OTTO Sydney

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276 reviews
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$101 and over
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Italian
OTTO celebrates people, place and la dolce vita. Situated in the spectacular surrounds of the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, OTTO has an undeniable reputation as one of Sydney’s most respected dining institutions. At the heart of the restaurant is old world hospitality and long-standing relationships held with a fiercely loyal clientele. Approachable yet refined service greets modern Italian cuisine, alfresco dining and trademark waterside views. OTTO is the quintessential Sydney dining experience and has remained a local favourite for over 17 years.
What 276 People Are Saying
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4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.8
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New England
22 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

It was really great for the family dinner occasion we had there but overall its pretty expensive so you will need to consider that if you are attending - its the only restaurant I can ever recall being charged for bread.

Anyway - despite the cost the waiter was excellent!

DT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great Christmas Eve dinner with family - we were seated outside on the terrace on a balmy night and had a fabulous meal along with great wines. Tasty seafood apps and scrumptious entrees were had by all. Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

The waiter wasn’t as helpful while we were ordering and then got distracted and forgot 2 dishes.

T
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience2

Underwhelming.
The service was excellent, the food very ordinary (honestly... one of us had the chicken that looked like a $12 pub schnitzel). The price outrageous for the overall experience. Way to loud and clangy. If you want fine dining at a high price, Otto doesn't come close. It's more like a trendy bistro, and should charge the prices to match.

SA
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall1Food5Service3Ambience3

We have been to Otto before but have to say this by far was the worst meal we had anywhere in a long time.

We were a party of 6 and all had pasta mains. Each dish was not as described on menu. tasteless and unappealing. We left feeling thirsty for hours after wondering if msg had been added to the food. The four guests could not believe I recommended this restaurant. So my husband and I left feeling embarrassed forking our the whole bill. You guys need to do significantly better if you are supposed to be the premium Italian restaurant. Not coming back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Unfortunately we had a photo shoot happening around us, so we lost some of the atmosphere.

r
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. It is my first choice when I travel to Sydney. The food is great and the atmosphere is perfect. A can't miss spot.

AH
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Very disappointed that a simple request couldn't be fulfilled.
It was a celebratory dinner and on booking I asked for a very simple request that wasn't delivered.
Very disappointing.
Food good. Service excellent but for a $500 bill for 3 people and a small ask to help make it more of a special occasion I probably won't return.

HF
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

It was a busy Friday lunch and our service was very slow to the point that I missed the salmon pasta special and my second choice ( pasta with pippies) was dead boring. No liquid- oil or sauce at all and it was just dry and unappetising. Our wine bottle was out of reach and we had empty glasses and needed to ask for refills when main was finished. Would not go back again, it was my husbands birthday lunch and it was disappointing.

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Limited but delicious vegan menu - the beetroot ravioli is incredible! Worth it for a special occasion.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful on every level every time we dine at Otto’s. Truly one of our faves in Sydney!!

M
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location looking out towards the CBD. A real challenge to decide what to select, given this was our last night in Sydney. The stuffed chargrilled calamari was perfectly balanced for flavour and cooked to just the right degree. The Byron Bay pork cutlet was excellent, and we enjoyed not only roasted cauliflower but also the available (but not menu listed) French fries!

LL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Quite pricey for the quality of the food served

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service!

OT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sommelier was excellent as was service and food

K
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love it there and am very impressed with the staff and their attitude towards their craft.. always good and I will be back

BM
Melbourne / VIC
28 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I have lived in Sydney and used to go to Otto quite often. I have lived overseas and continue to go to Otto every time I'm back. Over a few decades, the place has never let me down. I'll be back. Again and again.

AG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Service was a total disjointed mess. Took so long to get our drinks and food. Servers were really indifferent and seemed harried. They wouldn’t seat us outside even though there were tables available during our entire meal. Food was fine when we finally got it, but not good enough to make up for the service. Wouldn’t recommend.

