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The Vintage Cafe on The Rocks

$$ - $$$
The Rocks
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Shop R2, Nurse Walk, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9252 2055
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Mon - Wed 11:00 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 10:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 21:00
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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in here for a late lunch. Ordered few tapas to share, a pasta and a paella. Very slow, inattentive service, despite the fact the restaurant was half empty. Didn't like the atmosphere, too dark and very small tables outside. Will most probably not be back.

Thank chinagirl73
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had lunch here and it was excellent. The staff and service were very good, and the food was delicious!

Thank JBoice
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been coming to this cafe for years and always when we do we get the Wild Barramundi! It is always perfect, simple but delicious. We love this place, away from the crowds and the service is always nice and respectful. Perfect place for any time of the year.

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Busselton, Australia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We escaped the Sydney heat in the back streets of the Rocks and discovered the Vintage Cafe. The classical guitars and soft singing by the couple in the corner was delightful. Would have stayed longer but our children were tired after a day in the sun. But so glad we tried the tapas!

Thank Alistair M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Just had a pizza which was average and a small bottle of beer for $9 which seemed a lot (I am from the uk) But it was made up by the lovely music by a guitarist who played songs by mark knofler, Eric Clapton other great songs

Thank Bob H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Popped in here for brunch. It's a nice place with an authentic old feel. It's actually just a bit dilapidated but it gets away with it. The Vintage breakfast was OK, scrambled eggs a bit too buttery and runny, toast wasn't toasted, chorizo wasn't great quality, but bacon was plentiful and nice. On the other hand, the Vegetarian breakfast was... More 

Thank IntoTheWorldUK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This cafe is really quaint - and the location is perfect! Dinner was very good - my husband actually tried a crocodile burger! But the best was the dessert - lemon pie that honestly was 10" high!!!!!! WOW!

Thank Geographer2
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Went for Sunday lunch at 1:30pm when was not too busy and enjoyed live music and sumptuous food. Highly recommend:)

Thank YuriSydney
Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Rating is good rather than average but TP doesn't have Good Small cafe,bar,restaurant offering a range of mainly Mediterranean dishes as well as salads. Portions were on healthy side and salad ingredients all very fresh even though we dropped in around 2pm for late lunch. Good service and really nice to have live music in this very small space

Thank grwpl
Masterton, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

It was a really nicely cooked brunch and well presented. Warm and attentive service. Would highly recommend.

Thank austinclaire76

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 14 - USD 19
Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Australian, Spanish, Portuguese, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
09:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop R2, Nurse Walk, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > The Rocks
  • Neighbourhood: The Rocks
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9252 2055
The Vintage Cafe has an interesting fusion of historical and modern decor offering a casual laid back atmosphere with good quality food at affordable prices. Only fresh produce is used with emphasis on local Australian seafood, wines, local and imported cheeses. The wine & beer list offers great quality, variety and value for money. A lot of creativity is found in the various dishes, providing a nice contrast between Spanish, Portuguese and Mediterranean food. Served all day, the traditional breakfast portion of the menu offers the Full Vintage Breakfast deal, with bacon, Chorizo, eggs to any taste and toast. For those with a big appetite, the Mediterranean Omelette filled with capsicum, tomato, Spanish onion, mushrooms, herbs and fetta cheese has plenty to get you going. Lunch is filled with options including fresh made to order salads, pizzas, sandwiches and specials of the day. Thu to Sun nights, selection of Paella and Tapas served in traditional clay dishes. What can be more romantic than the delightful sounds of live Bossa Nova & Jazz which can be heard Thu,Fri, Sat & Sun nighst and Sat & Sun noon. If you are looking for somewhere special, private and a local haven, take a stroll to The Vintage Cafe.

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The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
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