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5.3 /6 Excellent 156 Reviews

Chaco Bar

Darlinghurst Japanese $$ +100
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About Chaco Bar

Serving authentic yakitori to Sydney’s hungry masses, Chaco Bar are the masters behind the popular pop-up ramen store in Barangaroo. At their home in Darlinghurst they manifest the spirit of a Japanese izakaya while keeping in style with the happening local businesses in the area. Diners who love biting their food from a stick will feel comfortable eating at Chaco Bar, where the vast majority of entrees are served on skewers (there are other great options too, if you prefer eating with chopsticks). Forget sushi for a while and try Japanese cuisine like you’ve never experienced at this foodie hotspot on Crown Street.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:30 - 21:30
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Thursday 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Friday 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Saturday 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Sunday Closed
Chaco Bar, Crown Street, Darlington 238, NSW 2010 Sydney

Further Information

Chaco Bar in Sydney’s Darlinghurst offers a humble environment that’s representative of the simple yet supremely flavourful food on offer. The idea is that less is more, and by providing a peaceful environment that’s beautiful without being over the top, guests are able to focus more on what really counts – the food. The cuisine itself utilises the same philosophy, offering simple ingredients in a fashion that doesn’t bombard diners with heavy sauces and spices. The result? Superb flavours, unique textures and hordes of happy regulars.

At Chaco Bar on Crown Street in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, guests can sample a number of meats that you can’t find just anywhere. Enjoy pork belly, spicy lamb shoulder, ox tongue, or chicken crackling, all served up appealingly on skewers. Go for the chef’s favourite yakitori selection, including gizzard, heart pipes and grizzle. For more conservative tastes there are some gorgeous versions of Japanese meat, seafood and vegetarian favourites, or drop by Chaco Bar’s pop-up store in Barangaroo to try their delicious take on proper ramen!

CHEF'S CHOICE

156 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 156 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
22.06.2017 10:58

Love the restaurant😋!! Would definitely go back given the chance. The food was amazing and very friendly staff. The restaurant was very clean and sake was the best!

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 08:34

Awesome food with great seasonal menu! Fresh ingredients and some of the dishes has unique tastes to it. Will definitely come back here for sure.

3 reviews so far 6
08.06.2017 22:32

This is a local gem. One of its kind in Sydney. Love the BYO option. Get there early so you don't miss out on all Yakitori options.

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 10:09

The absolute BEST Yakatori in Sydney. Chaco Bar is an incredibly authentic experience, transporting you back to the Izakaya's littering the alleys of Shinjuku and Shibuya. The staff are welcoming and friendly, and were more than helpful in picking out Sake and Sochu. The food is some of, if not, the best Yakatori we've had (yes including in Japan). All the dishes were excellent and moreish. The John Dory tiger prawn dumplings, silky miso eggplant, and Enoki and pork roll were some of our favourites. But oh my, the chicken crackling! It is exactly what is sounds like and it is awesome, get it. For the quality of food, it is certainly reasonably priced. We will be back, many times. This place is our new favourite restaurant. :D

1 review so far 3
17.01.2016 16:29

We've been here twice. Most recently on 16th January 2016 for a friend's birthday. The food is good, probably more on the salty side, but it is an Izakaya after all and the food is meant to be complimented with alcohol. We highly recommend the crispy chicken skewer if you were to dine here, but the service definitely left much to be desired. One of the waitresses didn't seem pleased to take our order, probably because we had booked for 6, but at the last minute, one within our party couldn't make it and the other was late. It was busy on the night we visited, we ordered rice balls at 7:20pm, but it didn't make it to the table till 8:15pm. By 8:00pm, we were reminded that we needed to vacate our seats by 8:15pm, and that if we wanted to eat the cake we brought for our friend's birthday (paying a cakage fee for that privilege) we will need to have it alongside the rice balls we were still waiting on. We had our bill plonked on the table by a member of staff at 8:10pm (still no rice balls), by which time we had decided to either cancel the order or have it take away. At 8:15pm, the rice balls were packed into a take away box and given to us. ...We can only eat as fast as we receive the food, so we vacated our table and ate our last dish hovering around our cars, on the street (which is also where we had the birthday cake). I must say, the service is very un-Japanese. For the money we paid, and the subsequent service we received, we will never come back. I'm sure we will find other Izakaya's with similar quality food. Special thank you to one particular female waitress on the night, out of the 5 different staff we interacted with, she was the friendliest and the only reason why we didn't walk out at 8:10pm without paying for the rice balls.

