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Sparrow Kitchen and Bar

10 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide

Telephone 08 8267 2444

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Serving Pizza, Spanish, Tapas, Italian.

Average of 38 reviews

  • 3.6 / 5 Food
  • 3.8 / 5 Ambience
  • 3.1 / 5 Service
  • 3.1 / 5 Value
  • 13.6 / 20 Overall
 
 

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20
  • Food: 5
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5

Annon3: 10 years, 1 month ago – Link & Share

This place brilliant! I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy it! And all locals will know it had a long way to climb back from the woeful years of Number 10.... However, they have done it perfectly. I particularly LOVE the PIZZA! The wood oven is a major asset and the pizza toppings are so creative eg GOAT, and they're not a bad price at all, especially when you compare them to the over rated pizza across the road. I'm also a huge fan of the meat fridge in the entrance - A huge selection of Spanish jamon sliced to perfection on the ferrari-like slicer by the beautiful staff! What a place - such theatre! I have taken many people here from interstate and overseas and a great time has been had all round. And I'll continue to frequent Sparrow for many years to come!!!

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2 people agree and 8 disagree.

 
20
  • Food: 5
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5

OliviaB: 10 years, 1 month ago – Link & Share

I absolutely LOVE this place! Firstly, it has such a great smart/casual vibe and the food and drinks to match. I am a frequent customer here and you can go over and over again and have a different experience every time. Obviously the food is great (especially the tapas) but I also love the cocktails. We often go there and share a carafe of SANGRIA on a Sunday afternoon. I haven't got a bad things to say about Sparrow! I'm so glad we finally have a place like this in Adelaide!.

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1 people agree and 10 disagree.

 
20
  • Food: 5
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5

OliviaB: 9 years, 11 months ago – Link & Share

I can't believe some of these bad reviews of Sparrow! How could anyone not love it? These people clearly aren't ready for such a dynamic and hip venue. It has it all - great food, great service, great value awesome atmosphere and an excellent casual and sophisticated interior! The bar is also a brilliant spot to sit for some last minute dinner or even just a quick beer. I can't say enough good things. I'm so glad I'm a local!

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2 people agree and 6 disagree.

 
20
  • Food: 5
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5

big unit: 10 years, 4 months ago – Link & Share

Quite simply the best meal I have had in Adelaide for a very long time. I will be back - again and again and again. This is exaclty what Adelaide needed. Although they clearey dont need the extra business based on how popular they already are, I will be putting all of my friends, family and business associates onto this place.

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10 people agree and 15 disagree.

 
20
  • Food: 5
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5

Allan: 10 years, 6 months ago – Link & Share

What a great night. Did not book so no table available. Made us very welcome at the bar. Great attentive service. Delicious food. Try the anchovie pizza. Very good value for money. This is going to be a regular stop for us.

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16 people agree and 21 disagree.

 
19
  • Food: 4.5
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5

FoodReview101: 7 years, 4 months ago – Link & Share

loving the changes. looks amazing and lovely team

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19
  • Food: 5
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 5

Sarah: 10 years, 5 months ago – Link & Share

A couple of friends and I were keen to try Sparrow & took advantage of a free table for a weekday lunch. It turned out to be a great decision, with the three of us thoroughly enjoying ourselves. As a small eater I appreciated the individual tapas dishes which gave us a chance to taste more than we otherwise wouldíve been able. We additionally ordered pizza and pasta, both of which were great. I am very fussy when it comes to pasta, finding that most restaurants / cafes have very little understanding of the term aldente; however Sparrow got it spot on with their squid ink spirale. The pizza was delicious, with a fantastic base and fresh toppings. I have found myself craving them since. As I often don't have the foresight to decide what I want to eat in advance, itís too bad (yet not surprising) that Sparrow is so popular that itís often completely full ó even with a waiting list. I am very eager to go again, but will have to get my act together and book!

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13 people agree and 14 disagree.

 
18.5
  • Food: 5
  • Ambience: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4

Wojtek: 9 years, 2 months ago – Link & Share

Quite possibly the best sangria I've had! The service was great, even though we had to wait for a table to become available. The bar served us well while waiting. Looking forward to trying the tapas taster as well as the Sunday Paella session!

