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The Cookhouse

Randwick Bar $$ +100
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About The Cookhouse

A Randwick icon, both in terms of what’s on offer and the pub and bistro’s beautiful 19th-century setting down Belmore Road, The Cookhouse runs a tight ship packed with modern Australian gastropub fare and entertainment, making it a top destination for the good life in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Craft beers figure big on the drinks menu here, while The Cookhouse’s express lunch selection and a la carte menu, regularly changed, ensures a steady flow of custom throughout the week. Best to book, especially to head off the after-work and weekend rush.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
The Cookhouse, Belmore Road 141 , 2031 Sydney

Further Information

The Cookhouse’s drinks menu begins ambitiously, offering at pole position a tempting selection of signature cocktails. You’ll often see slightly worse for wear but effortlessly chic and sunglassed gaggles sipping on the house Bloody Mary come the weekend, but we like the litre jug of Pimm’s, peach bitters, dry ginger ale and lemonade to share on sunny Sydney days. And, hop heads rejoice, The Cookhouse’s sandstone castle down Randwick’s Belmore Road is known as a stronghold for international craft beers, on tap and bottled. A big list of boutique wines round off a peerless selection of liquid refreshment.

Lunch and dinner is served seven days a week at The Cookhouse, with share plates and tapas particularly popular at this Randwick social hub. Rustic and international, The Cookhouse keeps tapas simple, as it should be, but makes the most of the modern Australian cuilnary approach to present plates brimming with fresh and carefully matched ingredients. Making the most of Sydney’s seafood bounty, dishes like the scallops with morcilla, pea and mascarpone, cauli and Manchego cheese are divine for a light lunch or to share. Sidle up to sliders and sides like lamb shoulder with harissa or the polenta chips with truffled pecorino before attacking The Cookhouse’s larger plates: big appetites will go for the superlative steak selection, while light dishes like the young chicken with ancient grains, pomegranate, green beans and smoked yoghurt add a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean tinge to proceedings.

CHEF'S CHOICE

97 Reviews

4.5 /6 Excellent 97 Reviews
Food: delicious
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
02.07.2017 16:45

Going back for sure. Loved the menu, atmosphere and service. Nearby car parking was free but I recommend getting in early for a parking spot.

5 reviews so far 6
14.02.2017 08:11

We come here for team lunch and always able to make reservations without any problem Food is great, offering variety of choices for everybody $10 lunch deal is a bonus

5 reviews so far 6
14.02.2017 08:10

We came here for team lunch and food is always great $10 lunch deal has lots of choices and best deal Service is great too, very customer orientated

1 review so far 6
10.02.2017 07:58

Great night food great as well as service Family friendly and children's menu We had a table for eight with plenty of room Nice little bar to have a drink if you are waiting on people

1 review so far 4
20.02.2016 20:44

I really liked the food and atmosphere/decor though the pork dish was a tad tough & the cuttlefish was a bit rubbery. The atmosphere was pleasant. The Barrumandi main was delicious. So were the jalapeños entree. The only main issue was the wait staff was disorganised. 3-4 different waitresses came to our table and we didn't know who was for our table. Also there was this waitress with French accent that kept on looking at us and smiling nonstop for no reason. It felt a bit weird. It made me feel uncomfortable as she kept on passing our table and staring & smiling and when she talked to us she talked as if we were mates instead of customers. I just think that they should train the staff a bit more in more professional service. But u would recommend.

1 review so far 4
06.01.2016 06:31

Had a booking at 8pm on a Tuesday which was Eat all you Can Ribs.. and they ran OUT of ribs.. on a the day of their special.. That and the fact that it took 40mins for our order of 3mains and 1 side to arrive when there were a lot of empty tables around. Ive been to restaurants and bars where ive received my order for 5 -8 dishes faster than that. For the price i expected better. Other than those everything else, the waitresses and the quality of the food were very friendly and on point. The place has a very nice ambience and unique interior designs. Would probably call next time first though to make sure they havent ran out of any dishes that i am looking forward to.

1 review so far 5
29.01.2016 18:02

I booked a lunch for a work colleague's farewell via Quandoo. This is my second time using an online booking service .. the other was Dimmi... The Cookhouse do not seem to be aware of bookings made online. Even though the booking was not in their handwritten book - fortunately there was a table available. The lunch specials are attractively priced and served to the table of eight in good time. The selection we had made were all fresh and delicious. It was an easy and enjoyable occasion. I recommend that you book via phone to be 100% certain.

1 review so far 5
21.07.2016 11:33

This is the most successful incarnation of a food place in the splendid old sandstone building on Belmore Road. Gastro pub with the odd arm chair, stressed furniture, a bar that can be sat at (or near) and a reasonably varied menu. Not particularly cheap but not so outrageous. Food OK. I had the confit of duck leg ragout - hint of chilli and good portion. Young Henry is the beer to drink.

3 reviews so far 6
14.06.2016 17:03

Great experience - top food and delicious menu which made selecting difficult. For a Friday night it was more like a bar/pub than a restaurant (which was fine), so expect a hip crowd and louder music. It's more sedate at other times. The desserts were great. Pasta a little overlooked, but a tasty duck Ragu saved it. Thank you!