1 review so far 5
04.09.2016 10:22

Small but cosy. Staff are polite and attentive. Beautiful food including but not limited to pipis, scallop, chicken heart skewer, tuna and pig's ear tataki. You can feel the scallop bursts in your mouth with the perfect tenderness and freshness of the sea. Chicken heart is tender to the extent that I thought it was not cooked enough at the first bite. Pipis have plump sweet meat and full of flavour mixed with intriguing scents from herbs. Tuna and pig's ear tataki presents the excellent combination of crispiness and tenderness, between which there's is mouthful of coriander, sesame and a hint of spiciness that brings this dish to another level. John Dory and king prawn dumplings came with a lot of chilli on the top, although it doesn't mention the word "spicy" in the menu, so we had to return it. I highly recommend green tea to go with the skewers if you don't drink alcohol. It was a great dining experience for us. We will definitely go more often.

1 review so far 6
17.10.2016 14:13

We went for the Yakitori. Having just been to Japan, I was surprised and impressed with the quality and how authentic everything was. Not just the food, but the alcohol and service as well. The waitresses and chef were all super-polite and very hospitable. The premise was small but this only added to the 'authentic' japanse experience. Everything from the grill was the perfect combination of crispy exterior with juicy deliciousness inside. Would highly recommend the following dishes: - House made sizzling gyoza - Okra w/ bonito flake ponzu - Kawa - chicken crackling - Aspara maki - asparagus pork - Melanda park - organic pork belly - Teba - Wings 10/10 would eat again. We're keen to come back and try out the Ramen next time! Make sure to try the Ume-shu plum wine and the Lemon Yuzu Wine!

1 review so far 6
02.09.2016 14:16

Amazing decor, ambience and customer service like no other. Chaco Bar never disappoints! Undoubtedly the best gyoza in Sydney, served sizzling in an iron-cast pan and caramelised skewers are grilled to absolute perfection. Try the chicken crackling it is the perfect amount of fat, crunch and melt in your mouth goodness! Hands down one of my favourite places to eat!

1 review so far 5
08.06.2017 09:48

The Chaco Bar is a tiny and very cozy restaurant. The food is authentic and everything we tried (which was the Chefs Skewers as well as Gyoza, Edamame and all kinds of other Skewers) was delicious. It is the typical Japanese 'simple dishes done to perfection' thing. Would recommend anytime! For being such a small restaurant it wasn't as loud as I expected.

1 review so far 6
06.06.2017 10:00

Brilliant yakitori that is quintessentially Japanese and of very high quality. There is always something new to try on the menu at Chaco Bar, great specials, staff are generous and welcoming and always eager to explain the dishes on the menu, great hospitality & atmosphere, have never been disappointed.

1 review so far 6
20.07.2016 15:11

Love everything about this place. Food is amazing and we never run to anything that we dont like. Very cosy and Japanese bar vibe. Price is reasonable for the quality and quantity of food you get there. Owner is also very warm and welcoming, often coming out of his kitchen by the end of the night talking to customers and offering them sake tasting;) I have brought so many friends there and everyone loves it just as much as I do. One of the best Izakaya in Sydney if not the best!

1 review so far 6
01.03.2017 12:06

Love this place!! Feel I am back in my local in Japan where I lived for 18 years. have been for ramen night (the BEST ramen I had in a very long time) and for the yakitori. All great. a good range of sakes - delightful staff and great atmosphere. I've been twice this month and will be returning again soon. Also love the fact that I can make a reservation for 2 there - am tired of places where I have to wait in line.

2 reviews so far 6
03.10.2015 10:36

Chaco bar is a quaint, but authentic little Japanese bar. While the skewers come slow and steady you get them fresh of the grill which is really nice. We got a mix of skewers, my favourites were the chicken crackling, the miso eggplant and the chicken heart (it's smothered in a tasty herby sauce). The rice ball w/ cod was beautiful too. Favourite drinks included the yuzu wine and the hibiki 17yo whiskey. Our new favourite neighbourhood spot!

2 reviews so far 6
03.07.2016 16:40

The food and atmosphere at Chaco Bar was brilliant. There were five of us that shared a long table with other guests. A cool and intimate affair. The yakitori was the highlight of the meal. Would definitely recommend.

