We are BACK!

Book in today, lunch or dinner! We are practicing the guidelines as directed by the Government of social distancing and 4m2 per person.

 

We are OPEN!

Book in today, lunch or dinner! We are practicing the guidelines as directed by the Government of social distancing and 4m2 per person.

 

We are OPEN!

Book in today, lunch or dinner! We are practicing the guidelines as directed by the Government of social distancing and 4m2 per person.

Sydney’s favourite Italian Restaurant is open again.

We have all done our part to stay in doors and now it’s time to come back out and start enjoying everything that Sydney has to offer. We are running 2 seatings and are practicing the guidelines as directed by the Government of social distancing and 4m2 per person, so get in quick and secure your table.

Open for lunch, 2 seatings Mon-Fri.
Open for dinner, 2 seatings Mon-Sat.

Machiavelli restaurant was established by Giovanna Toppi on the 29th August 1988, creating a space where fine food and wine could be enjoyed. She journeyed from Naples to Sydney with a suitcase of lessons learned from her mother in traditional Neapolitan cuisine.

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Hear from some recent guests…

Absolutely delicious food. High quality staff. I'll be back 🙂
Lara Goulding
Lara Goulding
21:55 29 Jul 20
Probably one of the best Italian cuisine in Sydney CBD. And I am an Italian fussy customer. Truest me.
Dino Serrao
Dino Serrao
09:44 20 Jul 20
5 stars, the waiters were so kind and friendly. The food and drinks were amazing I would highly recommend this place for a date for your partner!
Nathan Willick
Nathan Willick
12:33 18 Jul 20
Lived up to its reputation. Lovely meal great service. Definitely returning
Victor Donovic
Victor Donovic
07:05 17 Jul 20
Went here to celebrate fiance's graduation. The steak was amazing, cooked very well. The mash was a dish in itself and was bursting with flavour.
Kevin N
Kevin N
11:53 17 Jun 20
Love this place! The blue spanner crab pappardelle pasta is unreal! I just wish the portions were bigger when you're paying $40-$50 for a plate of pasta. You almost need to order 2 to become full ... Otherwise so so delicious and amazing.
Caroline Geroyan
Caroline Geroyan
03:18 13 Jun 20
Rarely di we get to dinner in the city but when we do, Machiavelli in Clarence Street is one of 3 restaurants we go to. Regretfully one of those has closed recently but Machiavelli's has been around for so long it's and establishment restaurant I think. Nothing fancy, just good Italian food that you come to expect. We had the antipasto of course and our group then had some I'd their standard mains such as the tagliatelle ragu. There's a fine selection of seafood to cover from including some market specials. Loved the wine we had Friday night but have forgotten what we chose.
Eric Tucker
Eric Tucker
15:37 21 May 20
The service and food at Machiavelli were both splendid! The wait staff was very attentive, but not intrusive. They were knowledgeable about the menu items and allergens, which are always a consideration for me. We were shocked that the restaurant didn't fill up the night we were there. We asked one of the locals about it and he said it was one of his favorites as well.
Ashley Backous
Ashley Backous
05:38 07 May 20
We feel like words can not describe our experience. Everything was amazing! From the service of the staff (especially Nicole who made us feel so welcome!) , to the home made pasta, melting meat (we had duck ragout and beef cheek), the wine and dessert. The creme brulee was to die for. All exceeded our expectations in dining out. Best Italian food we have ever had!!! Thank you for such a great experience!!
Allen Lane
Allen Lane
08:30 30 Mar 20
We feel like words can not describe our experience. Everything was amazing! From the service of the staff (especially Nicole who made us feel so welcome!) , to the home made pasta, melting meat (we had duck ragout and beef cheek), the wine and dessert. The creme brulee was to die for. All exceeded our expectations in dining out. Best Italian food we have ever had!!! Thank you for such a great experience!!
tina mclendon
tina mclendon
11:09 15 Mar 20
Loved this place. The food here is reminiscent of the years gone by. Amazing service . I will certainly come back.
