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5.0 /6 Excellent 97 Reviews

The Roosevelt

Potts Point Bar $$$$ +100
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About The Roosevelt

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In a post-Mad Men world, the timeless elegance of 60’s New York and Hollywood lives on in a tiny portion of Sydney’s Potts Point. A chic, glamorous portal to the past, The Roosevelt conjures up smoke clouds billowing from men’s pipes and clouds of spritzed perfume following coiffed beauties. Serving classic dining options inspired by fine American dining in the heyday of macho men and femme fatales, freshly caught oysters, shucked to order, grilled prawn with garlic butter and charred octopus touch on the refined approach to cooking, and seafood in particular at Orwell Street’s The Roosevelt.

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 15:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
The Roosevelt, Orwell Street 32, 2011 Sydney

Further Information

For diners in Potts Point, The Roosevelt represents a mainstay of Sydney’s history. The Roosevelt first opened its doors in 1947, in a time that Australia had prohibited the buying and selling of alcohol in the evening. The Roosevelt on Orwell Street was a nightclub which, aside from dancing girls and suited men, continued to serve its patrons alcohol when the sun went down. Under the guidance of Abe Saffron, The Roosevelt established a reputation of high class glamour, drinking, dancing and disdain for the rules which lives on today.

The modern incarnation of The Roosevelt maintains much of its 1947 charm, albeit for a modern audience. Gone are the scantily clad women, and it their place Sydney’s most discerning diners flood. Captivated by a dining room that is dimly lit, chicly appointed and retro without being kitsch, as well as a poker room and the luxurious Monroe Room for private events, The Roosevelt has preserved a moment in Potts Point’s history. Find superior Americana-inspired food with a slant towards seafood, great drinks (especially whiskeys) and indulge a moment or two at The Roosevelt.


97 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 97 Reviews
Noise: average
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
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2 reviews so far 6
12.06.2017 22:38

Delicious cocktails, excellent ambiance and delightful staff. It was a great place to go on a wet sydney evening and a fabulous place to catch up with the girls. Nice mix of ages too.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 08:25

Love the venue. Service fantastic. Food great. Order plates to share. 3 dishes for a couple is enough. Very loud. Great for groups. Not date night.

1 review so far 6
16.03.2017 10:33

The Roosevelt is a great place for a quick pre-theatre dinner - good food, classy decor and fabulous cocktails. The $15 steak on a Wednesday night is a true bargain.

2 reviews so far 6
12.03.2017 15:06

Great atmosphere and loved how we could book just for drinks. Quirky cocktail menu and lovely staff. A great place for dinner or ore dinner drinks

1 review so far 6
28.11.2016 09:47

The cocktails are totally banging! There will be something to satisfy everyone. The food is sensational. The pate is smooth and rich and beautiful. We dined really early on a Sunday night so they weren't quite prepared but they comped us the sides (have the Brussels sprouts - seriously good and from a person who always hated sprouts as a kid) because the mains took a while. Not that we were in a hurry or anything. So, that was really good of them and unexpected. The Eton mess dessert was fantastic. I love this place and will definitely recommend them and I will come back.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2016 10:36

The Roosevelt is a great experience - delicious food, cocktails, friendly wait staff, comfortable atmosphere and always, always the perfect playlist in the background (which is loud enough to enjoy/hear, but not so loud as to ruin your evening)

6 reviews so far 6
11.05.2016 07:15

It was not my first visit and it certainly will not be my last. This is one of the finest eateries in the Kings Cross area. The cocktail and wine list has something for everyone. Service is snappy and stylish. On this visit I had the silver dory served with radicchio which worked a treat. And at $15 was probably cheaper than the local fish and chips. Very highly commended.

1 review so far 5
07.05.2016 08:01

I love the Roosevelt, the drinks are a mix of Lobo and Baxter which is great fun! Food is tasty. The girls were a bit hasty last night but maybe it's just PMS. The Roosevelt still rules!

1 review so far 6
26.10.2016 10:03

Really liked the retro style of The Roosevelt. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. Would definitely go there again for a special occasion. Highly recommended

1 review so far 6
04.07.2016 09:36

The Roosevelt in the heart of Potts Point, stylish, sleek but fun. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. They Support Australian Liqueurs too. I would

1 review so far 4
25.05.2016 10:48

The restaurant is lovely, and the food was fantastic, however, we felt that once we told the waitress that we were not drinking alcohol, we were no longer treated favourably. We had to chase down the attention of the waitress to try and get menu's so that we could order food, however, she just brought us our bill - not really a great experience, thankfully the food and ambience made up for this.

