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About Monopole

Monopole was opened in December 2012 by Chef Brent Savage and Sommelier Nick Hildebrandt who also own the award-winning Bentley Restaurant + Bar located at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Sydney’s CBD as well as local eatery, Yellow. Following the success of the Bentley, the duo wanted to expand to open a wine bar and eatery where they could experiment with a more casual concept, perfectly suited to its bohemian location. With Monopole, they’ve also welcomed Glen Goodwin to the ownership team. Come in to experience unique flavours and excellent wine list featuring over 500 rare and boutique wines, including over 30 by the glass or carafe. The decor has been pleasantly changed by Melbourne’s architect Pascal Gomes-McNabb focusing on the interior design providing rich dark woods and industrial metals throughout the restaurant.

71A Macleay Street
Potts Point, AU-NSW 2011
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Sunday & Saturday: open
Dinner: Daily: open

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
$40 and under

Payment options:

Phone number:
(02) 9360 4410

Website:
http://monopolesydney.com.au/

Parking Details:
Street parking avaliable, though limited. Closest parking station is Ward Ave, Kings Cross

Public Transport:
Kings Cross Station, Buses

Executive Chef:
Brent Savage

Monopole Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.1

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Dining environment: it took me almost 30min to find the restaurant! The restaurant is smaller than I expected, although Monopole did have an impressive amount of wine display all over the wall. Maybe that’s why I could not resist the wine pairing option? The waiter told me that Monopole has over 500 different brands of wine ( the premium ones are preserved in the storage room of course!)
Pros: friendly staff, main chef knew what he was doing and was able to tolerate my hassle.

Tags: Live Music, Late-night Find, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience4
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·Dined 6 days ago

Went for a birthday celebration. Staff were really helpful and gave great advice. Food was among the best I’ve eaten in Sydney. All in all really happy, will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Food5
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·Dined on 30 October 2017

Fantastic place, great food, attentive service, awesome wine list

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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Food4
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Service3
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·Dined on 1 October 2017

Just didn’t seem like any of the staff was glad we were there, like it was more of an imposition on them

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·Dined on 22 September 2017

Monopole was attentive, quite noisy, slightly too crammed in, gorgeous food offerings - perfectly cooked everything - lamb rack, sword fish, calamari, cauliflower; small servings for price - 2 * 5cm pieces of sword fish for $36; few carb offerings on menu, lovely variety of sauces; waiter was loud,personable,perhaps slightly pushy - at 1 point asking after ordering "is that all?"; service was very prompt - meals were quickly released, wines were tasty (not enough by the glass) - enjoyable

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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Food5
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·Dined on 16 September 2017

Fabulous food but when described as 'share plates' there should be more than one mouthful - tiny portions at steep prices (albeit delicious). Oysters fabulous. We would have ordered more but the bill was climbing at a faster rate than appetite satiation. Great wine list and attentive friendly service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List
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Food4
Ambience3
Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on 8 September 2017

Very disappointing. Were advised they could make any cocktail but then both requested couldn't be made. Ordered a bottle of wine which the waitress told us she had had a few nights prior and how fabulous it was only to find out they didn't have in stock. Then they decantered away from the table. We had 4 different staff members serve the table.
In summary, great food, totally let down by service

Tags: Notable Wine List
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Food5
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Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 7 September 2017

Fabulous place and the food and drinks were excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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Food4
Ambience1
Service1
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·Dined on 3 September 2017

My request was for a quiet table

I understand it is a energetic vibe

I have been a regular patron

I was given the worst table next to the cutlery draws and constantly knocked by the waiting staff

These things happen

I understand

My issue was when I asked to chat with the manager

A female on this night

She was particular rude and dismissive

I would not recommend this place due to her attitude

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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Service4
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·Dined on 30 August 2017

the staff hostess was very accommodating on arrival. We requested a corner, so we could sit closer to each other, and she made it happen within 10 mins. Lucky? Maybe.
Food was fabulous, beautifully presented and prepared. pace of food coming out was well suited to the conversation.
staff were super, the right amount of interruptions, well timed, just the right amount of conversation, made good recommendations.
well done we enjoyed our dining experience.
thank you.

Tags: Late-night Find
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Food5
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Value5

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on 19 August 2017

Best Salmon ever in the world. Chef staff and management fantastic at this restaurant. A favorite whenever visiting sydney

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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 12 August 2017

We took couple of friends here for a special occasion and had the set menu. The food and wine were both excellent as was the service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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·Dined on 11 August 2017

Very cool restaurant. Great and pretty innovative menu and outstanding wine list with helpful sommelier

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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Food1
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·Dined on 6 August 2017

The food just was not done well. The lamb ribs although the coating was delicious it was pure fat. Very disappointed

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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·Dined on 4 August 2017

We arrived at 8 and were seated in a lovely little table in the back. The open design was refreshing and encouraged the staff to engage with the clientele.

For a very busy resteraunt and wine bar, we were not neglected and our waiter paid us every attention and even offered expert food and wine suggestions.

Highly recommend for a great time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 4 August 2017

Simply Rockin and what a pleasure to experience. Thank you Ever so much.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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Value5

 
·Dined on 23 July 2017

Great banquet menu, good variety and well presented

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
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·Dined on 22 July 2017

Second time at the venue and loved the food, especially the pork belly!!

