Employees Only

4.5
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139 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Contemporary American
Employees Only Sydney is a New York-style cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Sydneys CBD.

Only Dinner Bookings will be seated in the Dining Area, All drink bookings will be allocated to Bar or High Top Table Seating.

CANCELLATION POLICY.
THERE WILL BE A $50PP NO SHOW FEE, ALL CANCELLATIONS NEED TO BE MADE 12 HOURS IN ADVANCE

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

Please contact us at reservations@employeesonlysyd.com for bookings up to 30 people.

PLEASE NOTE:
MANAGEMENT RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ENTRY ON THE DOOR.

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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 139 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
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TasnuvaRaidah
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, great suggestions on starters, mains and drinks.
Loved the energy of the place and appreciated the complimentary drink for our first night out since the pandemic.

Highly recommend!

Employees Only
Responded 7 hours ago

Hi, thanks for the kind review! We can't always do so but we do try to go the extra mile for our guests where we can. We'd love to see you back for another cocktail or more menu suggestions soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff. A good variety of cocktails to pick from. Overall a great experience.

Employees Only
Responded 7 hours ago

Thanks for reviewing us! We're so glad you enjoyed your time at EO and our cocktail list, and hope to see you back soon.

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VeronicaW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice cocktail br. Very professional staff as well. The cocktails were amazing.

Employees Only
Responded 7 hours ago

Hi Veronica, thank you so much for the kind review!

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KayI
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere is eclectic, music on point, wait staff always ready to help. Its a familiar friendly vibe with an edge.
Dinner, there is something for everyone, meat, vegan, amazing bar food.
The drinks are the pinnacle of why i go....amazing mixologists who know how to serve up classics and create new gems.

Employees Only
Responded 7 hours ago

Hi Kayl, thanks for reviewing us! We appreciate the positive feedback so much and can't wait to mix up another drink for you soon.

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JacquiD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, ambiance, food & cocktails. I cant wait to come back

Employees Only
Responded on 13 October 2020

Hey Jacqui, thanks so much for reviewing us! We're glad you enjoyed your time at EO! And we hope to see you back again soon.

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AmandaS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had and amazing time and the food/drinks were fantastic. Highly recommend.

Employees Only
Responded on 13 October 2020

Hi Amanda, thanks for leaving us such a nice review! Hopefully we get to serve your more of our delicious food and drinks again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again we decided to have some drinks and finish off our day at Employees Only. The staff greeted us with enthusiasm and a warm friendly smile. We enjoyed the new menu of cocktails.

Employees Only
Responded on 13 October 2020

Hi, we're so glad you enjoyed your time at Employees Only! And thanks for noticing our new cocktails, we hope you liked them as much as we do!

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RonMox
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super amazing cocktails and the most delicious food!!! Can’t wait yo go back!!:)

Employees Only
Responded on 13 October 2020

Hey, we're so glad you enjoyed your time at Employees Only! We loved having you and can't wait to see you back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice and friendly.

Employees Only
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks for the 5 star review!

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DHQL
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Employees Only is a fantastic restaurant where everything is done with care, from the food to the service to the ambience. Highly recommend!

Employees Only
Responded on 9 October 2020

Wow, thanks for such a great review! At Employees Only we definitely always try to go above and beyond, so hearing that our customers enjoy their time with us is so rewarding. We hope to see you back again soon!

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

First in bookings and we were sat at the bar right near the door. Was not a great atmosphere in that spot especially seeing the rest of the venue was primarily empty at the time.

Employees Only
Responded on 9 October 2020

Hi Sarah, thanks for taking the time to review us! We're sorry you had an average time with us when we usually take pride in being much better than average. We'll definitely ensure we look into this, and hopefully we see you again one day to provide you with our regular, great service!

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RenaiV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great vibe would definitely recommend. Music is great the little show is a nice added touch, food is very tasty.

Employees Only
Responded on 9 October 2020

Thanks for the review! We're so glad to hear you had a great time here with us, and enjoyed the show with your food! We hope to see you next time, Renai!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyable. Fun. Yummy cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience4

Was told 4 times our booking was ending, starting 40mins into booking we had a hour, 40 mins
30min, 15min
Made our experience a disappointment
Went to The Gidley the next night, your Management should go there to learn what good Service is...

