Cafe Sydney

4.5
1861 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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  • 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.
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outside table with fantastic views of Vivid, great food and outstanding service.

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Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

I booked my window seats almost 3 month ago in early March. But it was disappointed we sat the the back. I had to find one of the manager to let us sit the front, finally we were able to. But the place is quite under staffs, we waited for a long time to order, and our main courses only arrived at 7:20, we needed to leave by 7:45. I don’t think it’s fair. I ordered all my food at 6:30, not that we ate slow, the Kitchen was slow. So we just paid and skipped the dessert! Food quality is amazing.

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

Fabulous venue, food and service.

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

Enjoyed our night immensely! Impeccable, friendly service and the food was amazing. My friend and I were celebrating our birthdays and our desserts were brought to the table with happy birthday written in chocolate on the plates and a candle each. Such a lovely touch and made our night. Will definitely be going again as soon as possible!

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

The food was delish, and staff were warm and professional, and made celebrating an event a lovely experience. The location was fabulous added to by the lights of Viv'd. We had a fabulous evening.

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Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

The food at Cafe Sydney was absolutely amazing, and great cocktails too!

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

Amaning view great atmosphere

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

Great venue highlighting the best of Sydney Harbour. Although when booking on line for 12 noon that we needed to be out by 2pm, which suited us as we had a train to catch at 2.15pm.... once the drinks were ordered, we sat there for nearly 30 minutes with no service to take our order. I eventually stopped a lovely waiter, explained that we needed to be out by 2pm, would he mind taking our order and hurrying our meal through. He did just that and we were looked after personally.

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Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food. The only comment I have that the naan was a bit too greasy.
Everything else was perfect, the barramundi, the gnocci etc.

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Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous outlook - beautiful food cooked to perfection. Friendly attentive staff, very busy but this didn’t impact the level of service. Can’t wait to go back!

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Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Overall a great evening. The Taff where excellent with a no false attitude. The food was excellent and I good range of choices.

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Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Brilliant location but the restaurant was very dimly lit. Food and service both outstanding.

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Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food and service. Well worth the booking wait. Next I’ll book 6 months for outdoor seating. Inside had a nice ambient feel with scattered views of the bridge.

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Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant!

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Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

This was probably my least favourite experience at Cafe Sydney. The food was good but portions were tiny. The service was not it’s usual high standard and we had to repeatedly ask for more drinks. We had a side table rather than one with a full view which again was disappointing.

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Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Very noisey

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Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never had a bad Cafe Sydney experience. An amazing spot for a celebration or special occasion. The food is fantastic and it is an easy spot for a long long lunch. The staff are wonderful and the views are unbeatable.

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

Cafe sydney is just an exceptional experience. The attention to detail not only in the quality of the food, but its presentation and that of the staff is impeccable.

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Sydney / NSW
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Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing

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

My favourite restaurant in Sydney - sophisticated, amazing food/service/ambience. It never fails to impress

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

Great location, views, food and service. Sydney iconic restaurant that stand the test of time.

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

My wife and I were enjoying another visit after many years, as we had fond memories of the previous occasion eating on the terrace. This time inside, and Brendan made us feel welcome once we were seated with a separate menu provided for the vegetarian in our party. Prompt, but not rushed service meant we were soon enjoying a sparking wine/ cocktails. The food absolutely lived up to expectations: beautifully presented and delicious - and portion sizes quite reasonable. Overall experience was A1.

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

An amazing venue to take in the views of the harbor and the bridge. A must for taking out of town visitors.
Great food and top level service also

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Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We had a table at the back of the restaurant, which was quite good as you could have a conversation without raising your voice. That was until the meal was served and the waiters couldn't get around the table, so they were reaching across members of our party to serve dishes to other members. My Tandoori roasted King Salmon was lovely, as was the lamb, however the pork belly was bland and the duck dry. The service left a lot to be desired. Wait times were long for food and drink.

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

It's a venue to die for with gorgeous view of Sydney Harbour. All courses were delicious and service personal and efficient.

We were outside which was divine if not a little dark when trying to read the menu.

