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El Bulli

$$ - $$$
Surry Hills
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501 Elizabeth St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 2 9319 5199
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Mon - Wed 17:00 - 23:00
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Thu - Sun 17:00 - 00:00
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Gerringong, Australia
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50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rang at the last minute for a table of 8 which was no problem to the staff who were very happy to see us. From the wait staff to the bar and front door meet and greet people they were all so welcoming and friendly. This place is full at atmosphere with good music, sensational food and a broad variety... More 

Thank Hendo01
Sydney, Australia
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264 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

OK, lets start with the positives. Good atmosphere and efficient service, albeit with a lack of pleasantries. Lots of food (we went with the banquet). Negatives. I think the menu really needs to move on from the 80's in style, technique, and quality, and if you are going to serve food like this, then the price should reflect what you... More 

Thank jimbobler
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I've eaten here a few times, I'm not sure why I keep going back - I won't be again. The food has been very salty each time and is expensive for what it is. I went once with a Groupon voucher andI had called and tried to book but I was told I couldn't book as they don't take bookings... More 

Thank Steph R
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64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

I've seriously walked past this restaurant and always thought it was closed as from the outside it always appears very dark. We decided to order a share board and some sangria. The sangria was perfect, not too sweet. The share board was a carne one, which had a nice selection of meats including two types of chorizo and prawns. We... More 

Thank Kristal K
Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Went on a Saturday as a walk-in (no booking) apart from the confronting man at the door, everyone else was happy to assist and seat us at the bar. They moved us to a table in minutes when it became available. The food and service was very god, but the room was very noisy due to the band and a... More 

Thank George B
New South Wales, Australia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Been to this resturant quite a few times. Great atmosphere with a live band on saturday nights (not sure about other nights) We always share a whole mix of tapas & every dish is amazing! Alot of garlic if that's what you like - must try the potatoes with garlic, they are delish!! Friendly staff & great cocktails :) always... More 

Thank Jayna D
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Came here for my farewell with a group of 10 friends. We come here regularly for birthdays and also just for a night out. Been loyal to el Bulli for ages! We ordered tapas and 4 bottles of sangria, when the waitress brought the two sangrias she brought the wrong flavours so we sent them back immediately. When bill came... More 

1 Thank Giulia S
Sydney, Australia
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444 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

We had two tapas between us and a glass of wine each. We had an anchovies dish which was small and overwhelmed by all the garlic covering it which spoilt the flavour. The croquette dish was tasty but expensive 18 dollars for four small croquettes. Not great value.

2 Thank ChiefsBTB
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

Went here with a group of friends for birthday celebrations, lovely little venue feels really authentic and intimate inside. With low lighting and fantastic Sangria it definitely sets the scene for a great night. We really enjoyed the food as we all ordered some of the small tapas dishes and shared everything. I would highly recommend the potato dishes on... More 

Thank irish83_11
Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The food was amazing and takes us across the sea to spain. Very authentic and all the dishes were perfectly cooked. The Paella looked so appetizing and is perfect for a grou of 5 or 6. Would definietly go again and would recommend it to anyone.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Elizabeth St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Surry Hills
  • Neighbourhood: Surry Hills
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9319 5199

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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