Shell House, Sydney NSW

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Shell House, Sydney NSW

The Shell House is a hotel located in Sydney, New South Wales.
They have an average rating of 4 out of 487 reviews, with the latest ratings ranging from 3 to 5.
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I recently celebrated my friend's birthday at Shell House, and it was a delightful experience. The staff acknowledged the special occasion from the moment we walked in, with every member wishing her a happy birthday. These thoughtful touches set the tone for the evening. The service was impeccable - attentive, prompt, and overall excellent. The food not only looked beautifully plated but also delivered an explosion of flavours. The European-inspired decor added to the charming ambiance. Shell House exceeded our expectations, and I'm looking forward to returning for another memorable dining experience.
37 Margaret St, Sydney NSW 2000

Opening hours

Monday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Opening hours

Monday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

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Latest reviews for Shell House, Sydney NSW

Sunni Wan
04/04/2024
Right in the middle of CBD - great for after work drinks at the Skybar. But if you want to try their dining - it's on the lower level. There's an outdoor area where you can enjoy the sun when it's warm. The customer service is exceptional - taking care of you as soon as you walk in the door. They have an open kitchen so it was good seeing the chefs cooking your food. We got the steak, Moreton Bay bugs, scallop and caviar. Definitely on the pricey side of things but a great date night and if you're a food lover. The ambience is great and they have a vast selection of wine and cocktails.
Bob VonBattlepass Katter
15/03/2024
I visited Shell House with a friend for her birthday and we were sat on the terrace, which I highly recommend (providing the weather allows). From the get-go, the service was almost top notch. Our waiter was lovely, funny and gave us his personal recommendations - our sommelier was just as warm and professional.

There were a couple of waiters that dipped in and out a few times throughout the night, often asking questions we'd already been asked by our waiter moments earlier - the extra service could be useful, but for us it seemed messy and disorganised.

The Pickled Mussels w/ mujdei, and the scallop w/ potato, chives were both excellent, as was the goats curd, zucchini, pistachio agnolotti - we asked for a steady service and these arrived at the right time.
Our experience at this stage had been exceptional.

After we'd finished the agnolotti - which took us a while as we were chatting -  we didn't have any service at our table for at least 40 minutes. We chalked the absence of our mains up to our request for steady service, but began to think we'd been forgotten. Our waiter eventually asked how everything was, and looked horrified when we told him we were still waiting on mains. He immediately went to check on this and assured us they were on the way - however we didn't see him again until after we'd finished mains.

The leeks with smoked sour cream, sheep milk feta were nice but weren't close to being worth the price tag, and the portion size of the coral trout was dismal.
The waiter returned eventually with two nips of digestif and a birthday card for my friend.

There was a slight issue with payment process but that happens. I will absolutely be returning, as my experience overall was lovely and the staff were all excellent despite the hiccups. Hoping we won't have the same issues.
N C
28/02/2024
Feb 2024: Food is impeccable. Service polished in manner / style but not in efficiency or matter. They wouldn't let us take leftovers away. They made some rubbish food safety excuse which is just not true. I checked after the fact with google and other restauranteurs. Haven't been rejected taking leftovers home since about 2005! If it is not your policy due to aesthetic / image, then just say so. The location is beautifully decorated, but it is definitely a bit pretentious.
Marcus Liew
23/01/2024
I recently celebrated my friend's birthday at Shell House, and it was a delightful experience. The staff acknowledged the special occasion from the moment we walked in, with every member wishing her a happy birthday. These thoughtful touches set the tone for the evening. The service was impeccable - attentive, prompt, and overall excellent. The food not only looked beautifully plated but also delivered an explosion of flavours. The European-inspired decor added to the charming ambiance. Shell House exceeded our expectations, and I'm looking forward to returning for another memorable dining experience.
Belinda Chen
05/11/2023
What an amazing restaurant to celebrate a Birthday!!
My gorgeous gf brought us to this fabulous seafood restaurant in the city( just behind the big bus Stop in Wynyard) great spot n easy access.

Food is exquisite, service amazing from the moment you step foot into the 9th Floor Restaurant. Decor is elegant and ambience wonderful. Such a great welcome n you'd walk pass the fabulous Chefs in the open kitchen on the way to your dining tables... what a bonus??'?
Anyway, a fabulous and amazing must try restaurant for all of the 5 star deserving rating n more!! The stand out dishes were the Lobster n Scampi pasta dishes executed just so perfectly.
A big shout out to the gorgeous Bec who looked after us all night with her expertise n knowledge of the menu offerings! Just perfect! We wanted to take her home as she was such a sweetheart n looked after us so beautifully !
A MUST try for a special occasion??'-

Lastly an amazing n very special gesture from Team Shell House, they all personally wrote n signed a Birthday card for hubby???'??Too good!!
Elenora Taala
13/09/2023
The atmosphere was vivid and filled with great music, great place for a birthday celebration.