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Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Amazing location with stunning g views. The outdoor dining area was in full sun in May and it was VERY HOT . We were provided with sunscreen and caps but the experience of cafe Sydney was left lacking due to the lack of shade . .

We ended up needing to move tables as our desserts were melting in the sun .

Our waitress Lindy was lovely and accommodating in moving tables .

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

It’s a shame that the drop down box did not have a 11 out of 10 in a few categories! The view, the outdoor gallery, location ease of access & the food is unbeatable! Its difficult to surpass Café Sydney on these parameters. A bit heavy on the pocket but by the end of it you feel it was worth the spend! A classy place for special occasions. May 2019 was my first visit here… Loved it… Will be back soon… & will recommend it to friends for sure!

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Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

overrated restaurant. Yesterday we booked for a special birthday and pre ordered also a birthday cake. After some good experiences in the past, we´ve been really disappointed. The staff was uncoordinated (up to three people came and asked exactly same questions) up to unmotivated (birthday cake came without a lighten candle - sorry, wind is to strong - and without plates or spoon/fork - unable to eat, of course). I felt sorry for my feance´s birthday

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

This by far was one of the best restaurants I have ever dined at that's saying something because I dine out one a week. Some times more then one at incredible restaurants including the altitude at the Shangri-La.
From the moment I walked in to the moment I walked out I felt like I was a king. The waiters where super professional but at the same time very friendly making us feel apart of a family
The food was exceptional taest texture and proportion supper well priced. Complements to the chefI

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Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The food quality was variable: 2 disliked their gnocchi dishes as too oily & flavours that didn't blend well. 2 others had barrumundi which was good. We all had a main meal & shared a large salad, plus a drink but everyone's main meal portions were so small we were all still hungry. We looked at the dessert option but given the size of the mains, didn't feel it was likely they would satisfy us for a reasonable price. We went elsewhere instead. Total price for 5 was $330 for 1 course + drinks.

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

Cafe Sydney is located at Customs House at Circular Quay and has spectacular views from the terrace. The restaurant itself provides an ambient environment in a very attractive and appealing setting. Prices are high however the food, drinks and service mostly make up for that. If wanting to sit on the terrace be careful of timing as the sun can be strong during the lunchtime hours. In any case, would highly recommend!

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

This is the 2nd time we have celebrated mother’s day at Cafe Sydney and it never disappoints. Beautiful day with my family.

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Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with beautiful views of the harbour. Service is quality and staff are friendly. Loved the rugs for outdoor dining in winter. Food delicious and cocktails lovely.

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Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Wonderful place with such a nice view of Sydney.
I recommende Cafe Sydney to all my friends coming to Sydney : the place to go !!

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Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Service was terrible, slow drink top ups on wine, when topping up drinks mixing red and white wines. Ordering food took a long time, menus where still on table and we were asked if we had ordered. Food delivery sloppy.

In the women’s toilet there was cubicles with no toilet paper.

On paying we were asked if everything was okay, we stated the service was not great. A long and drawn out process followed when we just wanted to enjoy the rest of our catch up and leave.

Won’t be returning.

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Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was superb. I took my mother for her birthday and when we ordered dessert they wrote happy birthday on the plate without being asked. Very friendly and attentive. Will definitely be coming back here!

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Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a fabulous lunch - great view, delicious food and very warm and attentive service.

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

On our 2nd visit to Cafe Sydney we could not fault anything.....again! On arrival, busy staff greeted us promptly. We were early but they managed that perfectly, taking us to sit comfortably in the bar area. In no time at all we were offered the drinks menu. As It was a special occasion and had pre-ordered champagne, staff didn’t miss a beat. We experienced a very relaxed, enjoyable afternoon of carefully prepared fresh food and outstanding wines. Staff made us feel very welcome. Will return

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

A wonderful experience.
Staff were fantastic.
Food delicious.
View superb.
We all really really enjoyed the day.

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

We celebrated a graduation at cafe sydney on a Thursday night and had a great night. The atmosphere was vibrant, mains were excellent and the staff made us feel very spoilt. The wait staff attended efficiently to any requests including GF options and timed their trips to our table perfectly.
Very happy to recommend Cafe Sydney for a special occasion.

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