Alberto's Lounge

4.6
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Alberto’s Lounge is a neighbourhood Italian restaurant and wine bar located in the heart of Sydney.

Alberto’s Lounge accepts a small amount of reservations every day and night.

The remainder of our tables are kept available for customers on a first come first served basis.
What 98 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were five pax and were seated at a table for four, squeezed in between two other tables of two pax each, either side of us.

None of us had any elbow or leg room we would need to eat and allow blood flow to our legs. Also, our conversations would have been heard by our neighbours.

The maître d’ was unable to find a larger table and commented that our table was big enough for six pax.
So, we left without being able to sample the quality of the food, drink, or service.

I worked in restaurants in the 70’s and there was more room and less volume to the ambient music.

Maybe when my wife and I next dine one weekday evening, we might think about trying Alberto’s Lounge.

Until then, adieu.

JW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!! What a find!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food it’s incredible !!

L
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alberto's Lounge is 'must visit' for everyone. The food, wine, service and ambiance cannot be faulted. The music was a little loud for my liking though would not turn me off returning again and again.

SM
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibes, measured level of service (attentive but not painful), and the food was exceptional. The tongue dish was outstanding.

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service thank you.

S
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal - Go now it’s too tasty not too. Great service to top it off

S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience1

It’s hard to write a review on Alberto’s mainly because it has positives & negatives. What we did like was the food and the outstanding professional staff. What we disliked was the noisy squishy venue and the limited Sauvignon Blanc list.

The food was delicious especially the bread, prosciutto & the John Dory.

JO
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had probably the best meal we have had in a long time. The tripe was the winner tonight. Fantastic service and overall couldnt fault it. If only all restaurants were as good!

B
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious, great atmosphere, bopping tunes and friendly service.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

R
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food along with expert advice matching people to food and wine all in fabulous venue! One of our favourites

JS
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a cosy little place, great atmosphere, service and food, lots of gluten free options.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fabulous food.

RS
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, interesting menu, excellent wine list! Love this place!

GA
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere, food suggestions from the staff were terrific , very accommodating when we arrived early, tongue and anchovies were to die for !

A
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were disappointed with our experience at Alberto's Lounge. There were too many people crowded around tables that were far too small for a place serving food - more like a very crowded noisy pub which is fine if that is what you are after. The food was of good quality but was far too rich and salty for our liking and did linger for quite a while on the palate. The staff had difficulty catering to the number of people in the restaurant and while good considering the constraints imposed on them, the standard customer lines did seem a little false.

J
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had a beautiful evening at Alberto's, the food is beautifully done, and the restaurant fit-out is warm and classy - film posters on the wall making no pretense of the taste and humour beneath everything. The wine list is fantastic and immersive, exploring contemporary edges of Italian winemaking and it's funky neighbours in Slovenia, Georgia, and Croatia. Floor staff's knowledge and enthusiasm was exciting, casual and well informed. The busyness of the service felt on the brink of controlled chaos; being greeted/seated by the bar to await our table, then feeling a little ignored as a crush of guests arrived in a crammed entrance-way. We loved the Trippa alla Romana - such a rich depth of texture and savour, faintly curry-like, then tart, sweet and warming.

MP
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We spend three months every year in Lucca, Italy primarily to enjoy the food. Alberto’s Lounge could happily relocate to Tuscany and even the Italians would not complain! Complimenti. My only criticism would be the noise in the restaurant.

s
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, very knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations.
Venue and decor was spot on too. Food is very authentic Italian, all dishes were great.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool venue. You wouldn’t recognise the old Berta site. Excellent pasta & great Italian driven wine list. We will definitely be back.

RB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Tooooo noisy.

$5/head charges for sparking water *without* notification - it was offered together with still water, both served from recycled wine bottles.

Music was too loud for conversation without shouting.

Food was good quality but overpriced.

Service was good but pretentiously bohemian aloof.

S
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience, romantic even though the tables were quite close to each other. Pasta is amazing, one of the best Italian restaurants around

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Alberto’s has a lovely atmosphere with great food and service. Loved it!

D
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food is really authentic with fabulous choice of wines

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fabulous food and very enjoyable night overall and will certainly be going back.

J
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute hidden gem. Everything you could want in an Italian restaurant. Perfect food, wines and service. Will keep going back as often as possible.

BR
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have highly recommended Alberto's to everyone that will listen.

p
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

If you don't mind a noisy environment in a cramped space you will be very happy. I was there to celebrate my partners birthday so not a great choice. The food was excellent, i even tried the tripe and was greatly impressed with the flavour. The wine list was not too extensive and reasonable priced. Tone the volume down and give me some breathing space and i will definately return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, buzzy atmosphere and great pasta

MG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Alberto's and it will not be the last. Food was faultless, service was excellent and certainly not invasive.
Not the place for an intimate dinner for two!! The place is rocking and vibrant with people enjoying company of friends so conversation needs to be louder than usual.
Get some friends together and do yourselves a favour and get along to Alberto's

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent God’s and service and very friendly staff

SM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite restaurant. Food, service, atmosphere without compare.

B
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic ambience, great food. Friendly staff. Menu is small but each dish is well made and balanced. Servings a little small for the price though.

JS
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and wine choices. Awesome and friendly service. No attitude which was great. We will be back ✅✅✅✅✅

SC
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Alberto’s Lounge. We loved the atmosphere - like many fabulous places we’ve dined at in Italy. Service was friendly, informative, relaxed but efficient. Food very good, but very disappointing to be charged $6 for bread - not Italian at all!

SK
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good atmosphere and service
Wine by the glass way to expensive

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wine!

d
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place if you’re into atmosphere and intimacy. Really enjoyed Romeo’s exceptional CS too. Will definitely visit again.

GD
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic - early family dinner, was pretty busy and energetic but great fun and atmosphere
Staff were awesome and food was so good!!
will definitely be coming back