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5.0 /6 Excellent 61 Reviews

The Wolf

Sydney CBD Bar, Wine Bar $$$ +100
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About The Wolf

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of dining and drinking at Sydney’s Barrafina Tapas Bar or Contrabando, you know you’re in for a treat if you get yourself a table at The Wolf, a bright and breezy wine bar in the CBD where old and new world wines selected by sommelier Gloria Grecco rub shoulders with chef Peter Varvaressos’ inspired European cuisine. In sway to the seasons, The Wolf’s wine selection rotates through various global varietals, rewarding repeat custom with novel vintages that pair perfectly with the wine bar’s refined, pared back lunch, dinner and fixed-price group dining menus. And The Wolf’s Bligh Street address puts on a mouthwatering breakfast spread too!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
The Wolf, Bligh Street 37, 2000 Sydney

Further Information

While The Wolf is a sought-after spot for casual wine bar drinks and dining come liquid lunchtime or long and lazy evenings, those local to its Bligh Street premises in Sydney’s CBD have come to treat it as a superb spot for breakfast, with chef Peter Varvaressos’ penchant for vibrant, stripped-back European cuisine translating perfectly into dishes that seem divinely designed to satisfy Aussie early birds’ appetites. Grab a breakfast salad, indulgent eggs, simple smashed avo on toast blended with lime and coriander, goats cheese and harissa and more, or go for dough with treats on toast like the old school fried eggs, bacon and barbecue sauce or fancy with fried eggs, bacon, tomato and chilli jam with French cheese and greens.

For lunch and dinner, The Wolf puts on a powerhouse display of reinvented modern European cuisine. It’s also time for this Sydney CBD restaurant and wine bar to unlock the cellar and spirits selection, making room for aperitifs, craft and imported beer, Grecco’s sensitive selection of bubbles and old and new world wines. It’s not uncommon to find groups kicking back here to share a bottle over smaller dishes like Yamba prawn mousse-stuffed zucchini flowers, but it’s more substantial dishes like the yellowfin tuna ceviche with avocado and tomatillo, Sicilian-style skirt steak with grilled asparagus and salsa verde, and the Bangalow pork belly with Hervey Bay scallops and roast carrot puree that have made a lasting impression on Sydney’s casual fine dining scene.


61 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 61 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Noise: average
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
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4 reviews so far 6
03.07.2017 08:57

Always have the best time at The Wolf. The location, staff and food are all amazing and never disappoint. The Burgers and share plates are the best.

3 reviews so far 6
30.06.2017 09:28

Everything you want in a wine bar - great wine and delicious antipasti and cheese, with wonderful atmosphere and a cool jazz soundtrack. Be sure to book as it gets busy. Try the Cotes du Rhone (Syrah - shiraz) - it's delicious.

4 reviews so far 6
29.06.2017 13:36

Great relaxed atmosphere and excellent table service. Even when the restaurant is full, you don't have to wait long for a drink or order. Perfect for a quiet lunch or drinks with a group of friends.

4 reviews so far 6
29.06.2017 13:33

Monday lunches at the Wolf are always great, with their specials for each days all very appetising and delicious. I'd recommend the beef burger and fries, great price and delicious burger filled with fresh salad and sauces

2 reviews so far 6
25.06.2016 17:13

A quaint venue in the heart of the cbd. Amazing food (the share platters were fabulous! If they only had a bit of dessert to go with the set menu), fantastic selection of wine (I'm a huge fan of old world Italian reds). The only thing I didn't enjoy, for such a small venue, it was a bit too cramped. As a hospitality worker myself (for a high end hotel) I thought the staff could have done a bit more to deal with the excessively large loud group next to us. It was obvious one of the ladies had way to much to drink already. It kind of brought the atmosphere rating down. Other than that. Great night :)

1 review so far 6
09.11.2016 08:57

The Wolf consistently provides a venue with a great atmosphere, friendly efficient service and excellent food. I always enjoy the experience and believe it is very good value right in the heart of Sydney. Also, forgot to mention the wine list. Outstanding and a solid variety of bottled and draft beer.

1 review so far 5
30.08.2016 08:44

I've been to The Wolf for work lunches and with smaller groups as well. The food is always delicious, and the service great too although when busy it can take a long time for food to come out. Try the set menu if you're really hungry!

