Employees Only

4.5
222 Reviews
$41 to $100
Contemporary American
Employees Only Sydney is a New York-style cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Sydneys CBD.

Only Dinner Bookings will be seated in the Dining Area, All drink bookings will be allocated to Bar or High Top Table Seating.

CANCELLATION POLICY.
THERE WILL BE A $50PP NO SHOW FEE, ALL CANCELLATIONS NEED TO BE MADE 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE

Please not a 5% service charge will be added to all bills after 10:30pm on Friday & Saturday night

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

Please contact us at reservations@employeesonlysyd.com for bookings up to 30 people.

PLEASE NOTE:
MANAGEMENT RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ENTRY ON THE DOOR.

Experiences

  • Drinks Only

    Multiple dates available

    Award winning cocktails, with bar food menu available.
  • Dinner & Drinks

    Multiple dates available

    Main Meals available until 12:00am and all other food available until close. Award winning drinks available all night.
What 222 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.7
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about employees only was on point!

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vipAPW1
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue! Service was amazing and the music was everything we love - thank you and will book in again.

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AlisonC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food.
Service was awesome and the atmosphere fun with the old school music. Great when they have the happy hour!

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JoanM
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Staff were amazing, recommedations were spot on. A hens night next to us screamed all night so it was a bit hard to hear my table. But would def go back, fantastic atmosphere. Loved the burlesque dancer.

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vipMichaelG
18 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is a great and energetic space with terrific food served fast by great wait staff. Good place to go for a party group and high energy. Very Instagramable. Music is night club level so not a place for a romantic dinner or to catch up etc. Definitely fantastic if you don't need to be chatty.

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VivianH
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great atmosphere. Great food and drinks!

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JodieC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place, the food was amazing, cocktail selection was incredible & the service impeccable. Would highly recommend Employees Only for the great night out for dinner or even just drinks

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JackieN
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Employees Only was outstanding. Great food, great service and ambience. I went there for my birthday on a Tuesday night and we could use our dine and discover vouchers and they doubled the voucher so for 4 of us we got $200 off our bill.

We all had Psychic readings and the reader Sarah was amazing. Couldn't recommend this restaurant enough with it's New York vibe and it's retro music. Loved it

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great staycation with my partner in the city, was great to go out and spend the night and support local businesses, food was great and customer service was amazing. Recommend this place to anyone in the city

JH
JenH
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hands down our favourite place to eat & drink in Sydney. The staff, service & vibe is absolutely amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and lovely staff

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Iris
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent! 50% off deal at 5pm is great value - so we grabbed the lobster! Coming again with more friends

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Music was a little too loud couldn’t hear each other speak.
Asked for no avocado because we have an allergy and that request wasn’t heard. Besides that nice fun spot

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EmmaM
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience, awesome food and cocktails.
Great atmosphere :)

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EmmaH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great bar,cocktails are quite pricey-$25 for an espresso martini for example

Employees Only
Responded on April 8, 2021

Hi Emma. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope to be able to welcome you back to EO soon.

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Kymmington
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was absolutely lovely and the venue had an amazing ambiance. The cocktails are amazing value and full of multi-level flavors - definitely worth checking out!

The music did make it a little hard to hear each other. The food is also good value - be sure to check out the truffle mash!

Employees Only
Responded on April 7, 2021

Hey Kymmington. Thank you so much for your positive words, we really appreciate you taking the time to leave this detailed review! We hope to welcome you back to EO soon.

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MichaelD
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my second time at this establishment. This time I was seated on a table in the same room as the bar. I would prefer the other seating area as it's more intimate. Having said that, the food and staff were amazing and I'm definitely going back again.

MP
MelanieP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food, cocktails and burlesque performers.

Employees Only
Responded on March 31, 2021

Hi Melanie. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review and for the 5 star rating.

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Nina
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really cosy and classy place to come with friends. The dark lighting and load energy coming from guests really makes you feel comfortable. It’s a place to have some fun, not so much a quiet drink. Highly recommend.

Employees Only
Responded on March 30, 2021

Hey Nina. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a fantastic review. We love to hear you enjoyed your visit to EO and we hope to have you back very soon.

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vipSydneyFoodie
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had an early dinner & a few cocktails. Interesting cocktails, and good food. We'll happily go back.

Employees Only
Responded on March 31, 2021

Hey SydneyFoodie. We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope to welcome you back to EO soon.

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FiKv
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun - high energy buzz as soon as you walked through the door. staff very attentive.

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Hey FiKv. Thank you for taking the time to leave this great review and 5 star rating! Hope to have you back soon.

