Portside at Sydney Opera House

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$40 and under
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Introducing Kasper Christensen, who’s Danish roots have led him to the most iconic building in Australia. Kasper is heading up the Sydney Opera House culinary team with Head Chef George Sideris looking after Portside Sydney Opera House. Kasper and George have created a menu that is contemporary, clean and fresh by bringing only the best flavours of country to your plate.
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4.1
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great dinner catch up with friends and to see the QM2 ocean liner in port. Servings were just the perfect size, food quality and presentation very good, and staff were really excellent and friendly. Will definitely return.
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OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely lunch setting with spectacular views accompanied by delicious food.
The staff are friendly without being intrusive
I’ll be going back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I was impressed with the flavours infused in my Barramundi main meal and the simple combination of tomatoes and string beans salad was a perfect side dish.
My husband was delighted with his pasta choice, and he is hard to please when it comes to pasta dishes.

Staff was attentive and friendly, considering the high patronage on a Saturday night at the Sydney Opera House.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

We often use Portside for pre show dining.
On this occasion our experience was impacted by
a) difficulty with making phone phone booking finally confirming reservation after 3 days of leaving messages on Tuesday prior to Saturday booking.
b) table for 2 located in a corner next to a construction hoarding and behind a tour group of 36 seated at 3 one tables.
c) menu has not changed for some time and did not excite.

On plus side our waiter was excellent (service and anticipation)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was inventive and very tasty. We enjoyed the 2 course pre-dinner with a nice glass of house wine. It was located conveniently close to the Studio where we were attending a play.

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NormanN
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent location for pre-theatre dining. Great location by the harbour, good food and wine and excellent service. Meals arrive promptly and a well-balanced menu. Don’t tell anyone or it will get busy!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Maybe need greater imagination for vegetarians (pasta choice only) a

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

We were unfortunate to initially be "served" by an arrogant young waitress. Requesting clarification about whether the lemon, lime and bitters drink on the menu was made on the premises or came in a bottle prompted an eye roll that really sealed our negative impression. Thankfully, by the time the rest of our group arrived she had finished and we had a very capable replacement. The pasta was really undercooked but the sauce was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was delicious

JR
vipJoelR
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

It was necessary to reorder our cocktails since our dinner was brought out before our cocktails came. The fish was cold and just dropped down in front of us. We were never asked if we wanted anything else, even when we requested the check. Having dined in other venues close by, this was a most disappointing experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

the menu was relatively limited and while adventurous and had a 'fun' theme, lacked sophistication fitting of the price and the venue.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed the food, service not quite so attentive. I think possibly new staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience1

Why take a booking for 8.45pm and the kitchen closes at 9pm.
I have eaten here on many occasions pre show so I thought post Designing a Legacy a supper might be nice.
Some where quiet o we could talk.
As usual the food and presentation was on par. But we had to rush

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We were moved inside with a late request due to extreme heat. So appreciated that they accommodated our request. Fantastic staff - always great staff !
Only 2 small criticisms. - the outer doors to the inside opera forecourt/car park were open the whole time and the air conditioning at our end couldn’t cope - also not very environmentally friendly to have open doors. Secondly we shared the Beetroot ravioli & there were only 3 ravioli - you should serve 4 for the price & for sharing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fast service for a pre theatre dinner.
Good food and wine and excellent waitress looked after us
Highly recommended

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Terrible!Food took ages to come and then when it did- it was completely cold.

We were in a hurry to see the opera, so had to rush our meal when a hot version of our meal did arrive.

would not recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We ate at Portside on Australia Day for lunch. Allowed us to get close to the action, have a great lunch and then wander around the Opera house for more sites of the water activities afterwards. All worked well. In addition, the food was great, loved the lamb dish, and they don’t charge a surcharge for weekends, the way many other restaurants on a Circular Quay do!

