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Royal Palace Seafood Restaurant, Haymarket, AU-NSW

Royal Palace Seafood Restaurant

4.3
4.3
48 Reviews
$41 to $100
Chinese (Canton)
Nestled in the heart of Chinatown on Sussex Street, Royal Palace stands as a distinguished Cantonese culinary gem adorned with a coveted Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Chef's Hat. With a capacity to host 600 guests, it is the ultimate experience of authentic Cantonese cuinese. This three-level establishment boasts an impressive open live seafood tank, presenting a feast for the eyes and palate alike. Indulge in the timeless artistry of Yum Cha served daily from opening until 3:00pm, immersing yourself in a realm of vibrant flavors meticulously crafted from the freshest ingredients and authentic Chinese culinary mastery.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Chinese (Canton), Chinese, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed 10:00 am–11:00 pm Thu 10:00 am–3:00 am Fri, Sat 9:30 am–3:00 am Sun 9:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (02) 9211 8518
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    For groups over 20, please call the restaurant at 02 9211 8518 to further discuss your booking.
  • Area
    Haymarket
  • Cross Street
    Sussex and Goulburn Street
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Chinatown Lightrail Station, Paddy's Market Lightrail Station
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 48 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sydney City

    Good for business meals

  • Sydney City

    Good for business meals

  • Sydney City

    Good for groups

48 Reviews
  1. Leesah

    Canberra

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    After hearing this restaurant received One HAT from the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide- we intended to come for Yum Cha but couldnt get a seat so booked for DINNER instead. We also checked reviews online and decided to come. The reviews were great....DONT BELIEVE ALL THE 5 STARS I had expectations that the food was great. ACTUALLY we were disappointed with the food. It was 1980s 1990s fare with the meat -beef and lamb overtenderised with bicarb soda. The salt and pepper tofu had no seasoning. Satay beef more more Onion than meat. The dish was just these 2 ingredients... Mongolian lamb -flavour nicer but again over tenderised. Saltnpepper tofu- zero seasoning. No pepper flavour at all. Presentation wise ( for a one hat) - fried onions and raw chili dumped. For 1980s 90s fare, the prices were exorbitant - unreasonably expensive. I was also disappointed there were no deserts on the menu. The prices are too high. We paid $135 for 3 mains plus 1 soup and boiled rice for 1: satay beef, shortsoup, mongolian lamb, satnpepper tofu. ( ex alcohol). Being Chinese New Year the ambiance was great, the dragons did a performance. I avoided seafood as I am intolerant. The seafood was very popular- staff walked to tables with live fish in plastic bags before cooking it. ( the article from the SMH said live pipis were weighed before cooking up) I would not return for dinner!!

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  2. khn1

    Sydney

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was ok but almost all the saucy dishes tasted overwhelmingly of white pepper. Staff didn't advise us on the appropriate level of food and ended up with too much live seafood dishes and a large bill - feels like they just wanted to make the sale. Staff weren't trained properly in opening wine bottles with corks. They really struggled opening one of the bottles and ended up with cork and her hands all over the lip of the bottle. Overall not a great experience.

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  3. stal

    New South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    very busy which was expected however we had to wait outside for half an hour after our 7.30 booking while we watched chinese patrons without bookings clearly getting preference over us - is this racism ??

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  4. LeoB

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    service a little slow; most dishes were enjoyable; the 3rd floor lacks atmosphere

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  5. Bean

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food. However, service is a bit slow and one of our dish actually didn't arrive and at the end need to cancel it. However, it is the peak season for the restaurant as it is weekend and during Chinese new year period....so a little bit of error is understandable. Price is not cheap but is reasonable for this class of restaurant. Overall, I am happy with the meal and will go back in the future.

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  6. Londonfoodie

    Sydney

    68 reviews

    3.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Went with some friends for Chinese New Year. Unfortunately it seemed that there was no planning for a busy evening even though it was not like Chinese new year suddenly happened… it took a long time to get orders in, but the kitchen managed to cope with getting food out. However quality was not as good as expected.

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  7. Jody

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had an early dinner booking for my elderly Mum. We arrived at 530pm with a party of 6. Our last dish arrived at 830pm. It was just far too long to wait for each meal. Food was good, but to be honest anything would have been good with a wait that long. Service was good, other than wait time. Downstairs smelt like fishy fish tanks, I recommend you request to sit upstairs.

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  8. IRENE

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    food was very good, but the service from an older waiter was poor. this is the first time a waiter asked for a tip. It was so rude. We have given red envelopes to the waiter who served us. Very disappointed service.

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  9. peter

    Kuala Lumpur

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    the mud crab glass noodles was excellent ! restaurant ran out of roast pigeons..will order that next trip. happy with the steam oysters.

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  10. CeliaC

    New South Wales

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love our Chinese New Year feast dinner. The price was a bit expensive with three glasses of wine but it was delicious for a special evening.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    They were extremely busy for Chinese New Year, but they did a great job.

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  12. KIMT

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was excellent. Very quick and efficient. The dishes we ordered were tasty and delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant for Chinese meals.

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  13. JohnF

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Despite being extremely busy for Chinese New Year, the service was wonderful and the food great!

