Babylon Restaurant - Sydney

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$41 to $100
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Middle Eastern
Located on a green entrenched rooftop in Sydney is Babylon Restaurant, a sprawling restaurant and bar reminiscent of the ancient region of Levant.

Gatherings in Middle Eastern culture are traditionally food centric. They are enjoyed and shared with family and friends, evoking a strong sense of comfort. We believe sharing Babylon's menu will help better uncover the rich flavours and textures of the Levant cuisine which stretches modern Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria and Turkey.

Please note that if your preferred time at Babylon is not available, we may have availability at our sister venue Duck & Rice, which is right next door and can also be booked on OpenTable!
What 86 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only hiccup was the Pitt St mall alarms going off twice. Made it quite an interesting night. No fault of the restaurant. Amazing food. Pretty good value for such high quality meals. I picked the right spot for a first date!

PP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service excellent but too many crammed in tables too close to each other we heard ever bit of our neighbors conversation

DT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great surrounds and tasty food. Perfect for a catchup with friends. Service was friendly and reliable.

CF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely environment, amazing food and very professional friendly service. The food was authentic and the flavours amazing. A wonderful variety to suit all dietary preferences. The young man that looked after us was very knowledgeable and helped us choose the right amount of food so we didn't under or over order. I would highly recommend Babylon Restaurant.

DF
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were happy about the staff, table, ambience and quality of food. We were very happy about the alcoholic beverages list and the spot-on cocktails. We were not so happy about the portions of the food.

SP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was amazing. So fresh and the flavours were divine. We had the cauliflower, tomato salad and the duck pie. The spices and flavours worked a treat. The staff were very helpful with our order. Will def be revisiting

SR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Every dish was great - luckily we were sharing. Would be back in a flash

AL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

If you can go when it's not busy, this is the best option. There's little clarity about the role of waitstaff so some seemed pretty annoyed when we caught their attention for service. This seemed related to the fact that there are two levels of waitstaff, those that attend to tables and those that serve out food. This is fine, but there wasn't enough table staff on to ensure a smooth flow. The attitude of the serving out staff to being signalled so we could order, or gain access to wine already poured but waiting on a stand to be served out seems to indicate that better management of staff levels is needed in busy periods. This meant that though the food was delicious, the lasting memory is of poor management.

m
Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food and service was OK, good value if you have a large group. The reserved tables were in a sectioned-off area, nowhere near the bar area which resulted in a different vibe.

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food and ambience was great, loved the décor - everything was delicious however the service was not great - our drinks were forgotten, our mains lamb & chicken came out before our drinks did.
Our complete order of food came out within 10 mins of each other (for 4 people) - not great for a late booking 8:30pm, we wanted to enjoy our meal, take our time drink our cocktails, share a bottle of wine - we didn't even have the opportunity to as our meal was almost over before we got our first drink. We received an apology that the staff misplaced our drink order.
Once we were winding down we then wanted to order dessert with a cocktail. The waitress handed the menus back so we could decide, then no one came to take our order. We sat for another 20 mins trying to find the waitress- we were almost ready to pull the pin and just grab the bill when finally we were able to flag someone down. I was considering a birthday dinner would be nice at Babylon however I'm not prepared to work hard for a nice meal, just want something relaxing with staff that know how to look after a table.

F
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for girls night out. Friendly staff welcome us. Decor is beautiful and feel cozy. Food was beautiful. Oysters were beautiful presented with beautiful sauce. Duck pie is must on a try list. Highly recommended to everyone who after bit different food with real flavour.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time.
Helpful staff, amazing food, a good ambience - easy conversational level noise; will definitely go again

j
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! The food is amazing, staff are very friendly and attentive.
Tried the Pan fried snapper fillet this time which was cooked perfectly with a crispy skin. Duck Pie is a must, as is the hummus for starters.
As always, great place to go for client entertainment!

CM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, delicious food, attentive service and lovely atmosphere.

CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I came here for a casual business lunch. The food and wine was great but the acoustics were terrible, so it made having an intimate conversation quite difficult. The wait staff were lovely and knew the menu well, but unfortunately forgot one of our tea orders. Also, the business lunch was for an early birthday celebration, which I wrote on our booking request, but our dessert didn’t come out with any special writing or sparkler etc. No big deal but not 5 stars. I would still come again.

