Dead Ringer

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268 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
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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EB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. My dietary requirements were no issue (and they are lengthy!)

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DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An excellent evening of shared plates, very tasty food and superb service by Adam
What else could you ask for a great local venue. We’ll be back.

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LG
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. The waitress was lovely, very helpful with explaining the menu as it was our first time at the restaurant. Great wine list.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. Definitely recommend booking in advance. Super cool place for a boozy brunch. Go there!

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LK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Meat Free Mondays. Being Coeliac and vegetarian, it's a delight to have a gorgeous, gourmet meal in a lovely setting.

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AT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My best friend and I has an absolute blast at brunch. Staff were amazing and attentive. Food was delicious - staff were very accommodating with GF and veggo options! Overall excellent experience!

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DR
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely welcome and neighbourly vibe. Fantastic staff, great food and wine. Will definitely be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The vibe was perfect for a Friday night dinner and drinks. This was complimented by the outstanding staff and service, and the food was delicious. Five stars all round!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Visiting Sydney from Melbourne and work in hospitality myself. The reviews really did hold up to the amazing level of service and food. Dined for the brunch set menu and bottomless mimosas! Normally going into these kind of deals expectations are not too high and honestly our group was only going for the bottomless mimosas’s (as a girlie weekend would tend to do). Was highly impressed by the service from everyone, the ambiance of the restaurant - classiness and a chilled no rush feel, timing of food -one dish after the other spread out over the first hour and quality of options (normally this is where brunches don’t hold up - but this definitely wasn’t an issue here) second hour of bottomless mimosas’s was dedicated to ENDLESS mimosas and the group chatters. Restaurant was turning to dinner service by the end and we weren’t rushed out and a few more friends enjoyed for a few drinks before we decided to part with the restaurant! Absolute perfection and these guys held up to exactly how hospitality should be done!!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and next time I’m in Sydney I know exactly where to gather friends!! Thank you Dead Ringer Team

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was awesome, couldn’t fault that.
The service was lovely if a bit slow. We had to wait for drink orders quite a while and to order mains. It could be because of Easter Long Weekend but it makes me reluctant to tell people to go there as a group.
I am sure we will return but it is unlikely we will be taking people with us simply because the wait time was bordering on ridiculous.

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K
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food here was really good. Came here on a Monday night, so it was all delicious vegetarian food. Ambience was nice, seated outdoors under the heater. Could hear friends' conversations. Staff were attentive, but it did get busy towards the end.

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g
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Such a great venue for brunch! The staff were very friendly and helpful, i loved coming here i felt so welcome and the food was amazing!! The bottomless mimosa add on was incredible and definitely worth the value!!! Dont hesitate, this place is great!!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The drinks package was great value with good service

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Yes, delicious. Meals a little on the small side. Cocktails yummy

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We had a good brunch but expected a bit more food for what we were paying.

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BR
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Our table had both elderly guests and a coeliac guest, whos requirements were taken care off without fuss. Fantastic!

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SG
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for a group function - set menu & drink deals makes it easy to bill split. The boys behind the bar take their "bottomless Mimosa's " very seriously - they NEVER hit the bottom for us!

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NW
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing. The service was great only issue was that my bf and dad were still hungry after haha. But I was full and I would definitely recommend this place to my friends.

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London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Good food in a lovely setting. Poor and inattentive service - no waiter, had to ask to order food, did not feel well served.

Dead Ringer
Responded on 25 March 2019

Hi there, We're really sorry to hear this! We're not used to hearing comments like this about our service and we're so sorry we got it wrong on your visit. I'd love to hear more about your experience - could you reach out via email on adam@deadringer.wtf if you get the chance? We'd love to make it up to you. Adam General Manager

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Manager was very accommodating when we had to move indoors due to rain. Acoustics aren’t great - one loud party made it hard to hear each other- not a good place for a quiet dinner. But the food was outstanding. Sticky date pudding was to die for.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great Spot for outdoor dining, and people watching. The food was fantastic and the service was great, Attentive and helpful .

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HC
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had such a great time. Wonderful GF and DF options. Highly recommend!

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JY
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a great fun place. Perfect for a table of two as well as large groups. Amazing food, great staff and such a fun vibrant atmosphere.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meatless Monday was absolutely fantastic! Lovely service and delicious food. Will be returning

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P
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding staff, food so fresh, very relaxing, fun boozy breakfast with the family. Appreciated the roof shading us from the heat later on.

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GD
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Very disappointing. Nice atmosphere but very small dishes for the price and very small wine by the glass. Just felt ..... ripped off.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

A bit disappointing that for 2 hour bottomless mimosas we had to chase our waiter several times for more. Food was still amazing but I feel like the last time I was there we got more for the set menu. Still would recommend though, it was busy so that’s also taken into consideration

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CC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is a mix of different foods and tastes that I normally don’t eat in my daily life. It was so great and an excellent choice to catch up with my friends

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite spots in Sydney. Love the food and the mimosas. The brunch food is unique and delicious.

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FN
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place... knows what it is and does a great job. Staff were wonderful, letting us slowly pick through the food and wine list. Thanks for a great night

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, booze and atmosphere. You won't be disappointed.

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Hawaii
131 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a wonderful small neighborhood restaurant with outdoor seating. The food was delightful and delicious!
Personable staff.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was awesome, especially the ricotta tart!, as for bottomless mimosa option, it was worth it.
It had a full of flavour and alcohol and not some watered down drink because it was unlimited for 2 hours.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated at the bar and the service from the bar tender was awesome. He's attentive but not intrusive. Food was great I just wish the serving is bit bigger. Over-all it was a lovely experience. I would definitely come back.

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JL
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Pros: the burrata was delicious
Cons: wine is very pricey, mahi mahi was quite bland. We were also seated on the inside tables near the entrance, so it was also very loud and the chairs were quite uncomfortable (is awkward eating a meal on high tables/chairs). Would've been much better to be seated in the restaurant section, to be fair we didn't ask to move there which we probably should have.

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JH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant - top notch food in a casual relaxed environment. Buzzy feel and music at perfect level - ie not so loud you can’t hear each other

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food with even better service. No wonder we keep going back.

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London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I hadn’t been here for awhile and we had a great Sunday evening, food was great and the people were lovely .

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a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals we had while in Sydney. All the ingredients were seasonal and were fresh and flavorful, excellent cocktails and attentive service. The chicken with pistachios was amazing. Would definitely go back.

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YA
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great venue with a good atmosphere and lovely staff. A little slow to take initial order but then everything else was great.

Dead Ringer
Responded on 27 January 2019

Hi Yasmin, Thanks for the kind words and sorry we were a little slow to get going on Thursday night. Hopefully we see you again soon!

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