Osteria di Russo & Russo

4.6
323 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Contemporary Italian
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Enmore's Osteria di Russo & Russo is a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its fresh and vibrant take on contemporary Italian cuisine, served in its warm and charming restaurant. For starters, the fiore di zucchini fried zucchini flower with goat's milk ricotta and chili salt and the parfaiterole alla Veneziana duck liver parfait with an onion and marsala sauce and choux bun are sensational selections.

Some of Osteria di Russo & Russo's specialty dishes include the maiale al latte pork neck cooked in milk with confit fennel, pickled radicchio, pear and walnuts, the chargrilled manzo beef rump cap with anchovy sauce and the pesce chargrilled catch-of-the-day served with cannellini puree, coastal greens and lemon myrtle, as well as vegetarian dishes.

Osteria di Russo & Russo's mora blackberry and crème fraiche panna cotta is the perfect dessert with which to finish your meal.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Modern Australian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Tue–Sun 7:45 am–9:00 am
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Phone number
(02) 8068 5202
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Chris Mosley
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Private Party Facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Osteria di Russo & Russo can accommodate all of your special event needs.
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Private Party Contact
our Private Event Coordinator: (02) 8068 5202
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Marian Street
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Parking Details
Whilst parking can be a pain around Enmore, free parking can be found at the council car park on corner of Edgeware and Enmore Rd, and at Enmore Tafe further down Edgeware Rd.
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Public Transit
Newtown Train Station - 5 minute walk
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 323 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful gem hidden away in Enmore. Food and service outstanding. We did the Va Bene 5 course menu and it was very well executed with good input from the staff on the options and wine. Some of the courses are a little too small but I admit I have a big appetite and just want more of the lovely food!

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AS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always a terrific authentic italian meal with great hospitality

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AT
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is consistently good. Has not disappointed us yet. Thank you for the lovely birthday orangecello and homemade cookies with Nutella.

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M
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant, cozy space, amazing service and innovative menu. We hadn’t been for 2 years, but always talked about going back and finally did. We had the chefs 5 course menu with a couple of extras and everything was outstanding and extremely good value. Highlights were: Cauliflower risotto, the lamb and the rhubarb semifreddo.

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B
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, ambience and service. But best of all Will BYO a special bottle of wine. My mates and I loved it

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and matching wines. Not too rich, just right. One of the best meals I have had for a long time

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JR
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic food and a wonderful wine list. I had the best dinner here and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves their food!!

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JG
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once me and my wife walked in we loved every bit of it a lovely old style Italian restaurant we will be back 100%

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h
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

This is a true find and especially in our area. The service was very good indeed. The food was generally very good, the main dish of lamb was a bit disappointing in that it seemed to lack flavour. We did the 5 plate degustation menu and there was no lack of food.

It is also BYO and for people like us with good wine to drink this is a real plus. I could never afford to purchase the wine I bring even if they had it on the list

We will make it a much more regular venue

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LC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner here for my husband. Mark was so accommodating with our reservation, the food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. I can't recommend this special restaurant enough!

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S
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Perfectly portioned degustation menu which leaves you feeling well satisfied, but not over-full with three courses to still to come!

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PB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational, interesting food in an old Italian style. Excellent.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

The service was amazing and timely but the food was abysmal. I don’t recommend this place for food and value at all.

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K
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food has gone down hill since the previous head chef left.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

5 courses with matching wines was great! Loved the oxtail. Staff are very nice.

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S
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Cold entree of sardines very disappointing as was the tiny ‘main’ gnocchi. Delicious but overpriced and the size of an entree. Didn’t stay for desserts, went across the road instead

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K
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

"Share plates" shouldn't have been advertised as such, portions were inadequate- when paying over $300 I don't expect to have to fill up on bread! Food was cold and the market fish had no flavour. On top of that, it felt like we were being rushed out.. the waiter took our plates away before we even got to finish our meals several times. Very disappointed.

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h
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious sharing plates with fine ingredients. Gnocchi was lovely, Zucchini Flowers and Artichokes were great. Service was relaxed and very friendly. Share plates were on the small side , but quite rich so we were adequately full. Nice ambience, not too loud.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Pasta was overpriced and one dish was simply not hot enough. Service was prompt but would not rush back unfortunately

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RL
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Elegant room, excellent & informed service, beautiful & interesting food. Lovely experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Maybe we ‘ordered badly’ or the chef had a bad night but at a restaurant with a reputation to live up to, that shouldn’t be a thing.

