Cafe Sydney

4.5
1474 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
Cafe Sydney captures the essence of Sydney from its amazing location next to Circular Quay on the rooftop of Customs House with spectacular harbour views, delicious food, an outdoor terrace, cocktail lounge and a relaxed, contemporary interior.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Modern Australian, Vegan
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday: open

Dinner: Monday - Friday: open, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(02) 9251 8683
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
James Kidman
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Private Party Facilities
The Cafe Sydney private dining room is one of Sydney’s most sought after venues. With terrace access featuring views of the Harbour Bridge and floor to ceiling glass doors, this intimate setting accommodates 16 guests seated or 50 for a cocktail party.
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Private Party Contact
reservations@cafesydney.com: (02) 9251 8683
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Catering
Please visit http://cafesydney.com/plan-your-event/groups to place your enquiry.
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Cross street
Young Street
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Parking Details
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Public Transit
Circular Quay Station & Buses
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View
What 1474 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.1
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Dined a day ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely night last night for my parents wedding anniversary. Staff were lovely and welcoming and made a special effort for the occasion.
Food was lovely , ambiance and views great
I would highly recommend

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Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful spot with great food and service.

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Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing, great service and awesome views

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was exceptional, staff were attentive and friendly, attention to detail was excellent, great wine list, views are spectacular, would recommend to book outdoor seating to make the most of the view blankets are provided so it still makes it lovely and cosy!

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As one of our group put it ' Bloody awesome !' Amazing from start to finish.
Exceptional service and advice on dishes from Ashleigh...may have spelt it wrong...apologies.
We all agreed that every dish was full of flavour and perfectly cooked and presented.
Steaks cooked exactly as requested and pork delicious.
We have travelled and eaten in many large and small restaurants and give praise only if earned, as it is here.
This was a perfect celebration evening.

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We had a booking for 8:30, but they did not seat us until 9:00. The food was okay, nothing spectacular.

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, great service, pleasant surroundings and wonderful view

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, location and service. One of my favorite restaurants that I regularly buy gift vouchers for. However totally inflexible re accommodating extra guest who flew in that day and spontaneously surprised me by turning up at the restaurant. Restaurant Wouldn’t move us even though the table next to us was empty for the whole time we were there . we also offered to squish in where seating wouldn’t affect the waiters but we’re told no. Friend sadly left.

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Food and Great Service..Great Ambience...

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Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was amazing but unfortunately the service was not. The staff were so busy and being a table of 2 it was hard to get their attention at times and at no time did our allocated waitstaff have time to come and check that everything was going well. So, I’m have to say that the service let things down.
We also ordered cocktails at the start but they arrived after our entrees.

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Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I attended Cafe Sydney for the first time in celebration of my sisters birthday. It was a lovely dinner with scenic views. I highly recommend sitting it the outdoor area as the views and ambience is beautiful. The wait staff were very knowledgable and friendly. Although adding in time for photos does take some time, it does limit time if you wish to do a 3 course meal in the booked time frame. It is perfect that Cafe Sydney allows you to move onto the bar area to have dessert and further drinks.

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Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and the best view of Sydney Harbour

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Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The view, ambience and service. Fantastic location for a special celebration.

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Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great menu, food was exceptional, staff were very attentive.

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Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue, service and food

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Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So glad I booked this venue to celebrated my 13th wedding anniversary. Couldn't have asked for a better table position to enjoy our food with a spectacular view. Thank you for taking care of us and for the special 'happy anniversary' dessert plate.

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Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shown to our table which was an instant wow factor overlooking the opera house and Sydney Harbour bridge.
Staff were friendly from start to finish with a good wine selection.
As for the meal, I’m no expert but loved all three courses which was probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had.
Well done to the chef and all the other members of staff who made this a great evening

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Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantasicnin every way!

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Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

All good. Excellent service. No wait time. Tasty food.

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Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Found dining at Cafe Sydney beautiful views excellent service very happy and efficient staff an very relaxing atmosphere and the food was very delicious had a very enjoyable day and the espresso martini was magic.

