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Darwin Club - Admiralty House, Darwin City, AU-NT

Darwin Club - Admiralty House

3.9
3.9
32 Reviews
$41 to $100
Seafood
The Darwin Club, as part of the well established and historically recognized Admiralty House, is a unique seafood dining experience in the Northern Territory.

The restaurant is located in a stunning position overlooking the endemic leafy ground of the Admiralty House, the Esplanade, and further out, the multiple shades of blue of the Arafura Sea.

The venue has an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, perpetuating the legacy of the oldest club in Darwin. The wooden floors, high ceilings, velvet seats and yesteryear photographs will swoop you through the ages, to the 1930 era, Darwin early days.

Put time on pause, come and dine with us. We will ravish your senses with a menu crafted to highlight the exceptional produce that we so carefully source.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Modern European, Fish

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (08) 8981 4544

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Richard Brown

  • Private party facilities

    The Darwin Club can host a variety of functions with access to private dining areas for your next special occasion. Depending on the size of your party, choose from three different areas including the Capitan’s Quarters or The Boardroom.

  • Neighborhood

    Darwin City

  • Parking details

    Parking is directly out front of restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wine

What 32 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RN

    RodN

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome Seafood experience along with the Ambience

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on June 22, 2022Thank you so much for your great review Rod!

  2. RM

    RossM

    Sydney

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great venue. Great staff. Great prices! But the food was hit and miss I hate to say. The chowder was fantastic as were the oysters. My fish dish was cold! Cold as if cooked yesterday. As were the chips. Cold! Dishing up cold food- no excuse. And on this occasion I didn’t complain, just let it go. My partners barramundi on the other hand was also fantastic. So go figure… As an aside there were not many diners the night we went, perhaps 10 in total, but peopl3 were still waiting a very very long ti e to be served. Maybe teething troubles?

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on June 22, 2022Hi Ross, thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your experience wasn't up to your expectations. All our produce is sustainable sourced from the best locations in Australia and cooked on the spot by our experience chefs. We truly apologise if one of the dishes was serve not to our standars, it shouldn't have happened. We all learn from our mistakes and we will take your feedback to keep growing and improving. Regards, Vanessa

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It's always good but the sirloin were not a very good cut and not well prepared. Entrees and drinks great. Service is great

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on June 14, 2022Thank you so much for your review, we are glad to read that you had a good experience overall. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  4. J

    Josie

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Darwin Club was a lovely place to go for a fantastic meal. Service was exceptional.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on June 7, 2022Thank you so much for your great review Josie. We looked forward to see you again soon!

  5. D

    Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Though the ambience was five star, the service was average with one particular waiter being rude. The wait time for dinner after the entree was over an hour as there was also a function going on in the garden downstairs that seemed to be getting all the attention. Everyone in the restaurant this night were waiting for the mains the same length of time as we were and you could tell that they were not satisfied. We were considering leaving. It was a shame as we were really looking forward to a good night.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on June 22, 2022Hi there, We are sorry to hear that your experience dining with us didn't achieve your expectations. We were dealing with some short staffing that has been shorted. We look forward to see you in our venue again, if so please contact us at marketing@admiraltyhouse.c om.au to make your reservation and we will make sure that you are looked after. Regards, Vanessa

  6. G

    Gwenna

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I think the quality of the seafood was hidden by the elaborate treatment in the dishes. My snapper was a bit over cooked, and the accompanying mussels odd - sloppy but seemed undercooked. Maybe the type of mussel? My husband’s octopus was awful - tough, mushy and wet- maybe it had been frozen too long. His Antarctic Patagonian tooth fish in a bisque with pipis was excellent though. The Paris mash was an ordinary, lumpy mash, missing the buttery silkiness it should have. A very interesting wine list entertained us, with some excellent French champagne available by the glass. Service was excellent, apart from having to go to the till to pay, rather than at table. I also really resent this current COVID policy of no cash, and then be charged a credit card fee. It’s everywhere up here and is inexcusable. This was an expensive dinner so one should expect it to be much better across the board. A restaurant of this level in Sydney or Melbourne would not survive delivering erratic quality.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on May 27, 2022Hi Gwenna, thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your experience at our venue didn't achieve your expectations. We sustainable source our produce from the best locations in Australia as fresh as possible. The mussels, for example, are sourced from Port Lincoln in SA. Our octopus, sourced from Fremantle in WA, is confit in EVOO to make it soft and tender. I'll share your feedback with our chefs to keep improving and offering a better experience everytime. Regards, Vanessa

  7. BW

    BridgetteW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Needed more staff on - all service, food and drinks took too long, and for a premium restaurant food wasn’t as good as it should be.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on May 26, 2022Hi Bridgette, We are sorry to hear that your experience dining with us didn't achieve your expectations. We have been dealing with some short staffing that we hope is going to be shorted soon. We look forward to see you in our venue again, if so please contact us at marketing@admiraltyhouse.c om.au to make your reservation and we will make sure that you are looked after. Regards, Vanessa

