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Karoo & Co The Old School, St Ives, AU-NSW

Karoo & Co The Old School

4.5
4.5
227 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Karoo & Co The Old school is located in the heritage-listed old St Ives Public School. Lovingly renovated to bring out its old school charm, makes this a perfect place to come together and enjoy the warmth of our good food and hospitality.
Using select premium ingredients our team has created a seasonal menu of wines, cocktails, and food that draws inspiration from all corners of the world,
Come on in and & enjoy what our old school charm has to offer!

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2 people

9:30 pm


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Australian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 9144 6466

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    St Ives

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of council parking available!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • $85pp menu | groups of 12+

    $85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our $85 menu includes a great selection of our most popular antipasto dishes for the table to share. a variety of pizzas, pasta, seasonal salads & sides are chosen by our chefs and prepared in shared style. For dessert, a choice of tiramisu or gelato is served individually. We do our best to cater to most dietary requirements with 24 hours' notice, please leave a message in the booking request of all dietary requirements.
  • $100pp feast menu | groups of 12+

    $100.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our $100pp feast menu includes a great selection of our most popular antipasto dishes for the table to share. a variety of mains, pizzas, pasta seasonal salads & sides are chosen by our chefs and prepared in shared style. For dessert, a choice of tiramisu or gelato is served individually We do our best to cater to most dietary requirements with 24 hours' notice, please leave a message in the booking request of all dietary requirements.
  • $75pp menu | groups of 12+

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our $75pp menu includes a great selection of our most popular antipasto dishes for the table to share. a variety of mains, pasta, seasonal salads & sides are chosen by our chefs and prepared in shared style. For dessert, a choice of tiramisu or gelato is served individually We do our best to cater to most dietary requirements with 24 hours' notice, please leave a message in the booking request of all dietary requirements.

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What 227 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Service

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  • North Sydney Area

    Best Value

  • North Sydney Area

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  1. KO

    KathrynO

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love this restaurant … it’s our local and we enjoy walking up and back. Having said that, the large car park behind is very convenient. The service is always good and friendly and the food never disappoints - the classic dishes are well executed and simply taste great. Please consider opening on a Sunday for lunch. 😊
  2. P

    Paige

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place will be my favourite from now on. Amazing food and the very friendly.
  3. G

    Gillian

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and good value. One of our favourite restaurants
  4. JB

    JackyB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a lovely meal with friends. Did not appreciate being hassled twice from 7pm for an 8pm booking when had already confirmed the day before and I was going to be charged if I did not turn up. totally off putting!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and fantastic service. Was the perfect place to meet friends

    Karoo & Co The Old SchoolResponded on 26 July 2022Thank you for you the review!

  6. LT

    LouiseT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience and atmosphere, very cosy with the open fire on a winter's evening. The service was excellent and as always the food was amazing. I had the lamb shoulder which melted in the mouth, followed by a delicious Tiramisu,

    Karoo & Co The Old SchoolResponded on 26 July 2022Thank you Louise for your lovely review, we're so glad you & your friend enjoyed your evening with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Old School ♥️

  7. S

    Scott

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food every time! Absolutely delicious. Highly recommend

    Karoo & Co The Old SchoolResponded on 26 July 2022Thank you for your review Scott, we're glad you & your family had a lovely evening! 🍕

  8. DF

    DoodieF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food. Friendly staff. Gorgeous setting in old school house.

    Karoo & Co The Old SchoolResponded on 26 July 2022Thank you! ♥️

  9. SA

    SarahA

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food, catering for a big group some with allergies. Prompt friendly service. Even gave a pizza for a birthday celebration. Lovely setting in an old school.

    Karoo & Co The Old SchoolResponded on 9 July 2022We're so glad you all had a lovely time, thank you for coming!

  10. s

    stephenj

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    The pizzas are alway very nice. I was disappointed to read the sign in the front window indicating that there was no byo wine. Not sure if that is a limited thing to certain days or every day.

    Karoo & Co The Old SchoolResponded on 9 July 2022Hi Stephan, we're so glad you & your wife enjoyed our pizzas! With the current price increases of produce, wages, electricity, rent, & gas, among other things as a business we've made the decision to no longer be BYO. We hope that these changes will help us remain in business and upkeep our standards. We believe customers that do enjoy what we have to offer and who genuinely want support us as a business will appreciate what we do & will understand & be back to enjoy our business & our staff.

  11. s

    seafoodmad

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent wood fired pizza. Great pastas....but there's much more. Best Italian on the north shore.

    Karoo & Co The Old SchoolResponded on 9 July 2022Thank you! See you again soon!

  12. HL

    HelenL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We are new to the area and were thrilled to find this wonderful restaurant. Sydney restaurants do not do winter well. The cooling breezes of summer, chill to cold drafts in winter. However, Karoo & Co The Old School has this sorted. Lovely old world charm, an open fire place and warm and attentive staff. The menu is delightful and there is something for everyone. My only suggestion would be, I had the crumbed cutlet and it was a little bit dry. This could be remedied by half a lemon served on the side as well as a little bit more generous serve of the delicious Aioli. My friend had the Risotto and said it was gorgeous. We finished the meal with a perfectly brewed coffee and Prana Chai and complementary Tim Tams. How civilised! I had the Chai and it was a cup of soothing happiness. Thank you. We will be back.

