Brightly lit, mirrors, pressed metal ceiling and stripped floors - perhaps overly keen to emphasise that it’s a Europhilic brasserie and not a hose-down-the-walls Sydney bloodhouse. Beer prices range from reasonable to hold-my-sides, with most things I wanted to drink sitting at merely fairly expensive even for a nice place in Oz. Tasters seemed to be offered to all comers without having to request them and the staff were friendly - at least on the quietish night I visited. I can only imagine them being quite so eager to tell you about the awards they’ve won due to much of their clientele needing to be told they’re drinking something good. But the beers _were_ good, and so was the food.
Great location in the CBD. Otherwise worth missing.
Overly lighted and very sterile. Service can be brilliant and can be unhelpful. Want to buy a glass from them good luck.
All their own beers and some vintage stuff from them. Can be good and can be awful.
Food is very average but better than some other beer places in Sydney.
No value in their bottle prices. Silly is the word I would use. $30 for a 280 ML bottle is shocking. Tap beer prices are a bit high.
My last two trips to red oak were not good and will not be back. Wanky attitude and do not show an attitude that customers come first. Can always look at all the awards they have won though and be told how great they are.
Great location and a really nice place for a few beers. Of course the star is possibly some of the best beer in Australia. Can get a bit pricy but it’s expected for the location and high quality of the beer. Food is great and bar staff know their stuff. Highly recommended.
A must-try for the Sydney craft-beer lover. A broad selection of Redoak beers are available, service is excellent and staff are friendly and knowledgeable. An upscale interior leaves a bit to be desired in terms of privacy and comfort, but the clientele are friendly and I usually was able to strike up a good convo. The Redoak beers are fairly standard examples of their respective styles in most cases, but they occasionally strike a significant note just right. For example, coming from the PNW I was disappointed in their IPA but pleased with the Oatmeal Stout and a few others. One of my favorite CBD stops on Thursday nights in Sydney.
jonno (134) , Japan | October 9, 2010| Updated June 27, 2011
Pluses - Many styles of beer, fresh and reasonably well made. Good service. Interesting Decor. Minuses - Expensive. Unnecessarily so. A bit upmarket for a beer establishment. Too focused on awards and brewing to style (could be a plus as well!). Overall a nice stop in Sydney.
davidm (64) Sunnyvale, California | January 6, 2010| Updated January 7, 2010
Delicious food and beer combinations. Extensive selection, and nice atmosphere.
voota (91) Melbourne, Australia | September 3, 2009
Pretty up-market kind of place in the centre of Sydney. Good range of beers (though a little bit hit & miss) and great quality food. Fairly pricy. Worth a visit if in Sydney.
I went with my wife back in April 2008. This place is beer heaven. They brew their own beer with flying colors. They serve a variety of dishes made with beer and these dishes are matched with beers. Food was excellent. The uniformed staff is interested in beer; they are eager to tell you the how’s and why’s of the brewing and the beer-food-matching and they seem happy and proud to be working there.
The atmosphere is maybe a bit "high establishment", meaning you may want to dress up a bit if you’ve been running around town in your most comfy tourist outfit all day. It’s also a bit on the pricey side.
But all worth it and highly recommended!
This was a very nice place to stop by while I was in Sydney. I liked it better than Lord Nelson’s. Solid food, and the service was great...even recommending a lot of other brewpubs we should try while we were in the area. Solid beer. I enjoyed it.