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1 person disagrees and no one agrees.

 
18
  • Food: 4.5
  • Ambience: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5

cb74: 9 years, 12 months ago – Link & Share

I thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Sparrow, despite an issue with the wood oven right in the middle of a massive pizza craving! The place looks great and the bar set-up totally makes me wish I was a local... Service was excellent; just the right pitch, happy to explain dishes etc. The food was great (albeit sans pizza) and I'll definitely be back for a proper go at the tapas (and will ensure I'm not DD this time as the sherries list is one of the best in town). We had a small showing of tapas - the already famed duck doughnut a highlight - mains and dessert. I found our mains a lot on the salty-side, but think that may just be me, however our desserts were just perfect; right sizing, right flavour profile. Overall, a great variety of well-cooked dishes at very reasonable prices for the quality presented. Highly recommended.

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18
  • Food: 4.5
  • Ambience: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5

P d: 9 years, 1 month ago – Link & Share

Tapas menu is great value we went on a quiet monday night and the service was great good the waiter gave us great wine advice ,we have been three times in the last year and it keeps on geting better

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18
  • Food: 4.5
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4

billygsx: 8 years, 3 months ago – Link & Share

Have eaten there a few times, but espacially enjoy sitting at the large L shaped bar watching the theatre of it all. A very hip venue that puts a youthful vigour into what could be considered serious traditional food. Wine selection is good, (shiraz selection small but very well chosen) and the tappas and pizza make excellent choices. 27/5/11 Scoopon or Spreets have a voucher thing going and I highly recomend the investment to try this great venue.

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18
  • Food: 5
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4

David: 9 years, 11 months ago – Link & Share

After seeing a cross section of both positive, average and negative reviews here I was interested to experience Sparrow first hand and finally managed to get there over the long weekend. I visited with 3 friends without a booking (which I was warned not to do), but we managed to find a seat at the bar. Reading other reviews here that mentioned the bar I was unsure how comfortable it could be, but it was surprisingly accommodating and it was handy that the bar staff were always within reach for drink orders. We were offered a table before any food arrived and we opted to stay at the bar. We ordered a selection of tapas, pizza, pasta and dessert and everything was item was spot on. The price does start to add up when ordering a lot of little items, but the food is so involved and the fact you are able to taste so many different flavours makes it worth the money. It's not a cheap meal (particularly for big eaters), but it does represent good value.

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17.5
  • Food: 5
  • Ambience: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5

Amfu: 8 years, 7 months ago – Link & Share

What an amazing meal! We felt like we needed to unzip our stomachs, there was so much food. Every mouthful was delicious and the service was prompt, friendly and competent. It was a little noisy but it was very busy. Highlights were the duck donuts and the creme catalana. Don't miss them! I'll be going back with bells on.

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16
  • Food: 4
  • Ambience: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4

Meagan Abraham: 10 years, 3 months ago – Link & Share

The Sparrow Bar & Kitchen seems to have sprouted up overnight in the place of Number Ten (precisely over Christmas '08). Boasting an open air courtyard in pale blues and greys, the place is super-chic and very inviting with the view from the trendy suburb making it a definite place for the cities 'it' crowd to be spotted. The place piqued my curiosity over the first weekend of February when I was strolling North Adelaide. The very same week I dined at the new, swanky restaurant and experienced a truly unforgettable tasting menu. Having taken the time to browse through the menu the day before I had a narrowed my selections down to a few with much difficulty. This is always a good thing in my opinion - visiting a restaurant and being spoilt for choice that is. If a menu can tease you and entice you back for more this can only mean one thing - the beginning of a new relationship! Accompanied by food loving friends a unanimous decision to sample the tasting tapas platter at $ 65 per head settled our dining arrangements for the evening. With that, we sat back realizing on a bottle of fine Spanish Wine that Jackie ordered after consulting Dan the friendly in-house sommelier. We began with a Tuna tartare with carrot and ginger emulsion. It was perfectly balanced the ginger is not overwhelming, instead interestingly it adds complexity to the simple yet fresh carrot flavour. The texture of the firm tuna bits in this dish is an extraordinary contrast to the smooth emulsion of root veggies and the highlight in this appetiser. Next up, Octopus carpaccio with potato foam and paprika. The paper thin slices of octopus carpaccio showcase the chef's mastery and skill of his knives. The beauty of this dish lies is in the unique subtlety of taste. Potato and octopus are naturally mild in flavour, potato starchy at most and octopus more radiant in terms of texture. However the addition of just the right amount of paprika brings the dish to life, accentuating dimensions to the dish that seem to be underlying, yet dormant without the activation of the spice. This clever combination of potato puree on top of the slippery slivers of octopus and finished with paprika is the penultimate textural marvel and most unique component of the tasting menu. The duck doughnuts will blow you away. The meat is packed with smoky flavours and eaten with the porcini salt you will die and go to heaven! The deep-fried Gorgonzola dumplings were tasty, but too heavy for my liking. Get the rest of my review and accompanying pictures at: http://meagan-megalomaniac.blogspot.com/2009/02/sparrow-bar-kitchen.html

