Four in Hand

4.1
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90 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern European
The Four in Hand has been and always will be an institution for Paddington local’s and Sydney food enthusiasts alike. Taking a leaf from heritage, The Four in Hand is proudly going back to its roots with a focus on the finest, meat, seafood and wine in the dining room and classic pub cuisine, beer and sport in the bar.

The Grill at The Four has done away with the formality of the previous offering and replaced it with a heartier, more produce driven that is packed with flavour once cooked on the new grill.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Bar
Sunday & Monday 12pm – 10pm
Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm

Dining room
Lunch 12pm – 3pm
Dinner 5.30pm – 9.30pm
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Phone number
(02) 9326 2254
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Private Party Facilities
CORPORATE EVENTS | BIRTHDAYS | BUCK'S PARTY | ENGAGEMENTS. The Four in Hand has a long history as a destination for the classic pub experience, offering a variety of function spaces suitable for seated and cocktail events of all sizes.
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Private Party Contact
Four in Hand Functions: 93262254
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Neighbourhood
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Public Transit
389 Bus
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Special Events & Promotions
Valentines Day:
Treat your significant other to a mouth watering meal and indulge in some of the best meat and seafood available in Australia at Paddington restaurant The Grill at The Four. To make your night even more special we’re offering all bookings a complimentary dessert* on us.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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Food
4.2
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.6
Value
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1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely historic pub in a quiet leafy corner of Paddington with a laidback vibe. Sunday roast was excellent as are the booths if you're fortunate enough to secure one. Let's hope this great pub remains open so that Paddo doesn't become yet another bland vanilla suburb.

IA
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was Excellent!! Great Service. Highly recommend it.

KL
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Always homey, great food and service. Miss the artwork.

LB
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We come back in this restaurant next time when we come to Sydney from Nouméa. The butler advise me to take a wine according with my tastes, the wine " Bête Noir" was fabulous ! Good meat , good wine,good evening !!

FL
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service very professional. Food was good to very good, I had the barramundi which was moist and delicious, my wife had the rabbit ribbon pasta, which was tasty but a bit watery she found. Anyway, a real local gem, have been dining there for years and never disappointed.

RW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Food was at best average
Toilet amenities were disgusting
Been to the Four many times but this was the last

GM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Our meals were a little slow so they brought us a complimentary round of drinks!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

The food was great but the restaurant and pub were empty

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent dinner, quiet venue so we could talk, friendly staff and accommodating management.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

An old favourite has changed hands. Still a great place, but I think the menu is now too short. If one doesn’t want steak, one will need to look elsewhere. Likewise, repeat visits will be infrequent because steak-or-steak.
Otherwise, same lovely venue, terrific service and a very pleasant experience.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Was a bit expensive for the quality of the food. Service was very pleasant though.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Better than usual pub. The suckling pig was excellent as were the crispy chats. Good services, friendly and efficient.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 5Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The food is a bit under expectation.

OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an excellent lunch at Four in Hand. If you are in or around Paddington, I highly recommend that you visit.

The food was straightforward and very tasty. The wine list had a good variety. The desserts were stand-outs. It was quiet at lunch, so conversation was not a problem - I expect it gets pretty lively in the evenings.

Make the trip down Elizabeth from Oxford St. You won’t be disappointed.

N
Sydney / NSW
16 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

One of my regular haunts. The food is always well prepared, a bit too much mest on the menu, a good solid wine list.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

No longer the "Four in Hand" bistro, but rather an overpriced and pretentious grill.

Whilst the old restaurant was one of my favourites, the new one i will not be going back to.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I wish i could have given a better star rating. I haven't been to this restaurant for quite a number of years and i think i liked the atmosphere prior to it being renovated.

I ordered the Kingfish entree as i have always loved this kind of dish, however the Kingfish was too thick and the flavours just didn't do it justice. It tasted like a home-made attempt might taste. The butter for the bread was tasteless.

