Osteria di Russo & Russo

4.7
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471 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Contemporary Italian
Enmore's Osteria di Russo & Russo is a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its modern take on classic Italian flavours, served in its warm and charming restaurant. As snacks to start, the fiore di zucchini fried zucchini flower with goat's milk ricotta and lemon aspen and the cannolo filled with a duck liver parfait, date and hazelnuts are sensational selections.

Some of Osteria di Russo & Russo's specialty dishes include the saltbush gnocchi with pork sausage ragu and pecorino, the chargrilled beef flank with green garlic, nasturtium and smoked eggplant and the slow cooked freemantle octopus with chickpea, salsa rossa and native bush tomato, as well as vegetarian dishes.

Osteria di Russo & Russo's strawberry sorbet, davidson plum meringue and limoncello custard is the perfect dessert with which to finish your meal.
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KimR
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely lunch & we felt really special. The owner (Russo) is fabulous & made us feel very welcome.

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VVVV
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - we did the set menu with matching wines. Great staff and a really cute little restaurant all round!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at Russo & Russo. Given the current restrictions the restaurant was limited to a 10 person max capacity so we were a little worried it would change the atmosphere being only a few people in a big restaurant but we couldn’t have been more wrong. The dinner was intimate and ambient with a really great vibe. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We were due to travel to Italy this year so it was such a delight to get our own little tour of Italy through the food and superb wine selections. I would highly recommend Russo & Russo to others.

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Lissa
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second truly excellent evening I have had at Russo then we had a couple disappointing meals a couple years ago; and now they seem to have fully returned to the glory of their first years. We had an outstanding meal -- really wonderful food. Lovely service -- warm and caring, intuiting your needs and not intrusive.

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LeanneW
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service, nice quiet intimate restaurant. Highly recommend the chefs choice banquet

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KristenS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional Italian mixed with Australian ingredients. Inspired cooked. Extraordinary service. Relaxed ambience.

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PamP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Highly recommended and looking forward to going back

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DennisW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
The food and flavours were well balanced
Will be going back for our special occasions

PB
PhillipaB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Russo & Russo is an experience in dining. The food is to die for, but that’s not all. Attention to detail and the feeling that you are the most important people in the room is what really makes the meal complete. We felt like par of their family. Celebrating 2 birthdays and towards the end of the meal a spontaneous plate of brownies, complete with candles and a chorus of ‘happy birthday’ arrived at our table ! We loved the idea of sharing our plates and I for one couldn’t decide which plate was my favourite, although the duck breast (perfectly cooked) was a standout! Oh, and so was the Pappardelle with ragout. You’ve just got to go!

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our dinner - highly recommend

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BrunoD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

An interesting menu with some great twists on an Italian theme. The service is snappy and the atmosphere is friendly. I walked away satisfied but felt the restaurant is over priced. Nevertheless it is definitely worth trying.

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MarkO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is Italian food at a One Hat level with both touches of innovation and traditional charm carefully blended.
It is a rare mix and with BYO it is a must for regularly feeling like a special occasion which isn’t over the top on price.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little restaurant with a really comfortable setting. Service was fantastic and the staff were very helpful with ordering food and drinks.

Food was incredible! Flavour explosions on every plate served!!

Highly recommend!

MB
MattB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place. It’s the second time myself and my Girlfriend have been and we were just as charmed as the first time. It’s definitely become a spot to celebrate a special occasion

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critique
Sydney / NSW
36 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Newtown has many hidden gems and this definitely is one of them! We had a few dishes between the two of us as they are based around sharing, which is great! The dishes were all well presented and delicious, the service was faultless and the atmosphere of a small family run restaurant. I would definitely recommend!

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AndrewD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was just terrific - warm and attentive and a good balance of formality and informality.
We opted for the 7 courses degustation started with zucchini flowers - not what I’d expected but delicious, then swordfish carpaccio- outstanding as was the beetroot risotto with pistachio, kangaroo fillet wasn’t immediately satisfying but the secret was to make sure you got plenty of the sauce with the meat aand It made the dish. The cheese course was good and the semifreddo dessert with berries was a play on texture and sweet /sour flavours - delicious. Definitely will return soon - really terrific modern take on cucuna Italians.

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KateP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time dining here and was so impressed! Great food and wonderful service, will be back again real soon.

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howardh
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent, perhaps the early courses cam a bit too quickly The staff were more than helpful, it was a delightful evening

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SimonS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - have been many times. An excellent mix of authentic Italian and modern interpretations.

