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For 2
Date
Thu, 6/21
Time
7:00 PM

Monopole

4.3
249 reviews
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$40 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Top tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Sunday & Saturday: open
Dinner: Daily: open
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Phone number
(02) 9360 4410
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Brent Savage
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Street parking avaliable, though limited. Closest parking station is Ward Ave, Kings Cross
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Public Transit
Kings Cross Station, Buses
What 249 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Sharing plates, extensive wine list, great neighbourhood gem

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4.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Love the food and services. Most likely to recommend to friends and go back. :)

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Food is absolutely delicious
10/10
Wine list is good with plenty of choice

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Great food and selection of drinks.

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4.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Very good degustation experience. First class wine list.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

The food here was delicious - the Monopole Menu @$70 pp, was a winner and the wine was sensational.
The atmosphere is noisy but happily so.
If you're seated at the front be prepared to deal with cigarette smoke and weather through the open door and windows.
Have a plan B for pre-dinner drinks - we arrived half an hour before our booking and, with no seats at the bar, had to find somewhere else to kill time (in pouring rain, not fun).
Main drawback is the dimly lit, unisex toilets.... yuck.

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

We had the $70 set menu which meant we got to sample the highlights. It's great when you can experience the chef's creativity. Exquisite.

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3.0Dined on 21 April 2018

We encountered many problem, such as:
1) even though we booked in advance we were told to wait 15 minutes, as a big table needed to be cleared (understandable)
2) after the wait we saw costumers that arrived after, being seat before us
3) Finally, we got our table and ordered our food as quick as possible, since we were really hungry, we received the first course after more than 30 min.
I’m sorry but the complementary wine didn’t solve our disappointment

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5.0Dined on 17 April 2018

Excellent food and a lot of it on the degustation menu. Left feeling very satisfied with the food, the wine and the service. Great all round experience

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5.0Dined on 17 April 2018

Superb food, in tasting plate format. The smoked chicken, done in their own slow smoker, is the most sensational chicken dish I have yet encountered. Excellent vegetarian plates as well. One of the best wine lists in Sydney. Great friendly and attentive, knowledgeable service.

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Delicious and distinctive food that's great for sharing. A quiet, modern atmosphere with attentive staff. A great choice to celebrate a special occasion. (We were three friends celebrating 40th birthdays, a pregnancy and a move overseas).

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

my husband & i went for a birthday dinner, we ordered the tasting menu with matching wines, we were really impressed great food & great wine,waiters were friendly & we will definitely go back :)

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4.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Great diner in Pott’s Point.

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4.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Food, service and atmosphere all of the highest order. A little surprised to find the only (Australian) sauvignon blanc available by the glass was very ordinary (surprise in that there are good Australian, as well as Kiwi etc, sauvignon blancs and this is a restaurant famous for the breadth and quality of wine list. Bad choice on my part. Otherwise all good.

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4.0Dined on 28 February 2018

Wasn't expecting much but it was nice, fav dish out of the degustation was the kingfish. The oysters is a must also, so fresh.
Parking was a pain though, we parked at Wilsons car park and had to uber to restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 27 February 2018

we had the degustation menu with matching wines which were paired perfectly, each dish and wine was a crescendo finishing off with an delectable Hungarian dessert wine and extremely interesting and delicious smoked dessert.

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2018

We had a table of four and we opted for the set degustation menu of 5 courses and it was well worth the $70 pp. loved how we could share a dish and the overall ambience of the restaurant. we were seated close to other tables yet couldn’t hear their conversation which was great. the only difficulty we encountered was the parking!

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5.0Dined on 4 February 2018

Quentin made the night!
It’s rare to find a restaurant serving high quality food that has the wait staff show their personalities. Being a General Manager of a restaurant myself and in the industry for 15 years, it’s always great to see a waiter with passion and show their character.

Thank you Quentin

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4.0Dined on 25 January 2018

A fine evening; smart menu well executed and a sophisticated wine list marred only by its expensiveness. Kudos for the great design approach that kept the noise of a popular bustling bar to a level that allowed civilised conversation at our table of 5. Service was a bit haphazard but not enough to be irritating but ought to be improved to keep tables at Monopole where they ought be...rare!

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5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Excelent restaurant, fancy with perfect service !!

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5.0Dined on 28 December 2017

Good food, reasonably priced. The parfait was superb. Nice atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 28 December 2017

Wanted a casual meal but high quality food in an interesting location, Monopole is it.

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3.0Dined on 22 December 2017

Service was average, servers mumbled and didn't really know what each dish was that they were presenting. Restaurant was dark so it was hard to see what we were eating, and tasting menu was expensive for what we got.

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5.0Dined on 18 December 2017

$70 for the tasting menu is fantastic - every course was generous and tasty. Highly recommended

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3.0Dined on 17 December 2017

It’s a nice wine bar, that has food offering, not ha fine dining experienc. They are inventive with low cost produce. Servings not generous but adequate. Don’t expect to be wowed by the food.

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5.0Dined on 14 December 2017

Excellent food that was reasonably priced. I would suggest the chef’s choice menu. Our server was very knowledgeable and accommodating

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3.0Dined on 6 December 2017

Typical overpriced restaurant; the food is definitely not special. Our waiter was lovely and the ambiance is good. There are better places to have dinner and I wouldn't go back.

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5.0Dined on 6 December 2017

Absolutely beautiful food - such value for money given the quality!

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3.0Dined on 25 November 2017

Food was bland and unimprssive. It didn’t wow the taste buds and we were disappointed. The offering on paper looks good but missed the mark. Great service and knowledgeable staff. Great wine offering!

I would not recommend the restaurant to friends for a dining experience but would suggest Monopole as a good spot for a drink. Work to be done on your food offering and flavours in the menu.

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4.0Dined on 22 November 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on 18 November 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on 30 October 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on 7 September 2017

Fabulous place and the food and drinks were excellent

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3.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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