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5.4 /6 Excellent 62 Reviews

Xenos Restaurant

Crows Nest Australian $$$ +100
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About Xenos Restaurant

Xenos Restaurant is a Sydney eatery and bar with a very long shelf life. It’s been at the same address down Crows Nest’s Burlington Street since that lovely summer of 1969, and it’s still going strong, standing proud as a leader in the community’s hospitality scene as the neighbourhood blossomed into a culinary hub crammed with edible possibilities. A veteran in a sea of fresh­faces (this eatery pioneered al fresco dining in the area!), Xenos remains a local favourite for its innovative approach to delicious Greek and modern Australian cuisine. A friendly word of warning: despite expanding to almost double its size some years ago, Xenos remains popular to the point of packing out – reserve to avoid disappointment.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 07:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 08:00 - 17:00
Xenos Restaurant, Burlington Street 7, 2065 Crows Nest

Further Information

Gone (but for the oldies not forgotten) are the days of Xenos Restaurant’s original incarnation as the local linoleum­floored milk bar, but thankfully doubled is this Crows Nest institution’s ability to serve up fantastic contemporary Greek and Australian cuisine to an increasingly eager horde of Crows Nest locals and Sydney diners. The Burlington Street foodie scene’s been growing steadily for some time now, and Xenos has always been there leading the charge, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, well­stocked wine cellars and dessert selections, cocktails and coffee. Thanks to Kathy and Peter Xenos, and now their sons Tim and Dennis, the North Shore has, and long will have, a destination for that delicious collision of Mediterranean and Aussie taste traditions.

You’d be forgiven for wondering what was exceptional about outdoor dining along Crows Nest’s Burlington Street, an area where al fresco eating is now a standard, but not only did Xenos Restaurant first successfully lobby for the first streetside dealing in this Sydney dining hotspot, but it is always the best way to enjoy Greek cuisine – after all these forward­thinking and food­obsessed Mediterranean people have been eating sunkissed food on sunkissed terraces for a good 3,000 years. At Xenos, diners can enjoy breakfasts of Greek­style scrambled eggs, lunches of Sydney rock oysters or Spring Bay mussels, or opulent dinners with dishes like Greek slow­roasted lamb, Australian seafood specialties or premium Wagyu beef outdoors or in the spacious and beautifully appointed interior. Secure a spot in the sun now!


62 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 62 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Noise: average
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
09.07.2017 18:56

Yummy, Yummy. Great food and quality service. Our diverse family enjoyed barrumindi, snapper and veal. Very busy and sometimes noisy restaurant. Super quality remains consistent.

1 review so far 6
08.07.2017 07:11

Great as always. Took my parents there who were visiting from out of town. It was a 3 generations gathering with food and service being excellent. I'll keep going back.

1 review so far 6
06.07.2017 03:39

We have been patronising Xenos for over 30 years. Always satisfied. Always come away wanting to plan our return visit. Last night included New Zealand visitors who regularly come to Sydney and always ask to be taken to Xenos.

1 review so far 6
14.06.2017 12:16

Food was very good, service was excellent and it well priced and parking is easy Would certainly recommend Xenos for a very good night out

2 reviews so far 5
16.07.2017 22:27

Overall experience was good except for the noise levels which were too high - even though we were sitting outside , but I guess that's one of the hazards of dinning in Sydney. The food and the staff were very good, even after one of our party realised that they had ordered the wrong dish and wanted to return it. The staff were very understanding and happily ordered another dish without charging us for the first dish.

1 review so far 6
28.05.2017 21:47

Mother's Day lunch for 7 was a most enjoyable experience, at Xenos. I hadn' t told my wife I'd booked, so it was a big suprise and went down well. The food was excellent, staff attentive and we were served really quickly despite the size of the crowd. We'll be back!

1 review so far 4
27.07.2016 08:34

Their food was delicious as usual, but I was disappointed with the table they gave us as it was in a very tight and awkward spot, right near the main entrance (even though I booked the table for 8 more than 2 weeks ahead). And I thought I should mention the salad with my schnitzel came very late - in fact I was already halfway through my dish when the waiter brought it over.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 20:41

A mainstay of the Crows Nest food scene, and you can see why it's a popular hit with locals. Great food, good service and good ambience. Perfect for that casual get together or seeing old friends in a relaxed environment and paired with some good food and wines.