  8. J

    Jams

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Poor service from inexperienced staff. Worst sashimi I have ever had. At those prices you expect a superior attention to detail, but it wasn't there

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on May 26, 2022Hi Jam, we are sorry to hear that your experience dining with us didn't achieve your expectations. Our chefs carefully source its produce from the best locations in Australia to offer the best quality dishes. We have been dealing with some short staffing that we hope is going to be shorted soon. We look forward to see you in our venue again, if so please contact us to marketing@admiraltyhouse.c om.au to make your reservation and we will make sure that you are look after

  9. LR

    LynnR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    We booked a table to celebrate our anniversary and were hoping for an amazing experience (after driving for 3 hours from Katherine). To note, given the reviews, the table was booked earlier in the week. The service initially was prompt with the drinks, however, was slower with the food. Obviously, there was a food blogger so everyone was busy with the blogger. We waited for over 20 minutes to order dessert - no one came. Hence we decided to finish our champagne and leave. And LASTLY, we requested the bill, which was promptly paid at the counter. ONLY TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE MANAGER OUTSIDE THE RESTAURANT ON THE MAIN STREET IN FRONT OF EVERYONE AND A FULL HOUSE ASKING IF WE HAD CLOSED THE TABLE AS THE SYSTEM WAS SHOWING OUR TABLE 'OPEN'. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED BY THE SERVICE AND WILL NEVER RECOMMEND THE RESTAURANT AGAIN. P.S HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DARWIN CLUB - WE GET BETTER SERVICE AT THE PUB or AT MCDONALDS.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on May 31, 2022Dear customer, We are sorry to hear that your experience dining with us didn't achieve your expectations. The table had not closed on our system, leading us to believe there had been an issue with the process - we politely asked you to wait one moment while we double checked - a quite reasonable request. This was done discreetly and out of earshot of other diners. I note this seems to be main reason for your review as nothing was mentioned prior on your night. Regards, Vanessa

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on May 9, 2022Thank you for your great review

  11. AH

    AlexanderH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The attentiveness and attention to detail of the staff was amazing.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on May 9, 2022Thank you so much Alexandre, we look forward to seeing you dinning with us again

  12. j

    jrtb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Order off the meat menu at your own peril. Flavourful spring rolls & perfectly done scallops. However, soggy crab spaghetti (negligible amount of crab) & pumpkin ravioli drenched in overpowering & salty mushroom sauce.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on April 20, 2022Good afternoon, we are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. As explained, we have had some of our team given directions to isolate. We did call you to explained that we were ofering Char menu due to this circumstances. Regarding the food, our pumpkin tortellini are served with walnut cream not mushroom sauce. It is one of our most popular dishes and we had great feedback about it on the night. We hope that you give us another chance in the future.

  13. B

    Beck

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Good but not great. I had hoped for a better overall experience.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on March 21, 2022Hi Beck, thank you so much for your review. Please, feel free to send me a message with your feedback to marketing@admiraltyhouse.c om.au. We are always looking to improve.

  14. GF

    GoodFoodGoodCompany

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The place provided an intimate and lovely atmosphere to dine in. The booking itself was straightforward and helped the staff recognise the special occasion of the dinner. (They put a little candle on top of our dessert plate with the words 'Happy Birthday' written on which we didn't ask for.) The staff was friendly, not overly solicitous. It was great to find a place that cooked 'wild-caught' and fresh seafood mostly. We loved squid ink risotto and the dessert plate the most. I was a little bit disappointed about the cream chowder (Pancetta was quite tough to eat for my experience) but overall the food we had was very satisfying.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on March 2, 2022Thank you so much for your great feedback. We love that you enjoyed your birthday celebration dinning with us. We are looking forward to see you again soon!

  15. BK

    BenK

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Very ordinary and VERY over-priced Of the approx 8 entree and 8 mains, there were 3 or 4 not available, then when I finally selected one, I was told that part of that dish was also unavailable. My wifes fish was so dry it was inedible.. The desert menu then came, and the same desert description was for 2 different deserts - ALL deserts had white chocolate in them - bad luck if you dont like white chocolate. When i pointed out the same description for 2 different deserts, the waiter said yes thats right, WHY WOULD YOU THEN CONTINUE TO GIVE SOMEONE THIS MENU? VERY overpriced - and not worth the money or the 3 week wait for a booking.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on March 2, 2022Hi Ben, We are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. Like other hospitality business, we have been experiencing interruptions on our supply chain, due mainly to Covid 19. We are working in a solution changing some of our suppliers to be able to offer our full menu all the time. Regarding our dessert menu, everything is made on house and only some of the desserts include white chocolate on different textures. We highly recommend you to try them!

  16. A

    Aussieinusa

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Unfortunately, they've stopped making the brownie dessert we adored when we were there last time. Don't despair though - it was all amazing and just hopefully they bring back the brownie.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on February 7, 2022Hi there, thank you so much for your great review. We also loved the brownie dessert that we used to have at The Darwin Club, we reopened as a new restaurant last October and created a new menu accordingly. Tip: If you really miss it, you can order it from the kids menu downstairs at Chair!

