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Dining Room - Employees Only, Sydney, AU-NSW

Employees Only

4.5
4.5
354 Reviews
$41 to $100
Contemporary American
Employees Only Sydney is a New York-style cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Sydneys CBD.

Only Dinner Bookings will be seated in the Dining Area, All drink bookings will be allocated to Bar or High Top Table Seating.

CANCELLATION POLICY.
THERE WILL BE A $50PP NO SHOW FEE, ALL CANCELLATIONS NEED TO BE MADE 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE

Please not a 5% service charge will be added to all bills after 10:30pm on Friday & Saturday night

Our extensive late-night dining menu is also available until 2.30am

Please contact us at reservations@employeesonlysyd.com for bookings up to 30 people.

PLEASE NOTE:
MANAGEMENT RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ENTRY ON THE DOOR.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu 5:00 pm–2:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am

  • Phone number

    (02) 8084 7490

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Thomas Stott

  • Private party facilities

    Private and semi-private spaces available for cocktails, dining, corporate events & presentations, spirits tastings & more. Please inquire at info@employeesonlysyd.com

  • Area

    Sydney CBD

  • Cross Street

    Barrack Street and York Street

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    5 minutes to Wynyard Station 9 minutes to Martin Place Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • Drinks Only

    Multiple dates available
    Award winning cocktails, with access to the full dining menu if you decide you would like to enjoy a meal with your cocktails.
  • Dinner & Drinks

    Multiple dates available
    Main Meals available until 12:00am and all other food available until close. Award winning drinks available all night.

What 354 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Sydney

    Hot Spot

  • Sydney

    Late Night Find

  • Sydney

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Sydney City

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Sydney City

    Hot Spot

  • Sydney City

    Late Night Find

  • Sydney City

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. NM

    NinaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    really amazing food, good music and lovely drinks. a bit expensive but still had a really good time and would definitely visit again
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktails and the lamb was to die for
  3. NC

    NigelC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never been before. What a totally awesome place. Cannot wait till next time.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for making my birthday so special !! THE BEST RESTAURANT I have visited lately.
  5. J

    Jill

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere and great service from all staff, delicious lemon meringue tasting shot from the bartender topped the night
  6. G

    Gina

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Great cocktails and vibe. Highly recommended.
  7. RF

    RoxanneF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    Loved the food but the table we sat at was very dark and excluded from the rest of the place.
  8. NH

    NadineH

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    I am writing this bar as 'confused' A speakeasy bar with bouncers and line out the front very disappointing. Couldn't appreciate the interior as too crowded. Nil ambience as too loud Loved the surprise dancer but she seemed to be in the wrong place as the bar is far from classy
  9. LT

    LTDiner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was great, bone marrow amazing. Service to get drinks was slower than I like and the music was very high making it difficult to have conversations. Strict 2 hour seating rule was annoying, would have been great to stay a little longer.
  10. M

    Megan

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing night, the food and drinks were flawless. Will definitely be back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Went or a date night. It was very crowded - it's more of a bar with some seating area to eat some food.
  12. MR

    MaxineR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    20 min wait to order two wines. Bartender was too focussed on impressing others when there was a big line waiting.
  13. TC

    TiffanyC

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Very cool decor, great food and great drinks. Could be noisy if you want to have an one on one conversation though.
  14. P

    Peter

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing ambience with surprisingly well prepared food and a great selection of cocktails, wines and spirits. The Steak tartare is a must try, but ask for not too much salt. Great location for a date or catching up with close friends. Music is tasteful and not too loud for conversations. Service is kind and generally available. Booking is an absolute must as it is, to its credit, a very popular spot.
  15. TC

    TiaC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Fantastic night, very fun. It’s loud full of music and overall and good time.
  16. R

    Roxanneb

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I would recommend a self ordering system at the table especially for drinks for better convince
  17. AL

