoannaR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Just lovely and the staff are just so kind and friendly - definitely visit, even if just for the roast potatoes with sour cream, they are divine!!!

Dead Ringer
Responded on 13 January 2020

Thanks for the kind words Joanna and hopefully we can have you back soon to earn that fifth star!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having my birthday dinner, service was prompt with a friendly smile. They were understanding of people being late. The food was delicious. Overall a must for a revisit.

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demerei
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Do yourself a favour and eat here.

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Veronica
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went there for a birthday dinner for my mum.We absolutely loved all the food that was served. This was my third time coming here and the cream almond dip has never disappointed me. We were all raving about the gnocchi when we finished dinner.

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JumaJuma
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great brunch but I would have loved something sweet included at the end :)

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Tanja
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

We had the vegan set menu, which was $40 per person. The food was tasty but the portions quite small. The desert was served with honey (not vegan), and we just got a meager apology.

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Alabaster
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really delicious food. We tried the house-made gnocchi (light and flavoursome), roast chicken served with lemon and zucchini, broccolini with miso, and beetroot with orange and kale. Lovely atmosphere sitting outside and watching the world go by. The only negative was the price of the wine list, with nothing south of $60.

Dead Ringer
Responded on 13 January 2020

Hey, thanks for your kind words - we're so glad you had a good time! We try our best to provide great value wines at affordable pricing - our wines generally sit between $55 and $75 for a bottle. There's always something new to try, come back soon to see what we're pouring next!

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Willy
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always a great experience at Dead Ringer. Was hoping to have a cosier table though. Every time I book I'm only ever able to get a high table!

Dead Ringer
Responded on 11 December 2019

Hey Willy! Thanks for the kind review and sorry you haven't been able to get the cosy table you're after! Next time you'd like to come in, email me directly at adam@deadringer.wtf and I'll sort you a nice table. Adam General Manager

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Brooke
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dead Ringer never disappoints ! Such lovely staff, great vibes and incredible food. Thanks for always putting on a great feast and epic cocktails ! Highly recommend !

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MathewS
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely delicious food. The service was brilliant - friendly but professional. We aren't big cocktail drinkers, which Dead Ringer are famous for, but we were drawn in by the all-Australian wine list. A small venue but it didn't feel crowded and the outside option would be very nice in summer. I'd come back for sure!

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vipNickS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were visiting from NYC and picked this restaurant based off of the food pics. We ordered the tasting menu which was delicious.

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ShariB
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely for a date night! My partner and I went and enjoyed the cosy vibe, great friendly service and delicious food.

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PamelaP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great ambience, delicious food. Service was a little slow but staff were friendly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner with friends before U2 concert

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3

Got the $45 set brunch menu and the servings were so small and food was so basic that it probably only cost them a maximum of $10. Extremely disappointing and not what I expected.

Dead Ringer
Responded on 24 November 2019

Hey, we're so sorry to hear about your experience at brunch and I'd love to find out more from you - could you get in touch with me directly? You can email me at adam@deadringer.wtf Thanks! Adam General Manager

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