Henry Sugar

4.7
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159 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
Our menu is designed and created by Spanish Michelin-trained chef and owner Michael Baker, and complemented by co-owner Daniel Mason’s selection of innovative cocktails, natural wines and inhouse sodas. We’re a local destination that offers outside dining when it’s warm and a roaring fire when it’s not. We constantly adjust our menus to reflect the best of the season and whatever takes our fancy. Book now or pop in as often as you like for a delightfully different dining experiences. We’re a destination for locals and for everyone who loves excellent food, great atmosphere and a warm welcome.
What 159 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.6
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.5
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jennah
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

new favorite local :)
I would really recommend the house spritz - it was great.
Service was fantastic and they catered to my dietary requests.

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FrankG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a gem in Carlton North! Great menu and wine selection with outstanding, easy-going service.

the perfect place for a drink and dinner with a group of friends or date.

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AoifeH
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious very tasty food!
Nice atmosphere and good staff!

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal with many interesting dishes and a wide array of flavours. Sharing of the plates also made extremely easy by the staff and chefs. Suggest they might update the wine list as doesn't quite match the quality and range of the food.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 18 February 2020

Hi John thanks for posting this great feedback. We appreciate it. Cheers Mike

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EleniG
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great vibe, friendly staff - would totally recommend!

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KellieG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food is amazing, service warm and friendly and ambiance stunning. Try the home baked rye bread with 'vegemite' butter and the salt and vinegar veggie leaf chips. I can't fault this place and would highly recommend. Thanks for a fabulous experience x

Henry Sugar
Responded on 1 February 2020

Hi Kellie thanks for the kind words. It's so nice to know what we are doing is appreciated. Cheers Mike Chef and co-owner

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VeronicaG
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience1

Food really good - and I mean really !!! Service was perfunctory — I didn’t really feel comfortable at Henri Sugar as the staff were interested in entertaining the minus 30’s ... I really felt excluded and unwelcome for being older than 30. If you are older than 40 I think you’ll feel more welcome and included in other establishments which is a shame because the food is outstanding. But we don’t like to feel unwelcome

Henry Sugar
Responded on 1 February 2020

Hi Veronica, I'm Mike the chef and co-owner of Henry Sugar. I'm pleased you enjoyed the food. I am so very sorry and surprised to hear you felt unwelcome at our restaurant. In no way do we wish to focus on a younger clientele or any type of clientele over another for that matter. I sincerely hope you give us another chance as after speaking to staff I can only attribute this to a misunderstanding and a one-off occurrence. Thanks for the feed back and hope to see you again Warm regards Mike

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Mirko
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice food and knowledgeable staff. Lentil parfait is always our favourite dish. Menu is simple, which means everything is fresh.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 1 February 2020

Thanks for the feedback Mirko :)

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious and interesting food!
The tasting menu offers a variety of flavours and textures to sink your teeth into!

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vipNutty
Canberra / ACT
9 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a true culinary gem! Excellent, clever and well executed food. We did the 7 course degustation and a range of beverages. The wine list is stellar with organic and earthy options. The ambience is great - quiet and comfortable enough for a cosy conversation yet elegant and polished. Definitely try Henry Sugar!

Henry Sugar
Responded on 1 February 2020

Hi Nutty, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We really appreciate and we are glad you enjoyed everything. Cheers Mike Chef and co-owner

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Enjoyed the chefs menu so much. Every dish was amazing. Can't wait to go back. Great place for a special occasion.

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal in a long time, had the set menu which was delicious and excellent value. Great atmosphere and experience all round. Would definitely recommend and visit again.

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DrazenB
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great night at HS ... food and service from the team always sublime.

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TimB
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Nice place and friendly staff. If you are vegetarian, the dish choices are a bit weird and unbalanced. Firstly the lentil parfait was phenomenal but the leek dish was soggy and not nice at all. Drinks were great bit the tide was definitely out for my red wine. It was well recommended but there ate too many other better choices for vegetarian food.

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jarrodm
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food,service and Beverage match . Very highly recommend

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BenB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing and inventive food, for an excellent price point. Thoroughly enjoyed the chef tasting menu, and we were blown away by the lamb with strawberry chimchurri. Wait staff were attentive but casual. Have been before but will come back many times again.

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Adam
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic food and drinks! Really great ambiance. Overall, a great restaurant experience.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hi Adam thanks for your feedback - great to see you had a good time and hopefully see you again soon!

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GenB
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service1Ambience5

Food was sensational, great music and ambience, but sadly let down by waiting staff. Your evening doesn't start off well when you have to wait 30 minutes for someone to take a drinks order and you get told there aren't enough food menus. The service throughout the night was poor, which was a pity because the food was fantastic.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hi Gen, Thanks for leaving a review and bringing this to our attention :) I'm really sorry we didn't get to you sooner. I believe we didn't seat you and didn't see you sit down in the corner. Hope to see you back and we will make sure this doesn't happen again. Cheers Mike

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vipEmilioD
Melbourne / VIC
48 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Henry Sugar is a delightful find!! It was our first visit on Saturday and loved the neighborhood feel of the place; the savvy wait staff, and of course the delicious food! Coupled with a great wine list (with wines at all price points), it made for a great evening! We will be back!