claudia Pizard
claudia Pizard
10:47 14 Mar 20
Warm hearted, fun and super professional. My guests and I had a wonderful time. Superb food, great wine list and delightful atmosphere. The antipasto misto and zucchini flowers were memorable, actually it all was.
James Webster
James Webster
10:33 06 Mar 20
Warm hearted, fun and super professional. My guests and I had a wonderful time. Superb food, great wine list and delightful atmosphere. The antipasto misto and zucchini flowers were memorable, actually it all was.
James Webster
James Webster
10:32 06 Mar 20
We feel like words can not describe our experience. Everything was amazing! From the service of the staff (especially Nicole who made us feel so welcome!) , to the home made pasta, melting meat (we had duck ragout and beef cheek), the wine and dessert. The creme brulee was to die for. All exceeded our expectations in dining out. Best Italian food we have ever had!!! Thank you for such a great experience!!
Nancy Garcia
Nancy Garcia
05:53 25 Jan 20
Love this place. Quality food and wine delivered with passion. Ideal for a business lunch.
Stephen Pettitt
Stephen Pettitt
09:38 24 Dec 19
Food was good. Xmas party so don't know prices. Service was good. Atmosphere was good.
Con Thanopoulos
Con Thanopoulos
13:41 06 Dec 19
My partner and I were both in the city so we decided to have dinner at Machiavelli’s. it had been several years since either of us had been, but we had both eaten there many times over the years. I was a little concerned that the restaurant may be a little tired but that simply wasn’t the case. The decor was still unmistakably Machiavelli, with the photo portraits of politicians and business leaders on the walls, and the waiters still in their relatively formal attire. The welcome was very friendly, the staff were attentive throughout the meal, and the food was excellent. If you are looking for simple, authentic Italian food, give this place a try.
Lorena Robinson
Lorena Robinson
17:03 05 Dec 19
Great food. Excellent wait staff. It's a nice authentic Italian restaurant with plenty of history! A great place for small to medium groups to get to know each other over wine and a meal.
Benjamin Barker
Benjamin Barker
12:25 29 Nov 19
My partner and I were both in the city so we decided to have dinner at Machiavelli’s. it had been several years since either of us had been, but we had both eaten there many times over the years. I was a little concerned that the restaurant may be a little tired but that simply wasn’t the case. The decor was still unmistakably Machiavelli, with the photo portraits of politicians and business leaders on the walls, and the waiters still in their relatively formal attire. The welcome was very friendly, the staff were attentive throughout the meal, and the food was excellent. If you are looking for simple, authentic Italian food, give this place a try.
Any Draycott
Any Draycott
17:07 15 Nov 19
I just been there tonight. The food was super nice, my spachcock cooked to perfection. Beautiful pasta and ragu. But the bread was cold on the table and there was no butter. But we used olive oil instead :). I read the reviews before. Someone mentioned the bread being cold too. Common guys, just serve it when people arrive, nice and warm and crusty. The service was good. I was not focused on if the waiters were smiling or not. Like some previous comments. They were good and they came wen u called them, they served our food in time. That's what matters.
Ilona Cheema
Ilona Cheema
12:47 14 Nov 19
Attended an event here recently and have to say, the staff, food and setup were simply incredible, the food was plentiful and executed to a premium quality. Will definitely be considering Machiavelli for future events due to it's versatility as a space, and the stellar food, drinks and service.
Patrick Blacker
Patrick Blacker
13:45 04 Nov 19
I never thought the best Italian food I’d ever have would be in Australia! Here in Sydney, on my honeymoon, from Texas.. we travel all the time and we always try the Italian food.. this is the best so far! Great service, very authentic, staff is all from Italy and very kind. Food was second to none in Australia! Must taste and experience, thought I was IN Italy 🇮🇹
