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“Great rooftop views. Decent food.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Glenmore

The Glenmore
Ranked #63 of 5,822 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 15 - USD 27
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Dining options: Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: The Rocks
San Antonio, Texas
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great rooftop views. Decent food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2011

The primary charm of this restaurant is that it is on a rooftop in the rocks area of Sydney. Most of the seating area has a lovely view of the Sydney Opera House as well as the rocks area. Food was good but definitely in the "pub food" category. You order at a counter and they bring it to you. Although it was a chilly night, there are heaters. It was a very pleasant meal.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good pub food, great view...a hidden gem in the Rocks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

If you are looking for a decent bite (or just a drink) in a relaxed setting with unbeatable views, then the Glenmore Hotel is for you. I enjoyed a post-rugby drink/dinner on the rooftop terrace here recently while taking in the spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House. Dining with views like this usually costs a small fortune, but the Glenmore does not. The pub was pretty quiet when I visited so there was not much atmosphere, however I think it is the kind of place that 'goes off' when it gets a crowd. Will definitely go back on my next visit to Sydney.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A Great Classic Aussie Hotel with Great Views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2011

We visited the Glenmore Hotel on two occasions during our stay in Sydney, and on the second occasion, we booked a table for dinner with friends on the roof top bar, which has great views over the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay.

Unfortunately during the evening it started to pour with rain, and the staff valiantly carried on serving those sitting under umbrellas. We eventually relocated to the ground floor and ate our meal there.

When the food arrived it was of a good quality, and were good sized portions. We found the staff friendly and helpful, and would recommend the Glenmore Hotel

  • Visited December 2010
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Friendly Service, Great Views, Get Lucky Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2010

The rooftop has spectacular views overlooking the Opera House and Circular Quays areas. It's quite stunning & unexpected to find in a pub environment.

Tuesday was $10 steak night, Monday was too - so by 8pm Tuesday they had run out of steaks. Those we saw come out looked succulent. The Chicken Tikka (or somesuch) burger I had for 15 or 20 dollars was so dry. Combined with the flour roll it was on & chips was like a dehydrated stodgy dinner. None of the dinners my colleagues had looked particularly exciting, and no one commented that theirs was good. I struggled through mine only out of politeness.

The bathrooms had just? broken empty soap dispensers (obviously the story of there only being 25% of the public washing their hands is true) Although I couldn't see any drunk people around, the bathrooms smelled vaguely of vomit. This combination grossed me out. The staff were quite helpful in providing soap of some kind, but this probably wouldn't have worked for the rest of the people using the bathroom. It's not an optional extra! Portable handsoap guys.

I would definitely recommend this place to a friend - even if just for a rooftop drink. Go easy on the food though and go leave before your next bathroom break. I did feel seriously ripped of by the barren stodge.

This place has steep well worn stairs & is probably quite an old building, as many in Sydney are, but a little refurbishing of the bathrooms and taste testers of the menu are in order.

    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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