Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

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Seafood

For the most delectable and inventive seafood dishes in New South Wales, enjoy a meal at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar for an unforgettable experience. For an ideal start to your meal, relish the brandade fish croquettes with fresh herb mayo and the chili and tamarind-spiced tiger prawns with spring onion and lime juice. Some of Sydney Cove Oyster Bar's larger plates include the grilled Atlantic salmon with smoky eggplant puree, shaved almonds and pomegranate reduction, the shellfish platter laden with Hervey Bay scallops with chili pineapple salsa, oysters, prawns, blue swimmer crab and marinated mussels and the surf and turf combination meal with Tajima wagyu rump steak and scampi in a crme au jus, perfect with a glass of wine.

Be sure to nab a seat on the outdoor patio where, day or night, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the harbor while enjoying your meal.

What 629 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food in a delightful setting! The service was excellent and the staff very attentive. The weather wasn't great when we visited but the staff really looked after us with heaters and blankets, helping to make it a very memorable evening. Can't be a better location to enjoy seafood and oysters!

GM
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place the food and service is first class. It can be a bit windy here so rug up but well worth a visit. AAA+++

SJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Always enjoy dining at Oyster Bar. Its location is quintessential Sydney and I love that it sits right beside the harbour open to all the busy ferry and pedestrian traffic. The small share plates are a perfect size and the fish tacos especially delicious. Thank you once again a fabulous meal.

GW
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I had an amazing week night at Sydney Cove. Great atmosphere and service. We will definitely come back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Got squeezed into a table and my chair kept getting hit by the person sitting next to me.
When we asked earlier for another table, we were told that it was not available, but no one was sitting there?
Later on another people came and took the table, not sure why we could not get it.
Anyway, food was ok, although the oyster was absolutely delicious. Both Barramundi and Tasmanian Salmon were bit under seasoned and dry.
Ambiance would have been so much better had my chair not kept getting hit.

MD
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect if you want to eat seafood with the best view in Sydney

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Loved the location, very friendly staff and food was great

HA
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is one of our favourite places to go!

The best location on the harbour! Great service! Not too expensive considering the location!

Yes would absolutely recommend!

L
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing oysters! Great variety in the menu and perfectly executed. Service great too! Will be back.

JC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Ring first, travel 5 hrs for a birthday dinner to be told out of stock at 6:30 on a Saturday and the replacement choice wasn’t that great, we left about 50% of both meals.

LM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Next time I would like to not be as squashed in and required to sit facing away from my partner

NB
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the view is second to none. Excellent selection of gluten free meals.

AC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

the ambiance and location is fantastic but the food was ordinary. The lobster wasn't cooked all the way through and at $170 each i expect alot more. The staff apologized and did offer to help but the offer of 1 balmain bug was nice but dry. It is definitely over priced even with the wonderful location.

J
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good place for lunch. Well positioned by the harbour. Service could have been better. In spite of having booked we were seated in a location that was cramped, difficult to access and close to the bathrooms. Staff were very obliging when we requested we be reseated. Generally a nice afternoon

MG
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fabulous view and good, if moderately pricey food.

RK
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

the mussels were served lukewarm. After the complaint, they were again served lukewarm. I have waived the 10% discount.

AB
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Really enjoyed it. The seafood hotpot was awesome. Great location and scenery. Would highly recommend.

PV
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I certainly will recommend it to a friend because I think it is one of the best restaurants in Sydney with excellent food, service and ambience not to mention the position and the view.

NS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, food and view. Really enjoyed ourselves, we will be back.

L
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great spot for pre show dinner. Oysters were incredible and staff very attentive.

A
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our second visit to this lovely waterfront restaurant - and what a view! The food was amazing, especially the Tuna Tartare, which was one of the daily specials. Our waiters were very good and made great recommendations. Can't wait for our next visit!

MG
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ate at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar before seeing a musical at the Sydney Opera House. Our waiter was excellent -- attentive and helpful. The setting (overlooking the Sydney Harbour) was beautiful, and the food was excellent.

n
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food wasn't the best we've had during our trip, but was tasty. We thought there would be more 'surf' to the surf&turf and were sad to see two prawns on top. Service was fantastic, and the view was gorgeous!

KL
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere and excellent service from all the staff!

SD
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

On the whole a fantastic experience. Good service, great food in a great location.

TM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Food was tasty though for what you pay,is definitely not value for money.
Service was excellent though.

SG
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Yes I would. The service was very good and the food was great

DS
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

View was easily unbelievable because of location. The staff couldn’t do enough for you. From the minute you sat down they made sure you were looked after and relaxed. Food was amazing with honest recommendations based on our likes. Drinks were spot on to match our food. We were served by three different staff and they were all exceptional.

BP
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great setting. Service attentive but not pushy. Food good but seafood chowder a little bland.

SL
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good as always. The special seafood chowder was not good value at $38. There was one prawn, one clam and the rest was white fish. Feel it could have been a better dish for that price. But overall another good meal.

OT
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

シドニーでどうしても牡蠣が食べたかったのでOPENTableで調べて予約しました。

メニューが文字のみなので何を頼んでいいかわからなかったら店員さんがiPadを持ってきてくれて、料理の写真を見せてくれました。
私たちは生牡蠣を全種類とズッキーニのフリットとムール貝1Kgとパスタを頼みました。

生牡蠣は本当にツルツル飲む感じで入って行きましたが、追加で頼んだムール貝1Kgは見た目ボリュームがたっぷりですが、
チリやレモングラス、イタリアンパセリなどで味付けをしてあったため、味がさっぱりしてぺろっと平らげました。

店員さんの接客も、すごく優しく、面倒見が良いので居心地が良かったです。
本当に感謝しています。

また、別の機会でシドニーに訪れる時は、必ず食事したいと思います。

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Alerted server about food allergies and although he told the kitchen 3 separate times to make my sons entree dairy free it came out sautéed in butter and my son ate it and
Realized it contained butter. The food was delicious but we were so disappointed and upset that they served his entree containing dairy.

K
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant went above and beyond for us for our anniversary with service and a great seat. Food let us down a little and value for money, but it didn't spoil the night.

MK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful location overlooking Sydney Harbour.

TT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great view of Sydney..how better to enjoy Sydney Harbour then with oysters and champagne..

F
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A very good diner in the wonderful circular quay by night. Sympathie service.

JS
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated in style with a delicious meal and gorgeous harbour view. Excellent staff can not wait to return.

MG
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

To be honest what we spent was not worthy with the food we got. The taste of my octopus was a bit of carbon and my boyfriend ordered king prawns without flavour. The view is beautiful, the place is comfortable and the service was good as well but I was expecting delicious food.

M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place! We always dine here prior to watching a show at Sydney Opera House. The oyster shots are amazing!

JG
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was just very cold, not their fault . They did fire up a heater right next to us and provided blankets to help defray the cold

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