Employees Only
Responded on 9 October 2020

Hi, we are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your time with us at Employees Only. Our staff usually take great pride in how we tend to our customers and to learn that we have disappointed a customer is really important to us. We hope that you do choose to visit us again eventually, and we will make sure any issues you have raised are addressed internally so it does not happen again. Thank you again for the feedback.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
21 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ‘Around the World’ cocktail and taco experience was delightful

Employees Only
Responded 7 hours ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We hope you had a great time with us at EO!

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CaitlinM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service
The bar tenders were so lovely and created the best vibe for the night

Loved the fact that they all get in on the music and are enjoying themselves just as much as the customers! Makes a big difference for the night

Employees Only
Responded on 28 September 2020

Hi Caitlin, we get so happy to see customer reviews like this! At EO, our staff really do have as much fun as the customers and we're so glad we could contribute to your Saturday night vibe! We all hope to see you back again and having a good time with us again soon.

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KaraS
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great venue.
Delicious cocktails and great food.
Awesome vibe with entertainment.
My new favourite locale.

Employees Only
Responded on 30 September 2020

Hey Kara, thank you so much for your kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us here at Banksii and enjoyed the drinks, food and location as much as we do! We hope to see you again soon.

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Peter
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a friendly and warm atmosphere, love the place. Highly recommend

Employees Only
Responded on 28 September 2020

Hi Peter, thanks for the review! We're glad you can always rely on us for providing a nice atmosphere for you, and we hope to see you again soon.

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KayI
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my go to place

Employees Only
Responded on 28 September 2020

And Kayl, we're so glad to be! Thanks for the review.

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BurdanN
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always a fun night. Has the worlds smallest ladies toilets.

Employees Only
Responded on 28 September 2020

Hi, we're glad you always have a fun night out when you choose to spend it with us! We're sorry our restrooms are on the smaller side! If you have any further feedback for us, please email us at maddison@tropicool.life. Thanks!

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Cashews
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Very disappointing food

Nice cocktails
Good service

Dining area bit crowded for covid

Employees Only
Responded on 28 September 2020

Hi, first of all we would like to thank you for the review and we are glad you enjoyed our cocktails and service! However, we are sorry you didn't have the best time during your recent visit to Employees Only. We appreciate your feedback on the crowding as we take the health and safety of our patrons seriously and will make sure this doesn't happen again. If you have any further feedback for us, please email us at maddison@tropicool.life. Thanks!

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brando
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cocktails are the best as always, will always be back for the manhattan and steak tartare.

Employees Only
Responded on 28 September 2020

Hi Brando, we're so happy you always have a great time when you join us at EO! Hope to see you back to serve you that steak tartare and cocktails anytime!

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VanjaV
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great venue and atmosphere. Would definitely come back.

Employees Only
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thanks for the 5 star review!

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carolineg
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Very attentive staff and the cocktails were delicious

Employees Only
Responded on 28 September 2020

Hi Caroline, we're so happy you enjoyed our menu and service! And our staff can't to whip you up more of those delicious cocktails anytime you wish you join us again.

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SammyJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was really lovely. I thought the steak was a little overpriced but everything else was terrific. Service was bang on.

Employees Only
Responded on 28 September 2020

Hi Sammy, thanks for the feedback! We always try to make sure we take everything on board. We're so pleased that you enjoyed our service and still had a brilliant time with us!

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vipLamiaL
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dinner and cocktails!!! Awesome Wednesday night vibe. Highly recommend it. Service and staff are all friendly and very attentive. Will definitely be back!! My fav place

Employees Only
Responded on 28 September 2020

Hi Lamia, we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us at Employees Only! We love to see people enjoying our cocktails and food as much as we do! And we can't wait to provide the same service if we're lucky enough to see you in again soon!

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SamT
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Came for the cabaret show but unfortunately missed it as the show started late and our reservation time was ending.

Employees Only
Responded on 1 September 2020

Hi Sam. Thanks for taking the time to review us! We hope you'll visit us again soon and we'll make sure we're running on time!

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Pauly
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Food, Great Drinks, Great Service, Great Time

Employees Only
Responded on 1 September 2020

Hey Pauly! Thanks so much for taking the time to review us and we're so pleased to hear you had such a great time at EO!

