Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #4 of 94 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: #4 of 94 restaurants in Sydney 4
Olio Kensington Street
Location: Chippendale
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Dorian Maruda

The food was very nice, albeit the portions were smaller than expected.
The service was quite nice, with a wonderful waitress who made sure our evening went without a hitch.

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Pedro Marcos

First First table experience, but second time dining set Olio. Really happy to see the place quite busy on a weeknight, which it totally deserves. The calamari and swordfish were excellent. The head chef was walking the room that night, an obviously talented man and morover very smiley (I am sure a rare trait amongst head chefs). I can't get over how good the bread is at this place. I believe it's baked in house. Also sampled the two Sicilian white wines by the glass, they are both great. I just wished someone had fixed our table foot which was wobbly. I will certainly return to Olio!

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Jessica Malone

I had an incredible experience. The food was sensational and our waitress gave us a fabulous dining experience, was attentive and very pleasant. The quality of the food is outstanding and I will be coming back to dine again soon.
It was a special occasion for my brother passing all his final exams for uni and on the desert they put congratulations. It was so sweet and very caring.

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The food was delicious and staff were very attentive. The only issue was the waitress did not record the first course choices correctly and thought we were sharing oysters(which i don't like at all) and forgot to place my order for prawn ravioli. Upon rechecking, the missed entree eventually arrived and it was absolutely yummy. We had the whole baked fish in salt for main course at it was truly sumptuous. The whole spectacle of serving the fish itself was observed by all patrons and we were amazed at how tender the fish was this way. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal, just the little hiccup with ordering and it won't put us off attending again. 'Olio' is a must for those who love Italian food, just a suggestion - perhaps there could be more meat dishes (maybe as daily specials) as the mains are heavily weighted to seafood options?
we will definitely visit again.

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Excellent overall experience. Tasty food served with thought and care. Classy venue with equally professional staff. Thank you Olio for a great lunch! Will be back.

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The food is exceptional, as is the service, definitely going back

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Fabulous service from the moment we entered. It's lovely going to an Italian restaurant where they speak Italian. Had just picked up my daughter and fiancee from the airport and discovered they had started learning Italian. We each had a different wine and our waitress could describe each of them. The food and service was excellent. Great having olive oil on the table, just like they do in Italy. Only wished they had a better gluten free dessert.

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Joanne Green

Sensational experience at Olio. The menu was Italian with an emphasis on Sicilian regional fare which includes lots of seafood . We couldn’t fault the food or the service it’s a 5 star experience.

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Michael Vinall

Really great experience at Olio!

Went as a group of four and shared three starters (Burrata, Polipo & Arancini), two pastas (Raviolo Norma, Caserecci), two mains (Salt Baked Barramundi, Controfiletto Wagyu) and two desserts (Cannoli & Tiramisu).

Beautifully prepared dishes & everyone enjoyed the food immensely.

Service was friendly & professional: the salt-baked whole Barramundi served at the table was a highlight - the delicate flesh simply served with their signature blend olive oil was divine.

Only small negative was I tried to contact the restaurant via their online contact form & also via phone to confirm details of the booking but didn’t receive a reply or callback. Was able to clarify as soon as I arrived at the restaurant however.

Overall, would recommend without hesitation for the great food, smart but not stuffy decor & professional service! Just book it, you won’t regret it!

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Fantastic restaurant! Service is excellent and food was great... will definitely come back

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This was my first visit to Olio (and using First Table). I selected Olio Kensington Street for its favourable rating (#4), and it lived up to that expectation.
The venue is stylish and inviting.
The staff were knowledgeable and made recommendations to our preferences.
The food is beautifully presented and simply delicious.
The wine we selected wasn’t well chilled, and they told us that, and gave us options to wait until food arrived or choose another.

Loved the attention to all detail.
We had a lovely evening and enjoyed our experience at Olio Kensington Street.

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Olio Italian for Olive Oil.

Place:
Located in beautifully restored The Old Rum Store, serving Sicilian Cuisine in heart of Kensington Street Precinct.

Service:
waitress who look after my table, Jana ( sorry if I spell your name wrong), she is full of knowledge of what she is selling.
It’s a top class service!
Came just pass 18.00pm, service was attentive, however when it’s peak hour around 7.30 pm, I feel like the are short of staffs, since I only saw 3 girls running the food to cater almost full house customer.

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As a started:
Complimentary bread with nut mascarpone and compressed cucumber.

Garden lemonade ( house made ), taste so refreshing, garnished with mint and cucumber.
Olio Spirits also a very nice, although i like garden lemonade better.

As a starter I have:
Polipo:
spicy charred Fremantle octopus, lemon crushed potato salad, mint roasted capsicum and bottarga mayo.
Love how tender the octopus was, goes well together with potato and minted roasted capsicum.
I do like the bottarga mayo, but to my liking a little salty.

Burrata:
Fresh “vannella’ burrata cheese, beets confit, pickles& dried fruit and almond pesto.
This dish looks deceptively simple but deliver a very nice flavour.
Everything comes together and still the burrata is shining through as centre piece of the dish.

Next Course we have:

Tonnarelli
With homemade squid ink, QLD Spanner crab and spicy pork Nduja.
This egg pasta basically similar to spaghetti shape but in my observation just a little square shape.
Love the spiciness from the pork salami on the sauce that gives a profile background complimenting the squid ink and the spanner crab meat. It’s a tasty dish, for sure!

However,
The next dish, Ravioli, with scarlet prawns filling, black truffle and burrata sauce was a talking point.
Pasta perfectly cooked, the prawn and the black truffle was amazing combo and the sauce.... it was magical!
I’ll comeback just for the ravioli, I promise you guys!

Dessert:

Seasonal Fruit Granita, Brioche Gelato and poached nectarine looks amazing!
Brioche gelato is a unique flavour, unfortunately the nectarine were mushy, I think poached too long, and sourness from granita flavour just hit a your palette and give this sensational refreshing after taste.

Pistachio
Mouse tart, milk ice cream and mulberries ... Oh.. my new favorite dessert.
Flavour combination was perfect! Not too sweet, and the milk ice cream was surprisingly good and the tart base was just soft and crumbly.

Also petite four for tonight was chocolate cake, it was light yet yummy!

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We had the most memorable dining experience at Olio last night. From the moment we were welcomed till the moment we were farewelled at the door. Service was very warm and friendly. We ordered staters, pastas, mains and side and dessert. Every dish was well presented and delicious. The timing in between courses was just right.

Booking on First table was easy. They even gave the Birthday celebrant a tiramisu cake with candle and song! And a small bottle of Olio olive oil to take home as souvenir.

The friendly chef himself came to say hello at our table and we had the chance to compliment him on his amazing culinary skills.

Would love to dine at Olio again!

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Good experience and value! Would recommend to anyone who hasn't tried Sicilian before.

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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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