Sydney, New South Wales

Established in 1854, and named after the gardens which never quite made it to Bondi Junction's Bronte Road, the iconic Tea Gardens Hotel serves up Italian favourites and beer at its merry Balcone Bar. Boasting a great view over the junction, this casual bar and eatery is perfect for a post-work or beach meal, serving steaks, pastas and pizzas alongside its fully stocked bar and dessert cabinet that is overflowing with treats.
Tea Gardens Hotel
2-4 Bronte Road
Bondi Junction
Tel: +61 2 9389 7077
European, Italian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Boasting a 155 year history, the Tea Gardens Hotel has seen its share of patrons. Having been established in 1854 and named for the gardens which were to spectacularly surround it (but never quite made it), the landmark has been an active part of Bondi Junction's history ever since. These days its loyal patrons – and it has quite a few – come up its time-worn staircase and into its bistro, Balcone Bar, for generous servings of good quality Italian and Euopean pub-grub. The food at this popular Bondi Junction joint has been designed to keep the hunger pains away. Balcone also prides itself on its beer, which comes perfectly chilled and poured every time. There is also an array of spirits, wines and cocktails on offer.

Balcone Bar is smartly furnished and has a wooden floor with long tables that make a nice, casual spot for dining and drinkingwith friends. There is also a balcony which offers diners views onto Bronte Road. Also there is a space that is not immediately visible to newcomers, but revered by regulars. The Balcone Bar back deck – an area of chic wooden benches and tables, plants in neatly-pebbled pots and water features – is slightly at odds with the modest decor of the interior, but offers just the right dose of privacy and Bondi Junction positioning as to be highly desired for a cool afternoon respite, a nibble on a canape or a more substantial feast.
This restaurant has not scheduled any events.
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
Cheap & Cheerful
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Historic Building
Live Music / Entertainment
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Room
Pub Dining
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
This restaurant does not have any awards.
2-4 Bronte Road,
Tea Gardens Hotel
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
A ten-minute walk from Bondi Junction train station, next to Westfield.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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Julia - 17/10/2015
Really lovely bar !!! Just a shame that the staff are really rude!! Left as soon as we got served!! ONCE THEY GET NEW STAFF I might consider coming back!! Defiantly don't organise your birthday here !
rebecca - 24/10/2012
Ordered penne bolognese takeaway before and it has been lovely, but not enough sauce. Asked for extra sauce today and they've just added lots of water to the sauce - really disappointing.
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