Burke & Wills

4.6
577 reviews
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Australian
Modern Australian bistro focusing on seasonal produce featuring a menu of modern fare with an Australian twist. Items including creative takes on authentic dishes like a Kangaroo Burger and Australian Lamb Rack. The restaurant also features an all Australian wine list, craft beer and artisanal cocktails.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Was actually a bit fancier than I expected (which was nice). I would go there again for sure.

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambience great service

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AC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought my husband here as a surprise for his birthday. Table wasn't ready but there were two seats at the bar so we didn't mind waiting. The couple who was at the table before us took their time leaving (again, didn't bother us, we had a reservation for later in the evening so it happens) so it took about 20 minutes for us to get seated, which really didn't bother us because we'd been enjoying our cocktails at the bar and chatting. When we asked the hostess about settling our tab or if it would get switched over to our table, she told us not to worry, drinks were on them because of the wait. The waitress then also sent us over two additional plates for the wait, on top of the food we ordered. Everything was delicious, the staff was friendly and attentive, and helped make the the evening a memorable one.

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AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner at Burke and Wills Saturday night. The service was really wonderful. Unfortunately we weren't seated until about 35 minutes after our reservation due to a lingering table and the staff went above and beyond to make us comfortable with complimentary cocktails and appetizers. Their handling of the situation left us with a very positive experience despite the wait.

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n
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. Great for conversation with friends. A rare find on the upper west side.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute gem! Delicious food, attentive service, very chill atmosphere. There is a speakeasy bar upstairs called manhattan cricket club that’s also worth an after dinner cocktail. It does get busy though so make sure you put your name down on the list.

Great spot to take a date, or a low key friends dinner on the upper west side.

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C
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Locale molto carino e curato. Atmosfera calda. La sala ha un soffitto di vetro a cupola. Servizio di livello. Ho mangiato una zuppa di lenticchie notevole e un pollo molto gustoso. Porzioni adeguate. La sala di entrata funziona come bar. Anche molto carina.

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SA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for a perfect Christmas Eve. The food was spectacular, we were seated in the table we requested, and the staff were friendly, attentive and helpful as always. We love the wine list too! Every course was truly amazing and the ambience perfect. A wonderful way to start our festive holiday. We will be back soon and will strongly recommend to all our friends. We hope you are doing a special menu for Australia Day! See you soon and thank you very much.

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my second time and the food is still great! I brought two of my friends who recently visited Australia. Always enjoy the Australia cuisine!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were late for our reservation but the hostess was VERY rude about it, saying to us when we arrived "Just so you're aware, next time you should CALL" in a major tone. Definitely put our dinner off to a bad start.

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SU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 7 and every dish was excellent! Our first time, but will definitely return.

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TJ
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The ambience of this restaurant is really nice and I love the bar. But the price of the food is ridiculously high and the portions are oddly small, even for Manhattan standards. I recommend staying away from the pasta and oysters. I recommend the Ro burger, I didn’t eat it, but the people I was with said it was tasty, like a leaner version of beef.

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O
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The staff @ B&W were extremely kind and accommodating with my large Thanksgiving party, including addressing last-minute changes. Food was excellent and ambiance was lovely. Overall, a fantastic dining experience!

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect peaceful warm Thanksgiving lunch
with my wife and well behaved toddler .
Excellent !

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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t
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, terrific drinks (including Old Fashioneds on draft) and an atmosphere that allows conversation but isn’t dull. A go-to place for us in our neighborhood when we want consistently tasty, interesting food in enjoyable surroundings.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and cocktails are amazing. Strongly suggested.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katie and Amanda were the best! Food was great! Just perfect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience! Happy hour at the bar with 2 for 1 cocktails. And not just speed rack! The hostess and waiters were lovely! Highly recommend!

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W
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the glass rooftop in the dining room. That was a nice touch. Our server was very attentive. I wish I could remember his name. My husband had the kangaroo burger which he said was delicious. I had the lamb ragu pasta which must have been a special. That was also very good. I never had Tasmania white wine before which is like a gerwurztraminer, but not as sweet. I was amazingly surprised how good it tasted. I would definitely go back. I hear they have a hidden bar upstairs called the Manhattan Cricket Club. I'd like to see what that is like.

