Cafe Sydney

4.5
1848 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 a day ago
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 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant!

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

Very noisey

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

Our waiter was amazing

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Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 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 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 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 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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Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall, my experience at Cafe Sydney was incredible. The service was great and the staff was attentive. Much better than the first time I went when the waitress did not seem to understand and brought our three courses at once. The food is divine.

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

Lovely view, impeccable service, beautiful food.

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Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was great unfortunately the service wasn’t. Big name, great view but no follow through won’t be going back.

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Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome service and great atmosphere, but the food was disappointing.
The only vegetarian main was not available due to the ricotta not being delivered that day (we were originally told the dish had sold out).
The food was underwhelming, in particular the apple tart which was surprisingly served at room temperature.

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Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Service could have been a lot better. The hostess at the front was bordeline rude. The wait staff were not very attentive even though there were a lot of them running around. They seemed to be all over the place but never around when we needed something.

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

Amazing views of the bridge.. ideal for a special occasion. Staff were all very friendly and welcoming. Food was unreal so many great flavours.

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

A fabulous night at Cafe Sydney to celebrate a very special family event. We were looked after very well and made to feel very special. Food and wine was excellent and the view breath taking

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

It was perfect food seating service made my birthday one to remember

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Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Great views but that’s about it. Food was average at best and the service was terrible!! We love eating a beautiful restaurants and this was on our list we had high expectations but it did not deliver😢

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

Excellent location, service and food.
Many thanks.

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

The service was first rate and the view of course spectacular. My French wife, a very good cook, was impressed.

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

Brilliant restaurant for a special occasion. The food never dissapoints, we thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered. Menu is always appealling and certainly offers value for money, given the venue, which has awesome views of sydney harbour. Three courses were generous leaving us very satisfied. Service was great, love love love this restaurant

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

The atmosphere and food were wonderful and we really enjoyed our family dinner.
3 of us are Vegan and there was a complete Vegan menu which was wonderful -we ordered 3 different entrees and mains and share them.
2 of the 5 of us were 'normal' and ate from the main menu and they loved their dishes although the portions were quite small -1 dish -the gnocchi was quite tiny. They shared a dessert but came home and ate more as they were still hungry. Our vegan meals were a good size.

Small touches such as a blanket on each of our chairs was appreciated as it was getting quite chilly.

The view is incredible, our food was really excellent and creative, service very good -if you had overseas visitors this is the perfect place to bring them and has the added element of being a pretty cool place.
It's comfortable, not prissy and pretentious like a lot of other harbourside eateries. So I'd highly recommend it as a great place for showing the best of Sydney off!

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