nel restaurant

Average price $135
1,004 reviews

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Ratings & Reviews

based on 1004 reviews
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Quality of food :8.9/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.7/10
  1. Jenny T.
    Jenny T.
    • one review

    Second time visiting Nel and still impressed by the really interesting flavours and wonderful presentation for each course of the degustation.

  2. Mark S.
    Mark S.
    • one review

    Second visit - more to come - have recommended it to many. The themed concept is superbly efficient and interesting: a real advance on the old theatre restaurants of the 70s

  3. KAY A.
    KAY A.
    • 5 reviews

    It was our first time to Nel n we loved it. Nelly the chef is extremely sociable and hospitable. He spoke to everyone at their tables in the restaurant. We had the Christmas Feast which was plentiful and delicious. We’re looking forward to going back for the degustation.

  4. Matthew S.
    Matthew S.
    • one review

    The bar seating should not be an acceptable seating arrangement in this restaurant. While some fine dining restaurants can get away with seating walk ins at the bar, guests who booked well in advanced should be seated at a proper seat. This bar is impractical to eat as it is small and has no leg room. There is constant knocks in the back due to the placement of the seat and your view is a dirty sink, a coffee machine, 2 loud bartenders and the service staff as it was right next to the POS machine. Service made us seem like we were complaining and that it was such a hassle to move us, but when in reality this seat should not be offered to anyone.

  5. Linda K.
    Linda K.
    • 59 reviews

    Unfortunately the short Christmas lunch mains did not justify the price (even after fork special offer). To be fair the entree and dessert gave a glimpse of the restaurant’s potential. Maybe one day will give another go at their proper tasting menu.

  6. Joanna Z.
    Joanna Z.
    • 9 reviews

    Always a wonderful experience at Nel! Thank you

  7. Charles V.
    Charles V.
    • one review

    Atmosphere is relaxed and casual for a 'fine dining' experience. However, the table and chair I was seated at stood on 3 legs. Air-con blowing at me was a bit of a bother. Meal (Story of Christmas) was abit of a hit and miss - more so misses if I am to be frank. The "Christmas Wreath" and "Don't eat Yellow Snow" dishes were delightful. Other than the "Mushroom Stout" which formed part of the first serving, the rest were dreadful to barely passable. Undercooked quail, overpeppered chicken, to the odd flavor combination of the fruity gelato and chocolate brownies that just didn't work. Portions were small, and I was left feeling unfulfilled after the complete course.

  8. Evelyn H.
    Evelyn H.
    • one review

    Food was great. Although we went to the land and sea one few months back, and that one just blew our minds and had super-high expectations. The let down was the service. Had served 2 of our snacks before we had to call the waitress over to order our cocktails, and food towards the end came out with a large waiting period. Other than that, it was great. Will definitely be back for more themed dining! Thanks :)

  9. Alexandra C.
    Alexandra C.
    • 2 reviews

    Environment was cossy. Staffs were friendly. Food was interesting definitely not something you'd eat usually.

  10. Jonathan N.
    Jonathan N.
    • 2 reviews

    The food was delicious. Their menu is nicely designed. You can tell the food was prepared with care.

  11. Paul w.
    Paul w.
    • 56 reviews

    Service is a mixture of good and bad. Depends on different waitress. Tgey asked us to be ontime and we management arrived 15-20minutes earlier. But they wont let u have tge table even there is available one.

  12. Mary I.
    Mary I.
    • 6 reviews

    Customer service is very good, welcoming and friendly. Look forward to returning when they have their new menu. Drinks looked impressive.

  13. Thi D.
    Thi D.
    • 2 reviews

    Nel Restaurant was amazing. Service and atmosphere was great compared to other fine dining places in Sydney. Food was delicious and the dining experience was very enjoyable. Special thanks to our hostess on the night Raz*. We arrived late to our booking and she was very accommodating. Hostess was able to create a personal experience and went out of her way to assist us on the night. I would highly recommend friends and family to Nel because of this.

  14. Rene P.
    Rene P.
    • one review

    I've eaten at Nel many times and love the food. The change of menu every couple of months makes it very exciting and new. That said, the latest menu for Christmas 2019 was my last favorite of my experiences at Nel to date. Hoping my next visit will see the return of the delicious creative tastes I love to devour.

  15. Steve S.
    Steve S.
    • 2 reviews


  16. Andrea T.
    Andrea T.
    • 14 reviews

    Interesting land and sea menu. Rated half the dishes, good dining experience.

  17. Lynne L.
    Lynne L.
    • 96 reviews

    Absolutely fantastic meal, the best degustation menu in Sydney. Every dish was beautifully presented and delicious. The service was impeccable. Only negative for me that for a fine dining experience the tables are too close together.

  18. Royston L.
    Royston L.
    • one review

    Menu always surprises and pleases

  19. Kitty C.
    Kitty C.
    • 4 reviews

    the great service, the food was amazing ! well worth value - the tasting menu is a must try staff were great at accommodating for allergies will dine again

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 286 reviews

    Food was fantastic, watching the pass was great, service was friendly and genuine). It felt a bit rushed and hectic on the floor and food in quick succession (waiters buzzing around, plates taken fast and delivered swiftly after each course, not much down time in between or sense of calmness on the floor) which seemed the opposite of the kitchen which was so cool to watch - calm, methodic, relaxed.

More information

Opening time

Tuesday – Thursday: 5:30 pm – Late

Friday – Saturday: 5:15 pm – Late

Sunday (Jul/Aug): 12:00 nn – 3:00 pm

Sunday/Monday: Closed

Friday and Saturday we operate with two seatings 5.15pm and 6.30pm and 8pm onwards.

First seating is 2.5 hrs

How to get to the restaurant

75 Wentworth Avenue, 2000, Sydney, Australia

Directions to get there

You’ll find us on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Wentworth Avenue. Beneath the Veriu Hotel.

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

About the restaurant

A space to be loved by everyone

Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, in the underground basement of the Central Station Hotel, nel. is a sophisticated yet unpretentious venue that’s breathing new life into Sydney’s progressive dining scene. Spearheading the kitchen is chef Nelly Robinson, who is celebrated for his contemporary interpretations of modern Australian dishes. Nelly’s robust understanding and appreciation of the best seasonal produce is showcased with an ever-changing seasonal degustation menu. Each dish demonstrates Nelly’s innovation and expertise, while retaining a homely and accessible quality. It’s this striking combination that makes his food oh so popular. Featuring long leather booths, exposed brickwork and sleek copper façades, the décor is as striking as the food. The wine list equally pleasing - and you can opt to partake in a wine paring or choose your own! One thing’s for sure, nel. is a welcoming space to be loved by everyone. See for yourself.

Best Dish: venison carpaccio, pepper, chocolate, pickled enoki.




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