Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

4.6
905 reviews
$41 to $100
Seafood
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.
What 905 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.7
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4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GaryG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent, service great, aspect sensational. Will go back when next in the city.

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic views, fantastic service and amazing food, I will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister & I went to dinner as part of her 50th birthday celebrations. The whole experience was amazing. Staff were friendly & polite & nothing was too much trouble
We had a lovely dinner & was fantastic experience. Will definitely be back

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AmandaD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and the food was incredible. Views are perfect. Would definitely recommend to others and will definitely be returning.

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Pagaletti
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Always love lunch at the oyster bar, such a great spot.

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ALEXANDRAW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a “MUST GO TO” it’s actually my favourite Sydney restaurant.
Food, service, ambience and of course the view- all simply superb - can’t beat it- shame it’s closing though - that’s an absolute crime.

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CarolineH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! My long time favourite restaurant in Sydney.

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Yummmmm
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible seafood! Best spanner crab salad and Moreton Bay bugs

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TomO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Poor service for seating management. No ownership.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite Sydney restaurants. I have never been disappointed. Food, service and the views are all outstanding.

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic place to spend a beautiful Sydney Spring day for lunch or dinner. Excellent service / great cocktails and wines. Food is amazing and so fresh!

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AedanM
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend out for her 21st birthday and was blown away by the view and the service and cost of the dinner.
Will definetly be coming back

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sharnaa
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and service. Best oysters I've tried.

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary - everything was great - food, service and ambience!!

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Karen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Location is lovely. However found the food underwhelming and the service was just ok.

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vipZach
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great oysters, wonderful view, and friendly service!

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Carolyn
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely day, wonderful food, great way to celebrate an anniversary.

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful day, great location, service excellent from Pook. Very quiet because of Covid19 which downgraded atmosphere. However, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the whole experience.

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Yummmmm
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous seafood, with generous portions and delicious flavours. Moreton Bay Bugs in tamarind sauce were incredible! Cocktails also great. Definitely coming back.

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ElizabethB
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters Kilpatrick, seared yellow fin tuna & spanner crab. Grilled tiger prawn, surf n turf, barramundi & Morton bay bugs. Plus desserts. All delicious. Wait staff were friendly and seamless. We loved the restaurant and will return before the lease finishes. Regards Elizabeth

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JackP
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I did made a special request, it was my girlfriend's birthday and I wanted surprise her by some candle with the desert at the end but nothing happen. You guy should have heater all over place. We were freezing when we sit there and the rain ruin our dinner, luckily wasn't a big rain so we still finissh our dinner.

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DanielleG
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our table and service was amazing!! Was let down with the size of the seafood platter for the price. Including some chips, fruit or cooked seafood would be better.

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StephenH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Disappointing- Having been here numerous times over the years its a shame to see the food and the service depreciate, maybe due to covid however one would think service would be on the front of their mind, it appeared that you have to ask for things these days such as a simple drink, the food choice was limited (covid) however no consideration for chefs choice or additions not permitted. Oysters were good!!

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JeffM
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time visitors with guests from S.A. Great food (bugs in tamarind sauce were outstanding) and service from check in to leaving was excellent.

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Anysia
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the prawns and Moreton bay bugs they were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location, perfect food

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wendyw
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its such a shame this beautiful restaurant is having to move to another venue in March 2021. The location and view is wonderful and the service and food is even better. We will be following them wherever they end up

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vipJanP
Sydney / NSW
14 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar are consistently magnificent! Food fabulous - this last Sunday, it was pouring with rain AND the staff made such an effort to make things kay for us and other customers. Will be back again and again - just love this place!

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic place to eat and drink! Wonderful staff, beautiful scenery, unfortunately it was raining but staff kept us dry and warm!!

I will definitely go back .... I hope on a glorious sunny day!!

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VickyL
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a beautiful place to sit and e joy good food and super Sydney scenery.

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EvelynS
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were top notch and the seafood was the freshest I have ever eaten

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PeterT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great location and the oytsers and moreton bay bugs were awesome

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kevint
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome from start to finish great service great table and food was all fantastic will be returning before they shut for sure

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WendyS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was great, friendly staff, food delicious and of course amazing harbour views.

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JulieR
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, staff were very helpful.
loved the view
the oyster shot was a highlight.
would love to go back.

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KimJ
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team went over and above for my husbands birthday. The 4 of us had a wonderful experience.
Thank you

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The extremely arrogant waiter who met us at the entrance seemed to be confused as to whether he was a gangster or a waiter with his reflective aviation sunglasses and rude, brusque attitude.
Even though we had booked, something he wasn’t interested in he shuffled us to a table we didn’t appreciate so we asked to be moved, he was rude again.
Based on this extremely disappointing welcome we decided to order bare minimum to leave ASAP. We ordered half dozen rock oysters, half dozen mil kilpatrick and caviar. We got 3 rock oysters, 4 kilpatrick- weird, then after asking multiple waiters and about half hour wait we finally got the rest of our order. Just to inform I have had restaurants myself. Ur front of house staff are your ambassadors, there was one shining light, a young waitress who apologised profusely telling us the day had been full of mistakes and she was very sorry. Promote her and get rid of the narcissistic fool who thinks it’s ok to wear his mirrored sunglasses to greet customers rudely acting like we had no business being there. I will add for your benefit it appeared to me the kilpatrick sauce was watered down and the bacon cold and nearly raw.
In all honesty I can not recommend your establishment to anyone I have any respect for the experience was so abysmal. It was such a pity for us as we travelled quite a way to visit and booked so we hopeful of a nice welcome

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PatriciaW
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous location on a beautiful day. Excellent seafood and service. Will go back.

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Jacquelyn
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely spot for a delicious seafood dinner and drinks.

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scotts
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food , outstanding service - you’re never left waiting- and one of Sydney's best locations .

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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay is rated 4.6 stars by 905 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.