Right by the water in Walsh Bay, one of the most buzzing areas of Sydney, Lavana Restaurant is a tapas treat to behold. This is an excellently located restaurant – right on Hickson Road in Dawes Point – and seeing as it’s right opposite the Sydney Theatre Company, Lavana Restaurant makes the perfect pre or post-theatre grazing spot. The tapas menu is curious and moorish, but there’s also an additional mains menu if small plates and sharing isn’t quite your style. And, of course – as you would expect from any top draw Spanish restaurant – the wine list is long. We love Lavana.
Sydney is not short of culinary choice, but if you’re around Dawes Point, Walsh Bay or you just fancy some Spanish cuisine that is going to put rather a large smile on your face, then Lavana Restaurant is where you need to be. It’s a fantastic little eatery nestled on Hickson Road with plenty of outdoor seating for diners to soak up the atmosphere. The pre-theatre atmosphere, that is, as Lavana is right opposite the Sydney Theatre Company and thus popular among hungry theatre goers. Service is always warm and comes with knowledge and flair. At this gem of Dawes Point you will be made to feel most welcome.
Highlights of the excellent Spanish tapas menu include the lamb ribs marinated in wild honey, thyme and fresh chilli, as well as the seared scallops with pomegranate and the grilled baby octopus. If that sounds a little too meaty, the oven baked feta and grilled figs are as dreamy as they sound. To highlight any one dish on the menu of larger mains is tough because the whole thing radiates quality, but just for you, the lobster ravioli in special sauce is a winner. Complement any of this with one of Lavana’s fine wines – there are some from international vineyards as well as some closer to home – and you’re going to be seriously impressed. Reserve a table now and enjoy some of the best Spanish cuisine in Sydney.
We shared a number of tapas dishes, all of which were tasty and good value. The service was impeccable. The waiters were friendly and attentive to our every need. The location is excellent for an early dinner after our show at the STC. Heartily recommend this restaurant.
Food was excellent, it was packed as pre theatre, but service was great and very friendly. We went with the family and they provided a kids meal for a fussy eater and were really accommodating and it was quick so we got to show on time.
A very pleasant spot overlooking the wharf, made even more enjoyable by the very well priced menu that suits a variety of tastes. We cannot fault the delicious, nicely presented dishes we have tried over both dinner and lunch visits. Always served promptly, we particularly like the exceptional service from the terrific staff. Never intrusive but always alert to diners' needs, they are friendly and efficient ensuring the meal is well timed to suit the customer. An excellent venue for Pre Theatre shows at Roslyn Packer Theatre or The Wharf - but be sure to book as Lavana is very popular at these times.
Fine food, great ambience. We enjoyed tapas, prawns, lamb kofta, mushrooms, and figs with jamon. The pitta bread and olive oil is a great accompaniment. Nice wine (pinor noir) by the glass. Friendly service; our waiter was kind enough to tolerate our schoolyard Spanish. Great value, great location. Highly recommended.
Great location looking out across the marina. No road noise. The service was caring, friendly and efficient. Four of us enjoyed seven tapas dishes accompanied by a very good Riesling. A delicious way to enjoy different tastes without overeating. Highly recommended for lunch or evening. Perfect for pre-theatre.
Amazing! Great food and the staff were very attentive and lovely people. We had a variety of the tapas and we loved the scallops the best. Lovely to sit by the water and a really great environment. Great for a casual, relaxed dining experience.
This is a very nice place for pre theatre dining. Easy to book (which I recommend) and excellent service. We did get there early for dinner at 5:15. It does get busy by 6 and they were a bit rushed. Choice of tapas as well as mains. OK prices for the area.
Welcoming service. Great food. We chose four Tapas dishes which arrived more or less together but as it was a cold evening by the time we got to the last two dishes they were cold. Otherwise an enjoyable meal. Would definitely return
The restaurant is in a great location at Walsh Bay with an amazing view. We choose from the Taps Menu which was reasonably priced. The food was really tasty. The service was very friendly and attentive to our every needs.
Lovely and friendly service from all of the staff on the day. Although you were extremely busy it was attentive and kept us informed. Delicious food and look forward to coming back again!