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4.9 /6 Excellent 85 Reviews

At Fernando's

Leichhardt Italian $$$ +100
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About At Fernando's

With its rich Italian heritage, Sydney’s Leichhardt is often referred to as Little Italy. Well-respected in this community is At Fernando’s, a family-owned and operated Italian restaurant run by Fernando Riggio, his son and two daughters. And guests are treated like family, too, and are taken care of thanks to the staff’s commitment to providing typical, friendly Italian hospitality. Located on Norton Street, just down the road from shopping paradise Norton Plaza, At Fernando’s is an esteemed hotspot in the local community.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Thursday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Friday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 00:00
  • Sunday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 00:00
At Fernando's, Norton St, Leichhardt 118, 2040 Sydney

Further Information

Open every day of the week except for Monday, the folks behind At Fernando’s on Leichhardt’s Norton Street played a pivotal role in the introduction of Italian cuisine to Sydney. Legend has it that the owners descend from a family of talented chefs who brought their expertise to the western part of the city. And it’s more than just a successful restaurant – At Fernando’s is an ideal venue for corporate events, wedding receptions, birthday parties, christenings, and beyond. If you can dream it, chances are At Fernando’s can help you realize it with their spacious premises and abundance of catering options.

At Fernando’s offers traditional Italian cuisine the way it should be: fresh, flavourful, simple, and affordable. Foodies on a budget rave about At Fernando’s ten-dollar pasta deal. Available from Sunday to Thursday for dinner, the deal allows for guests to choose from thirteen delectable pasta dishes – think spaghetti and meatballs, penne chicken and gnocchi pesto – all for just ten bucks. Ask your server about the fish of the day and prepare to to enjoy some of the city’s freshest seafood, or take any of At Fernando’s amazing pizzas to-go for a movie night at home. Sound good? Make a reservation and come in to At Fernando’s in Sydney’s Leichhardt to have a traditional Italian culinary experience without breaking the piggy bank.

View Ala Carte Dinner Menu

View $15 Pasta Menu

Available for dinner Sunday to Thursday

View All You Can Eat Family Night

Every Tuesday evening


85 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 85 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: delicious
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1 review so far 6
16.09.2017 15:21

Our movie went much longer than anticipated so arrived at 'At Fernandos' much later than our booking however it was not a problem for the staff or the kitchen - our meal was great and the service excellent.

1 review so far 6
03.09.2017 19:18

The staff were very friendly and great service was provided to us. Food was excellent. It was easy booking with Quandoo and reservation was successful.

1 review so far 6
30.08.2017 10:31

Staff very attentive, food delicious & plentiful. Have been once before & will definitely be going again and introducing more friends. Had a great night & know there will be more to come. Well done!!

1 review so far 6
28.08.2017 19:50

Great food and great service. Very relaxed atmosphere and comfortable decor. Great choices on the menu and very delicious. Highly recommend for any occasion. Looking forward to eating at Fernandos again

1 review so far 5
29.05.2017 18:40

If you don't mind the rather slow (although very friendly) service there's no better place for a relaxing dinner than At Fernando's. It's almost like having a meal in someone's home: no fussy menus just down to earth honest Italian staples (a good selection) cooked to perfection in generous proportions. It's worth the 12 minute wait as stated on the menu for the chocolate pudding! Love it.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 10:06

We have only just started using Quandoo to make restaurant bookings but have been to At Fernandos many times and will no doubt be there often in the future. The range of dishes on the Italian menu offers as much choice as you need and the food is perfectly prepared and presented (the veg side dish at no extra cost). Started with a bowl of olives - simple but just great. The husband and wife wait team were happy and attentive and the manager takes a personal interest in his guests. If you've been to the movies just across the road then you also get a pretty good discount.

8 reviews so far 3
02.06.2016 07:39

Staff were incredibly accommodating and polite but the restaurant wasn't that busy and it appeared understaffed. I am afraid that I would not rate the food as being great, especially in a location where Italian food can and is so good. At Fernando's was a little less expensive than most in Leichhardt, where it seems that getting a pasta dish under $30 these day is a bargain. There were some decent entry level wines on their list I have to say. I really wanted this to be a gem. A decently priced, good quality Italian we would frequent often, but sadly not.

4 reviews so far 5
23.04.2017 10:45

They made us feel very welcome. The food was a little disappointing as the standard seem to be lacking last night. We have eaten their many time over the last 8 years and this would have been the least favourite meal. The spatchcock only came to the table with grilled baby tomatoes and no other vegetables where previously it would have come with a nice salad and or vegetables. The size of the fish was very small also, it came with 3 asparagus spears cut in half and 3 polenta chips. We will go back again in a couple of months to see if this have gone back to the great restaurant we remembered it to be.

1 review so far 5
30.11.2016 06:22

Another great meal at At Fernando's. Large portions of hearty and very tasty home style Italian food. Would definitely return for another meal - it is particularly attractive as they have special deals for customers of the Palace Cinema across the road.

4 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 08:24

Always a great night at At Fernando's. Fantastic service, warm welcome and overall a great place to dine. The food is always fresh and they cater for gluten free dieters.

1 review so far 4
28.07.2016 09:33

The night we visited restaurant was very busy with regular customers and a large group with staff struggling to handle the numbers. It was a cold night outside and our table near the door was very cold with one of us needing to close it each time a customer entered or departed. The bruschetta was delicious and the pizza tasty but I would have preferred a crisper base. Definitely worth another visit to try other dishes on the extensive menu.

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 16:08

The service was second to none. The wait staff and management went above and beyond to make our dining experience a memorable one, and it was. Next time we're in Sydney, that's where we will be going to dine at. Highly recommend. 🙂

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 21:33

Fantastic atmosphere, superb service and the food was perfect. Not one thing I could fault. Great family operated restaurant that is true to it's heritage and tradition. Definitely on my list of favourites and I will be returning again very soon.

1 review so far 5
23.08.2017 17:27

Extremely good value and good Italian food at Fernando's. Staff are very helpful and courteous. An added bonus is the discount if you have cinema tickets from the Palace cinema across the road. Definitely advisable to book a table on a Friday or Saturday night ... well worth it!

1 review so far 6
12.07.2017 09:51

Love this restaurant. The service is fantastic and the staff make excellent recommendations. I went on their all you can eat pizza and pasta for $20 night (it was a Tuesday) and it is such good value for money.

1 review so far 6
13.07.2017 12:11

Great food, amazing service. You feel very at home with the friendly attentive staff, Its that kind of familiarity that you rarely get these days. The food was good and the serving sizes reasonable. Ill be back for sure.

1 review so far 6
21.02.2017 20:46

Very easy to make a reservation on line for that night. Atmosphere was great - relaxed and a traditional Italian restaurant. Service was good; wait staff were attentive. Meal was fantastic; we are going back very soon!

1 review so far 6
05.07.2017 07:56

Amazing place and our "go to" place every time we visit Sydney. The service, atmosphere, staff and food are fantastic. The quality and quantity of the meals are great value for money. We will keep going back.

1 review so far 5
01.04.2017 08:53

It's always pleasant there as we have been lots of times and the birthday voucher they send to you is a great idea. I suppose I thought last night that my meal was a rather smaller serve than I have had there before.

1 review so far 6
10.10.2016 08:32

Not my first time at this fantastic restaurant, and it won't be my last. The food is absolutely perfect and the service staff very friendly! Was a wonderful night out, would definitely recommend this restaurant!