Can be chaotic but that goes to show how popular they are. The non-alcoholic drinks were great. However, need more the 2 choices.
Nicholas Atgemis
06/08/2023
What a terrific venue full of Old World charm and charisma and yet be modern and function like a well oiled machine. I love this place and the food and beverage is fine and delivered fine. Well done group She'll.
Antonella Cuscuna
21/07/2023
From arrival to the end, i honestly can't fault this place. Our host Gennaro with his friendly persona and service was immaculate.The sky bar had a very cosy atmosphere, with our selection of drinks to our starters it really set the mood.

To continue my birthday celebrations we were escorted down stairs by a lovely lady to the Menzies Bar for dinner. Two words, Absolutely delicious. Authentic Italian food with a twist. Complements to the chefs and again the staff were friendly and immaculate to detail.

Once again thank you Gennaro and staff for a memorable birthday night for me. We will be definitely returning and recommending this place to friends and family.

Truly amazing experience and service!

Thank you.
Paul and Antonella
Kevin Fleming
10/07/2023
What an amazing experience. The food, the location, the service - everything was spot on.

Sure, it will cost you a week's rent in suburban Sydney, but - it's oh so worth it. Was an impeccable dining experience.
Elenora Taala
20/06/2023
The atmosphere was vivid and filled with great music, great place for a birthday celebration.

Can be chaotic but that goes to show how popular they are. The non-alcoholic drinks we great. However, need more the 2 choices.
Lindsay M
09/04/2023
We dined hear last night and the experience was fantastic. Tge food and drinks were superb but the real stand out was the consistently high standard of service across each of the team members we were served by - both highly efficient and genuinely gracious. And again replicated in the upstairs Sky Bar.
This was an anniversary celebration for us and I'd highly recommend the Shell House for anyone seeking a memorable night out.
Ka Ling (Drkyling)
07/12/2022
Lovely happy hour and great place to hang out with friends. We enjoyed the the Tuesday to Saturday happy hour and got $10 martinis and $10 prawn rolls. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't lobster roll. The prawn roll was alright, quite tasty but the bun wasn't good and the prawn salad mix had lots of lemon and caper in it. Martini was good to get without the olive or twist. Definitely a great deal. I also got the scallop gratin and crisp potatoes - both were good but very small, just single person portion. I'm glad my friend had lots of fries with her bistecchina, so I got to fill up on fries. The chocolate tart is very rich, and the poached nectarines were a great balance for it - would recommend to share the tart. Antonio is very friendly and superbly knowledgeable on wines!
Kirsty Wong
03/07/2022
There's some mixed reviews for shell house so I wasn't sure what should I expect before my visit.

It is a convenient location for after work dinner or drinks in Sydney CBD. We went to Menzies Bar & Bistro on ground level, it turned out pretty decent experiences with service and food. It was quite busy on a Tuesday evening in terms of CBD dining.

We ordered few dishes from the menu, the prawns were good. Abalone toast and chicken liver eclair are my picks ??'??
Frances Bush
10/04/2022
My best friend wanted to check out the newly renovated Menzies bar and what a great choice. Very classy - which is totally up his alley - and the service was above none. The food was absolutely delicious. Even the lavatory corridor with its dim lighting proved worthy of the "bathroom" selfie - just "classier".
Jessie Schilling
18/03/2022
We came for a late dinner booking and loved the interior decor, furniture, lighting and balcony ambience the space offers ?

We tried an array of food from the menu, and the oysters and crullers were a must-have mouthwatering experience! ??

On the more substantial side, the eggplant was served with a beautiful nutty paste and my company enjoyed the moreton bay bug pasta and lamb on recommendation. There was also a tempting selection for dessert.

The only reason I have rated three stars is due to the lack of care our table was given. Our order was confused with the table next to ours. After having to follow up why our food was delivered to the wrong table, our food slowly trickled out to over the course of a few hours. It was a shame, but when the food did come to us it was worth it!
C Y
27/02/2022
4/5 for Clocktower bar - great vibes and great cocktails. The service was pretty spot on and the waiter recommended a delicious cocktail based on our preference.

2/5 for Skybar - service was okay, cocktails were average and not much selection. Whilst the interior design was beautiful, I feel like the place hasn't reached it's full potential.
Fei
20/01/2022
Absolutely unique hospitality scene in Sydney, if you're in town, it is worth visiting. Dined at the Dining Room last night, that was some hospitality we talk about, the whole system from the beginning to the end, lobby to top floor, you could feel the love from the team. Initially thought it would be amazing to bring a date here when I sat down, but actually would highly recommend to eat with your mates visiting the dining room, definitely more fun like what I had! Thank you very much, can't wait to check Menzies Bar out next.
Ruben Sanchez
15/01/2022
After a massive building renovation the result is this amazing bar.
SKY BAR on level 9 is one of the best places in town to go for a drink.
Very important to book beforehand otherwise you won't be able to get a table.
I order the Dusk till Dawn cocktail and I loved it. It was my best option for me since I don't like Tequila and Whisky.
The staff is very friendly and chilled, specially Matt. ?
I'll be back.
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