Tequila Mockingbird

4.5
274 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Latin American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

Paddington's Tequila Mockingbird is the whimsically named restaurant that serves a fresh spin on globally-inspired dishes, served in its rustic and charming eatery. Selections from the raw bar, such as the hearts of palm and zucchini ceviche in lime broth and the salmon carpaccio with shiso peppers, wild rice and passion fruit, make tantalizing starters. Some of Tequila Mockingbird's specialty main dishes include the barbecue lamb in red chimichurri sauce, the dry aged ribeye slathered in garlic jalapeno butter and the goat shoulder quesadilla with tomatillo salsa verde, all of which are prepared to perfection and complemented by a gengibre y romero signature cocktail made with tequila, ginger liqueur, yuzu and lime juices, rosemary and cracked pepper.

For a sweet end to your meal at Tequila Mockingbird, enjoy the spiced carrot cake accompanied by salted caramel and chocolate or a selection of cheeses.

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Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, South American, Peruvian
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday: 6:00pm - 10.30pm
Wednesday: 6:00pm - 10.30pm
Thursday: 6:00pm - 11.30pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(02) 9331 6749
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
John Frid
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Glenmore Road
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Parking Details
Limited street parking available
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Public Transit
Tequila Mockingbird is within 20 metres from the 389 bus stop which can take you direct to either the Circular Quay (via Darlinghurst) or Bondi Beach (via Woollahra & Bondi Junction)

Tequila Mockingbird is also 150m from the Paddington Town Hall on Oxford Street which has multiple bus lines/routes
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether you're planning this years Christmas party or showcasing your business portfolio, Tequila Mockingbirds' converted terrace has the interior to dazzle clients and friends alike. The restaurant is partitioned into three main dining areas, each one offering a different look and feel.

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Special Offers

Seafood & Sparkling - $145 per person

Enjoy 6 glasses of sparkling from Champagne to Tasmania paired with a five course seafood menu this December 15th. The lunch, hosted by Cellarhand will feature 6 sparkling wines from around the world finishing with a Champagne Jaquesson Cuvee. Just in time for christmas, we’ll conclude with the opportunity to purchase the wines tasted throughout lunch.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 15 December 2018

Ends: 15 December 2018

Availability: Sat 12:30-12:30

Yes way, Rosé! 2HR Bottomless Rosé $29pp

2 hours of bottomless rosé wine for $29 per person when you order any FLAME item from the food menu.

Terms and Conditions: Must order a FLAME item from the food menu. RSA laws apply.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 3 August 2018

Ends: 28 December 2018

Availability: Fri 12:00-14:45

$60pp Sunday Sesión

6 Dish "Trust the Chef" Set menu.
Complimentary signature Tequila Mockingbird cocktail on arrival on all bookings.
$60pp

Terms and Conditions: Should you need to cancel your Reservation, we require a minimum of 24 hours notice to re-book your table.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 11 October 2017

Ends: 22 March 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:45

What 274 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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4.1
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DG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second visit in a month - can’t stay away from the delicious menu or tequila cocktails. Again, we explored the whole range, including the pork shank. Huge and delicious.

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SJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was very busy for a Wednesday night with a great vibe. Loved the food and there was a great wine list. Tequila Mockingbird is our go to restaurant particularly in summer.

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S
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great small restaurant. Beautiful setting and lovely staff

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DT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and vibe, I have been there 10 times and it’s always consistent ........... enough said.....

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P
7 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice food and service, great spot for a fun night out. A little expensive for what it is, but other highlights make up for it. Overall a good experience.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Really clever cooking with outstanding flavours that are well presented by a good floor staff. I prefer the small bites, but the pork knuckle was a triumph too.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We love the cocktails, the food was pretty good! The tacos where amazing! We had the tasting menu and we really enjoyed it! We are glad our table (very small, but not big deal) was downstairs because up stairs was very noisy. We were celebrating our 10th Anniversary and we didn't have trouble listening our conversation. The lamb shoulder was exquisite! We miss a leafy salad! We had carrots, they were nice but we would rather preferred a Leafy one. Well done guys! Great service! We had a great time! The mocking Bird cocktail is a must!! Thanks!

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EF
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An excellent take on tapas and fabulous cocktails. The trio of seafood tacos was my favourite.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food. Definitely my favourite restaurant

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DG
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unspeakably good food and cocktails. The two of us shared several dishes from the raw and the street ending with the yummiest corn! Add two sweet, complex tequila based cocktails ....

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OB
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The food was generally delicious, however the wagyu was very disappointing. It was not allowed to rest and in fact appeared to be more of a steak than a piece of wagyu as it lacked the tenderness you would usually hope for.

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LH
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was mostly very good and interesting but not very Mexican, and very small serves, particularly of the cauliflower 'main' course which was more like a side serve, and with no sign of the mole sauce.
Nice ambiance and service, but not good value.

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UP
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

overall a very pleasant night. Impressed with the variety and uniqueness of the food. Not traditional Peruvian food but innovative with Peruvian and Japanese flavours, herbs.

The noise levels spoiled the evening for the four of us (admittedly seniors!) made it hard to have any conversation. Not just noise from other diners but also the music (good Latin American music) but just too loud.

Wines were excessively expensive, but not the food.

