The Dolphin Hotel
  • 412 Crown St,
    Surry Hills,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9331 4800,
  • Lunch daily noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 5pm-11pm

The Dolphin Hotel

It's a pub. It's a wine bar. It's an art installation. It's Italian. It's Australian. It's Keith Haring via Beni and Christo via George Livissianis. Restaurant impresario Maurice Terzini worked his magic in a pub in St Kilda, and here he comes full circle. The Dolphin is a pub for all seasons. The Wallabies, a pie and a beer? That'll be the public bar and its surprisingly sharp menu. Dinner for six? The dining room does smart-casual Italian with an emphasis on smart, using Sicilian olives in its cacciatore-style wood-fired chook, dressing up Sao biscuits with anchovy, pickled onion and Pepe Saya butter, and topping puffy pizze with spicy sausage, artichoke and sorrel. Best of all is The Wine Room, offering edgy juice and salumi sourced from far (superb jamón with broad beans and parmesan) and near (mortadella from LP's Quality Meats) alongside smoked mussels with 'nduja and other gutsy, good-time snacks. A rollicking roller-coaster ride.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $9-$26

    M $18-$36

    D $16

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Monty Koludrovic, Sam Cheetham & Daniel Medcals


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