1 review so far 4
21.09.2016 10:27

It was Saturday evening and very popular - I was there for a drink, and had been looking for somewhere fairly quiet and subdued to sit and talk but it was full and fairly diffuse to hear one another - it was my first time there and I probably selected the wrong setting. Recommend this establishment for a group if people - fun, lively energetic, popular, loud....I had an enjoyable experience there nonetheless...

1 review so far 6
20.08.2015 05:32

Last Sat night it's been the second time we have visited this resto since returning to SYD in June; great atmosphere, good customer service and the food experience was excellent. As for the wine, God save the Malbec we had! Beaufiful - keep it up:):) cheered, Martin.

3 reviews so far 5
21.08.2016 07:06

The service was prompt and efficient with the menu being somewhat limited. Nevertheless, the dishes chosen were very tasty and well cooked. The cocktails were, as expected, exotic and creative. There was a feeling of underlying excitement in the room and I felt a very pleasant "buzz" Overall, a pleasant experience.

1 review so far 6
21.01.2016 09:44

Attentive service, great wine list and selection of cocktails. The 'feed me' option for approx. $60pp (banquet for want of a better word) was very delicious! Great choices and plentiful for the table. We left very satisfied. Will happily return. Thank you!

3 reviews so far 6
06.05.2016 06:47

Love the atmosphere at the Roosevelt! Cocktails are spectacular, service is impeccable and food is delicious! Potts Point is becoming quite the restaurant and bar hub - between the Roosevelt, The Apollo, Yellow and Monopole - I can't wait to return!

2 reviews so far 4
22.10.2016 19:30

We had a 6.30pm booking on Thursday night. It's generally a venue that focuses on its Cocktails, Wine, Spirits etc. Our Entree & Mains were quite OK, however I believe that they could spend more time on developing their Food Menus to become a one-stop venue. Very pleasant decor, and excellent background music from a range of different eras !

2 reviews so far 5
15.02.2016 16:45

The food and drinks were great and the women serving were as efficient and lovely as ever. The only thing that could have improved the evening would have been a little less volume on the music speakers which seemed to get louder as the night went on.

1 review so far 4
18.10.2015 09:44

Great vibe. Decor and fabulous glassware make this joint. Food is good. Unfortunately service was only occasionally interested, slow and error prone. Tuna steak came out as flank steak, drink waiter didn't know where in the menu the rose was and still didn't get a desert menu after multiple requests and waiting for half an hour.

1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 09:58

Great food, dim lighting and the best espresso martinis in Sydney.....a warm friendly place. It's also tucked away in a quiet side street and has the added dimension of having some really interesting colourful history !

1 review so far 6
20.03.2016 09:44

The service from entry was very welcoming and whilst quite busy even at our early timeslot we had a wonderful dining experience sharing all the entrees which were divine. Well worth a visit .

1 review so far 4
13.04.2016 09:41

very noisy staff not educated much on the menu very slow service for a Saturday night not enough staff. I expected some thing more classy after look at your web site but once we arrived it was very different to the website hats off to your website developer. wont come again.

6 reviews so far 6
21.04.2016 21:34

This is such a great pub. Terrific wine list and simple food. What more you could you ask for? Classy and comfortable. Get dressed up and head there - it's worth the trip.

1 review so far 6
31.01.2016 11:58

Been there a couple of times now and I love it. Great atmosphere, food and service. Can be a little noisy at times but nothing that would put me off going again.

1 review so far 4
24.08.2016 08:35

Food was tasty and the cocktails were interesting however i thought it was a little overpriced. When confirming the booking we mentioned we were there for dinner however we were sat at a table which was not really suitable for dining. Luckily we were able to change.

1 review so far 6
14.02.2016 19:20

Cocktails, canapés & ambience! Couldn't ask for more, loved every minute! The decor is dark & mysterious, the cocktails exotic & the food keeps your mouth watering & wanting more.

1 review so far 6
17.08.2016 08:19

It was fun and gorgeous cocktails...could have sat there all night, but it made a fab pre-dinner event!!!! You need about 2 hours to get into the swing of it!!!!