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VictorR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

EMPLOYEES ONLY is reminiscent of one of those 'Mafioso' haunts u see in the movies - it has the entry and impression of a Private Club

Its basement location lends to an ambience of exclusivity and you are made to feel VERY welcome on arrival (squeeze in for a TAROT reading en route to your table - IF u can?!? Its THAT popular)

Service is enthusiastic and attentive - can be found a bit 'wanting' during busy times BUT will always snap to it if you give them a wave

Dining there has a REALLY COOL VIBE.

LOVED the music choices this young DJ brought to the table - but despite writings to the contrary....EMPLOYEES ONLY is definitely NOT a speak easy. Enjoyable nonetheless

COCKTAILS are fun and unique - give the READY FIRE AIM. PINK FLAMINGO and AMELIA a try while DESSERT cannot be enjoyed without an ESPRESSO MARTINI

The MENU certainly sounds impressive but can say with certainty that it is OK. The Gold Laced Steak is certainly tender and succulent whilst the SEAFOOD Linguini is a charm. Servings are not overly generous so best bank on the full 3 courses to ensure u leave satisfied.

DRAG SHOWS are twice nightly at 7:30 and 9:30ish PM - they provide an interesting dramatic pause to your visit and are really over before you get to think whether u enjoyed it or not.

EMPLOYEES ONLY revels in its CBD geographic locale. Its a place you visit for Special Occassions and i will certainly go there again.....just not in a hurry 'cos i need to SAVE UP first

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Victor Reyes

Employees Only
Responded on 1 September 2020

Hey Victor! Thank you for your lengthy review and your feedback! It was awesome to read. We're pleased to hear you'll pay us another visit and we'll be sure to take your feedback on board.

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KaleeS
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience2

Nice venue, great service from staff. Food was okay but pricey. The level of the music played all through dinner made any conversation extremely difficult. What could have been a great ambience was ruined by this.

Employees Only
Responded on 1 September 2020

Hi Kalee. Thanks for your feedback, we really appreciate it. We'll take it on board in regards to music levels. We hope you'll pay us another visit again soon?

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MilankaD
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a vibe! Loved it. It’s everything Sydney needs.

Employees Only
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks Milanka for the fantastic review!

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Disappointed
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I used to go to New York mother ship when I lived there so had a big expectations. The drinks were good but food is basic and service needed improvement. The bathroom design was very disappointing with very small cubicles for so called trendy bar. Also, I saw no social distancing measures were considered in layout of tables.

Employees Only
Responded on 1 September 2020

Hi there. We're sorry to hear about your recent experience. Please note, we take all precautions necessary and more to keep our customers and staff safe whilst they are at EO. We take social distancing, along with hygiene requirements very seriously and we can assure you that we are following these procedures to a t. If you do however have any feedback for us, we'd love to chat to your further about it. Please reach out to us a maddison@tropicool.life. Thanks!

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vipLamiaL
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing venue. Best service and food was awesome!!! Golden steak and barramundi was delicious. Cocktails are the best. Can’t wait to be back again. Coolest place in Sydney!!!!

Employees Only
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks Lamia for the fantastic review! We hope to see you at Employees Only Sydney again very soon!

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TraceyK
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Main courses were outstanding, dessert of passionfruit creme brûlée disappointing.

Ambience great, drink were great.

Would definitely go back but I would have dessert elsewhere

Employees Only
Responded on 18 August 2020

Hi Tracey. Thank you for taking the time to review us, we really appreciate it! We'll be sure to take your feedback on board. We hope to have you back at EO soon!

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The prawn pasta was very salty. Other than that very much recommend it

Employees Only
Responded on 18 August 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your feedback, we really appreciate it!

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EmmaT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great bar for post dinner cocktails and a show! will be back!

Employees Only
Responded on 18 August 2020

Thanks Emma! We're so pleased to hear you had a lovely time at EO!

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Peter
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent as always ........................................

Employees Only
Responded on 18 August 2020

Thanks for the 5-star review Peter!

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall great experience. Great venue, cocktails, food and service.

Employees Only
Responded on 18 August 2020

Thanks for the 5-star review Lisa! We hope to have you back again very soon!

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MatthewR
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
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 !!

Employees Only
Responded on 18 August 2020

Hi Matthew! Wow - what a fantastic review! We hope to enjoy a drink with you again soon Matthew!

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
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

Employees Only
Responded on 18 August 2020

Hi Vanessa. Thanks so much for taking the time to review us and we appreciate your honest review. We will pass your feedback onto the team and will be sure to look into this further. Thanks again Vanessa and we do hope you'll give us another try soon!

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