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Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #5 of 99 restaurants in Sydney

Tasty cuisine by an award-winning chef is on the menu at Olio Kensington Street—you don’t want to miss out on this dining experience.

Sicilian-born Lino Sauro is the master behind the food at this trendy Sicilian restaurant. Located in a beautifully restored Chippendale building, the venue marries a nod to the past with a contemporary indoor dining room and stunning rooftop garden.

The menu very much reflects this ‘old meets new’ approach. All dishes are made using olive oil sourced from Lino’s family’s Sicilian farm, and use a range of fresh ingredients. Start your meal with a charred citrus Fremantle River octopus and follow it up with your choice of a range of enticing pastas, including the homemade ravioli with king prawns, black truffle and burrata sauce. Of course, a variety of meat and fish are on offer too, with options including grilled wild snapper and 48-hours lamb neck.

Dessert is not forgotten at Olio Kensington Street, with everything from the more traditional Cannolo Siciliano to the dark chocolate tart.

If you’re after a decadent and memorable Sicilian meal served in gorgeous surrounds, you can’t go past Olio Kensington Street.

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Olio Kensington Street
Level 2, The Old Rum Store, 8 Kensington St
Chippendale 2008

Open Hours:
Monday- Friday: 6pm-11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-2:30pm & 6pm-11pm

Phone: (02) 9281 1500
Website: olio.kensingtonstreet.com.au

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Ranked: #5 of 99 restaurants in Sydney 5
Olio Kensington Street
Location: Chippendale
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

We enjoyed the food, cocktails and ambience on the night. The Olio branded olive oil for the bread was delightful and the food and presentation was lovely. The main thing I'd like to comment on about the food was that our mains of Wagyu sirloin and seafood stew (Zuppa) was quite salty.

Another thing is we couldn't use the First Table voucher for the chef's set menu but this wasn't stated in the conditions.

Overall the meal was delicious and we had a nice night but service could do with some improvement.

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Fabio Fontes

Olio restaurant provided great food combine with attentive staff. The ambience was pleasant and the entire experience was enjoyable.

The chef came to check on us which added an extra touch. We will be back.

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Lichee Grosvenor

We dined here for lunch on Saturday. The venue is lovely and has that industrial look to it. They were very large portions of food. We have an entree and main but couldn’t fit any dessert. The food was good but not stand out in my opinion. I would have been disappointed if we’d paid full price. I think full price is far too expensive for what I consider to be relatively straight forward Italian.

I would choose to come here again as there are so many other great places in Sydney.

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This was my second time dining at Olio and was very much looking forward to it. Service and atmosphere was great. We ordered the prawns special, which came out under cooked (translucent in texture) very disappointing. However the main of pork belly and lamb neck were phenomenal. Ordered a cocktail which came out half filled with 50% being egg white foam.. not impressed. Ordered the granita and fruit, menu had a different flavour to what arrived at the table, waiter should have advised us of this rather than being surprised with a dessert we didn’t order. Overall a few areas to improve on, but would be back.

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Thanks Olio - food, service and everything was perfect. Will definitely be back :)

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Warren Cammack

Great service from the moment we arrived until we left, very attentive and friendly staff. Superb food as well, we had the carpaccio and prawn ceviche to start and two pasta dishes for main - everything was amazingly well presented and tasted superb. Lovely venue as well, very funky decor and perfect for romantic dinners!

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Sarah Feyen

We had a lovely experience dining at Olio. The staff were amazing and very hospitable, We even received a complimentary starter which made us feel special from the beginning. The food was amazing, we especially loved the pork belly - we will definitely go again. Highly recommend!

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Absolutely sensational food, delicate flavours, ell-dressed salad, broccolli had a bit too much chilli but everything else was superb. We will definitely go again.

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Anisa Em

Had a great night at Olio. The restaurant is gorgeous and the staff really helpfull and friendly :) food and wine was delicious. Would definitely go back again

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Virginia Castellan

Amazing experience. I will definitely visit again

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Service was great and food was amazing. Highly recommend!

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Delissimo!! An Italian jewel in the heart of Chippendale! Tender octopus and mouth watering pasta dishes. Fabulous service. An all round memorable experience and all the better when you use First Table!

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Great restaurant! Food was amaxinh, couldn’t fault a thing and the wine was good too! Nice ambience and friendly staff. I’ll be back :)

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Lovely evening. Broccoli with anchovy crumb was very delicious

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Jess Naylor

Could not fault! Food, atmosphere, service were all exceptional. We will definitely be back :)

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What a lovely first table experience. The service was excellent, good food, and the food bill left us feeling very happy and talking about our next visit.

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The whole experience has been great, from food to service. The environment is very pleasant, we had a perfect dinner! Highly recommended - authentic italian food and great selection of wines.

