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 808 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service a very personal experience

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have always loved coming here. Even in the pouring rain we had the most amazing service and lunch yesterday. The food is always outstanding and the oysters are so fresh.

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ChrisP
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food great value and the location is unbeatable

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful views,delicious food and exceptional service

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SuzyR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Oyster Bar is always reliably good. Fabulous location and the staff are attentive but not intrusive. A regular go to for us.

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BobnLiz
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy our experience at the Sydney Cove Oyster House. We came here on our first date 27 years ago and have been coming back regularly. The oysters and sword fish were excellent on Sunday. We will be back soon. Liz n Bob

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LouieA
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice place great view but way to expensive for seafood .

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Cobb
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

A beer garden on the harbour, prices reflect where you are but I love it.

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Brendan
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Oyster Bar is one of my favourite places in Sydney - fantastic iconic location, nowhere better for great food and wine. Eating a stack of oysters at this spot watching the sun move over the Quay with the bridge in the background is a must-do for whenever you visit Sydney.

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KateW
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

The view is spectacular. The cocktails superb. The oysters delicious. Unfortunately, they lost our food order, it took a quick reminder to rectify and the rain was coming in.

I would definitely recommend!!

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TashnTodd
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food is always exceptional. Concierge was amazing as always and we highly recommend the dusk setting for a romantic evening.

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wayne
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A relaxed and friendly place to eat right on the water at Circular Quay. The food is excellent and while a bit on the expensive side, the service and views make it value for money. We eat here on a regular basis and have never been disappointed.

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Three shared great food and service in an iconic location. Looking forward to another time at next location which I hope does it justice.

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anon
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Overall the meal was very nice, however, part of our lobster was still frozen, which was quite disappointing.
The cocktails were good, and the service was amazing.

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JessicaK
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was absolutely beautiful not to mention the perfect location. Highly recommend!

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Fi0508
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and beautiful views, could ask for a better leisurely lunch.

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Stevo
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love it here. Fantastic food and service.

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PeterS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A dozen freshly shucked natural oysters, six grilled prawns with capers and crispy potato chips with a glass of cold reisling - the perfect lunch. Cool 18 degrees rose to 21, with lovely sunshine and a mild breeze. A finishing skim latte with service to smile for, on the edge of Sydney Cove. What more could you wish for. Sydney at it’s best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot. Excellent staff and food. Expensive. Menu limited.

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Muso
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We adore this restaurant. You can't pay enough for the harbour view which never disappoints. The menu was impeccable. We had calamari and octopus starters and the chilli seafood linguine paired with high quality wine which complimented our meal perfectly. Waiters were attentive and polite. Only thing I would say is the wine is very expensive at around 14 to 17 a glass.
Overall we love it and will hopefully continue to dine at this awesome restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved every aspect of our evening. Brilliant food and service in a beautiful setting.

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Luis
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved every moment of it! Amazing food, atmosphere and staff! Not to mention my online requests were met and went beyond my expectations!

Keep up the good work!

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AlkisK
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and such a professional great service
Worth every dollar

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PeterT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The view and the sunset was awesome with a perfect view of the harbour bridge. It is great to watch the harbour ferries arriving and departing with the noise of their wash against the wall. The oysters were fantastic as were the Moreton Bay bugs, washed down with champagne.

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DeniseM
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food & service! Get location to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We will certainly go back again.

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Julesb
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, amazing views and brilliant service :)

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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay is rated 4.5 stars by 808 OpenTable diners.

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