Lotus Dumpling Bar

4.4
318 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

  • Pre Theatre Banquet

    A$49.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Take the fuss out of ordering and enjoy our 8 course banquet, consisting of our signature dishes perfect for our pre-theatre guests. 45 minutes is the minimum time required to enjoy this banquet and still have time to get to the show! Pacific oysters | Pork xiao long bao | Jade prawn dumplings | Mushroom bao | Spring rolls | Steamed barramundi | Kungpao chicken | Fresh egg noodles with wok Fried Prawns
  • Mothers Day Banquet

    A$79.00 per person

    May 9, 2021 only

    Served with a glass of Prosecco Pacific oyster with finger lime and spicy dressing # Pork xiao long bao Pork & prawn siu mai Crystal prawn & chives dumpling* Torched lamb ribs with sweet chilli glaze & cumin spice Wagyu steak (MB5+) with Japanese dressing, bread crumbs, fried leek & truffle oil# Steamed barramundi fillet with kale, ginger & shallot# Steamed rice Crispy coconut custard with lemon balm & pineapple coulis

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 318 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichelleB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Nice food & wine, good location close to theatre. Friendly efficient service.

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LeanneR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love Lotus as our go to pre theatre dinner destination. Great service, divine dumplings and fun atmosphere

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AbbieK
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Food was fantastic but just don’t understand the overall sullen service we received.

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ShirleyD
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Amazing food and usually good service however this time we booked in for 7 and arrived on time. We told to wait outside even though there was 2 tables for 2 set up. I was advised they were both promised to other people. 20 minutes later 2 people arrived and were seated immediately we then waited another 10 minutes until the girl decided to let us sit at the table as the people who they promised the table too had not arrived?

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 4 April 2021

Hi Shirley, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had amazing food. We appreciate your honest feedback about the usually good service and we will pass this along to the team for review. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back soon!

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service. An ideal location for Walsh Bay theatre goers.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 28 March 2021

Hi Peter, Thank you for your 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the great food and service, especially the location. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back soon!

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AnneP
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed the food but were very disappointed in the choice of wine as neither the
Riesling nor the Pinot Grigio were available.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 27 March 2021

Hi Anna, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the food. We appreciate your honest feedback about the availability of our wine choices, we will be sure to pass this along to the team. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back!

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vipTanya
Brisbane
4 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Young girl operating bar was quite rude - tried calling four times to say we were running late due to weather with no answer and when we arrived she was not understanding at all, dismissive and told me we had the table for 30 mins which was incorrect as corrected by her boss. A smile and politeness isn’t difficult lady in hospitality.

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MSDinner
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and great ambiance! Great option before the theatre

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 27 March 2021

Hi MSDinner, Thank you for your lovely words and kind review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the delicious food and great ambience, especially that you consider us to be a great option before the theatre. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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LaurenS
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, lovely staff! Would recommend 100% great central location and range of food is fabulous!

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 22 March 2021

Hi Lauren, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food and the friendly service which we pride ourselves in at Lotus Dumpling Bar. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipLeeJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great banquet menu, fast service and super tasty food.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 22 March 2021

Hi Lee. Thank you for your 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the fast service and the tasty banquet menu. We are looking forward to hopefully welcoming you back to Lotus Dumpling Bar soon!

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AndrewD
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Such wonderful & taste-packed food - and great consideration for the pre- theatre crowd by the friendly staff

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 15 March 2021

Hi Andrew, Thank you for your great review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed such wonderful and taste-packed food. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back soon!

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MargaretW
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty food with authentic flavours. Staff helpful and delightful manner
Small but quality wine list that worked with the food
Particularly enjoyed the jade prawn dumpling Peking duck pancake and crispy eggplant
Reasonably priced for quality

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 13 March 2021

Hi Margaret, Thank you for your kind words and lovely review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the authentic flavours of the food, especially the jade prawn dumplings, peking duck pancake and the crispy eggplant. We really look forward to welcoming you through our doors again soon!

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Treebee
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

We Have been to Lotus many many times. Always loved it, however not this time. The crispy chicken was stone cold in the middle. The waiter was very good and took it off the bill and appologised.
Every other course was beautiful, but when I got home I realised that I had been charged $72.00 for a Pinot Grigio that was $65.00 on the menu.
Dissappointing.