5 courses at $60 pp I thought would feel like a bargain but when 2 of those dishes were inedible, I felt ripped off. Food was generally cold, market fish tasted like an aromatherapy candle, seafood ravioli was bad pasta sitting in a sauce on the turn.

I’m not a traditionalist but there were some failed experiments on that menu at the cost of well-paired flavours. I’m not a food waster either so when I say inedible, I mean I couldn’t even shove that stuff down in the spirit of making the most of it.

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D
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyable meal served by very professional and attentive staff.

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V
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extraordinary food. Exceptional service. Outstanding evening. I'll be back.

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B
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our dinner and would def come back again- the food was exceptional
Very friendly service too

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H
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Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the “va bene” selection and the team at the restaurant catered to my friends vegan dietary requirements. Great service. Recommend the zucchini flower dish as well as the funghi dish.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere - I would highly recommend! One of the best meals I've had in a long time

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SV
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal with an interesting twist on traditional Italian. Loved it!

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FA
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Being our 4th experience with R&R, I should say this was the one that left us least impressed.
We always opt for the 5-course menu and let it to the Chef's criteria, and I believe that is why the food did not meet our expectations.

Everything was executed correctly, but that was it. None of the dishes on this new menu was actually memorable and we finished the night under the impression that the old menu was more daring, flavoursome and generous (portion wise).

The highlight of the night was the cocktails (try the one with chinotto - it is great!) and the dessert with dulce the leche.

Service is always spectacular. You can not fault that team.

We are willing to give a new chance to R&R based on the good old times, but the next time, we are definitely picking the meals ourselves.

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KT
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always. Service is genuine and friendly and nothing is ever a problem.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a lovely dining experience - amazing food, we have been recommending to everyone! Do yourself a favour and book NOW!

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NM
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Dismissive service and inaccurate advice on how many meals to order. Waitress advised on 1 entree and 2 mains for 4 people as they were large serves. I wouldn't say 7 pieces of gnocchi a large serve nor a palm size piece of oxtail large enough for 4. We ordered an additional 2 mains. Very strange you offer no salads or vegetable side dishes.

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FC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent, excellent, true Italian dishes, unique, knowledgeable service. Worth a hat, hands down.

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KI
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Great place to let your tastebuds run free. Flavours are not your typical Italian staples. Menu pushes the boundaries with triumph. We will be definitely returning to enjoy the remaining dishes we didn't get to try. Love the place, the food, the staff. Great night out (that felt like a great night in). Cheers, Kim.

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VV
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Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great seasonal and interesting food, delicious and affordable wines and great service in an unpretentious setting - a winner!

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s
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely evening taking my boyfriend out for his birthday.
Great food and great ambience.
Definitely go there again.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food - interesting ingredients and combinations, but great flavours, very tasty and satisfying. Excellent attentive and friendly service, with a very strong knowledge of the menu. The restaurant is relatively small with a cosy feel and was pleasantly quiet when we were there, allowing comfortable conversation. Servings aren't large, but this lets you sample more of the menu, and we were certainly satisfied when we left. Delicious cocktails and house-made sodas. Not cheap, but worth it for good food.

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OT
36 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the wonderful balance of old-world, family restaurant feeling combined with the modern, sophisticated and accessible menu and wine list. The family-style degustation option with wine paring is an especially wonderful way to enjoy all that Russo has to offer. They are also incredibly customer-focused and make you feel like an old friend even if it's your first visit. A gem of a place.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Booking was easy and we enjoyed a thoroughly warm welcome from the staff. Service was prompt and attentive without being cloying. Menu was easy, choices delicious and the cheft's tasting menu – five dishes to share at $60 a head was an excellent way to sample the choicest house dishes. Only slight fault was the temperature grew a little cold as the evening wore on, but otherwise, terrific all round. Would thoroughly recommend.

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LN
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Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow - what an amazing meal. We did the 7 course trust the chef menu and each course was so tasty and delightful. Highly recommend!

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LS
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This restaurant never disappoints. They have a brief but impressive menu and the service is always exceptional. I would highly recommend a visit.

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