1 review so far 4
09.10.2015 22:48

Chaco Bar is a tiny dimly lit yakitori eatery which feels just right. It has real character.The skewers of chicken served on a bed of cabbage are moreish, the small dishes delightful,and the service friendly. Umeshu(plum wine) my drink of choice , flowed freely on the night of my visit. A return visit is on the cards!

2 reviews so far 6
13.04.2016 08:31

Love Chaco bar! Have been here several times and it just keeps getting better. Went for my partner's birthday. This visit we tried the new wagyu jerky with yuzu dipping sauce and the asparagus with miso butter. Both were really tasty. We of course got a lot of skewers, chicken hearts (with a green herby coating), pork belly and chicken thigh being our favourites. Great local izakaya!

1 review so far 5
10.01.2017 07:49

We had a great experience at the Chaco Bar. Food was authentic and the staff was friendly. The only downfall of this place is that it is too small. You must make a reservation to guarantee a table.

1 review so far 6
24.10.2015 16:10

What a great spot. The service was fantastic and the food authentic. We loved the snapper sashimi (with truffle!), prawn sliders and miso fish. Amazing! And then of course the yakitori - wagyu tongue, chicken heart, liver - we can't wait to go back and try more. To top it off, it had one of our fav japanese drinks - yuzu wine!

1 review so far 5
30.10.2016 19:35

Quaint little yakitori bar. Been here a few times. The food was cooked well and the green plum drink I had was delicious. I cannot remember the names of the dishes and they do seem to change their menu from time to time. My favourite dish was always going to be the 62degree egg chicken skewer. The only gripe was being served our food after other diners who ordered after us.

1 review so far 6
06.11.2016 14:12

It's small but there's no stinging on food or service. The menu is diverse with chicken heart pork belly and pipis on offer; there were fine dining specials and "cheap eats" options. We had a gorgeous vegetarian dish with eggplant, which my daughter usually won't eat, cooked in a perfect blend of charred and salty tastes. Great she said.

1 review so far 5
12.10.2015 05:47

Such a great little restaurant, full of so many delicious, interesting and random foods on the menu - all amazing tasting! Great customer service, and a really great set up considering the limited size factor of the restaurant on a whole. Fantastic way to meet people and immerse in conversation. Definitely recommend people book in and check it out. :) My partner and I will most certainly be back!!

1 review so far 6
21.11.2015 19:57

Perfect food and atmosphere! The heart of the menu is the wonderful charcoal grill and the flavour can be found in almost every dish. We were welcomed by owner Keita and treated perfect! I have an allergy for soy and he was able to help me perfectly (I survived!). We will be back!

2 reviews so far 6
31.05.2016 08:19

We just love Chaco Bar. The food is delicious and service so friendly. I feel happy just thinking about the sake and yakatori. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
25.06.2016 08:39

We had a wonderful experience here last night. Our meal presented us overall with great tasting food and attentative service. The grilled pork and asparagus was our favorite. The green plum punch was also a winner - a wonderful balance of refreshing flavours. We enjoyed the cosy atmosphere with the large communal table. Would definitely be back!

1 review so far 5
02.10.2016 13:00

We had a great dinner at Chaco Bar, it has a great atmosphere and the food was fantastic, service a little slow but friendly. Booking helpful as small

2 reviews so far 6
27.10.2016 06:35

Great service, sake and food - everything ordered is recommendable! If gizzards aren't your thing at least try the chicken skins - crispy goodness. Specials like truffle on kingfish were great - super fresh! Went twice in a month and super keen to try ramen next!

1 review so far 5
15.07.2016 07:14

The food was very good, and was well priced. Service was acceptable, the ambience was good but they were slightly unpunctual with our booking and due to the small size of the place there is nowhere to wait. Would I go again? Not desperate too as it did not knock my socks off.

1 review so far 6
09.10.2016 17:12

The food was great. Their yakitori was the best I have had in Sydney. I always find it hard to find good Japanese, but I think I have found my new favourite place for dinner. I loved their Japanese drink list as well

2 reviews so far 5
24.10.2016 20:31

Ordered lots of food and they were all amazing! Our favourites were the tuna belly and pigs ear tataki, tsukune meatballs with 62 degree egg, chicken crackling and pork belly yakitori. It was all so tasty and good quality ingredients. Great atmosphere and friendly staff, would definitely recommend!

1 review so far 5
12.04.2017 16:44

The awesome thing is, you can order just ONE of each skewer and since there was only 3 of us dining, We got one of each skewer to share and got to try alot. It was ALL good. Everything was fresh and authentic and flavoursome and exciting.

