Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

4.5
374 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View

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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Modern Australian, Shellfish
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday 11am till late
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Phone number
(02) 9247 2937
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Payment Options:
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Rhys Ward
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Cross street
Macquarie Street
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Parking Details
Sydney Opera House Car Park
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Public Transit
Circular Quay
Bus, Train and Ferry
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Wine
What 374 People Are Saying
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4.6
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KK
1 review
1.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

We will not return which is unfortunate because the food was good.

List of issues:
1. Ordered a tanguray gin and tonic which ended up being made with other gin.
2. Oysters we ordered either went to the wrong table or they forgot to top our kilpatrick oysters. We did not say anything to the server because we had already waited 30+ minutes for the entree.
3. We ran out of water. When our entree plates were picked up we asked for another bottle. We asked 3 times, including when our main dish arrived but the server never brought water.
4. 30 minute wait between entree and main.
5. When our bill arrived it was incorrect. Included the water we never received even though the server said she’d remove it.
6. While waiting for the bill to be corrected, the server for the table next to us tried to deliver their food to us. She was confused and did not know where to take it.

Service was very slow and disorganised and our reservation was prior to busy time, there were multiple open tables.

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D
1 review
2.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Sadly the place didn't live up to its own hype. The wait staff were arrogant and dismissive, the food was ok , though extremely over priced. The only saving grace was the spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour bridge and waterfront

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MW
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always
Wouldn’t go anywhere else
Have been frequenting this restaurant for years and is always consistent in every aspect.

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JP
2 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service - fabulous location overlooking circular quay and harbour bridge. Staff always make us feel welcome

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AK
1 review
5.0Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Service was great. Was not busy.

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D
1 review
5.0Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We got there at about 8:30 on a windy cold and wet Friday night. The staff made sure we were perched between heaters, gave us blankets to keep us warm on the outside whilst a couple of delicious oyster shots each worked to warm the insides up. We sort of made our own tapas from entrees and a couple of mains and it was delicious. A good night - great value - cause my daughter paid for a change :).

We'd go back for sure! Thx guys. Des n Kathy from Canberra - oh and the kids Clare and Sophie

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FB
1 review
4.0Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We really enjoy the Oyster Bar and have dined there many times. I would highly recommend this restaurant every time we have been there it has been fantastic.

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TR
1 review
5.0Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent fresh tasty variety of seafood sitting outside by the harbour, comfortable under a heated umbrella on a rainy day. Ticked all the boxes, great cocktails and service.

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GC
1 review
4.0Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is absolutely amazing. But the place is very expensive considering there are a number of other places nearby with the same/better views of the harbour which are cheaper.

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H
1 review
5.0Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service, lovely ambience, near opera, near MCA, loved it, have been before and this time as lovely as before. Truly cannot say anything negative about this lovely restaurant. Great location, easy to book, open early at night so that’s good if one wants to go between town and opera. Thank you to staff at Sydney Oyster Cove! We will be there again and looking forward.

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JH
1 review
5.0Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, interesting menu.
We’ll be returning.

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N
1 review
5.0Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A must-do for Sydneysiders & tourists alike. Wonderful harbourside venue close to the Opera House, perfect for pre & post theatre, or any occasion. Good food, good wine list (though a bit expensive), good service.

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F
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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very pleasant view of the harbour 😍 And they’ve got the hottest waiters in Sydney 🤩

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MH
1 review
1.0Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Good Afternoon,

I'm visiting from interstate and going by previous experience had raved to my accompanying dinner guest about how fantastic our dinner was going to be. We were bitterly disappointed.
I didn't remark at the time as I did not want to embrass my companion.

In anticipation we reviewed the menu prior to booking with our order being oysters, whiting tacos, the seafood platter with a bottle of wine. Honestly all of the food was devoid of flavour with each item tasting the same.
At any price I would've been disappointed as the seafood was below standard and tasteless. This is the most I have ever paid as it was a special occasion and regret every cent.

Yours sincerely
Melinda Hardy

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DC
1 review
5.0Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is one of our favourites when we venture into Sydney’s CBD. Sitting in there outdoor area, sipping a nice glass of vino, along with enjoying fresh seafood, one feels like a millionaire (maybe that Billionaire in todays dollars). When ever we have the opportunity, we will return to this restaurant time after time. A great place to while away an afternoon, overlooking Sydney’s magnificent sparkling harbour. Hopefully it won’t be long before we can do it again.