Tables were very close so bear this in mind if you want a romantic, intimate dinner for 2.

Service could of been alittle better but wouldn't effect me from returning. Requested table at the back of the restaurant which I thought we were being lead to but quickly changed to the front.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
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·Dined on 19 July 2017

A great experience and definitely a spot I will recommend to others! We chose the Monopole Menu w/ wine pairings. There were 6 delicious courses and a different wine for each. Such a great way to try a bit of everything.
My favourite was the salmon w/ bitter leaves - my partners was the raw beef w/ pickled mushroom and brussel sprout. The wines were interesting and paired well however I didn't particularly like the choice of Shiraz.
Service was also fantastic! We loved our waiter :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food4
Ambience5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 9 July 2017

Great experience and they looked after us very well
The service was the highlight
The food was very very good
We will be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 7 July 2017

Certain food pairing is off. Food order was wrong but was quickly fixed.

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Food5
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·Dined on 28 June 2017

Top notch service from everyone at the restaurant.

The restaurant was more than happy to offer all gluten free options as a part of set menu for my wife, and explaining the dishes very well.

A good variety of wines and gins, will definitely come back again.

Thanks Monopole!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 24 June 2017

I'm a monopole fan but last night was particularly good. The gentleman who looked after our table was a true master of his craft. Helpful, charming with out being intrusive and some how always there when your wine glass needed a top up. My only reservation is the desert menu could do with a few more additions. Al in all a spectacular evening

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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Value3

 
·Dined on 24 June 2017

Food, wine and service was good however servings on the small side. The condition of the bathroom resembled that of a pub rather than a restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on 16 June 2017

Loved everything about this restaurant. Innovative food, gorgeous ambience and attentive service. Will definitely return.

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Food5
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·Dined on 11 June 2017

We went a la carte and selected 4 courses plus a selection of cheeses and the portion sizes were spot on. Flavour explosions all round. You won't leave hungry or disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food4
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Service2
Value1

 
·Dined on 10 June 2017

Reluctant to return. Supposedly 2 hrs. Food good but service especially wine poor given they pride themselves on wine. Not shown bottle, not given taste. Offered sparkling or still water. Opted for sparkling out of soda stream self carbonated bottle. Charged $6 pp for it. Had to ask for refill and given tap water!! Noisy, cramped. Kept getting chair knocked by passing staff or guests.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 3 June 2017

Excellent tasting menu

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 20 May 2017

We had the Monopole menu with matching wines. A wonderful series of plates, with a superb selection of wines. The sommelier was delightful and took the time to discuss the wine selection and why she matched them with each dish

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 18 May 2017

Great service, amazing wine, love the food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
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·Dined on 11 May 2017

We decided to sit at the kitchen counter bar and we got a spectacular show of their kitchen skills and were able to see all the various dishes even though we were not hungry enough to order them all.
It's a smooth operation and every plate left the kitchen looking spot on!
Everything was delicious! The ambiance is stylish, warm and cosy. I can see myself popping in frequently through the winter.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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Food4
Ambience1
Service4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 11 May 2017

This was our first visit to Monopole and although we were impressed by the originality and flavour of the food it would have been nice to be able to see it. This place is seriously dark. We needed the torch on our phones to read the menu but even as our eyes adjusted to the cave like atmosphere we found it very difficult to see the colours of the food being served. Visual appeal is such an important element of food but with the Monopole lighting this element is missing. Wait staff were friendly and attentive but they too struggled with the lighting when reading the bill to enter the amount into the credit card reader. I'm sure a few well placed down lights would fix the problem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Service3
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·Dined on 4 May 2017

Very nice food.
Would like to have more salad and sea food options

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 29 April 2017

Elegant dining. The food is excellent and the cocktails are well made. My favorite dish was the smokes duck with figs- outstanding. The lamb ribs are also excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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·Dined on 29 April 2017

Lovely venue for a girly lunchtime catchup.
We followed waitress' recommendation but, honestly we needed an extra share plate to complete the lunch.
Ended the meal with cheese platter but, doubled it so that we could all share.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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Food4
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·Dined on 28 April 2017

A fantastic first visit with family for a birthday, waiter recommended the tasting menu ($70 a head) which was ample food for even the hungriest among us!
Nearly all the dishes were excellent, only one dish (the rapa) let us down a bit (extremely fibrous).

Interesting wine selections and fantastic service in a cool, compact little restaurant. We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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Food4
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Value5

 
 (東京)·Dined on 16 April 2017

Always wonderful!

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·Dined on 15 April 2017

Tried the 7 courses Monopole Menu, the in house cured meat which was exceptional and a very generous serving size was provided. The other seasonal dishes were all delicious and I would definitely come back for the Monopole Menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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·Dined on 8 April 2017

Experienced very professional service from the time of reservation, and throughout the meal itself. Food was exceptional, very generous in size and of a very high quality. Service was friendly and professional. Highly recommend and cannot wait to return. A wonderful experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 31 March 2017

So much potential however other staff (not our waiter) were uninterested, rushed and rude. Thank goddess for our waiter who went above and beyond to make us enjoy our evening. Absolute saviour. Food good, and fast, but not great. Lacks something. Feels like it might of peaked years ago and needs a refresh.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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