Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

4.5
472 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating

For the most delectable and inventive seafood dishes in New South Wales, enjoy a meal at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar for an unforgettable experience. For an ideal start to your meal, relish the brandade fish croquettes with fresh herb mayo and the chili and tamarind-spiced tiger prawns with spring onion and lime juice. Some of Sydney Cove Oyster Bar's larger plates include the grilled Atlantic salmon with smoky eggplant puree, shaved almonds and pomegranate reduction, the shellfish platter laden with Hervey Bay scallops with chili pineapple salsa, oysters, prawns, blue swimmer crab and marinated mussels and the surf and turf combination meal with Tajima wagyu rump steak and scampi in a crme au jus, perfect with a glass of wine.

Be sure to nab a seat on the outdoor patio where, day or night, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the harbor while enjoying your meal.

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9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was exceptional. The service ... not as much. In his defense, the poor guy was waiting on half the restaurant. Overall, very good. We would definitely go back.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The view is amazing, but it’s premium price for basic outdoor seating.
The food is great, I think I’d visit more often if there were a few more mid range options.

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CJ
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sydney Oyster Bar always consistent and the food and service always very good

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M
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and view, as usual!! Highly recommend the oyster shots!

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

We absolutely loved our lunch on Sunday pre-theatre for my partner's birthday. We will definitely be returning.

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JB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A fabulous and classic place to eat oysters! The view is excellent, the service good, the seafood fresh, the wine list short but good and right by the water.
We always return.

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

The food was excellent and the view speaks for itself. Staff were friendly, accommodating and extremely efficient, with the meals arriving in record time despite how busy it was.

My only criticism would be the mains were a touch pricey given the portion size.

My wife and I are happy with smaller portions as we're not eaters for the sake of it, however if portions are going to be on the smaller side then $40+ per main is a touch expensive.

Otherwise, as mentioned above, everything else was perfect and we would be happy to recommend.

Cheers
Nick

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BD
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very vibrant waterfront restaurant located right on Circular Quay. All outdoor seating. One couple experienced a bird strike during their dinner. Food was excellent. Did get a little warm as he sun set and we weren't covered by the numerous umbrellas. A little pricey, but very busy.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I produced a story for a TV show years ago on Sydney Cove Oyster bar and have been a total covert ever since. I always want everything on the menu -but outstanding dish are scallops, side of roast potatoes, the fettuccini, massive part & rocket salad is always stellar but simple and the octopus & huge fish tacos - brilliant But the Pacific Oysters we had were second to none. Creamy, deep, clean and fresh...I'll be back - a LOT. Many thanks - KJ
Food TV host, stylist and author

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HC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice meals, great service, fantastic view. It was a great night

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RP
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A tremendous afternoon spent on Sydney Cove. Delicious oysters, great main and wines

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KR
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Dined here Nov 2017 and loved it - five star review ; so my partner and I chose this place as our first lunch out together without our baby. Disappointed. Whilst the entrees of octopus, crab toast and oysters were divine the whole baby snapper was a let down. The wasabi and ginger dressing didn't exist and I spent the duration of the meal pulling fish scales out of my mouth. Whilst the service from the waitress couldn't be faulted when we advised of the issue with the scales she said they get the fish in already descaled so its an issue with the supplier, not them. Such a strange response - that's not our fault anf ultimately the kitchen should be checking the produce before cooking and sending to paying customers.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Was a lovely location, the cocktails were nice, the foodwas delisious and was served very timely. We were early for our appointed table, and were warned that we had to vacate seats after 1 and 1/4 hours as they were rebooked.
The view as always is sublime next to the harbour, and the venue is much quieter than the Opera Bar, which is good for people with hearing difficulties.

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VR
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience for our overseas relatives visiting. Food was delicious and glorious atmosphere to have a glass of wine and watch the ferries go past right under the Harbour Bridge. I live in Sydney and I loved it. Wait staff were friendly. I think they were all form overseas also.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All you need is a nice day ... who doesn't like an oyster shot with a beer chaser overlooking the harbour ... BLISS!

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CH
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service from friendly staff and the food was excellent as always

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NT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Perfect location with fantastic views & the food is fresh & exquisite. Enjoyed an array of starters & entrees which were delicious. We'll be back again!

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J
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I would say the King Prawn was the best! Oyster super fresh! Losbster, i would say average in terms of cooking

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T
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific fresh seafood with an unbeatable view. Definitely book ahead.

