Tokyo Bird

4.6
45 reviews
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$40 and under
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Tokyo Bird is a Japanese inspired small bar located in Belmore Lane, Surry Hills, serving Japanese whisky and beer, cocktails, sake and yakitori – chicken and other delicious morsels on skewers, grilled Japanese style.

Headed by Jason Ang (ex Gilt Lounge and Sokyo) and bar manager Yoshi Onishi (ex Stitch and Victoria Room), Tokyo Bird combines the best of Tokyo’s yakitori-ya and classic cocktail bars in an intimate Sydney laneway small bar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of Operation
4:00pm - 11:30
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Phone number
(02) 8880 0788
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Belmore Ln
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Public Transit
2 minute walk from Central Station (Elizabeth St exit)
Additional
Bar Dining, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night
What 45 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AG
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time to the bird and was hectic!! Felt welcomed from the moment we stepped in. The staff were very personal snd attentative even though it was jam packed. Vibrant but still able to hold our quick business chat. Food was amazing snd drinks selection was crazy!!! Wish they had a k room or bar games like dice etc as would have stayed all night!! Definately back soon. Thank you so much for a great night!! AsianG

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AC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great hidden gem. Amazing cocktails. Authentic Japanese yakitori with great twists. Great deco and cool ambience.

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RH
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really smooth atmosphere, great staff, nice easy food and drink options! Perfect first date spot

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D
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Very cool bar and great cocktails but food was average. Cold edamame beans, cold scallops on skewers. Quite disappointing food

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P
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Service was not great. Everything else - amazing, food, atmosphere, anime on the wall :)

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g
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic. Have been several times and always enjoyed. Great food, great drinks, warm and friendly environment and service.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Disappointed food. They are specialized "Yakitori" Japanese style chicken skewer. Selected menu and good review so I was expected good but their way of grill is not good. Soggy, no much smokey flavour and bit cold. It should be hot/warm, tender and charcoal smoky flavour, at least this price.
Drink selection, atmosphere was great.
Won't come back.

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TK
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food, we loved it.
Seafood was so beautifully prepared and absolutely delicious.
Chicken Karaage was a llittle heavy - coating too thick ... that was the only less than perfect thing
everything else was spot on

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JH
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great local bar..many whisky options..with very good Japanese food.

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C
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place. Will definitely be back. They made my birthday celebrations a sweet treat with my posse of loved ones around sharing in delicious Japanese fare.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very knowledgeable bartenders that provided a memorable journey through Japanese Whiskey

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BS
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

With a charming atmosphere, wall to wall whisk(e)y and an authentic yakatori experience it is difficult to get an experience like this outside of going to Japan. I highly recommend going for a relaxed bit to eat with good simple dishes.

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JO
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

It was good overall. My husband really liked the list of Japanese wines & whiskeys. The foods were okay, but not too great. Quite pricy for the portions. However, the ambience was outstanding! Enjoyed the experience overall.

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AS
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday. The staff went our of their way to make it special and engage with us when they knew we love our whiskeys. On the expensive side, but worth it. Great place in a laneway, would definitely be back.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome place, lots of character and the food is so good, highly rated!

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JC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came to celebrate my brother's birthday. A pleasant surprise and a local gem. I loved the friendly service and the relaxed atmosphere. Amazing cocktails and I loved the skewers! This was my first visit but I will definitely be coming back again.

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s
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Tokyo Bird is unfortunately what a white man who has never been to Japan thinks an izakaya should be like. Except worse, because this man has never stepped foot in any kitchen or been behind a bar in his life.

Food: Rice cakes were good. Everything else (skin, livers, heart, especially the tsukune!!!!) was extremely over-salted. Casual Japanese fare tends to be saltier, but what they did with our skewers that night... It was like they'd drowned the chicken in the Dead Sea, gave it a salt burial, then removed and marinated it in soy sauce overnight for good measure. Thank goodness we had another booking at Chaco Bar that night and were able to comfort ourselves with their much better yakitori.

Drinks: Whisky Sour was ok. Flavours of the Old Fashioned and 'Shiso Hot' cocktails were not balanced -- especially the latter: intentionally served at room temperature, it tasted like a tincture for pneumonia. At the very least, since described as "warm and soothing", it should actually have been served warm???

Service: Staff are poorly trained. They were nice for the most part, but in our 1.5 hours there they came by our table 6 times (we counted) to ask if we wanted to order more food/ drinks (even before our dishes and drinks were empty). Our bill was about $140 for 3 people so I don't think we deserved to be pressured like that.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cracking spot for a boys night. The yakitori menu is a perfect match for the asahi on tap and the whisky high balls.

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JP
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best whisky bar in Sydney. Food and vibe are awesome

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CH
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was great, service friendly ......BUT forgot our last dish, 3 reminders and 3 subsequent apologies and an hour later we had our dish......
Still, I will go back.

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A
6 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great place to have delicious drinks and food in a welcoming atmosphere. Thanks to Marco and all the staff. :)

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

Great little Japanese bar/restaurant specializing Yakitori and Japanese whisky. Cozy but comfy ambiance and food is simple but good. Especially impressed with the service - all the waitstaff were very attentive and friendly, which made our dining experience even better.

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DY
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. Great Vibe inside the bar and Marco made sure we were looked after and happy. In the good books with the girlfriend, great place for a date.

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YO
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Music was great, staff also helped in creating a unique atmosphere. Loved the friendly service. Good location, only a 5 minute walking distance away from Central Station.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Friendly staff...
great drinks menu...
awesome food....
Would recommend to anyone that likes Japanese food!!
We loved the cauliflower entre!!

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TH
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing service and even better food honestly its a hidden jem you could ask for a best spot to start a weekend could have stayed there all night.

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AN
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stand out whisky, food and staff :)

We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The gyoza are AMAZING! Great intimate atmosphere. Delicious cocktails.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Love this place - great Japanese food, beer and whiskey

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MG
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our drinks and food at Tokyo Bird. A fantastic little gem ! We will be back!

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n
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Met up with friends that were in town. It's great to have little bites to eat over fun cocktails.

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C
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Better than the food I had in japan! And if u don’t get the tempura cauliflower than u will never live

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AB
8 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyable as always, great drinks, food and atmosphere.

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U
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a top bar! Extremely attentive staff with great knowledge of Japanese Whiskeys, huge selection and incredible Japanese style bar food. A must for any whiskey enthusiast or anyone wanting a drink with atmosphere.

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LL
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My Birthday celebrations were fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent time was had. We enjoyed the cocktails and scotch and the knowledge of the staff on these products. Highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2017
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

It is a great place but for some reason the service was bad when I went I’d go back because the food was amazing and the drinks but service could be a little faster

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TM
6 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Brilliant. Great staff, outstanding food. Really enjoyed it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food and cocktails were nice but the food was so outrageously expensive I probably wouldn't come back. Value was definitely lacking. Service was great, couldn't fault that.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great night! I’ll be back again. Always great service

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