Rag & Famish Hotel

4.2
33 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
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The Rag & Famish is a hotel dripping in history, with the hotel occupying it’s current site since 1860; it is North Sydney’s oldest pub still trading today! Located on Level 1, the Rag & Famish Restaurant offers a superb a la carte menu for both lunch & dinner. Combining a diverse menu with attentive and friendly service we provide the perfect setting for a corporate lunch, team meeting, mid-week dinner or any other excuse to eat out!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Australian, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 12pm-2.30pm Dinner: 5.30pm-9.30pm
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Phone number
(02) 9955 1257
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Please note that street parking is limited and there are clearways around the venue at certain times
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Public transit
Close to train station and bus stops
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 33 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ES
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and was a quiet night which was great for us. Would recommend!

SL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What better way to enjoy Thursday evenings with friends than to head upstairs to the restaurant for two for one steaks and a bottle of red... or two.

GM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

They forgot one of our mains, didn’t keep us informed, didn’t offer a solution and so we ended up sharing mains-They then didn’t discount the bill

NS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service and food was very good and the overall atmosphere was cosy and classy

TB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently serve top quality food at a good price. Staff fantastic. A winner every time!

TC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This sas great for a client lunch. Food was great and there was something for everyone.

PR
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Ordered the rib eye steak and was disappointed.
Steak was cooked okay - but sauce was minimal and flavourless, chips looked / tasted like frozen supermarket brand, dish had little effort for presentation.
Most disappointed was the red wine jus.

RR
Canberra / ACT
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Escaping the Friday night madness of the downstairs bars and up into the Anchor Room restaurant was much more pleasant.
Food was good - a daily special lamb ragu and pasta for me - very good and a big serve, a rib eye fillet for my wife - cooked to perfection - not easy to rare side of medium rare to her satisfaction. For dietary reasons a white wine- Pikes Pinot Grigio- went down well.
Service was pleasant and friendly.
An enjoyable meal.

TS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good high quality food in the upstairs restaurant. The service was good and the room had a nautical theme.
Ground floor is the bar and bar food.

LD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It would depend. Definitely not on a HOT day like Friday. It was so humid and the doors to outside were open and so as a result the aircon had zero impact. Assuming there is aircon of course. If not - please put some in and close the balcony doors in intense weather.
Food and atmosphere otherwise were lovely. Good service.

A
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couple beers downstairs, then went up for lunch. Wine quite expensive for what was on offer

M
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service at a reasonable price. Nice Cozy atmosphere upstairs. A go to restaurant for me when I'm in North Sydney.

LS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rag & Famish offers outstanding service, a very impressive selection of beers, wines and spirits and possibly the best steak in New South Wales. The environment for business networking, after hours meetings, or even an afternoon lunch is absolutely the best. Easy, welcoming and comfortable with a wonderfully friendly staff, who could ask for more?

MH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal upstairs. Steak very good. Quiet upstairs. Good for a special dinner.

CF
Melbourne / VIC
98 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is a great place to meet friends for lunch. It is in a central location. It has a great menu and wine list

G
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The service was good, the food was good - it felt a little over-priced but OK.
The annoying element was the unnecessary music playing. It was bloody awful, too loud and forces everybody to speak over it... raising the noise levels generally. It's not an easy restaurant in which to have conversation. It's quite a while since I've eaten there but the staff and the food were both good enough for me to consider a return visit soon. And, finally, you DON'T NEED THE MUSIC. No-one is listening, anyway.

L
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We had previously enjoyed two excellent steaks under the Thursday night 2 for 1 steak offer. This was great value and the service was overall very good, but exceptional by its friendliness, treating us older folks as if we were human beings (maybe this is just elderly paranoia, of course). It also had very acceptable noise levels being in the upstairs restaurant away from the main bar. (Why do restaurants drive away the half-deaf monied old folks by unacceptable noise levels?)
We therefore proposed it as a venue to visit with two friends, again taking advantage of the 2 for 1 offer. The service was again friendly and everything started fine. But the steaks were not in the same class as previously, being gristly. If the steaks had been OK one would then not be alert to other shortcomings. We were rather slow eating, maybe partly for the above reason, but the dirty plates were left with us for a long time. Then I do not recall us being asked whether we wanted anything else, not that we did. So things seem to peter out as though the job was done once our main meals had arrived.
We will probably try again at some point as the ambience is great, (not "ambiance" would Open Table please note!), but would not risk taking any guests.

MA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Hi, I was the host of a table of 3.

In short the meals were all good and the service was great except, one entree came out wrong and the waitress not only insisted that was what I ordered but wanted to argue about it. So I ate the pumpkin salad instead of the wagyu bresole I ordered and actually wanted. This avoided further issue and embarrassment in front of my two guests. I really do not know why the person did not just replace the plate or offer me a credit or something simple. Instead they wanted to insist and argue. My guests were even surprised and they are local business people. I paid for the whole meal without question of course.

So in short, would I come again of course but I would check my order twice and hopefully not be served by the same staff member as last time.

The other lady that greeted us made a point of apologising as I paid the bill which was very nice that the incident was understood. Note I never told her about it, but someone did. Overall it was a good experience

I wish you all the best. For a famous pub in North Sydney, this is something you should fix

JP
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service - love the ambience - great spot for lunch in North Sydney!

JW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our neighbourhood fave with an exceptional kitchen that keeps us coming back. Quality food every time.

TF
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliably good. My office is in Berry Street, so even better.

D
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For friends catching up this was an ideal location. It was a good atmosphere and quiet so you could speak with each other. The food and service was great.

JW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy the Rag & Famish. The best steak ever.

M
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food (steak) was perfectly cooked and the service was really good

KW
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great venue. Food was good quality and well presented. Our host Valeria was engaging and responsive throughout the evening. I'd recomend the venue to everyone

EH
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was great, service OK. Be warned: the OpenTable website mentions a surcharge for 'bookings over 12' but the restaurant actually charges 8% extra for 12 people. They are aware it is incorrect on the website but make no effort to correct it. If you turn up with 11 and don't let them know about the changed numbers 30 mins beforehand they charge you for 12 (and leave the chair at the table). Also, if they need to contact you they will only call - even if they can't get through - resorting to SMS or email doesn't seem to be an option.

JH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all enjoyed ourselves and the food was great. We were a little disappointed that the wine we were ordered was not available. Overall very good service.
Thank you

JP
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fantastic food and reasonable prices. Relaxed but classy atmosphere. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak in a great pub. Dining room is the best food. Pub is the best atmosphere.

CS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was beautifully cooked and the service unobtrusive, but excellent, even to the good night offered by a staff member going off duty

A
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A venue I frequently book for business lunches, service, food and ease of booking, as well as convenient location is why I keep coming back. I also appreciate staff who remember a returning customer.
cheers

TC
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very good, though they were having issues with their phone system leading up to my client meeting so there was a bit of miscommunication regarding food and drink packages which was frustrating. Staff were very friendly and accommodating on the day. The first-floor restaurant and lounge area was very nice and created a great environment for my clients.

M
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had the two for one steak, steak cooked perfectly, great value for money. Service was overall good