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Kensington St Social, Chippendale, AU-NSW

Kensington St Social

4.3
4.3
29 Reviews
$40 and under
Australian
Kensington St. Social, at The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney, crafts contemporary and comforting Australian cuisine in its elegant and grand restaurant steeped in a romantic atmosphere. The native rock oysters with cucumber, chamomile and gin-infused pickles and the grass-fed beef tartare with beetroot jam, oyster emulsion and horseradish on wasabi leaf make delicious and creative starter options. Some of Kensington St. Social's specialty main courses include the wagyu tri tip steak slathered in nori seaweed butter and beef dashi, the rump of lamb with smoked bacon, onion and garden peas, the roast mushroom sourdough flatbread with taleggio and parmesan cheeses and the hapuka fish with spiced lentils, green onion and sweet corn, all of which are prepared to perfection.

Weekend brunch at Kensington St. Social is a popular affair, with menu items including the smoked mackerel omelette, as well as fresh juices and smoothies.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Australian, British, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Phone number
    (02) 8277 8533
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Jason Atherton, Robert Daniels
  • Area
    Chippendale
  • Cross Street
    Broadway
  • Parking Details
    Parking is limited. Street parking only.
  • Public Transit
    5 minute walk from central station
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 29 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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29 Reviews
  1. Kogatt

    Sydney

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, wine and service. Definitely coming back!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    pretty loud but i'm just getting old. great somme who made good reccos and mostly good staff that were attentive

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  3. teowens

    Sydney

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the menu has a lot of deliciously interesting things on it, most of all the hot dog. The dishes run small so you'll have to get quite a few to ensure your group is comfortably full at the end. The staff is very attentive, knowledgable and smily.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Couldn't fault lunch experience so returned for dinner. Food was fabulous..$70 degustation We requested to exchange tongue and cheek for another dish. Our waiter seemed to think it would be a lot of trouble...go figure. Restaurants need to offer an alternative to offal offerings. Wine waitress was excellent. Excellent venue..having booked, we were offered a seat side by side to watch the chefs...we declined and asked for a quite table. Again this seemed a difficult request...go figure. We were then directed to the noisiest (kitchen) and busiest (large table) . I suggested a table...no problem. This was a Mon night and this part of restaurant was empty. We waited 25 mins before our order was taken. Waited a further 25 mins before food arrived After a long wait for wine ($140) we had to request burgundy glasses. All in all...to much waiting compensated by lovely food

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  5. FeeP

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious. Really great food and wine. Service spot on. We'll go back!

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  6. TamaraG

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVED it, really innovative without compromising on taste, highly recommended.

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  7. 356Nobbys

    Sydney

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food , good setting, but nothing exceptional that may incite to frequent regularly..

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  8. Haley

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, punchy flavours, excellent cocktails! I tried the sharing menu and felt like I was full and had plenty of variety, each course was delicious and together they were very complimentary!

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  9. RegNorth

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    KSS layout and ambience is great as usual but seem to have lost its earlier vibe. Granted I was early this time and it was a rainy night. Offers a good selection of beverages. The $70PP 7 course "degustation" served up a delectable kingfish*, swordfish, lamb* and unique basil dessert* dish but was let down by the very salty and ordinary cube of beef tongue and smoky humus. We looked forward to the kangaroo island scallops but these were replaced with oysters. The dishes were served up by different waiters/waitresses/ the maitre d? The serving order did not follow the list and were sometimes merely placed on our table without a courteous announcement of what was being served - which is what one can expect in such an establishment ... (done in my earlier visit in autumn/early winter) As I was the one to make the booking, it was a bit of a let down. My dining companions had made a mental note not to come back. Dining experience was let down by my having to hear the drone of endless comparisons with other establishments =( Not the KSS I knew earlier in the year.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Would recommend highly and will be going back. My wife and I went for a casual birthday lunch and had a great time with good food and wine, a casual comfortable environment. Great service and a very nice personal touch from one of the staff when leaving was a small box containing a little cake for my wife's Birthday.

