Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

4.7
1097 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 1097 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.3
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MeredithC
6 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So sad to see the end of an era (33years) - have loved coming to the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar over the years - always special - we will really miss you and we are planning a visit to Broome enjoy the service again! Thank you for creating wonderful memories for us!!!

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PaulL
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Awesome location shame it’s moving thanks to city council dodgy practices

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Jenaya
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So delighted with our visit and sad that we no longer have this option. It was so nice to sit and watch the sun go down eating the best seafood and being served by the best staff. Really enjoyed our time here.

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant operation is the best of its kind in Sydney and the decision of the relevant state authority to award the site lease to an untested rival is an enduring disgrace.

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LaraP
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as always it’s nothing short of a tragedy that it’s closing down. Will miss you guys so much

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MarkT
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, excellent 10/10.Enjoyed it very much. Very romantic. The sun out helped make it worth the effort.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our last dinner with one of our fave restaurants in Sydney. Food and everything was great! See you on the other side ☺️

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MaggieJ
4 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. So sad that it is closing. Won’t go back. Am sure it won’t be the same. Been going for 30 years. Lost my clientele.

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There's no point telling anyone how great this venue is. It closes forever tomorrow night.

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stevens
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sadly closed as the landlord would not renew the lease. We all gave our meal a 11/10 which is the usual standard we come to expect from this fine restaurant. A sad departure from the Sydney landscape. The meals were superb, the service impeccable. Good bye sadly from us and wishing you all the success you deserve in Broome.

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AnnaT
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was delicious, it's a shame that the restaurant is closing its door after so many years. Good luck in Broome !!

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TomM
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always.....excellent

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TheBird
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Such a shame to be losing a Sydney icon. We had a wonderful afternoon.

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Scooter
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Broome is very lucky to be gaining this reataurant. Seafood could not be fresher

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have previously enjoyed meals here and wanted to have a final meal before they move to Broome. We are very sad that they are leaving this beautiful spot on Sydney Harbour.

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HMon
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and a lovely ambience. Staff friendly and helpful

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RexA
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My experience of dining here was a gift from my family. It was a perfect day weather wise and the quiet dining and superb food whilst looking over the harbour made it a truly wonderful dining experience. I would certainly recommend a visit.

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Zipzot
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, food is delicious, great wine list, staff are delightfull, it is my favorite restaurant in Sydney. We are very sad that they are moving to Broome WA but will try and fit a holiday around our next booking!

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StephanieR
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic venue, staff and delicious food... enjoyed the ambience

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CatherineC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely afternoon....view second-to-none! Shame they are leaving...

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RebeccaS
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience1

We have eaten at this restaurant previously and it was one of most amazing meals and experiences we have ever had! BUT this time was one of the worst. There was very little seafood to choose from and the seafood we did get was very expensive. We had to flag down wait staff each time we needed service and the seating (plastic chairs and tables) was very disappointing considering the prices.

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AyshaZ
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, quality service and amazing views! Despite the storm and rain we had an wonderful dinner under the umbrellas and the staff truly went above and beyond for us to ensure our comfort. Highly recommend but sad to hear they are closing soon.

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TerenceC
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another superb lunch, though not the cheapest. But where else would you rather be than at a shaded Harbourside table, with blissful oysters and mussels and chilled dry white. I’ll be sorry to see you go. But first - one more lunch ...

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Alice
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been coming to the oyster bar since it opened 33 years ago and it is one of my favourite place in Sydney. I am very saddened that it won't be there anymore next time I come back to Sydney. It has the best views and best seafood in Sydney. I have heard it will reopened in Broome, so I'll go there some day.

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BB100
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful setting and great service. However, the large shashimi plate was $40 and contained only 4 pieces each of 3 varieties of fish and a pile of salad greens. It was very nice, but we couldn't help feeling a bit ripped off.

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SusanA
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. There are no better oysters around! Large, moist, delicious and tasty!

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PatriziaV
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the service are very good and the location make it all very special

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Kerrie
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most wonderful dinner here on our holiday in Sydney. An absolutely breathtaking location, perfect food, immaculate presentation and exceptional service. It felt like we were all alone at the restaurant even though there were people all around us - like we had a personal chef all to ourselves cooking us a romantic dinner. Everything else faded away. The best dining experience I've ever had. Thank you!

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LynneP
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual fabulous food and wine & we couldn't have asked for a better waitress than Farina! Best of luck in Broome.

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JoshR
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourite restaurants, great food, great people, great location. Devastated that it’s closing. We have been going for years to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Sad it’s the end.

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Returnseating
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined with this same licensee/proprietor group last year and have been superlatively impressed on both occasions.
Perhaps the wine bottle price is fractionally on the steep side for the range available but the quality is superior.
So sad this licensee/proprietor is leaving - a great loss!
All hospitality staff add to the blissful ambience.

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LTDiner
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

The oysters were great, the view amazing, was expecting more flavor in the balmain bugs and prawns. Overall OK dining experience, wouldn't rush back too soon. Would give it another go in a few months.

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ReneeM
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always exceptional! We fly from Melbourne just to visit the Oyster Cove. Completely devastated that they are closing. We will be visiting later on once opened in Broome. All the best to a fabulous and flawless team.

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Robyn
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

So sad that the iconic Oyster Bar is being booted out of operation. A huge loss for Sydney-siders and a blight on the powers that be for their decision.

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SueC
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and awesom view ofthe harbour. Service was very fantastic, such a shame it is closing down at the end of the month

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Fiona
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a beautiful place, probably our favourite restaurant in Sydney and we’re really going to miss this place. Wish the lease was being renewed.

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TonyP
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely beautiful food and wonderful service, we can’t believe they are not going to be around much longer, such a shame.

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Libs
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a shame this awesome little restaurant is being forced to close after 33 years. We’ll be back before the 28th March and will definitely miss the fabulous food, great service and chilled atmosphere when you go!

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RanjiniM
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The Oyster Bar is our favourite place to go pre-theatre. Recently they have extended their menu which is great.
The ambience is great with a busy quay and lovely sunshine.
We had grilled jig prawn, prawn pasta and steak. All three dishes scored above average. Service was friendly and prompt.

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AliceB
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visit this amazing place at least twice a year. Whenever we are in beautiful Sydney. So sad to hear it’s closing. The freshest seafood. Delightful menu and wonderful staff. Will certainly miss you. Your Merimbula oysters sensational.

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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay is rated 4.7 stars by 1097 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.