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Cho Cho San

73 Macleay St, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
+61 2 9331 6601
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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73 Macleay St, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sensational Japanese food, in a cosy, cool restaurant with a great drinks menu in Potts Point!!! Attended the restaurant on Saturday night for dinner after a long time between visits and if possible it was even better than I remembered it!!! Waited a little, while...More

Thank Angela S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely meal here, full of fun & delicious flavours. Our waiter was delightful and energetic. He gave great suggestions on what to try... and from the arrival of our cocktails & oysters until the last spoonful of dessert we were entertained. I...More

Thank LeethalLeeM
SusaneA20, Guest Relations Manager at Cho Cho San, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi LeethalLeeM, Thank you so much for your lovely review, we're so happy you enjoyed dining with us! We have passed on your feedback to our team, and look forward to welcoming you again. Warm regards, The Cho Cho San Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Busy restaurant always. Pleasant cosy and clean dining room. There is very limited street parking availability as most spaces are one hour only - annoying. Food was nice in parts - highlights the kingfish sashimi, the chicken karrage, and the lamb riblets. Avoid the chicken...More

Thank John T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here and the very next day we came back for lunch....it’s that good!!! So here are the must have in my opinion... the aged sake is awesomely good and smooth... it’s totally a must try!! The eggplant skewers were one of the...More

Thank Derrick1230
Reviewed 3 September 2018

The quality of the food was quite good. The service at the start (when they weren't busy) was exceptional, but then they got busy and I was waiting for about 20-25 minutes until the bartender said something to my server (it was also the bartender...More

Thank sdfischer
Susane A, Guest Relations Manager at Cho Cho San, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Hi Sdfischer, We apologise for the service you received when dining at Cho Cho San. What you have described does not meet our service standards. Sorry you didn’t love all the banquet options. We have passed along the feedback to the team who are always...More

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Mostly under 40s enjoying pricey Japanese fusion fair. The atmosphere is cool dark and loud. Fish is great so is the nori again expensive but well heeled here don’t mind. A guy walked in wearing a full length real leopard fur coat-that is the sort...More

2  Thank sammly
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Some younger humans we know proffered Cho Cho San as a "must go to" dinner table. OK so we look at some reviews, they're stable. Try and book and its the usual 6pm or 8pm annoyance again. Can someone stop this BS please? So we...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

We pre booked this place for tea after seeing awesome reviews and we are glad we did. Super busy place so I would advise to definitely make a reservation. The staff were awesome, we didn’t really know what to have so we let our waiter...More

Thank Sunkissed T
Reviewed 18 August 2018

A small, busy restaurant serving well-crafted, high quality Japanese fusion dishes. There is a set menu or a lacarte. Pleasant and efficient wait staff, interesting decor with the option of a large shared, or individual tables. Good wine list with reasonable options. Same owners as...More

Thank TheFarHorizon
Reviewed 4 August 2018

had lunch here yesterday for the first time, we were warmly welcomed from the outset. food was of an excellent standard. we chose the banquet and there was just so much moorish food. loved the eggplant sticks, pork buns and okonomiyaki . would definitely recommend...More

Thank bbbeeps
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 28
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 73 Macleay St, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9331 6601
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Restaurateurs Sam Christie and Jonathan Barthelmess are excited to announce the opening of their new joint venture, Cho Cho San, an interpretation of the Tokyo izakaya. Building on a successful partnership that began with celebrated Potts Point restaurant, The Apollo, Christie and Barthelmess's next project is an exploration of Japanese food culture. Together they will bring free-thinking and a creative approach to the traditions and heritage of Japanese cuisine. As Chef and Co-owner, Barthelmess is developing an ever-changing, seasonal menu keeping to the Japanese philosophy of simplicity where ingredients are the stars. Joined by Head Chef Nicholas Wong working together the focus will be fresh food and healthy eating, using hibachi grilling and steaming techniques. Cho Cho San has created an inventive drinks offering that draws on Japanese drinking traditions reflective of Christie's pioneering experience matching wine with Asian food. "We love the amazing drinking culture in Japan: the tiny bars, the buzzing izakayas and the huge variety of drinks with their deep traditions," he says. "So we've sourced the best sake, shochu, whisky, beer, and a wine list perfectly tailored to suit the food." A small, punchy cocktail menu will change seasonally, drawing on ingredients suchas melon, yuzu, apples, nashi pears and seaweed. Designer George Livissianis once again joins to create a simple, light space that feels Japanese without the cliches or kitsch.
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