Doyles on the Beach

4.2
216 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
On this, The restaurants original site, Doyles on the Beach opened Australia's first seafood restaurant in 1885. We have been family owned and operated for over 5 generations.

The restaurant internationally famous and a mecca for Sydneysiders and tourists alike, offering a stunning range of fresh seafood for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Australian, Shellfish
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Sunday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(02) 9337 1350
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
Doyles on the Beach is Perfect for any special occasion! We are family owned since 1885 and famous for serving the freshest of available seafood right on Sydney Harbour.
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Private Party Contact
Lisa: (02) 9337 2007
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Military Road
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Parking Details
We have a small car park to the rear of the restaurant, street parking is also available nearby. ‎
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Public Transit
Sydney Ferries, Sydney Buses, Taxi's and Water Taxi's
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Special Events & Promotions
We are able to cater for Weddings, Business Functions, Celebrations & Private Parties. See our set Menu's
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 216 People Are Saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DW
1 review
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food and service could not be faulted. We found the serving sizes so generous we could easily have shared entrees and mains. Had no room left for dessert. The restaurant and rest rooms were clean.

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P
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3.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Why book online when your still have to call to confirm the booking? Food and service really gone down hill but prices remain high. It's a shame to see an old institution on it's way out.

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B
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3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Not a good value for the price paid. One dish out of three was not what we ordered.

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RL
1 review
4.0Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I have been going to Doyles at Watsons Bay for 68 years! It never fails to please, although I was disappointed to see prawn cutlets removed from the menu. Unique. Also the tartare sauce has changed and so has the seafood sauce. Thankfully the plum sauce is still available. Bring those back please. They were Alice’s recipe and were superb.

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D
6 reviews
5.0Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic view of downtown Sydney from across the bay. Amazing Australian paella with a wine list to match.
Tip: take the water taxi at Rose Bay to Watsons Bay right at sunset. Doyles will be right in front of the pier.

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HE
1 review
5.0Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to Doyle's on the Beach to celebrate a special birthday. The bookings were made easily and very prompt. The service by the waiters was excellent, very prompt and polite. The food was excellent and had great seating. Would reccomend this restaurant to everyone wanting a special moment.

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g
1 review
4.0Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Wait staff were very inexperienced

We were the only people in the main dining area.....so no atmosphere are a bit cold evn
with the heaters

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AM
1 review
3.0Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Pleasant location.
Largish portions
Pretty basic menu
Ordinary service
Expensive... average mains around $50

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent quality seafood, simply and well prepared, in an iconic setting. A must do for locals and visitors alike. Just don't expect Masterchef style pretension.

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SC
1 review
5.0Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter, Nelson, was attentive & fun.
The food was lovely.
Winter special is great value.

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S
2 reviews
4.0Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Thank you for the birthday wine given to us. Hope to visit again soon.

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K
1 review
4.0Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Lunch was very fresh and tasty with great views if you don’t like fish this place is not for you

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K
1 review
5.0Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fantastic lunch experience, food ans service was as expected.....

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s
1 review
3.0Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Great water views and of the city. Not a great choice of seafood to choose from. Very expensive to have fish and chips. It would have been a nice touch for someone to say happy birthday.

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AE
7 reviews
2.0Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Mid winter evening so perhaps not the best time to eat at Doyles...also more expensive than expected for Fish and Chip tea...

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GM
1 review
5.0Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easy to make a reservation on line. Quality staff and food, great setting.

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GM
1 review
4.0Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Stunning view on a beautiful winter's sun day, garlic prawns were amazing, loved the hot sourdough cob loaf and the pan fried John Dory just melted in your mouth.

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T
2 reviews
5.0Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful view, excellent seafood, surprisingly large (multi) dining room setup. A must try for any Sydney-sider!

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RG
1 review
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

i thought it was over priced for what we had .......but nice view

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KL
1 review
4.0Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Our fish meals were delicious and our table waiter was fab, thanks Nelson! The floor manager was less than impressive however, over and again we noticed her lack of care or attention to detail. Still would recommend Doyles at Watsons Bay, its an institution and worth the drive (from Newcastle) and view, as well as good food!