    AlexandraL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Booked a table for dunks and dining however got sat right next to the entrance near the bar at a high table. Got bumped into left right and centre. Didn’t end up staying long. I’m sure it would have been a terrific night if sat in a booth or table (like we booked). We were really looking forward to the show, cocktails and food however wasn’t meant to be. Such a shame.
  18. C

    Carol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    Very good place, music was amazing but the food menu wasn't really good.
  19. N

    Nicko

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Too crowded with table in the middle of a crowd of people standing. When we asked for a different table we were told you have to book the good tables a month in advance. We left and went to another venue.
  20. V

    Vroon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Amazing cocktails but very noisy ambience! Also felt a bit over-crowded as the tables were placed too close to one another.
  21. NO

    NiteOwl

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Amazing atmosphere, electrifying. Very expensive. Food is delicious.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great classics played! Songs that you just want to sing along to. Not a long wait for cocktails! Staff were engaging with customers and creating a fun atmosphere.
  23. DB

    DavidB

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Tasty but expensive food in classy bar with great piped music
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only negative was the waitress advised the whole drink menu was half price and it wasn’t.
  25. s

    steak2freaku

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful time with amazing cocktail and food! Staffs were attentive and helpful.
  27. HG

    HannahG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Amazing service as always. Not enough guacamole for the amount of bread pieces, had to ask for more. But tasted delicious.
  28. TC

    TimC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great vibe, fun atmosphere. Loud for early in the night so be prepared for walk into a lively party!
  29. CR

    CharlesR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent venue with a well thought out menu and portions that were not overly large. Wine and cocktail list complemented the meal nicely and then50% discount between 5pm and 6pm was an added bonus.Overall an experience that I would highly recommend.
  30. L

    Louisaglutenfree

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Great space, but unfortunately the gluten free on the menu, wasn’t really gluten free- not suitable for coeliacs. Such a shame as it was a deciding factor when I saw the menu online. Don’t come here if you’re after cosy conversations as it’s fun but very loud!
  31. t

    traceyc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Music was way too loud and far too much ice in cocktails, therefore way to expensive.
  32. M

    Maya

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first-time dining experience was lovely with delicious food and cocktails. Our servers were friendly and personable; the ambience was intimate with candle-lit tables, and when a song chorus came on, the staff belted out into lively singing which made many of us customers laugh and sing-along too. In general, the vibe was upbeat and inviting.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly, one of the best nights we’ve had! Bartender made us amazing drinks, the ambience was incredible, music was on point and the good was delicious. Psychic Maryam was spot on and the service was second to none. Can’t wait to come back!
  34. SD

    SophyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Had the most loveliest waitress, who made the night the most enjoyable our group had in Sydney!!! Would recommend coming here to anyone wanting to enjoy a chic, lively atmosphere
  35. JS

    JacS

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Our waitress was outstanding. Will be returning.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Old friends get together
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful bar in the city. Drinks are excellent.
  38. TL

    TamaraL

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, fun atmosphere. The bar staff went above and beyond us and other customers. Delicious cocktails and Fantastic entertainment!
  39. R

    Riley

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitresses were so lovely and smiley! It was quite busy so sometimes difficult to get their attention but they were still great at service. Little noisy if you’re not into the bussle Loved the energy though, the barmen are entertaining and when a classic song comes on the room unites in singing and smiles
  40. MB

    MelanieB

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fave date place at the moment. We'll be back again. The service is excellent. The food and drinks is only outshone by the excellent service. Good vibes only at this super fun bar and restaurant.

FAQs

Employees Only is rated 4.5 stars by 354 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Employees Only

9a Barrack Street Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Barrack Street and York Street

  • Area

    Sydney CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu 5:00 pm–2:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    5 minutes to Wynyard Station 9 minutes to Martin Place Station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Thomas Stott

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 8084 7490

  • Private party facilities

    Private and semi-private spaces available for cocktails, dining, corporate events & presentations, spirits tastings & more. Please inquire at info@employeesonlysyd.com

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