Employees Only

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$40 and under
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Contemporary American
Employees Only Sydney is a New York-style cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Sydney's CBD.

No bookings are necessary for cocktails or appetizers in the bar. We also keep a variety of tables available for walk-in dining.

Table bookings are available for dinner only from 5pm till 10pm.

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

Please contact us at reservations@employeesonlysyd.com for bookings of eight or more or to reserve private space for parties of 15 or more.
What 35 People Are Saying
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W
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good night, food was good. I like the way the menu was designed, some very thoughtful dishes. A couple of dishes were under seasoned. The 'Tuscan Black Cabbage Slaw' was a really boring dish, baby cavolo leaves with julienne of carrot and squeeze of lemon juice is pretty underwhelming, thought it would be more of a South Carolina style slaw. Crab Raviolo was a good dish, fennel nage was good, lacked a bit of seasoning, could have used some fennel tops to finish, crab lacked a bit of seasoning and citrus too but overall a nice dish. Cured ocean trout was a well put together dish, seasoned well and garnished well, could have been sliced a little thinner so it was a bit more 'fine bouche'.

Will definitely be back, ambience was cool and super friendly service staff. Hopefully a few more french drops on the wine menu next time !

A plus !

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was not up to the level for this kind of bar. It was almost impossible to get attention of waitresses as they were too busy running around and they didn't make us feel welcomed at all. We would have stayed longer and ordered more if it wasn't for this issue.

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CK
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding customer service, amazing food & Cocktails. Would definitely return to Employees Only.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambience and staff were fantastic.
It was great they had table service for drinks as well.
It was on the pricey side (guess that’s Sydney for you!) but I’d definitely go back again in the future, and I definitely recommend the cocktails!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I didn't eat there... but was catching with a friend. It is a lovely cozy bar. I'll visit it again

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N
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Good for dinner on a quieter night but far too loud, even for drinks, on a busy night.

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ES
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Great drinks menu

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shout out to Cameron and Eleanor for a great experience!

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l
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, excellent cocktails, could be event better if they had smaller steak options for the 2 people who can’t eat that much!

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C
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, great vibes and delicious cocktails!

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food service, the design of the place is amazing overall the price and the experience you get is an excellent deal

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WW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere for drinks and fantastic service with very attentive staff. Can even hear each other talk despite the funky DJ music in the background. And not to mention the drinks are top notch. That's what you're there for isn't it?

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my birthday there
Everything was good
Tartare is amazing

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went after a tecommendation from a friend, and it did not disappoint. Although a little pricey, the cocktails were all fantastic (with the Amelia living up to the hype). Excellent decor and surprisingly not too noisy or crowded (although we did attend fairly early (8pm). Would definitely go again.

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PB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic cocktails and great ambience. Friendly service. Will definitely return.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do yourself a favor and get down to EO. Amazing cocktails, outstanding service and to top it all off the Bone marrow poppers are phenomenal !

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was amazing, however unfortunately the service not so much. More waitstaff was needed, as it took us over 30 minutes to place an order, and there were not waiters around to order more drinks throughout the night. Also the menu is not cheap, so for the price you pay, expected the service to be much much better.

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New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails, great staff and service. Tartare was excellent. Other dishes were ok. Great vibes but I was secretly hoping for New York style speakeasy - this was more of a noisy / busy Sydney cocktail bar.

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LH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to go before dinner drinks after work....however a little noisy to talk.

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

850g rib eye was fantastic. Wine list a little bit small as it’s more of a cocktail place

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entered the venue and was really impressed with the presentation and vibe of the place.
Staff were so nice and friendly. Love the fact they are from all types of background. Drinks are something special and the food variety was pretty good.
Overall it was a nice evening and will do this on a regular basis.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great new bar! Sydney needed something like this. The drinks were fantastic, the food was the quality of fine dining.. odd to get at a bar. Fun, laid back vibe in such a sexy bar. Will definitely be going there again!

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Z
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Food was lovely but the service was disappointing, I had a booking for 3 people and we were crammed in a small corner with a table barely big enough for 2people.

It was 90mins of patiently waiting for our food because the waitress forgot to put our order in.

The music was too loud no one could hear each other talking even on other tables. After 10pm music at that level is acceptable but during dinner time it’s too loud & we all got headaches.

Not a raving fan of this place, it’s doesn’t live up to the experience at the Employees Only venue in New York.

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was exceptional except that the music was way too loud.

The hard surfaces and the loud music took away from what could have been an exceptional experience.

Otherwise everything from the decor, staff and quality of food & wine was outstanding.

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GM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It is a new place. The service is not up to the standard of the prices. Very high volume music and very difficult to have conversations. I may try the place again when maybe they have developed a bit of more experiences. The prices are higher than other places in the area for the products and food offered.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

It’s was a bit of a rip for what it is. Very overpriced cocktails.

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HC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Environment. Great selection of drinks and excellent service

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C
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food. Really good cocktails (if a little on the $$ side) but the quality and the venue was worth the price point. The decor is absolutely stunning and alot of thought has been put into the details.The psychic was fantastic and was a great fun edition.
My only minor critism would be that the music was a little too loud which in turn made everyone talk alot louder so its difficult to hear other people and the tables weren't cleared following the appetisers. Other than that it was a fantastic night and I will definately be back!
Loved it an so happy to see a unique bar like this in Sydney!
Thank you

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ST
Sydney / NSW
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love the entrance and deep stairway entrance. The staff were very attentive and we enjoyed our drinks & bar food

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N
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great venue for a casual after work drink. We had a medium sized group in the stand up area which worked really well.

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LL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Employees Only is just what was missing in Sydney. The food, service, atmosphere is amazing. Definitely worth a visit and highly recommend.

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L
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Might develop into a great spot once the waitstaff have been trained, the place settles in and the noise level is attenuated to something that will not result in industrial deafness for the patrons and the staff.
I will try again in 3 months and see if it has settled in and I can actually hear myself think - which was simply not possible on Wednesday night until around 9:45 pm when we had finished dinner and were leaving.

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OT
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great vibe. Nice menu. Wine list way too expensive.

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N
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab cocktails and food. The menu was bigger than expected and great quality. The only downside is the wine was very expensive and there wasn’t a large selection however given it’s a cocktail bar it’s not unexpected.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to help my friend celebrate her birthday! Unique and cosy environment with great food and drinks. Thanks to the staff who made the extra effort for our friend!

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