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4.8 /6 Excellent 31 Reviews

Lavana Restaurant

Dawes Point Spanish, Tapas $$ +100
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About Lavana Restaurant

Right by the water in Walsh Bay, one of the most buzzing areas of Sydney, Lavana Restaurant is a tapas treat to behold. This is an excellently located restaurant – right on Hickson Road in Dawes Point – and seeing as it’s right opposite the Sydney Theatre Company, Lavana Restaurant makes the perfect pre or post-theatre grazing spot. The tapas menu is curious and moorish, but there’s also an additional mains menu if small plates and sharing isn’t quite your style. And, of course – as you would expect from any top draw Spanish restaurant – the wine list is long. We love Lavana.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 07:30 - 00:00
  • Sunday 07:30 - 16:00
Lavana Restaurant, Hickson Road 6/17, 2000 Sydney

Further Information

Sydney is not short of culinary choice, but if you’re around Dawes Point, Walsh Bay or you just fancy some Spanish cuisine that is going to put rather a large smile on your face, then Lavana Restaurant is where you need to be. It’s a fantastic little eatery nestled on Hickson Road with plenty of outdoor seating for diners to soak up the atmosphere. The pre-theatre atmosphere, that is, as Lavana is right opposite the Sydney Theatre Company and thus popular among hungry theatre goers. Service is always warm and comes with knowledge and flair. At this gem of Dawes Point you will be made to feel most welcome.

Highlights of the excellent Spanish tapas menu include the lamb ribs marinated in wild honey, thyme and fresh chilli, as well as the seared scallops with pomegranate and the grilled baby octopus. If that sounds a little too meaty, the oven baked feta and grilled figs are as dreamy as they sound. To highlight any one dish on the menu of larger mains is tough because the whole thing radiates quality, but just for you, the lobster ravioli in special sauce is a winner. Complement any of this with one of Lavana’s fine wines – there are some from international vineyards as well as some closer to home – and you’re going to be seriously impressed. Reserve a table now and enjoy some of the best Spanish cuisine in Sydney.


31 Reviews

4.8 /6 Excellent 31 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: delicious
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1 review so far 6
30.08.2017 07:23

Fine food, great ambience. We enjoyed tapas, prawns, lamb kofta, mushrooms, and figs with jamon. The pitta bread and olive oil is a great accompaniment. Nice wine (pinor noir) by the glass. Friendly service; our waiter was kind enough to tolerate our schoolyard Spanish. Great value, great location. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 10:59

Excellent range of tapas and main meals, nearly everything on the tapas menu gluten free. Lovely location by the water, service excellent, wine by the glass a very generous serve.

1 review so far 6
10.08.2017 19:14

Lovely and friendly service from all of the staff on the day. Although you were extremely busy it was attentive and kept us informed. Delicious food and look forward to coming back again!

1 review so far 6
03.08.2017 08:46

Food, service and location was perfect for a light enjoyable meal prior to the theatre. I will definitely return to Lavana when we go to our next play.

1 review so far 6
30.04.2017 08:50

Great location looking out across the marina. No road noise. The service was caring, friendly and efficient. Four of us enjoyed seven tapas dishes accompanied by a very good Riesling. A delicious way to enjoy different tastes without overeating. Highly recommended for lunch or evening. Perfect for pre-theatre.

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 07:54

Amazing! Great food and the staff were very attentive and lovely people. We had a variety of the tapas and we loved the scallops the best. Lovely to sit by the water and a really great environment. Great for a casual, relaxed dining experience.

1 review so far 5
09.07.2017 13:53

Welcoming service. Great food. We chose four Tapas dishes which arrived more or less together but as it was a cold evening by the time we got to the last two dishes they were cold. Otherwise an enjoyable meal. Would definitely return

2 reviews so far 4
16.07.2017 09:00

The tasting plates were all very good but the service was poor with very slow and confused delivery of the dishes. Management seemed truly apologetic and I expect the problem might have been new staff and the theatre rush hour. Value was good and I expect we will return.

1 review so far 3
15.10.2017 11:00

Great location. Friendly service, however, the portions are very small which is disappointing. So not particularly good value for money. For example the $10 pitta bread came with one piece of pitta (sliced), 3 olives and two very small containers of paste (houmous and ??). The Haloumi dish had three pieces of haloumi. We were a party of four. The owner/manager was particularly unsmiling.

3 reviews so far 6
16.07.2017 13:25

We always love coming here pre theatre. The food is great and the service is friendly. I am sure we will book again. Have told our friends to do the same.

3 reviews so far 6
17.07.2017 08:57

The location is beautiful, overlooking the water. The service staff are extremely competent and the food was great. Would recommend this place for a wonderful tapas meal.

2 reviews so far 5
05.07.2017 17:23

We enjoyed a great meal, great service and a wonderful view. We chose items from the tapas and main menu, which provided the opportunity to share a variety of foods and flavours.

2 reviews so far 5
26.08.2017 18:37

Lavana has a lovely tapas section that's good to share with friends. The staff is friendly and attentive and are happy to advise you and bring you the beverage of your choice.

1 review so far 6
22.03.2017 08:27

We were the only diners on a wet Tuesday night. Excellent tapas and friendly service in pleasant surroundings with a nice view of Walsh Bay.

1 review so far 5
27.03.2017 08:45

Great location, the food was enjoyable and there is a good range of dishes to select from. The staff were friendly and the bill was reasonable. I'd dine here again.

1 review so far 3
06.05.2017 11:30

Restaurant is in a great location opposite the Ros Packer Theatre and on the pier affording water views. The staff were friendly and efficient but the food is only just ok with a confused greek/spaniish/Turkish mixture of tastes. Wine was good but expensive... a $20 bottle shop shiraz was $54.

1 review so far 5
07.06.2017 16:53

Great seafood plater fpr two, wonderful service. Would recommend this restaurant especially as a pre-theatre dinner. Wine was ok although did have some mistakes on the wine list.

1 review so far 5
11.08.2017 14:23

Great food, great service and beautiful location. Couldn't ask for more. We shared so,w talks dishes - all delicious and generous portions. Good wine list too

1 review so far 5
22.09.2017 23:18

The staff were very friendly staff and dishes were great value. A perfect location on the wharf and a great place for a post show feed.

1 review so far 5
21.08.2017 07:37

pre-theatre nosh, VERY nice tapas. enjoyable. there were 4 of us and so we shared about 6 dishes. each of the dishes we had were great.