The Apprentice - TAFE NSW

4.7
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46 Reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Thank you for supporting our restaurant during 2019. As we are a TAFE training restaurant, we will be closed from 30 November 2019 and will be reopening Tuesday 25 February 2020 with our new students. Our Opentable reservation page will reopen on 5 February 2020 for you to make reservations for 2020.

The Apprentice Restaurant Sydney is a licensed training restaurant that promotes and nurtures food service excellence. We are open to the public for lunch and dinner on weekdays during term time, and our standard menu changes fortnightly.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Fri 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(02) 9217 5527
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Please contact us by phone 02 9217 5527 or email si.theapprentice@tafensw.edu.au to book the restaurant for private functions.
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Catering
We do not offer catering services.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Thomas Street, Ultimo
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Parking details
Wilsons Parking:
2 Quay Street Haymarket
OR
169-179 Thomas Street Haymarket
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Public transit
Central train Station.
All buses travelling along George St stop at the Railway Square bus terminal.
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 46 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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4.9
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our third visit to The Apprentice and each time we have had a very pleasant experience. The food is excellent. On this visit two of us had the duck which was cooked perfectly and two had the salmon which also got thumbs up. Some of the service is “different” but that certainly does not detract from the overall experience. Worth a try!

A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good and so affordable! Would definitely come back!

j
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and very interesting combinations of taste. I've been coming to The Apprentice for years and have never been disappointed... the food and service have always been excellent, making it great value for money.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely tIme, so did my little one also
The food was amazing as well of the staff was outstanding waiting on us. Will definitely be back

JP
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food that would be served at any fine dining restaurant, service was attentive and not overdone. I will be back!

KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We celebrated a birthday at the restaurant. The staff could not have been more accommodating, even coming out of the kitchen to sing Happy Birthday. The food was excellent and rivals other 4 star restaurants in the city. I look forward to coming back and highly recommend to everyone. A hidden gem!

LI
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

as a staff member I have enjoyed a few lunch and dinners at the apprentice and have always had an amazing experience. The food and the students/wait staff have been so friendly and courteous. This time I took my elderly mother and she was so impressed and loved being fussed over by the young waiters. she is now thinking of bringing her ladies group for a lovely lunch, for seniors it is very good value for money and the food presentation and service exceptional. you would not know you were dining in a training environment.

HF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great experience- it’s fun! The beef was delicious. It’s great to watch the staff being mentored.

PG
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A True hidden gem, Everyone that works there is an apprentice. The food is to die for the service is professional and fun and the value for money is exceptional

MM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I always love going to The Apprentice for lunch for value, ambience and food quality - which is outstanding.

B
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. Service charming, welcoming and efficient. Wine not my favourite.

CS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service as usual. We have been numerous times and are always impressed.

l
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The quality of the food is generally good thought the last couple of times I have been served cold main courses. This is not appropriate for any restaurant service.

Last Thursday evening the calamari was like cardboard to cut and over cooked.
I was in no way tempted to eat it, far below the standard of "fine Dining ".

While the meals in the past have been at the 5 star level and I have happily booked large tables of guests to accompany me I am will now wait and see if the standard of the meals improves before making any recommendations. .

HS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Whilst visiting Sydney from south of Wollongong we once again took the opportunity to have lunch at TAFE NSW's The Apprentice Restaurant at Ultimo and what a superb dining experience it was yet again. An exceptional job by the cooking and food service students. The selections on offer for entree, main and dessert went together brilliantly. A credit to everyone involved. Thank you.

DI
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff in my skills team have eaten her many times before. Probably about 12 times in 18 months. It was the best food we have eaten at the Apprentice. Don't get me wrong, It is always great value and lovely food but this last week's meal, Wednesday Sept 11 was superb.

BS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another great meal. Food was of a high standard and service was efficient and friendly.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to The Apprentice several times - always an enjoyable and delicious experience!

MM
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful well presented and tasty meal, great service with a friendly atmosphere.

DE
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thank you for a great lunch we were very impressed keep up the good work!

SS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a brilliant concept, giving young people the experience of working in a restaurant while they are training. The food was fabulous and all the waiting staff were polite and accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening and would recommend it for sure.

MT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice but cannot really call it fine dining. The food is average but good value and the venue is nice!

RE
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique way to experience good food in a inner city location. Everyone here is learning, so if you go into the experience knowing this you will have a great time! For small fee the hospitality students at TAFE will deliver amazing service and food- the teacher may add a few pointers along the way to them, but this is part of the fun- and you might learn something too! Highly recommend!

S
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for money. Fine dining experience with good ambiance.

