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Meet the Chef

George Kohler was appointed Head Chef in 2017 and is our 5th Head Chef in 35 years. After completing his apprenticeship with us 10 years ago he then went on to great heights at the legendary 41 & Berowra Waters, followed by Monopole and finally as Senior Sous Chef under Logan Campbell at Jonah’s at Whale Beach. Logan, by the way, was our Head Chef No 3. We do like to keep things in the family. George’s youth and vitality is infectious and he has a great understanding of our style and ethos.

Restaurant menu

Chef’s recommendations George Kohler

Average price $125 Special request

Scores & Reviews

based on 299 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :9/10
Service :9.1/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Suellen r.
    Suellen r.
    • 2 reviews

    Service started ok but got worse as restaurant got busier. Forgot our side dish after we asked twice. Didn’t seem to care gave us a side we didn’t order and charged us. It used to be good but not so now. Food was just ok.

  2. John G.
    John G.
    • 5 reviews

    The previous visit was excellent. However, this time there was a function in half the restaurant and both service and food were disappointing. Unlikely to return.

  3. Nilani M.
    Nilani M.
    • 2 reviews

    Great service and delicious food. Quite expensive for the quality of food received. Wouldn’t make it a regular place but ok for once in a while, as there are plenty of alternatives nearby with equal or better offerings at better value.

  4. Simon S.
    Simon S.
    • one review

    Amazing food loved the crab Pasta and squid pasta

  5. Kylie H.
    Kylie H.
    • one review

    On arrival, there was no record of our booking that I had booked through a separate entity. But we were accommodated straight away and given a great table. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. A great night.

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 269 reviews

    Lovely evening, great food.

  7. David B.
    David B.
    • 6 reviews

    My favourite restaurant in Paddington! Elegant, wonderful art on the walls, impeccable service and great food and wine! Not cheap but worth every penny! Lucio’s is magnificent! But I am not overfond of the beans!

  8. Amanda & Ian D.
    Amanda & Ian D.
    • 35 reviews

    It's our "neighbourhood gem" ... we've never been disappointed. Grazie mille.

  9. A A.
    A A.
    • 290 reviews

    Good food and drinks. Service was attentive. The highlight of the night was the pasta dish. All in all, a pleasant dining experience.

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews

    We have been going to Lucio’s for some years. The food is always great and the service has been quietly attentive; just what you like. However, our last two visits have been spoiled by a very loud waiter, who has seemed more interested in over eloquent descriptions of the food rather than keeping the wine and water topped up. May not go again. Sad!

  11. Peter B.
    Peter B.
    • one review

    Excellent service and perfect food, a great combination.

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 276 reviews

    Pasta was delicious!

  13. Jeannine A.
    Jeannine A.
    • one review

    Brilliant service - (catered for me as a vegetarian: AMAZING veggie pasta dish - now going on their menu!) Fantastic wine list /top service and zucchini flowers to die for!!! We will be back sooner rather than later! J Ashbee

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 239 reviews

    like grandpa‘s home

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews

    Fantastic service. A lovely evening.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 277 reviews

    Excellent service and food

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 268 reviews

    Wonderful food, wine, service and venue. Lucio and his team are brilliant.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 273 reviews

    Bring back the burrata !

  19. Tony H.
    Tony H.
    • one review

    Always beautiful food Would love to see anchovies on the list And a simple pasta - oilio ?

  20. Chris s.
    Chris s.
    • 4 reviews

    Excellent restaurant, fabulous service & wonderful food

More information

How to get to the restaurant

47 Windsor Street, 2021, Paddington, Australia

Directions to get there

Sydney Eastern Suburbs

About the restaurant

Food, wine & art

Lucio's has been serving exceptional Italian cuisine with a northern influence on this leafy Paddington corner since 1983. A constant recipient of numerous awards over the years, Lucio's continues to be recognised by critics, and enjoyed by customers for the fresh pasta made daily on the premises, traditional northern Italian cuisine (sometimes with a twist), outstanding service and attention to detail and eclectic wine list. The site originally housed the Hungry Horse Art Gallery and Restaurant, renowned for both excellent food and avante-garde contemporary art with such greats as John Olsen, Colin Lancley and Robert Hughes (before he decided he was more suited to the road of the art critic). Lucio has co-incidentally continued this harmonious tradition with great food and stunning Australian art.

Best dish: mirrool creek lamb backstrap wrapped in silver beet served with cannellini bean purée, roast cipollini & watercress


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