L
London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb, the food was incredible and a beautiful setting with fabulous service! Can't recommend more..

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Babylon never disappoints. Food is simply fantastic

CF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, authentic Turkish flavours with a unique approach. Ideal for sharing and fast service.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interiors and decor, food was good but service was better!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday here, and the food, service and environment is amazing! Drinks are a bit on the pricier side, but I will definitely be dining here again.

A
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, nice wait staff, nice ambience. We hsdthe tasting mrmu which was perfect. We will be back for sure!

AM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything has been thought out when the set this restaurant up. Beautiful to look at food incredible that duck pie!! Even the Prosecco is from a cool winery in Adelaide. Very impressed

AT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food experience & great service. Really unique tastes and quality fresh produce. Was a great experience. Will be coming back again!!

MY
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food! However some portion sizes are very small.

SD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Good service. Polite staff. Yes would recommend to others. Keep up the good food standard. Thank you.

AW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, good service and lovely ambiance - I would certainly recommend

JF
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely outstanding. I can highly recommend the Cauliflower dish and the Duck Pie. Service was excellent and value was good. Will be going back there soon.

AN
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, 4th time here at that great restaurant. Love it! Keep bringing new friends and family here and the feedback from all has always been a great experience. Amazing lamb shoulder, cabbage kebab, broccolini, tomato salad, fish siyadieh, Turkish delight dessert. Not to mention the incredible rooftop terrace.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for lunch last week and the food was amazing. The wagyu beef was so soft it just melted when you cut it. Going back again for dinner tonight.

L
Sydney / NSW
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very welcome addition to the Sydney CBD. The decor is stylish and relaxing and noise levels are restrained. On arrival, the fabulous aromas from the open kitchen provide a mouth watering preview of the tastes to follow.
The hummus and smoked eggplant salad are a level above the usual offering around the city.
The sardine dolmas and the kingfish (ceviche style) are standouts .
Service balances efficiency with friendliness and the wine list includes a good range with reasonable prices - although a few examples of Turkish wines - possible as 'specials' would be welcome.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, great food, cocktails amazing. Would love to try the rooftop terrace next time, looks incredible.

A
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and service. The team was very attentive and helpful.
Food was fab, would love to see more salad options being middle eastern inspired cuisine, especially for those who are on diet restrictions.

Overall a great experience.

D
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The venue is great however the food was very disappointing

A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Second Visit. Our first visit was amazing, and the food was outstanding. This time, the fish was delicious, but the rest was not consistent or up to par. We booked for lunch this time, so we asked to be seated outside as it was such a beautiful sunny day out on the balcony. However, we were told that we could not sit outside because we had booked online. The balcony is just for walk ins. If we were to cancel our booking, our credit card would be charged $ 100 (25/person.) This would make sense if the place were busy, but it was near empty. It seems unfair that we were being deprived of that experience simply for being organised and for booking ahead. The solution is to have that option clear when booking.

WH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place for cocktails and small plates designed for sharing. Way too easy to over order.

CC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious sharing style menu featuring a variety of Turkish dishes!

j
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is amazing here. Helpful waitress to ensure we didn't order too much or too little.
Duck Pie is a must!
5 people at lunch and were able to be in and out within 2 hours without feeling rushed which was perfect.

L
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Already referred to 3 of my friends it is a great place great value for money and lovely service

SS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We loved the food, restaurant and the ambience. However we really wanted to enjoy the sun and the rooftop (which was mostly reason to pick the place) however we were seated inside as the outside was meant for Bar food only. Given it was not packed at all we requested to be seated outside however was abruptly denied and advised that we will be seated in depend on the menu we ordered from.
If it was busy we would have understood however that one hour we had our lunch for the bar space was neither overwhelmingly busy nor it would had be difficult to place us outside.
Apologies for ranting the food was amazing wasn't certain about the customer serve.

A
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

100% recommend this place. Had a business meeting and was delicious meal with prompt service. Will be coming back.

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