Dead Ringer

4.6
232 reviews
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Modern Australian

We are a neighbourhood restaurant & bar in Sydney's Surry Hills, dedicated to Australian produce, wine, beer & cocktails.


We are located in a heritage townhouse just off Taylor Square at the axis of Paddington, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills with comfortable counter-top dining, a garden terrace and an intimate dining room, also available for private hire.


We are thrilled to have one of Australia’s most experienced chefs, Jamie Irving (previously Berta, Est, Pearl) heading up our kitchen. Together our goal is to champion the exceptional ingredients of this great continent through a changeable menu of sharing plates.


Our kitchen stays open throughout the day and late into every evening.

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JH
Essex
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant - top notch food in a casual relaxed environment. Buzzy feel and music at perfect level - ie not so loud you can’t hear each other

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food with even better service. No wonder we keep going back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I hadn’t been here for awhile and we had a great Sunday evening, food was great and the people were lovely .

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a
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we had while in Sydney. All the ingredients were seasonal and were fresh and flavorful, excellent cocktails and attentive service. The chicken with pistachios was amazing. Would definitely go back.

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YA
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue with a good atmosphere and lovely staff. A little slow to take initial order but then everything else was great.

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MN
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great tastes but poor portion sizes for the price. Cocktails are okay, nothing special.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to dead ringer on the last night of our honeymoon. We had put in the reservation that it was our honeymoon and were greeted with champagne. Our waitress was so sweet and fun and the food was all delicious! We had a great time and would highly recommend!

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good set food menu, very good value.

Drinks are on the pricey side.

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H
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we had was amazing. Really appreciate the use of metal straws, support of Oz Harvest etc too.

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BM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food: excellent! Drinks: excellent! Slightly on the loud side, and service was a bit slow. Very friendly staff though! Would definitely go again.

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RT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for brunch. Endless mimosas and friendly staff.
Food was tasty and fresh

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v
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with very good food and service. The roasted chicken was to die for!

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J
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere food was delicious and the service was particularly good

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TJ
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar staff and waiters were extremely friendly and helpful, cocktails were fantastic and food was great. A very relaxed yet subtle vibe, great for a date or a catch up. Would highly recommend!

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JZ
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fantastic and the price was very fair. I would highly recommend to my friends & family!

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ET
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. The folks working there could not have been any friendlier, and on their game. A true joy. And the food was wonderful too!

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TM
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a brilliant meal, outstanding service - wonderful!

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VB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great attentive staff. Will definitely go back

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N
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innovative menu, delicious well executed food and eclectic wine list. Fantastic dining experience in Surry Hills!

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R
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service with the bottomless mimosas started out great however after 1 hour it slowed right down to the point where I had to ask to get more drinks multiple times. Would have been nice if they had the same level of service as when we first arrived.

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CA
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite place in Sydney to dine and drink cocktails

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ST
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to the lovely waiter who served us (I think her name was Michelle?) super approachable and fun. The ceviche was excellent and we loved the wine. Will definitely be back next time I’m in Sydney!

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CP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely night, service was impeccable and friendly, top cocktails (ohhh the obligatory) and food was delicious. We were very well advised in terms of quantity and even the dessert was above our expectations.
We did not want to leave!

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J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was relaxed and friendly. Food super tasty and perfect for sharing. Great sesting options - quiet dining out back, or bar style dining up front ... all needs covered.

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CF
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent and friendly service. We chose a banquette at the back on a quiet Tuesday night, such a pleasure to hang around, enjoy an unhurried meal with shared plates, and have no trouble hearing each other talk!

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A
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Also great that majority of the menu was gluten-free for those pesky mates!

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C
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Service was excellent, very friendly. Wide range of delicious Vegetarian options and every cocktail we tried was fabulous. Would recommend coming here, will be back!

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very limited brunch menu, however quite a funky small neighborhood cafe. The staff gave amazing service. Very attentive and such a great attitude. Go team!

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EH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The two ladies (bartender and waitress) were great! Very chatty and welcoming!

The cauliflower with Pumpkin hummus was unbelievable!

Thanks

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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch option! Different but amazing! Set menu was fantastic and the brunch cocktails and bottomless mimosas where awesome.

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing, accommodating service. We really enjoyed the set brunch menu as well as the bottomless mimosas! Great place for a catch up!

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AR
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Went for the bottomless mimosa brunch with 5 other girls-the food was nice although brought out quite slowly. The biggest issue was the 'bottomless mimosas'- there was hardly any champagne in these at all and they were brought out glass by glass each time which meant that it took a while to get any at times and we just felt like we were consuming tons of sugary juice rather than actual alcohol. It also meant that there were tons of glasses on the table most of the time. We ended up leaving because we were tired of drinking watered down mimosas. We saw one of the servers spill glasses twice (including on us), but you can't fault a restaurant for that. Overall I thought the brunch was ok but I wouldn't return again.

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Drinks for bottomless high tea were great. There was no feeling of any sort of delay (which can happen in these situations) and our waitress was amazingly friendly, super attentive and even remembered me booking in our group. She's a definite asset to the building (sorry I don't remember her name)

Only concern is there needed to be more food. Based on a 2 hour package it just didn't seem like it was enough for the duration and we left a little hungry. In future i'll most likely just order the food off the menu. Even if it was the same food just more of it spread out further over time it'd be fine. Food quality was v good though.

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EW
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with great food and nice people. Everything was just perfect. Glad I picked this place for brunch on Saturday as part of my holiday trip.
Would highly recommend to friends who are visiting Sydney.

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, friendly service and a great neighbourhood ambiance.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff were super friendly and accommodating, food was absolutely delicious. We did the set brunch menu for $39 and thought it was great value. Will definitely be back!

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DP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with friendly and helpfuk service and lots of gluten free options. Highly recommended!

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Popped in on Friday at 6pm for date night and my partner we sat at the bar for a good two hours slowly working our way through the food and wine menu. This place has an exquisite wine list and yummy menu full of really good quality ingredients - the Gnocci was insane! My BF and I are talkers and Adam behind the bar was great, welcoming, knowledgeable and accommodating! We’ll definitely be back!

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ST
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently excellent bar/restaurant. Food is always delicious and well priced. Service always friendly and efficient. Great setting on Bourke St. There is really nothing to fault about Dead Ringer, it’s a great addition to Surry Hills. It’s a place I am happy to return to time and time again.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a really nice experience at Dead Ringer. The staff was friendly and attentive. Appreciated the mocktail options offered by the bartender - didn't feel like I was missing out on a cocktail while I'm unable to drink alcohol. The food was great and the dessert to die for. Really cozy cool atmosphere. Will be coming back :)

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