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SH
1 review
5.0Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Doyles at Watson's bay has been a long time favourite of mine since first visiting Sydney in 1969 and the quality of the cuisine has never varied. An amazing place to take business partners knowing that you won't leave disappointed - or hungry!!
Definitely a must for your bucket list if you haven't eaten there before!

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EN
1 review
4.0Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Good location, nice looking restaurant, food was nice but nothing spectacular, as such it was quite overpriced.

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KB
1 review
2.0Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

A trip to Sydney must always include lunch at Doyle’s - unfortunately this is no longer the case. The food was average at best and in general so were the staff with the exception of 1. We will not be making this a must on future trips to Sydney, very disappointing.

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JG
1 review
4.0Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and accommodating request. Ordered a cake which was delicious and beautifully presented. Inside was very comfy even though a cold, wet day. Parking on site a bonus. Food was fresh and met expectations for taste although top end price. Surf and turf wasn't very big and only had 1 prawn. All sauces were very tasty. Will return in summer via ferry, such a long drive!
Overall, Our lunch was wonderful . Thank you Doyle's staff, you were lovely.

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B
1 review
5.0Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were visiting from Auckland and couldn't have had a more perfect day. Thanks Doyles for also organising the stunning weather. But seriously...from the moment we arrived until we left the table was beachfront....the service was first class and warm without being intrusive...the wine was recommended and excellent...and the food was everything we hoped it would be.

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CW
1 review
4.0Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Service was outstanding, disappointed in the limited seafood selection.
Very expensive for what you got, not worth the money

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PR
1 review
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful location, food was delicious & so fresh. Great service by very friendly waitress.
I would recommend this as a great venue for overseas guests or just an amazing lunch experience.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you we had a fabulous day. We had overseas family visiting from the UK, first time to Australia. The weather was magnificent , we caught the ferry over from McMahon's Point to Doyles at Watson Bay and everything about the day was perfect.

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F
1 review
3.0Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We shared a couple of entrees and the Paella. The food was well prepared and the Paella very interesting. The service could have definitely been better. Not one smile from the moment we sat down to the end and if I have to be honest not very professional either. Overall we had a good experience though.

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GL
1 review
5.0Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A very enjoyable afternoon. Great food. Great location. Recommended

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PF
1 review
5.0Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have dined at this restaurant on only four very special occasions and never disappoints.
Great location and food.Service and staff have been exceptional on each visit.
I believe the family presence and involvement in the day to day operations to be the key.

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SM
1 review
4.0Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Excellent venue for special lunches/dinner at an iconic location!!!

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BM
1 review
5.0Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great, we have been here many times, even though we live 500kms from Sydney. This time a fun train and ferry boat ride with our daughter’s family, aged one, three and five. We even saw the seaplanes landing. We all loved our meals. Great staff. Thank you.

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SK
1 review
5.0Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Doyle's is always a great place to eat. My favourite is the whiting and chips. Yum.

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MT
1 review
3.0Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The venue and ambience was excellent as was the service. We ordered the seafood platter for two which we felt was below average for the price we paid.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome view , atmosphere , and food !

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JD
1 review
3.0Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Service was good. Views brilliant. Food ordinary for the price.

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JS
2 reviews
5.0Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service and freshness of fish and salad. We had scollops and oysters for entree - fresh tasty outstanding presentation.
Swordfish fillets and whole snapper were the mains. Again so full of flavor and awesome salad and presentation
We had a delightful lunch.

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KS
1 review
4.0Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was excellent, though an expensive meal. I booked the table and as this was our first time I didn’t know where to ask for. We were shown upstairs, nice but no atmosphere and the windows are big but we were on the second row of tables from the window so couldn’t really see out. One of the reasons we went was because we thought we would be looking out over the water.
I’ve been now, not sure I need to go back.

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R
1 review
2.0Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Food did not live up to the reputation. Very over rated.

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