Dead Ringer

4.6
280 reviews
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Modern Australian

We are a neighbourhood restaurant & bar in Sydney's Surry Hills, dedicated to Australian produce, wine, beer & cocktails.


We are located in a heritage townhouse just off Taylor Square at the axis of Paddington, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills with comfortable counter-top dining, a garden terrace and an intimate dining room, also available for private hire.


We are thrilled to have one of Australia’s most experienced chefs, Jamie Irving (previously Berta, Est, Pearl) heading up our kitchen. Together our goal is to champion the exceptional ingredients of this great continent through a changeable menu of sharing plates.


Our kitchen stays open throughout the day and late into every evening.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was incredibly warm and knowledgeable. Great wine recommendations. Food was lovely.

SB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tastey menu and perfectly set to share. even the mains were constructed in such a way that they can be easily shared. Very helpful staff and great cocktails!

l
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had delicious cocktail to start loved our red wines & food was delicious. Bread, gruyere souffle, duck , broccolini etc all perfect . Staff so friendly & helpful. Sommelier/ wine man, Adam???, was great at knowing wines & cocktails. Highly reccomend.

S
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!! Amazing food & service! Lovely location!

R
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, great ambiance and fully professional service. Mid range price for “Feed Me” banquet. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend.

SC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town and wanted somewhere close to our hotel, chose Dead Ringer because I’m a sucker for gnocchi and the gnocchi with mushrooms did not disappoint. We chose the set menu for $59 and we were well satisfied with the food that came out of the kitchen.. the chicken parfait with the house made pickled veg was amazing, the gnocchi I have already mentioned, yummy..dessert was a sticky date pudding with salted caramel, not normally a fan of sticky date pudding but this version certainly had me wanting more, not the stodgy pudding I’ve had before, this was light and airy and delicious.
Great cocktails, I’m sourcing Yuzu vermouth as we speak and the service was personal and friendly and the staff knew their stuff.
Definitely will return

LC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good vibe good food and drink. Comfy place to visit

SS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Way too loud - was seated but then had to leave as the noise at lunch was so loud I couldn’t hear my husband who was sitting next to me. Luckily the staff were nice about it

AA
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Super staff! Charming, helpful and swift service.

KF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent hospitality and fabulous value in the bottomless mimosa deal. The food could’ve been a little more in terms of quantity but the quality was fabulous!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing from start to finish. Service was exceptional and the food was delicious .

HM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the venue was spot on, while the food was amongst the best vegetarian dishes I've ever had!

EB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. My dietary requirements were no issue (and they are lengthy!)

DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent evening of shared plates, very tasty food and superb service by Adam
What else could you ask for a great local venue. We’ll be back.

LG
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. The waitress was lovely, very helpful with explaining the menu as it was our first time at the restaurant. Great wine list.

LD
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. Definitely recommend booking in advance. Super cool place for a boozy brunch. Go there!

LK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Meat Free Mondays. Being Coeliac and vegetarian, it's a delight to have a gorgeous, gourmet meal in a lovely setting.

AT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best friend and I has an absolute blast at brunch. Staff were amazing and attentive. Food was delicious - staff were very accommodating with GF and veggo options! Overall excellent experience!

DR
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely welcome and neighbourly vibe. Fantastic staff, great food and wine. Will definitely be back.

A
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vibe was perfect for a Friday night dinner and drinks. This was complimented by the outstanding staff and service, and the food was delicious. Five stars all round!

JM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Sydney from Melbourne and work in hospitality myself. The reviews really did hold up to the amazing level of service and food. Dined for the brunch set menu and bottomless mimosas! Normally going into these kind of deals expectations are not too high and honestly our group was only going for the bottomless mimosas’s (as a girlie weekend would tend to do). Was highly impressed by the service from everyone, the ambiance of the restaurant - classiness and a chilled no rush feel, timing of food -one dish after the other spread out over the first hour and quality of options (normally this is where brunches don’t hold up - but this definitely wasn’t an issue here) second hour of bottomless mimosas’s was dedicated to ENDLESS mimosas and the group chatters. Restaurant was turning to dinner service by the end and we weren’t rushed out and a few more friends enjoyed for a few drinks before we decided to part with the restaurant! Absolute perfection and these guys held up to exactly how hospitality should be done!!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and next time I’m in Sydney I know exactly where to gather friends!! Thank you Dead Ringer Team

OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was awesome, couldn’t fault that.
The service was lovely if a bit slow. We had to wait for drink orders quite a while and to order mains. It could be because of Easter Long Weekend but it makes me reluctant to tell people to go there as a group.
I am sure we will return but it is unlikely we will be taking people with us simply because the wait time was bordering on ridiculous.

K
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here was really good. Came here on a Monday night, so it was all delicious vegetarian food. Ambience was nice, seated outdoors under the heater. Could hear friends' conversations. Staff were attentive, but it did get busy towards the end.

g
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a great venue for brunch! The staff were very friendly and helpful, i loved coming here i felt so welcome and the food was amazing!! The bottomless mimosa add on was incredible and definitely worth the value!!! Dont hesitate, this place is great!!

OT
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The drinks package was great value with good service

LJ
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, delicious. Meals a little on the small side. Cocktails yummy

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a good brunch but expected a bit more food for what we were paying.

BR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Our table had both elderly guests and a coeliac guest, whos requirements were taken care off without fuss. Fantastic!

SG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a group function - set menu & drink deals makes it easy to bill split. The boys behind the bar take their "bottomless Mimosa's " very seriously - they NEVER hit the bottom for us!

NW
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The service was great only issue was that my bf and dad were still hungry after haha. But I was full and I would definitely recommend this place to my friends.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food in a lovely setting. Poor and inattentive service - no waiter, had to ask to order food, did not feel well served.

Dead Ringer
Responded on March 25, 2019

Hi there, We're really sorry to hear this! We're not used to hearing comments like this about our service and we're so sorry we got it wrong on your visit. I'd love to hear more about your experience - could you reach out via email on adam@deadringer.wtf if you get the chance? We'd love to make it up to you. Adam General Manager

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Manager was very accommodating when we had to move indoors due to rain. Acoustics aren’t great - one loud party made it hard to hear each other- not a good place for a quiet dinner. But the food was outstanding. Sticky date pudding was to die for.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Spot for outdoor dining, and people watching. The food was fantastic and the service was great, Attentive and helpful .

HC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a great time. Wonderful GF and DF options. Highly recommend!

JY
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great fun place. Perfect for a table of two as well as large groups. Amazing food, great staff and such a fun vibrant atmosphere.

AR
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meatless Monday was absolutely fantastic! Lovely service and delicious food. Will be returning

P
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding staff, food so fresh, very relaxing, fun boozy breakfast with the family. Appreciated the roof shading us from the heat later on.

GD
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very disappointing. Nice atmosphere but very small dishes for the price and very small wine by the glass. Just felt ..... ripped off.

RB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

A bit disappointing that for 2 hour bottomless mimosas we had to chase our waiter several times for more. Food was still amazing but I feel like the last time I was there we got more for the set menu. Still would recommend though, it was busy so that’s also taken into consideration

CC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is a mix of different foods and tastes that I normally don’t eat in my daily life. It was so great and an excellent choice to catch up with my friends

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