Dead Ringer is a neighbourhood restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney, dedicated to Australian produce, wine, beer & cocktails.

To us, Modern Australian means mixing European kitchen technique, mediterranean hospitality, with the types of bold flavours you might expect from Pan-Asian cuisine, all served it in a typically casual aussie, family-dining setting.

We are located in a heritage townhouse just off Taylor Square at the axis of Paddington, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. The restaurant features comfortable counter-top dining, a garden terrace and an intimate dining room, also available for private hire.

Our popular boozy brunch is every Saturday & Sunday from 11am. Each week for one day, we focus entirely on our local fresh produce on our Meat Free Monday.


We are thrilled to have one of Australia’s most experienced chefs, Jamie Irving (previously Berta, Est, Pearl) heading up our kitchen. Together our goal is to champion the exceptional ingredients of this great continent through a changeable menu of large & small sharing plates.

Our kitchen stays open throughout the day and late into every evening, and has become a locals favourite restaurant in Surry Hills.

Our Casual Restaurant in Surry Hills

We are 3 mates who have all spent most of our working lives working in hospitality all around the globe but particularly influenced by Melbourne and London.

This is our second venue following multi-award winning cocktail bar Bulletin Place . Here we aim to combine most of all our love of food with world class cocktails in addition to a focus towards fortified wines and vermouths. Most noteworthy, our sharp wine list exclusively features Australian bottles focusing on many smaller producers. Finally we print menus and open different wines each day therefore there should always be something new to try!

Now, just over 5 years later, this hard to find, “shoe-box sized” 45-seater room is one of Australia’s most awarded-ever bars and recognised globally for the quality of drinks, friendly team and casual vibe.


What’s New?

BYO Sundays

Sunday nights are not about making decisions and if you’ve managed to get pants on and round up a couple of mates, you’re already killing it.

Thats why we created our Sunday ‘Feed Me’ menu, 4 courses of our chef’s selection of our best share plates with a few weekly specials thrown in. The best part: its free BYO wine!

We are done with single use straws!

As part of our ongoing push for environmental sustainability, we have recently ditched single use cardboard coasters in favour of a re-usable cork alternative. These snazzy little numbers have been getting about 15 uses before getting retired or otherwise disappearing to become ‘souvenirs’!

Chef Jamie Irving

We’re thrilled to be working with Jamie Irving, a hugely experienced chef at the top end of Australian dining of the last 20 years.

Oz Harvest Partnership

We are delighted to partner with OzHarvest on the ‘Dollar Diner’ program. This facilitates diner donations from each table bill at Dead Ringer and helps provide awareness of their work.

Dead Ringer Meaning

We get asked about our name heaps, and it completely baffles people when English isn’t their first language! Find out what it means…

Free WiFi in Surry Hills & Meeting Space

We got the wifi setup for ya, for a late meeting, to catch up a bit of work by yourself or to swipe away on facebook while your pal is running late, log in and use our juice for free!