Tequila Mockingbird

4.6
346 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Latin American
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  • Creative Cuisine
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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.

Special Offers

An Evening with Henschke - $175 per person

Fiona Mcdonald - House of Fine Wines - hosts an exclusive evening showcasing 7 grape varietals hailing from the family ran vineyards. The wine list features vintage highlights from the Eden Valley, Barossa Valley & Adelaide Hills vineyards scrupulously matched with six dishes designed by the collaborative minds of our Head & Sous Chef - John Frid & Will Quartel. Exceptional wines from outstanding sustainable vineyards.

Terms and Conditions: A credit card guarantee of $175pp will be necessary to reserve your spot. Any no-shows or cancellations made with less than 5 days notice will incur a cancellation fee of up to $175pp.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 25 June 2019

Ends: 25 June 2019

Availability: Tue 18:30-18:30

$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: 6 October 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:45 17:30-20:00

What 346 People Are Saying
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KJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Great food, very disappointing service. We were frequently rushed and hurried, despite spending close to $500 for four people on multiple dishes and drinks. There were some tables available near us, and they said they were trying to move people on after 2 hours, for the next bookings.

Tequila Mockingbird
Responded 15 hours ago

Hi KayJay, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. All tables are allocated for a 2 hour sitting as noted on our online booking portal when proceeding with a reservation. It is with the intention of great service that we aim to have the table ready for guests booked behind, to honour their reservation time. We apologise that you felt rushed, should you require an extended dining time in future, call us on 02 9331 6749 and we can advise alternate seating times. Warm Regards, TQM

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

please keep the 10dollar margaritas and 2 for 10 ceviche tacos! they are always amazing!

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KN
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great cocktails and foods. We didn’t get the best seat as it was nex to the aisle, but we were happy overall

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SC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding Food and hospitality as allways - Thanks Tequila team

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CH
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

I went around July last year and it was fantastic, we were seated downstairs in the main restaurant, we were just two people. On Friday we were 5 and seated upstairs which was a bit squished. The food was fantastic but I think they were short staffed/its difficult for staff to navigate the small table layout. They were a bit slow on the uptake but the cocktails were fantastic!!

Tequila Mockingbird
Responded on 15 May 2019

Hi Charlotte, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We aim to provide an intimate dining experience in our converted Paddington terrace, which we hope adds to the charm of the Tequila Mockingbird experience. We're disappointed to hear you felt service lacked upon your visit and endeavour to make sure this doesn't happen again. We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon to experience Tequila Mockingbird as intended. Warm Regards - Leonie Baker Marketing & Events Manager

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything about Tequila Mockingbird. The ambience, delicious food and wine, the lack of loud music, the decoar, and especially the name :)

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ED
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything I put in my mouth was to die for and the service was a spectacular. Highly recommend.

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VC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food and service, very nice and relaxed atmosphere. Great cocktails. Definitively recommended.

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S
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service and setting for a wonderful meal with friends and family will definitely be back.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

We did the tasting and had 8 dishes. 6 of the courses were way over salted and it was hard to taste anything else. One dish (duck pastrami) had no salt at all and didn't really taste of much. All the dishes looked beautiful but the flavours just weren't there. White chocolate dessert was the saving grace but the bananas didn't need to be on the plate.
Service wasn't great. The servers were running all over the place and it was so loud that the server was shouting at us at one point. While the ambiance in the restaurant was nice, the stress of the servers has a knock on effect. They need more staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome Cinco de Mayo event. Cocktail with every meal, and tequila tasting! Service was incredible, so lovely and helpful. Food was delicious. Drinks were scrumptious. I had a really great time.

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KU
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

5th of May might just be an annual celebration because this feast was epic!!

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LD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place. Can do no wrong. Food & atmosphere divine

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EM
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Food consistently good. Ambiance always pleasing - good lighting, convivial and almost romantic setting but this time round service lacked somewhat. Not as attentive as they have been in the past, no drinks for a few protracted periods and then 2 extra items, one being an $80 bottle of wine added to our bill in error...... Just as well I checked.
Still fab overall just need to up its game a little again.

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LV
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect except I found the music too loud .. and so did everyone at the table .. people need to be able to hear each other’s conversation .. if I want loud music I can go to a pub or club :) my only complaint .. but it’s not only here .. I find that most restaurants have their music way toooooo loud :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, excellent meet and greet and table service

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PB
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saturday lunch special is great value! $10 margaritas and 2 ceviche tacos for $10. This and rest of menu is simply delicious and very authentic to south and Central American cuisine. Every bite of their food instantly takes me back to our visits and the food of this region. Olé!!

