Lyons Den Gosford - Bar

4.1
68 Reviews
$40 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Welcome to Lyons Den Gosford Bar - The Central Coasts newest small Bar!

Beyond the urban jungle is a space for the adventurer to play.

Lyons Den welcomes patrons from the street via it’s relaxed beer garden and festoon lights. Drawn inside by a large palm tree; a weathered mural transports the patrons away from Gosford streets to the freedom of the traveller.

More than a typical safari bar; our bar has a touch of travel nostalgia. The glamour of old hotels amidst a natural landscape. Faded pastels amidst timber and natural fibres. It is a playful, welcoming retreat.

Rattan lighting plays shadows across the room and long banquette seating gives space to large groups to gather.
Palm trees inside and out bring nature to the space.

Drink, eat and relax! Lyons Den is a space you can get lost in.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 68 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.1based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Super tiney portions.

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Jessd
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We didn’t get told that it was trivia and we went to spend the night together so a bit disappointed. Trivia was fun but not what we were intending to do

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BiancaH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect little hideout for any occasion. Lovely atmosphere and good food options without the price tag. Staff really accommodating and friendly.
Definitely coming back

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Nicola
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fabulous staff, lovely cocktails. Didn't eat because menu was quite limited, especially for those with dietary requirements.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my Mums Birthday. Sat outside, even tho it was a hot day it was a great vibe and child friendly!

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GaryM
Sydney
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go in Gosford. Always busy for a reason

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JordanD
Sydney
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas style food and friendly service. Would recommend trying the vegan sliders and prawns 🤤
Will definitely be back!

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BonnieT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Yummy cocktails
Chef came out and gave us complemydessert.
So good!

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JoshW
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere for Friday afternoon drinks was great. The price and quality of cocktails and food were reasonable.

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christinej
Sydney
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails are amazing and share plate style of food was great

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LynneC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Aside from the sliders which were good, the food generally was disappointing. The ribs and the prawns appeared to be what I would buy in the pre-prepared section at the supermarket. As someone who loves South African cuisine I felt they missed the mark.

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AngeS
Sydney
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great. Definitely order the bread. The BEST BREAD EVER! The slides were good too. And the prawns! It was all good!
For 7 of us, we ordered lots of share plates and only paid $23 per person! Great value. They even let us split the bill. You order and pay first.
They get you with the drinks though. $18 cocktails (which were delicious) and $50 bottles of wine.
We appreciated that everything was pay up front as then we could just deal with our own drinks as many were not drinking alcohol.
It was a great night out. I would go again.

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AngelaC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That fried bread is by far the most amazing thing I have ever tasted! Cocktails are delicious, and the service really great!

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AnnaR
Sydney
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were absolutely amazing - the only thing was they took a little while to come out. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was great. Will definitely be visiting again!

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SamanthaN
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience2

Food was very ordinary... cocktails were good. Very loud which is ok if you are there only for drinks but for dinner give it a miss

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Belinda
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, food 10/10. Drinks reasonably priced.

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pammy
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I'm an oldie and I had the best time. Had time for 2 drinks and food and laughs instigated by 2nd in charge? At a 5 o'clock booking we needed to vacate the table for the 7 o',çlockers.

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TimW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The tapas style food was great to share with friends and very tasty!

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TarrynK
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, even better cocktails and fabulous service!!

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Bianca
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and friendly staff. The only downside was the terrible mojito. No fresh lime to be seen- cordial instead which was very disappointing.

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Nigel
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new tapas spot in Gosford...attentive engaging staff, interesting tapas and awesome cocktails.

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Polishgirl
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We went on Valentine’s Day thinking there would be a lunch menu, however there were tapas available. The food was interesting, full of flavour. Good GF/DF/Vegan options. Price may have been a little expensive. The decor was nice, beautiful wall mural. The table we sat was however was a little damaged and not even so it rocked a bit.

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AshleeC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks tasted great and very reasonable price for quality will definitely be back

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Name
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Location is very central. There is both outside and inside seating. More a bar with a small limited selection of food not a place to have dinner and a drink but a drink and a snack.

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SecretDrinker
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was limited, tasty but for the price, small servings.
Drinks were amazing. However, owner was sitting across from us and you could tell by the STANDARD size of his wine glass compared to others.
Recommend introducing a table service, and more of the same atmosphere of the inside, outside.

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Bailey
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Unfortunately not much of a menu variety only about 8 things. Need more basic food and bigger menu
I like to be able to eat when I drink wasn’t many appetising options

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SueW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue. Wonderful venue for a birthday celebration.

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JenniferT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Limited choice on the food options , drinks a little bit pricey, noticed a leave time on our table (booking was for 2hrs only) spoke to staff inquiring if we had to leave at that specific time but told another booking was issued, but they would shuffle them which allowed us to stay longer. Overall 7/10

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DenikaV
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Absolutely enjoyed my experience at Lyons Den, and the food was full of flavour.

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JessieK55
Sydney
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had the prawns, ribs and the A-maize balls. They were all lovely but I was expecting more spice, being African type food. The ribs were more on a sweeter side but the prawns were cooked brilliantly. The A-Maize balls was a bit like risotto balls. Overall not bad.

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Mads
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening! Unique cocktails and cheese boards were fabulous, the staff were incredibly welcoming and the atmosphere and decor made for the perfect place to meet with friends. A must- visit.

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KaraL
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Frozen food, small expensive portions. No table service. Loud 80s and 90s music that doesn’t match the setting (Macarena for example!) very expensive and not impressive! Head to the Bon or south end social instead!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a booking for a birthday and although the menu is small all of the food was amazing! Coming from a South African family the food really reminded me of home and was beautiful! The staff there are absolutely amazing and do such an amazing job, they really made the night amazing and were the most friendly bartenders I’ve met. Thank you guys so much for such an amazing night!

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GeorgiB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience ever! The cocktails and food were so unique and delicious. Perfect location for my Birthday drinks and tapas. Staff are amazing, attentive and have personality making it so enjoyable. Will be back very very soon!

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MelanieH
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very hot outside with no umbrella, which would be an easy fix. Great vibe, and the food was amazing. Can’t wait for the dessert menu.

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating venue. Lovely food and drinks. Will definitely be going back soon

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AmyW
Sydney
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Cocktails were amazing and food options underwhelming. Decided to eat elsewhere.

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Andy
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Was really excited to check this place out, but found it really underwhelming and went elsewhere after one round.

Food was poor, service was poor and the jugs of cocktails we had were terrible. Won’t be going back :(

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Rhiannon
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for a drink and some delicious food. The atmosphere is a 10/10 and I can’t wait to go back for another wonderful night

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Jonno
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for the nostalgia of eating South African treats, not the bar. Bar staff created a lychee-inspired summer-fruit mocktail just for us. Delicious.

FAQs

Lyons Den Gosford - Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 68 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.