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Meet the Chef

Clayton Wells first restaurant Automata opened at The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale in September 2015. Since then it has been named one of Australia’s hottest restaurants in The Weekend Australian three years running; was awarded 2 hats in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide; was awarded 2. In Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant Guide 2017 and 2018. In mid-2018 opened a more casual venue, A1 Canteen, a mere 20 metres from Automata. A1 Canteen was awarded 1 hat.

Scores & Reviews

Very good
8.1/10
based on 154 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8/10
Service :8.2/10
Setting :8/10
  1. Hussnain R.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    It was a lovely meal and the staff was really friendly. I’d come back to try the other items on the menu.

  2. A A.
    • 290 reviews
    9.25/10

    Potatoes weren't as crispy as the first time. Kingfish was amazing.

  3. Michelle L.
    • 5 reviews
    9.25/10

    Simple menu, absolute tasty food and good service.

  4. A A.
    • 282 reviews
    6.75/10

    Love the lunch... our waitress was a little stroppy and interrupted us a number of times even once sliding a glass from a few feet away from the table onto the table. Everything was brought one one one rather than all together so we had too many interruptions to our meal. I do like the lunch choice.. simple, healthy and tasty.

  5. A A.
    • 274 reviews
    7.5/10

    Great lunch place, food was excellent.

  6. A A.
    • 262 reviews
    10/10

    Great place for a business meeting. Not too loud and great service.

  7. Cristina F.
    • 2 reviews
    8.5/10

    Was charged for extra water that we didn’t ask for & a credit card surcharge

  8. A A.
    • 247 reviews
    9.25/10

    Great spot for lunch on a recent visit to Sydney

  9. Ron S.
    • 65 reviews
    8.5/10

    A favourite breakfast spot in Sydney, innovative and quality food, dishes you won't find elsewhere in a relaxed atmosphere Love the curry scrambled eggs and pork sausages

  10. A A.
    • 241 reviews
    7.25/10

    Only 2 waiters so service was a bit slow but the waiters worked hard. More waiters are needed for a busy night Food too salty Good ambience Drinks OK

  11. A A.
    • 293 reviews
    9/10

    Excellent coffee and lunch

  12. A A.
    • 260 reviews
    8/10

    Food was good but not for the price?

  13. A A.
    • 267 reviews
    6/10

    the dinner menu is not very exciting, a bit disappointed

  14. Brendan o.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Great pasta deal. The bread and miso butter is so good.

  15. A A.
    • 264 reviews
    3.25/10

    Restaurant was empty yet couldn’t book till a later time. Food was not great pasta was so hard we left early and ate at spice alley instead. Very disappointed

  16. A A.
    • 247 reviews
    8.25/10

    Tasty brunch

  17. A A.
    • 265 reviews
    6.25/10

    great for business meetings. doesnt have much of a selection for lunch unless you love sandwiches.

  18. Bee N.
    • 5 reviews
    7.5/10

    Went there for their $30 pasta and wine deal, it did not disappoint. Will definitely come back and try their other pastas

  19. A A.
    • 266 reviews
    8.25/10

    Concise food and beverage menus allow for excellent quality dishes and service, with specials changing daily.

  20. A A.
    • 253 reviews
    9/10

    Great music, food and service. I lovely chilled night out

More information

How to get to the restaurant

2-10 Kensington Street, 2008, Chippendale, Australia

Directions to get there

Chippendale, Sydney City

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