1 review so far 6
29.06.2017 09:21

The Wolf was great for our group as it catered for all drinking types. $10 Cocktails during Happy Hour on Wednesdays was well received. The bar food was great and reasonably priced. Looking forward to trying Taco Tuesday!

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 09:24

The Wolf has an excellent atmosphere for a central city location, the food is excellent, and the girls do a great job - great service ! Highly recommended for a drink, a meal, or a coffee !

1 review so far 5
06.11.2016 21:25

We used a 'Groupon'. Food offered on the 7 course fixed menu is interesting, promptly served and nicely presented. 25% discount on drinks for Groupon users is terrific. Wait staff are excellent. Recommend the Earthworks Shiraz. Like a lot of places in the CBD everything is hard surfaces with lots of echo so quiet conversation is impossible. Can't recommend as a place for a nervous proposal of marriage however a great place for celebration of a successful proposal made elsewhere.

1 review so far 6
10.05.2016 20:24

One of my favourite lunch spots - if its a burger or shared tapas, The Wolf doesn't disappoint. They also have a great happy hour with $10 cocktails!

4 reviews so far 6
29.06.2017 13:28

Fantastic food and service as always. The haloumi, calamari and mini sandwiches are a must!! But I wish they would bring back the salmon ceviche as it was heaven! The waitresses are always very helpful and friendly, and the wine and cocktail list always hits the spot.

1 review so far 6
09.06.2017 08:20

Our waitress was very helpful selectioning the dishes however the meal sizes are quite small and a lot of salad components on each dish was a little disappointing. I was expecting so much more style to the offering as per the photos on the web site .

2 reviews so far 4
04.07.2016 16:44

Great place for lunch been a number of times now - the $20 daily express lunch is fabulous value for money - the only thing that lets it down a little is that service is a bit non existant - great when you first get there but after that difficult to get anyone to pay you any attention - otherwise would have been a 5

2 reviews so far 4
20.08.2016 09:19

Ive been her a few times and the food is always really good. The service unfortunatly let the whole experience down last night. 15 minute wait for menus, waited to order and had to hunt down a waitress every time I went to the toilet which was annoying. Food was really good though and a good choice of drinks.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2017 08:55

Fun Wednesday evening, set menu was great, good food, good service! $10 Classic Cocktails on Wednesdays but be carefull despite the Espresso Martini being listed on the menu under "Classic" Cocktails they charge you the full $18! Poor form!

1 review so far 5
12.08.2016 16:59

Cool New York Style Café/Bar/Restaurant : I Booked a table of 8 for my bosses 50th BD. Great tapas food & excellent service from Monique and the team. Excellent craft beer on tap and fine wine list . We will be back . Andrew

2 reviews so far 6
06.05.2016 19:00

Fantastic food and service as usual! Can't fault the wolf, looking forward to the next visit already - maybe I'll even try a different dish tho I can't go past the amazing chicken burger!

1 review so far 3
22.06.2017 09:13

We found the venue too noisy. We were expecting a venue which was conducive to conversation. Most of the dishes we had were ordinary and small in size for the price. There are other venues like Tapo Vino who have value for money dishes and a better atmosphere. A big win for me is the staff in any venue and I didn't find one particular waitress very pleasant.

1 review so far 6
05.04.2017 20:39

Great spot for dinner or a sneaky drink after work. There's also a great variety of delicious cocktails and wine. Be sure to go during happy hour which includes food and some cocktails.

1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 09:23

Best happy hour around, great wine, really good tapas and the service was fantastic. Good selection of wines and you can book a table which works when it gets so busy

1 review so far 5
15.12.2016 10:07

Lovely spot and food pretty good. New staff didn't know the menu so couldn't be very helpful, but assuming they learn more about their food, it would be a spot to go back to more often...

1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 10:01

Great place. Lovely food, reasonably priced, awesome service. Will definitely go back! Why do I have to have a minimum of 25 words for the review before I can post?

2 reviews so far 4
14.11.2016 16:45

I had heard good things, however the service was not great, our order took a long time to come out and then a number of my party were disappointed with their orders. Not sure if I will return with all the other CBD offerings.

1 review so far 5
22.12.2016 13:19

Great lunch space and service. Good express lunch, plus usually get 1 or 2 share plates in addition. Nice coffees also, and got selection of tapas and wines. Handy to book as it gets busy.

2 reviews so far 6
23.04.2016 07:54

Delicious food as always. Salt and pepper squid looked amazing but couldn't go past the chicken burger. Great service and delicious food as always, will be back soon!