1 review so far 6
28.07.2016 17:22

I went with two friends, had the delicious Sunday roast, fab dessert inc a most generous cheese board. Staff delightful, Beverages fab so a good time was had by all.

1 review so far 4
15.10.2016 11:49

Cocktails were great.. service was okay, it took a while for our orders to be taken and for our cocktails to arrive because they were so busy.. I thought that the atmosphere could be a bit better, it was a bit too brightly lit.

1 review so far 5
07.02.2016 08:28

Great atmosphere and we loved the style of the bar. The cocktails were amazing and quite strong so good to sit on for a while. It's on the expensive side but I think worth it.

1 review so far 6
02.06.2016 21:48

Best place ever, a true favourite that we repeat going to, love it. Great specials, all food is fantastic and service is fantastic - couldn't rate it any more!!

6 reviews so far 6
16.05.2016 08:30

Simply splendid. The service is at the top of the list, the cocktails spectacluar and the food very good. I just love those one dollar oysters on a Thursday.

2 reviews so far 6
25.04.2016 09:16

Beautiful food, and amazing cocktails - a great evening! I would recommend the Roosevelt for a dining experience with character. The cocktail menu must be the best in Sydeny.

1 review so far 6
12.04.2016 11:04

Awesome atmosphere! Little gem hidden away in Potts Point. Highly recommend. Good first date spot or a catch up with the girls. The Nitro Pina Colada is amazing!

1 review so far 6
08.05.2016 09:27

Got the chefs recommendation which was a selection of dishes for $62. Food was phenomenal and we left feeling really full. Highly recommended it to all my friends

1 review so far 3
30.08.2016 11:28

Food was good, cocktails were great but the service was atrocious !! Some basic training in the art of customer service seriously required, how to make people feel welcome, how to even just discuss the basics of the menu ? the chef would be furious with the wait staff if he was seated at our table

1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 10:32

Awesome ambience. Lively and fun. Good and service was amazing. Cocktails looked amazing (will have to try next time). Would highly recommend and will definitely be going back.

2 reviews so far 6
24.01.2016 13:41

A lovely place with food, drinks, people who work there all equally wonderful. It is a great piece of Sydney history that feels a little bit New York.

1 review so far 5
07.06.2016 22:19

Nice food and good ambience. Really enjoyed our time there. I would recommend its beef sirloin and fisherman's pie. The staff is pretty good too although it was quite busy for Tuesday night

6 reviews so far 6
29.04.2016 07:27

This has to be one of he finest eateries and cocktail bars in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. Very highly recommended. The oysters at $1 are outstanding.

2 reviews so far 6
21.02.2016 14:52

Fantastic food - some of the best I've had in the area. The cocktails are a work of art, but they also have a quality wine list.

3 reviews so far 6
13.07.2016 07:42

Great food. Love the dinner special tuesday $15. This is what brought us is but we can't wait to come back. It was our first time

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 08:43

This bar never disappoints, the drinks are amazing, the staff are fantastic and the crowd are hip and sexy, a top bar not to be missed.

3 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 07:22

Excellent food and service. Great cocktails and fresh oysters. Loved it all, love the extensive drinks menu also. Nice to have such a variety on offer

4 reviews so far 6
22.10.2016 10:25

Great food, drinks and service. Always have a delightful experience at The Roosevelt.

1 review so far 3
07.11.2015 10:58

Food and drinks were ok. One of the floor staff was lovely. Other floor staff was not personable at all. Also spent the night coughing continually into her hands and then picking up new water glasses to reset tables... Was also very difficult to get and pay for the bill.

1 review so far 5
05.02.2017 09:44

Cool place, great vibe. The fancy drinks are fun. Staff are really nice however kept quite busy so slight delays taking some of our orders. Food was delicious and filling.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 13:01

Excellent bar/ restaurant. Staff were friendly and attentive. Cocktails are amazing. I think this would be a great place for a date or special occasion.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 08:57

Love the Wednesday night wagyu beef steak special, staff are friendly, great atmosphere, great food and wine. Will be back for Tuesday night locals night.

4 reviews so far 6
25.09.2016 15:16

Wonderful atmosphere and ambience- the food and drinks were incredible as always and similarly the service was flawless. I highly recommend the Roosevelt to anyone.