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The food was incredible. Delighted to be introduced to the Olio menu with a taster from the Chef of scallop tartare with a crispy rice puff. We perused the menu to find our favourites or something we hadn't had before. We ended up with incredibly tender octopus with the perfect amount of char and delightful razor prawns marinated and gently torched, also tender but not for someone who is squeemish about texture. As it was a special occasion we were recommended the whole Salt Baked Snapper and weren't disappointed. Cracked open and served at the table presented simple, clean subtle flavours and sides. The waitress was curteous and attentive to begin with and would have benefited from being a little more informed of the wines available for the evening before taking our first selection. The Soave was incredibly delicious. Olio stood up to its reputation and has left us with memories of incredibly tasty food. It was an absolute pleasure to dine there.

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Masami Fox

Good!

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Paul Peng

This was my second visit, and took two friends for a dinner last night. We absolutely enjoyed all dishes we ordered, and were most appreciated with its service as well. Certainly we will go back near future.

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Emma Jane

Delicious food, wonderful service, fantastic atmosphere. Had a wonderful night, thank you!!

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Went here for our sons 18th birthday, fantastic food, service and setting will definitely be going back.
Thank you to all at Olio.

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The atmosphere and decor of the restaurant was warm and lovely. The food was rich and decadent. We left very content.

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Caleb Wu

I have been to this restaurant many times, That experience was extraordinary, with the restaurant having a beautiful, elegant decor, friendly staff, delicious food, a great atmosphere, and wonderful complimentary Italian breads and entree upon arrival. Upon discovering the First Table , this helped provide my girlfriend and I the opportunity to eat here much more often.

Ever since I have discovered Olio on First Table however, I have gone at least 4 or 5 times. It is extremely popular, and deservedly so, as with the First Table discount it is probably the best bang for buck high-end Italian dining you can get in Sydney.

Regards,
Caleb

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Chloe-Charlotte Chaplin

Beautiful experience. The food was just amazing, and the service was so friendly and special. Thanks for a wonderful meal guys.

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Joelene

Amazing food, service and wine. Will definitely be back.

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Excellent food and exceptional service!

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Zi Hao Li

An upscale and intimate venue, served by well trained staff. We ordered the squid ink tonarelli which was delicious with the spicy pork. The 48 hour lamb neck was very tender despite being cooked through. Would recommend for a date night or a special occasion.

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Joan Phan

Great wines suggestions by sommelier. Both pasta dishes were slightly under cooked. Otherwise, a great meal overall.

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Oilo was a class above most. Our experience there was quite incredible. With fine, delicate pasta packed with beautiful flavours, followed by complimentary desserts...the night was faultless. Service was also immaculate.

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The food is amazing! The service was fantastic. This is an upscale restaurant, the ambience is very nice. Good romantic spot.

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First time using 'First Table' and recommended it to my work colleagues. Definitely worth it otherwise I wouldn't have tried out Olio Restaurant which would have been a shame. We had 2 appetizers and shared 3 mains between the 2 of us. Was expecting tiny portions but we were stuffed. Our fav were arancini, squid ink pasta and the lamb neck perfectly paired with the Sicilian wine. So good! Oh also the service was so relaxed, professional and no pestering and constantly trying to upsell and usher us out. Will definitely be back!

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I went to Olio with my boyfriend on Saturday night. Situated at the Old Rum Store building at Kensington Street, the restaurant is beautifully outfitted. I'd been before with friends, and knew that the ambience would be perfect for date night.

We arrived a little bit early -- around 5:50 PM -- and whilst the restaurant wasn't open, once we were spotted our server quickly let us in and showed us to our table. There were a few truffle dishes on special which were quite tempting -- on several occasions we saw them carry out the truffles for patrons to inspect -- but on this occasion, we opted for the five-course meal.

The five course meal included:
- Oysters. We got two each. These were served with a raspberry vinaigrette. I never would've thought of that combination, but the raspberry flavour wasn't too sweet and complemented the oysters beautifully.

- Charcoal Grilled Calamari with Tomato Coulis, Fennel Salad, Roasted Corn and Lemon Vinaigrette. Wonderfully tender calamari. The accompanying salad made the calamari taste quite fresh.

- Spaghetti with ‘Arriminato’ Cauliflower with Pecorino Cheese and Black Pepper. This was nice and cheesy! The sauce was creamy, and heaven for a cheese lover like me.

- The fourth dish was a fish dish. I'm looking at the menu now but I can't make a positive identification (because I'm not too well versed on my different types of fish, I eat them all!) What struck me about this dish is that it tasted nice and fresh.

We were quite stuffed after the first four courses. Our server offered to bring out the fifth course (dessert) after a few minutes to give us time to digest, hehe! Dessert was a plate of tiramisu each. I usually steer clear of tiramisu because some of them are quite heavy and have an overpowering coffee flavour. But this was probably the best tiramisu I've had -- it was light and fluffy, the kind you can just keep eating -- and that's exactly what we did. I'd order it again.

