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Lavana

8.9/10
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17 Hickson Road, 2000 Dawes Point (NSW)See map

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Restaurant menu

  • American express Welcome
Lobster ravioli
$29
Homemade lobster, prawn & crab ravioli in tomato, basil, chilli & dash of cream sauce
Fish of the day
$29
Fresh local barramundi fillet pan roasted with caramelised baby asparagus & pumpkin puree
Lavanna grilled platter
$32
Marinated lamb, chicken, lamb kofta, king prawns, chorizo w pita bread, tzatziki, pommes anna
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Duck Breast
Pita With Dips !

Ratings & Reviews

Fabulous

8.9/10
based on 240 reviews
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Quality of food :8.9/10
Service :8.6/10
Setting :9/10
  1. John F.
    John F.
    • one review
    9/10

    Great afternoon catching up with a friend. Nice food view service and atmosphere. Although minor, chef needs help with what medium cooked meet is. Cooked through to well done twice. They did make up for it by a complimentary glass of wine and a free Main course. Lovely waiters. Highly recommended.

  2. Kim J.
    Kim J.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    The food was delicious and the view of the harbour was delightful. Nothing was rushed. It was a very relaxed dining experience.

  3. Bernard L.
    Bernard L.
    • one review
    5.5/10

    Our table was basically in the kitchen,. The staff were not properly trained. The food was expensive for what it was. The whole experience was not pleasant.

  4. Christine C.
    Christine C.
    • one review
    10/10

    Staff were extremely helpful we had some tapas and it was no trouble when we wanted to share a main. Food was delicious and served very quickly which suited us as we were going to theatre.

  5. Valerie S.
    Valerie S.
    • one review
    5.5/10

    Lavana has a lovely atmosphere due to its setting. They were very pleasant young staff. The food lacked some flavour which was a shame since it looked quite enticing. watch the rather large ball glasses for wine....one was spilt over us and the table, which was unfortunate. There was no offer to provide a complimentary wine considering this (and the fact that we were very obliging when it happened), which I thought was pretty poor. Would I go there again? I don't think so.

  6. Peter H.
    Peter H.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    We went after the theatre. The restaurant was fairly busy. Two of us had the seafood pasta which was excellent. The other two shared some tapas dishes.. they were also pretty good. I’d be happy to go back next time we’re at the theatre.

  7. Lynne D.
    Lynne D.
    • 2 reviews
    5.5/10

    Although this restaurant presents well on paper, and has a lovely setting, if you are a foodie, go somewhere else. Our oysters were definitely not "freshly shucked", in fact I suspect they were rinsed, they were so lacking in briny taste. The "oven-roasted" prawns were frozen and again lacked any seafood taste, ditto the kingfish carpaccio .... which was accompanied by rice crackers! A very disappointing experience

  8. Lyndsey M.
    Lyndsey M.
    • one review
    6.5/10

    Food was nice, but service was poor. The waitress seemed inexperienced and required more training on the menu/drinks. Venue was not busy, but after waiting to order a drink after lunch we gave up, paid the bill and went elsewhere. Also Covid QR code was not prominent and staff did not remind or check for sign-in.

  9. Robyn P.
    Robyn P.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great view , great food and friendly staff. The Prices very reasonable esp for the quality. I would definitely recommend it to others and will go again.

  10. Jackie P.
    Jackie P.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    We love this restaurant, great food, incredibly friendly service and a beautiful location. Lavana is one of our favorites and is somewhere we take visitors. Can highly recommend

  11. Leanne F.
    Leanne F.
    • 2 reviews
    6.5/10

    The food was pretty disappointing. Wine was good. Lamb ribs full of fat and almost inedible. The location saved the night and service was good.

  12. Norman N.
    Norman N.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    We eat at Lavana regularly before going to the theatre. They always ask if we’re going to the theatre and serve accordingly. Food is always good and they have an excellent wine list. Service is always excellent. Lots of smiling faces.????

  13. Alberto P.
    Alberto P.
    • one review
    8/10

    Good location. Simple menu. Good selection of wine. Limited options for beer on tap. Service was not too bad. I will consider to go back there again

  14. Patricia F.
    Patricia F.
    • 17 reviews
    7.5/10

    This is a great place if you want something light to eat before going to the Ros Packer Theatre opposite. The tapas plates are excellent to share or just enough if dining alone. I had 1/2 doz oysters to start which were fresh even a bit "shelly"- followed by the reared scallops and the prawns. The wine list is very good with several choices by the glass. To save the Australian wine industry, I had two glasses of Tempus Two pinot gris. I first dines here last year and it will be my "go to" place before the theatre.

  15. Carolyn N.
    Carolyn N.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    Food was good. Service though pleasant, was slow and slightly unresponsive. Well located for before theatre dinner, or just a pleasant evening.

  16. Janet J.
    Janet J.
    • 2 reviews
    7.5/10

    The staff were not interested in removing plates after our meal. Nor did they ask if we wanted dessert or coffee. All they wanted to do was put food in front of customers and then they felt their job was done. The restaurant missed out on making money by serving us dessert and coffee and the staff missed out on a tip. Such a shame as the food was excellent.

  17. Caitlin M.
    Caitlin M.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    This is a gorgeous spot, the food was OK, but not fabulous, unfortunately it was a little cold. The staff were busy and doing their absolute best, but there appeared to be no set structure or role definition resulting in some areas being neglected whilst four waitresses attempted to greet guests at the same time. Needs a little polish, but I would give them another try.

  18. Anne S.
    Anne S.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    Friendly and knowledgeable staff, the tapas plates are very good and generously sized plus an interesting wine list. We frequently visit before or after the theatre which is close to the Lavana and have never been disappointed.

  19. Supatcha J.
    Supatcha J.
    • 16 reviews
    10/10

    Great food!

  20. Judy L.
    Judy L.
    • 12 reviews
    9/10

    Service a bit slow but food was mostly tasty

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More information

How to get to the restaurant

17 Hickson Road, 2000, Dawes Point (NSW), Australia

Directions to get there

Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Haymarket, Sydney CBD, Sydney City, The Rocks

Features

Tapas, Brunch, Welcome, Christmas and New Year, , Pre Theatre

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