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  14. Enjru

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    For tonight's dinner on Day 1 of Chinese New Year, with a packed Chinatown and an even busier Royal Palace (huge hordes of people were waiting to get in when we left), the food and service at Royal Palace still remained overall generally at very acceptable standards. The only understandable faults tonight were: I) the 20m dash relay pace at which the dishes came out - wow, it almost falls into the impressive category if it was a good thing, and ii) the last course - the steamed fish - was separated from the rest of the meal and interrupted from being served by the cacophonous lion dancing extravaganza - and as a result, the fish arrived a touch dry. Some highlights tonight included: Chinese BBQ-Roast-Cold Entree Platter - roast pork with crackling (...succulent and moist meat - very flavourful; light, crispy crackling...) - char siu (...delicious depth, rich and sweet glaze, gently-bouncy chew; outstanding charred bits...) - soy sauce chicken (...tender and juicy...) - marinated cuttlefish (...so satisfyingly chewey...) - marinated jellyfish (...great soft-wriggly-jelly-crunch texture and taste...) Peking Duck, First Course: Duck Skin Pancakes (...everything correct...) Peking Duck, Second Course: San Choy Bow (...rich, duck meat taste...) Consomme-Baked Lobster, E-Fu Noodles (...delicious lobster taste; the meat had a crispy-firm crunch-bounce to the teeth; the noodles were perfectly textured and carried the delicious lobster taste...) Honey Pepper Wagyu (...wonderfully soft and tender...) and of coursd the Lion Dancing!

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  15. CatherineB

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely worth the wait, the service is second to none… & the food is on another level. Never ever have I had such amazing yum cha, I would guess it’s the best in Australia. Everything is delicious, the crispy duck, the dumplings, the fried scallop dumpling, I could list every item on the menu and there’s nothing but deliciousness.

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  16. AlanL

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Totally up to expectations. Combined double birthday and CNY celebration. Assisted with our BYO birthday cake and took photos of our group. Great value. Highly recommended.

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  17. LornaW

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a booking for a table of 9 and were looked after very well and the food was delicious.

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  18. MIMIN

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant came highly recommended for seafood and did not disappoint. We had a great family dinner with teenagers and young kids and there were plenty of options for everyone to enjoy. Authentic tasty Chinese cuisine! We'll definitely be back!

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  19. PenelopeM

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is an outstanding restaurant, and a fine replacement on the Golden Century site. The staff were super helpful - nothing was a problem. Good recommendations. Wonderful food. Great wine list. We loved it.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food are excellent and the service is extraordinary! We will definitely going back there.

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  21. VincentW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best traditional Chinese restaurant experience I have experienced. The service was impeccable and the live seafood was some of the best I’ve ever had. Highly recommend!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice consistency every visit. Helpful staff with a smile.

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  23. Mike

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and high quality food. Highly recommended

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  24. RichardT

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We’d visited 20 years ago on our last trip to Sydney (it was called a different name) and enjoyed it as much.

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  25. ShuS

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food quality, very delicious and well presented. It was said that the chef formerly worked for golden century seafood restaurant. Service was great.

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  26. ElinaG

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. The food was high quality and very fresh. We particularly enjoyed the Peking Duck. The waiter persuaded us to order an additional dish which we didn’t need. The ambience was good, but the noise level was high. It was difficult to hear conversations.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great owner, great live seafood, if you are a good tipper then you will be looked after very well.

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  28. DonQuijote

    Hong Kong

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing lobster dish! We had lobster with garlic butter with egg noodles. Superb taste but the noodles were cooked too long so they were soggy. Lobster is wonderfully cooked though. The service is good. BBQ pork was mediocre. They could have easily give it more honey glazes. Seafood tofu soup so so only as well. I would probably focus on seafood here only.

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  29. BarclayC

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant already - only qualms would be them rushing all the food out at once - but we were a big group.

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  30. SeanC

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great night for a Xmas party our server took well care of us . Thanks to all

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  31. Craig

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was unfriendly, slow and ineffectual. First food arrived almost one and a half hours after ordering and was luke warm. Massively overpriced for the quality and the time it took.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food tastes absolutely amazing (especially the CO pipis with the birds nest noodles underneath!) and the service was friendly. Overall, a great experience!

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  33. CeliaC

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It is quite disappointed on the food especially lobster and fish..

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  34. TickyS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We ordered ginger and shallot Crab that was overcooked, crispy chicken that was definitely not crispy and msg in their food 15 to 30 min later I was throwing food up and expelling it . Nothing like Golden Century food. Sorry guys we will not be returning ever.

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  35. LisaH

    Sunshine Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Très bon restaurant très bien servit tables avec nappes blanches plats copieux et goûteux

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  36. Gazelle

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food, good serving size, and quick service. Definitely would recommend to friends and family!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service and good food quality. Lobster is so fresh! We had a great time.

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  38. JohnB

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As good as the Golden Century, which it replaced, but with an upgrade in service. Highly recommend.

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  39. RudyO

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food with amazing service. It was pleasant experience.

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  40. TanyaW

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was nice enough although the honey king prawns disappointed especially given the price and the Sichuan beef wasn't overly full of flavour or spice. The salf & pepper squid was nice. Overall a much reduced menu compared to the older institution at this location.

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Royal Palace Seafood Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Royal Palace Seafood Restaurant

393-399 Sussex St, Haymarket, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Sussex and Goulburn Street
  • Area
    Haymarket
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed 10:00 am–11:00 pm Thu 10:00 am–3:00 am Fri, Sat 9:30 am–3:00 am Sun 9:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Chinese (Canton), Chinese, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Chinatown Lightrail Station, Paddy's Market Lightrail Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (02) 9211 8518
  • Private party facilities
    For groups over 20, please call the restaurant at 02 9211 8518 to further discuss your booking.
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