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Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lunch for 3 family members. The restaurant was largely, previously unknown - apart from media compliments.
The balcony-edge table offered spectacular views. Our waiter was pleasant, informal and not over-bearing; just there when needed and with low key advice and information.
Our choice was main courses only as this had to be a fairly quick lunch. Pork for one, chicken for another, John Dory from the Specials menu - complemented by duck fat potatoes. All beautifully cooked and well-presented.

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Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a really relaxing lunch with my wife. Food was spectacular as was the view. Service was really good, especially given how busy the restaurant was. Can't wait to return.

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Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I hadn’t been to CS in about five years but chose it to celebrate a special joint birthday with a friend. Immediately I remembered why I loved it. It was one of the best meals I’ve had. High quality as you’d expect, generous portions, accompanied by an exhaustive wine list. When combined with killer views of Circular Quay on a Sydney summer night, it’s unbeatable. The waiters were friendly and attentive.

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Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic!!!

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Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment of the booking until the moment we walked out of the restaurant we felt taken care of and made to feel special, comfortable and welcome.

The food was superb with comfortable portions. The service was attentive without being intrusive and very professional, yet personal...not always an easy mix.

The table was great with a view only Sydney can provide. Would go back in a heartbeat!

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Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Cafe Sydney has been a long time favourite for us. However, not sure we’ll be back anytime soon. As soon as you sit down you are rushed to make dinner choices, constantly reminded that you need to vacate the table soon. Not in the most tactful manner either! We might as well have been eating in a food court...we could hardly finish the second bottle of wine before being “pushed” to leave. Oh and the portions of food have diminished - starters and mains (no time for dessert) and still left hungry

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Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Disappointed with the tandoori salmon, pretty tasteless, soggy skin & meat

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Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and location. Cool scene and great food 👌

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Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place!!! Waiter was attentive and added to the experience. Food was fresh and creative.

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Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Appreciated the kind and friendly staff, the food turnaround was efficient however we were not rushed out the door. Great for a business lunch.

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Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

No complaints about the food or the location my only complaint was our main waiter. He seemed to have an attitude, he wasn’t overly friendly and we felt rushed. He seem too busy talking to his work mates rather than attending tables or ours at least

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Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Love dining at Cafe Sydney. Delicious meal high quality presentation and great menu!!!! We had a lovely waitress who was very helpful. Only annoying noise was the drilling down below. Beautiful view and ambiance. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice spot, my second time. Busy staff meant level of service was good, without being intrusive. The food was very well cooked and presented. At $130 per head not exactly cheap, but we didn't expect that. A nice spot for lunch on a bright sunny day with the harbour & Kirribilli to look across at.

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Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner recently at Cafe Sydney. The staff were efficient and down to earth. The food wasn't too fussy or fancy - honest flavours and great options.

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Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were a party of 7 and had a fabulous night. Great food and service, beautiful views and fun atmosphere.

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Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our party of 10 were celebrating a 70th birthday. We had a wonderful evening. The service was efficient,friendly but unobtrusive, the view across the harbour bridge magnificent. They even managed a full moon for us.

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Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we got out of the lift and were greeted on arrival till we paid our bill - a perfect occasion! Our waiter for the evening "Dallan from Dallas - Texas" was outstanding - funny, attentive and knew every single element of our meals and choices. It made the visit even more memorable - we have not been there for quite a while but clearly every bar has been lifted - to the point where we are on the "wait list" for New Year's Eve - fingers crossed -

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Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great experience. Food and service were exceptional

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Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Booked for a special occasion after recommendations. Very disappointed with food. Nice view. Wouldn't be returning unfortunately.

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Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Disappointing i had to book soo far in advance. Previous time I went was much more special. Service was too much and over bearing, pecorino tart entree was smothered in creme fresh and no taste. Steak was over cooked and tuff. We had to be seated late due to rain, yet we were completely under cover, late start to the meal making some choices unavailable.

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