Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

4.4
590 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
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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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!

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JG
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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

Beautiful view

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

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

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 3 July 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.

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Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on 29 June 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.

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E
1 review
Dined on 28 June 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.

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N
1 review
Dined on 25 June 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.

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D
1 review
Dined on 21 June 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.

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LK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 20 June 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.

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

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

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Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 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

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

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

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AR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 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.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 10 June 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.

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

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

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MT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 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

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JM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 June 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.

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NH
1 review
Dined on 6 June 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!

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H
1 review
Dined on 1 June 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!!

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t
1 review
Dined on 1 June 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!

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BL
1 review
Dined on 1 June 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.

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CC
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on 31 May 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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JD
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anyone experiencing Vivid for the first time should book a table at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. We arrived at 5.30pm, settled in (with blankets as it was a bit windy), ordered food and wine and watched the harbour city come alive! The service was spectacular - really professional, friendly, accommodating and made it all the more enjoyable. Thanks team!

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T
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

After a highly enjoyable experience in December we decided to book a table for our recent trip from Qld. We ordered some of our favourite dishes from our last visit and some new ones. On tasting our once loved dishes we found them to be bland, dry and lacking the flavour they had before. When the mains were delivered we were thoroughly disappointed with the lack of flavour. The steak was tough and unseasoned, the vol a vont was cold, lacked flavour and was presented with a soggy piece of puff pastry underneath and one on top. They exchanged our meals for the ones we were delighted with on our last visit but sadly these fell way short of the dishes we had thoroughly enjoyed in December. We were left extremely disappointed in the food and while they reduced the cost somewhat we still left feeling extremely disappointed and as though we could have gotten a much better meal at a much less cost somewhere else. We will not be back.

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KO
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Purchased a gift voucher for my parents. They were ecstatic with the service, the view and said that it was the best meal that they had ever eaten out!

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BJ
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have in fact, recommended Oyster Bar to a friend just this morning. The venue itself - and its position on the Harbour is stunning, especially when being fortunate enough to have a waterfront table. The setting is perfect, the food just right for the setting, and the waiters are typically excellent - helpful, warm, professional We have been lucky to also have a cruise ship across the way - and when they up anchor and manoeuvre out of the Harbour just after sunset - it's a glorious spectacle. thank you - we have been there on several occasions, and will be back again next week.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The choice of Sydney Rock Oysters was impressive, with those farmed at Merimbula the tastiest. The wine list was limited but had really interesting wines to make up for its shortness (happy with that). My companions had Barramundi and were very complimentary about the great flavour and preparation. I had beer battered flathead fillets which were okay but lacked flavour.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ver friendly staff even on a busy day like Mother’s Day recommended strongly

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AM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch, service was very good and the food was amazing.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best place to eat drink and show off harbour-never fails to impress!

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TS
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very fresh seafood, nice ambience and view, very friendly and professional service!

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P
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, Beautiful food
Which made our visit to the opera house such a lovely day
Thank You

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BA
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

The location is absolutely marvelous. The food is club type food and the prices are astronomical. The menu sounds great, but it seriously is not. For the 2 of us for lunch it cost $360. On my plate was a lettuce cut into a quarter and dipped in dressing. The steak was well cooked but so bland and dry that I had to ask for tomato sauce. It was not value for money. To get service I had to be very obvious. The tables are so close together that the back of the person on the next table was resting on our table, this certainly stopped any real conversation on our table, however we heard all about their house renovations.
For this type of money I think Aria is better value.

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RP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food good service and of course a wonderful view

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

晴れていたので、景色も良く最高でした。白ワインと生カキやエビのグリルが美味しかったです。

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SR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic as were staff matching the beautiful surrounding

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LR
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Opportunity of a great location yielding a great restaurant wasted by ordinary and bland food and overpriced offerings.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eating here but it is expensive. But given the location and the fact the view is stunning you have to expect to pay top dollar

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