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 19:10

I have been to The Cookhouse a couple of times now and have never been disappointed. It has a relaced atmosphere with funky tunes. The food is great gastro pub style that is well cooked, not overcomplicated and delicious. The staff are friendly and they have the best Espresso Martinis in town!!!

1 review so far 6
19.08.2016 07:27

Good service good food cosy environment! What else you need ! Came with friends foe book club meeting, and needed a relatively quite place,and surprisingly Cookehouse met all our requirements , but may be it was quite because Monday night is not busy. Overall great place to eat drink and chat

1 review so far 5
30.06.2016 09:43

Four of us enjoyed tapas for entree and then had our own mains. We shared duck rolls, mushies with bernaise sauce and prawns saganaki. All good. The special of the day was steak and chips. It hot the thumbs up as did the vegetarian ravioli. The only disappointment was risotto. Very bland and not creamy. Service was good.

1 review so far 6
21.02.2016 09:47

Great service and good food helped make a birthday lunch very enjoyable. Were seated downstairs with a good through breeze on a hot day. Traffic can be a little noisy but not enough to interrupt conversation. Upstairs looked great for a private function - would go back.

1 review so far 4
20.01.2017 20:02

Good suburban restaurant , central location and plenty of parking in the shopping centers . The food is tasty but it's just that ! Not a great presentation and if you want anything extra , sauce for the lunch special $10 steak , you need to pay . The staff anew very attentative and polite . Overall a. Ice experience in the hearth of Randwick ! Do recommend it !

1 review so far 3
28.08.2016 19:48

The service was extremely slow and the only 2 wait staff that appeared to be working on the night were very busy. It took a considerable amount of time to be served and asked what we would like to drink and order as far as food goes. We also had to take into consideration the length of time it would take to order more drinks when we wanted to. The food was quite good when we received it, however i would not recommend tapas if you want a proper dinner there.

2 reviews so far 6
21.08.2016 20:38

We were a party of 5. Two in their 80s, one in early 50s. one in 40s and one age 9. All 5 of us were happy with meals ..... impressive!!! and good service to boot! Gotta rate it 10/10.

1 review so far 3
04.06.2017 21:57

my first impression was shabby in a quaint way, staff was attentive and very pleasant, although not a full house for Friday lunch it was still incredibly noisy and impossible to have a conversation, they must be doing something right as the tables turned over frequently with diners having the $10 express lunch, we also ordered the $10 sirloin with chips, my medium rare was well cooked but flavour was good and what to expect for $10

1 review so far 6
17.02.2016 08:46

Dinner 16th Feb. We arrived to be greeted by very friendly staff. Our service was great and the food, fabulous. Fresh and cooked very well. The restaurant was full and we will be there again soon!!!

1 review so far 5
27.08.2016 14:38

Food was great, service amazing even though there was only one guy doing the upstairs bar, taking food orders and delivering same. He coped beautifully and was so quick and attentive. We had an lovely night - we are an older couple 60+.

1 review so far 1
22.08.2016 07:29

My guest and myself were very disappointed with the food at the cook house. The quality used to be very good, but they must have changed the chef and the management? It was a Sunday night and the restaurant was quite empty. There were 5-6 tables (inlcuding ours) and a few others at the bar. Most of them ordered only drinks I think, couldn't see any food on their table. We ordered salon sashimi as our starter and what came out was a poorly presented and foul smelling 4 chunks of salmon on a puke of shaved daikon. The main took forever to come out and yet again nothing special (mine was a garden salad). I was going to have salmon as my main, but they've ran out - a blessing in disguise perhaps?! The saving grace for the night was the young man who served us. He was polite and patient, he was the only one running the floor on the night. I'm certain that he knew we weren't happy with the food, especially when we returned 99% of the starter back...I will not go back to the cook house again unless they pull their socks up.

1 review so far 5
14.01.2016 08:44

Very enjoyable experience however as the Cookhouse was busy at the time we had to wait awhile for the lunch to arrive. But overall lovely venue and food. Maybe next time might pre order food due to limited time

1 review so far 6
09.04.2016 09:38

I love the atmosphere at The Cookhouse. The food is really nice. We had some tapas and got some of the 'large plates' to share. I especially loved the pulled lamb risotto!!

1 review so far 3
18.02.2017 08:42

The restaurant was understaffed and we waited for over an hour for our main course. There was also a long wait for the drinks order and the lady at the next table had to wait 45 minutes for a glass of wine to arrive! In general the restaurant was full of disgruntled customers. The food was fine.....nothing amazing, but a good mid week option.

6 reviews so far 3
23.04.2016 10:45

Very disappointing meal. Had to wait 50mins for food after ordering only main courses, and the other tables seemed to have similar waits - not good enough for a Friday evening. Presumably a kitchen issue but no reason or apology given by floor staff, seemed to be no-one co-ordinating. Food itself was bland - mashed potato with saffron quite tasteless. Would not return.