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 07:29

Excellent food in a cool, casual environment. The black cod was especially delicious as were the prawn sliders. It's tough to get an actual separate table so be ready to sit at the big middle table in bar-like seating.

1 review so far 6
26.05.2016 21:55

We were in a hurry and we got there late! They managed to serve really good food with a smile and fast. Amazing service and great food - we will definitely go back for a much more leisurely experience

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 11:50

Very nice, small and cosy restaurant with great food! Loved their taro chips and miso eggplant skewers! Also ordered the chef's 6 skewers which were a great selection of skewers. The chicken crackling was delicious and highly recommend!

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 15:40

I really enjoyed our dining experience. The food was really good, portion size was great so it meant we could try many dishes and service was spot on. I will definitely be coming back with my friends.

1 review so far 6
02.11.2016 20:40

Probably the best Japanese place I've visited in Sydney. We tried different types of skewers which were amazing including heart and asparagus which I normally wouldn't order. There was nothing we didn't like, will definitely go back.

1 review so far 5
25.07.2016 08:36

Have been here on a number of occassions. However, have never tried dinner until now. The service and food was amazing. A very unique experience and a very different kind of Japanese restaurant. Would recommend it if people are looking for an unique experience.

1 review so far 6
08.09.2016 12:19

Awesome little restaurant. Service was swift and unimposing. The food was delicious, as was the one tap beer they have on offer (there's plenty more bottled options). It's only small so be sure to book ahead.

1 review so far 6
30.04.2016 08:10

We we're party of five and had a fantastic dinner, the yakitori's were delicious, the squid entree vetry tender and the squid ink aioli was yum, staff were very friendly and a great atmosphere, highly recommend

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 10:33

Food was excellent and the staff very friendly and attentive. I particularly enjoyed the variety of offal skewers on offer. Great range of sake and Japanese whisky as well. One of my new Sydney favourites.

1 review so far 5
02.04.2017 09:58

Lovely little Japanese restaurant just down from Oxford St. The food was absolutely delicious and a decent wine list too. It's small so be prepared to sit nice and close to other patrons along the shared tables. Staff are friendly and attentive.

1 review so far 6
20.07.2016 21:24

Love this place. Intimate, good sake selection, a whole bunch of yakitori options, from a standard chicken to spiced lamb and even chicken hearts. Gyoza looked amazing - I'll be back for those next time.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 08:08

went with a few of my friends for dinner. The service was great and the food didn't take too long to come out. Everything I ordered was delicious. Highly recommend for a Japanese izakaya atmosphere!

1 review so far 5
20.05.2017 19:21

Great food! All dishes we ordered were wonderfully prepared. Be warn though the bar is quite small so you definitely need to book to get a table. The set up of the bar reminds me of the the small eateries in Tokyo!

1 review so far 6
15.10.2015 09:19

Amazing, small Japanese restaurant with very tasty, interesting food and great sake. We were very impressed, and I was happy with the booking system too (which is necessary because it's so small and popular).

1 review so far 5
25.02.2017 15:36

Good food and service was ok. The prawns entree was delicious and really enjoyed the plum cocktail. Was about $50 a head with drinks for 4 people. As it's quite a small restaurant, we found it got a bit loud.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2017 23:52

Love the food and great staff. We can't hold our hands and mouth. We ordered nearly $300 food and drinks for 4 of us. Will come back for more food and drinks. Thanks.

1 review so far 6
26.06.2016 23:33

Great value, atmosphere and food. A neighbourhood gem! Not many Japanese places specialising in Yakitori, so quite a treat. And only 50m to the Eternity Playhouse theatre... perfect for a pre-show meal!

1 review so far 6
25.11.2016 09:06

The food was amazing! Very traditional and simple flavours. My favourite meal was the Pork Belly & Wagyu tongue. I had never had sake before and definitely matched well with the yakitori.

2 reviews so far 6
03.06.2016 10:08

Lovely envionment, excellent food as always!! Small restaurant where they simulate the actual atmosphere in Japan and they nailed it! Cannot really make any bad comment for them!:) love you chaco bar!

1 review so far 5
22.09.2016 21:38

This is our first visit and we really enjoy it. The dishes we love most are the snapper sashimi ,the miso black cod and everything about the skewers - the wagyu tongue, asparagus pork, pink centered liver, thigh...