Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

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607 reviews
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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.
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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

TM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 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 August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

DS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 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 August 4, 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 August 4, 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 August 3, 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 August 3, 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 August 3, 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 July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location overlooking Sydney Harbour.

TT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 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 July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

JS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 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 July 20, 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 July 13, 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 July 13, 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

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful night at the Sydney Cove Oyster Restaurant. Staff we very attentive with fast and friendly service. Our food was excellent and well presented. Great location to watch sunset fall over the harbour. We'll be back. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view

ET
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Fish Restaurant we have visited. Very nice view to Habour Bridge. Very nice evening.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Made a last minute reservation for an early dinner on the pier. Staff was very accommodating. Service was very good, and we did not get everything to come out at once. It was spaced out appropriately. Food came out hot and delicious even though we were eating outside. Pricey, but you are paying a little for the view.

A
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Can’t beat the view. Food excellent & service slow to start but turned out very good. Will return again.

E
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Decent service. Seafood is tasty but not the freshest however we were there more for the outlook to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and waters. We were not expecting shellfish off the boat as well.

N
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff went out of their way to make our experience authentic and delightful, the setting speaks for its self, add the magnificent flavors and food and it makes for a memorable dinner. It's not often these days that it all comes together, casual class.

D
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Venue is second to none and service staff are excellent, friendly and knowledgeable.
The food is great and I will definitely be back.

LK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good. My husband go the seafood bowl and it was amazing. Desserts were good. The atmosphere was very nice and our server was very helpful.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very overpriced for the quality of food and the fact you’re getting rained on

C
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best view in the harbor! We sampled oysters. They were amazing! I ordered wagyu steak and boyfriend had tiger prawn linguine. Both were fantastic! Highly recommend

MK
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great location with quality food and good service. Recommended for the ambience on a balmy night.

AR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was the perfect place to end our trip to Sydney. Looking out over the water with excellent seafood was exactly how I wanted to spend our last evening. Despite the fact that it is on Circular Quay with all of the tourist traffic, it did not feel like a tourist trap at all.

CC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Not worth food. Seafood platter they said included cucumber some seafood on the menu but they missed cucumber and so small amount.

RK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and perfect location. Last time we went I was disappointed, but this time great!

MT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Had to wait a little to be served for food but no big deal there. Excellent service and really good martinis. You must true the oyster shots. 10/10

JM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The northern rivers fresh oysters were tasteless. On previous occasions at the same venue,this has not been the case.on these previous occasions the oysters were quite tasty.

NH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked the restaurant for my partners Birthday, I couldn’t fault a thing. We were lucky enough to be seated right next to the water overlooking the harbour and watching the lights of Vivid. The service, food and atmosphere were amazing!

H
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got to my booking really late and they were so understanding, ordered food and had it on the table in less than 10 minutes!

Food was delicious, stuff were incredibly nice. Will visit again soon!!

t
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Seafood was amazing! View was incredible! Only let down was the steak being too basic. Service was great until the end when no one came by the table to check on us when we needed something. Although this was understandable as they had other customers, they should have kept the service consistent from beginning to end. Things on the menu are a bit pricey but the seafood was definitely worth it. Would still go back there though cause their oysters were amazing!

BL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a great night. Staff were attentive and we didn't feel hurried at all. The wine selection was outstanding and the food was brilliant. Of course we came for the view and the atmosphere of Sydney Harbour and it's Quay and we were not disappointed. Thanks Oyster Bar.

CC
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal our of entire trip! Definitely get the Eton Mess for dessert. That was a wonderful recommendation from our fantastic server.

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