5 reviews so far 5
25.07.2016 08:32

Service is always great here Food is great too, always try the species at $10 which is very cheap and big enough servings We always come here for lunch during the week Nice selection of wine too

2 reviews so far 5
11.01.2017 14:37

The food was excellent but it was one of those stinking hot nights in Sydney and the air conditioning couldn't cope. We will go back though as the food was worth it and the staff were lovely.

1 review so far 5
10.07.2016 21:28

The restaurant has a great ambience with good lighting and modern décor. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and affordable food. Service was good and we were given a table straight away. Great and exciting cocktail list.

1 review so far 4
13.08.2016 00:34

The food was great but the service was very slow and the waiters were not very professional. We had to ask for our bottle of wine to be opened , and to check on our food as we were served food one hour after arrival.

1 review so far 6
11.04.2016 06:20

Excellent. Really good food. Great atmosphere. We were upstairs which was nice, looking out over the street. Maybe live music like a guitarist would be good upstairs. Nothing too intrusive.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 09:23

Beautiful food, yet the lobster ravioli was quite rich- next time I'll get the entree size. My dinner mates also ate only half their risottos. $10 cocktails between 4-7pm were an awesome way to start!

1 review so far 4
18.05.2017 14:58

The food was very good and enjoyed by everyone and we didn't have to wait long. However the veg was delayed and the waitress forgot to get our coffees at the end. Live music was too loud and limited conversation on Sunday night.

1 review so far 5
21.06.2016 15:21

Staff provided great customer service. Food was serviced quick so didn't have to wait long. Took awhile to get their attention for the bill but once it was address it didn't take much longer.

1 review so far 5
09.06.2017 08:12

Always have great food choice and lunch specials offering variety of menu for everyone including vegetarian They have fast , consistent and excellent service , always happy to bring new guests to the establishment

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 11:31

Lovely place, pleasant staff, nice steak! We go all the time and feel very welcome. Sometimes the steak is a bit hit and miss but recently it's been cooked great and always tasty!

1 review so far 5
09.07.2017 09:25

Great service, good food reasonably priced. Loved the many gluten free options as my mum is a celiac. Salmon with gnocchi had fantastic flavours and the serving size of the salmon was huge.

1 review so far 5
24.11.2016 19:01

Great food, well cooked and a varied menu. Also good wine choices with long "Happy Hour" from 4pm until 7pm. Ambient atmosphere in an unusual building and with friendly, competant wait staff.

1 review so far 6
15.01.2016 08:00

We regularly go to The Cookhouse for meals and for Thursday night's trivia. Always good food, friendly staff and a fun atmosphere. Would definitely recommend :)

1 review so far 5
16.04.2016 10:08

Relaxed friendly service, interesting food, pleasant atmosphere. Very popular place in top location so book early. Great range of drinks and cocktails reduced during happy hour for both bar and restaurant.

1 review so far 3
23.05.2016 09:13

I used to be a big fan of this place, but the service was very ordinary on my most recent visit. Too many tables squashed into the main dining room making the flow awkward. Food is good, but, there needs to be more options that are not all fried food options.

1 review so far 6
02.03.2016 08:06

Great food and great service. The staff really went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. We will be back!

1 review so far 6
30.09.2016 17:45

Great value lunch and friendly staff, we would definitely return in the future. We had a large group and they looked after us very well

1 review so far 5
20.02.2017 09:57

Friendly staff and prompt service. A little live music happening in the corner - always nice. Food was up to expectations. Have always liked the historic feel of the venue

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 07:14

Amazing food, lovely atmosphere and charming staff. This is not one of our favorite places to visit for dinner, thank you for a lovely evening.

1 review so far 6
31.07.2016 22:20

Great food, great service and great ambience - thank you for a lovely evening, we will definitely be visiting again in the very near future

1 review so far 5
14.07.2016 08:22

Great Wed night deal - $15 steaks with chips! Sauces are extra $3. great atmosphere - would go again! nice place for a casual dinner. good menu with tapas options.

1 review so far 4
15.10.2016 15:19

Atmosphere was great and relaxed. Staff were friendly and attentive. Food could be good but is trying to hard to be fancy, turn it down a notch to just be more like up market pub food instead.

1 review so far 3
12.04.2016 18:56

I was disappointed in my meal - the haloumi cheese was far too salty and parts of most of the pieces were burnt. The rocket leaves that came with it were very wilted. The previous time I had this same dish, I did not experience these issues at all.

1 review so far 5
23.10.2016 23:28

Ate there for a birthday meal. $10 lunch deal was good value, and it's available every day including weekends! Music was wonderful. A lovely little place to go eat.

1 review so far 5
06.06.2016 09:41

Good location, good service and very reasonably priced lunch! Thoroughly enjoyed a unhurried catch up lunch with an out of town friend for lunch. Very pleasant staff and atmosphere.

2 reviews so far 5
09.01.2017 17:49

What's not to love at this place! The food is delicious and there's something for everyone (including the fussiest of eaters like me). Will definitely be going back again!