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Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano

Central Business District
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123 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 21:30
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Brisbane, Australia
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1,025 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a must visit great food in a family type atmosphere- it's a who's who's of customers and many have their image on the wall - you go to the toilet and read all the old colourful stories. Food and wine is always excellent

Thank Michael S
Sydney, Australia
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72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An institution for years and located in the heart of the city, Machiavelli brings you great Italian cooking along with Italian hospitality. A tiled basement setting with a central display of hung cured meats and other delights. The mixed antipasto is a must. The service is slightly theatrical where they mix up steak tartare at the table as well as... More 

Thank sophiang
Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If it's traditional Italian you want, like Nonna makes it. Get to Machiavelli in Clarence street. Check opening times though as they seem to be open more to cater for their corporate clientele. Very old school feel to it. You literally have a Nonna cooking some signature dishes for you in the middle of the restaurant and the anti pasti... More 

Thank Donna C
Sydney, Australia
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96 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pros (1) Featured Interior - politician photo panels on the wall (2) Food Qualaity OK (3) Fresh Oyster - Good Cons (1) A bit noisy - although there were only a half of the tables were occupied, there was already too much noise. I left the restaurant, as soon as possible, due to the noise. (2) Interior - not fancy... More 

Thank Marcus567
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89 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Traditional, undeniable quality Italian eating. I've never gone and even disappointed. There's a massive vibe as you go down the stairs off Clarence Street to the restaurant. Not for the faint hearted you need to concentrate to be involved in an intimate conversation but that's not what I choose to eat here. Pasta is devine, the beef tartar is off... More 

Thank Paul J
Sydney, Australia
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116 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Have not been to this restaurant for some time but will need to go more often. Food is fabulous, seafood entree and steak main. Waitstaff and very efficient. Looking forward to going back.

Thank Positano15
Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Last two trips here have been below par, especially when you consider the extortionate pricing. One of my group ordered a steak that was approx $50 and asked medium rare and it came out well done. They then cooked another piece for him and didn't rest it at all, so ended up with blood all over the plate. Place still... More 

Thank Umesh77
Sydney, Australia
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104 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely business lunch here, great cocktails, food was good and couldn't fault the staff, very courteous and discreet. Food didn't set the world on fire but enjoyed the afternoon immensely.

Thank LPTraveller760
Shellharbour, Australia
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105 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We come here regularly and the staff are always friendly and attentive. Italian home style cooking, although for me unfortunately the ravioli is not as I hoped but my expectations are high. It is still not bad, but the calamari, crumbed prawns and desserts however are spectacular, and the steaks however you have them, are possibly the best you will... More 

Thank TashWood
Sydney, Australia
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91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Sometimes it surprises me how I have lived in this city for so long and there are still places and restaurants I have never noticed before. I have walked past this place a 100 times and just never saw it. Walking down the steps into the 'dungeon like' restaurant and seeing all the old school waiters and,what I presume was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 9299-3748

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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