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“Fortunate Serendipity” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pendolino

Pendolino
Ranked #29 of 5,816 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$24 - US$57
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
High Wycombe, England
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136 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Fortunate Serendipity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

We found this restaurant quite by chance, literally walked past it and saw the board and decided to give it a try. What a good decision. The ambiance was inviting, the service impeccable and the food was to die for. I had the spaghetti nero and although I've had it many times before, this was sublime - not too much, but not too little and with taste notes it was difficult to pin down. The choice of olive oils and breads was similarly perfect as an appetiser. Although not cheap, it was worth every penny. A fantastic surprise.

If I was to make one tiny criticism, it was a little dark, and although you are brought a light to read the menu by, it's quite nice to be able to see your partner when eating!

  • Visited November 2013
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Delicious Italian in Sydney!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013 via mobile

We are from Europe and appreciate good Italian food and so a Sydney friend took us out to this nice and stylish place. The service by a waiter, who arrived from Napoli three months before, was very good. The bread and oils , Australian, were also very nice. The whole meal with the specials of the day were top. In Europe they would certainly deserve a Michelin star! From appetizer, entree through the fantastic dessert, good wines and limoncello di Sorrento. We can certainly recommend this place, and although we were taken out, we guess this quality comes at a high price, certainly compared to what a similar good meal will cost in Europe. But then, hey, we are in Sydney! The only thing we think should be slightly improved is the light ( too dark) and the acoustics ( lots of buzzing)

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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4,908 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,796 helpful votes
“Love the food but very noisy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

This is one of Sydney's best Italian restaurants - very stylish, great quality food. Excellent service but we were with friends and struggled all night to hear each other talk. Great atmosphere in the old Strand Arcade but couldn't wait to finish what should have been a foodies experience

  • Visited November 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews
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“Absolute delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

We chanced upon the restaurant when exploring the Strand Arcade. Tried to book and was wait listed and 2 hours later had late sitting dinner booking. My wife thought this was the best Italian pasta she had ever had, including Italy holidays on 2 occasions. As for the 10 hour slow cooked beef -exquisite. Don't leave without having a dessert.

  • Visited November 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
“Old fashioned service. Fine but rich food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

A great place for a special meal. Wonderful service, great table setup. Food is very good, but rich. I had a ravioli. Excellent pasta sheets, filled with sweet potato. Plus, I think a ton of cream or butter. Desserts are to die for.

Visited October 2013
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