Sydney, New South Wales

2016 SMH Good Food Guide Awards - Two Chef Hats
Visit est. for fine dining on a grand scale. Expect a handsome heritage dining room, faultless service and flawless food that bears Head Chef Jacob Davey's signature freshness and precision. Appropriately set in one of Sydney's most luxurious boutique hotels, est. remains one of the city's most impressive dining destinations.

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252 George Street,
Level 1, Establishment
Sydney CBD NSW 2000


Sydney CBD



Modern Australian, Vegetarian available

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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This exceptional SMH Good Food Guide award-winning restaurant has been a clear winner every year from 2004, maintaining its three hats since. It is the passion and uncompromising dedication for perfection from Peter Doyle and his partner head chef Alex Woolley that places this restaurant experience far beyond guest expectations. With outstanding service, and a wine list overseen by Gourmet Traveller's sommelier of the year Franck Moreau, est. is a dining experience not to be missed.

Seating up to 16 people the est. private dining room is the perfect choice for an important corporate lunch, or discreet, intimate dinner celebration. The heritage space features a central dining table, which may be decorated accordingly, and any additional audio-visual needs can be arranged. The room has no hire fee. Minimum spend is $1,500 at lunch and $2,000 at dinner.


The crème de le crème of restaurants, est. embodies the luxury and opulence of fine dining. Having "ooohh-ed" and "ahhhhh-ed" about friends' experiences at est. and having read the menu a thousand times over, I had only but high hopes for my evening at est. But like most things that you confront with such high levels of excited anticipation, there is always the anxiety that things just mightn't match up. As we stepped off George Street and up the elevator to the first level and finally the doors opened revealing the dining room. The almost all-white interior and high ceilings combined with elaborate columns and chandeliers, evoke thoughts of a wedding scene, it is not sterile, nor was it particularly over-the-top. The maitre d' swiftly took us to our table-for-two where a lovely, smiley waiter introduced himself. Our waiter's knowledge was beyond impressive and feeling immediately safe in his hands, we allowed him to guide us through both the menu and wine list. The result was a night of culinary crescendos – where each sip and taste of both wine and food created little fireworks in our mouths. An entree of spanner crab was followed by a moreton bay bug with artichoke hearts and a lemon emulsion. It was a celebration of everything I love about Australian dining – divine seafood served in a unique and special way. My expectations were not only matched but I now fear that no one, other than Head Chef Peter Doyle, will make my taste buds happy.

Anna Lisle

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Please contact the restaurant for further information.
400 pax


Award Winning / Hatted
Fixed / set price available
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Function for over 300
Historic Building
In a 4 or 5 Star Hotel
Private Dining Room
Romantic / Intimate
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.


Paul Tyas on 28/04/2015
est. is my Sydney go-to. I would never venture up without popping in for a lunch or dinner to check out their seasonal tasting menu.
Amy Zhong on 31/08/2014
Est was my first and still my favourite fine dining spot. The food is immaculate and the service is absolutely faultless. the menu is seasonal so I would definitely go back. My favourite would definitely be their soufflés!
Simon Leong on 31/08/2014
One of my favourite international restaurants in Sydney is est. with excellent service, grand décor and lovely presented dishes that are cooked well and taste great.
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