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Crinitis Castle Hill officially opened in November 2011. The Matthew Darwin designed space includes spacious dining area for 350+ customers spread over 2 levels with a sophisticated mix of banquets and chairs to complement the rustic decor. A Lamborghini engine is suspended from the domed ceiling on the second floor, while the pizza bar is completely finished with copper. 

Famous for its passion for authentic Italian food and culture as well as exceptional service, Crinitis specializes in traditional Southern Italian cuisine, resurrecting an art of food that is rarely seen today in even the oldest of Italian homes.

The menu concentrates on the many regions of southern Italy and how the landscape and climate influence certain cuisines. Our passionate head chef leads a team driven to seek excellence. "Our philosophy is to seek the best ingredients, produced by like minded suppliers with consistency and sustainability and most importantly quality in mind. Keeping in mind the most traditional Italian techniques and pushing boundaries without fear of innovation".
Also, a first for Sydneysiders, Crinitis Pantry is located within the restaurant. Crinitis Pantry is a contemporary Italian pasticceria baking traditional and innovative Italian-inspired pastries, cakes and biscotti. The famous Crinitis antipasti ingredients, including the homemade salami, are also available to purchase.

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  • LuckyClover Newbie   1 review
    We went their last night being a Friday we booked a table for 2, when we arrived we were seated promptly after waiting for attention for some time. We ordered 2 cokes and the zucchini flowers to start, the dish was average as the stuffing was bland, runny ricotta (I\'ve made it better myself). We ordered the Roles Royce of the menu to really test this place out - The Seafood Platter for 2. It came quick but the mussels came quite some time later in a separate dish. Immediately I thought \'oh no\' it was on a 2 tier platter and I couldn\'t even see the top of it, everything was a mess nothing made any sense, there was repeat on each level of the same thing. The large metal skewers were impractical so I didn\'t bother trying to rip of the seafood like a caveman using the tiny amount of space that was left on the table to actually eat the food! No chips, no salad, no side sauces, no fried seafood, just a big marinated, overcooked jumble that was ALL cold by the way. The lobster mornay was freezing cold. Huge disappointment. The service was up to par so I gave it one star however it doesn\'t make up for realllly bad food. They packed most of it up in a bag because we were struggling to eat the cold mess. We planned to try a dessert so we got a ricotta cheesecake to go, it was fine but the brandied cream was too strong.
    Overall this place needs a reality check, seems as soon as places focus on the marketing the food drops. If this is their most expensive thing I would expect it to be the bees knees. We\'ve had a better seafood platter for $40 no kidding! So for a $200 bill I can tell you the place is worth skipping. Nothing fancy here except the PR. Save your money guys!

    2 months ago - 08/02/2014

  • 6lucyb6 Newbie   1 review
    Table for four..Saturday night 6pm booked. We found the service to be excellent, staff we lovely and attentive. Food was generally very good. All entrees we excellent and generous. Mains all nice enough although one had pasta and it wasn't cooked enough. Over priced but we knew that going there.

    2 months ago - 02/02/2014

  • ANDRE7S Local Star   22 reviews
    Decided to go here as it'd had been some time since we last dined there. Between two people, a bruschetta entree, two entree sized pasta dishes and two soft drinks set us back just over $70. For what you're paying, there are plenty of other Italian restaurants in the area where you'll pay less and get more for your money. The gnocchi gorgonzola was nice but I had a sausage pasta which was very oily and the sausage meat quite tough and flavourless. Best to go there on a weeknight as Friday & Saturday nights you will wait even if you booked a table in advance.
  • SammyJDavis   3 reviews
    My last experience at criniti's castle hill a few weeks back was disappointing. the service was rushed and inattentive, perhaps given the place was very busy and the food itself wasn't to the high standard i remembered before. the atmosphere however it beautiful and the restaurant is very well decorated.

    3 months ago - 05/01/2014

  • Nancy R   5 reviews
    I love there menu, pretty pricey however nice for a treat.

    6 months ago - 16/10/2013

  • KathleenK   10 reviews
    Would never go back - way too expensive for what it was. Food was nothing special and the service was a joke. We took an overseas visitor there and were embarrassed by our poor choice. This establishment is pretentious and needs a reality check.

    7 months ago - 31/08/2013

  • Overdriveme Newbie   1 review
    I dined there recently and had to deal with very slow customer service. Waited 2 hours for our meals on a weeknight when the restaurant wasn't busy. Food was ok at best & not worth the wait, I don't recommend them.

    7 months ago - 26/08/2013

  • trims Newbie   1 review
    Ate there on a Sunday and was charged 10% surcharge on top of the bill. Menu is expensive. Will never eat there again, absolute joke!

    8 months ago - 06/08/2013

  • wontal Newbie   1 review
    Took the family there first time on sat night. Even though we made a booking, was asked to wait "a few minutes" in the bar. One hour later we were seated. It was so dark we needed to ask for a light to read the menu. It was so noisy we had to yell at each other to be heard. Entree arrived promptly and was great. Sadly thats when the bad service really kicked in. Waited over an hour for main courses. Frankly they could be described as average at best. Getting drinks brought to us was an epic. A simple coke & water never arrived. At one stage it took over 20 minutes just to get the attention of one of the passing waiters.
    Summary: very bad service, average to poor food, too loud, too dark, and double the price.
  • 0707   5 reviews
    We went to Crinitis at Castle Hill because it was a hot night and our local restaurants are all alfresco. This was a BIG mistake. The airconditioning in there is non existent, and the kitchen is right next to the tables, so the heat was coming straight out into the restaurant. It must have been 35 degrees in there, if not more. The menu has way too many options and since the names are all in Italian, we had to read every description rather than just being able to skim it. The children's pizza was as large as a normal one, which was completely impractical for a seven year old. The steak and ribs were quite small and didn't come with anything on the side which was not explained when it was ordered, and it was served on a chopping board which wasn't pleasant. The lamb salad was mostly rocket leaves, and the Frank Sinatra pasta had too much chilli in it. The music had obviously been chosen by a younger member of staff and did not suit the atmosphere of the place at all. In the end, we concluded that Crinitis is just too much - too much noise, too much heat, and too much money for what you got. We took our party elsewhere for coffee and desserts, and will not be returning.

Opening Hours for Monday:

11:00 AM-11:00 PM

Opening Hours for Tuesday:

11:00 AM-11:00 PM

Opening Hours for Wednesday:

11:00 AM-11:00 PM

Opening Hours for Thursday:

11:00 AM-11:00 PM

Opening Hours for Friday:

11:00 AM-11:00 PM

Opening Hours for Saturday:

11:00 AM-11:00 PM

Opening Hours for Sunday:

11:00 AM-11:00 PM

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Bookings Functions Indoor Dining Banquet Alfresco Outdoor Seating A-la-carte Take-Away Eat-in Corporate Dining Private Room

Cuisine

Italian Pizza/Wood Fired Pizza

Price Guide

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Features

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Menu

Dinner Breakfast Lunch

Disabled Facilities

Disabled Parking Wheel Chair Access

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