1 review so far 6
25.03.2017 02:07

Great as usual, Xenos never disappoints. Beautiful location in Crows Nest, extensive menu to suit every palate, including vegetarian choices. Delicious food and wide variety of desserts at very reasonable prices. Beautiful presentation, fast and efficient service, friendly atmosphere and extra attentive staff. Very pleased!

1 review so far 4
25.02.2017 09:14

Average/ good food, nice atmosphere but not very much service at all. It took a very long time for anyone to check in on us and ask how our meals were and I had to get up to ask for a spoon, a napkin, water and the bill, which was a bit annoying. But overall we enjoyed the night and would be back.

3 reviews so far 6
18.09.2016 18:43

As usual, very friendly and prompt service. An unsung Crows Nest gem. A broad menu to suit all. Xenos does not pretend to be fine dining but has very good food or just drop in for a coffee and a drink.

1 review so far 5
02.07.2017 08:25

Large menu, the food was delicious. We opted for the slow cooked lamb, slow cooked goat and a seafood pasta. Then the three of us all had the bread and butter pudding for desert... obviously a home style receipe very yummy.Good atmosphere, attentive staff. We would go there again.

1 review so far 5
28.04.2016 14:40

Lovely place and staff... The food was really nice and everyone had choices to pick from From the Barramundi special to the quinoa chicken salad and beef everyone was satisfied. The staff were really special setting up the birthday cake I brought for my boyfriend and his twin brother!

1 review so far 6
31.03.2016 06:55

Great food always. Good friendly service. Lovely neighbourhood authentic Greek restaurant. Recommended it to a friend last week who also agreed with me totally. Keep up the good work Xenos. I'll be back.

1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 17:36

Great breakfast - the food is always good regardless of what time of the day you come in. Serving size is good especially when you have teenage boys who really love to eat.

3 reviews so far 5
19.09.2016 20:09

As usual, the staff at Xenos are smiling and welcoming. The menu stretches across a wide range of styles. The quick lunch menu, which I chose today, is great value and again the choice is wide. Well done guys.

1 review so far 6
24.02.2017 07:35

Good old fashioned food and service. Never disappoints. Extensive menu, fast service and great coffee. We were there as a large group and the meals all came at the same time. Fab!

1 review so far 6
07.02.2017 10:55

Xenos was amazing. It was my birthday dinner and they put balloons on the table and gave me a glass of champagne! Will definitely be going back here for special occasions :)

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 23:29

Service was good and all were very polite. As we have been there previously, on a number of times, we were pleased to find that their high standard was still maintained.

1 review so far 6
21.07.2016 22:36

Food was excellent and so was the table service. Only criticism was that it was a wee bit noisy for us retirees - but we managed and will go back again.

1 review so far 5
23.01.2016 15:58

We got a table right away & the service was great! The food was scrumptious & the atmosphere happy & relaxed. My guests had not been to Xenos before but will be back for sure :)

2 reviews so far 4
01.06.2017 22:28

Very pleasant restaurant and staff. Food was delicious .. We ate the mussels and were very satisfied with taste and presentation. Menu was very diverse . A constructive suggestion could be that more Greek meals could be added such as Stuffed vegetables ...Greek style..

3 reviews so far 5
10.04.2016 07:43

Our food was amazing as always, but service not up to scratch last night.. Difficult to catch waiters attention and had to ask for water and wine coolers on several occasions. Recommend the mezze platter.

1 review so far 6
10.10.2015 20:31

Friends reunion. Everything excellent. This place rocks the taste buds. . Cooking with love. Large portions. $50 each for 5 people including good tip. Looking forward to next time.

2 reviews so far 6
18.12.2015 08:13

Excellent food and great attention from staff. We have eaten there on several occasions and we will certainly return again! The special of scallop and pork belly was sensational!!

