Restaurant Reviews

The Dolphin Hotel: Restaurant review

The Dolphin Hotel


412 Crown St
Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW


Lunch Fri-Sun noon-3pm
Dinner daily 5.30pm-10.30pm


E $12-$28
M $20-$36
D $16


A restaurant that puts Henry Rollins quotes on its menu and has guests wearing "Fuck the Future" T-shirts sounds like it should be approached with caution, but the multi-space reimagining of The Dolphin (a formerly bloodless Surry Hills boozer) deserves uninhibited embrace. The food, wine and service are elevated beyond anything you'd expect behind a noisy pub façade, and prove again that Icebergs' Maurice Terzini and Monty Koludrovic are unstoppable. Stop by the main dining room for a puffy-crust pizza laced with Italian greens, mushrooms and olives, or fish roasted whole with sorrel and herb butter. If you'd prefer to graze  on salumi and drink from a list of 35 wines by the glass and over 150 by the bottle from sommelier James Hird, hit The Wine Room. Need somewhere for easy after-work drinks? They've retained the pub bit, too - just one that has the red stuff pumping through its veins again. Rollins would approve.

(02) 9331 4800

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Monty Koludrovic & Daniel Medcals

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.