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Twenty One

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Double Bay
European, Central European, Hungarian, Cafe, Eastern European
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21 Knox St, Double Bay, Woollahra, New South Wales 2028, Australia
+61 2 9327 2616
08:30 - 22:00
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came 3 families (12 people) all of us enjoy the food specially the excellent apple strudel dessert.

Thank Itzik A
Maitland, Australia
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134 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for lunch knowing nothing about its hungarian heritage or historic decor. We sat outside on a warm day so cannot comment its rustic interior. Service was swift and friendly. The menu only hints at its hungarian roots, and is extensive. I guess we were unadventurous with our choices. Wife chicken burger, me a halloumi salad and our... More 

Thank Marcus B
Anika M, Guest Relations Manager at Twenty One, responded to this review

Hi Marcus, We couldn't be happier than you happened upon us! Glad you liked our salads and burgers. Maybe next time you'll have to try one of our Hungarian specialities. Hope to see you again soon. Warm Regards, Anika Schiffer More 

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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The old favourites never cease to amaze us. Transylvanian Cabbage done to perfection, as usual. The creamed spinach is to die for and the potato, oh so soft and creamy. Friendly waitstaff and the the young manager makes visiting this institution of Double Bay a must. Try the crumbed mushrooms and red cabbage too. Finish off with a wonderful coffee... More 

Thank Peter C
Melbourne, Australia
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74 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

What a wonderful friendly experience in this nostalgic restaurant. Whilst sitting and looking at the menu we noticed the size of the meals was huge. So to boost our appetite we started with an Aperol and soda water. The wine list is very minimal but full of quality and from the outset you can tell people are here for the... More 

Thank Kenji M
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Twenty One is a historical place. The food is average but there is an atmosphere there. The place is in urgent need of renovation. the carpet smell and the tables are sticky and old.

Thank hibaron
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Double Bay has plenty of options for breakfast but 21 has become our regular spot. The food is always great, it's a relaxed homely place with consistent service, smiles and great coffee. There's never any rush to leave so it's perfect to sit and read a paper or a book after food.

Thank Phill1976
Anika M, Guest Relations Manager at Twenty One, responded to this review

Hi Phil, Thanks for your review! We're glad you enjoy the atmosphere, food and coffee at 21 and hope to see you back here again soon one leisurely morning. Warm Regards, Anika Schiffer More 

Coogee, Australia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for schnitzel and creamed mushroom and spinach.. comfort food at its best! it's the place to go.. smaller portions that Unas but still delicious and old school! Very family friendly .. delicious ..

Thank AndrinaGrynberg
Anika M, Guest Relations Manager at Twenty One, responded to this review

Hi Andrina, Thanks for your review! We hope to see you back here again soon. Warm Regards, The team at 21 More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

A lovely experience, going to 21 at Double Bay. The food, atmosphere and service and all excellent. I had a vegetarian dish, and was pleased with it.

Thank Evie W
Perth, Australia
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Just arrived in Double Bay after long interstate flight and stopped her for late lunch. Staff were friendly and fast and had drinks to the table promptly. Our meals were great and I can recommend the Haloumi with Watermelon, great flavours and cooked to perfection. Great vaue for money!

Thank LJA6827
Anika M, Guest Relations Manager at Twenty One, responded to this review

Hi LJA6827, I'm glad we could provide a comfortable spot to land for refreshments and a meal after your flight! Glad you liked the service and our Haloumi with Watermelon which is actually a personal favourite of mine too. Hope to see you again to sample some other dishes. Warm Regards, Anika Schiffer More 

Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has been here for many years. It caters for a core customer base of Hungarian Jewish people amongst other locals. They tend to eat early, and the place can be fairly full at 6.30. The menu features Hungarian dishes and fish and steak. This is not fine dining and does not pretend to be. Just a solid meal... More 

Thank Michael D
Anika M, Guest Relations Manager at Twenty One, responded to this review

Hi Michael, We definitely recommend guests book to avoid disappointment - i'm sure this review will be helpful to others. We hope to see you again soon! Warm Regards, Anika Schiffer More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, Central European, Hungarian, Cafe, Eastern European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Knox St, Double Bay, Woollahra, New South Wales 2028, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  Woollahra  >  Double Bay>  > Double Bay
  • Neighbourhood: Double Bay
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9327 2616
Twenty One (21) Espresso is one of Australia's oldest restaurants, founded in 1958 by John Schiffer - Father and Grandfather to the restaurant's current owners George and Michael. Twenty One was the first restaurant to introduce European style dining to Australia in the form of outdoor seating and also had one of the very first espresso machines - hence the inclusion in the restaurant name.

Today, you can find traditional Hungarian and European dishes on the menu, whilst dining in a comfortable and cosy setting with warm and attentive service. The restaurant is open all day every day, should you feel like just popping in for a coffee and cake and to soak in the atmosphere.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Double Bay
Located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Double Bay is a one of the city's most beautiful harbour neighbourhoods. Designer boutiques provide a decadent shopping experience and dress some of the most beautiful people in Sydney. Sit down at one of the open air cafes for a latte or a meal and enjoy the people-watching. Double Bay was once an exclusive enclave for an older, elite population, but new restaurants, late night bars, hotels and cafés are attracting a younger, vibrant mix, making Double Bay the place to be on the harbour.
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