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Bar Italia

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169-171 Norton St, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
+61 2 9560 9981
08:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 20:00 - 12:00
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Bar Italia is famous. For decades it was the best coffee in Sydney's inner west. And charming and unpretentious. Well, diffident. Ok ok, rude! But the coffee was superb. Sadly not today. It's lifeless. What a pity.

Thank N120AB
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A modern day person that has stopped carrying a wallet 18 months ago cannot go to this cafe. One must carry what our grandparents used to call cash.

Thank Jen G
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Appealing from the street so dropped by for a coffee. The experience was disappointing to say the least, poor attitude with service and even poorer coffee. Perhaps it was bad luck but won't be trying our luck again. Many better options up the street including great coffee and a great all round experience.

Thank The_insouciant_one
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40 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been in Sydney for a few days and the pasta here is the first food which was impressive. I had bar Italia while my friend had carbonara. Coffee is so-so and the waitress came by quickly to clear the plates after we finished. Nice small (not little) restaurant in a little neighborhood.

Thank Kris L
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has had a face lift and so we decided to give the place another try. Pity the staff hasn't changed and are still churning out terrible burnt and bitter coffee. I suggest you send to barista school or show them the door. Won't be back.

Thank Vivienne P
Canberra, Australia
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not overly impressed with the food but enjoy the Gelato and Coffee. A little bit pricey, considering the location, decor and the cost to serve Gelato and Coffee, but OK for an occasional treat. Family friendly and a nice atmoshpere out the back. Friendly service

Thank jo h
Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

No matter what you order at Bar Italia the food is always delicious. The menu is unpretentious and offers good value. The tiramisu and gelato are worth the visit alone. Coffee also terrific.

Thank RonH1963
Glenbrook, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Always end up going back to Bar Italia. Good food, good prices, friendly. Most recent visit was after a hot day in Sydney but the outside dining area out the back was cool and quiet. The Penne Milano (chicken, mushrooms, dried tomatoes, cream & chilli) was very good. The waiter recommended his favourite (not on the menu) - gelato and... More 

Thank robinjb1
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I have always loved Bar Italia, and would always get to visit when we went to the City as a child. But returning again after many years I was slightly disappointed. It just seems dodgy to not have eftpos/card payment available, and instead sting customers $2.50 to use their ATM instead! We enjoyed our food, but the prices just seem... More 

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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

A family favourite, we go here for Gelato and coffee. Great ambience and affordable prices. Hard to find parking on Norton Street, though try to avoid peak times. Bar Italia has lots of yummy desserts and the coffee is nice and fresh too.

Thank Graziella B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$23
Italian, Cafe, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Cash Only, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
20:00 - 12:00
20:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169-171 Norton St, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales 2040, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney  >  Leichhardt
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9560 9981
Located at the start of Norton Street's line of restaurants and cafes, Bar Italia is a popular place for reasonable pastas, serious coffee and a variety of gelato. The restaurant specialises in pasta but also offers foccacias for lunch and mains such as chicken schnitzel and salads. Bar Italia is open everyday for lunch and dinner and accepts BYO. Takeaway is available.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?