Go for the food but don't expect to have in depth conversations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great food but a little pricy. The ambiance was nice if the music would have been a little lower. We had the set menu because we had more than 8 guests. There was plenty of good food but it was very slow to come out. We were there for over 3 hours. I'd go back but probably to get a few drinks and small plates.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

The problem we had was the noise level. The music was so loud we could not hear those sitting across the table from us. Upon requesting the music to be tuned down we were told that the ambience was important and it could not go down any further. In other words, the 'ambience' of the room was more important than the experience of the actual diners! We really like the food at Tequila Mockingbird but will not be coming back again because of this bizarre lack of concern for the overall experience of the customer.

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LE
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Tequila Mockingbird! This is my third visit, the food and cocktails are to die for! The service is impeccable, very friendly and very accommodating!
My favourite dishes are the Gucamole, ceviche tacos , provolone , salmon carpassion, octopus, Brussels sprouts , chocolate fondant.
It was my friends birthday and they brought out a chocolate fondant with a candle , very thoughtful!
Great place to go with friends, family , dates! Easy to hear and this is coming from someone who is deaf in one ear!

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A
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great lunch, nice small plates to share and try something new.

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

Really attentive staff and great service. Tasting menu was easy for a big group. Soft shell crab tacos were a favourite.

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B
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exception food and great service. Staff were excellent and friendly even had a chat with the chef over dessert. Highly recommended!

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

The food was amazing. Loved it and will definitely be back

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

Totally out of the box!
We were expecting standard Mexican fare but it was nothing like any Mexican I have ever eaten. We had one vegan and one non vegan. The vegan options were street corn, garlic Brussel sprouts, roasted cauliflower and guacamole. They also had raw carrots which I declined.
The non vegan was jealous because the only difference between his food and mine was the overwhelming amount of cheese on his dishes. If I have one suggestion it would be to lessen the amount of cheese on the veggie dishes.
Flavours were just amazing. Cocktails were fabulous. We had the signature Mockingbird cocktail and it was insanely yummy. I would definitely go back.

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G
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our second time at Tequila mockingbird and we took our friend over because we loved it since the first time!
Great vibe,awesome food and drink and staff very efficient!
Our friend said best Sunday lunch after a while so definitely we'll be back!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s our local favourite, great service, great food and always can get a table.

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MP
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Do not order tea! All 4 pots were lukewarm which I mentioned to the waitress that didn’t seem concerned. Our bill came to over $320 for 4 of us which is not cheap for a restaurant that should display better customer service. Stick to the cocktails, expensive but good.

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

Great restaurant! Would definitely recommend it to others :)

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FR
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The tasting menu is created by the customer to suit their own tastes!! Wonderful and helpful staff who have the customer in mind!!

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LR
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent and appropriately priced! Restaurant is small with a lovely neighbourhood ambiance. I would like to go again with a larger group to taste more of the menu.

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SF
7 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

2nd time at Tequila Mockingbird and it won't be our last. The food is great - authentic, tasty Mexican. Drinks are also good. It can be a bit noisy, but no worse than average.

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Z
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food tasty but portions very small and overpriced.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and wine! Went to the Mexican Cellars dinner Tuesday night this week; food and wine were sensational and didn't know Mexico produced wine!

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E
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food in a fantastic restaurant. This was our third visit and we will definitely return regularly.

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L
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was amazing. Great service and love the decor

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SL
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was really tasty especially the guacamole and the Brussels sprouts and the potatoes. The waiters really friendly. Felt relaxed but still sophisticated

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

Fantastic restaurant. Beautiful food with excellent freshness and balance to the ingredients. Cocktails are fresh and inventive but still approachable, could drink the Tequila Mockingbird forever. Def one not to miss

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

Best restaurant in Sydney, hands down. Outstanding food and cocktails. Wonderful ambiance and service.

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W
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved our evening.
Was an unexpected pleasure.

Only negatives:
Had to order the Fathers Day menu.
Very noisy table beside us.

Otherwise really enjoyed it.

Will definitely be back.
Thankyou !

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JS
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

My fourth visit - usually the service is excellent despite the restaurant always being packed. This time, however, the food was really slow to come out. It was also a bit on the salty side whereas it is generally impeccably seasoned. The margaritas were excellent as always. I'm chalking this up to an "off-night" and will definitely be going again.

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

I took my sister out for lunch as a thank you for being my maid of honor (she has put a lot of time and effort for me and the wedding). This place was amazing, the food and alcoholic drink yum. I ended up doing the $75 per person so we could taste everything, it was differently worth the value. The staff are very friendly and gave good recommendations on what we should taste from the menu. My sister enjoyed herself and we had a great day. The outdoor setting was very lovley, lots of greenery. We will definitely be back, great job guys 🙂🙂

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RS
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Thank you to the tequila mockingbird team for an exceptional evening
You have amazing food, cocktails and atmosphere
The only thing I would like to see is dedicated waiters for the tables but that is literally the only thing I could fault
Amazing!!

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G
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My dining experience at Tequila Mockingbird on Friday evening is one I will be speaking about for a very long time. From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave, the service is of utter perfection. The old terrace space is absolutely magical in decor and it is one that I will be roccemending everyone see for themselves.

The tasting menu is one of the best I have had in Sydney with every meal of substantial size and complimenting each other so well. For $75pp it is an absolute bargain and I will definitely be coming back tome after time.

Thankyou for the magical experience.

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