However, overall, we had a lovely night and enjoyed ourselves and our waiter was great.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

This is a grill now with fairly limited menu. It was noisy but you could at least hear. We had said on booking that was for a birthday but no record of it by staff. Overall, not bad but not wonderful.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another super experience at the F I H. Squid .... perfection. Lamb.. a melting moment . Ambience ..blissful. Service matched the venue. The bar.... serene , then pumping. Lunch ended at 8.30pm. Don't you love those days! Rare as they've become.

RF
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Underwhelmed by staff and food. Overwhelmed by bill.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Delicious food matched our desire for a leisurely Sunday lunch with no time constraints. Good bloody Marys.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Second time to Four In Hand. Enjoyable restaurant ambiance and the food was really delicious. The suckling pork for two was a very generous serve, larger than we have encountered in other restaurants. The service was not as good as on the first occasion with confusion over orders by waiters in training. Apart from some missteps the experience overall was pretty good.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent decor, service, ambiance and food. We really enjoyed our night.

SW
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great Paddington local. Nice room, really good steaks and the service was friendly and attentive.

OT
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was Very good the only negative point was my partners rib eye wasn't very good for the price.

MT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Issue with our friendly waitress but with language barrier understanding our order ....repeated several times yet one steak, which four in hand is famous for, was medium rare not medium well .....shouldn't really have to send your meal back to have another crack at it in a restaurant of this Calibre

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall 1Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Food was average and WAY overpriced. It's sad they tried to make the restaurant so fancy... old Four in Hand was great!!

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Sadly I cant recommend The Four In Hand. Our food experience fell far short of expectation.
With the exception of a starter of calamari with romesco sauce nothing left a good impression. The fish was something I would be happy with at a local bistro at half the price. The rump steak went back only 1/3 eaten and no one bothered to ask whether there was a reason why it was not eaten. The fries which were so ordinary, the leek with hazelnuts which was squeaky and bland. It may seem that we are dificult to please but honestly this was so ordinary. It was our first time and we had expectations that we would have a memorable meal. Not the case sadly.

The best thing about the dinner was the wine.

LG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Expensive local pub dining. Meat was of high quality. Fish under cooked. Grit/dirt in grilled lettuce. Wines by the glass very expensive. Staff pleasant but not super knowledgeable. I don't like the fit out as before. Its was much warmer and welcoming. Now just a fairly boring room.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Terrific meal and good service but the tables are a fraction too close together and it's noisy. The largest loudest table wins.

SH
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great vibe, nice service and yummy food. Pate was delicious. Duck between 3 was great and way more than enough! Bar area was really vibey and good for pre's too; mixed age crowd.

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed the 'new' dining room at the Four in Hand. Food was delicious, service great and a comprehensive and interesting wine list.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great find. I was looking for a bistro type restaurant with lots of meat options and veggie options.. And I found the place I was looking for! The staff were really great and made some excellent recommendations for food and wine. Great value as well. Will definitely be back.

OT
Dined on 9 July 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Unimpressed. Variable performance for an unremarkable menu. Interesting idea to allow dinners to construct their own meal but in practice this was lost in translation.

Wine list very disappointing for a restaurant focused on 'protein'.

Not recommended with children - service slow.

OT
Dined on 7 July 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Wonderful food. Steak perfectly cooked and tender. Great ambience. Happy to return.

OT
Dined on 21 May 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dined in private dining room perfect for special occasions. Service food and wine of high quality.

OT
Dined on 14 May 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Very Overpriced. Tiny servings

OT
Dined on 30 April 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for cheese and wine on a Sunday arvo. Roast of day was nice but not as good as other pubs, not a fan of cabbage & kale with a roast.

OT
Dined on 30 April 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Cuisine is impeccable. Service not up to the standardard of the Kitchen in the "dining room". Sat facing a wall, they wouldn't offer us another table despite availability.

$18,- for a glass of wine pured out of a three litre bottle, dissapointing and over priced.

L
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Our table of 4 were quite disappointed with the food, having looked forward to a special dining experience. The octopus starter was delicious as was the pork belly, however the yellow fin tuna was totally lacking in flavour. The roast chicken for 2 persons @$65 was completely tasteless, the barramundi not firm but mushy. The chocolate mousse dessert was particularly disappointing having a very gelatinous texture.