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Cafe Sydney - Cafe Sydney, Sydney, AU-NSW

Cafe Sydney

4.6
4.6
3453 Reviews
$41 to $100
Seafood
Cafe Sydney captures the essence of Sydney from its amazing location next to Circular Quay on the rooftop of Customs House with spectacular harbour views, delicious food, an outdoor terrace, cocktail lounge and a relaxed, contemporary interior.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 99 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Modern Australian, Vegan

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Sun 12:00–16:00 Dinner Sat 17:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    (02) 9251 8683

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    James Kidman

  • Catering

    Please visit http://cafesydney.com/plan-your-event/groups to place your enquiry.

  • Private party facilities

    The Cafe Sydney private dining room is one of Sydney’s most sought after venues. With terrace access featuring views of the Harbour Bridge and floor to ceiling glass doors, this intimate setting accommodates 16 guests seated or 50 for a cocktail party.

  • Private party contact

    reservations@cafesydney.com: (02) 9251 8683

  • Area

    Sydney CBD

  • Cross Street

    Young Street

  • Parking Details

    Parking Stations Nearby

  • Public Transit

    Circular Quay Station & Buses

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View

What 3,453 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Lunch

  • Sydney

    Most Booked

  • Sydney City

    Best Overall

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  • Sydney City

    Best Ambience

  • Sydney City

    Lunch

  • Sydney City

    Notable Wine List

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    Outdoor Eating

  • Sydney City

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still Sydney’s top restaurant. Great food and Sydney’s best cocktails Superb views and great customer service
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Fantastic service. Awesome cocktails. Cannot recommend Cafe Sydney enough.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was exquisite, the service on point. The weather was not great but the staff made sure the experience was perfect.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Food was amazing service was terrible certainly not the Cafe Sydney it used to be. Sommelier was extremely rude waitress had no idea and was rude.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved it! Stunning winters night in Sydney. Spectacular view and food, great for a special occasion or hosting visitors to Sydney. Staff were obliging and had great food and wine knowledge.. but could certainly relax a little!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Sydney is one the bucket list of restaurants to be ticked off.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, food and atmosphere. It never disappoints.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service was fabulous Good excellent Great ambiance and veiw Only problem was the noise.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I first came to Cafe Sydney perhaps 20 years ago and it’s amazing that it continues to offer excellent food and service. As a coeliac I was particularly impressed on this visit with the fact I could eat almost everything on the menu (in some cases with modification). Highly recommend to coeliacs and those with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). Cocktails delicious too. Shared dessert to complete meal.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing however we did not appreciate being moved from our table inside for desert as we were nearing the end of our sitting when tables that were there before us were allowed to remain.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Unfortunately quality of food has deteriorated immensely. Used to be my favourite restaurant but now I unfortunately would not go back. Cuts of meat poor quality. The leak with my barramundi was not cleaned properly had grit throughout. Very expensive for unfortunately not getting the quality that used to be. So disappointing :(
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience from start to finish was absolutely phenomenal! The service was friendly, food was delicious and the cocktails were tasty. Our waitress Lucia was very knowledgeable about the menu and cocktails. Whilst on the pricey side, it is definitely worth it every once in a while. Would definitely recommend for a nice night out
  13. JB

    JackieB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    I have long been a fan of Cafe Sydney, the view and the history is what Sydney is all about but you don't have to go to Cafe Sydney to enjoy the view. So in terms of the restaurant. I booked lunch on the terrace with 6 friends. The food was great and reasonably priced. The wine list is way overpriced but I can deal with that as I reviewed the list before I booked. What I cant deal with is the price of water (which isnt noted anywhere) and the number of bottles they keep bringing out without you knowing. The pushy wine service was concerning, clearly wanting us to spend more and more on wine / drinks. We got to a point where we had to stop the wait staff from topping up our drinks so often. This unfortunately let down the service aspect for me.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Unfortunately we had the worst service I have had in a long time. We had a rude smarmy waiter and we were made to feel like it was a chore to look after us. The food, fortunately, was tasty.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Our server had quite a rude attitude - just because we didn’t want to order dessert as we were quite full and were telling us off. Didn’t ask us of what drinks orders we wanted after first round which was fine, but had to ask for water to be refilled. To be honest, I don’t expect the service to be this bad and rude for a place like this. Last thing that you need on a Friday night out when out with friends is a service like this.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you. Another lovely experience at Cafe Sydney!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just excellent food that bought all of the flavours of each ingredient to life in a beautiful complimentary mix, together with 10 out of 10 service levels on hand at every moment without being invasive.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Sydney was exceptional - excellent food, friendly & efficient service and an amazing view
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent venue overlooking Circular Quay, the Harbour Bridge and Rocks. Food and service was first class. Thanks for helping my family celebrate my wifes birthday. Keep up the great work
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great energy, tasty food, amazing views and high quality service
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Service was absolutely terrible. I was so looking forward to dining at cafe Sydney, and I will never go back. Completely let down all my expectations apart from the view.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I entertained overseas guests who absolutely loved it. The food, atmosphere and service are always amazing at cafe Sydney. You will not be disappointed with the kingfish for entree or main, all the dishes were incredible Desert and wines to die for. Amazing experience
  23. MW

