Babylon Restaurant - Sydney

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$41 to $100
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Middle Eastern
Located on a green entrenched rooftop in Sydney is Babylon Restaurant, a sprawling restaurant and bar reminiscent of the ancient region of Levant.

Gatherings in Middle Eastern culture are traditionally food centric. They are enjoyed and shared with family and friends, evoking a strong sense of comfort. We believe sharing Babylon's menu will help better uncover the rich flavours and textures of the Levant cuisine which stretches modern Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria and Turkey.

Please note that if your preferred time at Babylon is not available, we may have availability at our sister venue Duck & Rice, which is right next door and can also be booked on OpenTable!
What 103 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

It is a beautiful place service is really slow in the restaurant. The outside area has better service and less wait time.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Food was amazing but the best thing was the fantastic staff. We had a great night.

N
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The food was excellent but the portions were small and isn't truly value for money. Ambiance was generally ok but the music a bit too loud for conversation

CL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Found the food, service and ambience very good - will be returning before Christmas.

K
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressive flavours & great service. I will be coming back again

N
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great venue, but such a shame Babylon will not reserve tables for their diners on the rooftop courtyard. Very disappointing & hard to understand their reasoning. Would it not be possible to keep a section aside for reserved seating? Ambience inside is nice, but on a lovely spring evening who wants to be inside? Tables were aplenty in the courtyard but we were not permitted to change from our booked inside table without penalty. Why???
On a brighter note, food & service were faultless. Though we over-ordered for the two of us. I suggest 2 sizes of the meals - small & large - as the one-size-fits-all approach is just too much for only 2 people. 2 sizes would allow 2 diners to try more dishes. We couldn't possibly get through a whole bowl of the very tasty hummus & bottomless bread, nor the excellent cauliflower, chargrilled octopus & lamb. Our friendly waitress did offer to pack our leftovers for us but we were going to a concert after dinner, so we couldn't take her up on the offer.

AP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

the policies to change , increase and cancel are ridiculous

NB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time at Babylon this weekend and completely enjoyed the service, food and décor. Attentive and efficient service; stylish interior; quiet ambience and delicious food. The spiced fried cauliflower is a must!

A
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great atmosphere and food and super convenient location for a business lunch. We'll be back

AB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was cold. The food cost compared to value is disappointing. Your paying for the dinning experience not the food.

B
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

If you're looking for somewhere to have rooftop drinks this is a great place to go. I wouldn't recommend reserving a table here as their policy is extremely strict. We had booked a table inside for 4 people but then on the day decided we wanted to sit outside because it was a beautiful day. They wanted to charge us $25 per person to move outside so we were forced to eat inside as per our booking and then we moved outside for drinks once our food bill was settled inside. This was despite the fact that both the inside and outside sections were not even half full. Whatever the restaurant policy might be, this was just not a great way to be treated on our first visit to the venue.

However, the rooftop area is really nice and has a great vibe. Food was also really tasty but pretty pricey for the size of the dishes. I would recommend to friends for drinks and snacks from the bar menu outside.

SD
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked Babylon for a friend’s bday and we were beyond impressed ! The food is middle easters/ Turkish with a modern twist and the cocktails were magic ! Can’t wait to go back!

SN
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food took a very long time to come, waiter didn’t come to fill out our glasses with water we had to ask a few times. And the noise was very loud.

SM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food beautifully presented and impeccable service

MM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

I visited Babylon recently in a group of 6. Things did not go well from the outset. No one was in attendance at the front desk to show us to our table when we arrived, which meant we had to walk down to the bar to find someone only to be told that they could not help us and we had to go back to the restaurant. We did, and once the girl behind the desk managed to tear herself away from her i-pad, she handed us to the new guy who had no clue about where we were or what to do. Finally seated in one of the banquettes, he informed us that there was no cloakroom. So I guess the alternative to male guests who want to put their coat somewhere is to throw it on the floor.....

We ordered a LARGE BOTTLE of mineral water as two of our guests did not drink alcohol. When this finally arrived, the waitress filled two glasses and took the carafe away. This meant that each time the non-drinkers wanted their glass filled, they had to wave down one of the disinterested staff members to ask for a glass. I can't tell you how irritating that was, particularly as the configuration of the banquettes meant that each time the waitress filled a glass, she had to lean across the table, over the food and over the guests to do it. JUST LEAVE THE WATER ON THE TABLE. It was ridiculous, as was the need to find a staff member every time someone needed their wine glass filled. Either leave the bottle on the table or make sure you are paying attention to your customers and their needs. This place does neither.

Service was slow, our waiter was abrupt and impolite and the overall feel was like sitting in someone's half-finished kitchen. The food, when it finally arrived, was delicious but the overall experience of rude and stupid staff and an utterly charmless interior means that I will not recommend this restaurant to anyone I know. There are so many restaurants in Sydney that deserve patronage and Babylon is certainly not one of them.