megan akers
megan akers
09:40 19 Oct 19
This would have to be in my top three Italian (if not of all cuisine) places to eat in Sydney. I have never not had a meal here to die for! Not being open on weekend doesn't phase me at all - good on them. I cant wait to get back there now thats its getting chilly and to have a delicious meal over bottle of red. Staff are super friendly too.
Alicia Reveley
Alicia Reveley
02:04 07 Oct 19
This would have to be in my top three Italian (if not of all cuisine) places to eat in Sydney. I have never not had a meal here to die for! Not being open on weekend doesn't phase me at all - good on them. I cant wait to get back there now thats its getting chilly and to have a delicious meal over bottle of red. Staff are super friendly too.
Alicia Reveley
Alicia Reveley
02:04 07 Oct 19
A very strong, classic Italian restaurant. Great menu, kitchen, staff, wine, all in genuine tradition.
Jon Schmidt
Jon Schmidt
12:06 23 Sep 19
Good food, nice atmosphere, maybe a bit more than I would like to pay but was good.
Timothy Balmain
Timothy Balmain
17:09 14 Sep 19
The food is amazing and the service is excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the succulent duck ragu and the smoothness of the cocktails. Would definitely go back again.
Ash S
Ash S
19:50 11 Sep 19
The food is amazing and the service is excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the succulent duck ragu and the smoothness of the cocktails. Would definitely go back again.
Ash S
Ash S
19:50 11 Sep 19
I'VE FOUND IT!THE👏BEST👏GNOCCHI👏IN👏SYDNEY👏!!! These pillows of dreamy gnocchi have the texture of mashed potato that are someway somehow just holding together! When you pop one of these bad boys into your mouth they simply melt away and you are left with the lingering flavour of gorgonzola sauce which is so rich and indulgent, it's the stuff of legends! Just wow. The very talented chefs at Machiavelli are gnocchi magicians! Well done!
Kimberley Kells
Kimberley Kells
09:37 05 Sep 19
I actually don't want to share this restaurant with anyone because everything is so fabulous, food, wine, atmosphere, and service. But just to honor them, I need to write something. I will make sure to go back there every time I visit Sydney. If you don't want to make a reservation, maybe going there a bit later. Otherwise, reservation is a good idea.
Annie Jackson
Annie Jackson
18:34 03 Sep 19
We shared zucchini flowers as an appetiser and they were absolutely melt-in-the-mouth. I had the grilled snapper as a main while my partner had the veal. My snapper was perfectly cooked and accompanied by creamed spinach and a very detailed and delicious potato dish. My partner was very happy with her veal. The service was attentive, the bread on arrival perfect. We arrived before their opening time (unusually good traffic flow!) but they were very warm and accommodating. I agree with some other diners that the photos are overdone. I had to look at ScoMo all evening and Peter Fitz on the way to the loo!
Leighton Tinsley
Leighton Tinsley
11:52 30 Aug 19
We have ‘long-lunched’ here several times recently with 3 courses and a lovely bottle of accompanying vino.Food superb and service absolutely attentive without intrusion..My ‘Go-To’ restaurant I decided !!Last week we wanted simply a glass of red, share an entree and a main each with fairly quick exit. I wondered how the experience would work out or if we should have decided on an option elsewhere. We were not treated any differently ... superb food and same expert service despite a much smaller bill at the end of the lunch.As I said ... my absolute Go-To Restaurant surpassing Lucio and Pendolino.Highly recommend this restaurant.MG and Noel Robinson
Margaret Gardiner
Margaret Gardiner
06:19 14 Jul 19
Good service for a high end Italian restaurant where the prices are quite steep for simple Italian food. We had various entrees, pasta and the minute steak, followed by desserts. Many people rate this restaurant as amazing, but they are not Italian so wouldn’t put too much credibility on their review.My mother in law’s pasta is a mile ahead of this. Simple food, nothing phenomenal and definitely didn’t think it was worth the $340 price tag for 2 people (incl. 1 beer and 1 glass wine). We can tick this place off our bucket list, but wouldn’t return.
