Employees Only

4.5
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101 reviews
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$40 and under
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Contemporary American
Employees Only Sydney is a New York-style cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Sydneys CBD.

Table bookings are available for dinner only from 4 till 9:30pm.

Our extensive late-night dining menu is also available until 2.30am

Please contact us at reservations@employeesonlysyd.com for bookings up to 10 people.

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Drinks Only

Dine in
Starting Jun 24, 2020·Wed-Sat 15:00-23:30

Award winning cocktails, with bar food menu available.

Dinner & Drinks

Dine in
Starting Jun 24, 2020·Wed-Sat 15:00-23:30

A la carte menu available until 10:00pm. Late night dining menu available 10:00pm to close. Award winning cocktails available all night.

What 101 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MatthewR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing bespoke NYC bar in the heart of Sydney CBD. You do not want to go anywhere else it's the best little bar !!

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We had high expectations, but the food was disappointing, the steak was chewy, the barramundi and the linguini flavourless. The passionfruit creme brûlée was super runny under the sugar crust
The scallops entrée was amazing and the milk chocolate tarte also
The ambiance atmosphere and Cocktails i will probably come back for but not the food sadly

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ColinM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drinks, highly recommend the scallops. Short 2 hour booking time the only issue as experience seemed slightly rushed.

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Gilli
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome! Entertaining great atmosphere

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AnilC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic venue, the service was best I have experienced in Sydney, food and entertainment was fabulous, overall great place to dine with friends and loved ones, most likely will dine there again. Cheers

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GeorgiaS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere
100% would return and recommend

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the top bars in Sydney. Great food and ambience. Chris the bartender and Anisse the waitress were fabulous. Our group didnt have a bad word to say about this place. Would highly recommend

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CharG
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is hard to beat. The cocktails are delicious, the food outstanding, service is friendly and the music playlist has you dancing in your seat. Would not recommend highly enough! We will be back.

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JBCR
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Dancer was amazing. We only snacked on the menu.. so can’t really judge too much. What let us down was the rude host. He had an attitude when talking to us, also watched him speaking the same way to others.

JM
JMac
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Nice cocktails but pretentious staff and not much ambience. Won’t be back

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JulesG
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a hidden Gem! Food was outstanding and service was great! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing evening.
The service and staff are incredible, we didn’t have dinner just drinks but the ambience and vibe was just perfect.

Def would go back and a huge shout out to their staff who were brilliant and caring

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DimitriL
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Bouncer at the front was exceptionally rude. We entered stayed for 5 minutes and left

Employees Only
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi Dimitri. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're so sorry to hear about your recent experience. We will investigate this further. If you have any further feedback, please email maddison@tropicool.life. Thanks Dimitri.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

Service was lovely - management was kind enough to reseat us when I pointed out that the tables were crammed together. The couple next to us mentioned that they were uncomfortable with us being so close, so our very kind waitress relocated us to a corner.
The ambiance of the restaurant was super-fun, the styling was fabulous, it had a great vibe. The drinks were wonderfully presented.
The food was alright - I had the ceviche, my friend had the seafood pasta - I wouldn’t go back for the food. The ceviche was unbalanced - pure acid, with nothing basic to takeaway from the heavy citrus. The seafood in my friend’s pasta was overcooked and rubbery - but with two meals bringing us close to $60, we ate it. The bread with truffle butter was nice!
Best part of the night was Lily, the psychic, in the booth on the way out! Really generous and such fun!
Overall, go for drinks and the beautiful interior!

Employees Only
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi there. Thanks for taking the time to review us. We really appreciate your feedback. We'll be sure to pass it onto the team and investigate this further. We do hope you'll visit us again soon!

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Elllie
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Shocking service, we were sat for almost 30 minutes in the restaurant part before being asked for drinks. Food was very slow to come out (it was a Saturday night) and other tables received their food before us. The gold leaf steak is really nice, however my friends risotto was so salt it was almost unpalatable. The atmosphere is great and the cocktails are very good. The live burlesque is a hit. Would be an incredible venue if the service improved and the food was just that extra bit better. Would recommend for fun drinks but not for a nice meal.