1 review so far 6
31.01.2017 09:46

The food was absolutely wonderful and portions were great too, well worth the price. Service was great as well, felt super spoilt and had a lovely evening and experience.

1 review so far 6
27.07.2016 18:13

easy booking, very convenient parking next door at a very reasonable price. Staff, Service, food and win choices just perfect. Could not fault anything. Certainly going back again.

1 review so far 6
07.02.2016 14:34

We have been dining at Xenos for over 20 years. The friendly service, high quality food and value for money have remained consistent and every visit is enjoyable.

1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 10:07

I have visited this restaurant often - the food and service is excellent and I will be there again this week with a bunch of old work colleagues.

4 reviews so far 6
28.02.2017 22:16

Food was most delicious. The Moussaka was a very generous portion, steak done the right way, pork belly melted in one's mouth and crackling was most yum!

2 reviews so far 6
10.09.2016 07:59

The food was excellent food with great menu choices and fabulous chef's specials. The service was very good and friendly and helpful. We would recommend the restaurant.

1 review so far 6
29.09.2016 07:24

Great friendly service staff, excellent quality and tasting authentic Greek dishes and location was convenient for parking. The atmosphere was also nice on a Thursday night.

1 review so far 6
27.05.2017 11:34

They were excellent in every way - even when we were the last to leave they never rushed us and were so very helpful. Totally recommend

1 review so far 6
19.05.2017 12:32

I have been there many times and the food and service is consistently good. Our meals were excellent and our waitress was very friendly and helpful.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 14:50

The service and food was very good as it always is. The staff are very attentive and polite and there was no delay with the food

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 15:20

Excellent service and food. Xenos has been in Crows Nest for many years and I have never been disappointed in either the food or the service.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 18:06

The best lamb's fry and bacon in town . Good service, and we have never had an unsatisfactory meal, great family restaurant, give it a try.

1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 11:21

Good menu lots of variety I found the staff efficient and we got really good service Food was delicious We will go back to this restuarant

2 reviews so far 6
15.09.2016 08:28

The food was relatively slow and staff were very quick on picking up plates even when not everyone had finished their meals. Food was delicious though

1 review so far 6
30.07.2016 18:33

Great atmosphere. This is a friendly, sunny, spacious eatery. Excellent lunch menu. Great desserts. We had apple crumble, ricotta cheesecake and gelato. We will definitely return!

1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 18:02

Very good service by staff , plenty of variety in menu choices and well presented , reasonably priced wines . Overall a very enjoyable dining experience

1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 16:41

Great place for brunch. The corn fritters were lovely and the atmosphere was good! The table was reserved for us during a peak Saturday morning.

1 review so far 5
16.12.2016 14:41

The food was absolutely amazing. The only fault I found was, and I know they were busy but, the service was slow. It wouldn't stop me from going back though.

1 review so far 6
18.12.2015 18:41

very friendly ,helpful staff. Food generous and plentiful!There was loads of options for everyone .Friendly attentive wait staff without being too obtrusive. definitely be back.

3 reviews so far 6
11.06.2017 08:48

Great food - the slow cooked goat and lamb were both delicious. Servings are generpus. Excellent value for money. Friendly and attentive staff. Highly recommended

1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 22:13

Thankyou for lovely fish dinner &friendly wait staff. My elderly relatives said it was the best meal they had had on this visit to Sydney..

2 reviews so far 6
17.12.2016 14:08

Great food - broad range on the menu. The service was efficient. Good value for money. Great location for group dinner. On tr noisier side.

1 review so far 5
01.02.2016 12:09

It is a nice place and suitable for the couples and/or families and friends. Friendly atmosphere and stuff. The food is very tasty. I'd definitely come back there again.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 22:50

A nice breakfast experience. Staff were lovely and the menu had huge amounts of choice. Coffee was nice. Menus could do with a refresh as physically they looked tired.

1 review so far 4
28.06.2017 16:18

The food was delicious and the staff were all very helpful. There was a very large table of adults and children who were so noisy it spoilt the experience for us and for others around us.