NV
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Situated on the 7th floor of a building a stone's throw from Central Station, Sydney, The Apprentice Restaurant is an exceptional dining experience. The food is good and the service is tremendous. Only filtered coffee on offer at the end of the meal was my only criticism and a cheese plate would have made a savoury finale to a wonderful dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our second visit but our first lunch. Booked for 12.30 which we knew was last time for lunch. Service and value for money was excellent just disappointed that from such a small menu some of the dishes had run out. Next time we will arrive earlier. Otherwise a very good experience.

GS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and great choice in the menu selections

MT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food served by friendly staff.
The veal was cooked perfectly and all the food was beautifully presented.
Great food and exceptional value!

GS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to see learners are developing skills in a supported environment. The students I spoke to were very proud of the tasks they had completed and enjoyed the learning process.

D
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is a Training School, so it's natural to expect some little service hiccups. The staff were welcoming, friendly & keen. The food was really delicious & beautifully presented. The value for money was excellent. Overall I enjoyed the experience - it was cute, quirky, something different & enjoyable.

EB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 2 friends and I found the experience of dining at The Apprentice most delightful
The venue is great, and is quiet which is greatly appreciated
The food was stunning - we did not plan to have dessert but could not resist given the quality of the entree and main and we did not regret it. We were able to have share plates so each of us could try each of the dishes.
The staff were pleasant, attentive, helpful and not obtrusive
The value was excellent
I have already recommended it to a number of friends and plan to return soon.

The Apprentice - TAFE NSW
Responded on June 4, 2019

Thank you for your review! Our mission at The Apprentice restaurant is to promote and nurture food service excellence so we are glad you agree. Please let us know when you next dine with us so we can ensure your experience is extra special!

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D
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful staff, excellent service! Thank you : )

SW
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

2019.05.09

Sydney TAFE 《The Apprentice Restaurant》

是一個值得推薦的西餐廳🍴。這裡的菜式精緻,品質鮮美,環境整潔,服務周到,特別是價格優惠。希望住在雪梨的朋友們可以來品嚐。

WR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good quality food and great quality service at a very reasonable price.
The trainees do an excellent job and are most professional, hats off to them!

SF
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious lunch and excellent value. Great service despite anticipated awkwardness from student waiter service. Please don't mess with this winning formula!

JC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great, food was very good only let down by limited choices for main as they ran out of the lamb after 30mins. Recommended

DL
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dine at "The Apprentice" training restaurant quite often. It is always a god dining experience.
This time I think is one of the best days I've been there. my guests were very happy with the food, ambiance and service.

DP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, high quality. Service was reasonable as we also understand the students are still learning. We are 3 courses in 1.5 hours which is very reasonable. It is excellent value for money and importantly enabling the students to practise what they are learning. Recommend to anyone to try.

MW
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food, in traditional style but well-judged. Terrine, funky with liver. Lamb nicely done, pureed spinach with a sharp note to cut it. Pannacotta not too sweet. Quite exceptional value for money. Service really friendly and willing. (Not totally smoothly organised, but that's the point, they're learning.) Altogether the nicest lunch experience I've had in a while.

MM
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was perfect but thought that our waiter should of known more about the menu to answer any questions.

The waiter otherwise was friendly and professional.

The Apprentice - TAFE NSW
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thank you for your feedback and for supporting our students' learning. Our menus change fortnightly and it was the student's first experience with that menu. We hope you dine with us again.

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EL
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food itself was excellent and stupendous value. And we got warm bread, our water was refilled nicely, and we were asked whether we wanted wine. However, despite offering three choices each of entree, mains and dessert, we were not allowed to choose what we wanted. We didn't realise this until we had waited for a while, decided we'd better ask for the menu -- at which point we were told we could not order -- that that the kitchen basically would send out one of each choice for our table of three. I accepted this, strange as it seemed, but had to ask again for the menu as least we wanted to see what we were going to eat. We asked the supervisor about this after the meal, and was told that as staff were new and only on their third week of training, they hadn't yet learned how to properly take meal orders. While this is understandable, they could have at least been trained to 1) give the guests the menu; and 2) tell guests (from prepared notes) that we would not be allowed to order our choices from the menu, and why. Just a suggestion -- we had a great meal nonetheless.

The Apprentice - TAFE NSW
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thank you for your feedback and for supporting our students' learning. We do advise on our Open Table site that meals may be served alternate drop (table de hote). This is decided by the class Teachers before each lunch or dinner and is determined by the number of guests in the restaurant and the number of students in the class and their skill levels. We will pass your feedback onto the Teacher to discuss with their class. We hope you dine with us again.

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