Employees Only
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi Ellie. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're sorry to hear about your recent experience and we do hope you'll give us another chance. If you have any further feedback, please email us at maddison@tropicool.life. Thanks!

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BronwynW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Would highly recommend employees only. I have been there a few times now

Employees Only
Responded on 21 July 2020

Thank you for the great review!

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Really great drinks - Like really great!
Food was okay, but it took a very long time to come out, like a VERY long time. Almost 30 minutes for oysters to get to the table. We were also a little annoying and asked for the cold courses first, but we ended up getting out hot ones first? We weren't that bothered, but just a little disappointing to know our comments were ignored.
Will be back for after dinner drinks maybe!

Employees Only
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi Taylor. Thanks for taking the time to review us, we really appreciate it. We'll be sure to pass this feedback on to the team. We do hope to see you again soon!

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Sara
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience5

I have been to Employees Only a few times now and love the bar. It has beautiful decor, the vibe is always awesome and the service and drinks are awesome. I recently dined and felt that the food wasn't to the level of the bar. We ordered the tartar which was really great (favourite dish), the spiced calamari that lacked spice overall, the spatchcock which was cooked very well though serving size was well under. Desserts were nice also; the passion fruit creme brulee tasted great though was overthrown by the sheer lack of brulee. Perhaps I ordered wrong; and to clarify there was nothing bad, just missed the mark for me.
Will be back for the epic service and drinks for sure!

Employees Only
Responded on 21 July 2020

Hi Sara. Thanks so much for taking the time to review us, we really appreciate it. Thank you for sharing your feedback, we will be sure to pass it onto the chef and team. We hope that you'll visit us again soon!

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Lint
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Stylish bar with good food, friendly service and interesting cocktails. The steak tartare is a must-try as were the desserts. Just wish the noise levels could be dialled down for easier conversation across the table

Employees Only
Responded on 14 July 2020

Thanks Lint for the fantastic review!

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HannahMatthew
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The wait staff were amazing, fun and friendly.
We were a bit dubious as we arrived as the bouncer on the door was very arrogant and unhelpful. While I just put it down to the

Employees Only
Responded on 14 July 2020

Hi Hannah. Thank you for taking the time to review us! Thank you for your feedback, we'll pass it on to the team.

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AngharadB
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4Food1Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, wonderful service. Enjoyed the burlesque show! The food was not great - very bland risotto, overpriced. My friend had the seafood linguini and was sick a few hours later. Would definitely visit again for a drink.

Employees Only
Responded on 14 July 2020

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to review us! We'll pass on your feedback to our team. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went there on a first date. The ambience, service & food were amazing. Had a great time and will definitely return soon.

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ClaudiaM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Thanks to Mashi (or Misha? so sorry I can't remember) from the bar who took very good care of us at the end of our dinner! The rest of the staff was nice but amateur and a bit entitled. No knowledge of the wine list, doesn't really know how to serve wine and asked us to leave in 1/2h after placing the last order (without mentioning anything before of course). We had to ask to cancel this last order, to be offered to stay longer. Maybe you should think about training your staff about menus and out-by management? Also the food was disappointing. For this price range, you have to do better. Please change the ceviche recipe - it was a distaster - and I would suggest to leave the condiments on the table with the tartare - it's a very subjective dish. The scallops were too cooked and not very tasty. But the steak and the truffle mash were very yummy! The cocktail list was also really interesting. We loved the Saffron one and the Bad Romance :)

Employees Only
Responded on 14 July 2020

Hi there Claudia. Thank you so much for taking time to leave feedback. We really appreciate it. We'll pass it on to the team. We'd really love to have you back again at EO soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were so attentive. Food was amazing as always and we were lucky enough to get a peak of the beautiful dancers. Must haves are the beef tartare, lamb skewers, oysters, the pasta and the golden steak! The creme brulee was so so good and refreshing as well. I’m usually not a big fan of desserts but I loved this.

I also tried the spatchcock- it was a whole bird so really big! It was just okay and wasn’t as outstanding.

Employees Only
Responded on 14 July 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We hope to have you back at EO soon!

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Oldmanriver
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Solid choice for good drinks and food. Loved the barramundi dish!

Employees Only
Responded on 14 July 2020

Thanks for the great review!

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AkshayR
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing I love it. The food was great, the staff were amazing.

