The Roosevelt Bar & Diner

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$41 to $100
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Slip back in time to an era when drinking was taken seriously. Long lunches washed down with martinis, cocktail hours to finish the day and whiskies long into the evening.

The Roosevelt calls Potts Point home but traces it’s ancestry back to New York in the 1950s, drop in for a drink or settle in and enjoy great food until late in the night. We aim to offer an excellent atmosphere, great company and amazing drinks, we hope you agree!

From small group dining to large canapé functions the Roosevelt is available for all your event needs. Our hidden Poker Room is perfect for intimate dining, whisky classes or poker nights for up to 12 guests, while our larger Monroe can host up to 32 for dining or 60 for standing events.
What 88 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SM
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

The food portions were small. The drinks are expensive.

JH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a light meal and cocktails after the theatre. It was a very enjoyable experience with fantastic staff and an even better cocktail list! A fabulous step back in time to a very cool bar. Definitely worth a visit.

RO
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the theatre around the cocktails !

w
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

So wonderful to be able to have a high class, high value restaurant which has preserved some of the historical ambiance and atmosphere of kings cross

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambience and wait-staff were delightful. I was dining alone and it is hard to imagine a better stag experience. I plan to return within a week. The food was also delicious but the total experience was just nearly overwhelming. Delightful!

DD
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Terrible, terrible, terrible service ! We had a shocking Saturday night experience here. We are local Potts Pointers but not been to The Roosevelt for a while. We invited some friends to join us for Saturday night dinner. Food was overpriced and 2 meals came after 3 minutes and 20 minutes later the other 6 meals came. The service was shocking and even after going up to the staff twice to get service and try to pay it didn't change. To say we will not be back is an understatement !!!

j
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jamie our host was awesome. My partner and I had an amazing night with loads of food and drinks ;)

PP
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Such great ambience. The food was good, the cocktails splendid. The background music was way to high - this is after all not a nightclub...
Snappy service in a great space.

AM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Good service and great cocktails- especially appreciated that they were quite quick with the drinks as we were heading out to a late dinner elsewhere

SP
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Wonderful evening, wine and food delicious and great atmosphere and service.
Would have received full marks if the roast potatoes hadn't run out.

R
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

Food – the fish was heavily over-salted and close to inedible.
Drinks – we had wines by the glass, the glasses were very small and the wines were expensive, compared to other similar restaurants.
Value – heavily overpriced overall.
Noise – excessive, impossible to hold a conversation.
Experience overall: Disappointing.

EH
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere, great service,cocktails and food, would definitely go back.

CT
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and even better cocktails. Perfect spot for a date night

AO
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Such a fun and vibrant space for a gathering. Some super fun cocktails a s staff that know their drinks. Awesome soundtrack too.

G
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Another great lunch at the Roosevelt. We really love it here. Ticks all our boxes

HY
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! Ben the manager was accomodating for my group and amateur photo shoot! Thank you! Food was delish, and cocktails are delightful! Must try the nitro colada!

JW
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Outstanding ambience with a great selection of drinks.

G
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, fabulous cocktails, excellent service

A
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful start pre theatre on our 20th anniversary

M
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it. Arriving at 5.30 (pre theatre) we worried it would be quiet - not at all. The drinks menu was a crazy size but the waitress did a great job of explaining some of the local cocktail creations. A few drinks, food A great start to the evening
Definitely recommend

MJ
London
124 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable experience. Cool setting, very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Good night had by all

SS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Great venue and great service. On this occasion however, both our New York strip loins were tough and grissly. The meat arrived at the table pre-sliced. We both had slices of meat pure unedible grissle. Not good.
That said, the jus, confit tomatoes and roast potatoes were all great.

c
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Amazing little corner in Potts point. Great cocktails & food, fantastic energetic team. Thanks for having us

AD
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely old world charm ..
service fantastic ...
Can’t wait to come back ...
thank you ...

RV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for a drink. Get the old fashioned - The best

LB
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Went here for pre dinner drinks. Service was impeccable and the cocktails were excellent. Love the art deco cosiness of the venue. Would highly recommend this venue

BS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. It perfectly captures a by-gone error, yet brings it up to date with style and substance.

R
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe

MJ
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have celebrated a few special occasions at the Roosevelt as well as just dropping by for a few drinks when the mood takes us. The service and quality of the food and cocktails are always excellent. Expect to pay around $20 for a cocktail, which for those who appreciate the craft and skill behind great cocktails, this is perfectly reasonable. The food is great too. $1 oysters on a Thursday is always fun. All in all this is a great bar to celebrate special occasions, or treat a special someone.

JC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great old Hollywood bar atmosphere with low lighting and lovely decor. Great selection of drinks. Select the right one and it could be served with a bit of theatre!

VR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Love the New York bar feel of Roosevelt. The service is phenomenal and the cocktails are inspired!

N
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the second time I have visited the Roosevelt for pre-dinner drinks, and was again delighted by the cocktail list, ambience, and the amazingly attentive and friendly service! Will definitely need to come back to try the dinner menu, and of course, continue working through that cocktail list.

LD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve only been twice. I’ve had a great experience both times. It was a going away dinner for a friend. Everyone enjoyed the venue and food and drinks. The food is delicious my type of food. The first time I went I had the banana split. Yum!

H
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

As locals, we went for $15 dollar steak night and the steak was really tasty and cooked perfectly. The staff are friendly and efficient. Nice low lighting created an enjoyable ambience. Music ok.

m
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Open Table forces me to rate Roosevelt for its food menu, but it should be noted I didn’t eat any food on my recent visit—just shared a cocktail with a friend. Great ambience on a recent Friday night and pretty good service. I like it as a place for drinks before dinner with out-of-town guests.

AS
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I have been to the venue a few times now, and every time, I never leave dissapointed. Service was great despite being a busy Saturday evening. The food was amazing and always an amazing selection to drink from.

MH
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

$1 oyster is very worth and tasty.
All stuff are nice and friendly and very quick.
I did not need to wait for stuff for a long time.

Desserts are average, I didnt think the price is reasonable for desserts.

Atmosphere is pretty, they have many drinks so it is good for people who like drinking.

G
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Fantastic ambience. If you love darkly lit bar style venues, with warm and friendly staff, and an outstanding whisky selection, then you'll love it.
The food is good and the floor service was outstanding. Kitchen can be a little slow, but chill, listen to the 60's Tamla Motown sounds and snuggle in for a great night out

JF
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love
ill be back again, especially on thursday nights :)

L
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Perfect date night for cocktails and food