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vipMichaelA
Sydney
19 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 7 March 2021

Hi Michael, Thank you for your 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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JeniB
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our go to pre-theatre. Consistently great. Love the sesame chilli sauce.

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AlexR
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food, tasty and fresh.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 1 March 2021

Hi Alex, Thank you for your 5-star review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and we look greatly forward to your next visit at Lotus Dumpling Bar!

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Lisa
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and great service! Would definitely go again

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 22 February 2021

Hi Lisa, Thank you for your great review of Lotus Dumpling Bar! We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to your next visit!

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DateNight
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

The service was somewhat disappointing. After waiting for about 5minutes we weren’t asked about our reservation and told we could be “fit in”. We waited almost 10minutes after being seated before actually being served. Surprising when there was only 10 people in the restaurant.

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Lily
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice food. Especially Kong Pao Chicken and Xiao Long Bao

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 22 February 2021

Hi Lily, Thanks for the five-star review! We are so pleased to hear that you had a wonderful time with us and that you enjoyed some of our favourite dishes! We hope to welcome you again soon!

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AngelinAus
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious , well priced - highly recommended

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 22 February 2021

Hi Angelin, Thank you for your great review and for recommending Lotus Dumpling Bar! We are so pleased to hear that you had such a wonderful time dining with us and we really look forward to welcoming you through our doors again!

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LeonieF
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful food and amazing service with a smile - my second visit and there will definitely be more! Highly recommend.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 22 February 2021

Hi Leonie, Thank you for your kind words and for recommending Lotus Dumpling Bar! It is wonderful to hear that you are becoming somewhat of a regular with us and we can't wait for when you next return!

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MichelleO
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, the food was just great as was the friendly efficient service. The aircon over the door was noisy but obviously essential but maybe a deflecting wing could send the sound up or south?

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 22 February 2021

Hi Michelle. Thank you for your lovely review and for your kind and thoughtful feedback. We will be sure to pass this along to the team for review. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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MatthewR
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service with the best atmosphere! Will definitely be back!!

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 22 February 2021

Hi Matthew, Thank you for your excellent review of Lotus Dumpling Bar! We are so pleased that you had such an enjoyable experience and we look forward to your next visit!

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JanineW
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

The manager was super the rest of the staff a bit ordinary .
The venue could do with a good clean but the food is exceptional.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Well above normal pricing but tasty food. Wine prices high for this type of restaurant.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 1 February 2021

Hi John, Thank you for your feedback. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal! We do feel that our prices reflect the quality of the ingredients used, however that being said we will be sure to pass along your feedback to the team for review. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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LesleyD
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best dumplings in Sydney! Great service and value!

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 1 February 2021

Hi Lesley, Thank you for your great review of Lotus Dumpling Bar! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed such a lovely meal with us. We look forward to having you join us again soon for more of the best dumpling's in Sydney!

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MichaelM
Sydney
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The food is still good here, but the service seems to have declined since our last visit pre-COVID. Our waiter seemed more concerned with packing up takeaway orders than ensuring our dishes arrived promptly, causing a very stressed but helpful maître de to step in. Let’s hope Lotus Dumpling Bar gets its mojo back - this place used to rock!

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TomH
Sydney
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.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 1 February 2021

Hi Tom, Thank you for your great review and for being such a regular of ours! We are so happy to hear that you receive such fabulous food and quality service at Lotus Dumpling Bar and we greatly look forward to welcoming you through our doors again soon!

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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.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 1 February 2021

Hi Amanda, Thank you for your fantastic review of Lotus Dumpling Bar! It is lovely to hear that you have had such a wonderful experience with us and we greatly look forward to your next visit!

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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.

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 1 February 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your great review and for recommending Lotus Dumpling Bar! We do hope to welcome you back again soon!

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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!

Lotus Dumpling Bar
Responded on 1 February 2021

Hi Genevieve, Thank you for taking the time to provide your valuable feedback. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal! We are running a limited menu at the moment but hope to return to our full offering in the coming months. Looking forward to your next visit to Lotus Dumpling Bar.

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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
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
Sydney
2 reviews
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
21 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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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 318 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.