Karoo & Co The Old School

4.5
115 reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Karoo & Co The Old school is located in the heritage-listed old St Ives Public School. Lovingly renovated to bring out its old school charm, makes this a perfect place to come together and enjoy the warmth of our good food and hospitality.
Using select premium ingredients our team has created a seasonal menu of wines, cocktails, and food that draws inspiration from all corners of the world,
Come on in and & enjoy what our old school charm has to offer!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 115 People Are Saying
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PeterG
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The slow cooked lamb shoulder was delicious. However the most memorable feature was the quality of service. Our waitress was apparently a “first nighter” & I regarded her service & most helpful attitude to have been outstandingly good. Special mention also to the duty manager. A top night & we will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food and such lovely service! Always a great experience at Karoo!

DM
DavidM
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Karoo & Co The Old School has a great choice of dishes on the menu. The friendly service and tasty dishes were enjoyed by all.

JP
vipJanP
Sydney / NSW
16 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love frequenting Karoo St Ives! The food is consistently excellent, the staff are genuinely friendly and helpful. Love this place!

KO
KateO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The pizzas and substantial meals, eg lamb shoulder, are wonderful, as are the truffle fries. The interiors are gorgeous and it's great to have a decent restaurant in St Ives. However, there were a lot of mayo and beige colours in the starters (I made the mistake of ordering the mushrooms and the calamari together). The wine list could use a bit of attention as well.

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MinaL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere
Excellent service
Good food
I would recommend the deck for birthday parties
It has very cosy ambient
They have a nice fireplace

MS
MonicaS
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved this restaurant. Food lovely. Maybe a bit pricey. Could do with a few more “non-pizza” options. Small issue with my husband’s order. Rectified immediately with no fuss. Made meal complimentary. Service staff very friendly and helpful adding fun to the evening’s conversations. Will definitely go back.

JF
JeanneF
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comes highly recommended. Great service and fresh, delicious food. Wine list offers great choices too

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SuzanneC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and regulars. We were there on Saturday night (27/2/21) and had another very enjoyable night. The food, as always, was great - we had Barramundi, Spaghetti Marinara, Lamb and Spaghetti ragout. All beautifully cooked and presented. We will be back.

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EvetteH
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most fabulous night! The staff were so attentive & kind and the food and ambience was fantastic! They were also incredibly helpful in accomodating gluten-free options. Highly recommend Karoo & Co The old School

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GrahamW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Meal sent back as not nice. They refused to change it without charging more and then wouldn't take the meal off the bill. Owner then drove down from Wahroonga to argue with us. Awful.

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deniseM
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

friendly staff, service is good, food is lovely and plenty of room at tables

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NormaK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love quirky restaurants with different styles of decor. Loved this restaurant ! The octopus entree was fabulous

SA
SlavaA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful night, great food and our waitress was amazing

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VictoriaG
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vary good will be returning!! Food was extremely good how every noise levels can get loud when other groups aren't considerate.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with our evening out at Karoo for my Birthday celebration. The staff were attentive and very pleasant. We even had a 'doggie bag'!! The food was excellent. Thank you to all.

KL
KevinL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was very good. Also, we were not rushed which was good.

TB
TaylorB
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff we encountered were extremely friendly, polite and helpful. The food was all well timed and packed with flavour

JR
JonathanR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Rather noisy but a nice meal overall. The service however is very average. I think a few tweaks and you will remedy this quickly. eg: Offer drinks while people wait for guests, explain specials if there are any, check in on the food, be more attentive and caring and coach staff to care more rather than just try to get the job done.

JM
JennyM
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved local
Thanks the staff were very good
Love the food

MB
MargaretB
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, great service & food. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Karoo .

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Viii
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is th second time we have dined here. The food and service is outstanding 👍😊

WB
WinnieB
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was salty and overpriced. Only pizzas will be the one for me yo go back.

JP
vipJanP
Sydney / NSW
17 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant ambience is very good - casual yet classy and comfortable. The staff are exceptional - it's clear that they enjoy working there! We are regulars at Karoo St Ives and feel so grateful to have such a fabulous eatery so close to home!

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GeorgiaC
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waitress ignored us for a few mins and when got to us didn’t say anything, I had to say we had a booking. She said she couldn’t see a booking and then said I’ll have to go make up the table for you even though we booked a week in advance. She was unapologetic and unfriendly. The food was nice but a bit overpriced for what we had. Nice ambience and coffee.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequently go - consistently have a good experience.
Great wine selection, best pizzas and awesome deserts. Never disappointed

DS
DeborahS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great local resturant, offer delcious food and great friendly service. Highly recommend.

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GiselaA
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. All the girls were amazing!

GK
GiaK
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

From the minute we walked in we were extremely rushed. We were hovered over from the staff telling us we had limited time was expected to eat a3 course meal in an hour and a half we didn’t even manage to finish a pizza. We were told our time was up with food still in front of us and left eating our food out of a napkin. Extremely disappointing.

DG
DocG
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The pizzas were authentic and delicious, but the Pavlova was to die for!

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Alex
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere & pleasant setting with attentive service

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BLee
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a family favourite for us. The food is always delicious and staff is friendly.

WG
WintonG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Simple but generous servings and done very well. Pleasant and helpful wait staff.

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Wendy
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a pleasant meal for a party of 4 this week. Spacious with the covid cap on numbers and we rather like the space so that conversations on the next table are inaudible.

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Sally
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic night. Service was great, food was amazing as usual.

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Viii
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good especially the coffee rubbed short ribs.

DH
DeborahH
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service is always great. Food simple but delicious and great ambience

BW
BarbaraW
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointing meal and service was slow.
Was happy when we’ve been before but things have gone downhill

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Munter
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty food, friendly service, but typically pricey Sydney cost

SF
StevenF
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a memorable meal from start to finish. Highly recommended the Lamb Shoulder and Beef Cheek Ragu Pasta.

FAQs

Karoo & Co The Old School offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9144 6466.

Karoo & Co The Old School is rated 4.5 stars by 115 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 bookings at the moment.