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Meet the Chef

Wells opened Automata at The Old Clare Hotel in September 2015, which has been awarded 2 hats in SMH Good Food Guide, 2* in Australian Gourmet Traveller's Restaurant Guide. Clayton was named hottest chef in The Weekend Australian. In 2018 Clayton opened A1Canteen, just across from Automata and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A1 Canteen won Time Out's 'best new restaurant' in 2018. Before opening his own restaurants Clayton worked at Quay, Tetsuya’s and opened Momofuku Seiõbo.
Average price $135 Special request

Scores & Reviews

Fabulous
8.6/10
based on 694 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.5/10
Service :8.8/10
Setting :8.4/10
  1. Ron h.
    Ron h.
    • one review
    4.5/10

    Too focussed on themselves vs the customers

  2. Emma T.
    Emma T.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    As

  3. Gary l.
    Gary l.
    • 8 reviews
    8.5/10

    The service was excellent and staff were all friendly & personable. We had the 5 course and sake recommended by the sommelier. All 5 courses were good with the standouts being the black angus, stracciatella and the pasta. The sake was a good recommendation.

  4. Karlie G.
    Karlie G.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Always a pleasure!

  5. Phiona C.
    Phiona C.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    Great food, great service

  6. Sophie U.
    Sophie U.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    My partner and I are return customers whenever there is a menu change and a special occasion. We went back last night for his birthday and the staff were so warm and welcoming. The new menu by the team was amazing as always. Keep setting that bar high!

  7. Alex H.
    Alex H.
    • one review
    9/10

    Wonderful food in a cool modern atmosphere. Excellent.

  8. Melinda W.
    Melinda W.
    • one review
    9/10

    Very enjoyable! Service was friendly and fantastic, and the menu was interesting! there were only one or two courses that we didn’t absolutely love but most others were fantastic (we did seven courses without wine). Would definitely return!

  9. Kartini l.
    Kartini l.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Great service! Food was amazing

  10. Graham M.
    Graham M.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Went for a romantic date. The service was Excellent, the food was good and varied atmosphere in the venue was good. Well worth the money to go there

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 259 reviews
    8.5/10

    Cocktail & drinks menu excellent . Modern twist- lots of flair & originality

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 276 reviews
    6.75/10

    The place was far too dark, I could see the food properly and the photos I took of the dishes came out very dull.

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 311 reviews
    9.5/10

    Fantastic food and friendly service

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 296 reviews
    10/10

    Great food, lovely staff, awesome vibe!

  15. James R.
    James R.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Spectacular meal with great wine pairings

  16. Paul L.
    Paul L.
    • 11 reviews
    10/10

    The degustation menu was excellent and the wine pairings we insightful and innovative. Thoroughly enjoyable

  17. Paul L.
    Paul L.
    • 11 reviews
    10/10

    Really interesting and tasy dishes on the 7 course degustation menu with excellent and innovative wine pairings by Paolo. Attentive service

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 258 reviews
    8/10

    The service was amazing and they were very attentive. There were good portions and the menu was very diverse and unique.

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 259 reviews
    6.5/10

    Food was unbalanced, lacking in protein, and was not of the caliber I was expecting

  20. Stella M.
    Stella M.
    • 13 reviews
    8.75/10

    We dined to celebrate a special occasion and were greeted warmly by the staff. food was beautifully presented and we especially loved the bush tomato cream tubes and the sheep's curd.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

5 Kensington Street, 2008, Chippendale, Australia

Directions to get there

Chippendale, Sydney City

About the restaurant

Flooring it!

The guys at Automata have got their foot on the gasl and there’s no sign of them stopping. Ex Momofuku sous chef Clayton Wells has kept his new restaurant venture well under wraps but now it's open and ready to serve. This is Wells' first solo restaurant and he brings a movable approach to a frequently changing Mod-Oz/European style five-course menu. The food is a reflection of the dining room which exerts a sense of freedom and energy that's addictive. Come and experience this new Chippo sensation.

Best dish: come and decide for yourself!

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