Cafe Sydney

4.5
1705 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasions
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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.
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Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Could not ask for a better location to take our friend from overseas. We will go back again just because we loved it. Have not had the level of service we received in a long time. Second to none. Well done Cafe Sydney we will see you again!!

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Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is our second visit (this year) in a fortnight once for lunch and once for dinner. As always this restaurant ticks all the boxes for a fabulous dining experience. The venue and styling is sharp and the views of Sydney harbour second to none. The menu although limited provides an excellent selection and there is no problem in catering for allergies etc. The service cannot be faulted and the attention to detail and clients needs is superb. Please thank Nicole and Tarik.

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

It was one of the best restaurants I've ever been to, and I've travelled a lot.

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

We were presently surprised by the quality of the food and service. We believe this restaurant to be one of the best in Sydney.

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

Amazing food, atmosphere, service, drinks and dessert

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

My guests at lunch were first time visitors to Cafe Sydney and I have been numerous times. The food, service and of course, the views, didn’t disappoint.

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Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a girls birthday lunch.
Very good staff great, only problem they were on our back about the two hour table time.

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Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Sydney just gets better. We have been visiting for special occasions over many years. Cafe Sydney gives THE BEST view of Sydney's spangly bits - a must for visitors and locals. The ambience, service, attention to detail and wine list are exceptional, as is the food, importantly. Pricing is not for everyday dining but represents excellent value for money. Go as soon and as often as you can- you wont be disappointed.

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Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great experience and would cerainly recommend. Made our reservation well in advance and they gave us a spectacular table on deck with view as requested. Lily was excellent and could not have been more helpful and attentive.

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Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The location was picturesque! Our waitress Sarah was so welcoming and friendly, she definitely made our experience personal. Loved the food and cocktails.

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Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Cafe Sydney and have always enjoyed myself every time I go. It has been a good 2 years since last visit. Highly recomend it exceptional wait staff and ambiance. I was there for my birth day. The night was amazing until it came time to pay the bill... I was abit shocked that the woman who came to collect the bill money just stood there and watched us all work out the bill and frankly i found that a bit surprising for Cafe Sydney. In hind sight, i should have asked her to give us a moment.

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Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Unbeatable views of Sidney Harbor. Wait Staff friendly and helpful.

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Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

The cocktail bar upon entry was an amazing experience, then once we were seated at the table service was below average we sat there for far too long with our menus waiting to order food. During our meal our drinks were empty and we had to get up and speak to a waiter to get more drinks, not the kind of service I expect from a high class restaurant.
Views were amazing!!!

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Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It is a very, very, very busy place so you have to be somewhat assertive to get service but once you get someone’s attention they will ensure great service. The food is top notch and not too expensive. The room is very loud but the views are spectacular so don’t hesitate to book a table - you will be very happy.

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Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food. Best meal I had in Sydney.

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Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, delightful service, wonderful setting & ambience. A really special evening . This would be my choice for celebratory occasions & also for a great night out.

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Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful experience for the final night of our holiday. Great food matched with fantastic views of harbour.

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Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Cafe Sydney was a memorable evening of great food and beautiful ambience at the waterfront. A bit crowded and noisy but worth the experience.

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Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was excellent as usual, although the experience was not up to Cafe Sydney standard due to the service we received from waiter.
The whole lunch seemed very rushed ,we felt we were being pushed ,to order,eat etc.Was a birthday occasion(waiter asked on arrival)and sadly, when coffees arrived not a cupcake or even a petit four in sight. Why bother asking?The bill was promptly presented without us requesting it. We were there for just under 3 hours on a Wed. Plenty of other tables available.

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Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the food experience setting staff and general ambience. However do feel that a bottle of wine that wholesales for $29 and being charged $125 is quite overpriced. Otherwise a very enjoyable experience.

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Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food, setting and table service were lovely as always. However, we were second sitting at 8.15 and it was a bit chaotic when we arrived. We had to wait for our table for over 15mins, we felt ignored and our drinks did not appear in this time so I think perhaps they were short staffed at this busy changeover time. It was a special experience for our son and this beginning was far from special.

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Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The food was lovely but the service was disappointing and uncoordinated. We received our starters before our drinks arrived, even though these were ordered before the food. We had to flag down a member of staff to order wine and then another to follow up when our mains came with no sign of the wine we had ordered to go with it. Similarly we had to ask for water each time we needed a refill. The food came out very quickly making us feel like we were being rushed which spoilt the overall evening.

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Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the few restaurants that has a view of the bridge and Opera House.
For a special occasion, if you book a balcony table it's well worth it.

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Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful view of Sydney Harbour! Food was exceptional, every dish was good. The restaurant was very busy. Service felt a bit stretched. Great for a special occasion. Not crazily expensive.

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Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

While the assistance from some staff over the phone in the lead up was fairly mediocre, on the night food and service were absolutely outstanding. Would definitely go back.

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Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I celebrated my 40th birthday with a party of 8 and everything was amazing, company, views, food, staff. Absolutely nothing to fault. Made my birthday very memorable.

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Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice place, nice view, good staff, good food (actually it was all great). Thanks so much.

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Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, location and service by Marco.

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Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had high expectations after glowing recommendations. We were not disappointed. Great location food and service. Nothing else need be said.

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Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food average service pushy, great view

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Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was lovely however for a fine dining experience there was only a 10 minute wait between appetiser and mains, where we were only served our bottle of wine half way through our mains. We waited almost 20mins to get our wine. Hence we were almost finished our food my time our wine came out a bit disappointing.

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Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Everything I expected. Quite excellent. A very satisfied customer. All of my guests enjoyed it very much too.

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Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is like going to heaven. The food is unique. The servers are outstanding and who can beat the sights

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Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The best service in Sydney - absolutely LOVE this place!

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Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All round greatexrience- wine prices are a little extreme but guess it is cheaper than a beer in St Mark's Square, Venice!

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Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Warm customer service which is prompt and attentive. The views to the harbour add great ambience to the venue which is busy and vibrant. Serving of dishes came out timely, fresh and hot with a great mix of flavours without needing too much additional seasoning.

A great place for business or pleasure.

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Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We were very disappointed with the food, in particular, 3 of the 6 dishes we ordered were not up to the standard we would expect when paying between $25 - $42 per dish.

The grilled octopus starter was chewy and overcooked, the slow-cooked beef cheek was so dry my girlfriend couldn't eat it, very disappointing and then the strawberry parfait was rock solid so it was a struggle to get your spoon in to actually eat it.

Lovely service, they looked after us but the food really let it down

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Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very welcoming at Reception. Waiter was excellent. Views of Sydney Harbour were spectacular. Food was to die for. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we will be back to enjoy the ambiance and spreading the news with our friends.

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Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Easy to make the reservation, and they followed up with email confirmation. On arrival all was very friendly, and request for seating was accommodated.

The food was all well prepared, and as ordered. They were very specific about my gluten-free request and advised which meals were available.

We were in no hurry, and planned a long lunch, but the service was a little slow even so, but the staff were friendly so we didn't complain.

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Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The location, overlooking the Harbour, is excellent, especially for foreign guests. Service was polite and timely; menu is extensive; just a bit chaotic in making payment. We'll be back

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