We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
View all details
meals, features
Reviews (234)
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
Filter reviews
228 results
Traveller rating
129
59
17
10
13
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveller rating
129
59
17
10
13
Show reviews that mention
All reviews pizza panna cotta thin crust great meal desert
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 12 February 2024 via mobile

Like a number of reviews on this site I agree that the quality of the food has gone downhill. Must have been a change of owner trying to make an extra dollar. I was gobsmacked when I looked at the bill and saw a service...charge of $11. This place is not what it used to be and we certainly won’t be back.More

Date of visit: February 2024
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 25 January 2024

This was terrible, we ordered our food and they asked for still or sparkling water, without telling us it is literally 8 dollars a bottle. Crazy how the waiter kept asking for refills. Scammed us for an extra 16 dollars

Date of visit: January 2024
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

Food was good, especially the gluten free pasta. Also enjoyed a nice beetroot and burrato salad. Enjoyed a glass of lovely Sangiovese. All in all the food was lovely. However the service let them down. There was a 1.5 hr limit for seating before 7:30pm...of which we were fully aware. What I didn’t expect was to be really hurried at the end of the meal, bang on 1.5hrs to leave. There was no queue when we left and a few empty tables outside, so felt that being pushed out the door so promptly was a little overboard. To their credit I must say, service during the meal was very quick and efficient. Maybe I’ll return and next time book after 7:30pm and give them a second chance, as I said the food was good.More

Date of visit: November 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 23 September 2023 via mobile

I have to admit I have haven’t been to La Desfida for a number of years. I live locally so Ive seen the lines outside La Desfida for years. Its extremely popular And still very very good. Our table was ready when we arrived. The...service was friendly and quick. The place was full vouching for its popularity. We started with a Margarita pizza with chilli. We also had Calamari and polenta chips with an excellent Gorgonzola sauce. We followed with spaghetti Marinara for two of us. My wife had Arancini which was the only dish which didn’t meet our expectations. A wonderful description but the Arancini didn’t live up to the description. Everything else was excellent. La Desfida has been in Haberfield for around 30 years. Its always had a great reputation. Last night showed it has lost none of its reputation. They also make excellent coffee. Id suggest booking because its always busy.More

Date of visit: September 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 19 July 2023

Very disappointing. Pizzas very ordinary, have definitely lost the wow factor and the saiad was limp with some yellowish (therefore old) leaves. The place must have changed hands.We had been coming to La Disfida for years and it was so sad to see how the...standards have suddenly dropped. Sadly we won't be back.More

Date of visit: April 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 19 June 2023

This place use to be our go to place .For years we have taken family and friends here even with the change of ownership we came back at least once or twice a month . That changed last Thursday night when i questioned the owner...on the outrages charge of $15 for cockage per bottle for BYO . His attitude my goodness did he turn . I was dumb founded . Firstly i hope he pins the $15 to the wall to remind him just how much business he has lost from my partner and I . your food ain’t that great to be spoken to like that ! and secondly take a look at why BYO was first introduced into Australia , never will i ever go back into your resturant the guys pizza’s new door are just as good . But we liked you guys and support you what for i now ask . RobMore

Date of visit: June 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 16 May 2023

Have been going to La Disfida for many years and unfortunately the food and service has gone downhill dramatically. Pasta’s were ordinary and floppy pizzas lacked the wow factor. But the worst was the service. They were determined to have us finished in 1 1/2...hrs (which is not enough time for a 3 course meal) and hustled us out as soon as they could. We stood chatting near the restaurant for quite a while and as we left there were still 2 vacant tables on the pavement.So disappointing…. we will not be back.More

Date of visit: May 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 29 January 2023 via mobile

We had a family birthday dinner with 4 adults who all thought this restaurant was wonderful. We had two pizzas, Marvelous thin crust cooked in the wood fired oven. Also Seared Tuna on salsa and another dish of figs, buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto. All good....Of course we had to have desert Panna Cotta and zabaglione. And coffee. We commenced with a Bellini ( thinking of Piazza San Marco ) and washed it all down with a particularly nice rose from Abruzzo. What a great meal for some dreamy Italophiles. And all good value and lovely serviceMore

Date of visit: January 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 12 November 2022 via mobile

The online booking was easy. We received a friendly greeting and shown our table. There is the usual menu and also a monthly specials menu. The wine list is appropriate for the dishes served.

Date of visit: November 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 1 November 2021

After reading the reviews, thought this place would be great, but not so. Pizzas are paper thin, so only eating small portions of toppings. Pasta was OK, servings not generous, tomato sauce just didn't taste right. Personally would NOT be rushing back. Eaten much better...else where in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 9 June 2021

This restaurant was recommended by an Italian colleague when I asked "What are the most authentic Italian restaurants in Sydney?" The reviews are all accurate: Wonderful food, spectacolo pizzas, warm ambience, brilliant service, cold beer. Will definitely be going back.

Date of visit: June 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 18 May 2021

My family and I came here recently for Mothers Day and had a wonderful time. The service was first class and the food was amazing. We had Calamari E Zucchine Fritti - The best calamari I have ever eaten so light and tasty. Eggplant Involtini...- A special, get it if its on the menu when you are there it is possibly my favourite dish from this place. Garlic Pizza - Again really tasty but you will stink the next day haha. Gnocchi With Pomodoro E Basilico - Hand rolled gnocchi in an amazing red sauce. We all had a lovely night and highly recommend La DisfidaMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 10 March 2021 via mobile

Being Italian and loving to cook can make it hard to find a good Italian restaurant. This is it folks! We had the eggplant with burrata, pappardelle with veal ragú and a salsiccia e funghi pizza. Desserts were raspberry brûlée and tiramisú. ✔️✔️✔️all round. Seriously...could not fault the food or service. Recommend this place to anyone.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 26 February 2021 via mobile

Last dinner before going into surgery not from the area user Trip adviser to find a restaurant with good reviews and they did not disappoint acceptional service every course was great 100% recommend

Date of visit: February 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 20 February 2021 via mobile

This is a terrific Italian ristorante with a full range of cuisine. The service is traditional, polite and truly reflective of Italian culture. Great pasta, pizza and desserts. Thank you for such excellent service. A number of similar restaurants in this area but one not...too miss.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Marco Polo Motor Inn - Sydney
205 reviews
.77 km away
Ashfield Motor Inn
31 reviews
.81 km away
Garden Lodge Sydney Hotel
112 reviews
.85 km away
Westside Motor Inn
68 reviews
1.06 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Bistro Cocotte
187 reviews
.01 km away
Pappardelle
104 reviews
.60 km away
Garnish Fine Foods
21 reviews
.13 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Ashfield Park
21 reviews
.57 km away
The Aperture Club
79 reviews
1.11 km away
The Temperance Society
24 reviews
1.22 km away
St Thomas Becket Church
6 reviews
1.52 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
994gioiac
21 February 2020|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from wally1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes byo and excellent wine by the glass or bottle - great Italian beers and awesome Negroni too
0
Votes
alib269
28 December 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from 795edmundm | Reviewed this property |
There is one step to enter the shop
1
Vote
Gardengirl212
23 February 2018|
Answer
Response from Izzak2018 | Reviewed this property |
yes they are
2
Votes
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

LA DISFIDA, Haberfield - Updated 2024 Restaurant Reviews, Menu & Prices - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about La Disfida

Yes, La Disfida offers takeaway services.

La Disfida is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4