Lotus Dumpling Bar

4.4
295 reviews
$40 and under
Chinese

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Pre/post Theatre
The Lotus Dumpling Bar began life as a warehouse built in the early 1900s for the Sydney Port Authority. There are remnants of the past in this rustic space with its polished copper tones and beautifully exposed brickwork. Walsh Bay is where theold transforms into the new.

At Dumpling Bar the service is professional and familiar, being a local favourite. We look forward to welcoming you to experience our original restaurant.

Experiences

  • Valentines Day Set Menu

    A$69.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2021 only

    Join us and celebrate Valentine’s day in our dimly lit romantic location in Walsh Bay. With a $69 set menu inclusive of your choice of a welcome cocktail or sparkling, our event is the perfect place to bring that special someone.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 295 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TomH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Of all the Lotus Group restaurants that I have been to this remains my favourite, it is small and intimate, which means you get great attention from the staff and the food is amazingly fresh. Not a huge menu, but the things they offer they do very well.

Always a treat to take new friends to dinner here, they all enjoy it as well.

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AmandaB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the original Lotus Dumpling Bar, the best food and service always! The new Lotus in Double Bay is a close second with outstanding service, just wish the menu had more similar items to Hickson Road location.

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
10 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very good - enjoyable to eat out in the empty streets!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent, highly recommended.

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GenevieveS
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

One of my favourite restaurants in Walsh Bay although on this occasion it was a little disappointing that their full menu was not available (their first day of opening for 2021). Of course everything thing we wanted was off the menu, including all pork dishes and the eggplant which is generally a must-have dish. No real complaints though as our 'second pick' dishes were all delicious. Great little restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

Food was lovely but the restaurant staff were not helpful and more interested in getting out the door on time. Ruined the experience unfortunately. We will not be back.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 4 January 2021

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to provide your valuable feedback that helps us to improve and grow as a business. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your dining experience with us and have reached out to you privately to discuss further. Kind Regards, Lotus Dumpling Bar

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s a MUST to try this place!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The food was delicious. The dumplings were outstanding and their signature rice is very good with a lovely unusual flavour. Highly recommend the duck pancakes that are quite big with tasty sauce and beautiful duck.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi there, We greatly appreciate your wonderful review of Lotus Dumpling Bar! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed such a wonderful dining experience with us and we can't wait to welcome you back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the theatre set menu. It was lovely. Would be better if we could exchange the fish to something else tho.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review of Lotus Dumpling Bar! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we appreciate your valuable and honest feedback! Looking forward to welcoming you again soon!

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VirginiaF
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Not as good as it used to be .... service very in insistent

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi Virginia, Thank you for taking the time to provide your honest thoughts on Lotus Dumpling Bar we greatly appreciate it. It is feedback such as this that allows us to grow as a business and we will be sure to take this into consideration moving forward. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Canberra / ACT
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Not the first time here, love the easy location and amazing food. Thanks again for a fabulous night.
We will be back 😊

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi there, Thank you for the lovely review! We are so pleased that you regularly enjoy such top quality food and service and we look forward to when you next choose to dine with us at Lotus Dumpling Bar!

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vipMike
London
19 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We decided to book a last minute meal and the quality, service was excellent
The service had a personal level to it and it helped make for a great night

Give it a go you'll not be dissapointed

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 27 November 2020

Hi Mike, Thank you for taking the time to provide such excellent feedback of your experience at Lotus Dumpling Bar. We are so pleased to hear that you had such a lovely time and we hope to welcome you back again very soon!

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lotus Bar is an amazing find. The food is always of a high standard and the service is excellent.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 27 November 2020

Hi Laura, Thank you for your kind words! We are so happy to hear that you so regularly enjoy a fantastic dining experience with us and we look forward to your next visit!

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MariaH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This is a great place for dumplings, must try the eggplant!

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 27 November 2020

Hi Maria, We are so happy to hear you love our dumplings and eggplant as much as we do! Thank you for your great review, we look forward to your next visit with Lotus Dumpling Bar.

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AdrianT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The dumplings were so delicious and the other items we ordered were yummy too.

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shirleyd
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place quiet with nice atmosphere and good service

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 29 October 2020

Hi Shirley, Thank you for your great review of Lotus Dumpling Bar! We are thrilled to hear that you have had such a fantastic experience with us and we hope to see you back again very soon.

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amandak
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

On booking we were advised we could order a la carte. We arrived for our 5:30pm booking (the latest we could get) and we’re told it was the theatre menu only. The theatre started at 7:30pm and we were rushed through our tasting menu and out of the restaurant by 6:30pm. They brought 3 courses at once - I asked for them to slow down bringing our food and were told that they wouldn’t do that. Overall an overpriced and disappointing experience.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 28 October 2020

Hi Amanda, Thank you for taking the time to provide your honest feedback, we have reached out to you privately.