    MereniaW

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely location, great view, nice lighting, seat near the window, and really great friendly service.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food, fabulous views& very friendly service !
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday and I was made to feel special. The service was excellent- the best I have experienced since coming to Sydney in 1979. It was friendly without being pretentious. The food was delicious and the view beautiful. The staff accommodated us straightaway when the sun became too hot! Lovely lunch. The only downside was arriving at 11.45, expecting to enjoy a pre-lunch cocktail, only to be denied entry as the bar didn’t open until 12midday. It would be good if the bar opened at 11.30am
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a WOW experience. Great service, amazing food, wonderful ambience a what a fabulous view of VIVID lights. Perfect in every way.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    the food & view
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to "special occasion" restaurant and it never disappoints. The service offered by Nicole was outstanding and the food was beautiful and fresh. Nicole knew when to chat, and when to leave us alone. My friend wanted a cocktail she had enjoyed at another restaurant and Nicole was determined to do all she could to try and find it. Unfortunately we could not as I think it might have been a one off Vivid special. Her efforts were appreciated.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time diner and I will be back, that is a promise. Every minute of our dining experience was exceptional, the view the wonderful staff and of course the food. Perfect for a long lunch with friends or a special birthday celebration. Well done Cafe Sydney
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5 star experience. Great food, wine and service with fantastic harbour view. First time visitor will definitely return.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a treat to lunch at Cafe Sydney. Thank you for having us.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always memorable for all the right reasons.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Thank you to Nicole, Maddy and the rest of the team for looking after us so well.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food, staff & venue all made this a great night.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were there for dinner during Vivid. It was the perfect location with exceptional service and food. We were seated outside and I was a little worried at how cold it would be. It was great as we had heaters and a blanket on our chair, Which made it a very cosy romantic night. The food was amazing with a very good wine list also. We will definitely be back. I am coeliac and very sensitive. I was looked after very well and my meal was perfect.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Sydney never fails to deliver a great experience. Lunch was great, service impeccable...
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic location - best views in Sydney. Food is always consistent and delicious. Staff are attentive and professional. A wonderful asset (still) for the Sydney dining scene - a must visit
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing meal last night at Cafe Sydney to welcome home my sister from living abroad. The service was attentive and seamless. The food was exceptional, we had oysters, the goats cheese soufflé, risotto and barramundi to name a few and the pineapple tart a tin and coconut ice cream was perfect to finish the night. Cocktails and wine was flowing and with vivid lights on. The view was outstanding.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Geeat view to enjoy Vivid!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic night here again. No faults . Best Oysters in NSW

FAQs

Cafe Sydney is rated 4.6 stars by 3453 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 99 times today
Google Map for Cafe Sydney

31 Alfred St Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Young Street

  • Area

    Sydney CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Sun 12:00–16:00 Dinner Sat 17:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Modern Australian, Vegan

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Parking Stations Nearby

  • Public Transit

    Circular Quay Station & Buses

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    James Kidman

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View

  • Phone number

    (02) 9251 8683

  • Catering

    Please visit http://cafesydney.com/plan-your-event/groups to place your enquiry.

  • Private party facilities

    The Cafe Sydney private dining room is one of Sydney’s most sought after venues. With terrace access featuring views of the Harbour Bridge and floor to ceiling glass doors, this intimate setting accommodates 16 guests seated or 50 for a cocktail party.

  • Private party contact

    reservations@cafesydney.com: (02) 9251 8683

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