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BV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place. Attentive wait staff. Excellent drink menu. Was hoping for lamb chops but not on menu that day. Had fish and flank steak. Nicely done. Would go again for sure. Bar looked fun and inviting.

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Not very Australian and not very good, Just a run of the mill gastropub

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EP
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My partner and I booked 9pm reservations on a Friday night. We were quickly received by the friendly hostess. She waled us through the front bar to get to the restaurant's seating. The bar had a cozy ambiance playing fun music. A nice mix. As we were seated in the back dining area, it was quiet and brightly lit. Pretty, but a stark contrast to the front room. Thankfully there were two bar stools still open so we moved to the bar and dined up front. Talented bartenders (whom you could chat with while dining), nice atmosphere, and yummy food. We had the beef tartare (good, maybe too many potatoe chips on top? Howver, I'll never turn down a good chip!), the main chicken dish and the veggies were divine. I recommend especially for a cozy bar dinner for two. Seats are limited but worth it.

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A
Cleveland
30 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great "Austrailian" twist on Mod-American cuisine. Excellent food & cocktails. Reasonable prices for Upper West Side. Very cute place.

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AU
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service and a great Aussie wine list.

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BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the amazing service to the incredible food, Burke and wills is worth trying

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

service was terrific and friendly. food was different but very good.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and good were great. My boyfriend took me for my birthday and our waiter surprised me with free bread pudding, which was delicious. I will definitely go back.

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T
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Normally I feel like the options on the Upper West Side are limited. We met friends for dinner and were pleasantly surprised by how good everything was from the entree’s to the service to the atmosphere. Great experience and will definitely go back.

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IS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I must admit I am always amazed at the great restaurants on the Upper East & West side. Burke & Wills is no different. You could easily walk past the place and not give it another glance. You would be missing a treat. A long and thin venue that opens up at the back into a conservatory dining room. The service is attentive yet causal, the food is good quality and tasty (only complaint is the portions are small). Wine list is simple and not decent value.

Would recommend Pork Rillette Fritters, kangaroo burger, hangar steak and the triple fried chips (they are enormous and AMAZING)!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone at Burke & Wills is divine. Tim is an exceptional leader of an exceptional staff and we couldn’t love this place (and it’s food and drink!) more. You won’t be disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, brunch was delightful. Adding the fried chicken sandwich to the regular brunch menu (from the bar menu) was a good idea. I highly recommend it!

Cheers!

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CH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for our 10 year anniversary and the restaurant really helped us celebrate. The drinks/cocktails are delicious. I love the food here. The service is so warm and helpful. My favorite UWS dinner spot by far and an amazing happy hour.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The six of us had a truly fun night at B&W. The service was excellent and out food and cocktails were well made and delicious. No hesitation in recommending a charming restaurant in the UWS.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and even better than the first! I had the sourdough bread starter, then the steak and a side of cumin carrots. All delicious, as was the cocktail (draft old fashioned is the way to go!) - the dining room is the best balance of atmospheres. Highly recommend.

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E
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was very knowledgeable and seamless in service. The food was outstanding. All our meals and apps were delicious.

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MS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Delicious food, creative menu, great wine. Bad service. I would like to go again as I did love everything I tasted, despite the bad service. The crispy brussel sprouts were spectacular - sweet and sour and so delicious. The Kangaroo Burger as odd as it was to eat a kangaroo was lean and tasty and perfect on the brioche roll. Branzino tender, light, flaky and just the right amount of crisped edges. Squash Blossom Beignets were a little doughy. I did find it rude to charge for bread and butter while waiting for our meals to arrive.

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CM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had happy hour at the bar - very good oysters, and an excellent dinner. Very enjoyable place for dinner with friends.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was such a delight! Would return for the service alone.

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! I loved the risotto. The service was wonderful and despite the loudness of the front half the restaurant, the back half was quiet and sky lit.

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