1 review so far 4
27.08.2016 07:37

First time to venue, it's a little cramped, the tables & seating are a little hard to manouvre, the service was friendly but a a little slow. The food however was fantastic. Very tasty and a good selection to suit most tastes

1 review so far 5
15.09.2016 15:11

We had the $35 banquet and it was pretty good. The atmosphere is also great. The service is a little haphazard but ultimately it's a great place for a drink and a feed.

1 review so far 5
20.08.2016 19:18

Nice CBD bar and restaurant. Good choice of tapas dishes with some classic specials on offer to like pie and chips/burger and chips etc. Nice atmosphere with attentive staff. Decent wine list too

1 review so far 6
19.08.2016 08:44

Beautiful food, good service. Staff knew the menu to recommend beautiful dishes and the right amounts. They also knew a good wine to go with it. Fantastic.

1 review so far 5
22.09.2016 07:07

Amazing wine list and a delicious menu that's great for sharing! I'd recommend the pork belly and the cheese platter! It was incredibly busy for a Wednesday night so glad we booked!

1 review so far 4
24.11.2016 09:20

We had the $ 20 - 4 course express lunch. Food was yummy, would be better if the portion if a bit bigger. May be pump up the price $ 25 or 30 and give a bigger portion = perfect!

1 review so far 6
23.01.2017 09:37

Very nice experience, the service was attentive, the lunch was really quite delicious. Not overcrowded tables is a plus. Certainly recommended for lunch time catch ups

2 reviews so far 6
24.10.2016 09:20

We have been twice now as a big group, and its always beautiful food and atmosphere. The mushroom burger should remain on the menu, its amazing.

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 07:49

Great little wine bar with a small menu, food is done well. They got one of our orders wrong but sorted it out without any fuss. We'lol be coming back.

1 review so far 5
03.05.2017 12:11

Good variety in the Menu and Wine list. The service was friendly and efficient and the atmosphere very pleasant. Above all this was all presented at a very reasonable cost.

1 review so far 5
08.06.2017 09:55

Express lunch was value for money and delicious and the wine options were great as well. The bar was a bit noisy however didn't detract from the dining experience.

1 review so far 5
11.04.2016 08:16

Great value, nice friendly service and good food! Will definitely go back, enjoyed it very much. Degustation menu (tapas) was just perfect and the atmosphere was casual and relaxed.

1 review so far 5
14.07.2017 17:25

Always friendly service and the prices are reasonable. The daily specials are definitely worth considering and the Barrafina coffee blend is also worth trying even after lunch.

2 reviews so far 5
12.06.2016 08:49

Great place for lunch with work buddies. A great find. Food is very tasty wine selection good. Service is always with a smile and a pleasant greeting.

1 review so far 4
25.05.2017 09:31

The express lunch was great value for money and very tasty. The zucchini flowers were pretty much inedible - the batter was very heavy and the flower got lost in all that oil.

1 review so far 5
04.08.2016 09:07

It is good value for money. My friend and I had a very enjoyable lunch. I will definitely come back.My favourite is the Calamari with salad.

1 review so far 5
30.05.2017 10:19

Nice service, great coffee and really good food. The atmosphere is quite busy business people style. Great place to take clients or the team for breakfast

1 review so far 5
06.08.2016 12:44

Great food, good wine list. Very friendly and attentive staff. We would all go back again. Good location in the city. Set menu good value .

1 review so far 5
14.01.2017 17:24

Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, we go back again. The wine list was good and there is an excellect selection of bar snacks and nibbles.

1 review so far 5
17.11.2016 07:14

Good setting, ambience, food and specials. Service was slightly off best. Reasonable value. All round a very pleasant experience and one to be recommended and repeated.

1 review so far 5
15.11.2016 11:16

The food was great. They have an excellent selection of wine at a reasonable price. The staff are helpful and attentive staff. Nice ambience. Reasonably priced

1 review so far 5
04.04.2017 08:20

Good food, both big and small dishes were nice to share. The wine list was good, and had some quite reasonably priced gems! Generally enjoyable.

1 review so far 5
26.10.2016 10:00

Everything was great!! But because they need room for improvement so I put this rating. You could definitely check this place out. Very good stuff!!

1 review so far 5
12.08.2016 08:17

Great food and portion size all very tasty especially the GF menu provided excellent choice, wine was reasonably priced and overall good value for money.