In addition to the five course meal, we also got a small entree dish to start (compliments of the kitchen) and a basket of bread -- yum! (We tried not to fill up before the main meal but we couldn't resist -- the polished off the bread basket. Our favourite was the thin, crispy flatbread which had a spicy savoury seasoning on it.)

For wines, we're a huge fan of reds -- he ordered a glass of pinot noir whilst I had an Il Paso IGT Vigneti Zabu. They were both delicious. They do have an extensive wine list, most of them by the bottle, so serious wine drinkers could ask for recommendations from the sommelier.

It was a great night out and we'll definitely be back to try the other things on the menu.

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Amazing … amazing food at Olio along with fantastic service the moment we walked in the door... The ambiance was great ... plus we could hear each other talk which is an absolute bonus on a Friday evening! We went with friends and we all were raving about the food... we loved it! One of the best restaurants in Sydney... Thanks heaps! We'll be back!

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Olio is one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Sydney. We had diner on Friday, the food was amazing as usual! the ravioli with prawns and the truffle tagliolini were delicious! the service was very attentive too. Thank you!, we'll be back.

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Irina Mironova

Perfect :)

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Amazing food and great service

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Susannah Summers

The food, wine and service were all incredible!

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Julie Szabo

We had a beautiful dinner at Olio, to celebrate my birthday.
The food was exceptional, the service was great, a lovely ambience in the restaurant. It was very relaxed, no pressure to be out of there by a certain time, even though we went at 6pm. Will definitely return.

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Great night at Olio ... my second visit in as many weeks. I first went with a group from work and had such a lovely time that when a friend told me he would be in town this week, it was a great excuse to go back The food is delicious, the staff knowledgeable and attentive and it's a great venue and central location. Definitely won't be my last.

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Atmosphere was great (you get privacy as the tables aren't too close together). Wait staff are friendly and helpful and didn't have issues with us being a First Table booking. The food was exquisite. Great place for a group catch-up. Don't get caught out - despite the signage overhead, the restaurant isn't at street level!

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Erik Altmann

Amazing food and excellent service made us feel very welcome. Highly recommend, also for lunch!

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Jessica Pang

Really enjoyed my experience at Olio! Food was amazing and service was too. Definitely will come back again

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Wow, what a great night!
This was our first time using First Table, and it was fantastic.
Olio is a very welcoming restaurant with a warm ambiance. The staff were all very knowledgeable and we received exactly the same fantastic service as everyone else, including the many diners who were paying full price.
We ordered the arancini to share - a very generous three rice balls - the homemade papadell with wagu beef, the zuppa full of delicious seafood, and we shared a citrus canollo. We were also given a starter from the chef which was a scrumptious mouthful of cuttlefish on focaccia, and three types of warm bread with the restaurant's own olive oil. All dishes were exemplary.
We would highly recommend this restaurant and First Table.

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Kasia Jawien

Wonderful service and food! Will dine again and thank you for a great birthday evening.

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We had most enjoyable evening. Staff were super helpful and ambiance is superb.
Just a tip if driving do take advantage of valet parking as advised! Thank you

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Alison Lee

The food is very good here and the service was top notch.

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Marial Jo

Excellent food and an accessible spot!

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Rachelle Rodrigues

As soon as I walked into Olio, I was instantly impressed with its decor and ambience. Minimalistic yet warm and inviting, classy and yet not pretentious. We were greeted by a friendly staff at the door then seated at our table under a beautiful bronze pendant lighting.

Appetisers
As we began to dine, we were given a complimentary appetiser which was very unique and delicious paper thin rice crackers with aioli on top. We also got a basket of assorted bread which was just beautiful. Olio has its own brand of olive oil in the table so we just dipped the bread in it. It was definitely a nice way to start our dinner.

Entrees
I ordered an eggplant dish which was full of flavour, light and tangy balanced with dolops of ricotta cream on top. The Arancini balls were big triangular shapes filled with saffron rice and melted cheese in the centre. Really enjoyed the entrees!

Mains
We ordered beef parpadelle, king prawn ravioli, squid ink spaghetti. My 4 year old had the parpadelle and he loved it so much that he could almost finished the whole thing! The sauce has depth of flavour and the parpadelle itself was just perfectly cooked. Mine was the king prawn ravioli in king prawn broth which was excellent. Loved my dish! The ink squid with spanner crab was quite interesting and delicious.

Last but certainly not least, we were give complimentary chocolate truffle which were delightful. What a nice touch and sweet ending to our culinary experience there. Overall, my guests and I had an enjoyable time at Olio and can’t wait to go back there!

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Caitlin Semsarian

The food was spectacular! We had the wagyu, barramundi, tonnarelli pasta and mixed greens to share and it was delicious. The restaurant environment and service was lovely. We will definitely be back.

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