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4.9 /6 Excellent 184 Reviews

El Bulli

Surry Hills Spanish, Tapas $$$ +100
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About El Bulli

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Tapas, tapas, and more tapas are what’s cooking at Sydney’s El Bulli, the city’s premier location for authentic Spanish cuisine. Found on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Goodlet, just moments from Central in buzzing Surry Hills, El Bulli has become a popular location for live entertainment as well as a hotspot for great Spanish food. Also lending its stylish setting to private functions, El Bulli provides a multi-purpose restaurant in the heart of Sydney.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 17:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 16:00 - 00:00
El Bulli, Elizabeth Street 504, 2010 Sydney

Further Information

One of Sydney’s most well-known Spanish restaurants, El Bulli on Surry Hills’ Elizabeth Street has become famous for its friendly service, exquisite Spanish cuisine, live entertainment events, and rustic setting. Featuring exposed brick walls, wooden tables, candles and dim lighting, the restaurant feels sultry and romantic, making it an ideal location for a night of elegance. The beverage menu only adds to this feeling, with a large selection of some of the best red wine available in Sydney, as well as several varieties of delicious homemade sangria.

While drinking (or perhaps guzzling) your beverage of choice, you’re encouraged to start with a number of nibbles like pan con tomate (toasted ciabatta rubbed with garlic, tomato and sea salt), almendras tostadas (toasted seasoned almonds) and esparragos con jamon (asparagus spears wrapped in Iberico ham with balsamic glaze). Like your food on a stick? Then make sure to try the pinchitos de pollo, skewered chicken that’s been slowly marinated in a savoury chimichurri sauce, topped with fresh lemon. For big appetites, we recommend mains like the classic Spanish paella, which features seafood, chicken and chorizo. Make a reservation for an incredible Spanish dining experience in the heart of Sydney’s Surry Hills.


184 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 184 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
17.10.2017 11:39

This restaurant is more than just a food experience. You get a real feel for the Spanish culture and the staff are incredibly kind Food is also amazing and the live band tops it off!

1 review so far 6
17.09.2017 15:29

Excellent staff and great good and the fantastic atshopheme and happy to go and recommend to others for parties and just a nice dinner out with mates and family

1 review so far 6
31.08.2017 10:40

The food, service and experience was absolutely spectacular! Wait staff were very helpful and made some perfect suggestions. I would recommend the paella! Went down an absolute treat!

1 review so far 6
16.08.2017 07:07

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service. Easy to find and get to. You can't go past the meatballs, chat potatoes and the seasoned fillet of steak

3 reviews so far 6
28.02.2017 11:12

I've been to El Bulli multiple times, including my birthday and am never disappointed. Definitely the best Spanish food in Sydney and the nicest waitresses. Food comes out almost immediately. If you are ordering the paella, they say the waiting time is about 45 minutes, but it usually comes within the half hour. I would order this first thing if you are planning on the paella, even before deciding on the rest of the your meals.

1 review so far 5
25.01.2016 08:13

Overall excellent, only negative points for music from band being way too loud for a restaurant, We had to shout across the table to be able to have a converstion, most the time unable to even converse with the person directly oppositte seated. The King Prawns in the Paella tasted extremely strong and very dry and chewy, as though they were quite old and had been defrosted. Same with the BBQ baby Octopus. (Both amongst my favourite all time dishes) All other meals were fantastic, quickly served, excellent table staff, very friendly, food was great, drinks were very well made, though a little on the high end price wise. Overall we had a fantastic time, with great service and excellent food, will be happilly returning soon. :)

1 review so far 6
17.04.2016 08:17

Wow last night was my first time at El Bulli and it was such a beautiful restaurant! I am completely impressed! The food had amazing favour with generous portions and the inside of the restaurant was Spanishly authentic in its decoré. Cannot wait to go back for more!

1 review so far 5
29.10.2016 12:57

Loved the food at El Bulli ! It was a Sunday night so it wasn't too busy but with just the right amount of people. It was also paella night which was also great. And yay for Sangrias ! The staff were also really helpful with letting us know how big portions were and their recommendations.

1 review so far 4
02.07.2017 15:26

We had a great night, but we were seated right next to the band, so it was very difficult to talk to eachother, and I was facing the band so I had a spotlight directly in my eye all night! After dinner we moved to the back room and were much more comfortable there. Also we ordered paella but unfortunately it was not great, perhaps it had been kept warm while we finished tapas? We clearly ordered way too many tapas and did not have enough room left to eat the paella. We had to ask for fresh plates for the paella too, which took a while to come. Anyway we will know better next time! Not too many tapas, and ask for a table further away from the band.

1 review so far 5
17.08.2016 09:16

My friends and I decided to try El Bulli as we'd heard great things- we were not disappointed! The service was great and the food, delicious. Great to hear and see a live music act being employed to entertain us as we ate- definitely helped build the atmosphere! Would definitely go back!

1 review so far 6
09.01.2017 20:53

I always enjoy El Bulli. The service is good, the good is delicious and the ambience is awesome. I don't come here often but when I do I always have a great time and a lovely meal.

1 review so far 6
10.12.2016 19:09

Potatoes el Bulli are to die for. The spicy lamb pieces, the potato croquettes and the gnocchi - OMG!!! If you've never been to El Bulli - it's a must! My husband loved the sangria too

1 review so far 5
29.09.2016 13:06

having not been to El Bulli for some time our return visit was enjoyable, the tapas and paella were fantastic, the atmosphere great and the service was just the right level of attentiveness. Even better that we went on paella night (sunday).

2 reviews so far 6
03.06.2017 12:32

Once again, El Bulli delivered! Beautiful atmosphere, friendly staff and amazing food! We love, love the food (especially lamb, garlic prawns, chicken skewers, potatoes , chorizos and churros) as well as sangria!

1 review so far 5
13.12.2015 19:20

Margaritas were very good, also food quality and taste pretty amazing, rather small coursers (you could have probably summed the 9-course menu up as a 3-course menu) but we'll definitely give "El Bulli" another try sometime soon :-D

1 review so far 4
25.05.2016 16:34

Overall it was a nice experience but... We had to wait 30 minutes for our table, at your bar, which was way too crowded. When we got seated, we ordered way too much food and within 10 minutes we asked if we could cancel some thay hadn't started cooking and she said no because they had started everything and we knew most definitely that it hadn't all, considering we didn't recieve some diches like prawns and mussels until min 21 hour in to the dinner. I didn't appreciate that but still enjoyed the night.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 10:23

A favourite restaurant of our family. Friendly service, a great range of tasty tapas and a good atmosphere too. We always enjoy the sangria too. We love going to El Bulli!!

1 review so far 6
25.01.2016 09:14

Always good service. Always good food. Always great sangria. El Bulli provides atmosphere that cant be copied anywhere else. Id suggest the potato dishes. There are three to choose from.

1 review so far 6
14.02.2016 15:14

It's a very special valentine's day for me and my wife having lunch at El Bulli. As always, their Paella is big and fabulous! Will definitely go back there again!

1 review so far 6
29.06.2016 12:27

Food, service and overall atmosphere is always amazing :) The quality and flavours of the food at El Bulli is to die for. Don't even think twice about booking.