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16
  • Food: 4
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 4

Stevo: 10 years, 1 month ago – Link & Share

As a frequent visitor of the previous restaurant at 10 O'Connell St I decided I would give Sparrow Kitchen and Bar a try. Upon entering you notice the cool and funky new fit out along with its own bird cage hanging from the ceiling. As we had arrived prior to the full lunch menu starting we decided to try some of the wood oven pizzas. I had the Confit Pork, apple and rocket pizza and my partner had the margarita - both of which we're absolutely delicious. The staff were polite and helpful with making our pizza decisions however we did have to wait while we watched our pizza sit on the bench for a number of minutes before a staff member realised they were sitting there. Overall the experience was good and I will be returning soon to try some of the items off the full menu - I look forward to trying the 300g Berkshire pork rib eye!

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15.5
  • Food: 3
  • Ambience: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 3

Sally1826: 7 years, 9 months ago – Link & Share

We had been looking forward to dinner here for quite sometime. Service was 20/20 but the major let down was not the food but the quantity. If you have a husband that loves a good carb filled feed after a long days worth of gardening then the 'tasting menu' is not for you. Even myself who normally eats a small meal was not impressed with the value of this particular tasting menu. On the other hand, I have been here for lunch and ordered the 'lunch tasting' which I felt had better quantity and quality for lesser value.

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15
  • Food: 3
  • Ambience: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 4

Redchilli: 10 years, 3 months ago – Link & Share

After looking at the brunch menu and organising a group of friends I ended up a bit disappointed. The restaurant itself has a great atmosphere with various dining options (outside, inside or at the bar) but the service was a bit of a let down. Despite ordering coffees at the same time there was a long delay in getting all of them and it took a while to get served when extra orders were required. My meal (baked bean toastie) was served cold. Despite this, I think I'll give it another go but for dinner.

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14.5
  • Food: 4.5
  • Ambience: 4.5
  • Service: 2
  • Value: 3.5

asch: 9 years, 9 months ago – Link & Share

Love the food at Sparrow, the tapas are beautiful...particularly the chicken liver parfait and the white anchovies. The pizzas are very good too. The wine list is fairly interesting and the 'Charlie Chaplin' cocktail is amazing: a must try! However, the one thing that lets Sparrow down is the consistently poor service... they really don't have it together in that department. Although I love the food and atmosphere so much we continue to return. Maybe someone will read this and rectify the situation?

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13
  • Food: 3
  • Ambience: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3

Anonymous: 10 years, 6 months ago – Link & Share

Great ambience. Waiting staff very obliging. Food is a little heavy and overpowering. Food is beautifully presented but the dish I chose was only warm and as it was pasta had obviously been sitting foor a while and was a bit claggy. Breakfasts are great, relaxing atmosphere. Just one thing for choice of music. On a Sunday morning when you are just starting the day loud doof doof music is not so relaxing. So chose for the clientele guys not yourselves.

