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Balla - The Star

4.2
4.2
475 Reviews
$40 and under
Italian
Stefano and Julie collaborated with Luigi Rosselli Architects and Frost* Design to create the split level, 170 seater Balla, which pays homage to Italy’s contribution to 20th Century cool. Impressive references to Milan’s Navigli area and the paintings of Giacomo Balla – the restaurant’s Futurist namesake – beautifully contrast with a menu built around the heart of traditional Italian. With the addition of a wood fired grill to Manfredi’s open kitchen, diners experience a true Osteria experience. While encouraged to soak up Sydney Harbour views, they enjoy the house-made breads and pastas and the generous menu inspired by the traditional food culture of Stefano’s homeland featuring Antipasti, Primi e Pasta, Pesce e Crostacei and Carne as well as the indulgent delights of desserts - I Dolci. The restaurant also includes a Private Dining Room, which seats up to 28 guests and can be closed off from the main restaurant to provide an intimate dining experience.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Pyrmont
  • Parking details
    Secure car park underground, via Pyrmont Street and Pirrama Road. http://www.star.com.au/find-us/Pages/parking.aspx
  • Public transit
    It’s easy to get to The Star: http://www.star.com.au/find-us/Pages/getting-here.aspx

What 475 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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475 Reviews
  1. string

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    3.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff to self absorbed in each other missed customer focus Ask repeatedly for missed drinks Food Table not prepared

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    3.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Waited 45 minutes between entree and main. Waiter spoke broken English. Had a food allergy and waiter could not confirm or deny if meals had that ingredient. Champagne with limoncello came out warm - was $30, so expected it to be cool. Waiter also didn’t know the drink. We’re forgot about between entree and main and 2 x glasses wine took 10 minutes to come out. Food itself was nice. Would not return or recommend, unfortunately.

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  3. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great and a good place to catch up with friends.

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  4. string

    64013 reviews

    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I thi k the best place to eat at the Crown. The food was interesting and innovative. The service could have been a little more attentive or they could have left the wine at the table as we’d have to call their attention to our empty glasses.

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  5. string

    64013 reviews

    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we arrived we were asked if we are going to a show , which was the case , from then the food came out in timely manner , the service was great , we finished our meal on time , no rush & made it on time to the show. They also took the time to make a special presentation for our birthday girl :)

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  6. string

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    3.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was OK but definitely not worth the price tag - the calamari was nice, the pasta well cooked but the lamb was half cold and lacked any flavor - the vegetable side was horrible. Staff were not the best, I had noted in my booking that it was for my partners birthday and we would appreciate a nicer table - but were not given one - despite the restaurant being half empty. The service was fine but nothing special - not worth it if booking for a special occasion. I would certainly not return

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    3.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Serving size was quite generous, was full after a 4 course meal. Place was a little loud for my liking.

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  8. string

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    5.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 7 of us, and we had a great evening at Balla. A lovely round table where we could all sit around and chat. It wasn't too noisy so we could easily hear everyone at the table, even though the whole restaurant had an energetic atmosphere. The food was divine. Complementary breads to begin, then entrée, mains & dessert, plus wine and cocktails. Everyone in our party was delighted with all their meals. Professional service by all staff who were happy and engaged. Highly recommend!

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  9. string

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    4.0

    64013 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A warm sunny table for a Winter lunch, with food and service to match.

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  10. MarcoA

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, nice wait staff, great wine. Would come back.

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80 Pyrmont Street, Sydney, AU-NSW 2009

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Pyrmont
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Secure car park underground, via Pyrmont Street and Pirrama Road. http://www.star.com.au/find-us/Pages/parking.aspx
  • Public transit
    It’s easy to get to The Star: http://www.star.com.au/find-us/Pages/getting-here.aspx
  • Executive chef
    Gabriele Taddeucci
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