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Lovetoeat
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Contemporary Italian menu with some Australian native plants found in certain dishes which is interesting. Squid ink pasta with crab is a cracking dish or perhaps a “must try”, a well balanced, simple, nicely seasoned and fresh. Don’t forget to ask for any special pasta on the board as chef’s skills there guarantee to bring good value.

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Import
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Attentive service with knowledgeable staff. You really feel like you’re in a friends dining room when you’re at this venue.

Rather than decide what we would have and pass on, we worked out things we DIDN’T feel like and told the staff before ordering. That way every dish that came out was enjoyed thoroughly. (Our example was that we had non-oyster eaters and non pork eaters).

The best thing about this place is that you can give them your budget and what you feel like and trust that you’ll have an outstanding dining experience by leaving it in their hands.

10/10

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NicoleS
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Russo & Russo. The service is excellent and we love the family feel, as the welcome is always genuine. The food is true Italian fare. Again (as we have returned a number of times), the meal was tasty, generously portioned and high quality. The gnocchi is a must and the risotto is nutty as it should be, served traditionally. We love that it's our local Italian and such a delight to go there every time.

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tonym
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance, will definitely go back there..

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DebbieZ
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found the food and the service excellent. The food was delicious and I would highly recommend the restaurant. Best food I have eaten out in years. Very impressive

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KimR
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Wonderful staff, lovely atmosphere. We had the 5 courses selected by the chef delicious and experienced food that we probably would not have ordered ourselves. We feel totally spoilt on our trip to Sydney and are definitely recommending Newtown and Russo & Russo to our friends.

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Geoff
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend recommended Russo and Russo for my daughter's 18th Birthday dinner. Could not have been better! We had the 5 course banquet menu. Perfect!

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KathyM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Chef's menu was fantastic, beautiffully prepared, presented and it was delicious. We particularly liked the fact that you could advise on preferences as this is often a sticking point for degustation menus.

The service was to a very high standard, the staff were well informed, attentive and very pleasant.

The wine choices were fantastic and delicious (we did choose our own). The volume of other diners did get quite high as the night went on for conversation, but not unpleasant.

An excellent evening !

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ElizabethB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can choose a la carte or leave it in the chef's capable hands – either way, you won't be disappointed in the flavours, portion sizes or gratifying speed and confidence of the service. A delightful experience that lets you feel indulged without feeling rushed – or ripped off. Thoroughly recommend.

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JonathanL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love this place - and go there quite regularly for the Vebene and the Ultra Bene it is such a worthwhile night. Beautiful ambience, great food and wonderful staff. They have been stellar since the first time we have gone there on our first anniversary.... 5 years on we still go back every year and for other special occasions. Thank you for making his birthday memorable ad with all the little surprises from you and the staff.

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Rach
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautifully presented restaurant and great wait staff and service!
Food was nice. A little bit on the higher price mark however the experience was lovely and nice to try something different. Flank steak was a little on the tough side

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Paul
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was amazing. tasting menu provided us a great sample of the dishes. Service was wonderful, staff were super friendly and helpful. Great experience all round.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as always.

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JamieF
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great wait staff, really good cocktails.

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ChrisR
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten at Osteria many times and it never fails to impress. Food is always innovative and unique with attentive but not cloying service. Excellent value for money - you could pay twice as much as some other 'hatted' establishments. Our guests from interstate are invariably surprised to find such a high quality restaurant at such reasonable prices in Sydney.

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Andrew
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In our 25 years in the inner west this remains our favourite small group (4 or less) restaurant. It's also become our go to place for celebrating our family's true great moments. Thank you for always delivering on service, quality, and surprises!

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Rowan
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, great environment, and top service from people who help make for a wholly enjoyable dining experience.

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ZeeshanS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The gnocchi was delicious and great wine choices. Unfortunately the rest of the food wasn't as good as the gnocchi. Great ambience and quiet enough that you can have a conversation.

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YouCanCallMeLolly
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic atmosphere - good for a date.
Food is outstanding!
Top dishes are the Fried Zucchini Flower, Goats Milk Ricotta, with Lemon Aspen & Chilli Salt and the Saltbush Gnocchi, Pork Sausage Ragu, with Porcini, Juncu Pecorino & Sage.

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GillianS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't recommend this restaurant enough. I have been coming here regularly for 4 years since I first moved to Newtown and I have never come away not thoroughly enjoying my meal, as well as being blown away by at least one if not several dishes on the degustation. Mark and his staff are incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable, it's a wonderful occasion to be able to eat at their table.

FAQs

Osteria di Russo & Russo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 8068 5202.

Osteria di Russo & Russo is rated 4.7 stars by 471 OpenTable diners.

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