Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

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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.
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4.3
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4.3
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4.6
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3.9
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KC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Unique experience. Well trained staff and delicious oysters!

PB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Hot as western sun hits,had whiting tacos,way to chilli hot.Had Trouble with the waiters lack of English.Found strange at an Oyster bar the waiter did not know what a natural oyster was and had to get a different waiter.

LY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Selection of oysters was varied and it was nice to be able to create our own plate to try them all. Our seafood selections - barramundi and prawn pasta were delicious. The setting can't be beat - even during a brief rain shower. Service - top notch.

i
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter recommended the Oyster Bar - she takes her overseas visitors there. Could not have had a more perfect evening. At first I thought the food was a bit pricey but had to admit our meals where absolutely delicious, worth every cent and the weather stayed fine which was a huge bonus with a table for two overlooking the quay and the water. What I call a lovely evening. Highly recommend.

SS
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fantastic! Thank you very much! Would love to come back.

PB
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Thought the overall experience was over hyped . View and location excellent. Oysters very fresh so enjoyed the natural ones, the Kilpatricks were average. Ordered the Tuna which was on special but was chewy and unflavoursome , didnt slice cleanly and simply so not sure that it was fresh. The Barramundi was nice though . Chip and salad sides sort of club/bistro level. No desert and just had a Machiatto that was more of a piccollo capuccino so they dont make it properly. One glass of Margaret River Chardonnay and one 4 Pines Pale ale all up $220. Maybe eat somewhere else and then go for a walk down there

B
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was amazing. The food is great. Simply having great staff adds a huge part of any business’ success . Fabio was one of the best waiters I have come cross in my international experience of dinning. Front desk MD wasn’t the best and she couldn’t find our booking and only to find out she has not paid attention.
Fabio made the experience greater than em all !

BH
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants I have been too. Great views, awesome atmosphere and incredible seafood. If you like fresh, well prepared seafood then you are in for a treat! Really accommodating for my mothers birthday celebration too!

y
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

ロケーション最高でした!
どの食べ物も美味しく、素晴らしかったです!!
シドニーに行く際はぜひとも行ってみてください!!!

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KS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful evening with beautiful food and scenery ❤️

d
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My fourth visit confirms my opinion that the location, service, food and wine are all excellent and worth the price paid

DB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What better way to enjoy a seafood platter than overlooking the harbour bridge on circular quay. Wait staff were attentive but not overbearing. The quality of the food was outstanding. Good wine list. We ate there with our 10 year old son and he was made to feel very welcome. We had a fab table right on the harbour edge (not sure if that’s because we booked in advance). Outdoor setting so weather made a difference. I cannot fault this restaurant and would definitely recommend if visiting circular quay and looking for a relaxed vibe.

TJ
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

A wonderful spot to sit, sip and dine looking at the harbour bridge and all the harbour activities

AB
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super food
Super view
Can’t be beat for seafood!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spur of the moment decision and lucky to get a table for 4. Beautiful food and fantastic service from staff. We live in between Portland and Wallerawang and every chance we get to escape, the Oyster Bar has been one of our favourite eating spots to go too....

RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The evening we spent at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar was one of my favorite memories in Sydney! Amazing food with a view to remember. Service was as good as it can be! This place is incredible!!!

MH
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the best table
Service was worth tipping
Food was great
Will go back again and try an evening meal

OT
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu and venue. Service is good.

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, services and ambience. Would definitely come again.

MD
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience4

Excellent venue. Disappointing service on the day plus 50% bill paid in cash caused a problem as no record of it when we were leaving. Had to have several discussions with the manager in order to reassure him we had paid in full.

SH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

The oysters were full of shell pieces. The prawn main had a funny taste. The service was poor. Waitress cranky and you got the impression she didn’t want to be there. Tables crammed. Very noisy. Prices just keep going up and up. Won’t be back!!

MJ
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

A lovely location which is let down by average food and service matching the food. Pricey for what you get, as one would imagine in that location.

LI
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My family and I - wife and 2 daughters - had dinner at the Oyster Bar. It was a really nice. Firstly, the seafood is really amazing - we had Moreton Bay Bugs, Sushi, Mussels, and of course the Oysters - perfectly cooked, very tasty. My daughters enjoyed fish & chips and pasta from the kid's menu, and they were happy too. The service was really good, just the right amount of checking-in with us, to some conversation, and when the girl's got a little bit cold sitting on the Harbour, the staff brought some blankets for them. I think the highlight was when the waiter brought out a watergun with the sushi and gave it to my youngest daughter and told her to shoot the seagulls so they can't attack the sushi!! Highly recommended, thank you. *L*

NG
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Our experience was ruined by the attitude of our waiter (I think his name was Mario - young, bearded Italian). He was not only rude, smug and condescending, but (by his own admission) he stuffed up our order without any offer of compensation.

MD
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Perfect place for a very good time!! Staff is very nice, a wonderful view of the harbour, food tasty... A bit expensive, but we do pay the location too. We recommand and will come back!

CG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Oyster bar is in a fabulous spot. Whenever we have visitors weather they be from overseas or locally we always take them there and it never fails to impress !

SW
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service. the wine list could be a little more extensive. but as an open air restaurant this eatery is hard to beat.

W
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff. Thanks for the great table and the food was excellent

RB
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The best oysters, reasonable wine fir fair price and a sensible menu make the oyster bar Goff value. The ambience, the staff and the food are consistently good. I am a regular and will remain so

A
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful restaurant to come to when you live in the country. We were very happy with our experience. Everything was excellent.

KA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Fresh seafood and other delights delivered by a professional team right at the harbour's edge. You pay for the location, but it's worth it.

SL
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent customer service, polite waiters and waitresses. Food is very fresh and delicious. Will definitely come again.

S
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Tiny teeny serve of tacos.. a joke!

FD
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and location, always a good spot for a lovely meal

L
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good place to spend the afternoon watching the harbour go by!

J
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service and food were outstanding! I ordered scallops and they were hands down the best I’ve ever had!

JP
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

Food has gone downhill and the long wait for it didn’t help either. Great location.

E
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I don’t often write reviews but this outdoor restaurant combines a stunning waterside location adjacent to the Opera House with high quality food and superior service. We followed an appetiser of oysters with mains of char-grilled swordfish and Morton bay bugs accompanied by a Hunter Valley Semillon. I am often disappointed with restaurant seafood but this was quite outstanding. A shared blueberry cheesecake was a perfect finish to a memorable meal. It is moderately expensive but certainly delivers good value.

EA
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had lunch here soon after flying in from Victoria (booked in advance). They were accommodating when our flight was delayed by an hour. Great table right alongside the water. Perfect for tourists. Only complaint (which we did mention when paying the bill) was the whiting taco’s were more like batter tacos. No chunks of fish unfortunately. Couldn’t taste or see fish at all. Also if you order the cheaper $25 caviar instead of the $180 caviar, be sure to put the entire micro-sooonful on a single blini rather than spread it out over 5 blini’s. Otherwise you taste nothing. A decent amount of sour cream or creme fraiche, like a golf ball at least - which wasn’t on par with the tiny amount of caviar received. Lovely surroundings and oysters and staff, thank you.

BK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting with an idyllic location. Food of the highest quality, and service second to none, and combined with a bustling, harbour-side ambience creates an ideal atmosphere for an exceptional experience. Whether you`re a local or a visitor, I would emphatically recommend the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar.