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Obviously, we love food and wine. At our very heart, we are food and wine people.

We live food and wine. Every day. And we love the pants off serving other food and wine people; just like you.

We’re all about a decent glass of wine, from a list with plenty of choice, a delicious plate of food and a bloody good natter with people you choose to be with. We really don’t think it has to be any more complicated than that.

We don’t love unnecessary formality to make things credible. We don’t think you need to dress up to show up. And we absolutely don’t believe the hype.

We believe in a good time.  And we want you to have one!

We’d like to think we’ll see you regularly. Before dinner, after dinner, for dinner.

 

Who are the people behind The Bishop?

Owner Erez Gordon is not known for shying away from a challenge.  He did, after all, star alongside Neil Perry and John Lethlean on Channel 7’s short-lived (and widely derided) “Restaurant Revolution”.  Prior to that ignominious claim to fame, he cut his teeth in London, at Terence Conran’s Soho juggernaut, Mezzo as well as Antony Worrell Thomson’s Simpsons chain. Travels through France, Spain and Italy turned his wine infatuation into unadulterated obsession before returning to Australia where he headed the team at Melbourne’s three-hatted Jacques Reymond Restaurant and launched the iconic The Botanical to immediate acclaim as The Age’s Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year. Upon moving to Sydney he opened Bishop Sessa in 2012, taking over the space at southern Crown St, formerly occupied by Tabou.

Chef Shaun Langdon has worked in kitchens in Sydney, the UK and Asia, most recently at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group as Chef de cuisine and Executive sous chef. Prior to that, Shaun was Sous/Head chef at Bird Cow Fish and has also worked at Quay and Restaurant Balzac. His food is simple, fresh, playful and fun and he has an enormous passion for good produce and great wine.