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PayalC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing!! Will surely be going back again

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 29 October 2020

Hi there Payal, Thank you for your lovely feedback, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal at Lotus Dumpling Bar. We look forward to welcoming you when you next choose to dine with us.

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Anthony
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lotus is a great restaurant with polite and helpful staff, great food, and a casual atmosphere. They take Covid safety seriously, and they look after their patrons well.
The mushroom buns and all of the dumplings are fantastic.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 23 October 2020

Hi Anthony, Thank you for your wonderful review of Lotus Dumpling Bar. The team are thrilled to receive such kind and positive feedback of your experience. We hope to welcome you back through our doors again soon!

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EmmaY
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely love this place. Food is always great and consistent in quality every time we visit.
Hands down my favourite restaurant, the dumplings are Devine

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 23 October 2020

Hi Emma, Thank you for your lovely review! We are pleased that you regularly enjoy our delicious dumplings and have such positive experiences with us here at Lotus Dumpling Bar. We look forward to your next visit!

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LissieNic
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been to Lotus Dumpling twice in the past month- both very different occasions. Both times the food was amazing ( I lived in Hong Kong for 12 years - so have had my fair share of dumplings) and both times the service could not have been better - we were made to feel very special. Can’t wait to bring my family back

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 16 October 2020

Hi Lissie, Thank you for taking the time to leave such wonderful feedback! We are delighted to hear that you had such great experiences and we can't want to welcome you back again soon!

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MichelleH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service always personalised and amazing. Food delicious!

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 2 October 2020

Hello Michelle, Thank you for sharing your fantastic review! We are so glad to hear that you have always received the kind of delicious food and quality service that we pride ourselves on here at Lotus Dumpling Bar. We look forward to your next visit!

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SamanthaC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Will definitely be back. Every plate was delicious. Wine selection was good although $24 for a glass of wine I found a little steep. I did not realise the price of a ‘large’ glass until our bill came.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 2 October 2020

Hi Samantha, Thank you for your lovely review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us at Lotus Dumpling Bar. Thank you for your honest feedback we will be sure to pass it along to the team. We look forward to your next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious dinner and lovely service. We’ll certainly be back- thank you!

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 2 October 2020

Hi there, Thanks for the wonderful review, we can't wait for you to us again soon!

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Joco
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The dumplings were delicious and I love the crispy eggplant.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 2 October 2020

Hi Joco, Thank you for your lovely review! We are so pleased to hear that your enjoyed your meal and we look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

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LyndsC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, the Skype dumplings being particularly good ( though the waiting staff didn't warn about the possibility of burning your tongue off which they really should with soup dumplings). Always good quality and fast so perfect pre theatre) . Cocktails a little pricey but also very delicious.

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RichardK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Food is always consistently excellent with unquestionably the best dumplings in Sydney

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ALLENC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was an good night for dinner with friend to go. Table seeting are more like Chinese Style,Testing Menu are different to Western Cusine. People share everything from one plate.^_^

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Canberravisitor4
Canberra / ACT
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Have visited twice, both times for pre-theatre dinner. Both times have had a selection of steamed dumplings and the honey eggplant. The mixed mushroom dumplings are a stand out for us, as is the eggplant. Good wine list. Service is efficient and professional. Definitely recommended.

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LachlanC
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic we got the platter and tried everything so delicious. Would
Recommend

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PeterF
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, and perfect for a post Sydney Theatre Company supper

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RobynC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have headed here pre theatre a number of times and are never disappointed. The fact is rather than try other options available we can't move past Lotus Dumpling. The hand made dumplings are superb, we are working our way through the options. We will be back again without doubt.

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TamaraR
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've been there about 4 times now and every time we haven't been disappointed. The food is delicious, the service excellent and the atmosphere is buzzing.

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JordanS
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent vibe, food and service. Very attentive staff and friendly atmosphere.

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jeffw
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Rainy post theatre feed this time.
Good food, fast, mice setting, just hit the spot.

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StephanieT
Sydney / NSW
19 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

I love the food here however the tables are far too close together. I get you want to maximise your numbers but the impact on the diner is huge! You seated us just inside the entrance, every person that entered hit my chair, every staff that passed hit my chair. We were unable to move the table as you had crammed a table of 6 behind us. Terribly uncomfortable.

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RodS
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food. it was a pleasant last minute decision and the Lotus team did not disappoint. they turned the food around quickly and we had a great evening.

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BGtz
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just ate there this weekend. Really excellent Dim Sum! Best anywhere! Very cute venue. Highly recommend.

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BillD
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This is a very reliable place to take friends from outside Sydney for good food in an interesting part of the harbour that is off the main drag.

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EmmaR
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lotus Dumpling is our favourite Rocks restaurant - anytime we go to SDC or STC for dance or a play we eat here - and it has been consistently delicious and delightful :-)
Highly recommended and gluten free dumplings! Awesome...

FAQs

Lotus Dumpling Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9251 8328.

Lotus Dumpling Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 295 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.