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13
  • Food: 3.5
  • Ambience: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Value: 3.5

Redchilli: 9 years, 10 months ago – Link & Share

I was invited to a ladies lunch on a 39 degree Saturday so had my fingers crossed that we were booked inside - luckily we were. However, by the time the staff opened the massive double doors to the courtyard and left them open, we may as well have been sitting outside as the temperature rose and everyone inside sweltered. It didn't help that the drinks service was slow and so water was not topped up as regularly as we would have liked. Being a large group the organiser had opted for the set price tapas menu which was a great deal. A well spaced variety of tapas, pasta and pizzas came out throughout the afternoon. No one would have left hungry and the food was good.

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13
  • Food: 4
  • Ambience: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3

Persephone: 9 years, 3 months ago – Link & Share

Pizza was ok - but those who ordered steak were not impressed. Service was ok - not sure why we couldn't keep the wine on our table - but I suppose it's their thing. Probably wouldn't dine here again.

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12.5
  • Food: 3.5
  • Ambience: 4.5
  • Service: 1.5
  • Value: 3

Omnomnom: 9 years, 9 months ago – Link & Share

My friend and I called to book a table for some desert, but understandable could not because we weren't ordering a meal on their busiest night, but advised us to come after 9 and they'd see what they could do. After arriving, we were told to wait on the window seats for a table to clear. About 15 minutes later, a different waiter told us that we could order and eat at the window, which was fine with us. After being given a menu, we were left alone for 20 minutes, despite catching the eyes of various waiters. They seemed to treat us like 'somebody else's problem', so when a space opened up on the bar, we jumped for it and sat there for another 15 minutes RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE CASH REGISTER! Not once were we asked if we were being helped, and our menus were clearly packed up and pushed aside. None of the two waiters that greeted us in the first place ever came to see that we had been looked after. Luckily, a man in charge of the wine realised what had been happening and sincerely apologised and checked on us many times throughout our dessert, even providing us with a complimentary drink. This was not the first time I have been disappointed by too-cool-for-school waiters at Sparrow. Some of the food is to die for, while other dishes such as the pizzas and pastas lack flavour or topping. I'm still debating whether or not to return for a fourth visit.

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3 people agree and 0 disagree.

 
12
  • Food: 2
  • Ambience: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3

eleven89: 8 years, 8 months ago – Link & Share

After hearing so many good things we decided to give Sparrow a go. Our waitress was very friendly but overall the food was very disappointing, the gnocchi was truely terrible and the duck donut (after all the positive reviews) was not great. Would probably not go back despite the beautiful decor and location.

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12
  • Food: 4.5
  • Ambience: 3.5
  • Service: 1
  • Value: 3

Foodie83: 7 years, 9 months ago – Link & Share

The food was okay, tapas serves and the meat platter were very small for the price. The pizzas were fantastic though, nice and big and good value for money. The atmosphere is quite nice but what really puts me off in returning for our fourth time is the service. One word. Terrible! We repeatedly asked for more drinks which never came. I took my husband there for his 30th and for the whole night I think he had two beers!!

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12
  • Food: 2
  • Ambience: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 2

Anonymous: 10 years, 4 months ago – Link & Share

I have been to sparrow on a couple of occasions. I think the atmosphere in there is great and the staff that served me both times were very nice. I havent got much good to say about the food, i think it is all a bit over rated and way over priced for what it is. really didnt like their pizza...there is way too much crust and barely any topping!!! and they have simply copied and exact pizza from a competitive restaurant that i go to and i think that is absolutely pathetic that the chefs could do that!!! They have also copied uniform and many other things from the competitve restaurant..which i guess compliments their competitors but i think they should have copied somethng that wasnt so close to home. In saying all this i do think they have nice cheese platters!! one more thing..what is with the colouring in competitions on the toilet walls...totally over the top!!!! sorry but its trying a little too hard!!

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12
  • Food: 2.5
  • Ambience: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 2.5

muddacha: 9 years, 9 months ago – Link & Share

Have been there twice, both times sampling a broad selection of tapas. The food presentation is inventive, but doesn't deliver on taste - I would go for the Jamon just by itself. The wine list is very good, and the room is amazing, unfortunately the service was a let down, both times we had staff walking past, until we had to literally stick our hand up in the air for a minute until someone saw us.

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