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Meet the Chef

Starting his career in the kitchen of his family’s Vietnamese restaurant chain, Dan quickly developed a taste for a career in a challenging and exciting kitchen. Dan developed his culinary skills at an elite list of Sydney restaurants including Longrain, Pello Restaurant and Marque. Once qualified, Dan joined the Tetsuya team as Chef de Partie before moving to Bentley Restaurant and Bar as Sous Chef. After a stint abroad working in New York, Dan joined the Merivale team.
Average price $165 Special request

Scores & Reviews

based on 145 reviews
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Food :8.9/10
Service :9.1/10
Setting :9.1/10
  1. Frank M.
    Frank M.
    • 4 reviews

    Such excellent service from beautiful waitress and waiters , they made us feel special

  2. Shengying B.
    Shengying B.
    • 2 reviews

    We decided to try est. before the closing. Excellent environment and service; magnificent grand dining room in the historical establishment hotel... We had the three courses. Our favourite dishes included the handpicked crab and the veal. Looking forward to the new opening at Coogee Pavilion.

  3. Peter D.
    Peter D.
    • 16 reviews

    When we heard this place was closing after 19 years, we just had to go. Absolutely amazing. Very sad, but the chef and most of the crew are moving to a new restaurant in Coogee. That's little too hard for us to get to, but maybe we'll get there one day. You've got 4 weeks left to try est. so now is the time to go!

  4. Elisa L.
    Elisa L.
    • 17 reviews

    Really lovely ambience and large menu selection

  5. Alison b.
    Alison b.
    • one review

    Very enjoyable evening

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 262 reviews

    Nothing is surprisingly good or bad, food is standard fine dinning dishes, service is nice.

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 269 reviews

    Great atmosphere, good food, excellent service. Always pleasurable coming here.

  8. Peter H.
    Peter H.
    • one review

    Pleasant surroundings. Experienced staff, there when necessary but not intrusive. Another good experience here.

  9. Alison E.
    Alison E.
    • 11 reviews

    Champagne & Wine list was a highlight, backed by excellent service & food.

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 244 reviews

    I can't help but feel like Est has gone downhill. For a restaurant such as this you expect a certain level of service...unfortunately there were multiple times this was a letdown. From not being called over when the table was ready to having to ask the bar for drinks when waiters failed to notice empty drinks for long periods of time, it was quite a disappointment. Luckily the food was still good - most notable was the Marron entree.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 282 reviews

    Sensational as always!

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 257 reviews

    Great service and atmosphere.

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 290 reviews

    Great place for a business lunch and talk

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 262 reviews

    Great food, atmosphere and service.

  15. Miki J.
    Miki J.
    • 3 reviews

    Great service, food is awesome

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 268 reviews

    Highest quality food & service. Not as noisy as other restaurants, made for an excellent evening.

  17. Paola B.
    Paola B.
    • 10 reviews

    The service is excellent! All the staff are lovely and are very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Piotr the sommelier is amazing- he was a pleasure to deal with and his knowledge is outstanding. Would recommend 100%

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 297 reviews

    Wonderful fine dining experience. We had a great time and look forward to our next visit.

  19. Michael R.
    Michael R.
    • one review

    Terrific celebration evening

  20. Peter C.
    Peter C.
    • 6 reviews

    Great service and loved all the dishes on the 8 course degustation. Also didn’t feel too full afterwards so that was a good balance.

More information

Opening time

Please note: For reservations of 8+ guests a discretionary 10% service fee will be added to the final bill (excludes Sundays and public holidays).

How to get to the restaurant

252 George Street, 2000, Sydney, Australia

About the restaurant

Dining at est. is a finely-tuned dance. A balance between the drama of this timeless setting, within a heritage-listed building, and the contemporary Australian food, executed with precision. The seasonally-driven menu continually evolves and explores the interplay of classic flavours with local ingredients.


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