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Dining Room - Employees Only, Sydney, AU-NSW

Employees Only

4.6
4.6
512 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    0447 108 043
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Thomas Stott
  • Private party facilities
    Private and semi-private spaces available for cocktails, dining, corporate events & presentations, spirits tastings & more. Please inquire at info@employeesonlysyd.com
  • Neighborhood
    Sydney CBD
  • Cross street
    Barrack Street and York Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    5 minutes to Wynyard Station 9 minutes to Martin Place Station
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

What 512 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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512 Reviews
  1. CJEF

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The service staff greeted up with a reminder that we only had the table for 2 hours and that there was an $80 minimum spend. This is fine but did not need to be communicated in such a manner. The general demeanor was to try to get us out of there as quickly as possible.

    1 person found this helpful

  2. Nicole

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was absolutely exceptional, and the handcrafted cocktails were amazing and tasty. Service was hot and miss because our server couldn’t hear us and forgot our drinks!

    1 person found this helpful

  3. MaileR

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience of the place was great. I loved that we had a seperate area to eat and chat without too much noise. I expected more out of the booking. We thought there was going to be more entertainment

    1 person found this helpful

  4. NadineK

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very impressed with the half price cocktails and food as well as having a bottle of bubbles given complimentary for my birthday. Fantastic value and staff were so friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

  5. Aaron

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bartender out the back area was fantastic! Some of the best cocktails we’ve ever had.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. TonyS

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were both excellent. Tomahawk steak was outstanding. Really good cocktails as well. Overall, a great dining experience.

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  7. Shelly

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food & drinks were amazing and affordable. Will definitely go back.

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  8. DavidM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff, fast service,wonderful menu and a great array of cocktails

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  9. SamR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff! Attention to detail outstanding! Food was amazing! Service spot on!

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  10. Rosie

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food drinks and service. On the expensive side but worth it

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brady is amazing! So is all other staff - best food and drinks! Highly recommend!!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was good but drinks service from bar was very slow - only managed to have two drinks each during our 2 hours, would of probably had more if they had been coming out quicker. Considering how busy it was they should of probably had a lot more bar staff. Food was really good and came out with a good space between - didn’t feel rushed.

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  13. Nicky

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed this spot, staff were very attentful and food and cocktails were amazing.

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  14. Arni

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favourite Happy Hour spot. The ambience, service, cocktails have great flavours and texture and the menus are delectable! Nic is the best bartender for me, so I make sure we seat on bar side where he serves. Always amazing experience and my friends I take has same overwhelming reviews.

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  15. MarisaA

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere was awesome, service was prompt and very friendly and when we asked a question about the menu or cocktails the staff was very helpful. The food was fresh, outstandingly delicious and a great variety. A gift of a shot from the bar certainly had me reordering a full one. Entertainment was sexy and enjoyable. Only negative was that it was a little too noisy and perhaps a little more light at the tables whilst we ate would have been great...overall we loved it and totally enjoyed our first time and plan to visit again..

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  16. Yasmine

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So great, will be back again- burlesque dancer on Friday night was so fabulous! Service with the beef tar tare and waitresses was amazing 🤩

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  17. Suey

    Tasmania

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great place to go. Apart from our welcome the staff were delightful. The bar and wait staff were happy, friendly, smiling, super well organised and efficient. Those behind the bar were having great fun - must be a good workplace. The food was great and the happy hour prices were fantastic Great music. Would certainly recommend this great place.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Had the worst experience imaginable. The bloke working there, Tom, was so rude and disrespectful. He started talking down to us because a few people were running late due to the fact that he had to move our booking an hour earlier due to double-booking us.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. Barbs

    Tropical QLD

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The cocktails at Employees Only are amazing and half price during happy hour. The staff are very helpful and pleasant and the vibe is buzzing. Would highly recommend.

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  20. SofiaW

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolute ball! The cocktails, the food and service were all outstanding. We can’t stop raving about it! Happy hour is definitely an excellent value

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  21. nikkiv

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Would not go here again. So dark could not read the menu even the staff were using their mobile phones to see. The female toilet cubicle was so small not enough room for the average person to use . The only saviour to the night the bay staff . The rocket salad under seasoned and just tasted like vinegar .

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  22. HibaI

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing, cabaret show was exciting, drinks are really yummy and music was great but just too loud couldnt hear myself think

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved every moment once walking in, we had booked a table which is in the aller bar area but the barman was fantastic and entertaining so we're the wait staff, good snack tasty, cocktails tastier, staff supplied water throughout the night, in main bar lady on bar was very entertaining and so were the bar staff singing a d dancing, by the end of the night everyone was singing and having a great time

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  24. cindyg

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good ambience and vibes. Food was pretty decent and great value as we went during happy hour and received 50% off all food and drinks we order!

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  25. BrookeD

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time. The food and drinks were outstanding. The only thing was that we had to keep asking our server to take our orders and then for the check. When asked, they promptly did it which was great but weird we had to ask.

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  26. Christina

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and drinks, in an ambient setting. Had a great night. Great value for money with the Happy Hour prices.

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  27. Kimmy

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect as always, thank you! The perfect birthday celebration for our friend.

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  28. LukeS

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A really great surprise and good value with the 50% off. Lovely table (DTR1) and will be coming back. Only bug is the lighting. There's ambience, but I literally introduced myself to my reflection.

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  29. tastensee

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was fantastic. We loved the food, every dish was outstanding, especially the steak tartare and truffle crab chips. Very nice cocktails. The service was attentive and friendly. It is a bit loud because it was full and buzzing. We will be back!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Foods and drinks are amazing. Very loud, although it was a Friday night.

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  31. Shelly

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good. Drinks were amazing. Service was great too. Definitely worth going back.

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  32. NicoleS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best time on Friday night!! I had the steak tartare and beef brisket and oh my god it was to die for. Our waiter (Luciano I think) took such good care of us and we were treated to a caberet show at the end. 10/10.

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  33. LindaL

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for small group events or catch up.. handy location in CBD

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  34. Hanna

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overrated and overpriced. Food was below average for the price we paid.

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  35. natalieP

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my first time going there. Im not sure how anybody can afford to drink there. One very small cocktail each was $25.00 so we only had one drink and left.

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  36. AgaW

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have eaten at EO a few times now and yesterday the quality was significantly lower. Cold pita, chickpeas not rosted. Steak tartare drowning in sauce, oily instead of creamy risotto… drinks were amazing as always but kitchen definitely needs a nudge.

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  37. GemmaA

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome night. Enjoyed the Happy Hour. Food and cocktails were amazing!!!

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  38. MarkN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I barely ever write reviews, but Employees Only is just so great. Divine food, lovely wine, great atmosphere, attentive staff. My fifth or sixth visit & I will continue (the 50% happy hour deal is also killer value if you book in advance).

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  39. Denielle

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the dinning experience here, great date night or dinner with friends!

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  40. Jodie

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tuesday happy hour was amazing, food and drinks just perfect!

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Employees Only is rated 4.6 stars by 512 OpenTable diners.

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9a Barrack Street, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Barrack Street and York Street
  • Neighborhood
    Sydney CBD
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    5 minutes to Wynyard Station 9 minutes to Martin Place Station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Thomas Stott
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wine
  • Phone number
    0447 108 043
  • Private party facilities
    Private and semi-private spaces available for cocktails, dining, corporate events & presentations, spirits tastings & more. Please inquire at info@employeesonlysyd.com
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