Employees Only
Responded on 14 July 2020

Thank you for the 5 star review!

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Krsi
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Having been several times to EO I was disappointed on my last visit. The service at the restaurant tables was slow and disinterested. Lacked the usual warmth. The food quality was ok but not it’s previous standard. Meals came out at different times, the last arrived a good 10 minutes after everyone else’s and only after we asked the waitstaff to go and chase it up. Cocktails were excellent as usual. Really disappointing after having previously had such great experiences.

Employees Only
Responded on 18 March 2020

Hey there. Thanks so much for getting in touch and sharing your honest feedback with us about your most recent experience. We'd love to get in touch with you to discuss this further. Do you mind emailing us at maddison@tropicool.life with the date and time you visited, plus your contact details? Thanks so much!

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MonicaF
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the music and food would highly recommend. It’s loud but music is great it’s nice to listen to.

Employees Only
Responded on 12 March 2020

Thanks for the rave review, Monica!

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TM44
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lively & very fun place! Lots of people watching and high energy. The DJ, Dakota, was outstanding and kept it skillfully hopping and entertaining for all!

Employees Only
Responded on 12 March 2020

Thanks for the fantastic review TM! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the live DJ. We hope you'll be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best service ever

Employees Only
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the amazing feedback and 5-star review! We hope to see you again very soon!

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ADubs
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Really disappointing, took my partner for Valentine’s Day and had high hopes from the reviews I read. But unfortunately we were an overlooked table all night. We were sat in a corner and forgotten about we had to ask for the bill 3 times when we wanted to leave. We had stayed for the promise of a burlesque show at 9:30 and when it got to 10:00 we decided we had waited long enough. As we went to leave one song was played and that was it. Whilst the food was good the service really let it down. Even the host was exhausted and admitted to having a hard night which as a patron I can sympathise with but it is also disappointing to have this brought to our attention. I left embarrassed that I had booked this venue for our date night.

Employees Only
Responded on 17 February 2020

Hi there. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and we're really sorry to hear about your recent experience. We'd love to invite you back for a meal, on us, so that we can make up for your recent experience. Would you mind sending us an email to maddison@tropicool.life so that we can arrange this? Thanks so much!

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SylviaP
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere was great service was fantastic... Music was a bit loud for talking but we had a really good night

Employees Only
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the 5-star review! We appreciate your feedback and we hope to have you back at EO very soon, Sylvia!

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KristenB
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service, atmosphere, entertainment , could not recommend more! We will be back!

Employees Only
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thanks Kristen! We hope to have you back at EO very soon!

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JosetteH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Perfect night
Service food ambiance was tops
Loved the beautiful burlesque dance and feel there should be more entertainment

Employees Only
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thanks Josette! We hope to see you again very soon!

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vipMichaelJW
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

My sister and I went for dinner on Saturday evening. I have been to the Manhattan restaurant a few times. The only real similarity was the neon sign outside and the logo - all very cool. We may have picked a bad evening, but they were out of the gin I ordered (for a speakeasy!), out of the fish my sister ordered, so she ordered chicken instead - they came back 15 mins later to say they were out of chicken, so she ordered gnocchi instead. I had roast lamb. It was a raucous crowd, topped off by a cabaret dancer on the bar (I was fine with the latter). However, our food took well over an hour to arrive - it was tasty.

In their defense they were very apologetic and comp’d us some sangria and a bottle of wine - they attitude by the staff was exemplary.

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JorkeJ
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my wife for our anniversary dinner. We were greeted by a incredible friendly German host. She made my wife and I feel very welcome. She ensured that we were looked after all night. The food was amazing and the atmosphere just perfect. We will definitely be back some time soon, and we hope the main host will be there again.

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EmilyM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely LOVED this place. The vibe transports you to another place, where fun thrives and people are so very friendly. The food was superb, cocktails delicious and I cannot remember having service that good for a long time.

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LaurenD
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fun night! The service was fantastic and so was the performance on the bar! We will definitely be back for another round and for a longer evening !! xxx

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience1

Music is too loud which means everyone has raised voices which takes away from the ambiance of what would have been a great night

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sally
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great venue for cocktails and dinner. Was a bit noisy and hard to hear.

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