  17. SP

    SebastienP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best dining experience in Darwin by far. The service was amazing, it was better than what we could have expected and the food was just beautiful. Nothing else to say, this is a must go place.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on February 5, 2022Thank you so much for your great review Sebastien. Reviews like yours made our job just worth it. Looking forward to see you soon

  18. CZ

    ChrissyZ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was dry and expensive. We complained to the waiter and he said he would let the chef know but no offer of not charging for the meals. We were really excited to be trying this restaurant for the first time. Unfortunately we will not use this restaurant again
  19. SM

    SilviaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    When booking this NYE dinner, we were not told the approximately half the menu wasn’t available. Topping off the night, the staff begun to close up by clearing tables and chairs from the room prior to us receiving our dessert. Overall it wasn’t a pleasant experience for a bill over $300 for two people.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on January 17, 2022Hi Silvia, we are sorry to hear that your experience with us wasn't as expected. We always try our best to provide a great experience. As we were closing for over two weeks that night and some of our supplier were closed for the Christmas period, we couldn't offer our full menu. It's not something common and we kindly ask you to don't judge us for this interaction with us. Looking forward to see you soon

  20. MM

    MichaelM

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely way to celebrate NYE especially for couples 💑 at long last Darwin once more can offer 5 star dining. The wait staff were discreet, helpful and attentive. Thank you and praying for a better year for all

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on January 17, 2022Thank you so much Michael, we are really happy to ready about your experience dinning with us. Looking forward to see you again and wishing you the best

  21. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Great food, seemed understaffed as we were waiting for our drinks (including water) to be refreshed. Biggest gripe was the website - we thought we were booking Char, not upstairs. Happy to eat anywhere but the view was not the same.
  22. DD

    DinnerDate

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food took far to long to come out. Lobster Entree lacked flavour, very bland. Main and dessert was tasty - not amazing though. Service was hit & miss.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on January 17, 2022Hi, we are sorry to hear that your experience with us didn't achieve your expectations. We hope to see you soon and improve for your next visit

  23. PC

    PeterC

    Brisbane

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    For a restaurant aiming for a very high standard based upon their cost of menu both the service let them down / poured our own wine / and the food had flaws / potato fondant was raw however other main components well well cooked and presented. Hopefully issues that will be fixed with time

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on January 17, 2022Hi Peter, thanks for your review. We are sorry to hear that your experience with us wasn't how you expected. We will take your comments to keep training our staff and improving. Hope to see you again

  24. J

    Jennifer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service, lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on December 14, 2021Thank you so much for your great review Jennifer, looking forward to see you soon!

  25. SJ

    ScottJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    One word, disappointing. Service wasn’t good, the waiters did their best but not up to standard. The food wasn’t good. Flathead was dry and oily, my wife had the Jewfish which was tough and too salty. The dessert didn’t make it to the table after 40mins so we paid the bill and left disappointed. Never again
  26. NB

    NiaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drink orders are very slow as come from down stairs. Maybe have barman upstairs also.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on October 25, 2021Thanks for your review Nia, we acknowledge that we need a bartender upstairs. Darwin has been experiencing a shortage of skilled staff in the last months but we are working on it. We already have new staff that we are training, so luckily we'll solve this problem within a week. Thank you so much for dinning with us and we are glad that you had a good experience!

  27. BM

    BeckM

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were amazing and were really helpful with catering for my food intolerances. The food was delicious. The best seafood I’ve had in Darwin so far. I will definitely be coming back. Highly recommend

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on October 18, 2021Thank you so much Beck, we are really glad that you had a great night dinning with us. We can't wait to welcome you again at The Darwin Club!

  28. GC

    GaryC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was to die for. The Darwin Club is now are favourite restaurant and cant wait to return.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on October 18, 2021Thank you so much for your great review Gary! We are looking forward to welcome you again!

  29. J

    Janine

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu was amazing, wine list by the glass exceptional, staff very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend and will come back when I’m in Darwin again.

    Darwin Club - Admiralty HouseResponded on October 18, 2021Thank you so much for your excellent review Janine, it was a pleasure to meet you on Saturday night. We are really happy that you enjoyed your experience dinning with us, looking forward to see you tonight at Char! I got you a beautiful table with views next to the window :) Vanessa

  30. K

    Kelly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really loved my evening at Admiralty House. Freshly painted in white with a beautiful feel, the food and wine were amazing.
  31. KM

    KatieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing degustation menu that was perfectly paired with wines. The food was incredible and service was impeccable. Beautiful fine dining experience in Darwin.
  32. O

    Oricle

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food good wine selection good service very good experience

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Darwin Club - Admiralty House is rated 3.9 stars by 32 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Darwin Club - Admiralty House

70 Esplanade, Level 1 Darwin City, AU-NT 0800

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Darwin City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Modern European, Fish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is directly out front of restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Richard Brown

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (08) 8981 4544

  • Private party facilities

    The Darwin Club can host a variety of functions with access to private dining areas for your next special occasion. Depending on the size of your party, choose from three different areas including the Capitan’s Quarters or The Boardroom.

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