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SezG
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous venue - great atmosphere, awesome and really friendly staff, and the drinks and food were amazing. Loved the burlesque too! Can't wait to go back. Thanks for a great night.

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Hey Sez. What an amazing review! We're so happy to hear you had such a great experience at EO. Hope to welcome you back soon.

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Sophia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing night with the girls on Saturday. We were treated very well and were made to feel special by the manager and staff in general.

Great atmosphere and entertainment. Food was so yummy aswell - I thought about the baked Camembert the next day!!

Will definitely be back! Zxxx

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words, Sophia. It's wonderful to hear you and girls had an amazing night. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us! Looking forward to welcoming you back to EO soon.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Employee’s only was the highlight of our anniversary, we received a complimentary glass of bubbly to celebrate! Would go back! Service and food was excellent.

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Hey Michelle. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review and for the 5 star rating! We're so happy to hear you had a wonderful anniversary. Hope to have you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a bit noisy due to a private party. But the service team moved us to a quiet room away from the crowded bar area. The food, drinks and service were excellent. We will definitely revisit.

Employees Only
Responded on March 31, 2021

Hi Anonymous. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. Your review means a lot to us and lets us know we’re on the right track! Hope to welcome you back to EO soon.

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KBua
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

So great and fantastic, Show so good and food was perfect ❤️Great service

Employees Only
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience. Hope to have you back at EO soon.

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Aaaj
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, friendly staff and beautiful cocktails. Love that it's table service so you don't have to wait around at the bar!

Employees Only
Responded on March 18, 2021

Hi Aaaj. Thank you for taking the time to review us and for the great review. We love to hear you enjoyed your visit to EO. Hope to have you back soon.

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vipLovefood
109 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Bar has good music and atmosphere. The show at 10pm is really brief and couldn’t really call it a show. It’a one dancer for half a dance. That’s it. We kept waiting for the rest of the show. Great bar staff at the bar although drinks are expensive. Expect the bar tab to be more than your dinner! Unfortunately the doormen are rude and unwelcoming so not a great start but get past this and the bar is a nice spot for a couple of drinks after dinner before going home.

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JenH
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place, love it and we visit regularly when we come to Sydney. The pork belly is absolutely spectacular

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Hey Jen. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. We agree, the pork belly is pretty delicious. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to EO with my boyfriend for my 21st, everything was incredible, drinks were unbelievably good as always. Perfect place to celebrate. We had a lovely time

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

What an amazing review! We're so happy you had such a great time at EO for your 21st birthday. Hope to have you back soon.

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Celeste
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I honestly love this place! Have a great time every time I go. Food is always great. Cocktails are even better and the music and entertainment are always superb! I’ll be back. In fact, I might become a regular! Especially now the clairvoyant is back!

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Hey Celeste. We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience. Your review means a lot to us and lets us know we’re on the right track! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The restaurant is always busy but a fun way to have a good night out

Employees Only
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your night. Hope to have you back soon.

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StephenM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing night we had celebrating a bday at EO. The food and service was amazing and the entertainment was classy and sexy. Have already referred friends for a great night out.

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Hi Stephen. What an amazing review! Glad to you hear you had a great night celebrating your b'day at EO. Hope to have you back soon.

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Ellie
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff were super lovely and cocktails were fantastic!

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Hi Ellie. Thank you for taking the time to review us and for the 5 star rating - much appreciated.

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Anon
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a first date. Nice, cosy and intimate

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Thanks for sharing your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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NattakarnT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food taste was quite plain. Replace asparagus with pea on the steak dish would be better. Some wasabi serving with tuna ceviche would be perfect.

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Queenie
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Efficient service, friendly staff, delicious food for the value it was offering, and would definitely go there again with friends for a good time.

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Hi Queenie. What an excellent review! We're so happy you had a great time with us at Employees Only.

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Kirsten
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We left hungry! We came here for a meal, drinks and a tarot reading. We were told we were only allowed to stay for 90 minutes. Fine, but after two hours you have only given us an entree and two drinks. Worse you presented us with the bill and tried to charge us for the mains we never got. As for the tarot? It would have been great to get the full experience! The meals looked good!

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ChelseaF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris the bartender was amazing! Had a great conversation throughout the night with him. The atmosphere was energetic.
100% be back
Was super clean and then menu was delicious!

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Hi Chelsea. Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us — and we agree, Chris is truly a gem to have on our team!

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BeCivil
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great venue for some yummy cocktails. The staff are lovely and nothing quite like having your tarot read between bevvies.

Employees Only
Responded on March 25, 2021

Hi BeCivil. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to EO and we hope to have you back very soon.

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FAQs

Employees Only is rated 4.5 stars by 222 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.