Doyles on the Beach

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$41 to $100
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Seafood
On this, The restaurants original site, Doyles on the Beach opened Australia's first seafood restaurant in 1885. We have been family owned and operated for over 5 generations. The restaurant internationally famous and a mecca for Sydneysiders and tourists alike, offering a stunning range of fresh seafood for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Family Friendly, Great for date night!, indoor & outdoor dining located right next to the beach. We cater for families, business lunches, special events, weddings & special occasions. private rooms available.
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David
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Food overpriced and the waiter looked at me in disbelief when I asked to order 15 minutes after trying to get attention of a staff member

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LouT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ordered the hot and cold platter $159.00. Smoked salmon was externally Smokey in flavour, and salt and pepper calamari was very tender but also externally peppery in taste. My wife and I left a little disappointed. Value for money just was not there

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nooch
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

food was exceptional and service was good - but we were seated in the upstairs area which is bare and lacks character. I must remember to request the downstairs original seating area.

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CheeweiC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience3

seafood platter is not that good as before. not good value!

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Ginny
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable when attending Doyles! Excellent service, menu and delicious food ...

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KarenH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The barramundi was fantastic. The sticky date pudding was also lovely.

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JulianT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Bringing my wife for a special meal as she has pancreatic cancer and only months to live, I hoped the price wasn’t so exorbitant. With 4 children we were hoping to have an unforgettable day but the price didn’t equate to the standard of the food. Over priced. Over hyped. Won’t be back and very disappointed.

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DanialE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service1ambience3

Food was amazing best view location romantic just service wasn’t that good staff forgot to take our order correctly missed dish

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MichaelT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love coming here for special occasions. A table near the beach was ideal. The fish was superb, and the service outstanding. We'll be back soon

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Camila
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was good, we didnt have to wait much considering that it was quiet full. Service wasnt great, they took so long to bring us water and take our order, the waitress didnt look exactly happy to be working and every time we called them they made us feel like we were bothering them.
another point I consider important is how the beach was that day, of course the view is a PLUS and the beach was absolutly dirty, full of plastic because of the tide. I think the restaurants in fron of the beach should be keep it clean and not be waiting for environmentalists groups to go there and the the job for them.

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SafaH
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful, fresh food. Really enjoyed my meal. Service was great.

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GeorgiaV
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood platter was unbelievable, can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great meal as always just wish our waitress hadn’t been sucking lemons thought she was doing us a favour by being there but the food and ambience was brilliant thank you

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LukeB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The establishment at Watson's Bay has proved its worth by the longevity of operation.
The venue is set in a perfect positionfor a seafood restaurant and the food, the service and the whole experience is a magnet to go back again and again.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

We had a 2:30pm booking (latest lunch booking possible). It was clear when we arrived that they wanted us to rush our time there. Straight away we were told "I just need to get your food order straight away so I can tell the kitchen before they close". We were followed up 5-6 times to see if we had finished eating, clearly to rush us. As a wedding anniversary lunch it felt rushed and not very special. We love Doyles and the food was amazing as always but we won't book that late again. Disappointing.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

A noisy group of customers disturbed our dinner with a drunk customer causing trouble. I ordered lobster, bbq prawns and garlic bread but the restaurant had sold out. I was very dissapointed with this as Doyles was renowned for their seafood and I specifically came for the lobster!

After this I don't think we will be returning nor will I be recommending this place in light of the fact.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday was the most beautiful day , the weather was perfect and the food and service was impeccable 😊

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SaturdayCelebration
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a lovely seafood meal(especially lobster), I would recommend Doyle’s for a special occasion. The lobster was delicious!

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JohnG
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good. Service was lack lustre and unfortunately the family inside sent all their kids outside to play amongst the other guests, unfortunately when mentioning it the staff said sorry nothing we can do.

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JohnDee
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With social distancing in place, the noise level was much lower than on our many previous visits. Much appreciated!

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AlexanderR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had not been to Doyles for quite a while and after a delightful experience, we will return more often. We were very pleased to find a reserved parking area. On a Monday, for lunch, there was plenty of space, despite the beautiful sunny day. That may not be the case on a Sunday in summer, but it. is good to know that it is there.

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MariaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect venue food perfect excellent service view is perfect

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Kiddo
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

They need a little help on pouring wine.... we ordered a bottle of Tyrrells Vat 47 Chardonnay and the kind lady poured the entire bottle out...instead of the correct pour

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PeteR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful view to take in whilst eating wonderful food

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JaxL
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent seafood and a lovely harbourside setting. It was really quiet because of COVID restrictions and it being a rainy winters day, but still a great spot for a nice lunch. Outdoor heaters and weather screens meant we could sit on the terrace in the middle of winter and enjoy the harbour views. Fish (Barramundi) was cooked to perfection and the side salad of rocket, pear and Parmesan was wonderful. Service was quiet, friendly and efficient - a nice touch was that every single dish for the table came out of the kitchen together, so no waiting for other people to get their food! Will definitely go back.

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AndrewH
Denver
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Service not so great. We were not offered water and had to ask. We were not offered drinks following our initial drink.

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RebeccaW
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First meal out since lockdown deserved a special place and Doyle’s didn’t disappoint. Our server was just excellent...professional, charming and friendly in all the right measures. Food delicious. My pasta with seafood was the best I e ever had. Ambience a little impacted by the reduced numbers of diners.

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JacquieK
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A little cold and sterile. Staff were amazing. Despite not being able to have the garlic prawns as a main the food was nice and fresh.

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CraigN
Sydney / NSW
17 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post Covid lockdown dinner with friends awesome as always great seafood and wine. Service was great, the view and ambience was a welcome relief. Thank you everyone at Doyle’s for a lovely night out

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LiamT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We purchased the platter which we expected to get a variety like on the website menu. For $169 the choices weren’t that great , food was standard on this occasion. We have gone to fish market Doyle’s for many years now and on this occasion we have been turned off. Location and service was nice which helped but the limited food choices and price for what we got could not be justified.

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DonnaT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food & service is excellent but the prices have gone up

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IngeM
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to the virus, only 5 couples were attending and we were seated down in the annex which was most comfortable. The service was attentive, the fish meal was cooked to perfection and the wine we chose, with the assistance of the waiter, was excellent.
We have eaten at Doyles on previous occasions and we always return because of the service and the excellent seafood menu.

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JanetD
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location. The seafood paella was excellent. Staff friendly & helpful

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VickiL
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Definitely a lovely place for a special celebration meal

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RosieA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous way to celebrate my husbands 50th great service great food !! Great venue

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MaryannC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch, the wait staff were friendly and helpful. I don't even eat seafood and my lunch was wonderful! I would highly recommend the food, ambience and location for any type of occasion.

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TonyB
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was lovely, Barramundi and chips, well presented and cooked, portion size ok, price at $49.90 has to make it the most expensive fish and chips anywhere in the world. We were upstairs, nice view, table service was ok, got the desert menu and then no one came to take an order, asked once and still no one came so we left and paid the bill.
I first went to Doyles in 1988, then it had a real quaint feel about it, very personal service, prices then were expensive, but not to todays level. Now I am afraid the experience feels more like a corporate restaurant, it has lost the quaintness- maybe it was inevitable and a victim of its own original success. Sadly I probably won't be back as there are better seafood alternatives in Darling Harbour.

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MariannaS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would recommend this iconic venue to all visitors to Sydney. Have been 3 times this week.

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HilaryM
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best fish pie I have ever had in my life!!!!!!

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Paulie
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted warmly and professionally with water being offered upon being seated. After ordering both food and drinks, the food arrived after approx. 10 minutes followed shortly by drinks. We all agreed that the fish we each had was superb and the chips were lovely. Service throughout was excellent and the waiter interacted with us with manners and humour. We enjoyed our experience and our friends from England were very impressed indeed. Congratulations.

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Doyles on the Beach is rated 4.4 stars by 1030 OpenTable diners.

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