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FT
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had been looking forward to this night for a long time. My family and I are from Edinburgh, Scotland, and been told this was definitely a restaurant to visit whilst in Sydney, so, I booked it months in advance to ensure our table. It did not disappoint. Its situation is perfect, not too big, and right on the wharf; and a stones throw from our hotel. The staff are super friendly, with just the right amount of attendance; every one of them made sure our evening was perfect. Seafood is everywhere in Sydney, however, our food tasted so much better with the view we had. Book early, and requested a sea side table. You won’t be disappointed.

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MD
6 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic service and what a view!
Took some friends from the USA and they were impressed!

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S
19 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another fabulous champagne-filled evening at the one and only Sydney Cove Oyster Bar ... We just can’t get enough of this amazing spot in the world, your views, your spectacular food from oysters to octopus, crabs, lobster, and more ... Thank you also for your consistently flawless service, warm welcomes, and always making us feel special.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

one of Sydney's best restaurants. spectacular view, and exceptional cuisine based on fish. excellent desserts and drinks too. I recommend it for romantic events and special occasions

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MG
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super service with Rado
Good food
Fantastic Oyster
Good beer (Péroni)
Good wine
Spectacular view

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TW
23 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Small portions plus they messed up our order

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BK
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

I have made a booking stating to sit with a decent harbour bridge view but instead they have allocated me to a random table available in the middle of the crowd where the sun was shining directly into my eyes and made me feel very uncomfortable. I have asked to switch to table with less direct sunlight after I have identified few with no one sitting there but then they said the tables were already being reserved.
It’s a table of 2 of us we wanted and those are exactly tables for 2, funny thing is I don’t see why those desired tables are specifically booked as they are also within the crowd with a bad view of the harbour.
The ridiculous thing is I found out through conversation that the desired tables weren’t actually reserved.
I am totally unsatisfied with the service and the misconduct of the management, I find it weird of not letting us switch tables having known that the tables we wanted weren’t actually reserved. I don’t know if it’s lack of care or something more serious about our nationality. And something else I would like to point out is the attitude of the people serving, I won’t say they’re rude, but they are just not polite.
I would tell people not to go there for sure, the food isn’t very good anyways.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Food was great. But unfortunately our Table was in the sun and it was very hot. Waiter seemed as though he would prefer to be elsewhere. Everything seemed like an effort. Eaten here many times previously and always loved the food and the location.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant on the harbour with fresh food served by great staff - highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very accommodating and beutiful!

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EM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Second visit & it was Christmas eve! Food as good as 1st time - service not good for somewhere of this standard.

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A
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Our first trip to Sydney, expected to find great seafood. Booked one week in advance, and came here specially for the oysters but was extremely disappointed. It was not cold enough even though it was served on ice. Did not taste fresh at all. Best thing about this place was the view. Everything else was not worth it at all!

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DW
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great fresh oysters, mussels and views of Sydney Harbor bridge.

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M
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The overall experience is good and the service is pretty good as well. However, we feel the price of seafood platter is over-priced, in terms of what are included in the dish. It costs $180 but only 1 big plate with few seafood. Nothing is outstanding. We probably should just order dishes instead. The view is just beautiful and restaurant staff are very friendly to us and our kids.

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U
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Overpriced and poorly prepared food accompanied by a grossly overpriced wine list. With sub-standard service delivered on the run by poorly trained casuals. Suggest you look at training and customer service initiatives to shift your reason for existence away from your own profit needs to delivering an improved customer experience.

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JR
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Best view of the harbour bridge, and good fish & chips

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SC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my mum here for lunch on her visit to Sydney - food was delicious , service faultless. Loved it.

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LY
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What fantastic service. We came for the view - which is spectacular, and were completely blown away by the fabulous food and service. Great spot for lunch, and far enough out of the way of the foot traffic heading to the Opera House that you don't even notice them.

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w
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Food was excellent, unfortunately the service was very poor. Two courses came out with missing items and supervisor did not address the mistake instead leaving it to one of the watering staff to apologise and resolve

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KT
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I booked in advance for my family to hAve lunh as our first time visited Syd. Food was good- not great, service was okay-good. Location was 200%

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KC
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first visit and it won't be our last. A memorable evening, made even better by our ever friendly and attentive waiter, Joseph. Hi-5 to Joseph to his outstanding service, in addition to the stunning views and also catering for our Gluten Free, Dairy Free eating choices.

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