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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 163 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.1/10
Service :8.2/10
Setting :8.1/10
  1. Tracey S.
    Tracey S.
    • 4 reviews
    9/10

    A1 has delicious food, great service and ambience. Have lunches here several times and enjoyed the experience every time.

  2. Hussnain R.
    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.

  3. A A.
    A A.
    • 296 reviews
    9.25/10

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

  4. Michelle L.
    Michelle L.
    • 5 reviews
    9.25/10

    Simple menu, absolute tasty food and good service.

  5. A A.
    A A.
    • 287 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.

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 278 reviews
    7.5/10

    Great lunch place, food was excellent.

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 265 reviews
    10/10

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

  8. Cristina F.
    Cristina F.
    • 2 reviews
    8.5/10

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

  9. A A.
    A A.
    • 252 reviews
    9.25/10

    Great spot for lunch on a recent visit to Sydney

  10. Ron S.
    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

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 244 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

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 298 reviews
    9/10

    Excellent coffee and lunch

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 261 reviews
    8/10

    Food was good but not for the price?

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 272 reviews
    6/10

    the dinner menu is not very exciting, a bit disappointed

  15. Brendan o.
    Brendan o.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

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

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 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

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 252 reviews
    8.25/10

    Tasty brunch

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews
    6.25/10

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

  19. Bee N.
    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

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews
    8.25/10

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

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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