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Rainer Schmid
09:59 27 Nov 19
Always fun going here, it can be a little pricey but definitely worth it
Alex Jarvie
21:30 17 Nov 19
Fantastic wines. Went during pinot week and everything killed. Food is also very very good and vego friendly.
Fei
09:05 16 Oct 19
Wouldn’t have expected this decent food from a wine bar!!!!! Everything was very delicious and right amount of flavour. Thank you.
Ben Wong
09:53 19 Sep 19
Top ten restaurants we’ve experienced (food wise) in Sydney! Amazing food, small and cosy restaurant! Go for this combo; the wagyu, pumpkin and ocean trout tartare!
Saurabh Das
06:49 25 Aug 19
The Bishop is Sydney favourite! We love everything about this fantastic wine bar and restaurant. Renée and I make sure that we check for events at The Bishop weeks before we book a flight down :) The wine selection is outstanding and the food is always exceptional. Strongly recommended!
Claire Fleming
10:30 28 Apr 19
Wow!!! What a great night of food, wine and people. We had our friends grooms’ party and it went seamlessly. Nothing was difficult and the food was amazing everyone left full and wanting to come back for more. Thank you for a great night and great service.
Shasta Marcelo
05:30 01 Apr 19
Great staff, great food. I have eaten here a few times over the years and most recently had their bottomless brunch on a Saturday. You certainly won't leave feeling hungry! Also, for the 2hr package you are able to choose from bubbles, white, rose, red or beer - and can switch it up throughout. This is rare for a bottomless brunch and you are usually tied to 1 type of wine. Absolute winner!
Beth Carmody
22:20 27 Mar 19
I went here on a date night with my boyfriend and absolutely loved it. It is around the corner from my house, so super convenient for us. We got the Feed me menu with wines to match, loved every second of it. Got dishes we wouldn't usually order ourselves & loved them! Great value for money also. The staff are also super friendly. Will be coming back soon for sure.
Scott Bergin
11:37 28 Dec 18
Amazing food and wine list. Would definitely recommend.
Ozden YILMAZ
02:26 15 Dec 18
Although I'm not a fan of sashimi it was very tasty. The aperol spritz was very yummy with grapefruit.
Sarah Illsley
12:33 06 Dec 18
Nice food! A little pricey if you don't have some kind of deal
Jarrad Warwick
03:34 27 Nov 18
Loved it! Food and drinks were on point! The espresso martinis were a little watery but everything else was DELISH! Great experience, ill be back next time around! Thanks for the good tucker and the many wines we tried!
Rami Mukhtar
10:41 10 Nov 18
I am terrified to write this review. As I don’t want too many people coming here - I may not be able to get a table next time! This is by far one of the most impressive places in Sydney. Simple. Amazing food. Amazing wine and beer. Amazing host. My lord. What a place!
Jason Ho
11:12 06 Nov 18
Food was excellent, service was great with good banter. Accepts Amex
Belinda Holmes
23:15 20 Oct 18
Lovely venue with great ambience, delicious well- priced food and a great wine list. I'd definitely recommend a night at The Bishop.
syche77
11:40 25 Sep 18
Friendly staff, great food and a navigable wine list with a relaxed atmosphere makes this an easy place for dates and catch ups with friends
Nina Juhl
12:44 30 Aug 18
Exquisite food, really nice staff (they were so great at explaining the wine list), and perfect atmosphere. I would recommend the bishop to anyone looking to impress a date or for a easy high end dinner.
Maria Tucker
13:27 22 Aug 18
I have visited Bishop Sessa several times over the past few years, and have always held it in high regard. We visited again a few nights ago and were relieved more than anything, that a restaurant we had loved, was still alive, kicking and full of vim and vigour.
Josh Graham
23:45 18 Aug 18
Had a delicious sake night upstairs. Food and wine always good.
Diana Hartog
23:54 11 Jul 18
Had the 5 course Degustation. Beef cheek was a standout! Food enjoyable but not overwhelmingly exciting. Glad I tried this place but it would take a huge lure to entice me back as it felt like any other euro Style restaurant in Sydney.
richard storey
09:43 25 Jun 18
Excellent food and a great cellar, service was impeccable. Highly recommended
Tracey Colley
08:26 26 Apr 18
As the grand daughter of a ww1 light horseman (even wrote a book about it!!) I might not agree with everyone else's opinion about ANZAC day but I believe a fundamental part of any healthy democracy is everybody having a right to state their beliefs. Good on Bishop Sessa for having the courage to provide a space for dissonant voices and diversity. And outstanding Noah and drinking poos too!!
Nicole Mitchell
00:08 26 Apr 18
I bloody love this place! It's the local restaurant you've always wanted! Cozy, casual & friendly but still elegant and refined. Food is incredible and the wine list is a bit daunting initially, but the staff really know their stuff and will guide you to some really unusual and interesting varietals. I'd come here every week if my schedule permitted...
Nancy Drew
23:45 25 Apr 18
I love this place! My new fave restaurant in Sydney - consistently good food & great service AND definitely one of the best wine lists I've had the good fortune to come across. As Arnie said, I'll be back!
samuel cayetuna
13:08 12 Mar 18
Good find!! Very intimate intimate location along the vibrant and resto bombarded crown street. Come on tues or wed for the awesome discount on the 5 course chef's menu. Tantalizing yet Subtle transition from entree to dessert! Must try !! Will come back!
Andy Coruzzi
00:01 19 Feb 18
A guardian of character and an ordained member of ambience. I have visited Bishop Sessa several times over the past few years, and have always held it in high regard. We visited again a few nights ago and were relieved more than anything, that a restaurant we had loved, was still alive, kicking and full of vim and vigour. Bishop's ambience is reminiscent of our days wandering the streets of Paris, finding unique dining experiences with a buzz in the air and a wonderful atmosphere. I would highly recommend for a reasonably priced, finer dining experience. My only sour point was that one of our waitresses was a little on the chilly side. The other was great.
Sami Goldstein
04:55 14 Jan 18
This is my favourite restaurant in Sydney. The food is amazing and the cocktails are dangerous. The staff here are incredible. They know their wine list sooo well. I recommend coming on Tuesdays or Wednesday for the 3 course for 50 dollars. Such good value.
Michelle Yin
11:15 03 Jan 18
I really don't understand why would anyone give this restaurant a bad rating. The food was nice with big quantity, the staff were extremely friendly. I especially recommend the duck since it's the best I've ever had for so many years! I would definitely go back again.
i ismillie
05:31 18 Dec 17
The service was wonderful, but food was not amazing and all a little over salted. The cocktails were a bit odd, pricey and presented somewhat sadly.
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