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Machiavelli Ristorante Italiano

123 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good40%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“antipasti” (18 reviews)
“pasta” (35 reviews)
“fusilli” (6 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 3:30 PMAll hours
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
123 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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1 - 10 of 202 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to this restaurant many times over the years but it has lost it! Disinterested staff, ordinary food and service, we probably will not go again. The meals we had were not as good as on previous occasions, the lemon veal was particularly...More

Thank Criticalgh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having the need to find a meal before flying home. I stumbled across Machiavelli ristorante. I would have to say it was best Italian meal I have ever had. Zucchini flowers, prawn risotto and crepes. Well done

Thank Shane T
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

What a super surprise. Go underground to find an old school Italian restaurant. I had the special, pork belly lasagne. Superb.

Thank David W
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Great service with highly engaging staff and we appreciated the local wine recommendations. Try the Brothers in Arms Shiraz which was good value and excellent wine to pair with pastas and meats. My penne Bolognese was little overdone and not Al dente. But most of...More

Thank Changjo88
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This restaurant wins for me. A simple old style decor with authentic food and wine and service from another world. Tartare steak is amazing, but the beef cheek ragut is incredible. Don't expect a cheap meal expect a great meal

Thank kiaorabro1
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

You have to know where this restaurant is to find it. Don't be put off by the simple basement style entrance, once in the staff are fantastic and the food is excellent. True Italian food a long way from home.

Thank Keith P
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Received a warm welcome upon arrival. Food was excellent with generous portions. Good selection of wine and bottled beer. Despite being busy, the restaurant was not noisy as can often be the case with a relatively low ceiling and tiled floor. Service was very good.

1  Thank matclarkson
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Had a business dinner and the food was superb! The special was beef cheek ragout and fusilli pasta. Very rich and unctuous. Colleagues had the veal and reported the tiramisu was heavenly. Very professional wait staff and a wonderful atmosphere.

1  Thank U3367QDgarym
Reviewed 25 May 2017

If you want creamy pasta or traditional recipes pasta that's the place to go .My opinion is for the price they charge each dishes, it should be more creative and with more fresh and tasty ingredients. Cooking follow the evolution and paying a premium price...More

1  Thank libelluleverte
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Perhaps more for a business lunch or dinner, it still has that ambience that shows respect for your guest, it always feels like a special occasion. I'm not sure it is the best Italian food in the city but the overall atmosphere and service ensures...More

Thank RonWamberal
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with
energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise
buildings and after-work drink places, high-end
shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners
frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a
dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit
the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle,
reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 9299-3748
  • E-mail
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