NF
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hidden gem in the Sydney cbd! Our dishes were delicious and the interior design was beautiful. Highly recommended

SR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good mediterranian inspired food and good ambiance

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only hiccup was the Pitt St mall alarms going off twice. Made it quite an interesting night. No fault of the restaurant. Amazing food. Pretty good value for such high quality meals. I picked the right spot for a first date!

PP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Food and service excellent but too many crammed in tables too close to each other we heard ever bit of our neighbors conversation

DT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great surrounds and tasty food. Perfect for a catchup with friends. Service was friendly and reliable.

CF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely environment, amazing food and very professional friendly service. The food was authentic and the flavours amazing. A wonderful variety to suit all dietary preferences. The young man that looked after us was very knowledgeable and helped us choose the right amount of food so we didn't under or over order. I would highly recommend Babylon Restaurant.

DF
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were happy about the staff, table, ambience and quality of food. We were very happy about the alcoholic beverages list and the spot-on cocktails. We were not so happy about the portions of the food.

SP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing. So fresh and the flavours were divine. We had the cauliflower, tomato salad and the duck pie. The spices and flavours worked a treat. The staff were very helpful with our order. Will def be revisiting

SR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Every dish was great - luckily we were sharing. Would be back in a flash

AL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

If you can go when it's not busy, this is the best option. There's little clarity about the role of waitstaff so some seemed pretty annoyed when we caught their attention for service. This seemed related to the fact that there are two levels of waitstaff, those that attend to tables and those that serve out food. This is fine, but there wasn't enough table staff on to ensure a smooth flow. The attitude of the serving out staff to being signalled so we could order, or gain access to wine already poured but waiting on a stand to be served out seems to indicate that better management of staff levels is needed in busy periods. This meant that though the food was delicious, the lasting memory is of poor management.

m
Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service was OK, good value if you have a large group. The reserved tables were in a sectioned-off area, nowhere near the bar area which resulted in a different vibe.

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food and ambience was great, loved the décor - everything was delicious however the service was not great - our drinks were forgotten, our mains lamb & chicken came out before our drinks did.
Our complete order of food came out within 10 mins of each other (for 4 people) - not great for a late booking 8:30pm, we wanted to enjoy our meal, take our time drink our cocktails, share a bottle of wine - we didn't even have the opportunity to as our meal was almost over before we got our first drink. We received an apology that the staff misplaced our drink order.
Once we were winding down we then wanted to order dessert with a cocktail. The waitress handed the menus back so we could decide, then no one came to take our order. We sat for another 20 mins trying to find the waitress- we were almost ready to pull the pin and just grab the bill when finally we were able to flag someone down. I was considering a birthday dinner would be nice at Babylon however I'm not prepared to work hard for a nice meal, just want something relaxing with staff that know how to look after a table.

F
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for girls night out. Friendly staff welcome us. Decor is beautiful and feel cozy. Food was beautiful. Oysters were beautiful presented with beautiful sauce. Duck pie is must on a try list. Highly recommended to everyone who after bit different food with real flavour.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time.
Helpful staff, amazing food, a good ambience - easy conversational level noise; will definitely go again

j
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! The food is amazing, staff are very friendly and attentive.
Tried the Pan fried snapper fillet this time which was cooked perfectly with a crispy skin. Duck Pie is a must, as is the hummus for starters.
As always, great place to go for client entertainment!

CM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, delicious food, attentive service and lovely atmosphere.

CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I came here for a casual business lunch. The food and wine was great but the acoustics were terrible, so it made having an intimate conversation quite difficult. The wait staff were lovely and knew the menu well, but unfortunately forgot one of our tea orders. Also, the business lunch was for an early birthday celebration, which I wrote on our booking request, but our dessert didn’t come out with any special writing or sparkler etc. No big deal but not 5 stars. I would still come again.

L
London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb, the food was incredible and a beautiful setting with fabulous service! Can't recommend more..

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Babylon never disappoints. Food is simply fantastic

CF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious, authentic Turkish flavours with a unique approach. Ideal for sharing and fast service.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful interiors and decor, food was good but service was better!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday here, and the food, service and environment is amazing! Drinks are a bit on the pricier side, but I will definitely be dining here again.

A
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, nice wait staff, nice ambience. We hsdthe tasting mrmu which was perfect. We will be back for sure!

AM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything has been thought out when the set this restaurant up. Beautiful to look at food incredible that duck pie!! Even the Prosecco is from a cool winery in Adelaide. Very impressed

AT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food experience & great service. Really unique tastes and quality fresh produce. Was a great experience. Will be coming back again!!