    Karoo & Co The Old SchoolResponded on 9 July 2022Thank you Helen for your lovely review, we are so glad you & your friend had a great evening - We will see you again soon!

  13. LH

    LyndaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and ambiance. Food was delicious. There could be a greater choice of vegetarian and vegan options for pizza. Would definitely recommend.
  14. KS

    KimS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner with friends. Especially the Dom Pedro's

    Karoo & Co The Old SchoolResponded on 9 July 2022Thanks for your review Kim, we are glad you & your friends had a lovely evening! :)

  15. GD

    GerhardD

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the place - the crew is super nice and the food is great!
  16. BB

    BrendaB

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue, easy parking, staff very attentive, food delicious!
  17. M

    Marksy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the enclosed veranda which was very nice. The room was warm with the heater on. Food and service was excellent and value for money. Highly recommended.
  18. JH

    JacH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely experience dining at this venue, friendly staff, wonderful food and a pleasant atmosphere.
  19. S

    Silv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and lovely employees. Deserts are amazing!
  20. GB

    GeorgeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, Friendly service, cosy atmosphere. It's a family favourite and a great couples night out too.
  21. S

    Sandy

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, staff were friendly and obliging. Service was prompt. Overall, excellent. The only problem we had was that the salads were very small.
  22. JL

    JaneL

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such tasty food, suitable for the whole family. Great ambience and cosy. Need to book to ensure you've a table.
  23. AB

    AggieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful set-up, the food was amazing, service exceptional, can’t fault it.
  24. SR

    SarahR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful food, really friendly service and all reasonably priced. Really, really enjoyed our evening. Will be going again soon.
  25. JH

    JohnH

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was great, good ambience and not to noisy. However service was a tad slow to begin with, it is BYO at $12 a bottle and you should take your own as the wine list is ordinary. I recommend Karoo & Co for good food, take your own wine and be ready to order the first time they come around to speed up the food delivery.
  26. DA

    DavidA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great pizza and drinks. The only thing I would say order the tiramisu early as they ran out otherwise excellent!
  27. DR

    DanielR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good experience Will and the team did a great job and we had a very good night, we where seated where we'd requested and the food and service was excellent. would certainly return for another great night out!
  28. SN

    SimoneN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of my favourite restaurants. Good, atmosphere, staff and location.
  29. GI

    GraemeI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night, sorry if we were making too much noise, it was a while since we had all been out!
  30. KR

    KateR

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was delicious, great choices. Beautiful ambiance. Just not a super experienced waitress.
  31. RW

    RobynW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a fabulous evening and food was awesome. Felt kitchen closed a little early - 8:30pm and bar at 9pm. Would have been better if open a little later.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal, my son is still raving about the pizza the next morning. We will definitely be returning.
  33. P

    Pauline

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Pleasant, friendly and busy place for family, casual dining.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food, good environment. Highly recommended!
  35. A

    Agroupbooking

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Would definitely recommend.
  36. J

    James

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was very good although a little expensive. If you order bread, main meals and drinks for a family of 5 it adds up . You could think of expanding the kids menu so it comes with a drink for example. Small little changes help On service the wait staff were excellent but clearly overrun. It looked like you had two people managing all tables which is a stretch for anyone. Appreciate staff shortages due to COVID etc but helping your team is a consideration in terms of back up staff. Impact for us as customers was longer wait times for food and drink
  37. K

    Kate62

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very tasty, good quality food. We enjoyed out meal here and will definitely visit again.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    It is more of a pizza place than a restaurant - the ‘Karoo’ is somewhat misleading. The pizzas do look amazing and our starter was great. The steak was supposed to be medium and was overdone and at best well done.
  39. L

    Locals

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    After recommending Karoo to some girlfriends I took them there for a birthday celebration. We ordered a series of appetisers and a pizza to share. After waiting an hour the waiter told us that it would be at least another 10 minutes before our food came. When it finally arrived it all came together including the pizza. Some of the appetisers like the burrata could have easily been served while we were waiting for the rest and the pizza should have been served separately after the appetisers. It was simply not good enough and I was embarrassed to say the least. To add to this there was repeated noise/crashing of plates/glasses coming from the bar area. My husband and I have always been happy with the restaurant in the past. I doubt whether my girlfriends will return again.
  40. S

    Sandy

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, the service very good and the ambiance was very pleasant. I would highly recommend Karoo and Co.

FAQs

Karoo & Co The Old School offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9144 6466.

Karoo & Co The Old School is rated 4.5 stars by 227 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 pm


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Karoo & Co The Old School

205 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives, AU-NSW 2075

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    St Ives

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of council parking available!

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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