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5.4 /6 Excellent 72 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!


72 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 72 Reviews
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: average
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1 review so far 6
01.09.2017 23:40

Great food and service, consistently high standards. I've been there several times for breakfast and dinner over the years. I would recommend it for any occasion.

1 review so far 6
20.08.2017 10:45

I had a great time, thank you so much to the restaurant and to Quandoo for making the booking so quick and easy to complete!

2 reviews so far 6
15.08.2017 18:02

Great food and ambiance with friendly and welcoming service. Really a good place to meet our friends from the north as we live in the east-halfway.Parking easy.

1 review so far 6
30.07.2017 16:52

Food and service always good at Xenos. Coffee good too. Meet friends here often for breakfast brunch or lunch. We have been coming here for years.

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
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
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
21.07.2016 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.