Cafe Sydney

4.5
2032 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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  • 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.
What 2032 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Dined a day ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The view from the deck is so stunning it makes the experience fabulous Good food and friendly staff are a bonus

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

Cafe Sydney is an icon because of the views and outdoor dining. The food is also very good. I have not been here for years but used to be a regular so was surprised that the menu had not changed much in that time. The 2 hour limit on a table is also a pain as the service feels rushed & where we sat the tables were so close together a waiters butt was permanently in your face. They have a nice system of a 2 hour time slot with a view for you starter & main but move you to the back for dessert

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

Fabulous view, Fantastic service, Amazing food.

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

Really enjoyed our lunch experience
The Humpt doo Bara was excellent

CK
Gloucestershire
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing. Best restaurant in Sydney! View to die for and the food was delicious. The tandoori salmon is must but everything is amazing. Can't wait to go back :)

JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

I would recommend Cafe Sydney due to its fabulous setting overlooking the harbour bridge.

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

Very nice food, prompt service, beautiful views

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

Always love dinners at Cafe Sydney. The best view in the world, great service, delicious and (relatively) healthy menu options and very good wine list.

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

The view over the harbour was spectacular and it was a perfect day. It was a special birthday celebration and the birthday girl had a great time as did we all. The wait staff were particularly helpful and friendly and assisted with menu selection. No complaints at all.

OT
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The restraint was too loud we could not talk. In part this was due to a party of 7 in a table for 2. This wreaked the complete experience

OT
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great view, great food, attentive and friendly staff

OT
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent venue from the moment we walked in the service was amazing from the first greeting to the end of our meal, The servers were onto everything , timing and delivery of our order was perfect and we had a beautiful table on the balcony

OT
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing rooftop balcony view of Sydney nice and warm even on a winters night.
Very romantic and great food!

OT
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food with a fantastic view.
Felt like a high class production line with a table schedule, tables packed in and waiting staff seemed to be under time pressure.

OT
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Our group’s overall dining experience at Cafe Sydney was not a positive one as we were on the 6-8pm dinner slot and the waiters made us feel very rushed and were eager for us to vacate the table for the next seating.
If you’re going for the views you can find other more dinner friendly venues around the Rocks area.
Would not book there again.

OT
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was fair . been before food was ok but not exceptional arrived on the plate cold quite disappointed ordered cheese but never arrived couldn’t be bothered to complain

OT
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food and excellent service

OT
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing harbour views, great food and service

OT
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The venue is great, the food is awesome. But big disappointment with customer service. The receptionist is very aggressive. It's our first time to visit Café Sydney/ I have a friend with me who is a first time visitor in Sydney as well. I just want her to experience a good lunch, but thanks to the diva receptionist who raised his voice the second time we ask for the question, ruined our lunch mood. But if you're after good food and food view, this is a place to visit.

OT
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great view, c0nvenient location, great service and very good foood.

DP
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best up market restaurant in Sydney. Dollar for dollar this place is 5 star. I have been there probably a dozen times over the years and it is consistently great. Serious food serious service serious value. Simply the best.

OT
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Honestly unbelievable from start to finish, i already can't wait to go back!

OT
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can now appreciate why so many people enjoy going here - highly recommend

OT
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal at Cafe Sydney. The food was delicious.
Only qualm was that while the waitstaff were super friendly, they weren't consistent with the service. Several different people were in our face several times asking for orders of food and beverages before we'd opened the menu and wine list. We got different advice on the size of the meals and whether they were designed for sharing. And then when we were ready to order, we spent almost 10mins trying to get someone's attention.

OT
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, good view, good services and good location but it is quite expensive.

OT
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favour restaurant in Sydney at all time. Love the food and view. Just love it.

OT
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the third time I've been to Cafe Sydney - each time for a special treat for birthday occasion. Wonderful views of the harbour, the food is outstanding. The waiters are exceptional - professional but also friendly and down to earth. Would highly recommend.

OT
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and staff were exceptional. The location and view was breathtaking. We went there for my son’s 40th birthday they supplied a beautiful birthday cake and made the day really a great celebration.

OT
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing staff!

OT
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Pre-dinning service isn’t as good as it used to be. It wasn’t busy when we arrived but we still waited a very long time to be offered the chance to order a drink and then after the time of our booking had long passed were left wondering whether we’d actually been forgotten. There were a lot of staff members milling around but nobody actively looking after the few waiting customers in the bar area - this could definitely be improved. Table location for our meal was excellent and food amazing.

OT
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Definitely our best gastronomic experience ever! The food was just outstanding, the view is stunning and the service is lovely!

It's not a place to go every day, it's not cheap at all (at least for us), but for special occasions is a perfect recommendation.

OT
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and view. Delightful place to have a long lunch.

OT
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

STUNNING. Food was amazing, staff exceptional. Attentive, knowledged, helpful, friendly. Views were fabulous - brought family from England for lunch and view of Sydney was perfection. Food was extraordinary. Appetisers, mains, wine - memorable meal in every way. Tasty, inventive, delicious

OT
Raleigh
67 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful. Very impressed with this place.

OT
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great view accompanied by good food to celebrate a special occasion. The atmosphere was happy and energertic that you couldn't help but smile. A hidden gem that you wouldn't think would be on the top floor of customs house.

AD
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Loud,r,great view,terrible food

OT
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Recommended by family ... a lovely treat for a few days in Sydney with magical night time views!! Thankyou to all staff ... excellent service!!

OT
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful,attentive waitress Sarah .
She made all the difference for a family birthday lunch with my husband & 2 sons .

OT
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A seamless transaction.

OT
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Sarah Dean was our table attendant, and switched on to us straight away. She made it a memorable night.
We were either lucky or the booking staff honored our request for seating preference.
Food for veggies is a bit limited, and accounts for the lower ratings than would otherwise be.

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