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Olio Kensington Street

4.4
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69 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Sicilian-born, award-winning chef Lino Sauro (Gattopardo, Singapore) opened Olio Kensington Street in early 2017 to show Sydney why Sicilian is the new Italian.

Olio Kensington Street (Italian for olive oil) is located in the beautifully restored The Old Rum Store with a contemporary indoor dining room and lush rooftop terrace overlooking Chippendale.

Sauro comes from a long lineage of self-sufficient Sicilian farmers where he grew up with meals that were created with the quality produce grown on the property. This translates into Sauro’s menu with dishes that reflect a strong connection to his Sicilian roots and passion for fresh and sustainable produce.

Keeping it in the family, Sauro sources his olive oil – the base of all his dishes – from the family’s Sicilian farm.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Melbourne ' s Cup Feast At Olio

Dine in

A$99.00 per order

Nov 3, 2020 only·Tue 12:00PM-4:00PM

Melbourne’s Cup

2020

Champagne on arrival

99

Kingfish Tart

Tomato Tart, Kingfish Crudo, John Dory Liver Pate, Flying Fish Roe, Fermented Fennel, Finge Lime

Champagne Lobster

Homemade Angel Hair, Lemon Butter, Roasted Pistachios

Wagyu

Charred Wagyu Beef MBS 9+, Sunchokes Textures, Truffle jus

Pistacchio E Latte

Pistachio Semifreddo, Milk Crumb, Milk Foam, Crispy Milk Skin

Beverages Packages from 79$

What 69 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely lovely ambiance and friendly service

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JessE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The wait staff appeared to be disinterested and judgemental of clientele. The chefs were lovely so it’s a shame that kindness and hospitality wasn’t extended to the wait staff.

The food didn’t hit the mark. Starters were fantastic but the pastas were all underwhelming. Overall, disappointing experience (particularly when parting with $130 per head).

It’s a shame because the ambience is wonderful and the chefs are lovely people - they just need to refine the flavours (and some dishes were served a bit cold) and improve the overall attitude on those serving you.

Olio Kensington Street
Responded a day ago

Dear Jess thank you so much for your comments! those are very important to us! I m really sad to hear you felt unwelcomed and not warmly attended by my floor staff, definitely this is not our standards, i can assure and that s why i personally want to apology first and then make sure this never gonna happens again! we really hope to see you again at Olio and we all make sure to give you the best of the hospitality experience lino

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TickyS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to try the degustation menu, It was not disappointing, with amazing food, service, and Sicilian Red wine. Would definitely recommend it.
Grab your friends and go

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CassandraS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and service was absolutely amazing. Lino was especially friendly.
My only complaint would be that if your restaurant is called Olio, I would have liked to try some of the olive oil you use with some bread as a complimentary starter. Can't fault anything else

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DandN
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The dining room is nicely presented and tables are a good size. The amuse bouche was a little too big for one mouthful but quite tasty. The first course of octopus was over seasoned. The second course of prawn ravioli had some excellent flavor and the prawn was bursting fresh. The pasta however tasted like it was made the previous day. The John Dory served for the third course was unfortunately overcooked and overpowered by the excessive quantity and flavor of the black sauce. The wagyu was a highlight, beautifully cooked and full of flavor. The desert was unfamiliar, probably for good reason. It was nice to see the restauranteur on the floor, serving some courses and engaging patrons. Their passion is evident.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb food, wine, and service. Outstanding.

SG
SamanthaG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Overpriced average food. But the waitress we had was friendly and enthusiastic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Sicilian restaurant.

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Crissie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I don't understand how this place still got a 4 stars rating on Google
Breakdown:
1. Décor was nice and the presentation of the dishes was on point, yet the analogy I will give to their food(especially their pastas) would be a beautiful person with a boring personality. I have never had a bland squid ink pasta anywhere else but here and that Social Hideout café, which was expectable for that café as it's all for gram. Yet when you are charging $30-$40 bucks for a pasta dish, you better believe I will be expecting some explosive spectacular flavors instead of some noodles that tasted like the chef doesn't know how to season properly. Both the squid ink pasta and the special pasta that day were pretty much sauceless and tasteless

2. We got charged for a bowl of potatoes which we never ordered. I am pretty certain I did not stutter when stating 2 entrees and 2 mains that the waiter could possibly misheard an extra "potato" side
Fair enough that it has been pretty rough for the hospitality industry, but doing this just so you can sponge off the customers here and there is just uncalled for. I would've just bit my tongue if the dishes were actually tasty but they weren't, including that bowl of potato

3. After leaving the restaurant I received a text from a stranger's number basically tried to hit on me, turned out it was one of the staff from the restaurant. I am assuming that he got a hold of my number through my booking details. So not only I had a very disappointing dining experience I then had to have my personal information violated afterwards.

Will not go back nor recommend it to anyone else.

