The Roosevelt Bar & Diner

4.7
138 Reviews
$41 to $100
Bistro
Slip back in time to an era when drinking was taken seriously. Long lunches washed down with martinis, cocktail hours to finish the day and whiskies long into the evening.

The Roosevelt calls Potts Point home but traces it’s ancestry back to New York in the 1950s, drop in for a drink or settle in and enjoy great food until late in the night. We aim to offer an excellent atmosphere, great company and amazing drinks, we hope you agree!

From small group dining to large canapé functions the Roosevelt is available for all your event needs. Our hidden Poker Room is perfect for intimate dining, whisky classes or poker nights for up to 12 guests, while our larger Monroe can host up to 32 for dining or 60 for standing events.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 138 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jess
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Naomi was super helpful and easy to work with to secure us a group booking, and place us in a private room which was really special for my mums 60th birthday celebration. Everyone had a fantastic time - drinks were delicious, service was friendly, and food was tasty! Thanks so much to the whole team, especially Naomi!

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hollyF
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cocktails, great service and really fun ambience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

was awesome on the whole but the free cocktails were pretty below average, the ceviche was a little too salty (abd i like my food salty), the avocado and mushroom was a little overly spicy but i'm nitpicking, the whole meal was awesome vibes and a perfect valentine's day

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

did feel like service was a bit slow and a bit hard to get a waiters attention but everything else was AMAZING

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great cocktails

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great ambiance.

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AngieM
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

We went to The Roosevelt for an after dinner cocktail. What a delight it was to enter such a beautiful bar and diner. We had delicious cocktails -- the decor, service and ambience were fabulous. First time for us and our guests, but will definitely be returning very soon!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the Roosevelt! Handling the pandemic measures well, too.

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ROSIEJ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday at the Rosevelt. Thank you for the excellent service and playing ABBA in the end for me. I am definitely coming back.

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MarciaS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is great! But I go for uplifting music and service xx

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A definite 1920s feel for a fantastic cocktail bar that serves great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, the cocktails were amazing and the staff lovely, had a great experience

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JoshuaZ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a few drinks with friends, great atmosphere, noisy but just adds to the experience

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PhoebeE
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great vibe from a historical bar in Kings Cross. Will never tire of going here, and definitely recommend it to friends, families, couples, or anyone!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Not as good as it used to be

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RochelleK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, great food, great service, will be back!

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AvaA
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Came here for my mum's bday with a group of 8. First impressions were good, nice venue, good music. Took forever for them to take orders for first drinks and food. Huge long gaps in between. Two ppl ordered steaks that came out cold and was not served until 15 mins before close (very late considering it was a 2hr booking), and two of us ordered salmon and were both sick the day after. Texted the following day to report tummy pains from the food, and no one bothered to respond
Doubt we'll be back. Very disappointing 😔

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a booking for 4pm and were running late. They were so hospitable and friendly. Drinks always fantastic as usual. Service impeccable. We will be back.

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MichaelW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great cocktail bar with a history. Some spectacular cocktails- we started the night here and ate elsewhere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with a couple who have recently moved to the Central Coast from Erko. Had drinks before dinner. Really great place a have a fabulous cocktail.

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Michelle
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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NemV
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiting staff were amazing and the good and drinks are always top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Delicious food but was super busy and obviously understaffed. 5 of us ordered together and 2 people had finished before the food arrived for the remaining 3 people.

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Hayley
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Dining here felt a bit like being on the set of Faulty Towers. Hadn't ordered anything and were browsing and the menus were whisked away. We had to ask for them back twice.

Service was slow, it took a while to flag someone's attention to order.

Some good points: cheese platter, charcuterie board and the liver parfait are great. Good wine decently priced. Great desserts and dessert cocktails.

Bad points: steer clear of the beef cheek and pumpkin gnocchi unless you like your gnocchi to taste and feel like half cooked very chewy bread dough. More of a watery Irish stew.

The Roosevelt Bar & Diner
Responded on November 3, 2020

Thanks so much for your feedback. We apologise for the standard of service - obviously, it wasn't up to our usual high standards that we pride ourselves on. We had 2 floor staff, and our chef call in sick so we were short-staffed however, we're disappointed this impacted on your evening. We would love for you to join us again. Please let us know when if/when you come back. Cheers

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing , great service definitely be back !

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DeniseH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The food was good the service was good the cocktails were really good.

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RobertD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, great hosts and interesting cocktails.

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MyReview
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic cocktails, good food, lovely speakeasy ambience.

And with the current restrictions on the number of patrons its actually a delight to be able to have a bit more space, and gives the night a more intimate feel. Would recommend!

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ElaineC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

intimate venue with wonderful ambience, great wine list and tasty food, we always have the light small plates which works well if you are not wanting a huge meal. The service was outstanding and the team made sure it was a very COVID safe space.

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stephenc
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was like stepping back in time with a modern twist.. Can’t believe it’s been on my doorstep for years and I’ve never been before..!
Great background music, up market crowd, good choose of menu and nice restaurant/ bar layout.. I’ll be back..

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place and good value

Food great and service good

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RobynR
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic place to enjoy a pre-dinner beverage. Service was excellent, and Mumm by the glass has my vote. Great atmosphere.

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PaulS
Sydney / NSW
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun spot for cocktails! Great service and atmosphere. The best cocktails!

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Nicky
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food2service4ambience5

Had a dinner reservation on Saturday night. It might be helpful to have someone regularly attending to people standing around or lining up at the door, there was a bit of confusion as to people with bookings, wait time for people wanting a drink etc. Nobody knew what to do. The door lady was just lovely and friendly. We had a booking, where I assume you have our name/contact details, but we were NOT asked to sign-in for Covid guidelines???? The ambience was fab, we love dim lighting and lots of noise. Service was great, cocktails divine. I probably would not dine again, probably just have cocktails and snacks. The food was fair. But, overall a fantastic bar, would love to return to drink and chat with friends.

The Roosevelt Bar & Diner
Responded on July 23, 2020

Thanks for your review & for letting us know the confusion you experienced - we do have a staff member outside guiding guests & have clarified w/ staff to ensure that there is no ongoing confusion. With signing in, currently 1 guest per group is required to provide their details to register -this does change on 24/07 to all guests. As you already had provided your details through our booking system, we used these to sign your group in & add to the register. I'm sorry we didnt make this clear.

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soso
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

This was a surprise - very nice bar in potts point with a good vibe and great coktails . we booked for a birthday pre -drinks and it was really enjoyable . We didn't eat so I will rate the drinks and general atmosphere . Unfortunately the service was a little slow … but this may due to Covid19 measures implemented .
I recommend anyone to go there and if you taste the food , please rate it!

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PatriciaR
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time at the Roosevelt but definitely not the last. Meals were priced decently, minimal selection of drinks but curated well, and staff were great!

A really great night

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LornaC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Get hideout for a cold Sunday afternoon. Service was great!

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Jacka10
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so friendly and accommodating. Cocktails were delicious as well as the food. Would recommend

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AndrewS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has been our lifeline during C19 and has kept us hydrated with the most amazing cocktails. It was fantastic to be there in person. The staff are great. The atmosphere is great. The cocktails are out of this world. A local gem 💎

FAQs

The Roosevelt Bar & Diner offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0423 203 119.

The Roosevelt Bar & Diner is rated 4.7 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.