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IF
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Restaurant interior: Clean; quaint decor; a good place for small party; cosy atmosphere
Disadvantage: Toilet on the 3rd floor prompting my friend to quip, "This restaurant does not encourage drinking." (lol)
Food: Wagyu Beef ordered is tender and great flavour, unforgettable. The brussel sprout's is amazing and great side dish for the Wagyu as it compliment since the chimichurri sauce was too subtle for my taste. The Chicken Estofado is a bit bland. I'll probably not order it again. The pork belly though impressive on the presentation (on top of little pots with heated charcoal underneath), the two mini-BBQ skewers of 3-piece cubed pork did not impress my 15-year old guest, commenting "And that's $20?!". BBQ flavour was also too subtle for our taste. I like the smoky flavour of the Barramundi.
Drinks: amazing cocktails. Gave guests what to do with their herbs at home. (lol)
Service: Friendly staff and accomodating. They explained how long the mains will be prepared so they set the expectations so you will be encouraged to order Entrees and side dishes.
Overall: Good experience. Cosy place for late lunch or early tapas/drinks before going to party.

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JW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always surprises - innovation plus

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MP
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a fantastic date at Tequila Mockingbird. Service was fast and friendly, the food was outstanding especially the soft tacos and pork carnitas. Taste menu is excellent value for money and the cocktails were superb. Despite being quite cosy, the nouse level was managable with great background music and tastefull decor. Definitely will be back.

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d
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

besides the wagyu being over cooked the ambience was nice, wine was good, service was 5 stars, dessert was the best and we hate desserts

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HC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food! The cocktails are wonderful and good service. Never disappointed.

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JF
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was nicely made and was
a well put together tasting menu. I was looking forward to trying the 'Tequila Mockingbird' signature cocktail, however when it arrived the chilli around the edge of the glass was far too hot. Service was good throughout the night and overall a nice experience.

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TD
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef John is the best chef in town for creating imaginative and delicious dishes. Best restaurant in Sydney hands down. The menu changes every so often with new flavor packed creations. The atmosphere is tops and the staff are amazing. Shout out to Luca too - always friendly and kind. Do yourself a favor and bring a friend, friends or family for an amazing dining experience.

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NE
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

a great cocktail, food, and wine menu, in a lovely setting.

the food and cocktails here are wonderful, and worth coming back for (which i have done, four times).

the only element of my most recent visit which was jarring was noise... when the restaurant is full, the atrium downstairs becomes incredibly noisy.

overall, a great space and place.

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SF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our group of 6 loved the cocktails and food. Highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

OMG just amazing. Food, atmosphere and service. 10/10.

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B
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We’ve been there there before with the kids but this time it was even better. It was really busy and the service and food was spot on, really delicious. Back for a man lunch very soon.

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S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great little place for food and cocktails. Awesome service, would def return.

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RC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Service average to poor . Tequila tasting was disappointing as very poor selection offered. Cocktails very average
Wagyu steak good but chimichurri sauce didn’t match well. Barramundi excellent. Tacos starters very good. Sides excellent, especially Brussel sprouts
Drinks overall very pricey especially tequila shots

Tequila Mockingbird
Responded on 26 March 2019

Hi Raphael, We're disappointed to hear you felt service fell below par on your visit. If you feel inclined to offer us constructive feedback about where your service lacked, feel free to reach out to us at info@tequila-mockingbird.co m.au in order for us to rectify moving forward. We're proud to stock a diverse range of premium tequilas & cocktails - we hope that if you find a fault in flavour, you are able to flag with us so that we can rectify if necessary. We hope to hear from you soon. TQM

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food in a hip setting with friendly staff. Fourth time here and we'll be back.

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EL
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my partner here for his birthday, without even knowing anything about the place, but just from a google search for nice places to eat on the eastern suburbs. The night before we had gone out to dinner with friends and not had the best service.... Coming to Tequila Mockingbird we were greeted straightaway, and everything was just super quick.

Our waitress was so lovely, the service was incredible, we didn't wait very long between meals and the restaurant was PACKED, but still everything came out with minimal wait. There was so much flavour in all of the meals, and the cauliflower taco's were both of our favourites!

We had a great night, and it really made my partners birthday. We will both definitely be back!!!

Thank you again for such a fantastic experience.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Came highly recommended, and did not disappoint. Arrived 30 mins early and we were still able to be seated despite a very full Thursday. The Papi Chulo cocktail was superb!

Had the tasting plate from the new Autumn menu on a table of 2. Could not finish! So delicious and so much food. 2 bottles of Malbec and some good chat (also with the table next to us towards the end).

Definitely coming back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Very slow service, pretty crowded in. Great food, great staff, friendly and helpful

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R
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great selection of cocktails, good food n service, a bit cramped though.

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ER
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a great dinnner with Friends, fab cocktails thank you

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T
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best food I’ve had in a very long time. Had such a great night here

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EG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the ambiance, the food, the service, the drinks - everything was spectacular! this has become one of our favorite places to eat & celebrate with our friends and family in Sydney.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVED !!
Would definitely Return!!

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S
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Took 75 minutes in between the entre and the main, completely unacceptable considering the cost and size of the dishes

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