The Apprentice - TAFE NSW

4.8
62 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
The Apprentice Restaurant Sydney is a licensed training restaurant that promotes and nurtures food service excellence. We are open to the public for lunch and dinner on weekdays during term time, and our menus change regularly. (See Menu Schedules).

MENU PRICES:
Monday to Friday lunch: three courses (entrée, main and dessert) for $34 or you can select any two-courses for $29.

Monday to Friday dinners is our three course menu for $34.
Our 6 course Degustation Menu* is served on specific dates for lunch and 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.
Dietary requirements must be advised in advance. (*Unfortunately we cannot change our Degustation Menu).

Experiences

  • Women in Hospitality Dinner with Claire van Vuuren

    A$75.00 per person

    May 5, 2021 only

    Women in Hospitality dinner with guest chef Claire van Vuuren from Bloodwood and wine education by Lisa Margan from Margan Wines. $75 per person 4 course meal with matching wines from Margan Estate. Payment in advance is required for this dinner, please phone 9217 5527 to make the payment by credit card. We will contact you with further information regarding this dinner and confirmation of your payment. All dietary requirements must be advised in advance.
  • 6 Course Degustation Menu

    A$34.00 per person

    Apr 27 - May 14, 2021

    6 course degustation menu for only $34 per person, (excluding beverages). (The same price as our usual 3 course menus!) Please contact us to check if we are able to modify our menu and cater for your dietary requirement. As this is a training restaurant, we are unable make changes to the menu on the day. Payment can be made in the restaurant after your meal for groups of less than 11 people. There is one bill per table, card payment only, no split payments. 2 days' notice is required to receive a refund for cancellations or reduced numbers for reservations for less than 11 people. Please ring 9217 5527 or email si.theapprentice@tafensw.edu.au to book for more than 10 people, as full payment in advance will be required.

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 62 People Are Saying
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Cris
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 26 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 26 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 24 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 24 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
Sydney
1 review
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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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 15 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

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KatW
1 review
Dined on 15 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 15 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Julie
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 8 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
Sydney
6 reviews
Dined on 2 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
Sydney
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
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 17 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
Sydney
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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Sydney
3 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
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So good and so affordable! Would definitely come back!

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jenniek
1 review
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
1 review
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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HelieF
Sydney
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Great experience- it’s fun! The beef was delicious. It’s great to watch the staff being mentored.

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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

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MariaM
Sydney
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

I always love going to The Apprentice for lunch for value, ambience and food quality - which is outstanding.

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Benster
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fabulous. Service charming, welcoming and efficient. Wine not my favourite.

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CharlesS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and service as usual. We have been numerous times and are always impressed.

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lilianat
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

The quality of the food is generally good thought the last couple of times I have been served cold main courses. This is not appropriate for any restaurant service.

Last Thursday evening the calamari was like cardboard to cut and over cooked.
I was in no way tempted to eat it, far below the standard of "fine Dining ".

While the meals in the past have been at the 5 star level and I have happily booked large tables of guests to accompany me I am will now wait and see if the standard of the meals improves before making any recommendations. .

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HelenS
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Whilst visiting Sydney from south of Wollongong we once again took the opportunity to have lunch at TAFE NSW's The Apprentice Restaurant at Ultimo and what a superb dining experience it was yet again. An exceptional job by the cooking and food service students. The selections on offer for entree, main and dessert went together brilliantly. A credit to everyone involved. Thank you.

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DIANNEn963852
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff in my skills team have eaten her many times before. Probably about 12 times in 18 months. It was the best food we have eaten at the Apprentice. Don't get me wrong, It is always great value and lovely food but this last week's meal, Wednesday Sept 11 was superb.

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BillS
Sydney
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Another great meal. Food was of a high standard and service was efficient and friendly.

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SusanH
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been to The Apprentice several times - always an enjoyable and delicious experience!

MM
MariaM
Sydney
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful well presented and tasty meal, great service with a friendly atmosphere.

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DayleE
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Thank you for a great lunch we were very impressed keep up the good work!

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SueS
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This is a brilliant concept, giving young people the experience of working in a restaurant while they are training. The food was fabulous and all the waiting staff were polite and accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening and would recommend it for sure.

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MarinaT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Nice but cannot really call it fine dining. The food is average but good value and the venue is nice!

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RachelleE
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A unique way to experience good food in a inner city location. Everyone here is learning, so if you go into the experience knowing this you will have a great time! For small fee the hospitality students at TAFE will deliver amazing service and food- the teacher may add a few pointers along the way to them, but this is part of the fun- and you might learn something too! Highly recommend!

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Serah
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great value for money. Fine dining experience with good ambiance.

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NickV
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Situated on the 7th floor of a building a stone's throw from Central Station, Sydney, The Apprentice Restaurant is an exceptional dining experience. The food is good and the service is tremendous. Only filtered coffee on offer at the end of the meal was my only criticism and a cheese plate would have made a savoury finale to a wonderful dining experience.

FAQs

The Apprentice - TAFE NSW is rated 4.8 stars by 62 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.