The Roosevelt Bar & Diner

4.5
73 reviews
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  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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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 73 People Are Saying
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JW
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Outstanding ambience with a great selection of drinks.

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

Great atmosphere, fabulous cocktails, excellent service

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A
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delightful start pre theatre on our 20th anniversary

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M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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MJ
London
123 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

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.

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c
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

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

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AD
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

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RV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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LB
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

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

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BS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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G
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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JC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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!

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VR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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

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NK
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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LD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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H
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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m
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

$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.

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G
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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

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JF
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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L
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Perfect date night for cocktails and food

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BO
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Second time we have been to this venue. First time was fantastic. Saturday was terrible. Had an 8:30pm reservation. Restaurant was so crowded and the music was so loud you could hardly hear anything. The tables were so on top of each other i felt like the person next to me was actually at my table. Waited 15 mins before anyone even come over to us for a drinks order. We ended up leaving. So disappointed this time around.

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RS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Cosy atmosphere, great staff and very good food (toasted almonds were amazing).

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ER
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous place. The cocktails were amazing and unique. Service was attentive and quick, everyone were super helpful. We were booked for dinner and some whiskey tasting. The owner of the bar despite busy Saturday night made sure he gave a us a good guide through some spirits and made his own suggestions.
Great night and definitely we will be back.

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D
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2018
Overall 5Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Charming staff. Great atmosphere good wine but very disappointed in the food. Most mains were not on. That was okay but the roast beef was served cold and chewy. Yorkshire pud was like a tennis ball. These are two things to get right.
However we look forward to returning as everything else was ver y pleasant. Thank you. Dolly East

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The cocktails are amazing. The martini is a must!

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MD
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambiance; nice cocktails...the food is not worth it. Great place to start Or finish a dinner

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SG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I visited this the Roosevelt on Monday night with a group of girl friends. I love this place for its ambience and great cocktails. Food however is mediocre, my beef poivre was tasteless and the meat was tough and cooked throughout, although I had ordered "medium rare". My friend's dessert was a disappointment and she left more than half of it.

I have eaten here before and remember the food being ok. Now, the food is not up to scratch and absolutely not good value at all.

On a good point, our waitress was really lovely, friendly and very service minded.

I recommend this place for its ambience, great art deco interiors, friendly staff and cool cocktails and wine list. For food - I would not recommend to go here.

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BS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Fabulous art-deco venue with character and history.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent quality food and great friendly staff who really know their stuff - I lucky to have this as a neighbourhood place to go 😊

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Great for a novelty value, unique cocktails, fun for different experience.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great oysters, lovely service, and a fantastic atmosphere.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner from all points of view, and would go back.

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BR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

My girlfriends & I went fo r oyster & champagne night. Oysters ran out. Champagne was still the price of other restaurants after the discount. Pretty disappointing.

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ZS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Delicious cocktails. Was great on a Friday night but far too noisy on a Saturday night - we couldn't hear each other so had to go elsewhere :(

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o
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience just disappointed that the special on oysters, our reason for going, ran out so quickly

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I couldn't give a specific review as I haven't ordered proper food there, I've only been there once for $1 Oysters on Thursday. Staff were extremely attentive, they just knew how to read body language, continually checking our table to ensure when to refill our water or take away our empty oyster tray and bring the next tray out. Staff were also extremely friendly and polite. The atmosphere was very cozy and intimate, I would definitely be returning with more friends

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