Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

4.6
979 reviews
$41 to $100
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 979 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BobE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Flathead Tacos -,the sauce has changed since our last visit. Go back to the old one, less heat & tastier!

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Gilly
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Balmain bug was sensational. The little potato scallops that came with the meal so scoop up the sauce were outstanding... I joked with the waiter asking for a special service of the scallops! Wine from Tasmania a stand out. Fabulous lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebrations

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Lovely
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the view and the food was delicious. Would recommend going before they close down

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AdamD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s such a pity this is closing end of March. The location, food and service is and was just outstanding. Looking out over Circular Quay where there is something always going on you could be anywhere in the world. We will definitely go back again before their last day.

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TraceyT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and a beautiful Harbourside position. Staff lovely , great drinks, food not as good as the last time I was there in November

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Maurs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is amongst the city’s most iconic restaurants. It never disappoints. Everything about it is exceptional. I am so sad to know that this restaurant will be closing in March 2021.

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RobertC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great ambience. Good food delivered promptly. Left plenty of time to get to our show.

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ThiD
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff was helpful and very friendly. Food was yummy and the view amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful spot. Absolutely fabulous service..
Menu on fish slightly tight. A little more choice would’ve been good. Absolutely loved the lobster now it is more affordable in Australia.

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CarmelW
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was fabulous, shame they are closing.
Carmel Williams

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ChrisG
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience! Will be sad to see it end. Hopefully we will see the team again somewhere close!

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AndrewM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great location! Food and service was excellent. The oysters (from Merimbula) were just superb.

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PhilippaW
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is closing at the end of March - go before it closes to experience this lovely place!

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JamesR
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific location, outstanding food, wonderful service!

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vipJanP
Sydney / NSW
14 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We adore this fabulous harbourside restaurant. The service is excellent, the food exquisite, the views are breathtaking! We are regulars to this eatery even though we live up in Wahroonga - 45 min drive! Always worth it! So wish Clover Moore would let them keep their lease - this place is a Sydney Icon!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing, best table, best food the best service. Loved the whole experience.

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Girvo
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite place to eat when we come to Sydney. The food, staff and setting is just amazing. Such a shame this iconic part of Sydney is closing.

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traceyh
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect, as always and it is a travesty that NSW Property has not renewed their lease after 30+ years and SCOB using its own $ & brilliant design concept to transform a once public toilet block! Get there before 28 march & experience the magic before its lost forever! :((

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AlisonW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love going to oyster bar and are very sad to hear your news!! Over the years you have been great host to my whole family n company function in the pass! We wish you all the best n please let us know if you set up somewhere else!!

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ConorI
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was exceptional & the food matched.
Some items on the menu I thought were priced quite high like the prawns for example, but that is the only thing I can fault.
Location is perfect with a great view of the harbour bridge.

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CliffH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great and the staff were excellent even in difficult weather conditions. They were very helpful and made sure we were comfortable despite the rain.

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CatherineS
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic location. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was great. Loved the total experience at this restaurant. Such a shame this iconic restaurant will be closing in March.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff and atmosphere, even though we got damp after taking the risk with the weather. We’re very sad to learn the restaurant will close in March 2021. :(

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Yummmmm
Sydney / NSW
11 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Unfortunately terrible weather to be outside! The staff were lovely and very helpful in trying to keep us dry. Nice food, great cocktails.

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AndrewN
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Overall a genuinely decent restaurant that did not disappoint. Of course, certain aspects could have been improved, such as the size of the tables, the background noise, the presentation...

With prices edging towards fine dining, although I would like to think I enjoyed my experience, I would also be hard pressed on deciding to return.

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ToniV
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Overall the service was a little sloppy and not as good as when we went last year. They food also was OK but not as good as previous visit. Location however is fabulous.

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PeterN
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food and good service. Overall a bit pricey, but what price do you put on such a unique location?

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you chef 👍Our food is yummmmmm. And Very good customer service 👍🙏.

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BrianB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fantastic experience! The food is fresh and delicious. Start with the Oyster Shooter's they are amazing!

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adam
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place would go back food was great , staff brilliant and the setting was just perfect

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience5

Prawns frozen and tasteless, asked for 1/2 pacific oysters 1/2 dozen Sydney Rock oysters, got a dozen Syd Rock with 1/2 labelled pacific, I know my oysters they weren’t pacific! All very small sized, I don’t know why they didn’t just say they were out of pacific!

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Anne
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Oysters expensive at $5 each but good. We ordered grilled lobster and they could only give us a cold lobster...(albeit expensive) ......so we declined.

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NatalieC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time at Oyster Bar and it was lovely. The setting is so Sydney and the wait staff were top notch. This was a corporate lunch and we all were able to easily talk which is always nice and the food was superb. As they are closing soon from this venue, better get in quick.

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EthanB
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing - couldn’t have been better.

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Zachary
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Hard to beat the location! Oysters were fat and plump.

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WarrenS
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service from the moment we arrived.
Food service was exactly the way we like it.

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a memorable evening - even the interruption of rain provided a moment of madness and hilarity as umbrellas were shuffled around and warm disposable ponchos were distributed. The staff were excellent in dealing with the disruption and provided excellent service.

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JennyA
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

we love this restaurant and are very sad that the lease is not being renewed.

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MichaelX
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service

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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay is rated 4.6 stars by 979 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.