The Apprentice - TAFE NSW

4.7
78 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
The Apprentice Restaurant Sydney is a licensed training restaurant that promotes and nurtures food service excellence. We hope to reopen to the public on 17/8/21 and our menus change regularly, (refer to our Menu Schedules).

MENU PRICES:
Tuesday & Thursday lunch 12pm to 2pm: three courses (entrée, main & dessert) for $34 or you can select any two courses for $29.

Wednesday & Thursday dinner 6pm to 9pm: three course menu for $34.
Our 6 course Degustation Menu* is served on specific dates for lunch & dinner and is also only $34.
Our meals are usually served Table d’hôte (alternate drop).

Please note bookings are highly recommended to avoid disappointment. For group bookings of 11 people or more please contact us by phone 02 9217 5527 or email si.theapprentice@tafensw.edu.au.

We accept payment by EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard. We do not accept cash or split bills.
All dietary requirements must be advised in advance. (*Unfortunately we cannot change our Degustation Menu).


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 78 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic value for money. Would recommend pre booking as was fully booked the night we went. Can be a little tricky to find as entrance is not on the street. Quiet atmosphere, the staff are on hand to assist too. Due to being fully booked we weren't able to select our meals but my girlfriend and I got the meals we wanted anyway so pleased with this. Our server was James and he was fantastic. Would 100% return again and encourage others to go.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience1

I’ve been a number of times & always think why don’t I go back more often...then when I get there, I remember it’s because the venue has v little atmosphere. It’s stark but not in a cool way. Given that it’s a training ground for students, I don’t understand why it’s not broadened beyond hospitality students. Why can’t design students use the space as a blank canvas for a course project? Just imagine the possibilities!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent. Highly recommend.

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FofiG
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals- we were a group of twelve. Each course was so tasty, plating was consistent and the food tasted great. Well done to all kitchen and floor staff!!

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PhilF
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Good meal and service, unfortunately, meal size very small so I needed to eat again on the way home but fair value for the money charged. Options are limited so you need to be open to whatever is being served at the time overall a good way to help students gain experience .

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Amber
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Another lovely dinner at this restaurant. Service and food improves each time I go. Menu was varied and the food was great. Will definitely return!

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StevenR
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Very nice relaxed experience ... but the room is a little sterile....although that is understandable as it is a 'training location; but overall everyone should be commended on providing a relaxing and enjoyable experience.... thank you

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jenniek
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

As always, the food was wonderful and the service was fantastic. Everything was perfect except the older, blonde woman, at the entrance, who was quite unpleasant.
It did seem a little noisier than last time I was there...have you been changing things around...I noticed the room dividers were not in use.
Otherwise, perfect.

The Apprentice - TAFE NSW
Responded on 14 May 2021

Thank you for taking the time to provide valuable feedback. We have since been in contact with a member of your dining party, and hope that the resolution provided is both suitable and satisfactory. Looking forward to welcoming you and guests in the future.

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MarinaW
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The wait staff were a little nervous. They need to be taught the right way to pour wine from a bottle. On a previous occasion they spilled some on the tablecloth. They need to hold the bottom of the bottle and twist it when finished pouring. One staff member couldn’t work out why my husband wanted a bottle. She said “we do serve by the glass”. My husband said “a bottle”. Then she asked me what I wanted to drink. Haha

The Apprentice - TAFE NSW
Responded on 14 May 2021

Thankyou for your feedback and for supporting our students' training. The students learn their skills such as pouring wines and taking orders, during their practical restaurant classes, with their Teacher's guidance.

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JaneA
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Training restaurant and great to see the students learning in action. Food was superb and matching wines outstanding.

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JoanneC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Rating would have been higher if the food served was warmer as it's on the cool side including bread. And more attention to table service as we often had ti get attention to order drinks instead of assuming e 're not drinking and removing the wine glasses from the table.
Ensure that the white wines especially the sparkling white is well chilled instead of warm. Good to see that the flute was chilled !

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RichardK
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the Degustation Menu, great food and excellent value. Would have liked more chocolate soil and raspberry sorbet in the dessert as it was soo good. Thinking about going again soon.

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LISAM
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

food was outstanding and the training students were very friendly and even though alittle nervous, did a great job.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everthing is perfect. We have the degustation menu with six courses at the same price. Double the value. Oh, they do serve the food at the same time for all guests. Otherwise, same experience as in other nice restaurants.

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NewFan
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food, friendly and attentive service. Thank you to the entire team, we'll be back!

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Amber
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely food, professional presentation and great value.
Really difficult to beat this place for the price.
Will definitely be going back!