JT
JenniferT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was not as good as the last time I came about 2 years ago. A little bit too fussy and try hard , not as much of that classic excellent simple strong Sicilian.
Service was ok but not good at the beginning. I was expecting instant service- drink and menu on arrival.
Pleasant and friendly service though
Thank you

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SusanB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, reasonably priced wine list with a selection of Italian wines and good service

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GlenG
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional
The service was very professional and attentive and flowing.
A very enjoyable experience

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AndreaM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in Sydney ...........::::::::

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BrendanO
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, would highly recommend and dine again soon.

Olio Kensington Street
Responded on September 21, 2020

Dear Brendan thank you so much! we looking forward to have you at Olio again soon!

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OlyaS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

The food was very underwhelming! No flavour, pasta over cooked. Entrees were quite tasteless.

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TraceyT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing foods. We had a great time celebrating husbands birthday

Olio Kensington Street
Responded on September 21, 2020

Dear Tracey we are very glad you guys had great time with us we will definitely looking forward to have to host you again at Olio

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CarolineB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant, delicious tasting menu. We were extremely well looked after

Olio Kensington Street
Responded on September 21, 2020

dear Caroline we highly appreciate your kind words! cheers lino

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service

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MareeL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit place for southern authentic Italian food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was Great food and the staff were great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent seafood zuppa. Great experience overall.

KT
KireT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good food and service

KK
KellyK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our first wedding anniversary with dinner at Olio (as we had our wedding lunch there last year) and we were treated like old friends by the staff. Amazing food and service, with wonderful touches like a happy anniversary cake.

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Reina
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing foods and fantastic hospitality services within gentle vibes. You should try this awesome restaurant :)

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Tatiana
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner experience has been outstanding from the beginning to the end.
We enjoyed the ambience, the service, the wine and the food was just amazing.
Chef Lino Sauro is a Maestro in his job and I would recommend this experience to all my frends.
Thank you to all the staff at Olio Kensington Street!

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Restaurant was great , food was awesome, just needed a little more on the mains.
Staff were really friendly and very competent. We were there for our anniversary, treated us with some champagne and some beautiful extra desert.
Really good would go back again.

Olio Kensington Street
Responded on August 20, 2020

Dear Peter absolutely happy to hear from your experience at Olio We are very glad that you guys had a very good time with us. Looking forward to have you here again soon Lino

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LeeB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic!...will definitely go back and tell family and friends about the restaurant- my cousin recommended it to me!

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great location and fantastic food. Not too formal, great spot for a semi-fancy, very tasty lunch or dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved the Sicilian waitress and the food and wine were delicious

JL
JavierL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very beautiful place, a pity that no more customers were enjoying the food due to this situation, but still we felt a really good atmosphere. More intimate.
Food was absolutely phenomenal, every bite we had felt like a party was being held in our mouths. Polipo and scallops are a must as starters if you go there. All four of us had pasta as a main dish and none of them disappointed. Ravioli and papardelle were our favourites and the cheesecake for dessert was something next level. The semifredo and cannolo were ok but cannot compare to that cheesecake.
Definitely coming back, looks perfect and ideal for celebrating a special occasion.

Olio Kensington Street
Responded on August 14, 2020

Dear Javier your kind words make us very happy and give us more reason to keep on although the adverse circumstances!

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SlickVic
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flavours. Attentive service and the chef serving was a great touch ti the experience.

Olio Kensington Street
Responded on August 14, 2020

Dear Vic great to see you at Olio ! looking forward again

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BarryD
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have been a fan since it opened a few years ago.

The degustation was excellent and each dish inventive, attractive and delicious.

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

For us, superlatives apply here!

Thank you.

Olio Kensington Street
Responded on August 14, 2020

Dear Berry ! absolutely flattered about our comments! thank you so much for the long time and precious support

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JanaL
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. Food was delicious and the wait staff were exceptional. The interiors were beautiful too. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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AliceS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is amazing there, a bit pricey but worthy of it. Highly recommended. Also try their Italian white wine, very beautiful wine .

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SaturdayNight
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational! Always great food and great service.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food portions are quite small and the food was nothing special. It does say that they recommend 2 dishes per person. For the price you pay, however, it was not worth the experience. The service was not the best. I got the bill and waited 5 minutes for someone to help me with the payment. He then just drops the EFTPOS machine onto the table and walks away.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really pleasant meal at Olio ... octopus starter a standout.

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Giuseppe
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved my entrees .( octopus and calamari)
Lobster pasta was good but not outstanding.
Cannolo with ricotta was perfectly made.
We will definitely coming back .

KK
KristinaK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely to experience Sicilian cuisine especial now when we can't travel to Sicily, so we got lucky and Sicily came to us :)

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Foodgirl29
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service - a place we will return to again and again

FAQs

Olio Kensington Street does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Olio Kensington Street also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9281 1500.

Olio Kensington Street is rated 4.4 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.