Victoria Vartuli
Victoria Vartuli
12:15 08 Jul 19
Good service for a high end Italian restaurant where the prices are quite steep for simple Italian food. We had various entrees, pasta and the minute steak, followed by desserts. Many people rate this restaurant as amazing, but they are not Italian so wouldn’t put too much credibility on their review.My mother in law’s pasta is a mile ahead of this. Simple food, nothing phenomenal and definitely didn’t think it was worth the $340 price tag for 2 people (incl. 1 beer and 1 glass wine). We can tick this place off our bucket list, but wouldn’t return.
Victoria Vartuli
Victoria Vartuli
12:15 08 Jul 19
Authentic Italian in the CBD. The venue gives off the right vibe and makes for a decent work lunch or dinner date option.Priced well and taste on point. Suggest trying the seafood dishes.
Nick Wong
Nick Wong
10:53 26 Jun 19
It's an upmarket Italian restaurant, with impressive desserts, a bar and high class table service. The entree was delicious, and the mains looked delicious, but the prices were quite steep. The serving size was large for the meals others were enjoying.
Ben Drury
Ben Drury
01:12 21 Jun 19
It's an upmarket Italian restaurant, with impressive desserts, a bar and high class table service. The entree was delicious, and the mains looked delicious, but the prices were quite steep. The serving size was large for the meals others were enjoying.
Ben Drury
Ben Drury
01:12 21 Jun 19
Amazing service . Very few places nail all a aspects- food flavour and value, wait times, and level of service. We came in at a quiet time but the restaurant was full very quickly and attentiveness did not change. Food was amazing. Worth every cent
Marc Hodgson
Marc Hodgson
09:34 30 May 19
This would have to be in my top three Italian (if not of all cuisine) places to eat in Sydney. I have never not had a meal here to die for! Not being open on weekend doesn't phase me at all - good on them. I cant wait to get back there now thats its getting chilly and to have a delicious meal over bottle of red. Staff are super friendly too.
Victoria Jackson
Victoria Jackson
10:37 27 May 19
Came here with a couple of girlfriends and the food did not disappoint .. we were too full for dessert so we will have to go back The ambiance is great, it did get surprisingly busy on a Monday night. They got a 4 star because the service was a little lacking. Our server was not very friendly and we had to hail a few of them down to finally get our bill. That was disappointing considering how much we enjoyed the meals
Ingy Dee
Ingy Dee
14:09 17 Apr 19
From the moment you walk into Machiavelli Ristorante you feel welcomed like a family member. This venue definitely ticks the boxes!From the delicious entrees, to the beautiful mains to the decadent desserts, you will definitely enjoy mouthwatering bite!Highly recommend and definitely rate it 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
foodbloggeraustralia .
foodbloggeraustralia .
08:40 21 Feb 19
I had travelled around Italy a few times now but the best gnocchi I've had is from this lovely restaurant in Sydney CBD. The waitstaff and host are very welcoming. I'll go back in a heartbeat.
Ash Im
Ash Im
08:23 16 Nov 18
Excellent cuisine. Very nice waiting staff.Surprisingly got a spot outside the restaurant (ticket parking).Overall very good experience.
Anthony Morabito
Anthony Morabito
10:43 02 Nov 18
WOW, Just Wow! Last night I dined in at Machiavelli Sydney for the first time and I cant believe how impressed I was. I ordered the Beautiful Zucchini flowers, Grilled Snapper with Saffron Butter Sauce and the best Ravioli I have eaten in a long time. Literally melted in my mouth with a beautiful wine to match.Also, the service was exceptional, the staff, the chef and the management really make you feel like family. Best Italian Restaurant Sydney, hands down. Remember this face, I will be back - thank you.
Rachelle Sassine
Rachelle Sassine
22:26 10 Oct 18
This is an absolute winner. Food was extremely delicious. Good wine selection. Service is top class, fast and professional. Waitress and waiters are all very nice, always smiling.
Kylie Bannister
Kylie Bannister
06:12 08 Aug 18