BONDI HARDWARE
Sydney, NSW

What was once a place for local tradesman and DIY enthusiasts is now a pumping bar and restaurant simply known as Bondi Hardware. This hall street institution is fast becoming the new hipster hot spot, with fashionable crowds flocking to the restaurant for the share-style cuisine, refined wine menu and innovative cocktail list.
Opening Times
 MTWTFSS
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Address:

39 Hall Street
Suburb:
Bondi Beach
Contact:
Tel: +61 2 9365 7176
Cuisine:
Pizzas, Tapas, Woodfired Cooking
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
License:
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
DETAILS
Bondi Hardware offers a range of menu and beverage packages for groups.
PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS
Rather than doing the whole "we're too busy to need reservations"-thing, the owners of Bondi Hardware have made a compromise. Half the restaurant is for bookings, while the other half is reserved for walk-ins. What a great idea, or so I thought.

A week before my desired dining night, I rang to book a table for three. Politely, I was told that there were no reservations available but walk-ins were welcome. "But I don't welcome walk-ins", I wanted to respond. Instead, I decided to live life on the edge and simply rock up on an extra-chilly Friday (and hope that the Gods would be on my side.)

As we approach Bondi Hardware, a happy clamour of noise leaks out the door into the street. A small crowd are gathered in a small huddle trying to escape the gusty coastal winds, clearly waiting for a table. There was no way we would get straight in. The waitress politely warns us that there would be atleast an hour wait. Feigning optimism, we add our name to the list and traipse down Hall Street in search for a drinking spot.

Three vodkas down and my phone trills into life. We rush to the restaurant to secure our seat. Perched on high stools, we watch as two vivacious bar staff pour, shake and sip on an array of serious-looking cocktails. The lights are fairly low and the music is playing so loudly that we can hardly hear a word that the waiter says as she rattles off drink suggestions. But it doesn't really matter – our conversation is somewhat exhausted after we have just spent the last hour in idle chit chat at Ravesis, waiting for the call.

The calculatedly rustic setting feels like a cross between Shady Pines Saloon and Grasshopper, but more elegant. Exposed bricks, low slung industrial lights and worn timber tables dominate the restaurant while bits and bobs are placed around the space in a measured and conservative manner. The crowd is a dizzyingly weird mix of middle-aged suits, leggy blondes and some chilled-out surfer bros. And despite the unusual clientele, the room has a happy and excited buzz.

Head Chef Justin Walshe has created a diverse menu of share plates, wood fire pizza, snacks and cheese boards. The food arrives quickly, thank goodness. Pan-fried ocean trout with a rocket, goats cheese and pickled red onion salad is robust and flavoursome while the salt and pepper squid is as it should be – crispy and tasty. The prawn, roasted garlic and chilli pizza is simple but pleasant however it is the chargrilled zucchini, olive and anchovy pizza that really lets the side down. Service is as crisp and professional as a hatted restaurant but the food is mostly mediocre.

We must remember though, Bondi Hardware is not a fine diner – it is all about having fun, enjoying a cocktail and letting your hair down with some fine tunes. And Bondi Hardware certainly achieves this, better than most.
Anna Lisle
This restaurant has not scheduled any events.
FUNCTION MENU
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
MAX SEATING
n/a
Bar / Wine Bar
Breakfast
Brunch
Cheap & Cheerful
Share plates
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Groups of 10
Awards
This restaurant does not have any awards.
39 Hall Street
Bondi Beach NSW 2026
On Hall Street, just up from Bondi Beach.
CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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tons - 23/07/2012
The service was appalling. We waited 1 hour for an entree of dips, even though we booked ahead and ordered the set menu. They then tried to charge us for 14 people when there were only 11 of us. It took a lot of complaining and a discussion with the manager for them to charge us for 12 people.
Tim - 19/01/2012
Had the best breakfast ever and the coffee is great.What fabulous staff and the owners couldn't be more friendly. They seem to love the place too. Living at Manly but the trip accross the bridge more than worth it. It gets better.....also came back for lunch and the food is exceptional. This new restaurant and bar has a sensational vibe and everyone is in such good sprits. Can't rave enough about it!
JCJ - 5/01/2012
Great staff, great service, awesome music, good menu, great atmosphere, great cocktails, free of pretension & reasonably priced....easily the coolest & best spot in Bondi for a social evening of dinner and cocktails. Must def be hitting this spot up every time we visit Bondi. Kudos to the owners on their vision...
Hamish - 2/01/2012
Bondi Hardware does take a certain amount of bookings each night however leaves a vast majority of the restaurant free for walk-ins. After some feedback, the waiting list system has been reviewed and now sees higher communication levels between the restaurant and those on the list to avoid confusion and disappointment.
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