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Cris
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious menu and presentation. Excellent value. Five star dining with fresh flowers and friendly staff. Great night out with very reasonable prices for alcohol.

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CarolynF
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had a lovely evening. Good food options. Excellent standard of food and presentation

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HangP
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic experience keeping in mind the evening is presented by a learning class. The food quality was outstanding. The service was down to earth and honest. It was bit noisy but for the value being provided, easily overlooked. Definitely recommend.

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Timalbi
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Outstanding value for money with great food and great presentation by the nextgen of chefs! Highly recommend The Apprentice!

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BrianO
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a training restaurant. The prices are very reasonable, the serves are big, and there is a genuine effort from everyone there.

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KatW
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed the dinner. All tables were truly spaced for social distancing. Service was great. Food was fantastic for the price. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fine dining experience with the family on a very affordable price. The service was great and the food was delicious. Highly recommend and we will be back for sure

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is equal to any first class restaurant I have ever been to.

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Julie
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to the Apprentice Restaurant for the last three years and the food is so good. The food is top quality. In fact it is better than some restaurants and value for money . The staff has always been very pleasant and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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AdrianT
7 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went back a fortnight after our last visit. The food was excellent as usual, although the side salad with the pear and arugula was a little too peppery. The rest of the food was superb and the service was great.

Can't wait for the next visit.

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SallyL
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was great, the service good, I will be going back!

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Cris
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food looked and tasted delicious. Oustanding presentation. I would have preferred the taste of the wafers if they were a lighter colour less cooking time. Excellent staff and I am amazed at the high standard of cooking from students. Excellent menu.

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FoodieFan
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Has all my fave things in a restaurant - excellent food, light and airy due to the high ceilings and windows, friendly staff and tables set well apart for privacy.
Considering its a training restaurant we found the service very good and though the waiter was initially nervous he performed extremely well.
The standout for me was my entree: Salmon tartare with creme fraiche and lavosh, which was extremely tasty, flavours were well balanced and it was beautifully presented.
Meat main dishes were very tasty with crispy fresh greens and dessert of coconut creme brulee was lovely.

The only downside was when I initially rang and booked the table, I was told that the menu I wanted, which was more seafood based, would be available only on particular
nights of which I had no problems with and so picked one to suit their roster. However when we turned up we were given a completely different menu. I assumed that because there was a large group booking on another table that they needed to spread the menu's and ingredients around but would have liked to have been informed beforehand.
Other than that, it was a great night and the quality of food and ambience at very reasonable prices is outstanding. Will definitely recommend and come back.

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AdrianT
7 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Glad to be back at the Apprentice. My husband and I had our wedding at the Apprentice. The food was expertly cooked and the service was very good. Given that we are 'regulars', we will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wasn’t a fan of the leek but loved everything else
The service and the customer service was truly amazing
Will definitely be back
Thank you

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pppppppppppppppppppppppp
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

great way for students to learn.food and service great

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Gubby
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was our third visit to The Apprentice and each time we have had a very pleasant experience. The food is excellent. On this visit two of us had the duck which was cooked perfectly and two had the salmon which also got thumbs up. Some of the service is “different” but that certainly does not detract from the overall experience. Worth a try!

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Anonymous
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So good and so affordable! Would definitely come back!

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jenniek
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was delicious and very interesting combinations of taste. I've been coming to The Apprentice for years and have never been disappointed... the food and service have always been excellent, making it great value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a lovely tIme, so did my little one also
The food was amazing as well of the staff was outstanding waiting on us. Will definitely be back

JP
JPSyd
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food that would be served at any fine dining restaurant, service was attentive and not overdone. I will be back!

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KarenW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

We celebrated a birthday at the restaurant. The staff could not have been more accommodating, even coming out of the kitchen to sing Happy Birthday. The food was excellent and rivals other 4 star restaurants in the city. I look forward to coming back and highly recommend to everyone. A hidden gem!

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LISAM
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

as a staff member I have enjoyed a few lunch and dinners at the apprentice and have always had an amazing experience. The food and the students/wait staff have been so friendly and courteous. This time I took my elderly mother and she was so impressed and loved being fussed over by the young waiters. she is now thinking of bringing her ladies group for a lovely lunch, for seniors it is very good value for money and the food presentation and service exceptional. you would not know you were dining in a training environment.

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A True hidden gem, Everyone that works there is an apprentice. The food is to die for the service is professional and fun and the value for money is exceptional

FAQs

The Apprentice - TAFE NSW is rated 4.7 stars by 78 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.