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.
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We has a lovely night. Great service - friendly and responsive. I had the BBQd spatchcock which was beautifully cooked, although my tzatziki was sweet (??) and my charred bread was stale. The arancini in tomato sauce were really delicious! Will certainly go again.
It was a very busy Valentine's day and we had not booked anything earlier and Xenos managed to look after us perfectly, as always. The menu was modified for V day and my favourite spanokopita was not on but the crab cakes and gnocchi and lamb shanks were, so yay!!!
Good food. Shame there was only outdoor seating available as it was a little cramped.
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!