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hey Emilio, Thanks for taking time to leave a review. It's great to hear you connected with what we are doing :) Hope to see you again! Cheers Mike

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John
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous restaurant/bar with great ambience, excellent wine list and stunning food. We were a party of 4 who all loved the experience and will definitely be returning.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hi John, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience online. It means a lot to us. See you next time Cheers Mike

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LouiseNK
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, friendly waiter - we will definitely come again

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hi LouiseNK Thanks for sharing your review online. We will see you again!

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Drazen
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant. Food, service .. will be back for sure.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hey Drazen Thanks for the kind words, see you when you return! Mike

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JaredV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, second time my wife and I have taken our friends there in a month. The staff are very friendly and helpful, able to meet all dietary requirement. No issues whatsoever!

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hi Jared Thank you for your support and we are happy we could accommodate. Hopefully see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic little place , chic Carlton dining experience, great food, great service and the owner handpicked the wines collection , overall we highly recommended - we will be back ! Thx

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Thanks so much :) See you then

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Cherie
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to Henry Sugar with my partner on a date night. Restaurant inside was romantic and stylish. We sat at the bar and the Bar Tender (who we learned was also an owner) was super friendly, knowledgeable and made us delicious cocktails (Brunswick Spritz, 10/10 recommend). We noticed a bottle of Shiraz Gin on the shelf and mentioned we had never tried it so he made up 2 different cocktails with it for us to try - we enjoyed them. We also got a chance to chat a lot with the other owner who was constantly coming behind the bar to shuck oysters and things like that. He was also super pleasant and attentive. All the food we ordered was tasty, perfectly cooked and interesting. Overall we had a really lovely dining experience here and will definitely be back soon!

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hi Cherie, It was lovely meeting you both Thanks for your very kind review :) We look forward to having you in again soon! Cheers Mike

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SaraN
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Interesting and unusual mix of wines to go alongside the chefs menu. Loved the fact that we were able to sit and chat into the night and take our time with the menu without feeling like we needed to hurry up and move along. Friendly team and really accommodating.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hi Sara Thanks you for leaving a review. Stoked you enjoyed our offering :)

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to Henry Sugar to celebrate my partner’s birthday. Food was amazing, service excellent with friendly and attentive staff. Great ambience and the restaurant was fairly full but not crowded or rushed feeling. Highly recommend!

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hi Vanessa thanks for your review :) Pleased you enjoyed everything Mike

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vipFernandaT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely wine, yummy food and great service. Definitely going back soon!

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Thanks Fernanda :)

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SashN
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best vegan degustation meal ever. Fantastic food. Highly recommended.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Thanks Sash, We like to put a lot of love into our vegetables. Please you enjoyed it :)

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SudiptaG
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with some great creative food. Really enjoyed dining here!

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RaWa
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always exceptional . The staff are equally exceptional. As always it was a lovely evening.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hi RaWa Thanks for writing a lovely review and for your ongoing support. Sorry it took us so long to respond. Hopefully see you soon :) Cheers Mike

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MichaelS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Nice Restuarant but the menu needs a revamp. Not enough protein in the deg menu. Lots of vegetable dishes and not a lot of flexibility or forward thinking of what the guests may need.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 21 September 2019

Hi Michael, Thanks for leaving a review and for your feedback. A key aspect to our concept and something we are known for is the effort we put into our vegetarian dishes and taking the flavor to a level typically associated with meat. Next time you come if you let us know you are keen on the protein we would be more than happy to swap out a few of the plant based dishes on the Henry Sugar menu for a meat alternative. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon. Chef and owner, Mike Baker

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LubnaB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful food, relaxed and funky ambience, friendly staff.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 21 September 2019

Hi Lubna B Thanks for your comments :)

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WendyL
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, drinks and service and a divine atmosphere!

Henry Sugar
Responded on 21 September 2019

Thanks for the rating Wendy! Mike

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly, unobtrusive and knowledgeable service along with fascinating and traditional food combinations. Great cocktails and terrific ambience. Fine dining with a casual flair.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 21 September 2019

Thank you

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JasmineW
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came in for my birthday dinner and the staff were soooo good. Daniel put up with us being rowdy and made us beautiful cocktails! Such a fun night! We had the $75pp menu and all the food was delicious. Love love love, thanks y’all x

Henry Sugar
Responded on 21 September 2019

Hi Jasmine, Thanks so much for the review. I was a pleasure having you in!

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John
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food in a fabulous space with friendly knowledgeable staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Staff

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LindenD
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I went to Henry Sugar for our wedding anniversary a few weeks ago and we loved our night. The set menu was delicious, and the way the veggie dishes were treated made my heart and taste buds sing. Our waiter was particularly knowledgeable about the wines and helped us choose an excellent bottle to match our meal. We will be coming back!

Henry Sugar
Responded on 21 September 2019

Hi Linden, Thanks for taking the time to review us. It means a lot to us and we are stoked you enjoyed everything. See you next time :) Cheers Mike

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Wenn
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love everything they served us.. we tried the tasting menu with wine pairing and it was out of this world delicious. Will definitely come back and recommend this place to friends and families or even my enemies.

Henry Sugar
Responded on 21 September 2019

Hi Wenn thanks for the feedback and for spreading the word. It means a lot to us :)

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Henry Sugar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9448 8196.

Henry Sugar is rated 4.7 stars by 159 OpenTable diners.

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