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LK
1 review
5.0Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service are excellent and this has been the case for many years. Also a great view of the harbour, Opera House and the Bridge. Highly recommended.

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OT
2 reviews
4.0Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Nice location and food quality but portions small and overall price expensive.

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RM
1 review
5.0Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Good food and drinks. Professional and friendly table service. I appreciated having a waterside table waiting for us and it was available even though we were early. The only problem was a mixup on the bill which was twice what it should have been but quickly and professionally rectified. Quite good value for it's location. It was for an anniversary but after this we intend to make several visits each year.

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DG
1 review
5.0Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was fantastic.
Being so close to the water is a beautiful experience.
The service and food was wonderful. We felt very welcomed and cared for.

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TB
1 review
5.0Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing view, great staff, and delicious food! My fiance and I celebrated our engagement with a dinner here and I could not have been more perfect.

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j
1 review
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are from Brisbane. This is our favourite restaurant in Sydney - great views, excellent food, fantastic wine list and reasonably priced. Never disappoints!

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JB
1 review
4.0Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food and service was fantastic. The wife and I will definitely be back.

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JW
1 review
5.0Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic. Happy entertaining night. Definitely not your run of the mill Saturday night out. Performers were top quality and the menu was fresh and unique. Grown up family, or friends, entertainment. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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RC
1 review
5.0Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the people who have been servicing me have been great, and that is reason why I come here so often if I have the need to pay for the meals for all occasions. Here will give my customers, friends different feeling of dinner...

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BH
1 review
4.0Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great spot to watch the Sydney Vivid lights whilst enjoying wonderful food. Our waiter Joseph was extremely attentive and friendly. Enjoyable night!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good atmosphere and very kind of people here. I'll come back again..

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TT
1 review
5.0Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Service, Great Food, Great Good, Great Company

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PF
1 review
5.0Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We had a fantastic evening, with fantastic food and lovely service. The rain could have ruined the night, but the staff worked around this inconvenience. We had oysters, prawns and a seafood soup and all exceeded expectations.

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MW
1 review
4.0Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing views! Particularly during Vivid. Service was exceptional and the food was great!

If the weather looks like it might be cold, definitely prepare and wear warm clothes. Wind chill of the water is bitingly cold.

Relatively expensive, but that’s to be expected given the location. 2 people spent $160 with 2 drinks each, main each and 1 entree, plus $20 tip

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RS
1 review
2.0Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

A gorgeous place to sit and take in the view.... But so overpriced. Need to save up before having a night out there.
However the service was very good. View beautiful.

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GE
1 review
5.0Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience for a special birthday with unbelievable views and great food. Excellent service and the Open Table booking system worked exceptionally well even though we booked from overseas and had International phones for emails and text updates.

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B
1 review
4.0Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great little place, great view and always helpful staff

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S
1 review
5.0Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect dinner for the opening night of Vivid. The food was amazing

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J
1 review
5.0Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

World Class Views
World Class Seafood
World Class Wines
I doubt you could find another venue like this anywhere else in the world for a combination of menu; outlook; service
Loved every part of it

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H
1 review
5.0Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant : wonderful food, excellent service, lovely view and ambience!

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LG
1 review
5.0Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The view, food, ambiance and service was outstanding. From the oyster shots to the SCOB Hot Pot everything was delicious. There was a slight breeze coming off the water but the helpful staff provided us with blankets and put the outdoor heater on. Lovely intimate setting or perfect for a group as well.

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JB
1 review
5.0Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always look forward to going to the Oyster Bar, Exceptional Service and Food with a Spectacular View. Can’t wait to revisit 😊

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday! We had a beautiful bottle of champagne and our food was delicious!

They noticed that it was his birthday and bought out a sparkler with his dessert and sang happy birthday!

Made our night so special! Thanks so much for the fab time!

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D
1 review
5.0Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The location is iconic with Sydney Harbor vistas. The fact that there was no pressure on the staff to get us out as quickly as possible made this evening relaxed and enjoyable. Food arrived at a nice pace. The staff were attentive but not overbearing. The seafood was delicious with the mussels a standout. The only flaw was that the crispy Barra skin was slightly chewy. I would defiantly return and recommend.

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EZ
1 review
4.0Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was nice, service was nothing great which was disappointing

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