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  11. MinC

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for the Melbourne Cup lunch, a set menu. It was a very pleasant long ladies' lunch. Great service. Awesome food.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved watching the chefs prepare the food with such precision and care. The meal was innovative and absolutely scrumptious bar the swordfish which we felt needed some freshness. The dessert of blueberries and mousse was the best we've ever tasted!

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  13. KieranC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Imaginative food of excellent quality and impeccable service all set in a vibrant atmosphere where (when seated at the bar) the chef that prepares your dish gives you a rundown on the food before you dig in. We travelled from interstate to attend KSS and weren't disappointed.

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  14. LindaC

    Adelaide

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I loved sitting at the bar, watching the chefs, other people - but also delighting in each other's company in such a great atmosphere. The food was outstanding.

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  15. ChiG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Considering the reputation of the restaurant from personal and online recommendations we had high expectations to the quality of the experience. Unfortunately they were not met. Perhaps it was an off-day in the kitchen but in ordering the chef's menu - every course was overseasoned. Most dishes were cold (unintentionally I assume) and often under cooked. Inedibly so in some circumstances. The only good points go to the great service and lovely interiors. We wanted to like this restaurant but were very disappointed with the food and will probably not be returning.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    My business partner and I heard a lot of good feed back about the restaurant and we decided to try. We had some kale, mushroom flatbread, swordfish and marinated blueberry warm mousse. We were happy the food we had. However when my business partner ask to waiter "how many ml is the by the glass wine because doesn't seemed like was enough pour" he answe

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing and the staff go above and beyond to make it a really enjoyable and memorable dining experience.

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  18. groyle

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant had a great "feel". The food was outstanding, and engagement with the chefs (at the bench) was really good.

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  19. Live2Eat

    Sydney

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Clean, fresh flavours with friendly services and a modern décor that is interesting. The roasted mushroom flatbread was awesome as was the beef. All the other dishes were really tasty as well. Great wine list at reasonable prices. We had a lovely, fresh rose. Just a lovely place for a weekend lunch with friends where the food actually lives up to the hype.

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  20. Lovefood

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 September 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and wine but service has a long way to go

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  21. Griffdnb8

    Gold Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great night at KSS.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service. Great for sharing sit at the bar and watch the kitchen in action.

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  23. Enrico

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service are both great. Restaurant was very noisy due to a group of girls sitting upstairs two table from ours. Some of the guests asked to be moved from their nearby tables and the staff was very accomodating and handled the situation brilliantly.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful fresh creative food teamed with warm informative service made for a relaxing long Sunday lunch. Bravo can't wait to do it all again on Sunday! Loved the way the food was presented and the chefs giving us commentary on each dish. T

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  25. jacqster3

    New York City

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My second visit, was just as good as the first. All the dishes are served looking great, tasty and interesting but a little small in size, wait staff were pleasant and friendly, will defo go back.

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  26. VeronicaY

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice ambience and food was amazing! Definitely coming back

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  27. FuzionMan

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    When we arrived, we were originally shown to a table on the upper mezzanine floor. This dining area had a terribly low ceiling, and was most claustrophobic and incredibly noisy. However, minutes after we were seated down, we were informed by our waitress that a table on the ground floor had just become available. This change was indeed most fortunate; I dread to imagine how our lunch would have gone had we not changed tables. We expected the restaurant to be be busy at the regular lunch hour, and so opted for a late lunch booking at 2pm instead. We ended up having a most fabulous, four-hour, indulgent lunch and finally left the restaurant at 6pm, when our waitress insisted on having our table back to prepare for the evening dining service.

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  28. CaraS

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a group dinner, food was excellent

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Like McDonalds but with less edible food

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Kensington St Social is rated 4.3 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

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3 Kensington Street, Chippendale, AU-NSW 2008

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Broadway
  • Area
    Chippendale
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Australian, British, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Parking is limited. Street parking only.
  • Public Transit
    5 minute walk from central station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Jason Atherton, Robert Daniels
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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