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5.0 /6 Excellent 71 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


71 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 71 Reviews
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
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4 reviews so far 6
22.07.2017 17:59

Food is delicious and service is friendly and efficient. Excellent value and lovely warm ambience. 20 per cent off your bill when going to the local movie cinema

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
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
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 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.

7 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
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 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 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 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!

1 review so far 6
31.05.2017 09:19

We were running late, so grateful that they kept our table for us because they were so busy. Overall the meal was fantastic and the evening was pleasant. The staff did a great job.

5 reviews so far 6
26.10.2016 11:43

Our A Table for Six members enjoyed their singles dinner here on Saturday evening. Delicious food, good service and of course good company. Here is an example of their feedback "A great buzzy restaurant."

6 reviews so far 6
29.05.2016 08:58

Couldn't fault our dining experience, staff were incredibly attentive and friendly. Meals were fantastic and served in quick time. One of our favourite places to visit as it is always of high standard.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 16:29

Staff were attentive, food was very good and we had an enjoyable evening. Prices..... no complaints. Our friend's son chose his meal from the kids menu and was very happy so,lid]fe was good

1 review so far 5
15.08.2017 13:25

We love the food and service there. No fuss for a quick meal before the movies. The only minus on our last visit was we were seated next to a noisey table. Otherwise we will be definitely going back.

4 reviews so far 6
28.08.2016 09:04

Always great service, friendly staff and overall a wonderful night. We took friends who have never been and they will be turning as they thought it was a lovely place to dine.

2 reviews so far 4
08.10.2016 13:03

Both Had the Spaghetti Marinara. It was supposed to have vongole. Lots of pasta and no vongole. If the menu says it has it, then they should tell you if they have none. Too much pasta, not enough seafood, especially for $30. Taste good and service ok.

2 reviews so far 6
27.06.2016 09:03

Great food and atmosphere. Attentive but non intrusive waitstaff. Very friendly family atmosphere. It was a very cold night outside, but there was a roaring fire inside. We will be back.

1 review so far 5
26.06.2017 08:41

Have always enjoyed eating at Fernando's! Beautiful decor, delicious food and friendly staff. Had a slight mix up with our order but was handled really well and got sorted out very promptly. Would highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
17.05.2017 07:49

Overall food was delicious, service was good would definitely eat here again and have recommended to family and friends. I can't wait to dine here with my own family.

1 review so far 6
30.06.2017 22:06

Wonderful food, wonderful staff so friendly and accommodating recommend you try this family run resturant it's beautiful you won't be disappointed. Going back next week for our daughters bday

1 review so far 6
12.05.2017 09:10

We had a lovely night, food and service was wonderful and we will definitely share our experience with others. The extra touch of the lemon chello was great!

1 review so far 6
06.06.2017 11:22

Excellent food and service!!! Does not feel like your in a restaurant. It feels like home and has a fire place good on winter. Food is reasonably priced.

1 review so far 6
12.08.2016 09:49

Good generous serving, good service and quality food. Very good value for money, nice cosy and intimate atmosphere. I would definitely recommend the restaurant for any occasion.

2 reviews so far 6
24.07.2016 19:29

This is a great family restaurant. Always enjoy a night here. Whether a romantic night out or a casual dinner after the movies, At Fernandos never disappoints.

2 reviews so far 6
27.09.2016 20:16

Lovely helpful staff. True Italian pasta with fresh prawns. Nice wine selection at good value prices. Love this restaurant & recommend it also for special occasions

6 reviews so far 6
16.06.2017 19:55

The birthday deal is absolutely fantastic. Enjoyed the pizzas and pasta and the night was topped off perfectly with a complimentary limoncello. a great little find!

1 review so far 5
26.06.2016 07:03

The food is quite good, big servings, the service is hit or miss. Will definitely return in the future. Ideal for a quick bite to eat before or after the movies

1 review so far 5
17.08.2016 08:41

Great food and pleasant environment. Staff very friendly. We had a lovely antipasto plate and then everyone had either weal fungi (my favourite) or veal gamberoni (veal with prawns). Yum.

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 07:45

had a lovely quiet Sunday lunch with superb food of veal and seafood and finished with a great cup of coffee. The service was excellent

6 reviews so far 6
01.06.2017 14:26

Always love the food here, service is attentive and the ambiance ideal for a nice night out. A place that we like to visit regularly.

1 review so far 6
05.04.2017 08:46

Food and service was excellent. Will definitely dine there again. Waitresses were very friendly and helpful. Menu was excellent with a variety to choose from.

1 review so far 6
07.02.2017 10:38

We had a marvelous dinner, great food, great company , and service was good. Friendly staffs, and very helpful. Will definitely return to eat here.

1 review so far 6
19.10.2016 21:49

Great tasty food and service meals come quickly always enjoy our meals. Nice ambience can sit indoors or outdoors. Fernandos Has a wide menu range.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 12:49

Excellent evening , great food and service We will come back again soon after the movies Great ambiance and prices are reasonable for the location

2 reviews so far 5
05.03.2017 10:14

Delicious meal. Attentive staff. Lots of great menu options. We really enjoyed our meal and would definitely come back. Loved the limoncello to complement the meal at the end.

1 review so far 5
19.02.2017 12:46

We were impressed the seafood was fresh & cooked well the last two times we ate there. The sauce was a bit too salty this time. Service was great.

1 review so far 5
05.10.2016 17:54

Good service, great atmosphere and amazing food. The calamari was the best my partner has ever had. The complimentary limoncello (made by the owner's friend!) was a nice touch.

1 review so far 5
14.07.2017 23:10

Great deal with the movies. Food and service very good. 20% off for going to the movies? Didn't even know when we booked but will definitely go again

1 review so far 5
12.06.2017 09:11

The food at is great, there is a lovely ambience as restaurant is well set out. But service, though pleasant can be slow even when it isn't busy.

1 review so far 5
05.10.2016 07:55

Staff were very friendly and accommodating to our needs. Food was good. Would return on a voucher but thought off the street patronage, menu was a bit expensive.

1 review so far 2
02.07.2017 08:18

Food was good but overall service was poor. Entree dishes left on the table when they served main meal. Asked for clean cutlery they returned to say they had ran out. Asked for an ice bucket didn't have any available at the moment. Also had run out of aranincini balls thought the ingredients for these would be a staple in a restaurant kitchen . Staff were pleasant and polite

1 review so far 3
23.04.2017 20:38

Food was good, service was very bad at the start where the waitress kept ignoring us and wouldn't take our order and the waiters were busy dealing with other customers. However the service got better as the other waiters were friendly and approachable unlike the waitress.

1 review so far 2
22.07.2017 11:40

Service was rough and ready. Lots of wait staff - possibly more staff than customers - but they didn't seem to listen to requests and we had to ask several times for drink orders. And our red wine was slipped over the glass and table when poured. Food was mediocre at best. Meatballs tasted as if they'd been defrosted. On the plus side, I did enjoy my pizza.