AJ
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had our work Christmas party (only 4 people!) but loved the service, the atmosphere and the food.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Very snobby pretentious restaurant. From the moment we walked up we were treated with zero respect or courtesy.

OT
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a very tasty dinner with my overseas friend. We both enjoyed the wagyu special very much. It was so satisfying that I don't think I need to eat beef again this month!

DL
Singapore
22 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always very good. Strong team that run it smoothly in a beautiful environment

AS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just Wow! This was an incredible meal, the food was delicious.

A
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Impressed with their subtle yet attentive service. The outdoor seating was surprisingly warm and comfortable. The food was good.

OT
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

From the moment we arrived the staff were most welcoming. Lovely table with views to city skyline and water. The only negative of the whole afternoon was that the spatchcock was a little bit dry, but overall it was a wonderful dining experience.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

We enjoyed our dining experience at Otto for the waterfront location and ambience. However the sirloin steak was of poor quality and very over priced. The rissotto was delicious and reasonable price. The desserts were creative and tasty. Altogether a very expensive meal for what we ordered. We would probably not be inclined to return.

OT
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Have been to Otto quite a bit recentl. Really like it but last night was really poor. It was busy but always is, yet the service was so so slow. The food very average, over cooked steak, mind you nobody in Sydney cooks steak as you order it, is always overdone. Food was cold had been standing.Pasta with a bit of seafood outrageously priced $35 for an entree for pasta tomato and chilli and bit of seafood.
Dessert really good. wines good list, but a lot young and high prices.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My wife surprised me with a Birthday lunch at OTTO, where we had a nicely placed table front of house. Our Italian waiter was happy and attended to us with a pleasant sense of humour and professionalism. The wine waiter was enthusiastically informative and nicely confident, he wasn't pushy giving time to advise us on several excellent Italian wines from which we made our selection.
As we have found previously, the food was just sensational and generous with the whole experience forming an indelible memory for my birthday.

JM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

From the time we arrived to the time we left the service was very warm; the staff had knowledge and understanding of the menu and wine list. Great ambience. It is obviously set in a great location. A very enjoyable day.

OT
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and exceptional service

OT
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

After arriving & feeling like they didn’t have our booking, it got off to a slow start, but, once we got service it went well from there. Helpful, attentive wait staff, an apologetic sommelier when the wine we ordered had not arrived. Beautiful, beautiful food, absolutely nothing to complain about with the food at all.

OT
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food, the service and the location (great waterfront views). It’s the perfect lunch spot for any special occasion! Definitely coming back again :)

GD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A truly great meal. The calamari and the gnocchi were exquisite. Everything from the bread through the desserts was well prepared, flavorful and well presented. I am not a dessert person, bu they do deserve special mention.

OT
Dined on 31 October 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The vegan menu drew me to this restaurant. It meant i had choices. The food was delicious. The staff were very friendly and accomodating. It was a most pleasurable experience.

RV
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We asked to be moved to a corner side-by-side table and it was no trouble. Great having a sommelier who knows his wine.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really nice family get together at lunch. Food was excellent, so was the service and the water outlook. A bit pricey so not a regular event but we will certainly go a few times each year.

OT
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food & service. Waiters are super friendly and willing to answer any and all questions. Have been to Otto before and every time it is absolutely amazing

OT
Dined on 26 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service with a perfect waiter who was quietly understated but perfectly knowledgable about the source of the produce. A good waiter is so noticeable and in an Italian restaurant so useful for some staff to have the heritage and understanding of the food.
Each bite was delectable. We couldn't fault anything. To sit outside, on a perfect Sydney Spring evening right on the water with the cruisers clinking against the Wharf made my birthday memorable.

OT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2017
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Overall good experience

OT
Dined on 19 September 2017
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food : spaghettis and bucatini. Fresh and perfectly panna cotta was excellent.
Friendly and efficient service.