Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

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$41 to $100
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Seafood
Enjoying an Excellent reputation as Sydney's best seafood restaurant, the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is positioned right on the waters edge at Circular Quay. When it comes to dining by the water's edge, Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is unique. No other CBD restaurant can offer the combination of postcard-perfect views of the city skyline, Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge and the seductive splash of the sea, teamed with a menu of the freshest shucked-to-order oysters, Australian seafood and local, seasonal produce.
What 833 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Willie
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Overall fantastic !! 🙂.....................

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Henry
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Amazing location literally on the seawall of Sydney Harbour in view of the iconic bridge, just near the Opera House... without massive prices of other 4 star restaurants near the water. Great service, and very well presented seafood. Perfect for visitors and a really nice, home secret for residents.

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Chelseac
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love dining at your restaurant. Thanks heaps for the great service

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CraigL
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, the oyster shots were dangerous! The seafood platter was the best that my wife and I have had. all fresh beautiful seafood. No fried fillers. And the service was friendly and attentive.

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KateR
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You can’t go wrong eating at this gorgeous venue. I recommend the Morton bay bugs.

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Kaman
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Over all is good, but only one thing is one of the waitress not very nice

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JulesC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great spot, wonderful views and excellent dining experience!

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KevinB
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I enjoy visiting here. Try and visit once a month.

JP
JanP
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply adore this venue! Consistently wonderful food and service. Recommend this restaurant to all our friends!

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Mark
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Exceptional venue for a special occasion on a perfect weather evening!!

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NeroliB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly staff, we had a lovely feed of oysters, prawns and bugs.

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JosephA
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone the staff had no idea what was going on they were all over the place!! I wouldn’t be going back there again. They missed stuff on our orders and weren’t professional at all for a water view restaurant.

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PippaL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful seafood lunch with a great selection of wine and cocktails. Professional service and perfect location. Good value for what we got.

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SandraH
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been waiting a long time to dine here and we were not disappointed everything was perfect and the food was so delicious. Great service. Hopefully we will be able to come back.. Thanks

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Luke
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect food, perfect service, perfect night. Thanks.

JP
JanP
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We LOVE visiting Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. The food and service is exceptional - the location and ambience is world class. So want this restaurant to stay here forever!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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LovingGreatFood
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, a beautiful view over Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Bridge. A fantastic lunch on a Friday afternoon.

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RobynH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fabulous service and consistently great food. Love this place even on a cold windy day!

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Jade
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Beautiful view and decent food, could be better. Disappointed that the oysters had no balsamic/oniony sauce.

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ClaireL
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service, lovely staff and delicious food with a great view. A little bit cold though, but we did choose the windiest day of the year to go. The staff were lovely and surrounded us in heaters though.
Great experience!

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LeanneB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the best seat in the house. Staff were extremely friendly and very accomodationg. Have already recommended friends to go here. Can't wait to return and try more items on the menu. Oyster are delicious and I highly recommend the barramundi. Portions are a great size too.

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HayleyF
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff are always wonderful, the food is incredible and the view is second to none! Always always have a great time here!

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ClaraP
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great oysters, amazing views and excellent drinks. Wonderful place! :)

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RacheleL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautifully prepared fresh seafood eaten to the sound of the water lapping almost at your feet at this iconic waterfront destination. Perfect ambience as the sun sets behind the harbour bridge and Sydney sky scrapers. The staff are helpful and pleasant. I’d eat here every evening if I could.

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GeoffC
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved our dining experience. Great location, delicious food and attentive staff.

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LouiseJ
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Beautiful beautiful food, everything was fresh, well cooked and not to mention tasted amazing. Lovely service from staff and a great location.
My only niggle is not having blankets (I know this could be due to COVID) - the heaters were lovely but with the strong wind and it being an outdoor place in Winter I felt a blanket would have added a bit of cosiness as we were still pretty cold.
As a recommendation, I put on the booking it was for a 30th birthday but there wasn't any mention of that during the booking which could have been a nice little touch to acknowledge it - Apart from that, 10/10 and cant wait to return!

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DemileeD
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Me and my partner had such a lovely night!

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JamesL
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

Very good location but mediocre staff and food. The ambience and the the view is fantastic and quite romantic right by the sea and looking toward the harbour bridge. The noise is quiet so good if you are looking for a quiet place to dine.
But food is okay, not worth the price, especislly the Shellfish Platter, I recommend against it, just get 2 or 3 main course dishes instead. Staff doesn't have great service level, just your average waiter/waitresses.

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JemRad
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Nice view but food is overpriced for the quality and portion. Seafood didn’t really taste fresh. Wouldn’t come back again as there are better seafood places in Syd

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Lilelphick
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I booked this place for our anniversary dinner. The view was amazing and the food was fresh absolutely delicious it was a great night out definitely planning I’m going again

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ALEXANDRAW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love that place - my bouillabaisse was superb. We have been there many times and it was a fave with one of our parties parents when they cam over from the UK - many a night we’d have there when they were here. So we bought wine glasses as a momento ( although I wouldn’t mind the bouillabaisse recipe!!) loved it will be very sad when it’s closed. Thank you as always for a lovely dining experience xx

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michaelkern
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing and perfect service to compliment it. The atmosphere was nice and relaxing perfect setting for a dinner for 2. Will definately be back!

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SaraD
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely time. The oysters were super fresh and the Prawns linguine was a great choice. Highly recommend.

JK
JarrodK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything was pretty good but the steak was average it definitely wasn’t wagyu

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a perfect place for lunch.

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Tamara
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was perfect.
Food was wonderful and the staff were so helpful and friendly.

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PaulL
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Right on the harbour with the wonderful views that naturally come with such a setting. Wait staff were attentive and the food was great. We'll go back.

JK
JacquieK
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite all time lunch venues and it didn’t disappoint this time.
I’m so sad the Oyster Bar may not be with us much longer. It will be sorely missed and nothing will be as good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service a very personal experience

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