Tokyo Bird

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69 reviews
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$40 and under
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Japanese
Tokyo Bird is a Japanese inspired small bar located in Belmore Lane, Surry Hills, serving Japanese whisky and beer, cocktails, sake and yakitori – chicken and other delicious morsels on skewers, grilled Japanese style.

Headed by Jason Ang (ex Gilt Lounge and Sokyo) and bar manager Yoshi Onishi (ex Stitch and Victoria Room), Tokyo Bird combines the best of Tokyo’s yakitori-ya and classic cocktail bars in an intimate Sydney laneway small bar.
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J
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend the Smoked Hunter. Food was very good.

JD
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cool vibe and friendly staff. Mostly serving drinks - huge whiskey menu

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a fun vibe and delicious food.

R
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and something for all in cocktails. Japanese whiskies expensive but will try a whisky flight next time

DH
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Cool vibe. Had a fun time. Table service was slow but fine if you were there for a chat.

DI
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We've been to Tokyo Bird a few times now and it never fails to impress. A small but very friendly space, quirky, the staff are always great and you can relax in safe hands. The menu is quite short, but everything on it is a taste treat. The Japanese whisky selection is huge but they're rather expensive unless you're a connoisseur, which we are not. We swapped to Japanese beer and Scotch/Bourbon. Altogether a great evening out on a wintry night.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great yakitori. Excellent selection of Japanese and other whiskies. Good place to meet up with a couple of friends.

LK
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Great nibbles and drinks. Loved it! Had a few drinks, staff were good. Place was comfy. Fantastic experience.

JO
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's my go-to place for amazing drinks with good company. The service is absolutely fantastic and very chill ambiance. Love it.

D
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, cocktails were amazing! And staff were extremely friendly. I even got a free drink because it was my birthday! Great service!

TH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best late night spots in Sydney the food and drinks are on point and they are consistant the wait staff know there menus and definatly ask them for there favs as they are totally worth the adventure

L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome little yakitori and cocktail place, with delicious food and drinks. It was my friends birthday and they went above and beyond to make it special. Will definitely go back!

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Cool place, great vibe. Food was good, but I think due to a bit of a mix up it all cane out at the same time resulting in a few items getting cold pretty quickly.

Our server did apologise for this as soon as they brought it over. Service was good. Sake recommendations pleased enormously.

The chicken hearts were spot on!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is overpriced. A plate of 2 skewers cost $14. Recommend going if you just want to have a drink and chat with your mates but not to have dinner or else you'll end up paying the equivalent of a 3-course meal.

r
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Tucked away in a laneway in Surry HillsnToko Bird has a feel of a Melbourne small bar and a hint of a Japanese Izakaya. Service was ok but considering the amount of staff could have been faster. Food was good and so was the beer. Great for a a few drinks and a small bite to eat just as a Izakaya should be really.

CC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Tokyo Bird for a work dinner/drinks on a Thursday night and it was fantastic. Great food, great atmosphere! Excellent selection of drinks too - sake, whisky, cocktails, beer, wine. We stayed until closing time. Will definitely return!

JP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like being in Tokyo. Best whisky bar in Sydney. Food is awesome. Great place.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

cramped, incredibly loud. Slow service. Food reasonable, drinks good.

OT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice food and staffs

T
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Japanese whiskey selection. Great tasting food, especially the Gyoza. Great atmosphere and the staff were really friendly.

EM
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to go for a drink and some amazing food! really enjoy every time I go.

L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and drinks at Tokyo Bird and will definitely be back again. A great date night spot or for some drinks with friends!

R
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a quiet evening, but still had a nice vibe. Food was delicious and nice selection of sake and whiskey. Will have to come back to do a tasting.

J
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little Japanese themed bar. Unlike Baxters, this place is really quiet and intimate so you can have a good conversation. The cocktails are awesome and there are plenty to choose from. Highly recommend this place for a casual drink with a friend or a date. Its a little expensive and the food is limited...but as far as bars go, this place is one of the best gems in Sydney

AG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to the bird and was hectic!! Felt welcomed from the moment we stepped in. The staff were very personal snd attentative even though it was jam packed. Vibrant but still able to hold our quick business chat. Food was amazing snd drinks selection was crazy!!! Wish they had a k room or bar games like dice etc as would have stayed all night!! Definately back soon. Thank you so much for a great night!! AsianG

AC
Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great hidden gem. Amazing cocktails. Authentic Japanese yakitori with great twists. Great deco and cool ambience.

RH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really smooth atmosphere, great staff, nice easy food and drink options! Perfect first date spot

D
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Very cool bar and great cocktails but food was average. Cold edamame beans, cold scallops on skewers. Quite disappointing food

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

Service was not great. Everything else - amazing, food, atmosphere, anime on the wall :)

g
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic. Have been several times and always enjoyed. Great food, great drinks, warm and friendly environment and service.

AS
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Disappointed food. They are specialized "Yakitori" Japanese style chicken skewer. Selected menu and good review so I was expected good but their way of grill is not good. Soggy, no much smokey flavour and bit cold. It should be hot/warm, tender and charcoal smoky flavour, at least this price.
Drink selection, atmosphere was great.
Won't come back.

TK
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food, we loved it.
Seafood was so beautifully prepared and absolutely delicious.
Chicken Karaage was a llittle heavy - coating too thick ... that was the only less than perfect thing
everything else was spot on

JH
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great local bar..many whisky options..with very good Japanese food.

C
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Will definitely be back. They made my birthday celebrations a sweet treat with my posse of loved ones around sharing in delicious Japanese fare.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable bartenders that provided a memorable journey through Japanese Whiskey

BS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

With a charming atmosphere, wall to wall whisk(e)y and an authentic yakatori experience it is difficult to get an experience like this outside of going to Japan. I highly recommend going for a relaxed bit to eat with good simple dishes.

JO
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was good overall. My husband really liked the list of Japanese wines & whiskeys. The foods were okay, but not too great. Quite pricy for the portions. However, the ambience was outstanding! Enjoyed the experience overall.

AS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday. The staff went our of their way to make it special and engage with us when they knew we love our whiskeys. On the expensive side, but worth it. Great place in a laneway, would definitely be back.

DA
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, lots of character and the food is so good, highly rated!

JC
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to celebrate my brother's birthday. A pleasant surprise and a local gem. I loved the friendly service and the relaxed atmosphere. Amazing cocktails and I loved the skewers! This was my first visit but I will definitely be coming back again.

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