RG
RoslynG
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

The view is wonderful and the atmosphere pleasant. The main meal options are varied and good quality however the deserts were not at all inviting. The total cost was expensive so we were clearly paying for the excellent view!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The staff were professional and efficient. The food choices edged toward the pretentious for what is little better than a cafe. If it weren't for the views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House location, there would be nothing to recommend Portside as a destination. The decor of the cafe provides no sense of occasion. It is, however, a quieter venue than the eating places along the concourse.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fabulous evening meal at Portside, top marks for excellent food, great service and magnificent view. Only downsides: tables are way too small for four people, not enough room for plates, drinks, share food etc. Ok for 2, not 4. Also ambience was lovely until loud music began halfway through dinner. Hard to hear conversations, might as well be at Opera Bar, chose Portside because it is usually quieter. Overall a great night with friends, but some things could be improved.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

My biggest disappointment at this venue considering the SOH is an iconic venue in the middle of Sydney Harbour where overseas visitors are very likely to come is the poor showing of Australian wines on the list. Why are we promoting New Zealand wines at such a venue? NZ wines are inferior to Australian wine varieties particularly in the lower priced categories. Portside, you need to consider.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Pleasant staff. Nice outlook to bridge. Reasonably quiet. HOWEVER we booked for 6pm for an 8pm show. Entre came okay but main course still nothing by 7.15pm. We yelled finally. Mains arrived 10 minutes later. Fish okay though pasta rubbery. Manager was v apologetic - evidently the full order did not get "printed out" in the kitchen (but the entre did?). Anyway she waived the charge which was v nice and we did a run for the show. And, yes, David Suchet was as excellent as we had hoped.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

had the pre-theatre menu which was two courses a shared side and a glass of wine. Entrees were good however main, pasta, was really ordinary. No really worth what you pay.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely view of Luna Park, the Harbour Bridge and the city skyline. There was a huge cruiser leaving so that was fun watching. Food is always lovely here. We dine before shows at the Opera House

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Would have provided higher overall rating but really disappointed in customer service. Our initial waitperson was distracted/disengaged/no interest and that's not a good look for visitors, especially coming to Sydney for first time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

Everything was pretty much perfect except for the service. Service sucked, absolutely sucked. Had to flag down servers in what is a small boutique eatery that was 30% full with ample servers. Our table was dirty with hair on it, menus are not swiped clean. Unacceptable for a venue like this. Our appetisers arrived before our drink orders, for which we had to ask, where are our drinks? Our table was within 1 meter of the bar! Kitchen is good, as food was fabulous. But the service sucked.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Two course fixed price option was perfect for pre-show dining. Starter and main provided a filling meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were very happy with the food, service and wonderful view of the Harbour. It was the perfect choice for pre theatre dining at the Sydney Opera House

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great view

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was good. Service was not, staff were busy and had to request items multiple times. One main meal served without the listed vegetables but no adjustment to final bill made despite being advised

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Close to opera house, expensive, poorly trained bar staff, no olives for martinis.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Expected to have a choice to sit in or outside it was a windy teatime but only outside was open.
It is a great spot but could do with a wider choice on the menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

The Beetroot ravioli - delicious.3 other starters were very generous with lots of bread/crackers - something often lacking e.g. on cheese platters elsewhere. Not super up-market but not as noisy or as tacky as other outside places at the Opera House. They take bookings - a big plus when matching meals with show times.The reservation web site gives an apparent option for indoor dining which I chose but told on arrival in no uncertain terms,does not exist.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I wouldn’t recommend it at all. Lady I believe was the manager was rude. Service was terrible. Didn’t have part of the brunch we had booked. Had to constantly order drinks even though it was meant to be bottomless brunch and they’d take 10 minutes to pour a glass of champagne even though we were the only table. Absolute waste of money.

KE
KatrinaE
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A beautiful outdoor setting looking towards the Harbour Bridge underneath the Opera House. The Beetroot Raviola was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Food is a little disappointing barramundi was not very hot and lacked flavour.

OK
OliviaK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dine at Portside 4 times every year before the ballet. The food has really improved over the last year. This last visit was by far the best due to our lovely waiter. A young man from Mexico who has been in Sydney for 4 months. He said he was new to hospitality. You certainly couldn’t tell. He was friendly, professional, efficient and attentive. The best service we have had!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great place for an early dinner before a show at the Opera House.The food was delicious and we had a delightful waiter.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience2

Booked for my mums birthday, when we arrived we were the only ones there. Sat near the back, was given menus. Ordered the bottomless brunch only to be told it actually wasn’t on after ordering.
We asked about the flavour of the meat and fish however the waitress couldn’t answer, as she didn’t eat meat or fish. So we were left to google.
When the food came it was lovely but with poor service it’s not somewhere I would book again for a memorable occasion.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great for early supper prior to ballet or concert - staff very friendly - would be nice for lunch but not sure they are open